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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 19, 1999, Aiken, South Carolina A panthers pick 49ers apart. Page in a your news Aiken Tan bark so when Samia Claus 6rin65 me a poo i won t have to sorrow Yoo anymore. Dec. 19 6 shopping Days to Christmas gift ideas last minute ideas Given for Christmas a Page 1c fire safety tips offered to help ensure a Happy Holiday a Page 2a vol. 133, no. 353 Aiken South Carolin sunday december 19,1999 is Blaze claims victim a House fire claimed the life of a Clearwater Man Early saturday morning while he was sleeping. James Broadwater 59, of dredge court off storm Branch Road died last night after his Home caught fire. The Blaze May have been caused by a space Heater that was placed too close to the bed. He was the Only one Home in the House according to Deputy Coroner Tim Carleton. The fire is still under investigation. Group getting Flag tags associated press Columbia a a South Caroli la License plate bearing the Confederate Battle Flag will be the first produced under a new Proee lure for issuing specially plates he department of Public safety ays. The South Carolina chapter of ions of Confederate veterans became the first nonprofit group o qualify for specially plates Der the new Law which won leg Stative approval earlier this year. Dps has started producing plates Vith the groups insignia which includes the Confederate Flag. The group is Eady to put about >,000 of the plates on he Road right away Laid Danny Verdin if Laurens South Carolina Chaper commander. That is about the lumber of Active members in the state he said. The plates Are available Only to certified members of the organisation not the Public said Dps spokesman Sid Gaulden. Verdin said the organization was required by Law to pay a &4,000 fee to cover initial production costs. The Law allows any nonprofit group to create specially plates by submitting the fee or too prepaid applications. A the membership of our organization they re keenly interested in it a he said. Creation of the plates comes at a time of heated debate Over the Confederate Flag flying above the statehouse. The National association for the advancement of coloured people has called for a National tourism Boycott of South Carolina to Force Down the Flag which it considers a Symbol of racism and slavery. But a act officials said they weren to particularly concerned about the License plates. A a in be said All along that if some nne wants to Fly one on the Back of their pickup truck or their House / a \ please see group Page 5a staff photo by Scott Webster Frank and Amanda Whitecottonq a Yard is a Winter wonderland of coloured lights. Christmas color highlight of display by Melissa Hanna Frank and Amanda Whitecotton have to pay two Power Bills every december. The Aiken couple finally decided to run a separate Power Utility pole to their front Yard to furnish the juice to the estimated 40,000-50,000 Christmas lights that Are set up in displays in their front Yard on Columbia Road. A the Power Bill for the Yard alone ran $93 last december a said mrs. Whitecotton. And for anyone driving by its easy to see Why the entire Yard is lit with coloured lights set up in different displays ranging from Cinderella and her Stagecoach to a the Power Bill for the Yard alone ran $93 last Amanda Whitecotton a giant Pink pig. A there is about $10,000 Worth of stuff in this front Yard a said mrs. Whitecotton walking through the different displays at the Home at 1953 Columbia Road. Quot we begin going through the lights in october and it takes about three Days to put them All the tour begins at the driveway where visitors drive through an Arch Reading Quot merry the Arch is the newest addition to the Christmas Light collection. A every year we add something and this year we added the Arch a she said. A next year we Are going to add a three tiered water Fountain and a plane flying with the lights begin on a walk lined with Candy canes past a lit Gazebo. And into various displays. Included in the Yard Are Santa and mrs. Claus a set of Carlers a Church scene various Reindeer a Complete nativity scene Santa and his Sleigh Palm Trees an american Flag and Eagle Ginger please see Christmas Page 5a . Offer rejected by Iraq associated press Baghdad Iraq a Iraq rejected a new . Policy that would return weapons inspectors to Baghdad after a yearlong absence saying saturday that it is prepared to face the consequences. The Security Council passed the Resolution on Friday. But iraqis allies on the Council abstained from the vote wrecking Hopes for a United front to Force Iraq to cooperate in return for a possible suspension of . Sanctions. Iraq which has expressed opposition to the Resolution All along formally rejected it saturday with Deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz saying it does not meet Baghdad so legitimate demand for the lifting of the Iraq is a ready to face All of the consequences in defense of its sovereignty and Legal rights a the state run iraqi news Agency quoted Aziz As saying. In Washington state department spokesman James Foley said the United states was not surprised by Azizo a statement but added that under International Law Iraq must comply with the Resolution which passed 11-0. A it has the Force of Law internationally having been passed with a Large majority and no votes against it a Foley said. A the practical consequence of the iraqi rejection is there will not be any Prospect for suspension of sanctions a he said. A this proves once again that Saddam Hussein a regime apparently cares More for its weapons programs than it does for improving the welfare of its later in the Day the state run news Agency quoted president Saddam Hussein who spoke after a medal ceremony for soldiers and army commanders. Quot after this Long period with them americans they must have Learned some lessons otherwise they Are stupid since the beginning and will continue to be stupid until the end. At the end they must learn a Good Saddam appeared to be referring to the new . Resolution although he did not mention it directly. In Baghdad several Hundred iraqis took to the streets to denounce . And British air strikes on Iraq. They shouted anti-. Slogans at the government orchestrated protest in the heart of the capital and raised banners denouncing the latest . Resolution. Aziz derided the United states and Britain chief backers of the Resolution saying their True objective is a to cheat International Public opinion a and not to achieve an end to . Sanctions imposed in 1990 for iraqis invasion of Kuwait. A . Certification that Iraq no longer possesses weapons of mass destruction was the original condition for the lifting of the sanctions. But weapons inspectors left Iraq on dec. 16,1998, just before the United states and Britain launched the air strikes. Thurmond represents South a transformation associated press Edgefield a a younger version of . Sen. Strom Thurmond his Arm extended holds court in the town Square Here. The statue almost beckons visitors As it stands in a place of Honor among eight . Flags and monuments to South Carolinas veterans of every War. A take him All in All. He is a Man a the statues inscription says borrowing from Shakespeare. A we shall not look upon his like so it is for Thurmond at 97 the nations oldest and longest serving senator and the Grandfather of the political transformation of the South. It is impossible to talk about South Carolina politics this Century or even in Many respects National politics without the Democrat turned Republican who once stood As one of the chief opponents of change. Thurmond bolted from the democratic party and in the process broke the lock the democrats had held on the South since the civil War. But it was civil rights and inclusion of Blacks into White America that drove Thurmond out. At Odds with president Harry Truman and the party Over the Strong civil l rights platform adopted at the democratic National convention Thurmond in 1948 ran for president As a states rights Democrat or Dixie rat. He carried his Home state and Alabama Mississippi and Louisiana. Like Many segregationists of his time Thurmond insisted the Issue was not race but the right of states to govern themselves though it was the Power to segregate that he wanted to preserve. Later As a senator he staged a 24-hour, 18-minute filibuster against a 1957 civil rights Bill that he denounced As a race it still stands As a Senate record. In 1964, he became a Republican and took the South with him. South Carolina for the first time since reconstruction backed a Republican Barry Coldwater a the joined the Republican party when there was absolutely no Republican infrastructure in the Palmetto state a said Republican state sen. John Courson of Columbia a close Friend of Thurmond a. A there were no Republican officials there was nothing. He switched on that switch helped begin the political Evo please see Thurmond Page 5a fight leads to shooting by Melissa Hanna three North Augusta Sisters have been arrested following an afternoon shooting on Kershaw Street in North Augusta saturday. April Merriwether 20, of 1903 Seabourne drive Kimberly Merriwether 26, of the same address and Shanelle Merriwether 24, of 607 Grove blvd., have been charged with assault and Battery with intent to kill. The incident happened shortly before i . Saturday according to it. Michael Frank with the Aiken county sheriffs office april Merriwether and her Boyfriend Elliot Tyrone Johnson of 315 Sycamore drive in North Augusta got into an argument Over the couples baby. Johnson reportedly punched april As she sat in a car. She protease see fight Page 5a file photo by Scott Webster sen. Strom Thurmond Speaks at the dedication of his Monument last month. He Community of character december forgiveness Index classifieds. Id comics. Inside crossword. .3c dear Abby. .2c movies. .2b opinions. A sports. In sunday morning. In television. To week a death and funeral notices Wilbrum l. Corder Wagener blizzard funeral Home Flossie Williams Sanders Salley . Robinson funeral Home Andrew Muller Wiswell Aiken Shellhouse funeral Home obituary notices on Page 4a. A have a news tip Call 648-2311 a a. Lottery Friday s late numbers Cash 4 7-7-7-9 fantasy 5 13-19-21-22-26 saturday s winning numbers Ash 3 midday 1-3-1 Cash 3 a cuing 8-2-4 Georgia lottery 6-46-45-25-42-22 a weather sunday Aikens acc weather 6b

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