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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 22, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Sparky Woods Signs Contract Page 6B A Quick Read Measles Explosion Bringing Death Too ATLANTA AP Measles has claimed more lives in 1989 than in any year since 1971 mainly among unvaccinated preschoolers and schoolchildren whose shots didnt work federal health officials say So far this year there have been 42 deaths among 14714 reported mea sles cases compared with 90 deaths among 75290 measles cases reported in 1971T measles specialist Dr Wil liam L Atkinson of the national Cen ters for Disease Control said Thursday But Atkinson said the seemingly higher fatality rate 29 deaths per 1000 measles cases so far in 1989 compared with 12 deaths per 1000 cases in 1971 be deceptive He suspects that many milder cases have gone unreported in some urban areas this year As it is there have been five times as many measles cases reported in 1989 as the 2876 reported by this time last year In the first six months of this year 30 percent of the cases occurred in children under 5 who are too small to be covered by schoolvaccination laws while 51 percent occurred among people 519 Weather Frigid Weekend Partly cloudy skies and chance of snow flurries are forecast tonight with a wind chill advisory through Saturday The low will be in the sin gle digits Tomorrow will be cloudy and very cold with a 30 percent chance of snow The high will be in the mid 20s Please see Page 11A for details Deaths Betty J Bigness Augusta Dudley Butler Jr Langley Henry Hoover Wagener Jennings K Murphy Aiken Cole A Murrell Johnston Margaret I Richardson Columbia Jaralyn Rowe North Augusta JLarry Sanford Warrenville Rosa Turner Hephzibah Ga Please see Page 3B for details Inside Today Bridge4D Calendar6C Classifieds2D Comics6C Crossword5D Cryptoquote3D DearAbby6C Local Front1B Obituaries3B Opinions1D Sports6B Television6C Weather11A Page 2A Noriega Still At Large In Panama Christmas Countdown ThreeCar Crash injures Seven Friday December 22 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 324 Romanian Leader Ousted Government Taken As Leader Flees By The Associated Press VIENNA Austria Romanian Presi dent Nicolae Ceausescu was overthrown today and left the roof of his presidential palace by helicopter together with his wife Elena Yugoslav and Bulgarian journalists reported from Bucharest After 24 years of repressive rule the East blocs last hardline leader ap peared to have been toppled in a popular revolt that lasted less than a week but claimed the lives of hundreds of antigov ernment demonstrators killed by securi ty forces News reports indicated that the army had united with the people and soldiers were said to be fraternizing in the streets of Burcharest the capital with people who troops had fired on less than 24 hours earlier Romanian state radio told the people We won Hungarian radio monitored by The As sociated Press in Budapest said dissi dent poet Mircea Dinescu had announced that Ceausescu had stepped down The announcement came after hun dreds of thousands of prodemocracy demonstrators took to the streets of Bu charest a day after protesters provoked a brutal respoase by jeering Ceausescu as he spoke in a central square The Bulgarian state news agency BTA said from Bucharest that the army was fraternizing with demonstrators who roamed through the capitals streets and climbed on the tanks brought out to con trol the protesters The army is with us the protesters shouted the Soviet news agency Tass re ported from Bucharest A DECADE OF NEWS A Chronology of Local News Events In The 1980s The Etherredge Center and Aiken Medical Center open their doors Paul F Koon sent to death row convicted of the murder of Valerie White Newsome Aiken County shivered through coldest January in years Senator J Strom Thurmond swept lo another 6year term with 75 of county vote Westinghouse announced as new prime contractor for the SRP which was renamed Savannah River Site W Scott Barnes became Aiken Countys administrator Victor Posner takes control of the Graniteville Co after a 3month buyout battle The City of Aiken turned ISO years old the citizens celebrated DuPont served notice pulled out after 37 years as prime contractor Souths ide saw record growth lax reassessment reflected growth Stall Graphic by Melissa Culp County Ends Decade With A Bang From Staff Reports When future historians pore over state archives and peel back the pages of time Aiken Countys calendars for the years 198089 should stand out like beacons Since its birth in 1871 the countys evo lution from mule and buggy to the space age has been one of the most unique sto ries in state history During the span of time from 1871 to the present Aiken County has been trans A DECADE formed from a rural setting tied to the plow to a playground for the wealthy and to a place intimately associated with the nuclear age But in the 1980s the steady but sporad ic progress of the past took on a new characteristic Almost overnight the county throbbed with development and the result has been a decade of unparalleled growth transforming Aiken into one of the wealthiest and fastestgrowing counties in the state This change and the speed with which it has occurred continues to amaze a lot of people and many wonder how long the binge will last The 1990s will answer those questions Meanwhile a look back through a series of stories dealing with each year of the decade tells what has happened and where the county may be heading Please See COUNTY Page 7A IN REVIEW The Aiken Standard begins a 10part series looking back at the 1980s in todays edition The articles will focus on each of the years in the decade with an emphasis on local news and sports Additional stories from wire services will take a look back at how the nation and the world changed during the past 10 years Included in todays edition are stories on local news and local sports for the year 1980 On Saturday the Aiken Standard will take a look at 1981 a year that saw many changes in Aiken County on the news front In sports the top Associated Press news story of 1981 will be published And on Sunday the year 1982 will be reviewed with the top newsmaking sto ries including an unsolved murder an arsonist who roamed the streets of Aiken setting fire to abandoned buildings and the 1982 General Elections AP Laserphoto MIRACLE ON ICE The US Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviet Union and won the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid NY in 1980 It was selected as the Moment of the Decade in sports For the story please see Page 8A Flurries May Fall Tonight County Could See A White Christmas By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer Snow may visit the Aiken area in time for a white Christmas The National Weather Service at Bush Field in Augusta said this morn ing that snow flurries could fall in the Aiken area tonight and Saturday Even if the flurries do not fall how ever the Aiken area will still have to contend with bitterly cold tempera tures through the weekend Winter TipsPage 1B A wind chill advisory has been is sued for the area officials said The adivosry means that wind chill temperatures will drop below zero The wind chill tonight will make temperatures fell like it is from 5 to 25 degrees below zero Under partly cloudy skies tonights temperatures will be between 5 to 10 degrees Winds will be north at 10 to 15 mph Saturdays forecast is calling for a 30 percent chance of snow The highs will be between 20 to 25 degrees The low will be in the low teens Sunday and Monday will be mostly sunny and cold High temperatures on Sunday will be in the mid 20s and the low will be 4 degrees Christmas day will be a little warm er with high temperatures in the mid 30s The low Monday will be 11 degrees By Tuesday afternoon tempera tures will leave the freezing range High temperatures on Tuesday will be in the mid 40s The low will be 18 degrees Christmas day will be the coldest one experienced by the Aiken area since 1983 said Ken Schneider meter ologist intern at Bush Field A record low of 9 degrees was posted in the Aiken area on Christmas day in 1983 The wind chill in 1983 drove tem peratures down to the 4 to 7 degree range Prior to 1983 the lowest Christmas temperature was 20 degrees which was set in 1968 Last year Christmas day had a high of 68 and a low of 48 he said The average Christmas day tem perature in the Aiken area is 57 de grees The average low is 34 degrees Schneider said Aikens freezing temperatures are being caused by an Artie air mass that is bringing cold air to the area from Canada he said State Climatologist John Purvis was unavailable for comment Fund Drives To Make Christmas Happy Time For Needy By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer With Christmas day rapidly approach ing the Aiken Jaycees have raised for their fourth annual Christmas Shop ping Tour Fundraising for the event is far short of the the club hoped to raise this year said Lynne VanEck chairperson of the event Between 68 to 70 children will have clothing purchased for them by the Jay cees as part of the program she said On Dec 23 the children will be taken to KMart which helps to sponsor the event to select clothing and one toy that they like Ms VanEck said The Jaycees goal is to spend on each child involved in the program The group will meet at the Jaycee Hut located at the Jaycee Fair Grounds on US 1 on Dec 23 and travel to KMart in vans donated by the Aiken County Coun cil on Aging she said KMart will open its doors early to al low the group to make their selections Ms VanEck added Following the shopping tour the group will be treated to a party Donations may be sent to the Christ mas Shopping Tour to PO Box 707 Ai ken South Carolina 29802 A number of other groups are also winding down their fund drives The Salvation Armys annual kettle drive continues to bring in donations Contributions may be mailed to The Salvation Army PO Box 439 Aiken 29802 The 17th annual Valley Empty Stocking Fund campaign is also geared up for the holidays The fund is sponsored by several area civic clubs including the LangleyBath Clearwater American Legion Post 153 Samuel Swint Post 77 of the American Legion and the LBC Lions Club as well as individuals Contributions to the fund may be mailed to PO Box 517 Langley 29834 PO Box 354 Clearwater 29822 or PO Box 391 Graniteville 29829 Contributions received to date include JAYCEES CHRISTMAS SHOPPING TOUR WD JBWhiles Employees Leland Mr and Mrs Kannelh Mr and Mrs L L Lillle Elizabelh Vissing Herman Seiglei DunbarLiard Mr and Mrs HW See FUND Page 11A ;