Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 6, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Calcavecchia Wins L.A. Open
A Quick Read
Car, Train Collide;
No One Killed
Two Aiken residents were taken to an Augusta hospital in fair condition this morning after their car hit a train in Graniteville.
Sipreme Saintoiry, 23, and Avenous Lee, 31, hit on oncoming train as they traveled on S.C. 191 in Graniteville at 12:15 a.m.
They were reported in good condition late this morning at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Long-Time Dictator Leaves In Exile
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguayans jeered “Dictator Get Out! as Gen. Alfredo Stroessner left the country he ruled for nearly 35 years for exile in Brazil. The general who violently ousted him promised elections within 90 days.
President Andres Rodriguez, who seized power in a coup that left as many as 300 people dead, said Sunday he would “guarantee all freedoms and total democracy’’ in this small, landlocked South American nation of 4 million.
“I will call general elections within 90 days,” he told reporters shortly before Stroessner, for whom he had been second-in-command, departed.
On the observation deck at the President Stroessner International Airport, about 250 people hooted and jeered as the 76-year-old ex-president and family members boarded a Paraguay Airlines Boeing 707.
“Dictator Get Out!” many shouted, clapping their hands.
Others, flashing the V for victory sign, chanted in unison, “Adios! Adios! ” One woman of about 30 was visibly moved.
Cold Is Coming
A 50 percent chance of rain is forecast tonight with a low near 50. Mostly cloudy skies are forecast Tuesday with a 60 percent chance of rain and a high in the upper 50s. Much colder weather is forecast for Thursday and Friday.
Please see details on Page 5A.Deaths
Marie Barnes, Aiken
Elijah Butler, Edgefield
Thelma M. Carter, Aiken
Rev. Roy L. Eubanks, Denver, N.C.
Mary B. Fields, Beaufort
Paul V. Fitch, Meally, Ky.
James M. Freeman, Columbia Mary P. Gindlesperger, Augusta Andrew Graham, New Ellenton Margaret L. Harrell, North Augusta John C. Jester, Greenville Sam Jones, Aiken Thomas O. Jones, Batesburg Wardlaw Kennedy, Detroit Mary M. Kneece, Warrenville Mark Morinio, Aiken Coralee B. Norris, Augusta Benjie L. Wilson, Johnston Please see details on Page 5A.Inside Today
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Monday, February 6, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 32
Morrison Brought USC Into Spotlight
Heart Attack Claims Coach After Racquetball Session
MORRISON DIES: Joe Morrison, head football coach at the University of South Carolina, died Sunday night of a heart attack. He was 51.
By RICK SCOPPE AP Sports Writer
COLUMBIA — South Carolina coach Joe Morrison, who brought the Gamecocks into the national spotlight with success on the football field and controversy off it, died of a heart attack after playing racquetball with three friends. He was 51.
Morrison had been playing racquetball at Williams-Brice Stadium for about a half hour with defensive coordinator Joe Lee Dunn, attorney Edward “Punky” Holler and businessman Ken Wheat before he suffered what Providence Hospital spokeswoman Dawn Catalano called a “massive heart attack.”
Morrison, who had a history of heart
problems, was taken to Providence, arriving at 8:44 alive but unconscious. He
was pronounced dead at 9:64 p.m., Catalano said.
Morrison was not feeling any pain but did have a “small, funny sensation near his elbow” after playing racquetball, Athletic Director King Dixon said. But when the players shook hands they noticed Morrison’s hands were “awfully cold,” Dixon said.
Dunn called trainer Terry Lewis, who in turn contacted a team doctor, who checked Morrison’s pulse and heartbeat,
(Please See MORRISON, Page 10A)
Jammed Up: Traffic At Schools Not Improving
By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer
Some Aiken schools are facing problems with heavy traffic and poor access into the schools, and parents say the problems aren’t getting any better.
In Administrative Area I, where traffic problems continue to grow worse, J.D. Lever Elementary, Kennedy Middle, North Aiken Elementary and Aiken Elementary have experienced the most traffic problems in the Aiken area.
Parents of students at Aiken Elementary School organized ways t< correct the problems at their school during the fall. They met with highway officials, government officials and administrators from the school district. They had some results in dealing with the traffic, but are not satisfied with the limited access into the school.
Even though the winter’s fair weather and lighter mornings have lessened the traffic along Hitchcock Parkway, Pine Log Road and Huntsman Drive near the school, parents and teachers say that when it rains the traffic is unsafe and unbearable.
In the fall when parents at the school asked the Highway Department to correct the problems, some of their requests were granted. Crosswalks were painted at Hitchcock Parkway and Huntsman Drive and a sign blocking the highway in front of the school was relocated.
“We have decided to pursue every possible step,” said Clyanne Tuuri, a member of the school’s PTO. “As I understand
it, a lot of the schools have the same problem, but we’re still concerned about Aiken Elementary.”
The school only has one access road where the buses enter, and it has one access to the parking lot.
“What if we had to evacuate those kids?” Mrs. Tuuri asked. “It couldn’t be done safely. There are just too many cars and buses blocking the entrances, and another outlet needs to be built.”
Members of the PTO proposed a long range solution that would create two entrances off of the Hitchcock Bypass. However, Highway Department officials
(Please See JAMMED, Page 10A)
Pine Log Road
9 =Present Bad Traffic Points
Long Range Solution
New Access Roads with Demand Traffic Light for buses. Car drop off loop. Staff Graphic By Sharon McLaughlin
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Staff Photo By Phil Jones
PEAK TIME: This is an example of the traffic at the at approximately 7:45 a.m. The intersection leads to Aiken intersection of the S.C. 118- bypass and Huntsman Drive Elementary School.
Arctic Front Paralyzing Nation With Rain, Snow
By The Associated Press
Frigid air cloaked the nation today, turning highways into icy demolition derby courses, leaving snow in unlikely places and forcing a camp of nudists in Texas to decide they couldn’t bare it.
The arctic front that spilled out of Alaska last week remained stalled over virtually the entire nation, forcing temperatures below normal just about everywhere but Florida. Forecasters said relief is at least several days away.
In Arkansas, churches canceled Sun-
Man Hospitalized After Getting 7200-Volt Shock
Charles Stephen Crosby, 28, Route 2, Lincolnton, Ga., was severly burned Saturday after getting a severe electric shock while hanging a sign.
Crosby was on a metal ladder Saturday afternoon, hanging a sign at a new building at the corner of Pine Log and Powderhouse roads.
The ladder fell and came in contact with a 7200 volt primary electrical line.
Crosby’s clothes caught on fire and he suffered severe burns to his upper body.
He was transported to the Humana Burn Center in Augusta and is listed in critical condition.
day services to spare worshipers the danger of traveling on icy roads. Public schools throughout central and northern Texas, as well as at least two Texas colleges, canceled classes today for the same reason.
The weather has contributed to at least 40 deaths in the lower 48 states since the air spread from Alaska on Tuesday.
Among the latest victims were three people killed Sunday night on icy roads in Kentucky and a man who froze to death beneath a freeway overpass in Salt Lake City earlier in the day.
Accidents on slick roads also were blamed for four deaths in Louisiana, including two people who died when an 18-wheel truck spun out of control on an icy bridge just east of Monroe and rammed their vehicles.
In addition, four teen-agers competing in a Wisconsin ice-fishing derby were found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning Sunday after they left propane heaters running overnight in a wooden shanty. The overnight temperature near frozen Harpt Lake was about 16 below zero.
A Texas boy died at a Grand Junction.
Colo., hospital late Sunday after being trapped beneath an avalanche earlier in the day. Two other boys were buried but managed to escape from the snowslide at Mount Crested Butte in the central Rockies.
In Decatur, Texas, 60 miles northwest of Dallas, members of the Bluebonnet Nudist Park couldn’t keep their clothes off Sunday as temperatures were in the teens and low 20s.
“Unfortunately, we nudists have to put it on hold for a few days,” said manager Arthur Moss.
Wright Gambling On Pay Raise Strategy
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Jim Wright is gambling on a congressional pay raise strategy that would give lawmakers a 51 percent increase Wednesday and reduce it to 30 percent the next day.
Wright’s planned parliamentary maneuver Thursday is risky, because it would require a two-thirds vote in favor of a 30 percent raise, coupled with a ban on fees for speeches, articles and appearances.
First, the speaker must survive a challenge that opponents of the raise could bring to the floor today. The proposed resolution would try to force an immediate vote to reject the increase and stop it from becoming law.
Wright’s forces have several parliamentary countermoves available, including a motion to adjourn for the day.
‘It’ll sort of be like Andy Warhol said: We’ll be rich for 15 minutes.’
— Rep. Gary Ackerman
If Wright makes his move on Thursday, its success or failure would be less important than whether the House and Senate could reach a compromise on the pay controversy.
The Senate voted 95-5 last Thursday to reject the entire raise for Congress and other top federal officials, but it will become law automatically Wednesday under a special procedure unless the House also turns it down.
The raise would apply to Congress, top
Bush administration political appointees and judges, but the Constitution prevents reduction of judges’ pay once they receive a raise.
Under Wright’s proposal to let the raise become law, rank-and-file lawmakers would see their salaries rise Wednesday from $89,500 to $135,000. The speaker’s plan would scale that back to $116,350.
The Senate already has voted to offset the 51 percent raise partially by banning honoraria while the higher pay is in effect. The House plans to pass its own package to ban speaking fees.
Public reaction to the congressional pay raise has been overwhelmingly negative. Dozens of protesters shouting “No pay hike,” “Read our lips” and “Hey Mr. Speaker, haven’t you heard, 50 percent is quite absurd,” Sunday night met Democratic House members returning to Union Station from a weekend retreat.