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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 2, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina County Public Library Sports Georgia's Dooley Leaves With Win Page 7 AA Quick ReadVeteran Husband Takes A New Wife BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -Cleveland Yelder said he believes his latest marriage will last forever. But then, he felt the same way about the previous 16. “I’m a very optimistic individual,’’ said Yelder, who is nearly two weeks into his latest marriage. His shortest marriage lasted two weeks, his longest about five years. Yelder’s 48-year-old wife, Ethel, was unconcerned about his previous marriages. “I never heard of a man being married that many times,” said Mrs. Yelder. “But it didn’t bother me.”Weather Mostly sunny skies will remain throughout today but will turn cloudy as evening approaches. Please see details on Page 3B.Deaths Pearley Boatwright Jr., Batesburg Earnest Luke Gaines, Graniteville William E. Jones, Bath Bonnie M. Jowers, North Augusta Thelma Kitchings, Lawrenceville, Ga Robert Mance Jr., Aiken Edward H. Oswald, Allendale Ruth S. Reel. Edgefield Jefferson H. Robbins, Kingstree Shadrecus L. Singleton, Aiken Nick Stinnett, Jackson Beryl D. Williams, New Ellenton Bonnie S. Young, Aiken Please see details on Page 3Binside Today Bridge  ......................................6B Calendar............................................8B Classifieds.........................................4B Comics..............................................2B Crossword.........................................7B Cryptoquote.......................................5B Dear Abby.........................................2B Local Front .....................................1B Obituaries..........................................3B Opinions  .....................................4A Sports................................................7A Television..........................................2B Weather.............................................3B -...............       y" ' ' The Year on Wall * Today: Final NYSE, Please See Page 5AHoliday Hours The Aiken Standard is observing special hours today in order to allow its employees to spend additional time at New Year’s with their families. Monday’s newspaper was published with earlier than normal deadlines. News or sports stories that occur after our deadlines will be picked up for the next publication day. The Standard’s office will close at noon today. Regular deadlines and office hours will resume on Tuesday. Page 2A Page IB Interesting Work Awaits Legislators Standard Monday, January 2, 1989 250 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 2 New Year's Celebration Continuing By JONATHAN W. OATIS The Associated Press About 400,000 Rose Parade fans staked out early viewing spots today as float makers put the finishing touches on their 20-million-fl6wer creations for the 100th annual edition of the Southern California tradition. Halfway across the nation, about 650 pompon dancers lined up outside Dallas’ City Hall on Sunday to practice for today’s Cotton Bowl Parade. Half a million people jammed downtown Miami to watch floats, stars, bands and 20 circus elephants in the 55th Annual King Orange Jamboree Parade on New Year’s Eve. And 22,000 marchers — some dressed as rabbits, Mexican senoritas or California raisins — strutted their stuff in snow for 52,700 hardy spectators of Philadelphia’s 89th annual Mummers parade. People began lining up Saturday morning for Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses procession. By Sunday night, about 400,000 people were waiting along the Simile route, said police Lt. Gregg Henderson. One million people were expected at the parade. Three hundred million TV viewers worldwide were expected to watch the pageant preceding the Rose Bowl football showdown between the University of Southern California and the University of Michigan. The forecast held a chance of showers, but optimists hoped for sunny skies. The first Rose Parade was held in 1890, when the Valley Hunt Club treated the town to a rose petal-covered procession of horse-and-buggy teams. The 1989 edition was to feature 275 horses, 20 marching bands and 60 floats — including its tallest ever, a 70-foot creation depicting a roller-skating giraffe pulling a giant calliope. A real wedding was planned for the “Romance in California” float. The grand marshal was Shirley Temple Black, 60, who enjoyed the same hon or 50 years ago when she was Hollywood’s child acting sensation. Black recently admitted she’s allergic to roses, and she’ll have plenty to sneeze at: more than 20 million roses, chrysanthemums, orchids, carnations, marigolds, irises, daffodils, tulips and other blooms. Rose Queen Charmaine Beth Shryock was to travel with her court in a float followed by another reuniting many former Rose Queens, including 80-year-old Holly Halsted Balthis, who was the parade’s monarch in 1930. (Please See NEW YEAR’S, Page 10A) The Game's Afoot Clemson Battling Oklahoma In Citrus Bowl By TONY BAUGHMAN Staff Sports Writer ORLANDO, Fla. — After more than a week of near-constant celebration, the pfcp rally is over. The game is afoot. “The game” is the 43rd Annual Florida Citrus Bowl, pitting the No. IO Sooners of Oklahoma against the 13th-ranked Clemson Tigers. Tile nationally-televised contest was slated to begin at 1:30 Monday afternoon, with local TV coverage provided by ABC-TV affiliates WJBF-Channel 6 in Augusta and Columbia’s WOLO-TV 25. The Central Florida clash, which marks the first postseason meeting between Clemson and Oklahoma, culminates nearly two weeks of pregame pep, pomp and ceremony. The final push came Sunday night at the Orange County Convention Center parking lot, where Tiger and Sooner loyal congregated for a giant pep rally in honor of their teams. The roaring sea of Tiger orange and Sooner red provided one final man-size splash of the Citrus’ oh-so-prevalent color and commotion before kickoff. All around this town dubbed “City Beautiful” by its leaders, the markings of the scores of southbound pigskin pilgrims are to be found. Hotel parking lots, interstate highways and downtown side streets, and parking (Please See THE, Page 10A) Fatal Fires Take 24 Lives; 10 Die In Minnesota Blaze AP Laserphoto SOCIALISM OR DEATH: Fidel Castro celebrated his 30th year of rule in Cuba by rejecting economic reforms that £re gaining popularity throughout the communist block. Castro Declares Cuba's Commitment To Socialism By GEORGE GEDDA The Associated Press HAVANA — President Fidel Castro, celebrating the 30th anniversary of his revolution, rejected market-oriented economic reforms and said that for Cuba, it is “socialism or death.” Castro’s remarks, in a televised speech Sunday night, seemed aimed at the Soviet Union and other Communist countries that have been abandoning strict adherence to Marxist doctrine. “Today we say with more force than ever, socialism or death, Marxism -Leninism or death,” he said. Castro spoke to a large gathering from the balcony of the municipal building in the eastern city of Santiago, where he had proclaimed victory for his revolutionary struggle on Jan. 1,1959. He did not refer directly to the Soviet Union in his remarks, saying only that the contemporary situation has been marked by “confusion.” In other speeches, Castro has been more explicit about his rejection of the reform policies of Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. (Please See CASTRO, Page 10A) By The Associated Press REMER, Minn. — A woman celebrating her birthday with her husband broke into hysteria after returning home to find that a fire had destroyed their wooden house, killing IO people, including their four children. Firefighters had to restrain Nancy Watson when she repeatedly tried to enter the burned out two-story house, said Valerie Pound, a witness. “There was no house to get back into. It was just gone,” Pound said. “She kept screaming the names of her four kids in a pattern, one right after another.” Three walls and the roof already had collapsed when firefighters arrived early Sunday, said Fire Chief Leo Renn. The bodies of the badly burned victims were in or near their beds. “It’s probably the worst situation I’ve seen where IO people are killed at one time,” said Cass County Sheriff Jim Dawson. “It’s just devastating.” Killed were John and Nancy Watson’s children, Jenny, 14, Samantha, ll, Edward, 9, and William, 8; Mrs. Watson’s sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Becky Smischney; their two children, Jay, IO, and Kimberly, 8; and Michelle Bastle, IO, and Robin Bastle, 12, daughters of Tony and Nancy Bastle, who live near the Watsons. Elsewhere, New Year’s fires killed at least 14 people, including four in Anchorage, Alaska. Mrs. Watson remained under observation at Itasca Memorial Hospital early today in the north-central Minnesota city of Grand Rapids, 20 miles northeast of this town of 400 residents. The fire spread so quickly it was unlikely anyone woke up before being overcome by smoke, said Renn. The blaze was sparked by a wood-burning stove or an oil space heater, Renn said. He said the house was not equipped with smoke detectors, which were not required by law. The Watsons had left the children with her sister and brother-in-law, who were visiting from Bemidji, to celebrate Mrs. Watson’s 32nd birthday on New Year’s Eve. Tammy Grover, a step-sister of John Watson, said the Watson children loved tile outdoors. “They had pet rabbits and geese and ducks,” she said. (Please See FATAL, Page 10A) Gov. Campbell Still Hoping For Tax Cut AP Laserphoto STILL HOPING: Gov Carroll Campbell eyes tax cuts in 1989. By The Associated Press COLUMBIA — Gov. Carroll Campbell says he hopes revenue will be so good in the state this year that he’ll be able to cut state income taxes. The state Board of Economic Advisers has already predicted the state will have at least $186 million extra to spend this year as a result of surpluses in the 1988-89 budget. That budget was highlighted by a 4 percent state employee raise, full funding for the Education Finance Act and $34 million extra for higher education. Spokesman Tucker Eskew said this year the first-term Republican governor wants a growing economy to finance similar programs — along with the state’s first income-tax cuts. “We’re going to have some money to work with,” Eskew said. “There’s an opportunity for us to make history with these tax cuts.” He said the cuts — to be phased in over four years — would mainly benefit low-and middle-income taxpayers and would ultimately be worth $44 million a year to taxpayers. The cuts would be financed through budget surpluses. “The issue for us is: Do we share with the taxpayers the benefits of a growing economy?” Eskew said. “Or do we spend it (all) on government programs?” But some lawmakers worry an economic slump in the next few years could dry up the predicted surplus, while others say Campbell — in his second set of budget proposals — is reaching too far by promoting both spending increases and tax cuts. “He’s spending money we don’t have, and I don’t like it,” said state Rep. Herb Kirsh, D-York, of the House Ways and Means Committee. “(The Campbell budget) is great, and it makes everybody feel good. But it just doesn’t work that way,” Kirsh said. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Robert McLellan and Senate Finance Committee Chairman James Waddell were concerned that Campbell’s tax-cut plans depend heavily on surpluses, which can appear and disappear from year to year. “I can’t see giving a tax cut contingent on a surplus,” said McLellan, D-Oconee. (Please See GOV., Page 10A)I    J ;