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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 13, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Women's Open Begins Page 7 A A Quick Read Cuba Executes Former Officers MEXICO CITY (AP) — Four former military officers were executed today in Cuba for drug smuggling, the official news agency Prensa I patina reported from Havana. The four were former Gen. Arnatto Ochoa: former Col. Antonio de la Guardia Font; former Maj. Ar-mado Padron; and former Capt. Jorge Martinez. They were sentenced to death last week after a court-martial found they helped .smuggle tons of cocaine into the United States. All were stripped of their military ranks and thrown out of the Communist Party. Ochoa, 57, fought alongside Cuban leader Fidel Castro during the Cuban revolution and became one of the country’s best-known war heroes. The court-martial also handed out prison sentences ranging from IO years to 30 years to IO other defendants in the case. When Smiths Meet, Everybody's Same WASHINGTON (AP) - If you call the Hyatt Regency in suburban Bethesda, Md., this weekend and ask for Jim Smith, expect exasperation. There will be about 50 Jim Smiths registered. They’re members of the Jim Smith Society. They’ll be attending its annual summer get-together, reveling in what they have in common — a name. They’re only a fraction of the Jim Smiths who belong to the society. Its membership numbers 1,502, from virtually every state and many other countries. The Jim Smith Society is the brainchild of — this will come as no surprise — a gent named Jim Smith. A good-natured James H. Smith Jr., 68, of Camp Hill, Pa., retired public relations man, he is the selfdescribed * ‘founder-president-news-letter editor-chief bankroller.” He established it 20 years ago. Weather Storms Possible Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. The low will be in the mid 70s. Considerable cloudiness is forecast Friday with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. The high will be in the 90s. Please see details on Page 6A. Deaths Rosalyn Pearson, Aiken Ellen W. Robinson, Ridge Spring Ethel Scott, Aiken Bernice G. Sisk, Aiken Grethren D. Smith, Ridgeway Please see details on Page 6A.Inside Today Bridge  ..............      7B Calendar J,  .........    3B Classifieds.....  ...........   5B Comics..,  ............   4B Crossword..,...,..   ...............8B Cryptoquote,,..,.............  6B Dear Abby..,,,. ......A.......   4B Local Front  .........    1B Obituaries..,.........................    6A Opinions.,,...................      4A Sports..,.,,,.........      7A Television ..................  4B Weather  ....................    6A Page 2A Kemp Quizzed On HUD Cutbacks Page IB Legislators Predict Abortion Fight Mc* it Sid n 0a rh Thursday, July 13, 1989 ••KEN COUNTY PUBLIC SOV Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 167 South IVIust Develop Tech Workforce By The Associated Press HILTON HEAD ISLAND - Southern states need more educated workers and a speedier transfer of research to the marketplace if they are to continue their economic progress, according to a report released today. The Southern Growth Policies Board recommends its 12 member states and Puerto Rico forgive some educational loans in some critical technical fields, and use a portion of unemployment insurance funds to finance worker retraining. “Underinvestment in human resources has left the region in an untenable posi tion as the face of global production and distribution changes,” the report says. Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer says the report recognizes the shift away from the South’s traditional industrial lure of cheap labor. “As the world grows smaller, there are other parts of the world where labor is cheaper,” Roemer said. “Cheap is no longer good enough for the South. We must now be the best.” He said the report is meant “not as a blueprint for A, B, C action. It is a calling to awareness on the part of the South.,’ The report is meant to encourage state governments to consider technological growth when forming policy. If done properly, board members believe, the growth in technological proficiency will buoy Southern economic development. Though the rural South’s share of high-tech businesses grew into the early 1980s, the region as a whole is regarded by many as technological!) poor. A report card issued earlier this year by the private, non-profit Corporation for Enterprise Development ranked Southern states on average 39th among the 50 states in terms of technological resources, the report says. The board is a public interstate agency studying economic development in the South. Its member states include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Board Chairman Gov. Carroll Campbell said the report shows states how to innovate in ways the federal government cannot. “We think we can fill a void,” Campbell said. “We see the flexibility of the states to be the innovators. We’re the laboratories.” (Please See SOUTH, Page 11A) Optimistic Bush Joins Paris Gala Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth TAX APPEAL: Property owners line up to see appraisers at the county tax assessor’s office. Reassessment Appeals Piling Up For Assessors BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer Approximately 1,804 taxpayers have filed appeals with the county tax assessor’s office, complaining their property has been reassessed for too much money. Aiken County Tax Assessor Sally Fox said that’s really “not that large a number when you consider that we mailed out about 70,000 tax reassessment notices.” But by 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 104 property owners had filed appeals for that day alone, and about 20 more were waiting outside the tax assessor’s door. Bob Brown of North Augusta said he wanted to see an appraiser about property that belonged to his deceased mother that had been appraised by a realtor for $95,000, but was appraised by the tax assessor’s office for $113,000. “I’m like everybody,” Brown said, “I know I have to pay taxes, but I want to be paying taxes that are fair and square across the board.” ‘I want to be paying taxes that are fair and square across the board.’ — Bob Brown, North Augusta Patrick Shanahan, also of North Augusta, said he is more concerned with what he thinks is the “unequal evaluation of land as opposed to dwellings.” He said his dwelling appraised at $43,000 last year, and $55,000 this year, but that his land increased from $2,800 to $15,000. Mrs. Fox said she understands why some property owners are unhappy, but pointed out that she and her five appraisers are licensed appraisers and have the same qualifications as realtors when appraising property. (See REASSESSMENT, Page 11A) President Pleased With Reception On East European Tour By The Associated Press PARIS — President Bush, buoyed by his landmark visit to Eastern Europe, joined other world leaders today for a spectacular Parisian party celebrating the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. On ins way to ti e French capita’, Bush voiced hope tha lis tour of Putrid and Hungary had “given encouragement to those who want to go the path of reform, political change, economic change” in those communist nations. The gala events preceding a summit meeting of the world’s seven largest industrial democracies contrasted sharply with the president’s trip to Poland and Hungary , where he promised to help both communist nations with major economic reforms. Bush was greeted by French President Francois Mitterrand at the inaugural bicentennial event at the Place du Troca-dero commemorating the Declaration of the Rights of Man. That statement, issued in August 1789, set forth the French Revolution’s aims of liberty, fraternity and equality for all people. The world leaders sat on a blue and white grandstand listening to a young man and woman who took turns reading the 17 articles of the declaration. A children’s choir dressed in white sang a “song of joy,” played games and threw peace laurels, flowers and children’s toys on the esplanade. At the end of the ceremony, the leaders burst into applause as a flock of doves flew over the palace. Then, chatting amiably, they left for a lunch given by Mitterrand, who sat next to Bush during the ceremony. Before leaving Budapest for the French capital, Bush told Hungarian leaders that “as your economy modernizes, you will play an even greater role in the evolution of a new Europe, a Europe that is whole and free.” Bush told his Hungarian hosts, “you are proving, here in the heartland of Europe, that the Rights of Man are the proper birthright of us all. ” In an impromptu news conference on Air Force One during the flight to Paris, (Please See OPTIMISTIC, Page UA) SATISFIED: A happy President Bush arrives in Paris. Leaders See No Woes On Summit Eve By The Associated Press PARIS — Leaders of the world’s seven major industrial democracies gather in Paris on Friday for their 15th annual economic summit, surrounded by France’s bicentennial hoopla and with a comfortable sense of economic self-satisfaction. The oil crises, inflationary pressures, monetary instability and other woes that dominated previous summits seem contained, giving the government leaders time to take an unhurried look at matters such as the environment and Third World debt. The surge in the dollar that started in June, sending economic shivers down the backs of many a government official, has been cooled after massive intervention by central banks selling dollars. An optimistic U.S. Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady emphasized the Western (Please See LEADERS, Page 11A) Soybean Nosedive Surprises Growers From Staff And Wire Reports A giant Italian agricultural company denied attempting to corner the soybean market and said a Chicago Board of Trade order to liquidate big soybean futures positions “undermines the reliability” of its contracts. Soybean futures prices nosedived Wednesday on the heels of the unusual order from the commodity exchange. That order was widely seen as aiming to blunt an attempt to corner the market, in which one party buys enough of a commodity to control its price and drive it higher. Aiken County growers expect the results to be long range. Jackson farmer Roy A. Steed Jr. said that the actions taken in Chicago Wednes day “will definitely affect the price” of the soybeans, which he will harvest in late October to early November. “The market varies from day to day anyway, and we are used to that, but not that much ir -ne day,” he said. Soybean *. Triers have several options available to nelp offset the fluctuations in the market, Steed said. Farmers can contract some or all of their crop at an agreed upon price before they harvest, they can sell their crop after the harvest at current market prices, or they can store the soybeans and wait for prices to go up, he said. Steed said that last year he contracted approximately 3,500 bushels before he harvested. This year, however, he has not contracted any of his soybean crop. “We may wish we had contracted some this year.” Area soybean farmers, however, say that they still have time to wait and see how the market rebounds from Wednesday’s decline before they decide what to do with this year’s crop. Exchange spokesman Raymond Carmichael said only that the order was issued late Tuesday to correct a wide disparity between the number of contracts outstanding and the actual supply of soybeans available. The Chicago Sun-Times, quoting unidentified analysts and trading sources, reported that the order was targeted at Ferruzzi SpA, Western Europe’s leading grain trader and one of the world’s largest soybean processors. (Please See SOYBEAN, Page 11A)Soybean PricesAverage price per bushel received by farmers 8 h $5.73 / JFMAMJJASOND JFMAM 1988    1989 Source: USDA AP ;