Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 6, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Chang Advances In French Open
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Spoleto Banners Just Too Enticing
(CHARLESTON (AP) — New technology has helped city officials keep the pastel Spoleto banners flying from utility poles throughout Charleston’s historic district.
“It seems like the banners have become collectors’ items for some people, but they aren’t very valuable,” said Danny Burbage, the superintendent of parks for the city of Charleston.
He said some folks climb utility poles and snatch the banners, which feature the logo of the festival which this year opened on May 26 and continues through Sunday.
Bumbage said the city changed the design of the banners back in 1987 after 30 were stolen during the Spoleto season.
The banners had been square and were tied to utility poles with rope. Now the tops are cut at an angle and metal rivets are used on top and down the sides.
Voyager 2 Taking Pictures Of Neptune
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) —Voyager 2 has closed to within 73 million miles of Neptune and started taking photographs of the planet, the last it will encounter on its odyssey through the solar system, NASA officials said.
The space probe launched 12 years ago was about as far from Neptune Monday as Earth is from the planet Mercury, said Ellis Miner, Voyager deputy project scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
The spacecraft is taking about six pictures every three hours as it approaches the planet at roughly 37,200 mph. The probe’s closest approach is scheduled for Aug. 24, when it will pass within 3,000 miles of Neptune.
‘‘We’re seeing a lot of detail on the atmosphere that we really hadn’t anticipated,” Miner said.
Tile first images were being recorded by the spacecraft’s tape recorders, and will be played back at the JPL laboratory, operated under contract by the California Institute of Technology for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Rain To Continue
Cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. The lows will be in the 60s, with highs in the upper 80s. Please see details on Page 5A.
William E. Brown, Wagener Stephen Fulmer, Greenwood Ollie E. Robinson, Graniteville Mabel N. Sharp, North Augusta Ella B. Weeks, Aiken Horace H. Wilson, Augusta Sally B. White, Brooklyn, N.Y.
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Tuesday, June 6, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 135
Chinese Students Supported In Prior Movements
By FRAN PODA Staff Writer
Incidents involving students in China have been all the more shocking because of a history that shows students being backed by the government in their movements and ideas, according to USC Aiken’s Dr. S. Thomas Mack.
“Students have been such an important force in Chinese history, and they’ve always had some backing, even if they went too far,” he said. “Students have always been encouraged in their movements, as the delegated intellectuals of society. Learning as a whole has always been valued.”
Dr. Mack spent six months in China at a university in Taiyuan in 1984, giving lectures and shows on American culture, especially literature. Taiyuan is in northern China, he said, not very far from Beijing.
“I used to go there for extended weekends, and many times walked through Tiananmen Square,” he said. “What a transformation.”
Dr. Mack has a personal interest in the situation in China, because of the friends he made among faculty and students when he was there, some of whom he still corresponds with. One, in particular, is in Beijing.
“He was one of my better students,” Dr. Mack said. “I have a feeling he’s right in the thick of things. I’m a little concerned about him.”
(Please See CHINESE, Page 12A)
UNDER THE GUN: A couple on a bicycle tak%>$ refuge under a bridge where tanks have set up positions in Beijing.
By The Associated Press
BEIJING — Civil strife threatened to engulf the Chinese capital today and solders of armies loyal to rival political factions were reported battling for control of
A Chinese witness said soldiers of the MU) Army exchanged tank and small-arms fire this afternoon in western Beijing with the 27th Army, which invaded central Beijing on Saturday night to crush the pro-democracy movement.
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The 28th is believed loyal lo ousttru Communist Party leader Zhao Ziyang.
A soldier of the Beijing-based 38th Army said it was fired upon by the 27th on the west side of the city. Chinese witnesses also said fire from the 27th Army killed a small boy and slightly injured a girl in the afternoon.
The 27th has been fortifying its positions around Tiananmen Square. Troops and tanks from the rival armies were positioned around the western and eastern flanks of the 27th Tuesday night.
Hundreds of people came out to cheer soldiers of the 38th Army on the west side of Beijing, offering the troops cigarettes and shaking their hands.
“The 28th and 38th armies are the People’s armies, the 27th Army is a bunch of bandits,” said a 32-year-old man.
There had been reports of new troops moving into the city for a showdown, and armored columns from the 27th took up defensive positions at major intersections on Monday.
The government announced today that nearly 300 people had been kiUed and more than 7,000 injured in a four-day onslaught that ran protesters out of central Tiananmen Square and paralyzed the city.
(Please See ARMIES, Page 12A)
Damage Light As Storms Rake Midlands
Aiken Escapes With Minor inconveniences
From Staff And Wire Reports
South Carolina is counting its blessings with no injuries and only minor damage from a line of severe thunderstorms accompanied by high winds that moved through the state, but weather officials say more of the same is on the way.
In Aiken, the storm caused a few inconveniences but no serious problems.
Charles Staples, executive vice president and general manager of the Aiken Electric Cooperative Inc., said winds, rain and lightning caused power losses
for a short time in individual homes over a scattered area but there were no major problems.
South Carolina Electric and Gas Company also had scattered instances of power outages, but nothing serious, said Edward Moseley, manager of operations and construction.
The Aiken City Police and Public Safety also reported no damages caused by the heavy rains or lightning.
The National Weather Service said there’s an 80 percent chance of more storms today. High temperatures are ex
pected to be in the mid-80s, compared with the upper 90s of last week.
The bulk of the damage from Monday’s thunderstorms consisted of power outages from downed lines, broken tree limbs and lightning which started several fires in the Upstate and Midlands.
Authorities said there were no injuries or major property damage, though there was an unconfirmed sighting of a tornado — which did not touch down — in Cherokee County.
A tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service at 6 p.m. Monday for Spartanburg County was cancelled 40 minutes later. It was the only such warning issued for the state.
The storms hit hardest in Anderson, Easley, Clemson, Seneca, Westminster and Walhalla. Some homes sustained minor damages and the entire area received as much as a half-inch of rainfall, according to reports from fire, police and sheriff’s department dispatchers Monday night.
A thunderstorm with winds of up to 70 mph hit the Longs community near Myrtle Beach Monday afternoon, blowing over a bam off S.C. 9, several trees and slightly damaging the tong Bay Club golf course.
Around 6 p.m., more than 9,000 homes were without electrical service in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.
County Tax Rate Trimmed By 4 Mills
By CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer
An increase in taxes for Aiken County residents is inevitable, but the proposed 1990 budget was trimmed by about $1 million, and the millage rate reduced by 4.0 mills at a special budget work session of Council Monday night.
Members of the Aiken County Council spent four hours haggling over the budget, but in the end gave its approval to “Plan B,” an alternate budget proposal that allows a $20 million spending ordinance and a millage rate of 4.5 mills.
The original budget proposal made last month was a $21 million budget with an increase in the millage rate to 4.9 mills to help pay of the county’s debt service bond.
The county’s debt services include the Aiken County and Nancy Carson Public libraries and the new Department of Social Services building.
“There’s going to be a tax increase this year,” Council Chairman Carrol H. Warner said. “Even with Plan B. There’s no way around it. Now it’s up to Council to decide how to address the issue of how much of a tax increase.”
Plan B of the budget is a balanced budget with a 4.5 millage rate increase plus the one percent increase allowed by law, and a rollback of taxes to last year’s budget of $18 million. The budget also allows for $700,000 to go into a Reserve Fund for the County.
Plan A was a $21 million balanced budget that called for a 4.9 millage rate increase, plus the one percent and a roll-
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back to last year’s budget. It also called for $1 million to go into a Reserve Fund.
The new budget proposal will be given a second reading at tonight’s regular meeting of Council. A public hearing will be held on June 13, and then the budget will receive a third and final reading before adoption.
Under the new budget, the Aiken County Sheriff’s Department, the Aiken County Public Defender’s office and the Aiken
County Solicitor’s office will still be “treated fairly,” according to the County Administrator, W. Scott Barnes.
“The sheriff’s department will get five new workers,” Barnes said, and the Solicitor’s office and the Public Defender’s office will each get one new attorney to help with the drug cases. Even though ifs not exactly what those departments requested in their budget proposals, I think it’s fair,” Barnes added.
Poland Wants Coalition Rule With Labor
By The Associated Press
WARSAW, Poland — The Communist Party is suggesting that Solidarity join it in a governing coalition af-ter the independent labor movement’s apparent victory in nearly every contested race in national elections.
Such power-sharing is unprecedented in the Soviet bloc.
Solidarity-backed candidates could even be offered Cabinet posts, and the union said it was willing to discuss such an arrangement.
Jubilant Solidarity campaigners celebrated with Russian champagne at their Warsaw headquarters Monday after a Communist Party spokesman acknowledged defeat in Sunday’s vote.
For the first time since the postwar Communist takeover of Eastern Europe an opposition group will control a freely chosen chamber of Parliament — the Senate — and have veto power over legislation.
Although final official results were not expected until midweek, voters rejected government-backed candidates nearly everywhere.
(Please See POLAND, Page I2A)