Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 15, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Relatives Remember Crime Victims
Rain Halts U.S. Open
Page IOAA Quick ReadBug Races Successful, Even With A Few Bugs
LORIS (AP) — The bug races at the Loris Branch Library were deemed a success, despite a few bugs in the system.
About 35 pre-schoolers in the library’s summer reading program were told to bring their own insects and turtles to compete in the races Wednesday.
The turtle race was canceled, however, when only one entrant showed up.
Organizers at first planned to put numbers on the backs of the bugs — which included small brown crickets, roly-poly bugs and spiders — so they could keep up with whose entrant was whose.
But that idea didn’t work too well, what with the contestants squirming so much, so that plan had to be scrapped.
General pandemonium continued when the youngsters moved outside, where racing circles were drawn on the parking lot.
The insects that crossed a line first won ribbons for their owners.
“I don’t know,” said Scott Sarvis, 4, when asked if he was happy because his cricket won a blue ribbon. “I thought I would get a toy.”Air Force Graduates First Woman Test Pilot
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — Capt. Jacquelyn S. Parker is the Air Force’s first woman test pilot, and the 28-year-old flier has her eye on the space shuttle.
‘‘The work and the flying was as hard and challenging as everyone said it would be,” Parker said. ‘‘Now, I’m looking forward to putting it to use testing airplanes and hopefully, someday, fly the space shuttle.”
Parker was one of 25 navigators, pilots and flight engineers who graduated last weekend from the Air Force Test Pilot School, which runs a rigorous program to train personnel to test experimental, research and prototype aircraft.Weather
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Thursday, June 15, 1989
NEW RESIDENTS: Steven residence in Joye Cottage.
Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth
Naifeh (left) and Gregory Smith take upBest-Seller Authors Settle In Aiken, Buy Joye Cottage
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Two of America’s most popular new writers, who are shooting up the best seller lists with their true-life tales about violence, have purchased the historic 60-room Joye Cottage and will use the rambling mansion as both a residence and work place.
Steven Naifeh and Gregory Smith, authors of the best-selling The Mormon Murders and a series of other works some predict will top booksellers’ charts, said Wednesday they plan to become permanent residents of Aiken.
Currently, they are selling a New York apartment and are living at the Willcox Inn until arrangements can be made for a move into the cottage.
The Mormon Murders currently ranks No. 3 on the New York Times best seller list for non-fiction and is lith on The Atlanta Constitution’s combined list.
The success of that true-life murder account has led the Harvard Law School graduates to prominence, with appearances on television and radio talk shows
and offers from publishers around the country.
“We are anxious to get settled because we want to get on with our writing without the distractions of moving,” Naifeh said Wednesday afternoon while sitting on a sofa in the massive living room of the home.
The Joye Cottage sale was arranged by Doris Johnson and Lisa Hosang of Eula-lie Salley and Co., but the purchase price of the residence and its three acres of land was not disclosed.
The property had been listed recently for $650,000 by Mr. and Mrs. Todd Cole and Robert Lennon, co-owners. But two acres of the original tract was sold and not included in that listing.
Joye Cottage, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in the late 1800s and purchased by multimillionaire businessman and former Secretary of the Navy William C. Whitney in 1897.
(Please See BEST-SELLER, Page 14A)
Rebel-Held Doctor Freed In Lebanon
By The Associated Press
SIDON, Lebanon — A Belgian hostage, Dr. Jan Cools, was freed today after nearly 13 months in captivity and turned over to a leftist militia leader in this southern port city, an aide to the leader said.
Cools, 32, a physician with the Norwegian Aid Committee, NORWAY was “turned over” to Mustafa Saad, leader of the Nasserite militia in Sidon, 25 miles south of Beirut, said the aide, who insisted on anonymity.
The aide said three Belgian officials were at Saad’s residence with Cools, but would give no other details.
Cools was kidnapped on May 21, 1988, near the Palestinian refugee camp of Rashidiyeh, where he worked, on the outskirts of the southern port of Tyre.
A group calling itself Soldiers of Justice claimed reponsibility and, it said Wednesday that it would free Cools as a gesture of goodwill.
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Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 143
Aiken Wants DOE To Raise Payment$1 Million Asked In Lieu Of Taxes On SRS Property
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
Aiken County officials have asked the U.S. Department of Energy to consider raising its annual payment in lieu of taxes to about $1 million — more than five times what the county got from DOE last year.
Barnwell and Allendale counties have likewise requested “substantially” higher payments for this year, said DOE officials who are considering all three requests.
Since 1969, the Energy Department and its predecessor agencies have voluntarily made annual payments to compensate the three counties for the 300 square miles of land —■ otherwise developable and taxable — that were taken to build the government-owned Savannah River Site.
Aiken County got $161,625 as its in-lieu payment during 1988, while Barnwell got $204,913 and Allendale, $5,295, according to DOE figures.
Aiken County officials have told the department that $1 million would be a more
“equitable” annual share for the county, in light of rising local property values and other factors, said Carrol H. Warner, county council chairman.
Warner said he assumed Barnwell officials also have asked for $1 million or more, though Barnwell County Tax Assessor Danny Creech declined to discuss specific amounts.
“This year, all three counties submitted bills for the payments which were substantially higher than in previous years,” said Julie Madden, a DOE spokeswoman at Savannah River.
“DOE has contacted each county and requested their justification for the higher payment assessments,” but hadn’t received that information as of Monday, Ms. Madden said.
“I don’t think they’re challenging (the requested increases),” Warner said, but added, “if there ever is a time to justify it, it’s now.”
“Our argument is that rural land in Aiken County has increased dramatically in value,” Warner said, citing as evidence the proposed Cedar Creek golf course and residential development on land bordering the plant.
The plant, which makes U.S. nuclear weapons materials, includes about 75,000 acres of Aiken County land that would be worth $1,200 to $1,300 an acre on the open market, Warner said.
(Please See AIKEN, Page 14A)
Foley Memo Issue Lingers But Bush Keeps Faith In Atwater
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - President Bush says Republican Chairman Lee Atwater is doing a “great job,” but a top GOP congressional campaigner questions Atwater’s truthfulness about a Republican memo that attacked House Speaker Thomas S. Foley.
Ed Rollins, co-chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said during an appearance in Indiana that he memo comparing Foley to homosexual congressman Barney Frank probably was written with Atwater’s knowledge.
“I don’t think I take him at his word that he didn’t know about it,” Rollins said.
Leaders in both parties condemned the memo. Bush called it “disgusting,” and its author, Republican National Committee press aide Mark Goodin, resigned.
Bush and Atwater both tried to lay the issue to rest last week, saying Atwater
did not know of the memo before its
Rollins questioned that account durin a news conference prior to a speech in Elkhart County, Ind., on Monday night. He called the memo incident outrageous and said the RNC “threw a life raft to the Democrats,” who were reeling after the resignations of former speaker Jim Wright and Majority Whip Tony Coelho.
“We’ve got to learn to stick with the issues, ideology and integrity,” Rollins said. “It used to be candidates stuck to the high road and the low road. Now, it’s between the sewer and the gutter.” Rollins’ comments were not widely publicized at the time.
Bush did not mention the memo episode during a speech Wednesday night at a fund-raising dinner on the eve of a two-day meeting of the RNC in Washington. But he had high praise for Atwater.
(Please See FOLEY, Page 14A)
EXPELLED BY CHINA: Alan Pessin of Voice of America (left) and John Pomfret of the Associated Press pose after being told of their expulsion from China. It was also reported Brian Baron of the British Broadcasting Corp. was expelled. However, the report was later retracted as a misunderstanding.
3 Sentenced To Death In China Unrest
By The Associated Press
BEIJING — Three people were sentenced to death today in connection with the burning of a train and the beating of security officials during pro-democracy demonstrations in Shanghai last week, news reports said.
In another display of the widening crackdown on dissidents, state television in Beijing showed reputed protest leaders being crowded into police vans, their heads shaven and signs dangling from their necks describing their alleged crimes.
Numerous arrests were reported in other cities.
The death sentences in Shanghai were the first announced since Chinese troops opened fire on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing on June 3-4, ending a 7-week-old reform movement.
The hard-line government since has reported arresting more than 1,000 people in a nationwide crackdown in which the student protest leaders have been branded as
(See 3 SENTENCED, Page 14A)