Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 26, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
European Summit Begins Today
Pete Rose Given Reprieve
A Quick Read
Giant Statue Bothers Town
WADSWORTH, IU. (AP) - Zoning officials didn’t object to the golden pyramid or the shark-filled moat. But they had enough when Jim Onan put a 45-foot statue of a pharoah on his front lawn.
The town took him to court under a zoning ordinance that puts a 25-foot limit on structures in residential neighborhoods.
The 52-year-old Onan, a construction contractor, decided on a way of getting around the regulation: He’s burying the 200-ton statue of Ramses II in gravel up to its knees.
Onan says he intends to spend $25,000 to bury all but 25 feet of Ramses II.
Toilet Offenders Can Be Fined
SINGAPORE (AP) - In their latest move to toilet train the people, authorities plan to fine those who fail to flush after using public lavatories.
Beginning July I, first-time offenders may be penalized as much as $77. Repeat offenders caught neglecting to flush three or more times may have to pay as much as $515.
Public toilets are defined as those to which the public has access, including those in hotels, department stores, cinemas and restaurants. The Environment Ministry says many people simply are not flushing after use.
Government campaigns to improve public hygiene in this city-state of 2.6 million people are not new. A Clean Public Toilets campaign was first mounted in 1983. A team of health inspectors was deployed last year, but offenders merely received warning letters.
Fair And Hot
Fair skies are forecast for tonight with the low in the 70s. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. The high will be in the mid 90s.
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Jessie S. Anderson. Aiken Ethel Bundscho, Belmont, N.C.
Mary M. Burch, Santa Monica, Calif.
Emile Delegram Jr., Riverdale, Ga.
Margie G. Heath, Aiken
H. Monroe Johnson Jr., West Columbia
Betty L. Lott, Graniteville
Mary H. Reddick, Aiken
Arthur F. Testa, Aiken
Pauline E. Weed, Belvedere
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J County Budget To Get Final Approval
Aiken County Public
Monday, June 26, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 152
FRUITS OF LABOR: James Gleaton sells some of the produce from his garden to a customer at the Aiken
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
County Farmer’s Market. The market is open daily for those growing produce in Aiken County.
Bounty Of Aiken County's Fields Arrives Daily At Farmer's Market
By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer
The arrival of summer brings sweltering days, humid nights, array of bothersome insects, and the delights of fresh fruits and vegetables from the fields.
Row upon row of green food tables rest beneath a canopy of peeling wood, marked with the welcome sign of the Aiken County Farmers’ Market. Every morning at 7:30, farmers arrive at the marketplace to turn the empty stands into a plethora of southern delicacies. Farmers remain until 4:30 p.m., or until their produce is sold out.
The Farmers’ Market is an Aiken tradition, bringing in farmers and buyers from throughout the county to show off their favorite produce and take advantage of some of the best bargains in town.
Located between two of Aiken’s oldest streets, the market provides the community with an up close look at what farmers have grown in the county this year. Producers frorf^Rjdge Spring, Wagener and Salley travel every day to Aiken and set up camp at the southeast intersection
of Richland Avenue and Williamsburg Street as they sway buyers to look their
In the early morning hours, Monday through Saturday, while the dew still dampens our windows, sellers are laying out their watermelons, cabbage, peaches, corn, peas, butter beans and string beans. And amid the greenery of lettuce and turnip leaves lie tiny hot peppers and Pontiac Potatoes.
Wherever you look, you see evidence of all that’s fresh and delicious. Young and old alike thump melons, eye peaches and sniff flowers before making their purchase.
This year has been a little different for Aiken County farmers. Rain, rain and more rain has lightened the hearts of many and burdened the minds of some.
For three years, Tony Cofer of Salley has been selling at the Farmers’ Market. Standing behind his hoard of green beans, bell peppers and potatoes, he comments that the rain hasn’t been too much trouble for his farming this year.
“The rain hasn’t hurt the vegetables too much,’’ Cofer said. “The problem has
been gettting out in the fields to weed. We haven’t been able to keep up with the weeds just because of all the rain we’ve had.”
A couple of tables uoww, James Gleaton talks about how the rain can harm some produce such as tomatoes. But the cucumbers and melons have thrived on the excess rain, he explained.
As talk throughout the market centered on the weeks of heavy rainfall and the prices of various items, farmers piled baskets of freshly cut flowers onto the tables. Cofer added a little flavor to his display by placing his bouquets in chitlin buckets.
Daisies, snapdragons and zinnias splashed color throughout the busy market.
Mrs. James Gunter, who had traveled from her home in Wagener, arranged colorful bundles among her stacks of squash, corn and okra.
“I’ve been coming out here for 45 years,” she said. “It’s almost like a second home to me.”
(Please See BOUNTY, Page 10A)
By The Associated Press
NEWPORT, R.I. — Nearly half a million gallons of oil from a grounded tanker closed beaches and claimed its first wildlife victims, and hundreds of people worked to clean up spills in five states.
Beaches were ordered closed today in Rhode Island, and shellfishing was banned off the coast.
An undetermined number of oil-covered small lobsters and several birds have been found dead, state and federal environmental officials said.
Since lobsters, flounders, cod and haddock — important to the region’s fishing industry — are now laying their eggs, it is the “worst possible time to experience an oil spill,” said Kenneth Sherman of the National Marine Fisheries Service. Fish can swim away from the oil slick, but larvae do not have that mobility, he said.
The Greek-licensed tanker World Prodigy struck Bretton Reef at the mouth of Narragansett Bay on Friday. Gov. Edward DiPrete said the captain, Iakovis Georgudis, admitted he failed to wait for a pilot and mistakenly changed course, sending the ship toward rocks.
Results of drug tests on Georgudis and a mate whose name was not immediately available were expected by late today, although the Coast Guard said drugs or alcohol were not believed factors in the accident.
A federal inquiry into the accident would be convened Tuesday, Coast Guard Adm. Richard Rybacki said. State Attorney General James E. O’Neil said he hoped to learn if Georgudis violated state law by approaching too near the bay without a pilot.
Elsewhere, contractors cleaning up a spill from a Uruguayan tanker grounded in the Delaware River have hired 255 employees. The state of Delaware also agreed to provide 300 National Guardsmen to help remove thousands of gallons of heavy fuel oil that leaked onto beaches in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The tanker, refloated Sunday, was carrying 18 million gallons of heating oil. Officials had no estimate of the severity of Saturday’s spill, saying they were unable to account for at least 800,000 gallons, including an undetermined amount that mixed with water and remained in the tanker.
(Please See CREWS, Page 10A)
Estimates Misjudge AIDS Epidemic Severity
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A report today that federal officials are underestimating the spread of AIDS raises questions about the nation’s ability to cope with the crisis, say congressmen who are monitoring the epidemic.
A General Accounting Office report says the number of AIDS cases expected to be diagnosed over the next three years has been undercounted by as much as one-third by the Centers for Disease Control.
“The really frightening aspect of this report is it proves how little we know about the AIDS epidemic,” Rep. Ron Wy-den, D-Ore., said Sunday. He and Reps. John Dinged, D-Mich., and Henry Wax-man, D-Calif., requested the study.
“When these projections of AIDS cases go awry, it undermines research, destroys the validity of our plans for taking care of AIDS victims and conveys a false sense of confidence to our fellow citizens that the AIDS epidemic is under control,” Wyden said.
The GAO, in a report being released
today, estimated that 300,000 to 480,000 Americans will have been diagnosed with AIDS by the end of 1991.
This compares with CDC’s estimated range of 185,000 to 320,000 cases through 1991.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was expected today to announce approval of a drug to treat an eye infection in AIDS patients that can lead to blindness, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The drug, ganciclovir, has been widely available for several months to AIDS pa
tients with the eye infection, cytomegalovirus retinitis, under a special FDA category that allows distribution of promising drugs to the gravely ill while safety and effectiveness research continues.
About 20 percent of AIDS patients develop the eye infection. Syntex Corp. of Palo Alto, Calif., will market the drug under the name Cytovene.
The GAO evaluated 13 national forecasts of the cumulative number of AIDS cases through the end of 1991 and found a
(Please See ESTIMATES, Page 10A)
Soviet Sub Labors Home After Reactor Malfunction
By The Associated Press
OSLO, Norway — Billowing smoke, a Soviet nuclear submarine limped toward port today after a reactor malfunction caused a fire aboard.
No casualties or radiation leaks were reported aboard the vessel, which was of a class built in the 1960s to carry nuclear-tipped cruise missiles.
The Echo II class submarine was off northern Norway when the malfunction occurred. Officials said the reactor was shut down and the submarine was heading east for the Soviet naval base in Murmansk under diesel power.
A Norwegian Northern Defense Command spokesman said the submarine, with both nuclear and conventional pow
er, apparently caught fire at about 5 a.m. in the Norwegian Sea.
“We received a telex from Soviet Murmansk rescue central ... at about 9:45 a.m. that said the siltation was under control, the crew was in good shape and that there was no danger of a radiation leak,” Maj. Ame Skjaerpe said by telephone.
The submarine was first spotted by Norwegian aircraft 70 northwest of South Island, which is part of the northern province of Finnmark.
The vessel’s crew fired a rocket and waved off a Norwegian Sea King rescue helicopter to indicate it did not want civilian help, said Terje B. Lien, an official at the Norway Rescue Coordination Center at Bodoe.Battle At Church Leaves 39 Dead
By The Associated Press
MANILA, Philippines — Communist rebels battled anti-Marxist vigilantes at a church in a remote village and 39 people were killed, including women and children who had gathered to worship, military and church officials said today.
Two of the dead — a Protestant lay leader and his brother — were beheaded during the incident, which occurred Sunday at a United Church of Christ chapel in Rano, on Mindanao island about 640 miles southeast of Manila.
At least eight people were wounded, officials said. The military said the death toll could be higher because the rebels carted away their casualties.
A church official In Manila said the dead accounted for were members of the congregation.
Lt. Col. Jose Maneja, deputy commander of Davao del Sur province, said about UH) New People’s Army guerrillas entered the village looking for tile leader of a group of local anti-communist vigilantes.
Maneja said details were unclear, but apparently someone indicated that the vigilante leader, Ruben Ayap, was inside the church and shooting broke out. Ayap was killed along with his two brothers, Abadi and Clemente.
Abadi Ayap, head of the laymen’s group at the church, and his brother Clemente were beheaded, the military said.
Regina Dominguez, 41, whose daughter was killed in the shooting, said the rebels were angry at the villagers because they had joined an anti-Communist group.