Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 8, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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REAGAN The reputed
Reagan May Join Rushmere Immortals
States News Service
WASHINGTON — The Reagan years, already deeply etched in America’s memory, may soon make an even more permanent mark on Black Hills, South Dakota, stone.
In search of just the right tribute to their departed leader, U.S. conservatives are pushing a plan to add former President Ronald Reagan to the presidential lineup at the Mount Rush-more National Memorial, mastermind of the scheme, which would place a 60-foot granite Reagan head alongside Black Hill fixtures George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt, is R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., editor-in-chief of the conservative American Spectator.
Tyrrell last year presented a reportedly enthusiastic Reagan with an artist’s rendering of the new, improved Rushmere, and said he plans to broach the matter soon with President George Bush.
Archie Cartoonist's Classmates Reunite
HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) -Nearly a half century has passed since “Archie” artist Bob Montana hung out at The Chocolate Shop, drawing cartoons on napkins and gossiping with classmates who would later inspire Veronica, Betty and company.
But those days didn’t seem very far away as the Haverhill High School Class of 1940 met Sunday for the opening of an exhibit on Archie, recalling their mischievious youth and how it was captured in the comic strip adventures of freckle-faced Archie Andrews and his hapless mates Jughead and Moose.
Increasing cloudiness is forecast tonight with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms and a low in the 50s. Cloudy skies are forecast Tuesday with a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms and a high in the mid 70s. Please see details on Page 10A.
Helen B. Adams, Aiken Hilda M. Clarke, Hampton, Fla. Elbert Cotton, Winnsboro Argene Dominy, Baxley, Ga.
Leila B. Fulmer, Clarksville, Tenn. Robert W. Geter, Bath Elizabeth F. Gilliam, Aiken Lucy Lee, Belvedere William A. Marsh, Belvedere John M. Parish, Beech Island Gladys M. Rushton, Warrenville John Ryans, Edgefield Mrs. Demaris A. Trowell, Luray Please see details on Page 5A.Inside Today
Cult Leader Ordered His Own Death
Trial Begins In Domino's Slayings
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Aiken, S.C. GOP To Gain In '91 Remap
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — Redrawing the state’s House and Senate districts in 1991 may give Aiken County’s and South Carolina’s Republican Party its biggest boost in years, two state political scientists say.
A year after the 1990 census is completed, the Legislature will meet to reapportion the districts. By then, South Carolina’s 20-year transition to a General Assembly dominated by metro-subur
ban members rather than rural-small town lawmakers could be complete.
Census data and population projections by the state Budget and Control Board show that South Carolina’s growth in the 1980s has been largely in those counties where Republicans have emerged either as a solid contender or the dominant party.
Earl Black, a Democrat and a political scientist at the University of South Carolina, said that 1991 redistricting “gives the Republicans their best oppor
tunity for a big leap forward that they’ve ever had.”
The 15 counties where the GOP has had its greatest success in the 1980s in Statehouse and courthouse elections are expected to account for 81 percent of the decade’s population growth, or a projected 404,363 out of 501,263.
The counties are Aiken, Anderson, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Greenville, Horry, Lexington, Oconee, Pickens, Richland, Spartanburg and York.
That means the state’s other 31 counties will share the remaining 19 percent of the population growth, an estimated 96,900 people.
“There is some bleeding going on in the Democratic Party in this state,” said Van Hipp, state Republican Party chairman. “Those (growth) counties are where we’ve had our greatest growth. ” Donald Aiesi, a Furman University
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Kicking Up Heels
RACING TO THE TITLE: Kenny McLean (center) of Point Clear-Thorndale races toward the goal with several Ivanhoe players during Sunday’s final of the C&S Cup of
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
Aiken polo tournament at Whitney Field. For coverage of the annual event, please see Page 7A.
With Computer Fixed, Atlantis Streaks Toward Landing In California
By The Associated Press
SPACE CENTER, Houston — Atlantis streaked toward a landing in the California desert today after the astronauts replaced one of the shuttle’s main computers, which failed during the mission’s last full day in space.
Although the problem posed no threat to the flight, ground controllers decided to take no chances for today’s re-entry and touchdown and asked the astronauts to install a spare computer.
“We just don’t have the confidence to run with it for entry,” flight director Ron Dittemore said.
After the repair job, the five astronauts began stowing their gear in preparation for today’s fiery dash through the Earth’s atmosphere and landing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The touchdown in the Mojave Desert was scheduled for 3:43 p.m. EDT, and the forecast called for favorable weather.
The computer problem was the only glitch reported during the four-day mis
sion, whose primary task was the deployment of the Magellan robot probe to Venus.
Crew members dropped their other work Sunday to concentrate on the 4 %-hour computer installation, opting to go to sleep an hour later to finish the task.
“We have completed the EFM (in-flight maintenance),” Atlantis Commander David Walker radioed to Mission Control.
A relatively small crowd of 100,000 was expected at the landing site because it is on a weekday.
East Coast Relapses Into Winter
Aiken Low Breaks Record Set In "58
From Staff And Wire Reports
A May storm dumped nearly a foot of snow on parts of the East and left marathon runners in Pittsburgh battling rain, wind and snow flurries. The South, meanwhile, dealt with the aftermath of storms that killed 23 people.
And like the rest of the East Coast, summer-like weather disappeared in Aiken Sunday with temperatures dropped to low of 36 degrees at 6:45 a.m., breaking the record 42 degrees for the date in 1958.
But temperatures will warm today under mostly sunny skies, giving Aiken a high in the mid-70s and a low in the 50s. Clouds will increase tonight, with a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms. There will be a 60 percent chance of rain Tuesday, with a high in the 70s and a low in the 50s.
Snow was falling in western New York early today, breaking 80-year-old records for this time of year. In Ohio, snow fell in Cincinnati on Sunday for the first time in May in nearly a century. Frost and freeze advisories extended over Michigan to South Carolina today.
The waters of the James River in Virginia overflowed their banks and flooding was reported today in Richmond, the effects of a tomado-laced storm system that swept across the South beginning Thursday night.
In all, the thunderstorms and tornadoes were blamed for the deaths of seven people in Texas, five in Virginia, five in North Carolina, three in Louisiana, two in South Carolina and one in Oklahoma. More than IOO people were injured.
“We survived the tornado of ’89,” said Ben Williamson, who waited out the storm in the cellar of his 160-year-old house in North Carolina’s Davie County.
“I heard everyone talking about the roaring of the freight train. Then I heard it. If you hear that sound, you get right with
(Please See EAST, Page 10A)Both Sides Claim Win In Panama
By The Associated Press
PANAMA CITY, Panama — Opposition leaders called for a massive march today to protest the alleged theft by Gen. Antonio Manuel Noriega’s forces of a presidential election they claimed their candidate won decisively.
The government also claimed victory in Sunday’s largely peaceful balloting, though official results had not yet been released.
Turnout was high and many people had to wait in line several hours to cast ballots for president, two vice presidents and the National Assembly in what was considered a referendum on Noriega’s hold on power.
The opposition claimed that the 15,000-strong ciefense Forces, which Noriega heads, had perpetrated widespread fraud, with many soldiers voting more than once. Some foreign observers reported irregularities.Panamanian Election
Hostels of exit polls during Presidential balloting of May 7, 1989:Governing coalition’s tally
Guillermo EndaraJ 44 /%Opposition’s tally
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Governing coalition’s poll included 18,136 voters; opposition's poll included 1,022 voters. Minor candidates: Governing coalition's tally, 4.4%; opposition's tally 5.4%.
“Despite all the irregularities, the opposition has triumphed,” opposition presidential candidate Guillermo Endara told a news conference Sunday night. He claimed to have won by a 2-to-l margin
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Baker Not Prepared To Call For Summit On Moscow Trip
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — On his first Soviet trip, Secretary of State James A. Baker III will ask for cooperation in the Middle East, Central America and other trouble spots — and steer clear of preparations for a superpower summit meeting until the results are in.
Despite several steps by Mikhail S.
Gorbachev to lower tensions, Baker starts out today on his first visit to Moscow skeptical that the Soviet leader’s actions are in line with Gorba-chev’s “new thinking.”
Baker has publicly questioned, for in- BAKER stance, whether reductions in troops and defense spending announced by Gorbachev have done much to offset Warsaw Pact edges in some military categories in Europe.
Two of Baker’s closest aides, briefing reporters before his takeoff for Finland, said he would discuss a summit meeting with Gorbachev and Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze only if they raised the subject.
“If there are reasons to have such a summit, then we would certainly be pleased to have one,” said one aide, speaking on condition of anonymity.
But prospects for a meeting between President Bush and Gorbachev depend on progress in several areas, the U.S. officials said.
They said Baker wants Soviet cooperation in Central America and the Middle East, in combating terrorism and in slowing the proliferation of ballistic missiles. The officials left unclear how much had to be accomplished before Bush would consent to a superpower summit.
“The president’s past position is that one should not meet just for the sake of meeting, but rather one should have particular topics that are ripe for heads of government to engage in,” an aide said.