Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 23, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Glow-ln-The-Dark Lenses Available
DALLAS (AP) — To complete that scary Halloween costume, an optometrist has designed glow-in-the-dark contact lenses.
Dr. John Herron colors the lenses by dipping them into commonly used ophthalmic dyes. After being treated, the dyes become florescent green and red in the dark.
“You’ll be weird,” Herron promised. “But the rest of the world looks like it really is.”
Herron began making them for others after ne played a trick on a patient, and she insisted on having a pair.
The lenses last about a week, and cost $7.50 a pair.
“They’re interesting and a conversation piece,” Herron said. “And I thought it would be fun, especially for Halloween.”
The Dallas optometrist said he plans to put on a pair and light up a Halloween party.
Prices Dip Half-Cent Per Gallon At Pump
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The average price of gasoline nationwide dipped about a half-cent a gallon at the pumps in the past two weeks, a survey found.
The Lundberg Survey of 12,000 gas stations showed the average retail price of all grades of gasoline, including taxes, at 109.12 cents a gallon on Friday, down .53 cent from Oct. 6, analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday.
“The movement is not untypical for this type of year. It’s partially a response to seasonally lowered demand, but also to ample supplies,” she said.
Wholesale prices fell, allowing retailers to pass their savings on to customers, she said.
According to the survey, self-service prices per gallon were: regular unleaded, 97.74 cents; premium unleaded, 114.87 cents; regular leaded, 96.62 cents.
At full-service pumps, prices per gallon were: regular unleaded, 127.26; premium unleaded, 139.92 cents; regular leaded, 126.01 cents.
Fair skies are forecast tonight, with a low in the low to mid 40s. Tomorrow will be mostly sunny. The high will be in the upper 70s.
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Monday, October 23, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 264
Charleston Station Rode Out Hugo
Thousands Relied On Info From QI07
By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer
NORTH CHARLESTON — During the darkest hours before and after Hurricane Hugo, WKQB, Q107 FM, reached out to lowcrountry residents like a beacon in the night.
The station, unlike many of its competitors in the Charleston market, was able to stay on the air until 12:20 a.m. Friday. Although they lost power at their North
Charleston studio at IO p.m., the station returned to the air by using emergency generators. The station’s transmitter, which is located in Ridgeville, approximately 30 miles from Charleston, lost power after midnight and forced the station off the air until 9 p.m. Friday, said Roger Gaither, operations manager.
“As far as I know, we were the first radio station back on at 9 o’clock Friday night,” he said. “Most of the stations didn’t return until the first of the week.”
Gaither attributed his station’s success in returning to the airwaves to advanced planning.
“We were on substantially longer and back on substantially quicker because we took a lot of provisions to try to do that,”
The station started preparing for Hugo’s visit on Monday before most forecasters were sure that the storm would make landfall in the Charleston area. Those preparations continued until the hurricane hit on Thursday night.
pie station, which usually offers a 25 minute music guarantee, changed its contemporary rock format on Thursday to provide information to area residents. “We knew we would be having to provide a lot of information on Thursday, so we suspended our music guarantee,” Gaither said.
“We just provided whatever kind of in-
(See CHARLESTON, Page 3A)
Staff Graphic by Melissa Culp
How Helm Was Rescued
Many cars, including Helm’s, were trapped on the lower (northbound) level of the Nimitz Freeway when the upper layer collapsed onto it.
Helm remained strapped In the front seat of his car for 90 hours. His car was not crushed because of a 3-1 /2-foot ripple In the concrete.
I UPPER ROADWAY
Workers To Return To Bay Area Today
Rescued Man Still Fighting For Life
Rescuers gouged a tunnel 2-1/2 feet high and 4 feet wide through 15 feet of concrete to reach Helm.
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Once rescuers had used the jaws of life to remove the driver's side door, they were able to pull Helm out, feet first.
By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — A flotilla of ferries and extra subways were mobilized to ease commuter gridlock today, and rescuers indefinitely halted the search for survivors at an earthquake-flattened freeway when the rubble became too unstable.
Earlier, 150 residents of a housing project just IO feet from collapsed Interstate 880 in Oakland joined thousands of homeless because of fejrs that more of the highway could fall.
And Buck Helm, the beefy dockworker plucked from under the debris Saturday, showed slight improvement Sunday but was fighting for his life.
Damage estimates from Tuesday’s earthquake topped $7 billion, eclipsing
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Hurricane Hugo as the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, according to the Independent Insurance Agents of America.
The death toll was 59, including 38 pulled from 1-880. Dozens remained missing and thousands were injured and homeless.
“We know there are more victims, more cars. But we don’t know how many,” said California Highway Patrol Capt. Mike Garver, speaking about 1-880.
The unstable ruins forced authorities U ha It rescue work late Sunday. a
There was no estimate of when wow could resume. *
“It s kind of minute by minute,” s^ California Department of Transportation spokesman Kyle Nelson said.
'Hie first phase of the Bay Bridge repair started when workers sawed a 50-foot collapsed section in half and lowered
(Please See WORKERS, Page 3A)
Atlantis Prepares For Early Landing In Desert
By The Associated Press
SPACE CENTER, Houston - The shuttle Atlantis streaked toward an early landing today to avoid expected high winds at its California desert landing strip, winding up a mission that sent the Galileo probe to Jupiter.
Mission Control decided Sunday to shorten the shuttle’s trip by two 90-minute orbits because the calmest winds at Edwards Air Force Base were predicted early in the day.
The five astronauts adjusted their schedules by going to bed 2% hours early Sunday night, and 90 minutes early the previous night.
They were awakened to strains of “Fly like an Eagle” by the Steve Miller Band, played by controllers at 4:54 a.m.
“Good morning, Atlantis,” Mission
By The Associated Press
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Hundreds of looters and curiosity-seekers overran the wreckage of a Honduran jet crash, hampering efforts to determine the cause of the weekend crash that left 131 dead.
‘‘Everyone trampled everything down,” said Barry Trotter, head of a National Transportation Safety Board team investigating the crash.
Honduran officials were unfamiliar with the importance of sealing off a plane crash site, Trotter said Sunday.
The TAN-SAHSA Boeing 727-200 crashed on approach early Saturday on the last leg of a flight from San Jose, Costa Rica with a stop in Managua, Nicaragua. A survivor said the plane shook violently and seemed to plunge just before it crashed in flames into a hillside.
Fifteen of the 146 people aboard, including the pilot, survived.
U.S. Embassy spokesman Terry Knee-bone said 15 Americans were on the plane
‘Re-entry heating is rather spectacular if you see it in the darkness.’
— Commander Don Williams
Control radioed to the craft.
“Well I’m not sure we’re flying like eagles, but it’s been fun so far,” Atlantis Commander Don Williams replied. The astronaut also joked about a crossword puzzle and was told the crew’s morning mail had been beamed up.
If the winds were within the shuttle’s safety margins as expected, the 97-ton
winged spaceship was to land at 12:33 p.m. EDT today on a dry lakebed runway in the Mojave Desert at Edwards, about 80 miles north of Los Angeles.
But if winds were too strong, the landing could be postponed until Tuesday or Wednesday, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said.
The forecast for the new landing time called for headwind gusts of a maximum 23 mph, flight director Ron Dittemore said Sunday. The astronauts have six runways to chose from, so crosswinds aren’t a problem.
This afternoon, gusts were predicted to reach 35 mph. Safety rules forbid landings if headwinds reach 29 mph or cross-winds reach 18 mph.
About an hour before landing, Williams and pilot Mike McCulley were scheduled to fire twin braking rockets to drop the
shuttle out of orbit and begin its dive through the atmosphere.
“Re-entry heating is rather spectacular if you see it in the darkness.... It looks like you’re inside a fire looking out,” Williams said Sunday during a television interview from space. He described the fireball created by the friction created when the shuttle plunges through the atmosphere.
The main goal of the five-day mission was to deploy the nuclear-powered Galileo, and that was accomplished about 6H hours after blastoff Wednesday from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
The $1.5 billion probe continued to operate flawlessly as it raced across the solar system on a 2.4-billion-mile roundabout journey to Jupiter. Traveling at nearly 9,000 mph, the probe had logged more than 900,000 miles as of late Sunday.
Augusta Man Shot By Deputy
and three survived. Two were transferred to hospitals in the United States, but all three were out of danger, doctors said.
Trotter said the looting would not necessarily cripple the investigation, but that evidence had been obscured.
“There are no ground scars that would show the angle the plane hit at, how it broke up and dissipated energy, how it
(Please See LOOTING, Page 3A)
From Staff Reports
An Augusta man was shot and another was arrested Sunday when they attempted to escape an Aiken County Sheriff’s Deputy who spotted them in a pair of stolen vehicles, according to Sheriff Carrol G. Heath.
Deputy David Dobbins was on his way home at IO p.m. Sunday when two vehicles pulled up beside him at the intersection of Richland Avenue and York Street. He recognized the cars as two 1990 Pontiac Bonnevilles, one blue and one red, stolen Saturday night from Triangle Pontiac, Sheriff Heath said.
The drivers rolled down their windows to speak to Deputy Dobbins, even though he was in uniform. When they drove away, the deputy followed the pair to Newberry Street, where he exited his car and attempted to arrest them.
One of the cars drove around Deputy Dobbins at a high rate of speed and escaped, but the other nearly drove right over him, Sherrif Heath said. The deputy then fired three shots through that car’s back windshield, striking the driver in the hand and back.
Shot was Tony Ricardo Williams, 18, of 2608 Dublin Drive, Augusta. He was taken to Eisenhower Army Medical Center on Fort Gordon, Ga., where he was listed in satisfactory and stable condition this
Aiken Man Dies In Wreck
An Aiken man was killed early Sunday in a one-car accident on Shiloh Church Road north of S.C. 19.
Ernest Bach, 46, of Aiken, was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:15 a.m. after his eastbound car ran off the road and struck a pine thicket, according to Aiken County Coroner Sue R. Townsend.
Bach’s wife, Patricia, was also in the car. She was transported to HCA Aiken Regional Medical Centers, where she is listed in stable condition.
The accident is still under investigation.
The car which escaped Deputy Dobbins became engaged in a chase with Department of Public Safety officers. The driver tried to race over a median on U.S. I and blew out all four tires, then hopped out of
(Please See AUGUSTA, Page 3A)