Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 5, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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A Quick Read
MD Telethon Raises Record $42.2 Million
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jerry Lewis drew a record $42,209,727 in pledges from viewers of his 24th-annual Labor Day Telethon, with muscular dystrophy victims appealing for an end to the deadly disease that devastates families.
The figure surpassed the 1988 record by slightly more than $1 million.
Corporate sponsors donated an additional $36,228,846 during the 21%-hour event that ended Monday afternoon, drawing an estimated IOO million television viewers.
Market To Keep Bath Mill Closed
BATH — United Solid Company announced today that current market conditions will prevent them from opening a plant in Bath, officials said.
Before arriving at this decision, company officials considered numerous scaled down operating scenarios but found no feasible alternatives.
“ Rather than keeping the building idle indefinately, we have retained a New York consulting firm which specializes in reutilization of facilities such as the Bath complex, to market the facility/’ a company spokesman said.
United Solid’s long-range plan is to return to the United States market and re-establish ties with Aiken
County, officials said.
Labor Day Snow?
Too Good To Be True
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) -Summer’s unofficial end brought reports of snow by two radio stations and some local officials who couldn’t resist the prank.
Dennis Ryan, managing partner of WIRD-AM and WLPW-FM, said the sister stations reported Monday morning that temperatures dropped 80 degrees between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. and that 12 inches of snow had fallen.
The winter weather on Labor Day also froze an early morning waters-kiier on Lake Placid and passengers on a tour boat had to walk to shore — on the ice, the stations reported.
Ryan said the station got the idea for the hoax during a bad snowstorm last winter and worked for two weeks with local officials to set it up.Weather
Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight and Wednesday. The low will be in the upper 60s with lows in the mid 80s. Please see details on Page 3B.Deaths
Myrtle Belle All, Fairfax Archie S. Barker, Olar Elijah Bates, New York Annie Mae Botan, Orangeburg Lillian Johnson, Aiken Evelyn K. Smith, Trenton Please see details on Page 3B.Inside Today
Tuesday, September 5, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 216
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Bush, issuing an anti-drug battle cry, tonight will urge a crackdown on drug users and ask Americans to join a $7.8 billion war on narcotics whose funding source he has yet to reveal.
For his first nationally televised address to the nation, scheduled for 9 p.m. EDT, Bush will talk about drugs in what White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater called “a personal message from himself to the American people that talks about the collective need of society to pull together to solve this problem.”
The president’s speech on his new drug strategy will be carried live by ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN at 9 p.m.
Bush will “talk considerably about users and the need to crack down on them and who they are and why this is such a pervasive problem in our society,” Fitzwater said Monday.
Bush today planned to discuss his drug plan with Cabinet members and members of Congress.
Just back from a three-week vacation in Kennebunkport, Maine, Bush re
hearsed his speech Monday afternoon and went over last-minute refinements of the text. He got tips on delivery and style from his campaign media adviser, Roger Ailes.
All four major television networks — ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN - plan to broadcast the speech, which will be carried from the Oval Office.
The speech will outline the national drug strategy put together over several months by his drug policy coordinator, William Bennett, with assistance from advisers across the government. The strategy has been billed as a coordinated effort to link the drug-fighting programs
by various government agencies in a more cohesive way than has been seen in the past.
Some details have been revealed, but officials have not disclosed where Bush will siphon off money from an already squeezed federal budget. Sources have said it will come from various categories in next year’s budget rather than cutting back in one or two places.
Bush’s package for 1990 will be close to $2 billion above the current anti-drug spending levels.
(Please See BUSH, Page 10A)
DRUG WAR AID: Colombian soldiers guard warplanes sent from the United States to help combat the escalating violence between the government and the drug cartel.
U.S. Increases Aid To Colombia; Gunman Killed In Airport Attack
By The Associated Press
MEDELLIN, Colombia — More U.S. military aid was on its way today to bolster the government in its fight against drug gangs, which have battled back with bombings and are blamed for a bloody attack at Medellin’s airport.
Five U.S. military helicopters were due to arrive today, following weekend deliveries of two C-130 transport planes and eight A-37 reconnaissance and attack jets.
Medellin police said four bombs exploded Monday night in or near the city — home base of the world’s most powerful cocaine cartel, injuring two people.
Officials blamed the drug barons for an attack in which a man in a camouflage uniform fired an automatic rifle at a line
of people waiting outside the Medellin airport terminal, killing one man and wounding 14 people before he was fatally shot by security forces.
“It was horrendous. I was hit. I fell,” said Rodolfo Montoya, a Colombian who lives in the New York City and was hospitalized with an ankle wound.
Montoya, who was visiting his mother, said he and his wife had been on their way to Bogota, 150 miles south of Medellin, for a connecting flight to New York.
He said his wife had just passed the security inspection at the door and was safe inside the building when the gunman opened fire. Among the wounded were eleven civilians and three airport security officers.
(Please See U.S., Page 10A)
DHEC Official Sympathetic To Langley Pond Supporters
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
While a handful of protesters marched outside his office waving placards and posters, a state health agency official said this morning that everything possible is being done “to restore Langley Pond to its natural state.”
R. Kim Cauthen, Aiken office manager for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, also said he viewed the quiet, orderly demonstration as an example of “Langley residents’ concern for the pond.”
The demonstration was called by the Aiken County Alliance for Fair Employment, which has assailed lengthy studies on pond pollution as being guided by politics and clean-up efforts are too slow.
“DHEC and Polluters in Love,’’ “DHEC: Less Tests, More Clean-up,” “Save Langley Pond,” spelled some of the posters being waved in front of the window of Cauthen’s office.
Bobby Rutland, Alliance president, said his group decided to picket the
DHEC offices on Marion Street because the agency “has the power to force the polluters to clean up Langley Pond.”
The Alliance spokesman also accused DHEC of “allowing the polluters to proceed with testing that is inadequate and that will result in misleading conclusions.”
Rutland and others have blamed the pollution on Graniteville Co. and the city of Aiken.
DHEC ordered the studies made by RMT Inc. of Greenville several months ago after tests showed the 250-acre pond is contaminated with high levels of mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBS.)
Cauthen said RMT is expected to complete its testing by February, but Rutland said Langley residents don’t want it to tlong.
take that long.
“We want the pond cleaned up now,” he remarked. “February is nine months away.”
(Please See DHEC, Page 10A)
In Amazon Jungle
By The Associated Press
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Despite picking up the plane’s emergency signal, rescuers were still trying to locate a Varig jetliner that disappeared over the Amazon jungle with 54 people aboard, an air force spokesman said.
The Boeing 737-200 was far off course, low on fuel and flying on one engine with faulty navigational equipment when it vanished Sunday while on a domestic flight, air force spokesman Col. Ronaldo Borges said Monday.
It was on the last leg of a regularly scheduled flight from the southeastern city of Sao Paulo to Belem.
“The plane’s beacon emits an emergency signal that is being picked up. But it takes time to pinpoint the exact spot where the signal Us coming from and we have not located the plane yet,” Borges said.
He said the search for the plane was suspended Monday night because of darkness but air force planes, private
planes and helicopters would resume their work early this morning.
The colonel said officials did not rule out the possibility the plane was hijacked.
(Please See JETLINER, Page 10A)Navy Veteran Has Unfond Memories Of Midnight Charlie's Nightly Visits
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Midnight Charlie was as regular as clockwork. And his consistency was one of his better attributes as he worked at being one of the biggest pests possible in the final stages of World War II.
“He would wait until about midnight and here he would come,” said Johnny D. Southerland, a Navy combat veteran who spent the last months of the war in the South Pacific.
Midnight Charlie was a Japanese pilot who went on his bombing raids on American-held islands in the dark of night.
“You never knew if he was coming
that night, or where he was going to drop his bombs,” said Southerland. “He kept people upset, especially when you couldn’t get any rest.”
(Please See NAVY, Page 10A)
Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth
DEMONSTRATING FOR ACTION: Supporters demonstrated this morning for more progress action in cleaning up Langley Pond.