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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 9, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina e 2 Becker Gains Berth In Final Page IB A Quick Read Hungry Piranha Eludes Capture SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -A hungry piranha nicknamed Alice is wreaking havoc on the natural denizens of a city pond, and has eluded capture by fishermen armed with hooks, nets and electrical shock equipment. Two of the razor-toothed South American fish were recently spotted in the pond at Alice Reek Park, a popular dumping ground for unwanted pet fish. Park visitors and workers began finding a number of partially eaten fish, and turtles turned up missing legs. Frogs fled for safer ground. One of the piranhas was caught Friday on a hook baited with beef liver. “It was a good fight,” said city parks worker Bob Sloan who reeled in the piranha. “He came out of the water twice.” Ken Sasaki, state Department of Fish and Game biologist, said the fish was 17 inches long and weighed 2lk pounds. It had been caught once before, but was tossed back when it wrs misidentified as a pncu, a harmless piranha lookalike. Coca-Cola Plant Worker Kills Two AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) — Police shot and killed a just-fired Coca-Cola plant worker Saturday after the man killed two supervisors, seized and released a hostage, and emerged after seven hours with guns blazing. “They had no choice but to return the fire,” Cobb County Police Chief Culver Johnson said. John Wallace, 45, shot two men who reportedly fired him Friday night, briefly held another employee hostage and then blockaded himself in an office at the Coca-Cola West Metro Sales Center, Johnson said. Wallace negotiated with police in this northern Atlanta suburb for most of the night. Around 5 a.m. police fired tear gas into the building and Wallace agreed to come out without his guns, Johnson said. But Wallace emerged firing his two guns at police, who shot him. Wallace was taken to Cobb General Hospital, where he later died, according to nursing supervisor Linda Cole. Weather More Heat Today will be partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of late afternoon showers or thunderstorms. Winds will be from south to southwest at IO mph. The high will be in the mid 90s. Please see details on Page 5A. Deaths Elizabeth Bennett, Augusta Boyd V. Burnett, Columbia Virginia McLennan Eckel, Aiken Mrs. G.H. Howard, Bedford County, Va. Adline Johnson, Columbia Harry M Reynolds, Clinton John Dee Walker, Aiken Please see details on Page 5A Inside Today Calendar  .............  5C Classifieds,,...  .....  3D Dear Abby.........................................5C Local Front .....    6A Obituaries ;, ......      5A Opinions  ........................... 1D Sports .....      1B Weather... .........    5A Weddings  .........      4C 5 [Government: Mandela, Botha Met Man Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy »£!KENT0£1 Sunday, July 9, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 163 Gorbachev Praises Bush; Deal Is Near By The Associated Press BUCHAREST, Romania — The Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies Saturday praised President Bush’s NATO proposal for deep cuts in conventional forces and said an accord on reductions could be reached next year. But the two-day summit of the East Bloc military alliance in the Romanian capital ended with no concrete proposals on arms control or visible signs of healing in rifts that divide the bloc. In remarks at a dinner Friday, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev said the annual gathering would give a “serious, palpable answer” to Western proposals on cuts in conventional forces announced by Bush May 29 at a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium. On behalf of the 16-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Bush called for military cutbacks that would fix a ceiling of 275,000 troops in Europe for each superpower and make deep cuts in tanks, combat aircraft and artillery. In a joint declaration, the Warsaw Pact countries said the Bush plan converged with their proposals, and that rapid progress in negotiating cuts was now possible. During the meeting it was noted that the additional proposals regarding conventional armed forces in Europe made at the recent NATO Council summit session met halfway the allied socialist countries’ stand,” the Eastern alliance said. Member countries of the Warsaw Pact — the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Czechoslovakia and Hungary — said they expected details of the NATO proposals to be put forward in Vienna, Austria, where both sides are participating in conventional arms reduction talks. Even without knowing the fine print of Bush’s proposal, which will be formally presented in September, the Warsaw Pact said conditions are ripe for agreement. “The opinion was expressed that the situation of the negotiations is such that the first understandings may be achieved already in 1990, provided that a constructive approach is taken by all,” the declaration said. The Warsaw Pact has proposed a limit of 1.35 million troops for each side in Europe. According to NATO, to comply with Bush’s plan the United States would have to remove 30,000 troops from Europe, while the Soviets would have to pull out more than IO times that, or 325,000 (Please See GORBACHEV, Page 3A) Super Saturday Staff Photo By Scott Webster YUMMY CONTEST: Nick) Pollard, 5, competes in the watermelon eating contest during Super Saturday festivities at the H. Odell Weeks Center on Saturday. Super Saturday is held each year in celebration of National Recreation and Parks Month. Please see story on Page 6A. Bush To Embark On Historic Trip By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Bush embarks Sunday on a historic trip to Poland and Hungary, offering encouragement for their revolutionary economic and political reforms and urging the rest of communist Europe not to be “lagging way behind.” Bush’s journey marks the first visit to Eastern Europe by an American president in nearly 12 years and the first ever to Hungary. The trip also will take Bush to Paris for an economic summit with six Western allies and to the Netherlands for a one-day visit. Bush hopes the Paris meeting will produce a coordinated aid program for Poland and Hungary, which are in the forefront of reforms in Warsaw Pact countries but are struggling with massive foreign debt. The four-day stop in Warsaw, Gdansk and BUSH Budapest will be watched closely for comparisons with Mikhail S. Gorbachev’s triumphant visit last month to West Germany, where he was greeted by crowds of hundreds of thousands of people, and with the Soviet president’s just-concluded trip to France, where the reception was more restrained. Declaring himself unconcerned by Gorbachev’s popularity in the West, Bush said last week he expects a warm reception in the East. U.S. officials have been working with opposition groups in Poland and Hungary to turn out huge, cheering (Please See BUSH, Page 3A) June Building Permits Total More Than $15M By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Record-setting June construction, led by new apartment complexes and major businesses, has raised the city of Aiken’s building valuations for 1989 above the $40 million mark. The June totals of $15,017,450 — nearly doubling May valuations of $7,683,230 — raised the city’s six-month figures to $42,873,213. The city’s statistics, furnished by the Planning and Development Department, also show municipal projects exceeded building in unincorporated areas for the second month in a row. Aiken’s June construction was led by the Churchill Commons housing development and businesses at the Aiken Mall. The Churchill Commons permits show 240 apartment units, a car wash and a clubhouse with a total value of $5,829,330. While Aiken’s growth was on a roll, the county’s posting for June was set at $6,334,863 and North Augusta ended the month at $1,019,005. County projects ranged from everything from boat sheds and chicken houses to major industrial expansion, while North Augusta’s growth was mainly in single family housing. An expansion at the Amoco Foam Products Plant in Beech Island was pegged at $1,298,900 for the biggest single item in the county, which also recorded $2,391,939 worth of new homes and $909,224 in renovations and repairs on residences and businesses. In the agricultural category, the county notched $286,000 worth of new farm buildings and picked up two chicken houses worth a combined $146,000. The county valuations were increased by $366,700 worth of transfer fees and $240,000 in warehouses. Besides Churchill Commons, the city’s June figures show permits for four major commercial enterprises — a new J.C. Penney Store and a Brendle’s in the Aiken Mall, the Gene-Gap day care facility and a Silver Bluff Road professional office. The Penney store is valued at $1,600,000, the professional office by Ted W. Morton is on the books for $1,485,000, Brendle’s is penciled in at $1,050,000 and Gene-Gap’s value was cited at $911,000. June Building Permits Aiken County June Permits Permit Type Number Value Single family 26 $2,391,939 Educational I $138,200 Garages/sheds 11 $121,100 Warehouses 3 $240,000 Chicken houses 2 $146,000 Farm buildings A $286,000 Foundation 2 $39,000 Renovation 8 $909,224 Additions 11 $217,100 Carports 2 $14,200 Signs 2 $44,000 Additions 2 $1,298,900 Swimming pools 9 $122,500 Transfer fees 5 $366,700 Total Valuations for June - - $6,334,863 City of Aiken June Permits Permit Type Number Value Single family 34 $3,283,110 Multi family 240 $5,714,330 Commercial 7 $5,656,000 All other 25 $364,010 Total Valuations for June - - $15,017,450 North Augusta June Permits Permit Type Number Value Single family 10 $950,058 Multi family 0 0 Non-residential 2 $7,000 Additions 26 $61,947 Total Valuations for June — $1,019,005 SMITH Final Goal: Shealy Hopes Lottery Is Approved By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer LEXINGTON — Sen. Ryan C. Shealy is three years away from giving up his Senate seat, and he has one overriding goal before he calls it quits in politics. “I want to see the people get a chance to vote on the lottery question,” the I^ex-mgton lawyer and Republican remarked. Sen. Shealy, a one-time amateur and professional boxer who fought about IO matches in Aiken in the early 1950s, has been a sometimes lonely spokesman for the gambling bill. When the current General Assembly session ended, Shealy’s fifth straight effort to get the lottery before the public Family Affair..............................Page    3A was locked up, as usual, in the Senate Finance Committee. But, he noted in a recent interview, “the lottery bill is still alive. Ifs in the same status as when we had the hearings on it.” Shealy, who served 12 years in the House and has been a member of the Senate since 1981, says he has never given up hope of getting the bill to the Senate floor and believes he is chipping away at the resistance. The senator said a floor vote to bring it out of the committee failed in the last session by a 24-18 count, but he sees the 18 votes as a big gain in five years and needed only seven more to bring it to debate. About the stalling, Sen. Shealy said, “Apparently, there are some who are afraid to let the people vote on it.” He then noted again polls taken on the lottery by a lot of groups that show the public favoring it by a 7-3 margin. The senator said if the issue ever went on the November general referendum ballot it would pass by a wide margin, thus allowing the legislature to write legislation setting up a lottery. Sen. Shealy said there is plenty of reasons to have a statewide lottery, but the biggest would be the infusion of cash that (Please See FINAL, Page 3A) Miss Berea Takes Title By The Associated Press GREENVILLE — Kimilee Bryant of Greenville won the 1989 Miss South Carolina Pageant Saturday night and will represent the Palmetto state in the Miss America contest in September. Miss Bryant, a 23-year-old Converse College graduate, beat out 42 competitors to capture the 32nd annu-al pageant at the Greenville Memorial Auditorium. She earned a spot in the statewide pageant as Miss Berea. Last year, Miss Bryant finished fourth runner-up as Miss Greater Greer. Miss Aiken County, Tonya Marie Smith, was among the top ten finalists. Ms. Smith, a student at USC Aiken, danced a ballet piece for the talent portion of the competition Saturday night. She also participated in the swimsuit and evening gown competitions after being named one of the ten finalists. Mary Gainey of Greenwood, Miss Greenville, was first runner-up. She is a 23-year-old Converse graduate who majored in deaf education. Miss Bryant, who is studying music performance at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, sang “Art is Calling for Me” from the operetta “The Enchantress” during the televised finals. She said she hopes to perform and direct professional operatic productions. The field was cut to IO contestants during the finals based on interviews with the judges and earlier competitions in the swimsuit, talent and evening gowns portions of the pageant. Miss Bryant succeeds the 1988 Miss South Carolina, Anna Graham Reynolds of Greenwood. She won an $8,000 scholarship, an invitation to participate in the Miss America pageant in September in Atlantic City, N.J., jewelry, clothing and other prizes. The second runner-up was Miss Golden Strip, Heather Meeks, 20; third runner-up was Miss Fort Mill. ;