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4A The Index-Journal, Greenwood, S.C. LakelandsNation Tk,.Mi klfjmrrhar A. 1997 DEATHS AND funerals . Killer scheduled to die in iirsD o. p.m. execution Benton Small WAKE SHOALS Doice Benton Small, 82. of ; Route 1, widower of Mary Catherine Small died Nov. 5, 1997 at Self Memorial Hospital. Born in Meckenburg County, N.C be was a son of - the late John S. and Margaret Tinney Maybew Small, i He was retired from Riegel Textile Corp. and was a ? member of the Ware Shoals Pentecostal Holiness .Church. Surviving are two sons, Billy Small and Ray Bag-( well of Ware Shoals; two brothers, Hubert Small of Kingsport, Tenn. and Willis Small of States ville, I N.C; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 pjn. Saturday from Ware Shoals Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. Don McKellar and the Rev. Randy ' Fleming officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Scott Small, Scott Anderson, David Brown, Marvin John Bagwell, Gary Powell and Avery Dean Ashley. Honorary pallbearers will be the Men's Bible Class of the church. The body is at Parker-White Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 7-9 pjn. Friday. The body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. Saturday. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 1817 Gadsden Sr., Columbia, S.C. 29201. The family is the home of a son. Route 1, Highway 252, Ware Shoals. William Vaughn CHAPPELLS William Allen Vaughn, infant son of Bryan Keith and Suzanne Boozer Vaughn, of 1567 Sloan Road, Chappells, died Monday at Self Memorial Hospital He is survived, in addition to his parents, by a sister, Katherine Brook Vaughn; his maternal grandparents, Sam S. and Jackie Boozer of Chappells; paternal grandparents, Allen and Susan Vaughn of Greenwood; maternal great-grandmothers, Rebecca S. Boozer and Madeline Sizemore both of Chappells and paternal great-grandmother, Edith Kay of Ware Shoals. Services will be private. The family suggests that those desiring may make memorials to Little River Dominick Presbyterian Church, 8654 S.C. Highway 56. Kinards, S.C. 29355. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home is in charge. Broadus Hawkins GREENWOOD Broadus Franklin Hawkins, 91, 224 Kitson St., husband of Lillie Mae Busbin Hawkins, died today at his borne. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Blyth Funeral Home. The family is at the home and will receive friends from 7 pjn. to 9 pjn. Friday. Bessie Lomax ABBEVILLE Funeral services for Bessie Valentine Lomax will be at 1 pjn. Saturday at Ml Zion AME Church in Hodges with the Rev. R.K. Hardness officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The body is at Richey Funeral Home and will be placed in the church at noon Saturday. The family will receive friends at the home of her daughter, Eva Mae Jennings, 415 Olin Smith Road, Donalds Friday night. Richey Funeral Home of Abbeville is in charge of the arrangements. Benton Sms. Ware Shoals B Broadus Hawkins, Greenwood Bessla Lomax, Abbeville Ruby Middleton, Laurens . , , William Allen Vaugh, Chappells -.-': t. f -, . I Claudine Bentley, Uncolnton, Ga. Claudine Story Bentley LINCOLNTON, GA. Claudine Story Bentley, 77, of 2746 Whiterock Road, Lincolnton, Ga., died Nov. 5, 1997 at Lake Crossing Health Care Center. Born in Lincolnton County, Ga., she was a retired seamstress with Oxford. She was a member of the Salem Baptist Church of Lincolnton and a member of the church Sunday School and Women's Missionary Union. . :..'. .( f v She is survived by a son," Ronnie A.1 Bentley of Greenwood; three daughters, Mrs. Ed (Bemice) Cox of Greenwood; Mrs. Walter (Louise) B. Holloway of McConnick and.Mrs. Robert (Bea) Johnston of Syl-vania, Ga.; two sisters, Mrs. Edna Graves of Augusta, Ga. and Mrs. Ruby Bentley of Lincolnton, Ga.; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Funeral services will Friday at 3 'rjjn. at Salem Baptist Church of Lincolnton. The Rev. Don Alexander will be officiating. Burial will be in Salem Baptist Church cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Kenny Holloway, Terrell Holloway, Ricky Bentley, Keith Bentley, Donald Cox, Kevin Cox and Travis Oliver. Friends may call at the residence, 2476 Whiterock Road, Lincolnton, Ga., 30817. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. tonight at Beggs Funeral Home, Lincolton, Ga. Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Ruby Middleton LAURENS Ruby Parker Middleton, 33, of Route 1, Box 1164, Cross Hill, died Nov. 5 at Laurens County Hospital. Born in Greenwood County, and a daughter of Jessie and Elizabeth Cummings Parker, she was employed as an aide at Whitten Center of Laurens. She is survived by her husband, Elvin Middleton of Greenwood; five brothers, Jessie Parker, Jr., Lonnie, Ronnie, Rufus and Willie James Parker, all of Greenwood; one sister, Dorothy Parker of Greenwood; and her mother-in-law, Catherine Middleton Dean of McConnick. The family is at the home of Dorothy Parker, 121 Williams St., Greenwood and at the home of Catherine Middleton Dean, 378 East McConnick Highway (Gilchrist Subdivision). Robinson and Son Mortuary is in charge of funeral arrangements, which will be announced at a later date. COLUMBIA (AP) Earl Matthews knows exactly when he will die. And it probably does not matter much to him that the state will carry out his death sentence early Friday evening rather than in the early morning hours. The Charleston man is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. South Carolina's first execution during the dinner hour and the evening news since the death penalty was reinstated in 1985. Prison officials say the change is for convenience, but opponents wonder whether it will prompt more public outrage or add an unwanted sense of normalcy to executions. Richard Dieter, director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, called the state's move symbolic. "It says that executions have become somewhat ordinary.' People aren't taking special notice of them," he said. "I worry if things become so mundane that the state killing an individual is not a big deal ... The value of life has gone down a notch." ; x: i i Matthews, 32, 'shot and killed Lucia Aimar and wounded heir boyfriend, Eric Burn, in 1984. Both Woman reaches settlement in false-memory lawsuit CHICAGO (AP) A woman has reached a $10.6 million settlement with a hospital and two psychiatrists over accusations she was brainwashed into believing she was a satanic high priestess. The settlement casts more doubt on techniques popularized during the 1980s as a way of helping patients recall traumatic experiences that doctors believed they had blocked out from memory, her lawyer, Todd Smith, said Tuesday. Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center agreed Monday to pay Patricia Burgus $3.5 million, Smith said. The remainder will be paid by the therapists". Mrs. Burgus, 4i, accused the hospital of using drugs and hypnosis to convince her during a psychiatric ward stay from 1986-88 that she was a member of satanic cult. She was persuaded that she had participated in ritual murder, sexually abused her two children and had herself been tortured none of which was true according to her lawsuit. Burgus also said doctors persuaded her to hospitalize her two healthy children, then age 4 and 5, for close to three years. Lawyers for the hospital refused to comment on the settlement, which comes after six years of litigation and involves no admittance of wrongdoing. One therapist, Elva Poznanski, the hospital's section chief of child and adolescent psychiatry, told The New York Times that the treatment for the boys was correct given the information available. The other doctor, Bennett Braun, director of the hospital's section of psychiatric trauma, said the settlement was a "travesty" done over his objection. "A patient comes into the hospital doing so bad that She belongs in the hospital and after several serious events in the hospital which I can't disclose because of patient confidentiality, she was discharged and is doing much better. Where's the damage?" he told the Times. The cult stories were raised by Burgus, said Braun, founding member of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation, which deals with multiple personality disorders. "She just spit it out." He also said she exaggerated the use of hypnotism in the treatment. Four dead in toy factory explosion LOS ANGELES (AP) A machine that packages caps for play pistols erupted in an explosion that killed four workers at a block-long toy factory and flung shattered glass and other debris into the street, t At least 25 others were injured in the explosion and 'small fire Wednesday afternoon at Imperial Toy Corp., the city's largest toy maker, fire officials said. Two people remained hospitalized early today. - Company officials were able to account for all 150 Authorities were (nvestioatino the rniiQp rvf the evnlrv. sionon the second floor. Fire Chief Bill Bamattre described the caps material as "low-level explosives." It wasn't clear whether the explosion or fire came first. Employees ran from the four-story building, afraid there would be another blast. "You could hear them screaming when it happened. People in there were hurt and there was nothing we -could havrdonerTSId employee MariaTimeriezT""""" were 16-year-old Middleton High School students. He confronted the couple as they sat in their car eating tacos near a drive-through restaurant and apparently tried to rob them. Matthews' attorneys have appealed to South Carolina's Supreme Court. Jurors deliberated prematurely and prosecutors acted unfairly by seeking the death penalty for a black man charged with killing a white woman, attorney David Voisin said. Matthews' original sentence was overturned in 1986, but he was again sentenced to death in a second trial held the following year. "He has some hope that maybe something we've got going will help and will result in a stay," defense lawyer John Blume said. "He certainly does not want to die, but I think he is prepared if that's what happens." Until recently, executions were at 1 a.m. The last one, of Michael Elkins on June 13, was moved to 12:01 a.m. for the prison staff s convenience. State law requires executions to be carried out on the first Friday of a month. h A f msiW s I f I 1 K V i f U. Q mi C Staff photo by Chartee Marshall Abbe Village Members of Abbe Village collectors were awarded a plaque of appreciation during a reception .Wednesday at Abbeville Welcome Center. The Abbeville Chamber W Commerce recognized the club for its participation in its Holiday dpen House A Dickens Christmas. The club is displaying Department 56 lighted village pieces the mem bers acquire as a hobby. This is the second year the 70 members have shared their collection with the public. Taking part in the presentation are, from left, John Waldrop, chamber president; John Pullin, vice-president of Abbe Village; Donna Atkins, treasurer, and Sally Hughes, secretary of the club and Steve Wood, representing Department 56. Making the presentation is Judy McNair, chamber director, and accepting it for Abbe Village is Dee Mountford, president of the club. Wood said he was amazed at the scope of the project and pleased that the group is "making friends through collecting the villages." Residents talk pollution at Sierra Club's forum Burgus first sought treatment for depression after the difficult birth of her second son in 1982, according to her lawsuit. She saw a number of therapists in her hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, before being referred to the Chicago hospital, where she said she was incor- rectly diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. Her sons, now 15 and 17, were brought to hospital because doctors feared they might also develop multiple personality disorder. They received a variety of treatments, and were given a gun on one occasion to see if they knew how to handle it, according to court documents. ' "You cannot believe that this could happen in this country,"- Burgus said. "This is not the neighborhood shrink shack. It's a well-respected institution. You expect cutting-edge treatment." She was transferred and then discharged from hospital, and started questioning her treatment only after reading a critical magazine article on recovered memory therapy, her lawsuit said. The technique gained acceptance in the 1980s and was used in lawsuits and criminal cases. A Redwood, Calif., man was sentenced to life in prison in January 1990 for a 1969 slaying based on the recovered memory of his adult daughter who witnessed the crime. But the case was later thrown out on appeal. In recent years, dozens of former mental patients have brought cases alleging that false recollections were implanted in their memories by their therapists, Smith said. A church in Missouri agreed in 1996 to pay $1 million to a woman who said a church counselor persuaded her to believe she had an abortion after her being raped by her father when in fact she was a virgin. That same year, a judge reverseda $750,000 jury award to a women who claimed she had recovered memories of being sexually abused 33 years earlier. A study presented earlier this year at the American Association for the Advancement of Science said that given a few bogus details and a little prodding, about a quarter of adults can be convinced they remember childhood adventures that never happened. ' COLUMBIA (AP) Residents who say South Carolina has a poor record on environmental protection; brought out their pollution horror stories to share at a Sierra Club forum. P. McGowan Johnson of Charleston told of how a creek, where her mother once swam bad "jelled" from excessive industrial waste and raw sewage. The Department of Health and Environmental Control did not hold the line, said Johnson, who grew up near Sumter. A dozen speakers told their stories at Wednesday night's forum," the last of three held across the state to let people air complaints about the environment and DHEC. . The Sierra Gub plans to send a summary report to Gov. David. Beasley. Wanda Boland of Chapin said DHEC failed for years to close a chemical plant that threatened he neighborhood in the 1980s. She recounted the time a toxic cloud enveloped the area while her, daughter was at Bible school; Boland said she felt helpless trying I to get to the church to take her daughter to safety. "My experiences reflect that we, the citizens, have been disenfranchised in lieu of the corporate profits," she said. Half the speakers came from the Cheddar community near Belton, where residents are fighting a landfill they say is ruining a creek that flows to the Saluda River. Some said DHEC and Beasley are dismissing their plight. "Why can't our governor ... stand up for us?" Cheddar resident Charles Callahan asked. About a half-dozen DHEC representatives attended the forum, and a community liaison said the complaints were heard. DHEC has said it cannot please everyone on environmental permits and pollution fines. Among the Sierra Gub's goals: passing new laws to let DHEC deny environmental permits to companies with bad pollution records, requiring DHEC board members to be scientists or doctors, and increasing funding for environmental enforcement. ne laiesi enanize manes 11 cdsi on victims iamuics, juucs, piiaun oniciais ana omers in inc pimxaa, state Corrections Department spokesman John Barkley said. 5 "It was just felt the execution could be carried out during the day," he said. "With the early morning hours, we thought it was more of a hardship. Texas also executes inmates at 6 p.m. Florida does it at 7 a.m., and Virginia at 9 p.m., Dieter said. Arizona is moving its executions from midnight to late afternoon. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor complained about a June execution in Arizona that required a 3 a.m. Eastern Time ruling from the court. . ' Dieter does not think the new time will make much difference to inmates. "I don't think it helps or hurts' he said. "The courts are very, very reluctant to grant last-minute stays. If you have any chance, if has to be earlier in the process." '. Television news directors varv on how the earlier time will affect their coverage. Randy Covington at WIS-TV in Columbia said it does not matter what time inmates are executed. Magistrate; dismisses DUIcase ; Highway Patrol ' trooper shows up I late for preliminary hearing I SPARTANBURG (AP) -j Prosecutors vow to revive the felony drunken driving case against a Spartanburg County man who was freed when a highway patrolmen, was late for a preliminary hearing. j Magistrate Edward Overcash oh Wednesday dismissed the case, against Robert Dean Whitt, 36, wh has three DUI convictions on huj record. j The family of victim Brandy Ann, Bragg, 22, sat stunned in the courtroom, and Whitt walked out of jail a. few hours later. Whitt, who got his new driver'jj license in 1995, served five months, in state prison in 1990 for DUI and running from a state trooper. He, also was on probation for thre years. Whitt had been in the county jai since Sept. 19, when investigators say he drove drunk, crossed the center line and slammed his truck head on into a compact car driven by Bragg. She died at the scene. Deputy Solicitor Anthony Mabry said a miscommunication led to Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. R.E. Ford getting the wrong time for Wednesday's preliminary hearing.; In court, Overcash said he has warned officers about being late and has dismissed other cases because of tardiness, the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported. . "We've had serious problems in the past with officers not appearing to prosecute cases," Overcash said-"I think waiting 30 minutes is very liberal." j Ford, who was filling in for the investigating trooper, arrived minj-utes later. ; Gary Cook, father of one of Bragg's daughters, said the family was shocked by the dismissal. "It's not right. They just let him walk," he said. "How do I explain that to my little girl? Just because the officer is late?" ; Mabry said prosecutors will try to have Whitt's bond from a June assault case revoked or increased this week and will bring the felony DUI case to a grand jury in two weeks. 1 If the grand jury indicts Whitj, auinonues can arrest mm again. State wants to buy time on dump fundinj RALEIGH (AP) North Carolina officials are hoping they can stave off a deadline that, if missed, could result h funds being cut off for development of a low-level radioactive waste dump. The state's Low. Level Radioactive Waste Management Authority voted Wednesday to ask a: regional panel for more time. State t officials said they need to study a proposal that electric utilities lend the state $7 million for the project. y The state authority also wants the,: seven-state Southeast Compacf-" Commission to require the other states to ante up for the project, f The commission, which meets lUUdy aiiu iiiuay ill juiiuik, va., gavelhe state a Dec-1 deadline develop a long-range funding plan. Kathryn Haynes, executive director of the commission, said the state has known for two years about the loan proposal and failure to come up with the plan would be North Carolina's fault. "I'm very concerned about the compact fulfilling its threat to shut down funding," said Mike Jones, a member of the state Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Authority and chairman of its finance committee. The commission has earmarked $27 million of its money to pay for studies up to the point that a license is granted, estimated to be in about three years. ' It would have $12 million left over, not enough to pay the estimated completion cost of $130 million. J Gov. Jim Hunt said Monday in a letter to the commission thai the loan proposal is difficult be-cause there is no budget to repay it and current officials can) commit future officials and legist lators. . 1 The loan proposal also asks to pay any shortfall in funding and to give the utilities price breaks that Hurt said might endanger the ratings elf construction bonds. J Regulators and opponents fear that water seeping through the waste would carry radioactivity intp groundwater that could reach thfc ground's surface. - employees ana cioseu me iaciory louay. V i .

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