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10A The Index-Journal, Greenwood, S.C. News I nuiaUei, IMuvouiutei i , ijL. China's leaders face legacy of problems BEIJING (AP) The job could intimidate the most ambitious politician. China's new leaders, expected to be named shortly after the Communist Party Congress begins Friday, inherit a slowing economy, banks mired in bad loans and job losses mounting into the tens of millions as state industry struggles to make itself profitable. Laid-off workers are protesting, demanding better unemployment benefits. In the countryside, where 800 million Chinese live, anger is rising over enduring poverty. Nearly everyone fumes about corruption. LOGAN Continued from page 1A Malakia "Kia" Zali Logan was 8 years old when she was abducted outside Georgetown Apartments where she lived. Riley said Kia was outside with her sister playing basketball when she disappeared. "We found Kia's bicycle, but there was no trace of her," Riley said, noting authorities conducted an exhaustive search. At the time of Kia's disappearance, Riley was a detective in the sheriff's department. Dennis Beauford was a shift sergeant at the time of Kia's disappearance and was one of the first deputies to arrive at Georgetown Apartments. "It was a pretty Sunday afternoon," Beauford said. "When I drove up, and looked at that bike in the parking lot, I had a gut feeling something wasn't right and I called Riley at home." Beauford said Kia's sister continued playing basketball that afternoon, but Kia stopped playing before her, and headed toward the apartment. "The sister saw the bike, but Kia wasn't there," Beauford said, noting authorities set up a command post at the main office of the apartment complex and fanned STILLE Continued from page I A Stille thinks being an incumbent gave him the edge. "The people thought I did O.K. in the past," he said. "There are obviously some people who are dissatisfied and have some agendas. That's fine with me." Stille said he knew changing political parties could affect the outcome. He switched from Democrat to Republican last spring. "I think there were some old-line Democrats who wouldn't vote for me and I understand that and I understood that from the beginning," Stille said. "I think many of those voted for Mr. Waller and Mr. Todd. The fact I was the highest vote-getter and I changed parties meant they voted for the individual SCHOOL Continued from page 1A That in itself made it difficult to move around and get everyone together." About 400 students at the school currently attend Ninety Six Elementary. The old school was renamed Ninety Six Primary. The school features separate entrances and exits for buses and traffic, eliminating much of the congestion that was prevalent at the old location. 'Your Traditional Grower' YLLALI Making Room For up 0 LOCALLY GROWN -QUALITY YOU CAN TRUST! 1204 Ninety Six Highway (864)229-7616 Look for the Greenhouse Entrance near the Volunteer Fire Dept. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm Sat 8am-noon The public is clamoring for a voice in the one-party system, while millions turned off by communist dogma turn to spiritual movements whose mass appeal frightens authorities in Beijing. Many problems have only worsened since the mid-1990s as President Jiang Zemin and other leaders put off major political and economic changes. The transfer of power is expected to begin at the party congress, where a new seven-member ruling committee is to be announced. Analysts believe it will be led by Jiang's 59-year-old vice president, Hu Jintao. out to conduct a search. "I sat all night long with Kia's mother and watched her try to sleep," Beauford said. "That was one of the longest nights of my life. We were waiting for a ransom call." The call never came. Beauford took Kia's pink and white bicycle and placed it on a shelf in the sheriff's department evidence room. "Every time I open the evidence room door, I see the bike and it's haunted me. It's a reminder of unfinished business." Beauford is now a lieutenant in the department and is a court officer. In the early 1990s, a partial skull was found in the Mt Pleasant section of Newberry County. The skull was found in the fall of 1990 by hunters in a densely-wooded area off S.C. 34, according to Newberry Sheriff Lee Foster. "It was obvious that it was the skull of a child," Foster said. "We began checking missing children cases and conducted three weeks of intensive searches for additional remains, but we didn't find anything." Dental records were checked and skull reconstruction techniques were used to determine if the skull was Kia's, but authorities still weren't certain. and not the party." Waller, the Democratic candidate, said he is "happy and upbeat" and accepts the loss as "God's divine will." "I'm proud of the race that I ran and the people that supported me and worked with me to get me as far as I did," Waller said. "I will continue to work to improve the community that I work in." Waller said he thinks there are several reasons why he lost, including an advertisement that ran in several newspapers, including The Index-Journal, saying Waller supports the NAACP's economic boycott. "I never said that I supported the boycott," he said. "I'm sorry people believed that, but that's the way it works." Todd, the Constitutional Party candidate, said he feels good about the results even In the cafeteria, students have the chance to enjoy a cool treat after finishing their lunch: ice cream and popsicles. "We had to put a sign up because some students were asking if they could have ice cream for lunch," Calhoun said jokingly. Buford Durr Jr. covers general assignments in Greenwood and the Lakelands for The Index-Journal. He can be reached at 223-181, ext. 3306, or: bdurr indexjournal.com - IZNID) Spring Planting! to OFF GRAHAM Continued from page I A "It hit me like a truck when Sen. Thurmond called me and said 'You'll do a good job, I'm proud of you, just try to be yourself.' It was very coherent. It was very sincere, and it hit home to me that I'm taking Sen. Thurmond' s place," said Graham, 47. CONGRESS Continued from page 1A "There's a lot more to do and the president looks forward to working with Democrats and Republicans to do it," said his spokesman, Ari Fleischer. Republicans were assured of 5 1 seats in the new Senate, a gain of two. Democrats had 48, including one independent. One race "I felt for a long time that the skull was hers, but I hoped it wasn't," Beauford said "I had dreams that maybe she's been in California or somewhere all this time." Evidence was tested at the University of South Carolina and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. DNA testing was in its early stages at the time the skull was first examined, Foster said, but in 1996, testing of mitochondrial DNA was performed. According to Leta Tribble, education director at the Greenwood Genetic Center, mitochondrial DNA is inherited solely from one's mother. Authorities say the DNA evidence tested is "consistent" with DNA of Logan's parents Richard Logan, mayor of Saluda, and Bernetta Logan Baylor, a teacher at Northside Middle School in Greenwood. "Hampton has been incarcerated since 1996," Riley said. "We picked him up from another detention facility in this state. He's been in our custody since Nov. 5. He was arrested in Georgia on similar charges." An online version of a Sept. 1, 19 story from the Athens Banner-Herald newspaper says a Charles Wade Hampton, then 44, of Clarke County, Ga., was being investigated for involvement jn a though he finished third. "I think I made one of the strongest third-party showings in a long, long time jn thijt area," he said. I'm very, very" encouraged about thgam reception to our party and our campaign." Todd thinks the reason that the race turned out the way, it did was because of "incumbent power and money." "It's virtually impossible to unseat an incumbent," he said. "There was some outside Business & Personal Coverage URNSBURNS, Inc. AUTOMOBILE IQfE . Jamifif Owned & Operated Sin 1950 229-7011 We . Remember your keys and which worry about-esecially since the : IntelliChoice named the ML 320 a .- M5RP for a 2003 ML 320 includes transp. charge. Excludes aU taxes, title, regis., dealer prep and options. ML 320 shown at MSRP of $40,315 includes Ml and M5 packages. Some options and models with no options may require ordering. Deafer price may -my. 'Applicable A and 6 service as specified m the Owner Maintenance Booklet. nmaCroce. inc.. The Complete Small Truck Coat Guide 2002. www.mteMicttoice.com. For mart krfmiwUun, cad l-IOO-FOft-MERCEDES, or vtatt MBUtAem In a statement from his Washington office on Wednesday, Thurmond said Graham will be an outstanding senator. "He is a man of compassion, dedication and strong ability. He has the experience necessary to be a moving force in the United States Senate," Thurmond said. "His service in the House has prepared him to represent all remained in doubt, in Louisiana, where Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu will face Republican Suzanne Terrell in a December runoff. In the House, Republicans had 227 seats a gain of four and led for one more. Democrats won 203, and led for three. There was one independent The elections marked a remarkable triumph for Republicans, number of child sexual abuse cases. The story said Hampton was a former state Department of Transportation employee and was charged in a case in Newton County, Ga., and being investigated in at least four other cases in South Carolina. Hampton's charges in the Logan case are "based on evidence obtained through investigation" that link him to the case, Riley said, declining to give specific details. Riley said Hampton has a criminal history and other charges in South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida. "There was no relationship between him and Kia," Riley said. "He did not live here. This was a random act, which seems to be his technique." Members of Kia's family were present in the courtroom, but declined comment "Naturally, there is some satisfaction in bringing the case to this conclusion," Riley said. Eighth Circuit Solicitor Townes Jones signed Hampton's indictment. "I'm proud of the way law enforcement pieced together evidence in this case," Jones said. "I've always admired the determination of our sheriff, Sam Riley." ,. money pumped into the two . major parjty campaigns." Todd quoted Gen. Douglas iwMacAuthur about his political he said. Maya Hollinshead covers Abbeville, local government and general assignments in the Lakelands. She can be reached at 223-1811, ext. 3305 or: mhollinsheadindexjourhal.com BUSINESS BONDS 109 Bailey Circle Gwd. 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One Republican polling firm circulated the results of an election-night survey that made the same point, saying that late-deciding voters gave Bush higher approval ratings than the country at large and that support for the president was higher, still, among voters in the pivotal House dis- SAN FORD Continued from page 1A The day after defeating incumbent Democrat Jim Hodges, San-ford met shoppers at a Publix supermarket his neighborhood office hours and later met with legislative leaders in Columbia. The office hours are a carryover from Sanford's six years as 1st District congressman when he scheduled times when he would be outside grocery stores or other shops and constituents could stop by and say what was on their minds. It's a practice he intends to continue as governor. HOUSE Continued from page I A Mays was best known for serving as president of Atlanta's Morehouse College from 1940-67 and was a strong advocate for civil rights and educational improvements for blacks. He also was an advisor to presidents Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter. Mays died in 1984. The intersection of 178 and Scotts Ferry Road was named "Mays Crossroads" in his honor in the early 1980s. The house is in relatively good shape, but is beginning to show its age, Revels said. "The house was neglected for so long that it's beginning to fall apart," she said. "It was used as a hay barn. Preserving it is very important. Headache Sufferers Hotline Reveals New Options Greenwood, SC - A new free report reveals offbeat ways to win the battle against the common headache that plagues millions of Americans. New technology can often pinpoint the cause of headaches, which makes treatment more effective and longer lasting. For decades, many headache sufferers have been forced to resort to daily medication just to get throughout the day. Not Anymore! For your free report, call the toll-free, 24 hour recorded message. The number is: 1-800-472-9183. 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If they had something that was on their mind, it was on their turf," San-ford said. He recalled during one of his neighborhood office hours, several hundred people turned out in McClellanville and persuaded him to work to block a proposed leg of Interstate 73 from Myrtle Beach to Charleston. But most of the talking Wednesday was with the two dozen reporters who followed the governor-elect the day after the election. "The home will be a big help to tell us about life on a tenant farm in South Carolina," Revels said. Revels did not disclose plans for the house, but said it will be preserved and arrannounce-ment will be made Nov. 20 at the house. Buford Durr Jr. covers general assignments in Greenwood and the Lakelands for the Index-Journal. He can be reached at 223-1811, ext. 3306 or bdurr indexjournal.com 3131

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