The Index-Journal from Greenwood, South Carolina on May 19, 1988 · Page 1
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Call for: Missed paper 223-1411 Advertising 223 1414 Classified 223-1411 ew 223-1811 fporti 223-1813 Today's Uvlng 223-1814 Business office 223-1411 Got a story or photo Idea? Call 223-1811 between 8 a.m. "Ml 5 P.m.. a.m. and S p.m. Saturdays. Inside Classified Ads 23-28 Comics 22 Community Calendar 8 Dear Abby 6 Editorials 4 Obituaries 2 Sports 18-18 Today in History 12 Today's Living 10-11 Weather, forecast 2 THE INDEX-JOURNAL GREENWOOD, S C., THURSDAY, MAY 19, 1988 Copyright IMS by The Idc-Joraal Co. 70th Year No. 89 28 Pages 2 Sections 25tf Drawing is strongest lead 'It's changed lifestyle here says apartment manager WANTED 5-8 to 5-9 tall 140-160 pounds Dirty blond hair By ROGER BURTON Area news editor A composite drawing by SLED artists of a possible suspect is the strongest lead investigators have in the Sunday night disappearance of eight-year-old Malakia Zali Logan of Georgetown Apartments. "We've done all the groundwork we can," said SLED spokesman Hugh Munn. "The composite is the latest thing we have and we're trying to develop leads from that. That's all we've got. We're scraping the bottom right now." Logan disappeared around 8:30 p.m. Sunday shortly after she was seen in the basketball court area of the apartment complex. In the three days that followed, a massive physical search of the area by law enforcement officers and volunteers produced no leads. A broader search by a SLED helicopter and plane also proved fruitless. Meanwhile, no small children are seen playing freely around the complex as has been customary over the years, according to Property Manager Carolyn Kelley. Kelley lives in the complex. Her daughter Kim Barlett and granddaughter Ashley, who also live close by in the complex, may have been the last to see Logan. Kelley said her granddaughter was playing with Logan when her daughter called her (the granddaughter) inside that night. "In about 15 or 20 minutes her sister (Logan's sister) was looking (See Search, page 2) Senate resumes budget work COLUMBIA (AP) - The state Senate will resume work on the budget today with an eye toward finishing by Friday, state Sen. James Waddell said. But the body extended its work by adding the state bond bill to the budget bill, a move that reflects uncertainty over House willingness to pass the bond proposal. The Senate must still address non-recurring expenditures and provisos detailing how permanent programs are to te funded before the body moves to the bond bill. The House leadership, which has expressed serious reservations over the size and nature of the bill, told the Senate leadership recently it would consider the bond bill only after the Senate passed the state budget bill. State Sen. Hugh Leatherman, D Florence, said that worried him and some of his colleagues who wanted to move the bond bill along. "The Senate did not want to take the chance of not having the bond bill," Leatherman said. The $254 million bond bill by the Senate Finance Committee is about $10 million higher than the House Ways and Means proposal. Leatherman said he wanted to be certain that such needed projects as $44 million in new facilities for the Department of Corrections and $12 million for the Department of Youth Services were (See Budget, page 2) 9 i ." V Discussing issues Discussing Issues at the public forum of the S.C. Department of Mental Retardation Wednesday night, from left. Dr. Charles D. Barnett, who will retire as commissioner July 1; J. Felton Burton, executive director of Emerald Center; Rep. Marion Carnell and Dr. Philip Massey, who will succeed Dr. Barnett. (Staff photo by Brenda Peyton) Mental retardation needs, plans are forum topics By BRENDA PEYTON Staff writer The S.C. Department of Mental Retardation held a public forum on unmet needs and plans for the future Wednesday night at the Inn on the Square. Rep. Marion Carnell addressed the issue of the department's visibility with the legislature, placing emphasis on more communication. "As a member of the house we appreciate what the department is doing," Carnell said in a brief statement. "The department has an excellent repu tation, but they need to be more visible with the legislature." Beth McAlister of Chester, who has a daughter at Whitten Center, spoke on community residences for the medically fragile. "Our main concern is how the children will be taken care of," McAlister said. "As you look for community homes, don't forget about the medical needs." (See Mental, page 2) PC probe critical of foes By MAURA COUCH Staff writer The charter bus carrying Greenwood students and chaperones that crashed last month near Rock Hill would not have passed a routine safety inspection, according to documents obtained by The Index-Journal Wednesday. The Public Service Commission documents, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, state that tread on three of the bus tires iat worn VMv thin an1 the riant frnnt tiro Yuui a oach in ifc cistnuiall I" - - J - 'p."- . .. uu. u guaii ... im BnKWUl three Inches long and an inch deep which exposed damaged tire cords. "Tnis vehicle would have been put out of service if inspected before the accident," a PSC inspector comments in the reports. "But I do not think they (tires) contributed to the accident." The PSC reported earlier that a safety inspection "could not determine that faulty equipment caused the crash." The April 19 accident on Interstate 77 injured 38 fourth graders from Pinecrest Elementary School and eight adults. Ten year-old Juliann Rankin is the only remaining accident victim who is hospitalized. Howard Vincent Boles of Greenwood, the driver of the Boles Bus Line bus, was fined and convicted for driving too fast for conditions in a Rock Hill magistrate's court. He also had two points added to the seven already on his driving record. Commericial bus drivers can have their licenses suspended if they accumulate 12 points, according to the S.C. Department of Highways and Public Transportation. The PSC documents also state that Boles' driver qualification and vehicle files had several violations. They include: Boles' medical examination certificate which is expired; Boles failed to have a note in his file relating to the annual review of his driving record; he failed to have a list or certificate in his files showing all violations of motor vehicle traffic laws during the preceding 12 months; he failed to sign an employment application; he failed to keep record of duty status ; he drove for 1 1 2 hours after being on duty 15 hours. (See Report, page 2) Howard succeeds Richter as circuit judge COLUMBIA (AP) Newly elected 9th Circuit Judge William Howard says he gets the message the General Assembly has sent him. "I feel like its a move that says now I have to go to work and do the best job I can," Howard said at a crowded, impromptu news conference in the Statehouse after his election. The General Assembly on Wednesday chose Howard, a Charleston attorney, to succeed Circuit Judge Lawrence Richter, who resigned from the job after one of the most contentious screening hearings in South Carolina history. Howard, 40, easily defeated Charleston attorney Lee M. Robinson and Family Court Judge L. Mendel Rivers, a latecomer to the race for the seat with jurisdiction in Charleston and Berkeley counties. Howard had 105 votes, Mrs. Robinson, 42 and Rivers 17. Both Mrs. Robinson and Rivers expressed satisfaction at the style of campaign they ran and said they planned to seek judicial posts in the future. After the vote, Howard said Richter's withdrawal gave his campaign a boost. (See Judicial, page 2) Savings and loan fund deficit doubles in year WASHINGTON (AP) The deficit in the fund that insures deposits in the nation's savings institutions more than doubled last year and congressional action "may well be needed" to keep it operating, the General Accounting Office said today. The GAO, the auditing arm of Congress, said the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corp.'s liabilities exceeded its assets at the end of 1987 by $13.7 billion, up from the deficit of $6.3 billion a year earlier. In testimony prepared for the Senate Banking Committee, the GAO said the fund, which guarantees individual deposits up to $100,000 in 3,120 S&Ls, was in "precarious financial condition." It said the money available to (See Savings, page 2) Gall for anti-drug panel meets agreement, suspicion WASHINGTON (AP) Members of Congress say they'll accept Presideat Reagan' call for a fctpartisaa anti-drag task force, but some question his tlectkm-year timing and wonder why he didn't act sooner. ? -. - Reagaa caBed Wednesday for the task force to find a coaseasus within 45 days oa all aspects of the anti-aarcatics campaign ana said the battle against illegal trap It ia danger of being "tripped np" by political debata, . Reagan's proposal cones as Us administration faces mounting criticism on the drag issue, most notably for its willingness to consider dropping drag charges agaiast Panamanian military leader Maaad Astasia Noriega. And with electioas approaching, the nation'! politicians are trying to outdo each other as foes of drug abuse. Presidential candidates speak of the issue, lawmakers are demanding that the military be more involved, and congressional task forces in both houses are studying new. comprehensive legislation to supplement a major 1986 drug bill. Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y. and chairman of the House select committee on narcotics, said of Reagan: "In this political year, he thought there was still something more that had to be done and I could not agree with him more." But Rangel noted that the task force proposed by Reagan would report "on the eve of the Democratic convention this July and the August Re- (See Anti-drug, page 2) Baker won't write book WASHINGTON (AP) - Howard H. Baker Jr. says top White House aides have "at least an implied commitment" not to write about their intimacy with power. If so, it is a commitment as often honored in the breach as in the observance. A quick survey shows that half a dozen people who have held Baker's post of White House chief of staff, or its equivalent, have written books about their experience. About the same number have passed up the temptation. At least three of the chiefs of staff who have written books have described tempestuous circumstances surrounding their departures from the White House. k Funerals for crash victims RADCLIFF, Ky. (AP) -The state observed an official day of mourning today, as grief-stricken friends and families gathered to bid farewell to five of the 27 victims of one of nation's worst bus crashes. The first funerals for crash victims were set for today for four girls who attended Radcliff Middle School: Mary Catherine Daniels, 14; Julie Ann Earnest, 12; Denise Ellen Voglund, 13, and Amy WheeJ-ock, 14. A fifth, 14-year-old Tina Michelle Mustain, was to be buried in Tyler, Texas. First Soviet shuttle flight MOSCOW (AP) A Soviet space official said today two cosmonauts probably will man the nation's first shuttle flight. The Soviets earlier had indicated the inaugural flight of the space shuttle might be unmanned. No date has been announced. Radio Moscow quoted Vladimir Shatalov, head of the Soviet cosmonaut training program, as telling reporters visiting the spa-e center in Baikonur that two cosmonauts would be aboard. "The test flight will be carried out after all the systems of the Energia booster rocket and of the shuttle have been thoroughly checked," the broadcast quoted Shatalov as saying. Radio Moscow said the Soviet shuttle is "similar to the American model, but has a number of design peculiarities." No other details were provided. Sources in Washington familiar with the Soviet space program say the shuttle has been tested at Baikonur on a 15,000-foot landing strip and that cosmonaut Igor Volk is the program's chief pilot and likely to be part of the crew. Safe Highways Gov. Carroll Campbell signed legislation in an effort to crack down on drunken drivers on the state's highways... page 15. Sports The Calhoun Falls High School girls softball team won the Class A state championship Wednesday ... page 16 Today's Living Eight area students recently received scholarships from the Self Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship fund ... page 10. 1

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