The Index-Journal from Greenwood, South Carolina on September 21, 1989 · Page 1
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Call for: Inside Classified Ads 18-2t Comics ......15 Community Calendar....... It Dear Abby .., Editorials 4 Obituaries 2 Sports 12-14 Today in History 7 Today's Living 8- Weather, Forecast.......... 11 Missed oaDer... .223-1411 E INDEX-JOURNAL Advertising 223-1414 Classified. 223-1411 News 223-1811 Sports . 223-1813 Today's living 223-1814 Business office 223-1411 Got a story or photo idea? Call 223-1811 between 8 a.m. and S p.m., a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays. 71st Year No. 196 GREENWOOD, SOUTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1989 20 Pages 2 Sections 250 Copyright 1M8 by Tfcc Ladcz-JoMrmal Co. TM Thousands flee from Hnigo9 .path Communications center Earle Gillian of Greenwood tunes into the action stirred by Hurricane Hugo from his home ham radio communications center, a post he has kept for more than three decades. (Staff photo by Alice Hite) I Natural disasters bring out best in ham operators By ALICE HITE Staff writer "This is K4VIA. Do you read?" Communications vital to survival in a natural disaster make 50 ham radio operators in the Greenwood area popular when hurricanes and damaging storms strike the state. Hurricane Hugo's path of destruction in the Caribbean has already brought Earle Gillian of 405 Draper Ave. into the "eye" of action. Gillian, a 36-year veteran ham radio operator, provided the recent link for Kenneth R. Brown of Ellenberg Avenue in his quest to learn of his Puerto Rico-based son's welfare. Brown said he was referred to Gillian by the Greenwood County Sheriff's Department. His son, Ted Lee Brown and his wife, were living in San Juan where he was associated with a recycling plant. "Hugo reaped havoc in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands," Gillian said, as his home radio picked up continual chatter of operators there assisting in organization and distribution of food and supplies. "I tried in vain to find Mr. Brown's son, but I did learn that he was safe," he said. And safe he was, Kenneth Brown said. "Ted and his wife have been (See Radio, page 2) CHARLESTON (AP) -Thousands of residents were ordered to evaucate their homes along the South Carolina coast today to avoid the brunt of Hurricane Hugo as the killer storm lashed the Southeast from North Carolina to Florida. With landfall expected as early as tonight, schools were closed, homes and buildings were boarded up and South Carolina's governor declared an emergency, ordering all coastal residents to head inland from Hilton Head Island to North Myrtle Beach, with the exception of downtown Charleston. The National Guard was called in to assist in the evacution, with 400 guardsmen dispatched to the coast. The order came as the National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning for the length of the South Carolina coast, indicating hurricane conditions are likely within 24 hours. "The governor urges all citizens in the general proximity of the coast in low-lying areas to make preparations to move inland for their safety as soon as possible," said Gov; Carroll Campbell's spokesman, Tucker Eskew. Campbell urged residents to take seriously the storm that has killed at least 25 people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Elsewhere, residents of Georgia's barrier islands were asked to evacuate, while coastal residents in Florida and North Carolina began moving inland voluntarily. In the hurricane's wake, more than 1,100 U.S. military police were due to arrive in the Virgin Islands today after President Bush ordered them to stop a frenzy of looting. The troops were to join U.S. marshals, FBI agents and armed Related stories, page 1 1 Coast Guardsmen already dispatched after police reportedly joined prison escapees and machete-armed mobs in wild looting. "Everyone in the federal pen there is loose," said Eileen Long, a New York City advertising executive who was among 145 St, Croix tourists who arrived in Miami late Wednesday on a Pan Am evacuation flight arranged by U.S. marshals. "There are murderers and snipers running around everywhere," she said. Bush also declared the Virgin Islands a disaster area and freed up $500,000 in federal funds for the relief effort. Hugo spared the Bahamas and quickly accelerated as it moved over open waters Wednesday. "An increase in forward speed increases the likelihood that it will strike the coast and not recurve, heading out to sea," said Bob Sheets, director of the National Hurricane Center in Florida. Early today, rain from Hugo fell from North Carolina to Melbourne, Fla., said Bob Ebaugh of the hurricane center. A hurricane warning was issued from Fernandina Beach, Fla., to Cape Lookout, N.C., and landfall was expected late tonight or early Friday. Storm-surge flooding of 8 to 12 feet above normal can be expected near where the storm's (See Hurricane, page 2) U.S. troops deploy to stem St, Croix violence WASHINGTON (AP) - The first contingent of U.S. troops sent to restore calm to the hurricane-ravaged Virgin Islands arrived in St. Croix today and moved immediately to secure the airfield and "deploy troops as necessary," Pentagon officials said. President Bush authorized the use of the troops to halt a looting frenzy and protect residents and tourists from the lawlessness still gripping St. Croix two days after Hurricane Hugo's devastation. "The task force commander Brig. Gen. Walter B. Moore is now on the scene and is assessing the situation," said Lt. Comdr. Ned Lundquist, a Pentagon spokesman. "He will deploy troops as necessary." Lundquist said Moore was on board the first plane of some 76 military personnel that arrived at 7:40 a.m. EDT. The contingent formed an advance team that planned to secure the airfield, set up a mobile control tower and organize the command structure for the other troops that will be arriving later in the day. "Members of the armed forces of the United States will be used to suppress the violence ... and to restore law and order in and about the Virgin Islands," Bush said in a statement Wednesday night. It appeared to be the first time in more than 20 years that a president ordered active duty military personnel into the nation's streets. About 700 soldiers began leaving Pope Air Force Base, N.C., early today. "I think the show of force is going to go a long way (in ending the looting)," said Lt. Gen. Carl W. Stiner, commander of the 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg. The Pentagon said in a statement that 1,105 military police would begin arriving in St. Croix by early morning on 16 Air Force C-141 Starlifter transport planes. The units were to include 635 military police from Fort Bragg, N.C.; and 470 military police (See Troops, page 2) Educators to governor: loosen restrictions COLUMBIA (AP) - Gov. Carroll Campbell heads to next week's national education summit with a clear directive from state educators: Cut federal red tape, but keep the money coming. "Just because the revenues increase, don't make the assumption that you've got to increase the restrictions," said Chester Floyd, Lexington School District 1 superintendent, as he rhetorically counseled federal officials. "Why don't you hold us accountable for the results?" About 100 school teachers, state lawmakers and business owners met for a day-long mini-summit with Campbell at the South Carolina State Museum in preparation for next week's meeting of the nation's governors with President Bush in Charlottesville, Va. South Carolina's mini-summit, similar to others planned in at least five other states, in essence gave teachers and administrators a chance to shape policy before they are asked to reflect it in the classroom. Though many complained of too little money to meet rising expectations, most officials sought greater freedom in using existing federal funds more than additional money. "Is the federal government allowing us to spend money wisely?" asked state Rep. Robert Barber, D-Charleston. "I believe many schools and school districts would politely scream 'No!'" Participants rejected, though, the idea of a national curriculum, student standards or teacher examinations. "There's no grass-roots control there," Floyd said of national standards. Over the past decade or so, South Carolina has initiated sev- CARROLL CAMPBELL eral education improvements, starting with the Education Finance Act in 1978 that sought to (See Education, page 2) mm ' ' " h High-level talks begin U.S. offering 'open lands' proposal in Soviet talks EDUARD SHEVARDNADZE WASHINGTON (AP) The United States will propose to the Soviet Union lifting virtually all restrictions on travel by diplomats, trade representatives and journalists imposed during the Stalin era, Bush administration officials disclosed today. The "Open Lands" initiative surfaced as Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze was set to open high-level talks with President Bush. He carried with him still-secret proposals from Moscow that could accelerate reductions in the superpowers' nuclear missile arsenals. Currently, nearly 90 percent of the Soviet Union is off limits to Americans, reflecting the suspicions that marked Josef Stalin's rule. The United States responded through the years to the curbs by imposing similar restrictions on a large part of the United States. The FBI has approved the proposal and it is ready for Secretary of State James A. Baker III to present (See Gorbachev, page 2) Skidding jet lands in river; at least 2 die NEW YORK (AP) Aviation officials questioned crew members and recovered flight recorders today in an effort to learn why a USAlr jet carrying 63 people aborted takeoff and skidded into the East River, killing two passengers. About 10 people were rescued clinging to driftwood, while others huddled on the wing of the 8-month-old Boeing 737-400 that broke apart late Wednesday at the water's edge at LaGuardia Airport. "We just grabbed on to a big piece of wood and held on for dear life," said Tom Newberry, 27, of New York City. This morning, the plane's data and cockpit voice recorders were recovered, Port Authority spokesman Mark Marchese said. Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived and began talking to the crew. "Something happened and he put on the brakes. The plane took a dip and the next thing I knew all hell broke loose," said passenger Larry Martin of New York City, who huddled in blankets with his wife, Valerie. "People were on top of each other. People were screaming. There was the smell of gas. Everyone was saying 'Get out! Get out! Get out!'" he said. The Martins got out, and held fast to driftwood until a police boat plucked them from the water. Officials said two women who had seats in the rear of the plane near where the fuselage snapped were killed. Their bodies were taken from the cabin; the cause of death was not immediately known. Forty-five people were taken to the hospital; two were reported in serious condition and a third was in stable condition after a heart attack. i The Coast Guard said overnight that up to six people were missing and divers were sent to look for them. But an airline spokeswoman, Susan Young, said all 57 passengers and six crew members were accounted for as of 8 a.m. Flight 5050, bound for Charlotte, N.C., originally scheduled for departure at 7:27 p.m., was delayed by heavy rain. But officials said (See Jet, page 2) net U k 11 ay, w - w Economy grows WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy grew at a healthy annual rate of 2.5 percent from April through June, slightly slower than previously believed, the government said today. In its final look at overall economic activity in the spring, the Commerce Department said growth in the gross national product was 0.2 percentage point lower than it estimated a month ago 10 bombs explode BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -Ten bombs exploded early today in Bogota, causing heavy damage 'to nine offices of Colombia's main political parties and to one bank, police said. At least two people were reported injured. Bombings have occurred almost daily since the government declared a crackdown on Colombia's powerful cocaine traffickers on Aug. 18. The explosions came hours after lawmakers urged the government to publicize reported "black lists" of corrupt politicians and officials. Bus accident ALTON, Texas (AP) A school bus was hit by a delivery truck and plunged into a watery gravel pit today, killing at least 15 people and injuring 49, authorities said. The bus Iriver was unaccounted for. The bus was nostly submerged in the pit, and rescuers used a crane to lift it ut. Divers searched the pit. The number of people aboard the bus was not immediately known. Authorities were unable immediately to say how much water was in the pit, but Capt. Rene Lopez Jr. said the pit was 20 feet to 25 feet deep. Statewide youth program gains $2.9 million Kellogg funding COLUMBIA How do you fight adolescent problems such as drug abuse, teenage pregnancy and academic failure? You start early, working with 5-to ten-year-olds. That's the premise of an $8 million South Carolina program led by Clemson Unversity and South Carolina State College. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich., today announced it will support the four-year program with a $2.97 million grant, the largest grant Clemson has ever received from a private foundation. "Visions for Youth" will call on resource specialists in all disciplines at S.C. State and Clemson to develop a youth-help program, test it in pilot counties, and then expand it statewide. There are day care centers, the Head Start program and other agency programs to help youngsters under age 5, and there are programs such as the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), 4-H, Scouting and YMCA that young people over 10 can turn to, says Glen Krohn. Krohn, Clemson's state program leader for 4-H and youth development, coordinated the Vision for Youth proposal. "It's the 5-to 10-year-old group we think needs the (See 'Visions, page 2)

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