The State from Columbia, South Carolina on September 2, 1986 · 24
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The State from Columbia, South Carolina · 24

Columbia, South Carolina
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Tuesday, September 2, 1986
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r m m m m m w u w w m rw w w w m m m m 2-C The State Columbia SC Tuesday September 2 1986 Metts questions ? abduction' suspect No arrests made in kidnapped girl's cases: t i i Targeting ‘Christian yuppies’ WMHK-FM shuns passive programming By BILL HIGGINS mH ZZH UHlw Professional pride mixes with biblical humility at WMHK-FM a 10-year-old Columbia radio station with an audience that could be characterized as “Christian yuppies" ' “We try to meet the needs of the yuppie generation” says program director Rob Gregory “We are not a passive radio station playing tapes” Gregory says “We are trying to give people what they need from radio in a Christian format We want to be a full-service radio station " ' The call letters of the 100000-Watt station tell the story: We Make Him (Jesus Christ) Known “We are trying to help people see that the Christian life doesn’t have to be a life of defeat or hypocrisy” Gregory says “We are promoting victorious Christian life” - WMHK at 897 FM is a media ministry of Columbia Bible College that broadcasts 24 hours a day from its studios on the Monticello Road campus "The best measure of our impact is the reputation we have outside South Carolina” Gregory says “Christian contemporary artists who come to Columbia know this is the station to contact “Students at Columbia Bible College who come from all over the country ten us WMHK is the best Christian radio station they have heard And it’s not us it is something God is doing” “We seen to have a very loyal audience” says general manager David Morrison The non-commercial station is supported totally by listener donations yet it doesn’t solicit money on tte air The nearly 1300000 annual budget pays for station operations and a staff of 10 full-time and four part-time employees 14 people iawdnSPw Authorities say 14 people have died in accidents on South Carolina roads during the Labor Day weekend including a Rock Hill teenager whose car overturned Monday morning Phillip Andrew Rogers 19 died at 1130 am when his car overturned on Secondary Road 160 eight milea aouth of Rock Hill and 02 miles west of Secondary Road 188 in York County said a dispatcher with the state Highway Patrol in Columbia Four members of a Florence County family who were on their way home from a family reunion in Dawn Elizabeth Smith of Lexington County this year’s Miss South Carolina leaves for Atlantic City NJ this week to compete in the Mss America pageant On Monday she held a news conference her last before leaving to represent the state in the four-day national competition that begins Sept 10 Miss Smith 22 represented the town of Liberty in the state pageant Tourists’ questions evoke laughter at SC beach booth NORTH MYRTLE BEACH A man who spent the summer working at an information booth near the beach said that he couldn’t help but laugh at some of the questions asked by tourists ShereU “Speedo" Jordan who Linda White works at news desk of WMHK-FM The non-commercial radio station is sponsored by Columbia “We don’t charge for air time so we are free to chooae whatever programs meet our specifications” Gregory says “We want to stay in the center of values given in the Bible” adds Morrison “We try and weigh all prospective programs against the biblical values nirinaii bold In common” “Our programming is better than 78 percent music” Gregory says “Then there’s a mix of teaching preaching and education-entertainment programming “Our music is an uptempo middle-of-the-road Mend of current contemporary Christian music and newly recorded bright traditional We are relevant musically but without compromising our standards” Music is screened not only for style but also for theological and biblical content and for the artist’s lifestyle The most popular non-music programs are Chuck Swindon’s Insight for living Radio Reading Room and Dr James Dobson’s Focus on the die on SC roads Charleston died Saturday night when their car collided with a Cadillac The Cadillac apparently crossed the center line in the rain said SgL RW Cooper of the patrol Killed were John Gary 69 and his wife Leona 61 of Scranton their son-in-law Michael Lewis Gregg 24 of Pamplico and Mrs Gary’s sister Neverseen Williams 51 of Effingham The accident happened at 8:30 pm on UK 52 just south of Ktag-stree Cooper said The driver of the Cadillac — Wilbur Elmore S3 of Columbia — was in fair condition at Williamsburg works in t one-room building hands out brochures and helps tourists find the beat places to eat and visit while they’re on vacation But Jordan who works for Unique Marketing discovered that people had all aorta of questions they wanted answered Family The station also tries to provide balanced news It uses United Press International and International Media Service newscasts and employs its own professional reporters It also has a daily “Community Involvement” news feature When Christian evangelist Vance Havner died in North Carolina recently the station broadcast the funeral live “We also send our own people to things like the annual Southern Baptist Convention and a pornography conference in Cincinnati” Morrison adds The WMHK staff has “a unique kind of experience that tbe Lord has gathered here for some reason” Gregory says Morrison started in the technical side of broadcasting in I960 He had been chief engineer for three different stations by tbe time he took a break in 1968 to study at Asbury Theological Seminary Since then he County Memorial Hospital Elmore “apparently wu travel-tag too fast and it was raining” Cooper said adding that no charges have been filed pending completion of an investigation Five people were killed in an automobile accident Saturday night near Loris said a spokesman from the Horry County Emergency Medical Service The accident occured at 6:44 pm at SC 9 and UK 17 authorities said Matbene McCkay 45 Charles Edward McLeod 42 and Robert Lee Simmons S3 all of Loris Sam Law-son 32 of Summerton and Odell Ga- Program helps boy injured in wreck to ‘live’ once more LANCASTER A 17-year-old boy who was injured in a car accident has learned to feed himself and la walking at parallel bars because of a program that helps people who have had severe iqjuries Owen Gordon wu a junior at Sun Valley High School In Monroe last falL “His interest wu girls music and art” said his mother Margaret Stamey The boy invented a buglike character with antennu named “Ber-ferd" who starred in a comic strip he drew for the school newspaper He bowled in a league in Charlotte on Saturday moraines “If the word ‘typical’ can be used for teenagers Owen was” his mother said But on Dec 30 be got in his mother’s Volkswagen Rabbit and headed to the store for a pad of cigarettes He never came back Gordon suffered multiple skull fractures and a broken leg in a car accident Surgeon had to cut open his head to remove a blood dot After three operation and five weds in a hospital Gordon stabilized and his mother began to look for a place for him to m When the Lancaster Rebound center wu opened he wu flown there The team that works with Gordon includes a social worker doctors Jordan said among the questions asked him this summer were: “Where can I buy a sea gull?” "What kind of a fish is a calabash?” “What time is the lagg (Instead of shag) contest?" “They ask it in seriousness” Bible College has pursued a ministry of Christian broadcasting that has “moved away from the technical side and into programming and management” Gregory started in professional broadcasting in 1969 He became a newscaster administrator and reporter for the Newsradio network in Canada and eventually ran its West Coast operations In 1979 “tbe Lord led me to seminary” and Gregory came to Columbia Bible College's graduate school of Bible and missions He is now finishing two master’s degrees WMHK reaches an audience within an hour’s drive of Columbia and reaches more people through translator stations in Charlotte Kingrtree and Darlington WMHK also wants to start a Christian radio station for Charlotte out of Monroe Nil and Morrison says “we are trying to syndicate our best programs for other stations around the country” during Labor Day gum 43 of Conway died when their vehicle struck a tree A sixth person Junior RoweU 47 of Galivants Ferry suffered severe leg and chest injuries said Trooper TJX Trevathan He was in critical but stable condition Sunday a Florence hospital spokeswoman said On Sunday Archie Lou Jackson 42 of Lancaster died at 12:57 am when the moped he was riding was struck by a vehicle on SC 914 less than a mile west of Lancaster the patrol reported ijru-Mtar County Conner Michael A Morris said Jackson apparently was struck from the rear by a nurses nurse’s aides a psychologist a spiritual guide and physical speech music and occupational therapists Their team approach seems to work “Today Owen is eating a regular diet and feeding himself” Ms Stamey said “And he’s walking at the parallel bars with assistance and is proud' of himself “He’s very much aware of what is going on around him We don’t know his ability to understand He doesn’t remember the accident He knows where he is He knows he’s impaired But he doesn't know why” she said Gordon who played the trumpet and wu learning to play the bau guitar before the accident played “Mary Had A Little Lamb” on the piano with no prompting from anyone “We’re beginning to see more and more of the old Owen” his mother said “I feel like any potential for recovery that Owen has Rebound will reach It 100 percent” Rebound is a private medical center designed to improve the quality of life for victims of severe bead injuries The object is to help them develop physically mentally and emotionally The goal is to get them to a residential facility where they can live independently said Rebound Executive Director Adrian Cole Jordan said "I try to keep a straight face bat aometimea it’s hard — I mean it’i tough” Ho said a woman once asked him whether there wu bus service to the beach Jordan auwered “Ma’am if yon walk half a block you’ll be in the water” fWSWffMiWWlwW The case of Jessica Gutierrez the 4-year-old girl who vanished from her family's Lexington County home June 6 is doaer to being solved Sheriff James Metts said The missing girl known as “Jessie” to her family was taken from her family’s mobile home while she was sleeping with other family members Investigators discovered evidence outside the mobile home that showed the girl was taken by an intruder who reached through n window In an interview with the South Carolina Network Metts said police have uncovered new evidence in the caset but not enough to bring charges - jit' National Guard copter makes emergency stop ? By JAMES M YOUNG aw smi oner An Army National Guard helicopter made as emergency landing at Owens Field on Monday morning after one of its hydraulic systems malfunctioned over northeast Columbia No one was injured and the aircraft suffered no damage in the incident which occurred about 11:30 am said Maj Mart Rbett of the National Guard Rbett said the UH1-M helicopter a Vietnam-era gunship based at McEntire Army National Guard Base and carrying a pilot and cfrpUot was on its way to an Orientation Day demonstration at Presbyterian Col hit-and-run driver He wu dead at the w-fnt the rower said Tbe patrol the Lancaster County Sheriffs Department and the coroner’s office are investigating the incident Scott Robert Hacked 24 of Wan minster Pa died at 7:35 am Sunday when a vehicle overturned in the southbound lane of Interstate 85 in Cherokee Comity Authorities were unsure whether he wu the driver or t riKi' BURGLAR ALARM ACTIVATES ELECTRONIC SIBEN S FREE PANIC BOTTOMS can Norm police a PIBIDEPAUTMENT motion nsTEcroa MEDICAL PANIC BUTTON $595 "SUtawMc Sank For Ormr S Van' NQQ OOCC Palmetto Alarm Co Inc f Ghildrofe HOSPITAL At Richland Memorial PANKIN5 What are the alternatives? September 4 noon Children They’re our most cherished and important link to the future " At Children's Hospital children are our business Wa know how to give v them the beat medical cars when they're sick Wa also have wealth of information parents wHl find useful u they help their children grow from toddlers to young adults “That why we’re offering Children's Hospital Presents It's a series - -of informal presentations and discussions designed to help parents bet-tor understand and respond to their children’s needs” —'John R Ellsworth PhJX Psychologist Columbia Area Mental Health Center Children and Adolescent Unit Dr Ellsworth wil offer suggestions for disciplining the young child - G9 The one hour program will begin it noon in the auditorium at Richland Memorial Parents teachers health care professionals and all interested in teaming more about children are Invited to attend For more Informs-tion call 765-6891 nmm " “We do have a prime suspect ta the case” he said “We have recoup ered information that is helpful to ul With persistence well be able to make an arrest but first we need mote evidence “We have narrowed the case1' down We feel we know what has hap-j pened in the case” Later Monday Metis raid that's suspect had taken and foiled a poty- " ’ graph test administered by the sher- ' Iffs department- '4 He said that the results of a poty- graph test are not sufficient grounds ’ for an arrest Metis refused to speculate on when an arrest will be made Earlier he wouldn’t speculate on whether the girt is still alive “Fm not sure that we know that (she is alive)" Metis said “We feeT-like we’ve arrived at what has hap- - pened and we have narrowed our list- of individuals but there is not enough evidence yet to effect an arrest” lege in Clinton mh One' of the three hydraulic syq- terns that control the helicopter failed as the craft was flying near Richland Memorial Hospital Rbett' Said iyi likened a helicopter's hydrasT' lie systems to the power steering in' ’’ an automobile and said that when n -malfunction occurs in one system!? “it’s not like a loss of total control You can still control the helicopter but it’s a little more serious than loa-nr tag the power steering in a car” Monday's landing was “a precaiir ' tion primarily” Rhett said “It’s an emergency and we train for this " type of emergency” — weekend a passenger in the vehicle Kimberly Claire Waddell 16 of Myrtle Beach died at 8:52 pm Fri-1'-day when the car in which she was riding wu involved in an accident involving three vehicles on UK 878'? at Secondary Road 37 in Clarendoq' County Johnny Gene Barnes 19 of Eat- ley died at 8 pm Friday when the?’ car in which be wu riding struck S' tree off Secondary Road 204 two'll miles south of Pickens DIGITAL KEY PAD WBACKUP BATTEXY INCLUDES MUCH MUCH MOKE INCLUDES ALL DOOUS WIBED FINANCING AVAILABLE t : IMW 4 ‘‘A 1 j v fail L eiipi 4 ei WMMMj M INM t I tojiea ia a IW totoPilN9 ft pro

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