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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 6, 1984, Aiken, South Carolina                                Thursday Page 5A A Dream Come True Page 7A Helping To Ease Grief Calendar 7B Classifieds 5B Comics 10A Dear Abby 10A Obituaries 6A Opinions 4A Sports IB Television WA Weather 8B Page IB Joking An Open Advantage Vol 117 No 179 2 Sections 20 Aiken South Carolina Thursday September 61984 Telephone All Departments 6482311 Display Advertising 6482311 Classified Advertising 6491555 250 Per Single Copy Circulation Department 6495316 A Quick Read Hospital Gets Off On Psychiatric Unit Approval of a new psychiatric unit at Aiken Community Hospital was given Wednesday by a project review com mittee of the East Central Georgia Health Systems Agency The project which will be funded by the Hospital Corporation of America will convert 12 medicalsurgical beds to psychiatric beds According to ACH administrator John Strickland the hospital has been caring for its psychiatric patients in regular patient care facilities The hospital has had psychiatrists on staff for several years and the new unit will not mark a significant change hi hos pital operations Strickland has said The benefit of the new unit will be that for the first time psychiatric care services will be pulled together as a cohesive unit with all support services at hand Beds an activity center a family room a treatment room nursing staff and ancil lary staff all devoted to psychiatric care would be combined in a distinct unit The full HSA board will hear the review committees findings on the project at a Monday meeting at 6 pm in the second floor civic room at the Georgia Railroad Bank Building at 699 Broad St in Augusta The boards decision on the unit will be forwarded to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control which is expected to decide on ACffs certificate of need application for the psychiatric unit before the end of October The SC State Health Plan has stated a need for 17 psy chiatric beds in the AikenBarnwell service area The estimated charge per patient day in the new unit will Protesters Sentenced Two antrnuclear protesters received a sentence of 11 days in the Aiken County Jail after they pleaded no contest to charges of disobeying law enforcement of ficers Aiken County Magistrate Max A Meek gave Pamela Wilcox 42 of Atlanta and Elizabeth M Cheatham 26 of Morganton Ga the option of jail time or fines of apiece The two women were arrested Sunday at the intersection of US 278 and SC 12 near the Aiken barricade of the Savannah River Plant They were arrested at that crossroads when they did not heed officers warnings to leave the intersection The pair are members of Women Against Nuclear Madness a group that spent the summer camping out in Aiken County and lobbying against SRP opera tions Sierra Club Rejected AUGUSTA The Federal Energy Regu latory Commission has rejected the Sierra Clubs motion to intervene in the licensing process for Augustas proposed Savannah River hydroelectric plant The city received notice of the rejection Wednesday said Mayor Pro Tern Charles A BeVaney The citys plan calls for construction of a powergenerating plant on the Augusta Canal which would require water diverted from the Savannah River In requesting intervener status the Sierra Club was not officially opposed to the hydroelectric plant per se but to the possibility of reducing the flow of river water levels that would be adequate for wildlife A CoverUp Night We will have fair skies again tonight but the temperature will be a little chilly The low will be in the mid 50s Tomorrow will be mostly sunny with a high in the mid 80s The forecast for SaturdayMonday calls for partly cloudy skies The lows will be in the 50s Saturday and from the mid 50s to mid 60s Sunday increasing to the 60s Monday Have You Heard that Roger Abney got a mohawk haircut for good luck and it worked Roger a senior at Furman University has received a baseball scholarship He was also chosen to be captain of the team about how Myrtle Jones of Aiken handles some unwelcome phone calls A man called her from Colorado yesterday to offer her some free magazines and she would only have to pay a week for shipping and wrapping Sir she said Wouldnt you like to think all people in the Southeast arc that stupid Aikens Makin Starts At 9 By THURMOND WHATLEY Staff Reporter Aikens Makin starts tomorrow at 9 am There are several changes in this years event the eighth such festival that is de signed to show off the variety of things made in Aiken County The first is the date Its being held ear lier in September than normal The second is the location Instead of lining the side walks along Laurens Street booths will be set up in the parkways of Park Avenue The street will be blocked off to prevent traffic problems A map showing booth lo cations was included in Wednesdays Aiken Standard Aikens Makin which is sponsored by the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce will last from 9 am 6 pm both Friday and Saturday It features arts crafts food exhibits displays by county industries and entertainment Also this year downtown merchants will be having sidewalk sales featuring summer and fall merchandise beginning tomorrow Discount and free merchandise coupons are being provided by downtown mer chants to be placed in helium balloons which will be sold by Up and Away This year over 50 performers will put their skills on display in the courtyard in front of the Bankers Trust building on Lau rens Street Since its beginning Aikens Makin has become a magnet attracting artists craftsmen musicians and performers to the streets of Aiken for the twoday event The festival also provides area industries an opportunity to display their products in the industrial show held in the Municipal Auditorium on Park Avenue from 9 am6 pm both days A new facet of this years festival is The Taste of Aiken to be held in the Alley Aikens 52 restaurants have been in vited to set up tables in Bee Lane and offer festivalgoers small portions of some of their fanciest products Visitors may pur chase samples of the items for between 50 cents and Other activities in The Alley will include entertainment by minstrels antique car displays a petting zoo provided by the Aiken Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Free blood pressure tests will be offered by the Aiken County Rescue Squad and the Aiken County Heart Asso ciation The Rescue Squad will be located at the intersection of Laurnes Street and Park Avenue The Heart Association will be located at the intersection of Chester field Street and Park Avenue Industrial exhibitors will include Airco Hamburg Industries JM Huber Amoco Foam Harvey Hubbell the Savannah River Plant Kimberly Clark Riegel Chivas United Merchants National Southern RE Phelon Pepperidge Farm State Farm Insurance Aiken Technical College OwensCorning Fiberglas USC Aiken FMC Aiken Chamber of Com merce Graniteville Company and Aiken Community Hospital Merv Marshall has headed up this years Aikens Makin Others playing key roles in planning have been Buddy Coleman Holly Zuelsdorf Barb Rollins Sam Erb Virginia Lybrand and Eunice Hawkins School Enrollment 11 NEW ELLENTON WOMAN INJURED Sherry El 25 of 419 Richmond Cir New Ellenton was transported with minor injuries to Aiken Com munity Hospital by the Aiken County Emergency Medical Service after she was injured in a twocar collision Wednesday at about 5 pm at Powderhouse and Pine Log roads She was treated and released from the hospital No information on the cause of the wreck was available this morning from the SC Highway Patrol Staff Photo by Phil Jones Educating The Public On Called A Key To Prosecution Last Of A Series By CHARLES LAW The circuit court solicitor who works Aiken County said he expects to see more and more rape cases coming to court Thanks in part to changing attitudes to ward rape the number of rape cases re ported to law enforcement officials and the number making their way to the court room has been growing said Robert J Harte Second Judicial Circuit solicitor Weve had a good many more rape cases reported in recent months Solic itor Harte said Because of the work of the Coalition and some work by the media more victims have been brought forward The Coalition the Solicitor referred to is the Coalition to Assist Abused Persons a national organization with an Aiken County branch which is seeking among other things to educate the public about rape and to assist rape victims in coping with their plight That assistance in some cases means helping victims prosecute rapists Margaret Key sexual assault program coordinator for the CAAP said one of the organizations chief aims is to be a friend to victims of rape and other forms of abuse When a victim chooses to pros ecute as more and more are doing so the CAAP is also willing to offer its expertise she said Ms Key said the ways the CAAP has been involved in the legal aspects of sexual assault range from holding the victims hand literally as well as figuratively during medical exams after a suspected rape to providing moral support throughout lengthy emotionally difficult trials She explained that the CAAPs relationships with local law enforcement agencies have been good Were notified by all three law enforcement agencies Aiken County Sheriff Aiken Public Safety and North Augusta Public when any sexual assault is reported she said That early warning frequently allows a CAAP volunteer to offer her services as friend and counselor before the rape exam ination which Ms Key said can add to the humiliation already suffered due to the as sault If the victim decides to prosecute the advice of a CAAP volunteer can help ensure that she does nothing to damage the orderly collection of evidence she said The victim shouldnt bathe she shouldnt change clothes she shouldnt do many of the things shed naturally want to do immediately after a sexual assault Ms Key said Solicitor Harte said that among the cases his offices has prosecuted hes seen an improvement in the gathering of evi dence a point which may make or break a case for the prosecution Another area Solicitor Harte and Ms Key see as crucial to prosecuting rape cases is the education of the public and particularly prospective jurors Please See EDUCATION Page 12A i By FRAN CHAPMAN Staff Reporter The sixday school enrollment figures are in showing an increase of 11 percent in county school enrollment There are 21662 children enrolled in Aiken County schools an increase of 243 student1over last this time That figure is up from 20634 which the enrollment showed That figure was a 25 percent increase from the first day figures of last year The figures show Aiken and South Aiken high schools with 1105 and 1113 students respectively and North Augusta Senior High with 1053 Aiken and South Aiken are both Class AAA schools and North Au gusta is a Class AAAA According to Owen Clary director of public information serv ices and staff development for the school district Aiken and South Aiken have more students because the North Augusta area hasnt yet gone to the middle school con cept North Augusta Senior High doesnt have a ninth grade Clary said It has only grades 10 11 and 12 because North Au gustas junior high schools include grades 7 8 and 9 Hopefully they will go to the middle school concept next year Clary said and then they would have grade 9 Area 1 has the most students of any dis trict with 6921 That figure breaks down like this Aiken Elementary 389 Laurens Street Elementary 515 JD Lever El ementary 402 North Aiken Elementary 390 East Aiken Elementary 639 Mil Ibrook Elementary 429 Oakwood Elementary 205 Schofield Middle 1115 Kennedy Middle 619 Aiken High 1105 and South Aiken High 1113 Area 2 with a total of 4743 breaks down like this Hammond Hill Elementary 592 Belvedere Elementary 887 North Au gusta Elementary 528 Summerfield El ementary 455 North Augusta Junior High 612 Paul Knox Junior High 616 and North Augusta Senior High 1053 Area with 4661 students breaks its eight schools down this way Jefferson El ementary G14 Byrd Elementary 548 Please See SCHOOL Page 12A Move To Country Continues WASHINGTON AP The movement of older Americans away from the cities and into the suburbs and countryside is continuing a new analysis of 1980 Census information shows After nearly two centuries of migration into the nations cities the elderly led the way in reversing that trend during the 1960s and continued to move away from the urban crowds in the 1970s according to a study led by Charles F Longino of the Center for Social Research in Aging at the University of Miami The findings contradict an earlier preliminary strudy by Longino similar to findings of other researchers at that time that elderly migrants had reversed direction after a decade of outflow and resumed their movement into cities Of 905400 people aged 60 and over who moved from one state to another in the 1960s Longino found 22 percent went from city to country and 152 percent from country to city For the 1 152800 movers within their states the flow was 19 percent from metropolitan to nonmetropolitan and 126 percent the other way By the 1970s the citytocountry movement fell to 179 per cent but the flow from country to city also dropped to 135 per cent among 1418200 interstate movers And for the 1452560 moving within a state 17 percent went from city to country and 118 percent the other way In both decades most people who moved went to an environ ment similar to the one they left city to city or country country with older migrants becoming somewhat less adven turous than previously in changing their environments Even in the face of this decline however less populous places are attracting more metropolitan retirees than large cities are attracting nonmetropolitan retirees Longino pointed out This trend began in the 1960s during a period of social tur moil when many cities began to be perceived as dangerous places and many retiring elderly turned to smaller quieter spots That the movement is continuing writes follows the large growth among the number of elderly in the nation a growth which will continue for many years as the postwar baby boom generation matures This generation has a high degree of education and is accus tomed to periodic relocation in the course of employment Longino pointed out making them more likely to relocate at re tirement JSC4 Enrolls Record Number USCAiken enrolled a record number of stu dents this fall although the increase was just 11 students above last falls enrollment figure USCA Registrar Jerry Norton said final fig ures show 1946 students enrolled in fall se mester classes Last falls enrollment was 1935 students he said The enrollment figure represents a 1 percent growth rate in enrollment at LSOA Norton said It enrollment grew but not like it has in the past We havent located yet where we may have lost or gained students he said Re ports outlining the makeup of the student body have yet to be released from Columbia he said Norton said USCA is showing continued growth al a time when many schools are finding their enrollments declining This is the best enrollment we have had he said   

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