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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 17, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBKAh Inside Today Weston Center Keeps Growing Page IB A Quick Read Environment is Key In Princes Visit WASHINGTON AP Britains Prince Charles is planning a talk with President Bush over dinner to night about protecting the environ ment one of the future kings favor ite causes before he flies to sunny Florida for two days of polo The 40yearold prince arrived in New York late Thursday for his eighth visit to the United States He is not accompanied by his wife Di ana who made a hit with New York ers during her own solo visit a couple of weeks ago Bush and his wife Barbara invit ed the prince and British ambassa dor Sir Antony Acland to a small informal dinner party at Camp Da vid Md where the Bushes will be spending the weekend Rare Porcelain Doll Brings Record Price LONDON AP An 80yearold porcelain doll that lay forgotten in a nurses attic was sold for a record Sothebys auction house said The 21inch Germanmade bisque doll a redhaired blueeyed girl in a pale blue dress is one of only 10 of its type made by Rammer and Reinhardt the auction house said Thursday The buyer was described only as a Madame Vierny a Frenchwoman planning to open a museum of child hood in Paris The same woman bought the previous recordmaking doll a 17th century wooden doll that fetched in March 1987 The unidentified owner is a nurse from Sussex England who Soth ebys said had played regularly and rather roughly with the doll through her childhood even pushing it around in a doll carriage with her dog Weather Clouds Coming Cloudy skies and cool weather are forecast tonight and Saturday with a 50 percent chance of rain tonight and a chance of rain Saturday The low will be in the lower 40s with a high in the lower 50s Yesterdays high of 85 set a new record for the date The old record was 80 set in 1976 Please see details on Page 6B Deaths Winnie P Abney Philadelphia Pa Thelma Chavous Aiken Annette Dresser Aiken Henderson Frazier Salley Mary S Holmes Edgefield Henretta Jennings New Ellenton Evas Mills New Ellenton Harold H Seamster Aiken Katie Williams Ridge Spring Please see details on Page 6B Inside Today Bridge4C Calendar10C Classifieds1C Comics4B Crossword5C Cryptoquote3C DearAbby4B Local Front1B Obituaries6B Opinions6A Sports7A Television4B Weather6B Seat Belt Bill Offers Insurance Cut Leaking SRP Pipes Pose No Danger Plant Plans Major Expansion By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer BEECH ISLAND A million ex pansion at the Kimberly Clark plant will help to modernize the facility but it will not create new jobs in the immediate future Robert E Abernathy plant manager for the Infant Care Plant said We are expanding the plant to modernize the fa cility He added The addition is to in clude a new shop an auditorium and a training facility Although the additional 80000 square feet will not create new jobs immediate ly it will allow the plant to compete with new state of the art consumer products producing faculties Abernathy said The expansion establishes the plant as a site for future growth he said This expansion is the strongest possible Please See PLANT Page 10A Kimberly Clark Products The Beech Island mill pro duces facial tissue dinner napkins bath room tissue diapers and other house hold products Corporate headquarters Dallas Tex Employment With approximately 1100 employees Kimberly Clark injects million into the area economy each year in salaries and benefits US Trade Balance billion EXPORTS billion Trade Deficit Drops In 1988 SOURCE DeptOf Commerce By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON The US trade defi cit shrank to billion in 1988 the first annual decline since 1980 as a surge in exports offset a relentless climb in im ports the government reported today The Commerce Department said ex ports shot up to an alltime high of billion last year a dramatic 268 percent above the 1987 level led by a boom in sales of Americanmanufactured prod ucts and farm goods The huge gain in exports was enough to offset an 83 percent increase in imports which also rose to a record level of billion For December the trade deficit shrank slightly to billion down from a re vised November figure of billion However both November and Decem ber represented the lughest imbalances between what the United States imported and what it sold abroad since August Analysts are worried that the improve ment in Americas trading performance has stalled out After improving dramati cally in the first half of 1988 the deficit Campaign On For USCA Professors Million Effort Begins To Endow Professorships By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer USC Aiken announced today the begin ning of a million Chair Campaign to endow 20 to 25 academic professorships on the campus This goal is an ambitious one but one we feel will have a lasting impact on this university and community said Dr Robert E Bob Alexander USCA chancellor He added Each of the faculty chairs will be endowed at a level of at least At an 11 am press conference SCANNA Corporation and its principal subsidiary South Carolina Eletric Gas Co started the campaign by presenting a gift of to USCA to establish the SCANNA Corporation Chair in Physics The holder of this chair will conduct research associated with energy conser vation said Tom Maurice chairman of the campaign We are pleased to be the first compa ny to contribute to this endowment since education is without a doubt a key ele ment in the future economic development of our state said John Warren chair man ahd chief executive officer of SCANNA Corporation The endowments will create income that can be used to supplement the salary of the faculty member holding the chair or to supplement professional expenses such as travel equipment or research and clerical assistants Through this chair campaign the uni versity will take a giant step forward in its evolution as a quality institution said Walter OConnell honorary chair man of the Chair Campaign We will be able to recruit and retain the very best scholars as we continue building a strong faculty at USCA Dr Alexander cited the high level of growth at USCA in both the student body and facilities and the need for continued future planning as reasons for establish ing the chairs Through these endowed faculty chairs we will have a greater ability to attract and retain the very best scholars possible and build a stronger academic community dedicated to serving our stu dents and community he said Warren said This gift also represents commitment to the search for new and better ways to serve its consum ers Work under way in physics research especially in the field of superconductiv ity holds the promise of improving our ability to deliver lowcost electricity to our customers In this Chair Campaign we will be taking a step forward in our continuing efforts to have the private sector join as a partner with other supporters of USCA and become more involved in the future of this institution Dr Alexander said Members of the Chair Campaign are 0 Dantzler Busbee II Robert E Penland Gasper L Toole in and Dr Harry E Shealy Jr began to widen again toward the end of the year Reversing that trend and getting fur ther trade improvements is one of the major economic challenges facing the new Bush administration The trade deficit along with the related federal budget deficit represent the twin towers of debt that President Bush inher ited from Ronald Reagan The billion deficit for all of 1988 was down 194 percent from the alltime high of billion set in 1987 It was the first year that the trade deficit has shown any improvement since it fell 125 per cent to billion in 1980 the last year of the Carter administration During the Reagan years the deficit soared above the billion mark as Americans appetite for foreign goods proved insatiable In 1985 thenTreasury Secretary James A Baker HI engin neered a coordinated effort with major US allies to devalue the dollar on for eign currency markets in an effort to make American goods more competitive and imports more expensive The strategy has proven successful in boosting exports but has had much less of an impact in curbing imports Some economists believe the dollar will have to fall further to see more improve ments in trade Other analysts however worry that steeper declines could scare off the foreign investors the United States has come to depend on to finance its bor rowing needs and could run the risk of igniting a new inflationary spiral For 1988 the 268 percent surge in ex ports boosted the fortunes of American manufacturers who hired thousands of new workers and rushed to expand pro duction facilities The narrowing of the trade deficit and the boom in business investment contrib uted fully half of overall economic growth in 1988 The Bush administration must now work to promote further export increases in 1989 or run the risk that economic growth will slow appreciably This would be a setback for the administrations oth er economic problem finding a way to reduce the huge federal budget deficit For 1988 sales of manufactured goods surged 252 percent to billion re flecting increases in a variety of catego ries from office equipment to airplanes Sales of agricultural products were up an even stronger 293 percent to bil lion but analysts said much of this in crease reflected higher prices caused by last summers drought Conservatives Liberals WASHINGTON AP The Massachu setts congressional delegation showed its liberal colors and Wyoming was the most conservative state hi 1988 according to a survey by the American Conservative Union A lawmaker with a rating of 100 per cent is one who voted in accordance with the position of the conservative group in all instances In Massachusetts the aver age score was just 369 In Wyoming it was 973 See Ratings Lists Page 10A Based on its selection of 22 key votes in the two chambers some of which the group gave double weight the ACU said both the House and Senate voted more conservatively in 1988 than in 1987 The average House rating went from 37 per cent to 44 percent while the Senate aver age went from 40 percent to 43 percent In both chambers however the move to the right was made easier by a lack of confrontation over tough budget issues last year due to the 1987 budget summit the group said Last month the Americans for Demo cratic Action a liberal group released a similar survey and declared that the Con gress had become more liberal The differences occur because the two groups base their surveys on different vote lists However the surveys do high light the ideological differences between the parties Landmark Agreement For Hanford Near By DAVID AMMONS AP Political Writer OLYMPIA Wash Washington is close to wrapping up a Cadillactype agreement for federal cleanup of radio active wastes dumped or stored at Han ford nuclear reservation since 1944 Gov Booth Gardner said Thursday The governor and state Ecology Direc tor Christine Gregoire told a joint news conference theyre confident the state will hammer out the few remaining de tails with federal agencies by the end of this month At issue is the speed and scope of the cleanup of 200 billion gallons of ra diactive wastes dumped into the Hanford soil since scientists there worked on the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki Please See LANDMARK Page 10A Hollings Owned Stock in Firm Investigated By His Committee By The Associated Press WASHINGTON US Sen Ernest Hollings due to a miseommunication with his broker owned about worth of stock in a communications company while a subcommittee he served on was debating a plan op posed by the company according to an aide Hollings a South Carolina Demo crat and chairman of the Senate Commerce Science and Transporta tion Committee did not know in Jan uary 1988 that he had owned the stock for about five months his press sec retary John Patterson told the Washington bureau oftthe Greenville News Piedmont Thursday Please See HOLLINGS Page 18A Coming Sunday Help With Your Taxes Aiken Community Theater South Salutes Springtime   

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