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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 22, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Inside Fashion Section Included Today A Quick Read Clark Steps Down As Bandstand7 Host LOS ANGELES AP Dick Clark the ageless rock n roll emcee whose American Bandstand gave teenagers everything from the jit terbug to Madonna says he is leav ing the show after 33 years as host American Bandstand syn dicated nation wide will move to USA Network on April 8 with David Hirsch as host This is actual ly an exciting day for me Clark said Tuesday Like David I CLARK was 26 when I started hosting Bandstand After 33 years I finally decided it was time to give someone else a chance Hirsch a Detroit native was dis covered at dick dark productions in Burbank At the time he was a pro ducer for USAs CAMP MIDNITE a latenight talk show on USA Net work which is seen in more than 46 million homes through 10000 cable affiliates Hirsch had to audition for Ameri can Bandstand Clarks age 59 had nothing to do with the decision said an associate who spoke on condition of anonym ity In the past Clark has indicated he wanted to relinquish his host role by 1990 Bandstand as it was first titled hit the TV air waves in September 1952 on WFILTV in Philadelphia with Bob Horn and Lee Stewart as hosts But it was Clark who took over in 1956 that became the shows symbol even as it made him a multi millionaire On Aug 5 1957 American Band stand debuted on the ABC network quickly becoming a national success Generations of teenagers saw the cleancut carefully suited and coiffed Clark preside over a studio full of equally cleancut teens danc ing and posing for the cameras Clark who never danced on the show became the butt of some jokes for maintaining his boyish looks over the years He once compared the burden to that of female sex symbols Weather More Rain Cloudy skies and an 80 percent chance of rain or thundershowers is forecast tonight and Thursday The low will be in the low 40s with a high Thursday in the low 50s Please see details on Page 10A Deaths Thomas DuBose Bath Freddie H Huffman Augusta Lillian R Rodgers North Augusta Robert E Shealy North Augusta Please see details on Page 10A Inside Today Bridge7B Calendar7D ClassifiedsSB Comics2D Crossword8B Cryptoquote6B DearAbby2D Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions1D Sports9A Television2D Weather6A Page2A 18 Die In Plane Crash In Brazil Slum Page IB LSCOG Dedicates Building To Cullinan ST S W 29801 Wednesday March 221989 Aiken South Carolina 122 No 70 AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC M AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC Durable Goods Orders Decline By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Orders to factories for big ticket durable goods dropped 36 percent in February the biggest de cline in seven months the government reported today The Commerce Department said total orders fell to a seasonally adjusted billion last month after dropping 29 per cent in January The last time backtoback declines oc curred was when orders dropped for four straight months from February through May 1986 Februarys decline was the biggest monthly drop since a 74 percent decline in July 1988 Orders were down in nearly all major industries last month with falling de mand for transportation equipment ac counting for most of the decline Transportation orders heavily influ enced by when big contracts for planes ships and tanks are signed fell 85 per cent in February and dropped 83 percent in January after surging 221 percent in December Excluding transportation orders in all other categories were down 17 percent last month after falling 04 percent in January Analysts were watching Februarys du rable goods report for further indications of a longawaited economic slowdown that would help ease inflationary pres sures Other government reports for Feb ruary recorded strong employment growth but a drop in retail sales a de cline in factory operating rates flat in dustrial production and a sharp drop in housing construction Februarys drop in transportation or ders was attributed to declines in both autos and their parts and aircraft and parts The auto industry has been plagued by slow sales in recent months with flat business blamed on higher interest rates and declining demand after earlier strong sales Orders in the defense category subject to wide swings surged 201 percent in February after plunging 349 percent in January and rising 24 percent in December Excluding defense all other orders were down 49 percent in February the biggest decline since a 57 percent drop in January 1987 Orders in the key category o nonde fense capital goods considered a bell wether of industry plans to expand and modernize were down 89 percent to billion last month Egg Prices March 21 1988560 dozen Feb March March March March 1 Nations Egg Prices Reach FiveYear High 13 21 81 e 1 ANNUAL a Production million dozen 5200 5100 5030 4900 Consumption percapita 240 230 1983 84 85 86 87 88 W WSS 84 85 86 87 88 figures are projections Source USDA Greer By The Associated Press SPRINGFIELD Mo A winter storm that killed millions of chickens in three states has helped to push nationwide egg prices to fiveyear highs just before the Easter rush And industry experts said the most lasting damage from the early March ice and snow storms stem from the deaths of brood hens which are poultry producers lifeblood Ken Klippen vice president of United Egg Producers in Atlanta estimated losses in Missouri Oklahoma and Arkan sas at between 15 and 2 million brood hens worth about million The losses represented just under 1 percent of the nations egglaying chickens he said For every 1 percent change in supply a corresponding 5 percnni change in price usuaiiy occurs Klippen said Wholesale prices in New York consid ered an industry benchmark rose to 98 cents a dozen for Grade A large white eggs from 90 to 92 cents before the storm hit said Jack Ross an economist for the US Department of Agriculture in Wash ington Prices in midFebruary averaged about 66 cents a dozen he said The three states have about 75 percent of the nations 230 million brood hens Klippen said Arkansas with 9 million of them suffered the greatest losses in the storm The damage came at a time when egg prices already were rising because of tra ditionally heavy holiday demand he said Ross said there is a good balance be tween production and demand rather than a shortage of eggs Prices will drop again after Easter he said The last time egg prices reached cur rent levels was in 1984 when an influenza outbreak decimated Pennsylvania flocks See NATIONS Page 11A Ruling On Drug Tests Stirs Debate By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Advocates on both sides are divided over whether Supreme Court decisions to uphold drug and alco hol tests for some sensitive government and safetyrelated jobs pave the way for more sweeping random testing The decisions Tuesday the courts first on such tests are being welcomed by Bush administration officials who say they are an important step toward a drugfree workplace Civil libertarians meanwhile de nounced the rulings as an erosion of pri vacy rights and union leaders were split over their likely impact We think this represents a significant first step in validating what has been proved to be a useful program of deter rence of drug abuse said Attorney Gen eral Dick Thornburgh He declined to say whether he tlunks broader random testing would meet with the high courts approval All of these cases are going to rise or fall on their particular facts and will de pend upon how carefully the program is structured Thornburgh said The justices by a 72 vote upheld fed eral regulations forcing railroad workers involved in accidents to undergo blood and urine tests By a separate 54 vote See RULING Page 11A AP Laserphoto OPINION Attorney General Dick Thornburgh has praise for decision on drug and alcohol testing Edmonds Nominated For Magistrates Post Veteran State Trooper To Replace Baynham From Staff Reports South Carolina Highway Patrol officer Rodger Edmonds of Belvedere will be nominated to the vacant post of North AugustaBelvedere magistrate Son Thomas L Tommy Moore DClearwa ter confirmed today Sen Moore said Edmonds name will be sent to Gov Carroll A Campbell Jr for appointment If the governor follows the recommendation the Senate must approve the action If appointed Edmonds will fill a full time magistrates job held by Ramon Baynham Baynham who had been mag istrate about three years died last month The job carries a salary of about Edmonds a trooper first class has been a member of the Highway Patrol for 1 years He is a native of Belvedere and lives at 630 Hampton Circle in that community Sen Moore said Edmonds was the choice of a screening committee that ex amined the credentials of 24 applicants Thirtytwo had applied for the job but eight withdrew or failed to complete their applications Mr Edmonds was highly recom mended by the screening committee said Sen Moore Members of the screening committee Moore said were Dr Randy Cooper chairman Norma Pate Rev Nathaniel Irvin William A McGinnis Diane Sharpe and former Magistrate BK Nichols Cemetery Ban Lifted By Council By GEORGE BURGESS Staff Writer The curtain closed on another act of the Schultz Hill cemetery drama But the show hasnt closed according to opponents of the grave relocation The council voted 32 Tuesday night to allow Brian S Coates to renew his efforts to relocate graves under the guidelines set by the County Council in May 1988 The vote removes the stop work order issued by council in January However opponents of the grave relo cation said last night they intended to take the County Councils action into court Those favoring the resumption of relo cation included District 7 Councilman J Allen Brodie District 5 Councilman Eu gene A Duckett and District 4 Council man William E Eddie Butler Those opposed to continuation included District 8 Councilman Willar H Hightow er Jr and District 6 Couneilwoman Rose mary B English District 1 Councilman Kathy D Rawls abstained and Council Chairman Carrol H Warner did not vote District 3 Coun eilwoman LaWana McKenzie and Dis trict 2 Councilman Medwell Hill were absent Councilman Butler made the motion to allow the resumption of the relocation work Its not over yet said Frank Rober son chairman of a fivemember commit tee appointed by council to study the situ ation We expected councils action tonight We are disappointed The committee represents relatives and members of the Schultz Hill community Roberson said he anticipated a class action suit being filed today One member of the committee said the group also would be seeking an injunction today Roberson refused to give the name of the groups attorney Butler in making the motion to allow the resumption reiterated County Attor ney Robert M Bells admonition that the county was on thin legal ice in the See CEMETERY Page 12A   

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