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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 11, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Inside Alabama Honored As Best Group PagelOA A Quick Read Diaper Giants Battle In Court CHARLESTON AP A battle between industry giants over super absorbent diapers and the millions of dollars that come through their sale has opened in US District Court here In the case Procter Gamble charges the design of its highly suc cessful super absorbent Pampers was copied by KimberlyClark in de veloping super absorbent Buggies The firm wants US District Judge Falcon Hawkins to order Kimberly Clark to stop manufacturing Huggies and remove them from store shelves The firm is also seeking unspecified monetary damages The stakes are high for making disposable diapers is a billion business The case is being heard in a non jury proceeding It was brought in South Carolina because Kimberly Clark runs a diaper manufacturing plant in Beech Island near Aiken Procter Gamble based in Cin cinnati is the industry leader with 47 percent of the market Kimberly Clark which is based in Dallas is No 2 with about 30 percent As the trial got underway attor neys crowded the courtroom while scattered along the jury box were boxes and bags of diapers The case is expected to last at least three weeks Declining Birth Rates Give NATO A Problem CASTEAU Belgium AP The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is facing a manpower shortage be cause of failing birth rates in its 16 member nations One remedy officials here at NATO headquarters say is the talks with the Sovietled East bloc in Vien na Austria which could bring an ac cord on reducing troops and conven tional arms in Europe The US Institute for Defense Analysis has forecast that by the year 2000 NATO nations will see an average 124 percent drop in draft age males while there will be a 152 percent increase among the seven Warsaw Pact nations One reason is what the West Ger mans call the pillenknick pill a falling birth rate due to great er use of the birth control pill in re cent decades C Irresponsible On Drug War Jackson Mayor Under Fire Weather Cold Tonight Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with very cold weather The low will be between 32 and 35 Partly sunny skies are forecast Wednesday with milder weather The high willbe in the mid 60s Please see details on Page 9B Deaths Hattie M Colvin Clinton Troy M Cumbee Belvedere R Hunter Kennedy Columbia James E Livingston Columbia George A Williamson Salley Please see details on Page 9B Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote DearAbby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 5B 2B 3B 2B 6B 4B 2B 1B 9B 4A 7A 2B 9B AIKEN COUNTY 435 NEWbERHY S t Alken South Carolina Huge Flea Market To Open In Fall By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer A million dollar flea market with the potential to draw as many as 45000 peo ple a weekend to Aiken County is under construction at the intersection of US 1 and Interstate 20 Tom Clarke a representative with Wy att Development Co gave plans for the market while appearing before Aiken City Council Monday night to request it be allowed sewer hookup with the citys Verenes Industrial Park The sprawlingmainly outdoor market to be known as Pops Flea and Farm ers Market is being constructed on a tract across US 1 from the Comfort Inn and lies within 16 acres owned by Wyatt Development Clarke said the inn flea market and six other parcels make up a million invest ment Wyatt has made at the largely un developed intersection Businesses al Council Sets Hearing DatePageBA ready there include the inn a service station and fast food restaurant Clarke told council the flea market which will open in late August or early September is a million investment and will have about 60000 square feet under roof Clarke said about half that space will be fully enclosed with heating and air conditioning The remainder he added would be shed type buildings The Wyatt representative said his com pany is prepared to spend about for a sewer line that will connect five bathrooms at the flea market to the in dustrial park system Clarke said the agreement will contain a stipulation that if the city carries through annexation to the flea market See HUGE Page 6A House Fire Kills Nine Injures Three In Illinois Staff Photo By Scott Webster WITH THE GREATEST OF EASE Aerialists kept the audience on the edge of their seats Monday during the performance of the Roberts Brothers Circus in Beech Island The 20act performance was for the benefit of eye and ear conservation and drug rehabilitation programs sponsored by the Beech Island Lions Club By The Associated Press PEORIA 111 Fire raced through a house early today killing at least nine people and injuring three authorities said Three people were pronounced dead at the scene and six were pronounced dead at two hospitals said Beverly Todd nurs ing supervisor at St Francis Medical Center Two of the injured were reported in serious condition The am blaze at the twostory woodframe home began on the first floor but the cause was not immediately known said Assistant Fire Chief Sam Sisk Our primary concern was rescue and the house was pretty well involved when we got there he said The victims identities were not imme diately released Ms Todd said that judg ing from their names they may have been from the same family Sisk said he believed the cause of death was smoke inhalation Four adults and eight children were in the house fire officials said One victim was treated at St Francis and released said a nursing supervisor who would not give her name A 14yearold boy and a 30yearold woman were in serious condition with burns Moore Pledges To Help Maintain Schools By NINA J NIDIFFER Staff Writer GRANITEVILLE Senator Thomas L Tommy Moore DClearwater pledged Monday that he would request the Aiken Legislative Delegation to help maintain two county schools in danger of closing Sen Moore ad dressed more than 200 concerned citizens of Gloverville and War renville who met with members of the school board to protest the possibility of schools closing in their areas A March memoran dum from Dr Joseph R Brooks district su perintendent to the school board suggested the closing of Warrenville and Gloverville Elementary Schools to build one consolidated school MOORE In a list of reasons for the proposal Dr Brooks said that Warrenville Elementary is in bad repair Many of its facilities are inadequate and the site itself has only four acres Gloverville Elementary also has problems including the lack of spe cial purpose areas an inadequate library and limited kitchen space In addition both schools have small student populations so expenditure per student is greater than it would be for a combined population of 500 or 600 stu dents he said Because of this larger ex pediture personnel such as art and mu sic teachers and guidance counselors must be shared between the schools Because both facilities are inadequate as good educational facilities it was felt that a new school to serve both schools would be a good solution to the prob lems Dr Brooks said But citizens from the communities said they would rather have the existing schools renovated and repaired than have their children bussed to a larger school Once you lose a school a community dies people move out Thomas Evans moderator said while speaking for Glo verville We dont want to see that happen Other parents argued that the quality of education would go down even if the new school was well equipped and that with todays problems of crime and drugs children are better off where their own neighbors can keep an eye on them After a panel of citizens had spoken for each school Sen Moore stood and said he would request additional information but in the meantime would request the Aiken Legislative Delegation to help maintain a neighborhood school for both communities Representative James Roland Smith DLangley who also attended the meet ing said that he would do what he could to help Auction Planned For Kalmia Landing Lots By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer A Greenville firm involved in develop ment and sales of retirement communi ties plans to dispose of at least 30 lots and nine residences in a public auction of Kal mia Landing properties on May 6 Jerry C Spearman vice president of US Retirement a subsidiary of US Shelter said the companys 11 am sale will be absolute in regards to the lots going on the block We will keep about half the lots for private sale said Spearman We have 63 in the development He said the nine residences being sold include two condo miniums and a villa Kalmia Landing which offers space for nearly 140 homesites and contains about 75 occupied residences is located off Gregg Avenue on Kalmia Hill and was opened about five years ago Its not a bankruptcy ac tion but a decision made for business reasons Jerry C Spearman The community offers patio homes condominiums and villas for retired indi viduals and couples It has a homeowners association a clubhouse tennis courts and pool along with a security gate at its entrance Spearman said the sale is not related to US Retirements financial condition Its not a bankruptcy action but a decision made for business reasons said Spearman He said the development has been a really nice project for us US Retirement bought Kalmia land ing from Aiken businessman Rony Bol ton who owns other property in the Gregg Avenue area Last year he sold a small tract to the city of Aiken for a pub lic safety substation which is being built near the retirement center Spearman said US Retirement made the decision on the auction because Ai ken isnt as well known nationwide as some areas in the retirement housing business He said notice of the auction will be advertised in major population centers in the Southeast and midwest and through a direct mailing that will contact between 50000 and 60000 potential buyers Spearman said although residential sales in the development have been steady for the past four years they have not been as fast as we hoped for The auction method has become a good meth od of moving such properties Schools Seek DOE Approval By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Three universities hope to seek De partment of Energy approval later this month for final details of the schools longplanned consortium to conduct assorted research at the Sa vannah River Site Westinghouse the new site con tractor is continuing negotiations on the consortium proposal that the Uni versity of South Carolina USC Ai ken Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina outlined publicly last June Once the nonprofit consortium wins approval from both the DOE and Westinghouse it could begin work under a program that organiz ers hope will attract internationally renowned research scientists to the nuclear weapons plant We would hope by this summer to have everything in place said Steve Jones executive assistant to the president of MUSC Jones who called July an optimis tic startup date is serving as the consortiums interim director until a fulltime director is found Jones said representatives of the universities will meet next Tuesday April 18 to finish work on the draft of their consortium agreement and they hope to present the finished doc ument to the DOE afterward for approval He said the consortium will soon develop a directors job description and advertise for a permanent direc tor but that the group would need to finalize its funding arrangements be fore it could pay that executive See SCHOOLS Page 6A   

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