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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 26, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Inside Lottery Fever Draws Thousands Page 3A A Quick Read Lucille Ball TVs Comedy Queen Dies LOS ANGELES AP Lucille Ball the zany widemouthed red head who reigned for more than 20 years as the queen of television com edy died today a week after under going emergency heart surgery She was 77 The excitable star of I Love Lucy and similar situation come dies that continue in syndication around the world died at CedarsSi nai Medical Cen ter where she un derwent surgery to replace her aor BALL ta and aortic valve April 18 The death occurred suddenly and without warning She experienced a full cardiac arrest Her response to surgery over a week ago was excel lent and she had been improving con stantly said hospital spokesman Ronald Wise Miss Ball had been bothered by a variety of maladies over the last sev eral years including a heart attack and minor throat surgery in 1988 Lucille Ball is the greatest wom an clown in the world fellow come dian Milton Berle once said In fact she is one of the great clowns of all time male or female Miss Balls singularity as a come dian was matched by her talent as a showbusiness entrepreneur She and her former husband the late Desi Arnaz established one of TVs first major independent studios Desilu as their production compa ny was called made some of the top comedy shows of the 1950s and 60s Weather FairMostly Sunny Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low near 60 Mostly sunny skies are forecast Thursday with a high in the low 90s Please see details on Page 10A Deaths Rosie M Kidd Great Neck NY Willie Wallace Augusta Robert Wood Leesville Please see details on Page 4A Inside Today Bridge6CB Calendar8B Classifieds4C Comics2C Crossword7C Cryptoquote5C DearAbby2C Local Front1B Obituaries4A Opinions1C Sports7A Television2C Weather 10A Betting Insurance Debated In Capital Secretaries Week This week is National Secretaries Week and bosses all over the nation are paying tribute to their valuable employees Please see Page 12A for tributes to local secretaries AIKEN COUNTY I 435 NEW3ERRY ST S A1VN S C 2380 Aiken Board Has New School Proposal Pacifists End Weapons Waste7 Cycle By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer COLUMBIA A Pittsburghbased pac ifist group that campaigns against the weapons activities of its hometown insti tutions has followed one of them Wes tinghouse south to the Savannah River Site Dr Jonathan Pressler of the River City Nonviolent Resistance Campaign visited Columbia Tuesday to release the groups new 40page booklet The Other Wes tinghouse Weapons and Waste The booklets main contention is that its morally wrong for Westinghouse contractor at SRS and three other US weapons plants to reap substantial profits by producing nuclear weapons materials The publication also complains that the company makes additional profits by cleaning up the wastes created by its own production activities The coalition hopes to mobilize popular pressure to redirect Westinghouses re sources toward what Pressler termed socially valuable projects like high speed rail travel The group also is hop ing to prevent the restart of idled Savan nah River reactors that produce tritium and plutonium The power of the people to withdraw their consent in a democratic society is a very substantial one Pressler said dur ing a morning press conference at the Whitney Hotel Westinghouse Electric Corp based in Pittsburgh is holding a board of direc tors meeting today in Columbia where the company owns a commercial nuclear fuel factory Former Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci is among new directors The coalition which says its goal is to promote security and justice through demilitarization also publicizes the weapons research work at Carnegie Mel lon University where Pressler teaches philosophy The group dropped Rockwell Interna tional from its list when Rockwell moved its corporate headquarters from Pitts burgh to California last June Westinghouse Savannah River Co a corporate subsidiary replaced the Du Pont Co April 1 as contractor at Savan nah River which provides the only source of radioactive tritium gas for the US nuclear arsenal Westinghouse also operates three other Department of Energy weapons produc tion plants the Hanford Reservation near Richland Wash the Feed Materi als Production Center in Fernald Ohio and Idaho National Engineering Labora tory at Idaho Falls Please See PACIFISTS Page 11A Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth POWER SOURCE The tranquil and attractive Graniteville Canal was dug nearly 150 years ago to provide water power to the first textile mill built by William Gregg Economy Rises Robust 55 By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The US economy surpassing the trillion mark for the first time expanded at a robust annual rate of 55 percent in the first three months of 1989 the fastest pace in more than a year the government reported today The Commerce Department said that almost half of the increase in the gross national product came from a statistical catchup from last years drought But even discounting this bookkeeping factor the GNP representing the coun trys total output of goods and services advanced at a 3 percent annual rate down only slightly from a 35 percent nonfarm growth rate in the final three months of 1988 The nonfarm growth was slightly bet ter than economists had been expecting Most analysts believe the US economy will slow substantially this year under the weight of higher interest rates For the past year the Federal Re serve has been pushing rates higher in Please See ECONOMY Page 11A Thurmond Land Sale Not Unethical Replies By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer COLUMBIA Officials from SCANA Corporation the parent company of South Carolina Electric and Gas re sponded Tuesday to reports of land sell ing improprieties saying the utilitys real estate oales dont conflict with state laws During a press conference at the corpo rate headquarters John A Warren chairman and chief operations officer of SCANA defended the companys sale of land to Sen J Strom Thurmond RSC by stating the organization did not act unethically SCANA which has 11 subsidiaries owns 2200 acres of land south of Colum bia on Interstate 26 but utility spokes men say the acreage includes only one tract that can be developed In Aiken County SCANA has a capital investment of million including Please See THURMOND Page 11A Graniteville William Greggs Iron Will Beliefs Forged Pioneering Textile Empire By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer GRANITEVILLE Cany Nation had her legendary little hatchet and she swung it with a rage against the saloons of her day smashing bars bottles chairs and tables in the watering holes of Americas midwestern frontier At the turn of the century Carry Nation was the merciless foe of the drunk and brewers and dispensers of alcoholic spir its She carried out her campaign against demon nun so violently that even to day her name is muttered by oldtimers caught up in bedlam In William Gregg Carry had an ally before her time But Gregg stayed clear of bars and he didnt need a hatchet to enforce his prohibitions against booze He simply sent into exile those foolish enough to be caught drinking or be seen with a bottle in their possession Gregg a teetotaler raised in a Quaker environment could afford to be judge jury and executioneer to banish the guilty when it came time to punish the drunks and loafers who hove into his view He owned the place he policed the whole community of Graniteville and woe to those who violated his prohibitions against drink His tongue and buggy whip were applied in equal measure against idlers and drunks When William Gregg came to Horse Creek Valley in the 1830s he didnt come as a missionary railing against strong drink He came with a vision with a fore sight not many shared but which through his unflagging efforts did more to change an entire culture than most men of his time Gregg came to Horse Creek Valley to build a textile industry In doing so he created Graniteville and the Graniteville Co the first of a chain of cotton mills that would make his manu Editors note The name Horse Creek Valley means different things to many people but to those who live there it is a story of the human spirit of winning over sometimes insur mountable odds This is the second of a series on the Valley its history its people its growth and its future The series will continue Sunday facturing complex one of the dominant enterprises in the South Born in Virginia and tutored in watch making and merchandising Gregg had enjoyed a lucrative sales career in Co lumbia and Charleston when he traveled to Horse Creek Valley in the 1830s and became fascinated with a recently built cotton and woolen mill at Vaucluse Please See GRANITEVILLE Page IDA Huff To Confirm GOP Switch With Campbell At His Side By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Rep Thomas E Tom Huff said Tues day night that Gov Carrol Campbell would join him today at a pm news conference in North Augusta to announce his switch to the Republican Party Rep Huff a Democrat serving his 6th term in the House said he the governor and several other Republican Party offi cials would fly from Columbia to make the announcement Rumors that Rep Huff chairman of the House Rules Committee would change politicial sides began surfacing last week but he fended them off at the time by saying he had not reached a decision But Tuesday night the North Augusta lawmaker said I am going to announce tomorrow that I will be moving to the Republican Party The governor will be with me at the North Augusta Communi ty Center Also expected to participate in the press conference are Rep David Wilkins RGreenville chairman of the House Ju diciary Committee Tucker Eskew press secretary to Gov Campbell and Tony Denny state director for the Republican Party Besides Rep Huffs change there also have been rumors two other House mem bers are contemplating a switch to the SWITCHING Rep Huff leaving Democratic Party GOP They are Rep Larry Martin D Pickens and Rep Alf McGinnis D Spartanburg Rep Huff said changing political pat terns in District 83 which includes North Augusta Belvedere and several large Please Sec HUFF Page 11A   

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