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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 17, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports nama Evacuees flow In Charleston Clemson Wins ACC Baseball Title Page 7A A Quick Read 7YearOld Assists Mom Through Birth ATLANTA AP A childbirth film and a little coaching from a 911 operator was all 7yearold Amanda Lawrence needed to help her mother who went into labor and gave birth at home minutes later I think I did a great job and it was a good idea I helped little Za chery be born Amanda said after her baby brothers arrival Amandas mother Ten Lawrence and William Zachery Lawrence were doing very well Tuesday night at Northside Hospital said spokeswom an Carol King Amanda was about to leave for school Tuesday morning when her mother went into labor She helped her mother to a sofa and dialed the operator for help said her father Edwin The operator connected Amanda with 911 operators who instructed the little girl how to help her mother while an ambulance was heading to their home in suburban Acworth The 6pound 9ounce boy was born three minutes later Banned Sweetener May Return in 90 WASHINGTON AP The artifi cial sweetener cyclamate may find its way back on the market after be ing banned for 20 years as a suspect ed carcinogen but probably not be fore next year the Food and Drug Administration says The FDA said Tuesday it is con tinuing a review of the sweetener commenting in response to a Wash ington Post story that quoted an FDA official as saying the agency made a mistake in banning cyclamate The agency has been considering lifting the cyclamate ban since 1982 and though studies have challenged initial claims that the sweetener causes bladder cancer other safety concerns remain The final studies arent expected until summer and fall and then the FDA would have to review that data and there would have to be some time for public comment so it may be hard to get all that completed this year and thats assuming the studies are favorable said FDA spokes man Bill Grigg Weather Mostly Sunny Again Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the upper 50s Mostly sunny skies are forecast Thursday with a high in the upper 80s Please see de tails on Page 12A Deaths Epps J Adams Jr North Augusta Wyman P Blackwell Augusta Charles A Bradley Norfolk Va Mary Ella Hardy North Augusta Violet L Harris North Augusta Please see details on Page 12A Inside Today Bridge9B Calendar3B Classifieds8B Comics6B Crossword11B Cryptoquote9B DearAbby6B Local Front18 Obituaries12A Opinions4A Sports7A Television6B Weather12A Campbell Talks With Bush On Budget Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 118 Realtors Say School Image Hurts Sales Newcomers Believe NA Augusta Better By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Aiken realtors trying to sell homes to an influx of new area residents say theyre fighting inaccurate perceptions that the citys schools are inferior to North Augustas But Aiken home sales have still taken an upward trend in recent months one realtor says theyre selling like crazy and for reasons besides the hundreds of new Westinghouse and Bechtel em ployees at the Savannah River Site sev eral realtors say Retirement pensions and severance pay income from the Du Pont Co which recently withdrew as SRS contractor have also helped boost real estate sales Some Aiken realtors concede theyll lose some newcomers to Augusta be cause those people simply prefer a larger city But when prospective homebuyers with children question the quality of Aikens schools agents have been pulling out sta tistics that show Aiken to be competitive with North Augusta and neighboring Georgia counties in Scholastic Aptitude Test scores SATs given to collegebound high school students are a commonly used ba rometer of a school systems quality Paula Blessing an agent with Aiken Properties Ltd was concerned when a client wanted to avoid certain schools in Aiken apparently for fear of academic deficiencies The schools are good here but appar ently there has been some feedback on the schools Ms Blessing said We have good schools and good teach ers and I dont think its warranted The perception is that the schools are not as good as North Augusta said Leon S Yergin general manager of Coldwell Banker Houndslake Realty But Aiken County Public Schools pro vided realtors with help in setting the re cord straight in regard to SAT scores In a Nov 14 letter headed To Whom It May Concern an administrator report ed that Aiken County at large had an av erage 1988 score of 876 placing it midway between Richmond and Columbia coun ties with scores of 807 and 900 Please See REALTORS Page ISA US PressuresOAS For Panama Action AP Laserphoto LEAVES HOSPITAL Opposition leader Guillermo Endara leaves a hospital in Panama City where he was treated for injuries suffered May 10 when he was beaten by armed men By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Organization of American States foreign ministers as sembled here today for a historic debate on the Panama crisis with the United States prepared to ask for a resolution demanding that Gen Manuel Antonio Noreiga step aside As the delegates prepared for their opening session in midafternoon the United States was emerging as perhaps the most militant of the 31 nations repre sented here for the first special OAS for eign ministers meeting in seven years US officials said Tuesday the Bush ad ministration was ready to ask the OAS to demand that Noriega step down following an election 10 ago that the State Department claimed was rigged initially and then voided when the fraud could not be concealed But the preliminary signs for the ad ministration were not encouraging be cause two of the countries thought to be most sympathetic to the US view Vene zuela and Peru were proposing resolu tions that fell far short of US objectives Neither mentions Noriega by name nor recommends that he step down The session evoked memories of one 10 years ago when OAS foreign ministers including thenUS Secretary of State Cyrus Vance demanded the resignation of Nicaraguan President Anastasio So moza He fled less than a month later This year the delegates seem some what reluctant to interfere in Panamas internal affairs to the degree that they did a decade ago in Nicaragua The Venezuelan draft calls for the im mediate recognition of the May 7 elec toral returns in Panama while asserting that the solution to Panamas crisis rests exclusively with the Panamanian people A US official said the Venezuelan pro posal is not plausible because no accu rate count of the election returns is possi ble since most of the ballots have been destroyed The Peruvian draft calls on the OAS secretary general to facilitate a dialogue between the Panamanian government and opposition leading to the election of new authorities Alternatively other mechanisms would be agreed to that would ensure the transfer of power in Panama While Bush administration officials consider both drafts to be tepid the deci sion to raise the events surrounding the Panamanian election to the highest hemi spheric tribunal is seen as a plus for US policy The United States has been attempting to topple Noriega for more than a year a policy that Panamanian delegates at to days meeting are expected to seize on Please See US Page ISA Gorbachev Calls For Border Of Peace7 By The Associated Press BEIJING Mikhail S Gorbachev to day promised more troop reductions in the Far East saying the SinoSoviet fron tier should become a border of peace and urged Washington to pull its troops out of South Korea The Soviet leader in Beijing to normal ize relations after a 30year chill was lat er forced to cancel a visit to the Forbid den City because prodemocracy demonstrators filled all the streets sur rounding the former Imperial Palace Throughout Gorbachevs historic visit Chinese officials have been forced to con stantly adjust his schedule to divert him from tie demonstrators more than 1 mil lion of whom today packed central Tian anmen Square THIS afternoon hundreds of students marched past the state guesthouse where Gorbachev was staying turning their banners toward its gate Gorbachev gave an interview this af ternoon to the state Chinese Central Tele vision and Radio Beijing at the guesth ouse saying seeds of SinoSoviet friendship had grown into a deeproot ed tree and that reforms in the two countries would now bring them closer The Soviet leader is scheduled to go to Shanghai on Thursday But demonstra tions and fasting for democracy were oc curring there too putting the status of the trip in jeopardy In a speech earlier today to academics in the Great Hall of the People Gorba cnev urged Asian nations to work togeth er to solve regional security problems and called on Washington to withdraw its troops from South Korea He promised Soviet troop reductions in the Far East urged that the tense Chi neseSoviet frontier be turned into a border of peace and called for a col lective security network in Asia Gorbachev said an allAsia process was needed for solving regional conflicts Please See GORBACHEV Page 10A Increased Property Values Fund County Budget By CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer Aiken County Council working on a 198990 budget helped by increases in property values Tuesday night tentative ly approved a spending ordinance amounting to slighty more than million The prospect of increased valuations not only provides a balanced budget but allows for an 11 percent cut in the millage needed to fund county government operations The county is projecting that the value of one mill in taxes will increase from to in the coming year leading to the cut in the millage base The millage for general county opera tions was set at 495 a reduction of 63 mills from fiscal 1989 The millage rate to fund general obligation bonds was set at 119 an increase of 39 over fiscal 1989 Barnes said the bond millage increase was made to provide necessary funds to pay off bond anticipation notes issued in October 1988 for construction of the De partment of Social Services building the Aiken County Public Library renova tions the construction of the Nancy Car son Library in North Augusta and to sup port a county road improvement program The balanced budget which should go into effect July 1 shows revenues at and expenditures in a like amount according to W Scott Barnes county administrator The spending ordinance calls for 115 new jobs in various county offices and the elimination of three positions meaning a total of 85 new jobs would be created Council Chairman Carrol H Warner stressed that Tuesday nights action was a technical reading or first reading and that the budget wont be fully ap proved until a third reading Council members did not receive copies of the budget until Tuesday night during the meeting Second and third Please See INCREASED Page ISA Record Exports Off set US Trade Deficit During March By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The US trade defi cit narrowed to billion in March as a record level of export sales helped to offset rising oil imports the government said today The Commerce Department said the improvement in the countrys trade bal ance came from a 74 percent rise in exports which bit a record billion Imports were up as well climbing by 3 percent to billion The March deficit represented a 99 percent improvement from a revised February imbalance of billion The March deficit was the lowest since Janu ary when the deficit fell to billion For the first three months of the year the deficit has been running at an annual rate of billion an improvement from last years deficit of billion The size of the March trade improve ment was a surprise to many econo mists Analysts continue to insist how ever that the countrys trade performance will show little if any im provement for tiie whole year as US exports fall victim to recent increases in the value of the dollar which make American products more expensive on overseas markets Such an outcome would represent a blow to the Bush administration which is counting on continued trade improve ment this year to fuel overall economic growth Last years dramatic 21 percent drop in the trade deficit from an alltime high of billion in 1987 accounted for al most half of all US economic growth The trade improvement last year came from a sharp jump in export sales The administration is hoping to posh ports even higher hi 1989 The March improvement came de spite the fact that the hoi for foreign oil climbed to billion up 136 percent from the February level reflecting high er prices   

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