Aiken Standard, October 10, 1989

Aiken Standard

October 10, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 10, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Clark Hits Giants Into Series PagellA A Quick Read More Children Under 12 Are Getting AIDS COLUMBIA AP An increase in the trading of sex for crack co caine has resulted in more children in South Carolina being born with the virus that causes AIDS health offi cials say In 1987 South Carolina had 16 cases of children under 12 infected with the virus As of July 31 the lat est date figures are available 52 cases were reported The number of children with the fullblown disease grew from five to 16 during the same period the state Department of Health and Environ mental Control reported The rise in cases of acquired im mune deficiency syndrome in South Carolinas infants can be traced to how quickly the disease has spread among women officials say We are seeing an increasing num ber of women in proportion to the total cases I dont think its any dif ferent than the national picture said Lynda Kettinger director of the AIDS division at DHEC Obviously that concerns us as it relates to ba bies being infected Scientists Investigate UFO In Russian City MOSCOW AP biologists and physicists are probing a report ed UFO landing that still terrifies children in a Russian city who saw it a newspaper reported today Some thing did in fact happen there it assured skeptics The official Tass news agency in formed the world on Monday that sci entists had confirmed that an alien spaceship carrying giant people with tiny heads had touched down in Voro nezh 300 miles southeast of Moscow As many as three aliens left the spacecraft said to be a large shining ball or disc and went for a stroll in the park Tass said A Tass duty officer stood by the story It is not April Fools today the editor said But in Buffalo NY Paul Kurtz chairman of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal said Were ex tremely skeptical of this claim Its not the first one in the Soviet me There are many There seems to be a rash of reports largely uncorroborated Weather Fair Skies Fair skies are forecast tonight The low will be in the 50s Tomorrow will be sunny and wanner with a high in the mid 70s Please see Page 16A for details Deaths Martha W Bland Johnston Fred Fowler Tryon NC James D Glass Jr Aiken Raymond H Pope Aiken Willie Mae B Prevette Rock Hill Please see Page 3B for details Inside Today Bridge88 Calendar14AB Classifieds68 Comics4B Crossword9B Cryptoquote7B DearAbby4B Local Front1B Obituaries3B Opinions4A Sports11A Television4B Weather16A Page 2A Star Wars Backers Seek Support NA Council Denies Bingo Appeal cmwnr PUBLIC LIBRARY Tuesday October 101989 Detail Work Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 251 DHEC Pronounces Valley Water Safe Cause Of Weekend Alert Undetermined By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer A South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control spokesman said this morning that the Valley Public Service Authoritys water system has been found free of bacterial contamination Jim Brownlow said the latest series of tests run on the water have produced good results and everything is clean as a whistle They have a clean bill of health as far as we are concerned Brownlow added that the agency still has not been able to pinpoint the cause of contamination that forced a weekend alert that failed to reach all the systems 1800 customers and set off a flood of complaints We still have not been able to identify any specific source Brownlow replied when asked about the origin of fecal coli form bacteria reportedly found in sam ples taken of the water supply DHEC said the bacteria commonly found in animal wastes could make con sumers sick if ingested in large quanti ties The most common ailments caused by coiiform are hepatitis and diarrhea Brownlow said the bacteria samples found Saturday were not extremely high but high enough to be concerned Left unresolved is a conflict between the DHEC tests and those made by Nor mandeau Associates a private laborato ry located in New Ellenton In addition to DHEC the VPSA also uses Normandeau as a backup testing laboratory The Rev Robert L Boone manager of VPSA said Monday that Normandeaus tests reported no signs of bacterial con tamination in the system His comments came just after he ended a press confer ence in Gloverville But Sally Jay lab director for the Ai ken DHEC office said the state agency was standing by at its tests What happened at Normandeau I cant say she remarked During the press conference at the VPSA ofice the Rev Boone said the utili tys staff found no physical evidence of sabotage in the system and tests showed soda ash a chemical used to neutralize acidity in water was not to blame for the contamination The manager said ruling those out only increased the mystery surrounding the contamination and the testing Please See DHEC Page IDA Nuke Foes Challenge Launch Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth SCHOOL MURAL April Parks 10 works carefully on a mural in Aiken Elementary Schools cafeteria the work of the schools fifth graders and North Carolina artist Jeremiah Miller For the story please see Page 1B By The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL Fla Antinu rtear activists say theyll try to invade the launch pad of the space shuttle Atlan tis if a court challenge today fails to block liftoff of the ship with its radioactive plu toniumpayload The countdown ticked toward a launch at pm Thursday as NASA waited for word on whether the flight can pro ceed and deploy the nuclearpowered space probe Galileo US District Judge Oliver Gasch was to hear oral arguments today in Washing ton from attorneys representing the space agency and three citizens groups seeking to block the launch There was no indication when the judge might rule The opponents sought a temporary re straining order because Galileo which Atlantis five astronauts are to dispatch Please See NUKE Page 10A CoOp To Hold Own Public Hearing By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Aiken Electric Cooperative supporters laid plans Monday night to hold their own public hearing into a power dispute in volving the city and South Carolina Elec tric and Gas Co Citizens to Save Our Coop spokesman Clarise Stephens said the utilitys hear ing will be held at 6 pm Monday 90 minutes before City Council hopes to hear arguments on a controversial ordinance dealing with utility franchise agreements Mrs Stephens announced the coopera tives hearing strategy during a press conference at the consumerowned utili tys headquarters Breaking into tears near the end of the meeting Mrs Stephens said the coopera tive intends to put 500 people into the Mu nicipal Building for its hearing a pro test in numbers against restrictions on attendance at the council meeting The cooperative adopted the strategy Mall Operators Hope To Change Shopping Habits By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer When the Aiken Mall opens its doors on Wednesday a new era will begin in area shopping habits So far area consumers have depended upon strip centers and occassional trips to Augusta to fill their shopping needs but Aiken Mall officials are hoping to re verse that trend If Aikenites can drive to Augusta to shop then Augustans can drive to Aiken but we have got to give them a reason to Aiken Mall Manager Bob Ghormley told members of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce last week He added that the mall wants to keep potential Aiken buyers at home and get customers from other cities like North Please See MALL Page 10A after City Manager Roland H Windham said attendance at the Monday night meeting would be limited to 150 the maximum allowed in council chambers under state fire safely regulations Council also will limit representatives of Aiken Electric and to 25 each and give each side 30 minutes to make statements on the ordinance Shortly after Mrs Stephens press con ference City Attorney James M Holly said a show cause hearing has been set for 10 am Wednesday in Marion where the city hopes to overturn a restraining order that has been blocking council ac tion on the franchise Circuit Judge John H Waller Jr who issued the injunction against the city on Oct 2 will hold the hearing in Marion and it could result in tlie order being dis missed or continued Holly said the city will ask the judge to lift the order so the council can proceed with second reading arid public hearing of the ordinance next Monday night Aiken Electric obtained the injunction a few hours before City Council was to conduct the second reading and public hearing of the controversial statute The ordinance designates as the primary power supplier to the city in newly annexed areas But it also grants Aiken Electric a franchise for existing customers within the city limits and any customers it has before annexation The legal salvo is the biggest round fired in a warofwords skirmish that has been going on for weeks The struggle focuses on the enormous future revenues projected from customers in subdivisions and shopping centers that are brought into the city Aiken Electric claims most of those po tential customers will be in rapidly grow ing parts of the south side an area in its territory because of partitioning of the county into defined power districts in the early 1970s At that time the state Public Service Commission acting on legislation passed Please See COOP Page 10A Staff Map By Melissa Gulp Nationwide Raises SC Auto Rates By The Associated Press COLUMBIA Nationwide Insur ance Co the thirdlargest largest automobile insurer in the state has agreed to a rate hike that would av erage about annually per motor ist officials said The rate increase for the 19900ft motorists insured by Nationwide would take effect Dec 1 under the agreement reached Monday among state insurance and consumer affairs officials company representatives and consumer groups The deal awaits acceptance by state insurance commissioner John Richards who usually approves such compromises The million rate hike is about 40 percent of the million increase originally sought by the company The amount initially sought didnt reflect several ratecutting ideas or dered by the Legislature effective July 1 hut the compromise does state officials said The rate hike proposed averages 75 percent but win vary among mo torists depending upon type of cover age state and company spokesmen said The agreement was for the amount suggested by state insurance officials Martin Simons chief actuary for the state agency said an increase was justified because of rising claims but was modified to reflect a levelingoff of accidents that produce damage payments during the first six months of this year in addition to the steps ordered by lawmakers Nationwide lawyer James Gray called the compromise within the range of compromise acceptable to the insurer Nationwide sought the largest rate hike among 10 proposed since a threeyear freeze on rates expired Julyl See NATIONWIDE Page 10A ;