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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 31, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Giants Blast Past Vikings Page 7A A Quick Read Crack House Horrors Attracts Over 1000 CENTREVILLE Md AP More than 1000 people have lined up for hours to see the fate of teenage drug abusers in a haunted crack house in this rural town where the police chief says no real cocaine dens exist Since this Eastern Shore village of 2000 opened its Halloween attraction late last week children and adults have mobbed the town square to en ter the house of horrors in the former county jail On Monday evening the line start ed forming 1 hours before the first show But tonights final perfor mances may bring even larger crowds organizers say Some of them go through two or three times I dont think its just that its such a good scare I think people just like whats going on in there said Leon Demby a volunteer who portrays Mr Cocaine in one scene Some people think this should have been done a long time ago Case Highlights Child Abuse Dilemma PLYMOUTH NH AP A closed courtroom in rural New Hampshire has become a battle ground for deciding when parental discipline becomes so harsh that the state must intervene The state has asserted a right to protect the children of Stephen and JoAnn DeCosta by filing felony as sault charges against them and by taking their four children ages 3 to 14 on grounds that the parents abused the two youngest in beatings administered with a stick and a paddle But the DeCostas and sup porters many of them fellow parish ioners at a fundamentalist church that advocates strict childrearing say the state has no business intrud ing into a matter as private as disci plining children It comes down to this Who owns the kids the state or the parents asked Bill Taylor a Mend of the DeCostas Taylor and others have sat for many hours this fall outside Plym outh District Court as Judge Edwin Kelly hears testimony on whether the state Division for Children and Youth Services was justified in tak ing the children Weather Fair And Cooler Fair skies and cooler weather are forecast tonight The low will be in the upper 40s Mostly sunny skies are forecast Wednesday with a high in the low 70s Please see Page 11A for details Communist Leader Heads To Moscow Page IB Group Wants To Improve Education Deaths Keith A Ange Aiken Estelle H Boylston Belvedere Frances C Burdette Clinton James E Jackson Augusta Leila Q Lanham Edgefield Evelyn W Mayes Aiken Alton R Parroft Branchville Carrie Ferryman Edgefield Please see Page 11A for details Inside Today Bridge8B Calendar9B Classifieds4B Comics3B Crossword6B Cryptoquote5B DearAbby3B Local Front1B Obituaries11A Opinions6A Sports7A Television3B Weather11A Tuesday October 31 1989 Aiken South Carolina Voh 122 No 272 Bush Gorbachev Call Early Summit By BARRY SCHWEID AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON President Bush an nounced today he would hold an unex pected early summit with Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Dec 2 and 3 aboard American and Soviet naval ves sels in the Mediterranean An announce ment was also underway in Moscow I made the proposal for the meet ing Bush told reporters Bush said the meeting would be to per mit the two men to deepen our under standing He said neither he nor Gorba chev expected substantial decisions to be made in the two days of talks Bush spoke at a hastily arranged news conference at the White House Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze was making a simultaneous announce ment in Moscow The unusual midwater summit was to be held one day on an American ship at sea and the other day on a Soviet vessel Now that the meeting has been an nounced I expect there will be an awful many suggestions as to the subjects to be discussed Bush said He said there was no formal agenda but that the two men would discuss a wide array of subjects The president stressed that the success of the summit should not be judged on whether deci sions on reached Bush said he originally proposed the idea of the summit in July and got a very prompt and favorable reply from Gorbachev Bush said the sessions will not replace the full scale BushGorbachev summit al ready announced for next spring or sum mer in the United States a session an nounced last month when Secretary of State James A Baker in met with She vardnadze in Wyoming A potential centerpiece is a new treaty to sharply reduce longrange nuclear weapons provided negotiators in Gene va Switzerland can complete the Please See BUSH Page 12A Sheriff Adds Patrols For Safe Halloween Staff Photo By Scott Webster READY FOR HALLOWEEN Twoyearold Mandy Long is ready for some serious trickortreating in her cowgirl outfit Mandy was at the Clearwater home of her grandparents Mr and Mrs Grady Williamson ByTRACISHELTON Staff Writer Halloween is finally here and while the day is usually celebrated with trickor treats there are many other activities planned to help little witches and war locks stay safe and happy The Aiken County Sheriffs department recomends that all people not just those trickortreating be especially careful driving tonight Theres going to be a lot of kids out there Sheriff Carrol G Heath said Id like to caution all drivers to be extra careful He said that there will be seven or eight additional units out patrolling to ensure a safe Halloween For those who opt out of trickortreat ing there are plenty of funfilled alternatives The Aiken Mall and KICKS 99 radio are cosponsoring a Halloween Parade in the Mall It starts promptly at pm The first 500 children under age 12 who have preregistered will parade through the mall Each child will receive a KICKS 99 trickortreat bag and can go from store to store collecting treats We want kids to be able to have a safe and fun Halloween said Judy Walters marketing director for the mall The parade is free but preregistration is necessary she said The Aiken Parks and Recreation De partment will hold its annual Halloween Party tonight It will be at the HO Weeks Activity Center from 6 pm to 8 pm The event is open to children 10 years of age and younger This years party will feature carnival games a haunted house apple bobbing a costume contest and free bags of catidy to the first 500 children The costume con test will begin at pm and prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers Please See SHERIFF Page 12A Derrick Briefed On NPR Designs By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer Only a small clearing in a Savannah River Site forest marks the new produc tion reactors future location but US Rep Butler C Derrick DSC went there Monday for a briefing from two cor porate teams competing to design the billion NPR Derrick heard from spokesmen for the team of Westinghouse Electric Corp and Bechtel National Inc and a consortium of Ebasco Services Inc Combustion Engi neering Inc Babcock Wilcox Co Rockwell International Corp Batelle Memorial Institute and Sulzer Brothers Ltd He then pronounced unqualified sup port fpr the heavywater NPR which will produce 100 percent of the nations triti um a radioactive gas used in nuclear weapons The NPR will replace SRSs three 1950sera reactors which shut down last year for management and equipment improvements Our national survival the survival of the free world depends on what you do in this spot Derrick said Despite the easing of USSoviet ten sions In the world we live in even with perestroika restructuring of Soviet policies weve got to have tritium said the congressman whose district en Please See DERRICK Page 12A Economic Index Inches Upward To Indicate Continued Growth By JOHN D McCLAIN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON The governments chief economic forecasting gauge inched ahead 02 percent in September for its second consecutive monthly advance the Commerce Department said today indi cating continued but slow growth in the months ahead The increase in the Index of Leading Indicators designed to foretell economic activity six to nine months into the fu ture followed an advance of 05 percent in August that was revised upward from a 03 percent gain reported earlier The oftenvolatile index was unchanged in July and had dipped 01 percent in June The July figure also was revised down from the 01 percent increase origi nally reported Analysts said that while the index indi cates continued but slow growth the im mediate future will be a precarious time The economy looks very soft right now said Bruce Steinberg senior econ omist for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets in New York The next few months will be a period of vulnerability he added Four of the 11 forwardlooking business statistics that make up the composite in dex contributed to the September gain The index measuring consumer expec tations was the largest positive contribu tor last month and the major cause for the August and July revisions the Com merce Department said Other positive factors were an increase in the money supply a longer average work week and higher stock prices The economy has been slowing since Leading Indicators the Federal Reserve applied the brakes last year to dampen inflation But while inflation appears to be abating analysts are concerned the Feds grip could thrust the economy into recession GARFIELD SAYS Go out in daylight Carry a flashlight in case of delay returning home Free Candy Screening HCA Aiken Regional Medical Cen ters will hold a free screening of Hal loween candy today from 6 pm to 0 pm The screening will be held in tfte radiology department of the center Parents should enter through the Emergency Room entrance located at the side of the building Parents will be asked to sign a dis claimer before the screening as the machines cannot pick up every harm ful substance that may possibly be in the sweets Berkeley Case Could Affect Power Battle By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer The decision reached by the state Public Service Commission in a case involving Berkeley Electric Coopera ge could affect the proposed power supply ordinance ia the City of Aiken Berkeley Electric Coop has been fjghting a battle with South Carolina Electric and Gas similar to the one being waged in Aiken between Aiken Electric Cooperative and the large power supplier the city may get a definative an swer from the PSC that affects this ordinance said Jerry Pate a spokesman for Aiken Electric That decision could send a message to the council about what the guidelines are he added Speaking before a group of about 30 gathered at the coop Monday night Pate said that if the city de layed action on a proposed rewritten power supply ordinance until after the PSCs decision that the body would know exactly whet could and could not done The PSC s expected to rule on the lowcountry battle around the end of Please See BERKELEY Page KA
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