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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 24, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Holiday Football Roundup Pages 9AJOA A Quick Read State Patrol Wont Roll For The Stones CLEMSON AP The state High way Patrol wont direct traffic for the Rolling Stones concert on Sunday because the agency has higher prior ities officials say Although the patrol usually sends about 100 trafficcontrol officers to Clemson University football games it has relinquished those duties to about 72 city university and offduty Greenville police officers Theyre really going to be in for a mess without the highway patrol predicted North Carolina State Uni versitys Brace Hatcher who coordi nated the Rolling Stones outdoor concert this fall in Raleigh NC Hatcher stadium manager at North Carolina State said traffic would have been worse in Raleigh without the help of 125 North Caroli na Highway Patrol officers Unlike football crowds concertgo ers come from a wider area and wont be as familiar with the cam pus Hatcher and Clemson Universi ty Assistant Public Safety Director John McKenzie said Ill bet 50 to 60 percent of those people have never been to Clemson and wont know where theyre go ing Hatcher said The Highway Patrol is real experienced in direct ing traffic They do a good job Multivitamins May Prevent Birth Defect CHICAGO AP Mothers who take multiple vitamins containing fo lic acid early in pregnancy are sig nificantly less likely to bear babies with spina bifida and other spinal column defects a new study concludes The birth defects were about one fourth as common among babies whose mothers took the overthe counter vitamins than among babies whose mothers didnt take vitamins according to a report in todays Jour nal of the American Medical Association The apparent beneficial effect was limited to women who took the vita mins in the first six weeks of preg nancy leading the researchers to suggest women begun taking vita mins with folic acid when they first start trying to conceive Weather Fair Skies Cold Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the upper 20s Tomorrow will be sunny and warmer The high will be in the upper 50s Please see Page 3B for details Deaths Page 2A Krenz To Follow E German Wishes Page IB Cable TV Hearings To Be Scheduled Wyman Barton Langley George W Eidson Wagener Charlie Johnson Jackson William J Markwalter North Augusta Shuford Thames Jr Sumter Buford A White Lincolnton Ga Please see Page 3B for details Inside Today Bridge50 Calendar1C Classifieds3D Comics2D Crossword6D Cryptoquote4D DearAbby2D Local Front1B Obituaries3B Opinions10 Sports9A Television2D Weather3B Friday November 24 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 296 Hazards At SRS Minimal Contamination Said Nearly Impossible TRADITION CONTINUES Joint masters Gail King left and Sandy Cassatt prepare for the Blessing of the Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth Hounds in Hitchcock Woods Thursday The traditional ceremony officially opens the Hunt Season in Aiken Blessing Of Hounds Opens Hunt Season By NINA J NIDIFFER Staff Writer Beneath the quiet dripping green of Hitchcock Woods riders hounds and onlookers stood silently on Thanksgiv ing Day for the traditional Blessing of the Hounds The blessing marks the opening of the season for the Aiken Hounds Thursday was the 75th anniversary of the event More than 100 people braved the mushy sand and and slick clay of the trail down to Memorial Gate in Hitchcock Woods left damp and cool by Wednesdays rain Whenever elegant riders in colorful hunting gear came through those on foot stepped aside to make room admiring the glossy horses with their braided manes and the pageantry of the hunters Shortly before the blessing the riders met to take part of a stirrup cup a traditional sip of brandy or port taken before the hunt Horses spent as much time in their greetings as their riders did He has to see his old friends one woman explained of her mount A cry of heads up from onlookers warned of the coming of the hounds One poor creature developed stage fright and was lost in the crowd but she quickly caught up I want to go see the doggies fouryearold Mandi Pratt kept telling her parents But at her mother Cathys advice she kept to the safety of the wall instead watching hounds mill below her feet and occasionally rear up on the stones nearby When the rush of excitement began to quiet Gail King co master of hounds welcomed the crowd and the ceremony began The Rev Richard McDonald performed the blessing at Memo rial Gate He led a prayer for the animals in whose companion ship we find joy and asked for the blessing of riders horses and hounds to shield them from harm Following the blessing the riders went off to participate in a drag hunt Rather than hunting a real fox a scent was dragged through the woods for the hounds to follow Those who meant to ride the main field with its challenging obstacles rode off first followed by hill toppers or those who planned to take a route meant to avoid jumps and debris As the last of the horses disappeared the crowd of onlookers began to walk back to the cars parked on South Boundary ready for Thanksgiving dinner For the remainder of the season the Aiken Hounds will hunt Saturdays Tuesdays and Thursdays By KEITH WARD Staff Writer During 1988 as in previous years Sa vannah River Site operations had no ad verse impact on the general public or the environment That is the finding of the Savannah Riv er Site Environmental Report for last year prepared by the Environmental Monitoring Section of the Environmental and Health Protection Department of the Westinghouse Savannah River Company Westinghouse operates the site for the Department of Energy The massive twovolume report con cludes among other things that the max imum amount of radiation an individual could receive from the SRS is only a tiny fraction of the total amount of radiation that is normally received from such sources as radon gas and Xrays It the dosage is extremely low a trivially low amount officials said The greatest amount of radiation that a person living on the SRS boundary could acquire from 1988 SRS atmospheric re leases of radioactive materials is 046 millirem abbreviated the re port states And it is tough to receive the highest dose To receive that much the hypothetical resident would have had to reside on the SRS boundary at the location of highest dose for 24 hours per day 365 days per year Additionally they would have to have consumed a maximum amount of foliage and meat which came from the plant boundary and drink the maximum amount of milk from cows which had been grazing at the boundary In comparison an average dose that an individual receives from natural radia tion is 295 mrem Please See HAZARDS Page 6A Soles Luring Large Crowds Of Early Bargain Hunters By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer The biggest shopping day of the year got under way this morning with area merchants anticipating large consumer turnouts The day after Thanksgiving is a day known for several almost sacred traditions Consuming turkey sandwiches and shopping are just two of them Doors opened at area stores at 7 am and will close at 10 or 11 pm to give shoppers a chance to get a jump on the last minute Christmas dash We had people waiting at the doors at 7 oclock said Billy Howard vice presi dent of Belk of Aiken Belk is celebrating its first holiday sea son in its new location in the Aiken Mall which opened Oct 11 Howard said the early shoppers give a good indication that this year could be a good one for area merchants At JB Whites manger Dan Haywood said We are already running at 40 per cent ahead of last years figures and it is looking very strong At opeing time he added we had a good crowd at the door and good enthusi asm on the part of our sales staff he said We are looking for another record holiday season Haywood said To brace themselves for the busy holi day season which accounts for about 50 percent of thenannual business local merchants have stocked their stores and added additional sales staff In addition stores in Aiken have ex tended their hours to help offset the extra shopping load Area stores started to barrage resi dents with special sales advertisements earlier in the week Television radio and newspapers are all carrying area merchants messages of savings and selection Aiken Mall the downtown shopping district and other stores are trying to at tract consumers to their doors Merchants in Aikens historic down town district have bonded together to ad vertise their individual sales and to at tract customers to the area for their holiday purchases said Rita Hardin the owner of The Carousel Staff Pholo By Ginny Southworth EARLY SHOPPERS Coffee and doughnuts greeted early shoppers at Wal Mart this morning 40 Percent Of AIDS Go Unreported In South Carolina By The Associated Press CHICAGO AIDS may be more wide spread than previously thought accord ing to a study that found the disease grossly underreported in South Carolina The national Center for Disease Con trol in Atlanta estimates that 10 percent to 30 percent of AIDS cases have not been properly reported to authorities But a study published in todays Journal of the American Medical Association says that of 153 AIDS cases that should have been reported to South Carolina authorities from January 1986 through June 1987 62 or 40 percent went unmentioned If underreporting to the degree ob served in this study is widespread in the United States current estimates regard ing the extent of the epidemic should be viewed with caution the researchers wrote in the study Since the early 1980s 112241 AIDS cases have been reported nationwide Dr James Buehler a surveillance spe cialist on acquired immune deficiency syndrome at the CDC wrote in an editori al also published in todays journal Un derreporting minimizes the importance of the epidemic and threatens the public health response Researchers led by a physician with South Carolinas Bureau of Preventive Health Services discovered omissions in reporting the disease by examining re cords of nearly 600000 discharges from nongovernment hospitals in the state the study said It is unclear if the present findings apply to other states although it seems reasonable to assume that similar under reporting may exist elsewhere the re searchers said They identified AIDS cases by match ing symptoms reported on the discharge records with a classification code devel oped by the CDC Cases the researchers identified as AIDS were then compared with those re ported to the states AIDS case registry said Dr George Conway an epidemiolo gist who led the study and now works for the CDCs AIDS division AIDS is one of several infectious dis eases that doctors an required under state and federal regulations to report to state authorities who then are to pass on the information to the CDC Conway said Penalties are not very stiff for non reporting he said Doctors dont get thrown in jail for not reporting diseases The worst they get is a letter Please See 40 PERCENT Page 6A   

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