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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 11, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Snow Doesn't Stop N.Y. Giants Page 8A A Quick ReadAtlanta Celebrates Film's 50th Birthday ATLANTA (AP) - Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh have long since died, but at the gala events this week celebrating the 50th anniverary of “Gone With the Wind” they’ll be remembered again and again. For one thing, organizers have invited five pairs of Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara look-alikes. For another, ll surwing cast members, many of whom were children When the 1939 movie was made, will have their own stories to tell of the legendary stars, who both died in the 1960s. The cast members will attend a private reunion Thursday and are expected Friday night at a re-creation of the movie’s Dec. 15, 1939, world premiere. Fifty years ago, the premiere was the biggest social event in the city’s history.Aiken Parade Rescheduled The Aiken Jaycees Christmas parade, canceled Saturday because of bad weather, has been rescheduled for Tuesday. The parade will begin at 7 p.m., with lineup between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The new rain date is Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. Lineup would then be at I p.m.WeatherMore Rain Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of rain. The low will be in the mid 40s. Tomorrow will be cloudy with an 80 >ercent chance of rain. The high will se in the 50s. Please see Page 10A for details.Deaths William L. Buff, Beech Island Martha H. Burgess, Heath Springs Johnny O. Redd, Johnstown Wilbur L. Shoaly, Savannah, Ga. Please see Page bA for details.Inside Today Bridge...............................................5B Calendar............................................8B Classifieds.........................................3B Comics..............................................6    A Crossword.........................................6B Cryptoquote.......................................4B Dear Abby..........................................6A Local Front........................................1B Obituaries ...................................5A Opinions............................................6A Sports................................................7A Television..........................................6A Weather...........................................10A .     i Christmas Countdown ngmii county. Monday, December ll, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 313 Soviets Express Interest In Berlin's Role By The Associated Press WEST BERLIN — The Soviet Union today expressed “favorable interest” in a Western plan to boost the international role of Berlin, according to a statement from the World War II Allies after a meeting in West Berlin. The statement was distributed at the end of a 2^-hour conference of the ambassadors of the United States, the Soviet Union, Britain and France. It was the first such meeting here since 1971. Earlier, West German Chancellor Hel mut Kohl insisted German reunification will come one day but acknowledged such a step remains a “vision.” The meeting was held at Allied headquarters in West Berlin, IOO miles inside East German territory. At the 1971 meeting, an agreement was drawn up establishing the rights of the four countries in the city, which has been divided into four sectors since World War II. “The Western ambassadors set out their proposals under the Berlin initiative. The Soviet ambassador expressed favorable interest,” the Allies’ statement said. The initiative, outlined by then-Presi-dent Reagan in 1987, calls for improving air traffic to Berlin, making the city the site of youth exchanges and international conferences. It also calls for holding die Olympic Games in the city in the future. “During the meeting there was a common understanding of the importance of stability, and confidence was expressed that the United States, United Kingdom, France and Soviet Union could contribute to that on the basis of the quadripartite agreement of 1971,” the statement said. It added that further meetings may take place. Those attending the meeting, Vernon Walters, Christopher Mallaby and Serge Boidevaix — the U.S., British and French ambassadors to West Germany — and Vyacheslav Kochemasov, the Soviet ambassador to East Germany, made no comment to reporters. Kohl, attending a meeting of his Christian Democratic party in West Berlin, said: “We do not know when the day will (See SOVIETS, Page 10A) IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT TREE: Bob Webb, of Webb’s Christmas Tree Farm outside Salley, holds the horses as 5-year-old Kacey Haralson takes a look at the Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth huge animals and the Christmas trees. There’s a special touch created at Webb’s: hunting for a tree from a wooden cart hauled by a team of Belgian draft horses.Moore To Announce Decision By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer State Sen. Thomas L. (Tommy) Moore said this morning that he would have “a written statement later today” on recurring rumors about his running for governor next year. “I’m not ready to make any kind of statement, but I will be prepared to release MOORE a printed statement today,” said the Clearwater Democrat. Sen. Moore, who represents Senate District 25, has been frequently mentioned as a gubernatorial candidate, but just as frequently has denied getting involved in a statewide race. In recent weeks state Democratic Party leaders have been polling party members around the state in an effort to find a strong candidate to run against Republi- (See MOORE, Page 10A)Fund Drives Continue For Needy Christmas is fast approaching, and fund drives to make the holiday a little brighter for needy families continue to bring in donations. The Salvation Army’s annual kettle drive is under way, with the familiar bell-ringers stationed at locations throughout the Aiken area. Contributions may be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 439, Aiken, 29802. The 17th annual Valley Empty Stocking Fund campaign is also gearing up for the holidays. The fund is sponsored by several area civic clubs, including the Lang- (See FUND, Page SA) Special Touch: Quest For A Tree By Horse-Drawn Wagon By NINA J. NIDIFFER Staff Writer SALLEY — Some people will go to the ends of the Earth for the perfect Christmas tree. Others know they only have to go to the end of Aiken County. George and Bob Webb, a father-and-son team operating Webb’s Christmas Tree Farm outside of Salley, said they try their best to provide South Carolina with trees worthy of the long drive it takes to find them. The distances their customers are willing to go speak of their success: they come from Denmark, Orangeburg, Columbia, and Charleston, driving for miles on highways and country roads just to reach this particular farm. While they are driving, they are passing through Christmas tree territory, because Webb’s farm is literally surrounded by competition. But something draws them to Webb’s, year after year. Carefully groomed trees are not the only reason customers pack the Webb parking lot every afternoon. Children from one to 90 come for the Christmas spirit created by a special touch: hunting for a tree from a wooden cart hauled by a team of Belgian draft horses. “It’s unique,” George Webb said. “The kids love it, and so do their parents. That’s good, because I’m surrounded by Christmas tree farms. But even when you have a good marketing device like this one, you still have to have quality trees.” Growing Christmas trees takes years of work. Seedlings can’t be stuck in the ground and then forgotten until the holidays roll around — they’ll just turn into pine trees. Instead, seedlings are planted in January and February, then babied for five years or more until they grow strong and green. “What you do is plant a pine tree and turn it into a Christmas tree,” Webb said. “You have to spray it and mow around it and prune it practically every time you walk by it. And you have to pray for rain a lot of the time.” Sound easy? Not with 150 acres to man- (See SPECIAL, Page 10A) Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth TIME TO REFLECT: For the first time in Aiken High School’s long history, the Hornets made it to the State Championship game but suffered a loss to Greer 13-7 Saturday night at Irmo in the Class AAA final. The loss ended a 10-game Aiken winning streak. The Hornets finished 12-3. Here, Shed Harris runs with the ball. Aiken High Hornets Take Time To Reflect On Winning Season For Hard-Working Players, Good Outweighed The Bad By KENZIE WINSTEAD Staff Sports Writer For Aiken’s Hornets, it’s time to reflect on a season — a season in which the positives far outweighed the negatives. For the first time in the school’s long history, the football Hornets advanced to the State Championship game, only to lose to Greer 13-7 Saturday night at Irmo in the Class AAA final. The loss ended a 10-game Aiken winning streak. The Hornets finished 12-3. On the way home, Aiken coach Dusty Triplett said there wasn’t much he could say to ease the pain, so he didn’t try. “They’re going to have their feelings hurt,” he said. “But, they’re alright. Several of the players understandably took the loss hard — from emotional senior defensive end/tightend Mike Waters to junior running back Shed Harris, senior quarterback Jim Dudley and everyone in between. With grass and mud in his face, Harris — a junior who led the team with some 1,600 yards rushing — tried to talk after the loss, but the words just couldn’t materialize. The team walked to the locker room at Irmo, almost in complete silence, with dejected and somber faces. In the locker room, Dudley dropped his No. 12 jersey into a pile of muddied green and white clothes. He stood there looking at the pile of memories. He held back the tears. “I knew I was never going to play football for Aiken High again,” Dudley said during a telephone interview Sunday night. “That was sad . . . I’m going to miss it. I’ll have some great memories. We shared a lot of great times out on the practice field. “I was kind of disappointed that I didn’t find a way to win (against Greer),” Dudley continued. “(But) you can’t make any excuses for anything. I’ve really enjoyed the last two years. . . More important than the record is that this organization is a real classy one. (See KOK. Page IHA) v I ;

  • Bob Webb
  • Christopher Mallaby
  • Clark Gable
  • George Webb
  • Ginny Southworth
  • Heath Springs Johnny O. Redd
  • Jim Dudley
  • Johnstown Wilbur L. Shoaly
  • Kacey Haralson
  • Kenzie Winstead
  • Martha H. Burgess
  • Mike Waters
  • Nina J. Nidiffer
  • Rhett Butler
  • Serge Boidevaix
  • Shed Harris
  • Thomas L.
  • Vernon Walters
  • Vivien Leigh
  • Vyacheslav Kochemasov
  • William L. Buff

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Publication: Aiken Standard

Location: Aiken, South Carolina

Issue Date: December 11, 1989

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