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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 6, 1993, Aiken, South Carolina Briefly From Staff Reports Page 1B Aiken SC Thursday May 61993 Aiken High Academic Team Needs Funds The Aiken High School Academic Team needs to raise to fund its trip to Houston Texas to play for the national championship and in scholarships The Aiken County champions placed seventh last year out of 82 championship teams from throughout the nation The team has been honored by the SC General Assembly the state department of education Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce and Aiken City Coun cil as ambassadors of education It has ap peared in matches televised in 27 states and is among the strongest academic teams in the Southeast Donations may be made to the AHS Academic Booster Club 221 Rutland Dr Aiken 29801 For more information call Mac Hanna at 6486118 Church Burglary Reported Beaver Dam Baptist Church on Beaver Dam Road in Aiken was reported broken into Monday night Speakers microphones music stands and amplifiers were taken Aiken Man Sentenced On Drug Charge wniie E Brooks of Aiken was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Aiken to 28 months imprisonment and six years supervised release Brooks pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine in December last year NA Eye Doctor Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion North Augusta optometrist Dr John WL Smith 38 pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Aiken to income tax evasion Also Smiths professional association John WL Smith ODPA pleaded guilty to filing a false corporate income tax return on Oct 31 1989 Smith pleaded guilty to evading income taxes in the amount of for the calender year of 1989 Smith also forfeited to the government his 1989 Cadillac DeVille which had been used to transport gross receipts from his business to his residence The maximum penalty that Smith can receive is a fine of imprisonment for five years The maximum punishment that the professional association is subject to is a fine of DrugS Seized An Aiken man and woman were arrested Wednesday after officers served a search warrant at a public housing residence At am officers with the Aiken Depart ment of Public Safety special response team narcotics unit and canine narcotics unit entered a residence at 345 Sumter St NE Stephen Sullivan 27 of the same address was charged with dis tributing crack cocaine distributing crack cocaine within mile of school possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute within mile of school Also arrested was Delores Hammond 25 of the same address She was charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute within mile of school One gram of crack cocaine and cash were seized The residence is located about halfway between Schofield Middle School and SmithHazel Recreation Cen ter said drug enforcement administrator Thomas M Galardi United We Stand Meeting1 The Aiken County Committee of the Ross Perot organization of United We Stand America will hold a committee organizational meetihgat 7 pm today at the Aiken County Library The purpose of the meeting will be to form committees of the Aiken County organization including rapidre sponse media fundraising speakers letters distribution out reach telephone technical watchdog mailings and others The public is invited to attend United We Stand America is a non sectarian political watchdog organization dedicated to making gov ernment more responsive For more information call Audrey Som mer chairperson at 6427090 or John B Heaton 6489806 Out Of School Beach Bjast The City of Aiken Parks and Recreation Department the Aiken Department of Public Safety and the Aiken Youth Advisory Commission will hold its first Out of School Beach Blast for middle and high school students from 11 am3 pm Saturday May 22 at the H Odell Weeks Activities Center Activities will include sand volleyball a sand dance floor a DJ participants are encouraged to bring their own danc ing prize drawings and lots of fun Participants should also bring their own beach towels or chairs Admission is per person Concessions will be sold Tshirts will be given to the first 50 partici pants Prizes have been donated by Mr Gattis Plum Pudding JB White Topps Simons Formal Wear The Weeks Tennis Shop Dominos Pizza BeautiControl Cosmetics Ye Olde Ice Crean the Buffet and the Disc Jockey For more information call Lisa J Hall at 6427648 SC Growth Forum The South Carolina Growth Forum will be held at 7 pm Wednesday at the Aiken City Conference Center according to the Aiken County Open Land Trust The statewide forum series began after various interests voiced concern over rapid growth in the state and related problems The project funded by grants from the SC Committee for the Humanities and the state Department of Archives and History is an effort to respond on a statewide basis to growth problems The series of forums is designed to bring citizens into public policy debate on the costs and benefits of the growth that the state experienced during the past decades The moderator for the forums will be Ken Driggers direc tor of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation Edisto Grange Hosts Dinner Bake Sale The Edisto Grange will sponsor a fried chicken dinner and bake sale Saturday from pm at the Grange Hall SC 39 in New Holland Tickets are each For more information call 6495215 or 5645402 Small Business Expo The Aiken Region Business Network Association will present an Entrepreneurial Conference and Small Business Services Expo from 8 am5 pm on Wednesday May 26 at USC Aiken The theme of this years expo is The Time for Change Successful Strategies for Small and AfricanAmerican Owned Companies Companies may exhibit for per person Limited space is available Attendance should be confirmed by Friday by calling 641 9495 Pilot Club Sells Hags The Pilot Club of Aiken is selling American flags The cost of the flag kit is which includes a 3 by 5 foot flag a holder and a 6foot pole with an eagle on top All proceeds will go to the Coalition to Assist Abused Persons in Aiken For more information call Kellah Cleckley at 6484631 Party With Pittsburgh The Aiken Newcomers Club is spon soring a Party With Pittsburgh extravaganza open to anyone in the CSRA with ties to Pittsburgh The event will be held Saturday May 15 at pm at the Knights of Columbus building on Spauld Drive The cost is per couple which includes a steak dinner entertainment by the HeartThrobs and the Pittsburghettes a Pittsburgh trivia contest and dancing to the oldies There will be lots of Pittsburgh memorabilia and giveaways The only require ment is a black and gold dress code For more information and reservations contact Vivian Nash at 6411202 Developer Waits On County Lawsuit Attorneys To Meet May 13 To Discuss Rezoning Dispute By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer An attorney for North Augusta developer Dozier Lacey has draft ed but is holding onto a lawsuit against Aiken County pending the outcome of a May 13 meeting with county lawyers S Jahue Jake Moore prepared the suit early Wednesday holding true to a threat to bring legal ac tion against the county if the Aiken County Council proceeds with a re zoning classification ordinance on two parcels of property Moore and Lacey agreed to de lay filing of the complaint until a conference can be held with Rob ert Bell or Dennis Gmerek the countys lawyers Gmerek asked for the confer ence but a time and a meeting place have not been announced In the filing Moore is asking a court to order the county to issue Lacey a building permit and block the of his property from commercial to residential use only The contested ordinance which puts residential restriction use on Lacey properties on Five Notch Road in North Augusta was passed on second reading without debate Tuesday night Councilman Eddie Butler spon sored the ordinance at the request of dozens of residents of Five Notch Road subdivisions who said commercial use of the property would damage the values of their homes In the center of the controversy are 29 acres and 156 acres located on opposite sides of Gregory Lake Road at its intersection with Five Notch Road Lacey said he has no intentions of allowing commercial building See DEVELOPER Page 2B Whirlybird Staff Photo By Scott Webster APACHE GUNNER Brad Shealy a copilot gunner talks to students at Midland Valley High School Wednesday while standingjon an Apache helicopter Shealy is with the Aviation unit of the SC Army Visitors Will Flock To Leesville For SC Poultry Festival Events From Staff Reports The annual South Carolina Poul try Festival will be held Saturday in the Leesville Business District ofBatesburgLeesville The festival will begin at about am with a parade said Geena B Copeland chairperson of the festivals publicity committee The parade will be followed by the playing of different styles of music at four stages More than 125 crafters and vendors will line the streets displaying everything from minipoultry houses to steam engines grinding grits There will be games contests exhibits and of course chicken cooked in vari ous ways Later in the day at pm the East Coast Party Band will play Top 40 and beach music At 9 pm the festival will feature what Mrs Copeland boasted as being the largest fireworks display in South Carolina The festival will be preceded by a few events associated with it One of them is a carnival which opens tonight and will continue un til Saturday night Mrs Copeland said Mrs Copeland described the Poultry Festival as being a cele bration of the animal that is so im portant to SC agriculture Ac cording to information provided by Mrs Copeland South Carolinas poultry industry produces over 283328000 pounds of fresh chicken each year and over million of poultryrelated income making poultry the number one agricultur al crop in South Carolina Mrs Copeland said the poultry festival is especially important to BatesburgLeesville because it is in the number one county in the state for poultry production and only five minutes away from the number two and three counties The SC Poultry Festival is held in the spring on the Saturday be fore Mothers Day Germans Invading Carolinas Industries Find Area Attractive By GREG TYLER City Editor So many German industries are looking at North and South Caroli na to locate new plants or have already done so that one stretch of Interstate 85 that links the Caroli nas has been nicknamed by state troopers as the Autobahn And Alan Schafer who runs the fireworks emporium South of the Border near Dillon said The place is crawling with Germans Both comments were contained in an article published in the East ern Edition of The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday The story written by Staff Re porter Michael J McCarthy ex plored the reasons why German Firms choose the Carolinas to build Basically he cites trained and malleable labor low wages and cheap land as big attractions for the German business owners The article states that more than 200 German companies have made the Carolinas the location of mag nets for German industries North and South Carolina have attracted more than billion of the bil lion German investment in the United States second only to Texas The recent influx of German companies into the Carolinas in cludes among others Adidas AG in Spartanburg Siemens AG in Gary NC Helima Helvetion In ternational in Duncan and Bayer ische Motoren Werke AG in Greer Now Mercedes Benz AG is expect ed to build its first US auto plant in North Carolina the article states One of many disparities between the German work force and that found in the Carolinas according to McCarthy is the lack of educa tion among the Carolinas workers Please See GERMANS Page 2B Alford Brothers Bag Sweet Agribusiness By PRISCILLA BOATWRIGHT Staff Writer If theres something rotten in Denmark and other agricultur al communities in the area it must be the odor of the raw chicken ma nure many farmers spread on their fields this time of the year Long recognized as a potent fer tilizer chicken house waste is a tried and true farmers friend Problem is It stinks Charlie and Steve Alford found a better way of doing things And the sweet smell of success can be found in more than 100 independent home and garden and related stores throughout the state In all truthfulness Poultry Pow er doesnt come out of its 20and 40pound sacks smelling like a rose Manure by any other name is still manure But through the Alford brothers method of turning the raw materi al into a 232 natural organic com post the new rich garden spread emits what Charlie refers to as only a twang Even the processing site located in northeastern Aiken County near Interstate 20 is almost completely free of offensive odors despite the equivalent of a commercial chick en house full of the composting matter Poultry Power is the only busi ness of its type in the state Charlie said And though the operation is merely a few months old it al ready has been endorsed by SC Commissioner of Agriculture D LesTindal Poultry Power is agribusiness at its best people helping people in a profitable situation for all he wrote in the April 15 issue of the SC Market Bulletin The Alfords know what farmers know that chicken manure is among the richest of fertilizers And what they know they learned handson Poultry Power has endured rig orous home testing said Charlie a former landscapes I use it for everything from my garden to my grass to all my plants on the outside My wife fer tilizes her house plants with it Its got a PH of 61 to 64 which means it wont change the acidity of your soil In sandy soils in which you have to do a lot of water ing to keep things from drying out it helps to retain moisture In clay it adds more aeration to the soil And he said the composting process contributes to germ re S 232 S S iHTtMtt 100 OBBANH CHICKEN MANURE NET WT 40 IBS Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth GROWING BUSINESS Charlie Alford started Poultry Power with his brother Steve moval as well as weed control within the fertilizer Charlie and Steve were partners in a landscaping company in Lex ington before Charlie moved to Bluffton and began operating not only a landscaping business but also a real estate company My wifes a manure widow right now he said explaining that he stays in Lexington with Steve and his family several nights of the week rather than making the threehour drive home each day But shes taking it all in stride She realizes one day soon well be Please See ALFORD Page 2B
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