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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 6, 1993, Aiken, South Carolina Aiken S>ianiiari> Local/Regional Page 1B, Aiken, S C. Thursday, May 6,1993 Briefly From Staff Reports Aiken High Academic Team Needs Funds: The Aiken High School Academic Team needs to raise $3,500 to fund its trip to Houston, Texas, to play for the national championship and $75,000 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 S.C. General Assembly, the state department of education, Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce and Aiken City Council 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 648-6118.. 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: wiffle 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. N.A. Eye Doctor Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion: North Augusta optometrist Dr. John W.L. Smith, 38, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Aiken to income tax evasion. Also, Smith’s professional association, John W.L. Smith, O.D.P.A., 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 $13,084 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 $250,000 and/or imprisonment for five years. The maximum punishment that the professional association is subject to is a fine of $500,000. Drugs Seized: An Aiken man and woman were arrested Wednesday after officers served a search warrant at a public housing residence. At 8:30 a m., 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 distributing crack cocaine, distributing crack cocaine within I / 2 mile of school, possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute within 1/2 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 1/2 mile of school. One gram of crack cocaine and $463 cash were seized. The residence is located about halfway between Schofield Middle School and Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, said drug enforcement administrator Thomas M. Galardi. ‘United We Stand’ Meeting: The Aiken County Committee of the Ross Perot organization of United We Stand, America will hold a committee organizational meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Aiken County Library. The purpose of the meeting will be to form committees of the Aiken County organization, including rapid-re-sponse, media, fund-raising, speakers, letters, distribution, outreach telephone, technical, watchdog, mailings and others. The public is invited to attend. United We Stand, America is a nonsectarian political watchdog organization dedicated to making government more responsive. For more information, call Audrey Sommer, chairperson, at 642-7090, or John B. Heaton, media, at 648-9806. Out Of School Beach Blast: 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 ll a.m.-3 p m Saturday, May 22, at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center. Activities will include sand volleyball, a sand dance floor, a D.J. (participants are encouraged to bring their own music), dancing prize drawings and lots of fun. Participants should also bring their own beach towels or chairs. Admission is $1 per person. Concessions will be sold. T-shirts will be given to the first 50 participants. Prizes have been donated by Mr. Gatti’s, Plum Pudding, J B White, Topps, Simon’s Formal Wear, The Weeks Tennis Shop, Domino’s Pizza. Beauti-Control Cosmetics, Ye Olde Ice Crean, the Buffet and the Disc Jockey. For more information, call Lisa J. Hall at 642-7648. S.C. Growth Forum: The South Carolina Growth Forum will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Aiken City Conference Center, according to the Aiken County Open Land I rust. I he 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 S.C. 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, director 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 11:30 a.m.-l:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall, S.C. 39 in New Holland. Tickets are $3.25 each. For more information call 649-5215 or 564-5402. Small Business Expo: The Aiken Region Business Network Association will present an “Entrepreneurial Conference and Small Business Services Expo” from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, at USC Aiken. The theme of this year’s expo is “The Time for Change Successful Strategies for Small and African-American Owned Companies.” Companies may exhibit tor $25 per person. Limited space is available. Attendance should be confirmed by Friday by calling 641-9495. Pilot Club Sells Flags: The Pilot Club of Aiken is selling American flags. The cost of the flag kit is $11, which includes a 3 by 5 foot flag, a holder and a 6-foot pole with an eagle on top. All proceeds will go to the Coalition to Assist Abused Persons rn Aiken. For more information, call Kellah Cleckley at 648-4631. Party With Pittsburgh: The Aiken Newcomers Club is sponsoring a “Party With Pittsburgh” extravaganza, open to anyone in the CSRA with ties to Pittsburgh. The event will be held Saturday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus building on Spaulding Drive. The cost is $27 per couple, which includes a steak dinner, entertainment by the Heart-Throbs and the Pittsburghettes, a Pittsburgh trivia contest, and dancing to the oldies. There will be lots of Pittsburgh memorabilia and giveaways. The only requirement is a black and gold dress code. For more information and reservations, contact Vivian Nash at 641-1202. 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 action against the county if the Aiken County Council proceeds with a rezoning classification ordinance on two parcels of property. Moore and Lacey agreed to delay filing of the complaint until a conference can be held with Robert Bell or Dennis Gmerek, the county’s lawyers. Gmerek asked for the conference, 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 reclassification 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 sponsored 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 2.9 acres and 15.6 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 Shoaly, a co-pilot gunner, talks to students at Midland Valley High School Wednesday while standing on an Apache helicopter. Shealy is with the 151st Aviation unit of the S.C. Army National Guard In Columbia. Visitors Will Flock To Leesville For S.C. Poultry Festival Events From Staff Reports The annual South Carolina Poultry Festival will be held Saturday in the Leesville Business District of Batesburg-Leesville. The festival will begin at about 10:15 a m. with a parade, said Geena B. Copeland, chairperson of the festival’s publicity committee. The parade will be followed by the playing of different styles of music at four stages. More than 125 craters and vendors will line the streets, displaying everything from mini-poultry 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 7:30 p.m., the East Coast Party Band will play Top 40 and beach music. At 9 p.m., 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 until Saturday night, Mrs. Copeland said. Mrs. Copeland described the Poultry Festival as being a celebration of the animal that is so important to S.C. agriculture. According to information provided by Mrs. Copeland, South Carolina’s poultry industry produces over 283,328,000 pounds of fresh chicken each year and over $218 million of poultry-related income, making poultry the number one agricultural crop in South Carolina. Mrs. Copeland said the poultry festival is especially important to Batesburg-Leesville 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 S.C. Poultry Festival is held in the spring on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. Germans Invading Carolinas Industries Find Area Attractive By GREG TYLER City Editor So many German industries are looking at North and South Carolina to locate new plants, or have already done so, that one stretch of Interstate 85 that links the Carolinas 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 Eastern Edition of The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. The story, written by Staff Reporter Michael J. McCarthy, explored the reasons why German firms choose the Carolinas to build U.S. plants. 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 magnets for German industries. North and South Carolina have attracted more than $4 billion of the $42 billion German investment in the United States, second only to Texas. The recent influx of German companies into the Carolinas includes, among others, Adidas AG in Spartanburg, Siemen’s AG in Cary, N C., Helima Helvetion International in Duncan and Bayer-ische Motoren Werke AG in Greer. Now Mercedes Benz AG is expected to build its first U.S. 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 education among the Carolinas workers. (Please See GERMANS, Page 2B) Alford Brothers Bag Sweet Agribusiness By PRISCILLA BOATWRIGHT Staff Writer If there’s something rotten in Denmark. . . and other agricultural communities in the area, it must be the odor of the raw chicken manure many farmers spread on their fields this time of the year. Long recognized as a potent fertilizer, 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 IOO independent home and garden and related stores throughout the state. In all truthfulness, Poultry Power doesn’t come out of its 20- and 40-pound sacks smelling like a rose. Manure by any other name is still manure. But through the Alford brothers’ method of turning the raw material into a 2-3-2 natural organic compost, 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 business of its type in the state, Charlie said. And though the operation is merely a few months old, it already has been endorsed by S.C. Commissioner of Agriculture D. Des Tindal. “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 S.C. Market Bulletin. The Affords know what farmers know - that chicken manure is among the richest of fertilizers. And what they know, they learned hands-on. Poultry Power has endured rigorous home testing, said Charlie, a former landscaper. “I use it for everything from my garden to my grass, to all my plants on the outside. My wife fertilizes her house plants with it. “It’s got a PH of 6.1 to 6.4, which means it won’t change the acidity of your soil. In sandy soils, in which you have to do a lot of watering 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 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 Lexington before Charlie moved to Bluffton and began operating not only a landscaping business but also a real estate company. “My wife’s 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 three-hour drive home each day. “But she’s taking it all in stride. She realizes one day soon we’ll be (Please See ALFORD, Page 2B)
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