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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 21, 1998, Aiken, South Carolina                                Tornado tears swath through town Page 2A 1997 A I K E N NCAA March madness continues Pace 1B Vol 132 No 133 Aiken South Carolina Titanic Exhibit gives glimpse at doomed ship Sunday Saturday March 21 1998 Jobs pact signed By THOMAS SMITH Summit Business Center will be a familiar landmark in Aiken over the next few years At 750 acres the industrial park devel oped primarily with private sec tor funds will be one of the largest in the state The project represents another good working relationship between the City the economic development communi ty and industry In recent actions the City of Aiken approved a development agreement for Summit Business Center The agreement spells out the responsibilities of the City and the developer regarding pub lic utilities and infrastructure City manager Steve Thompson said the City forms development agreements with residential commercial and industrial con tractors on a regular basis Most of the agreements are similar in structure The agreement with Summit Business Center represents some tiling of a first for the City in that it provides for an incentive of for every job created in the park after the first 25 jobs The incentive will be offered for five years In other words after the first 25 jobs are created we will offer per job for the next five years Thompson said If they provide 25 more jobs thats 50 jobs would mean This is our first time out of the blocks with job incentives Thompson said but the people with Summit Business Center have been very pleased Many of the things we do as a matter of course they said most places dont do This has been a good partnership Index Classifieds6B Comics6A Crossword4C Dear Abby6A Movies3B Opinions 4A SportsIB Television 6A Weather2A Deaths John Fitzgerald Carroll San Francisco Ca Edith Grampp Krohn Aiken Detra Leon Martin Monetta Christopher Mason Johnston Beatrice E Norrell North Augusta Walter Lee Buck Peel Jr North Augusta Lelia B Smith Aiken Frances V Stewart Aiken Lillian Williams Trenton James E Wimberly Aiken Obituary notices on page 3A Go lottery Fridays winning numbers 3 evonlnK 212 The His iamc Big Money Hall i Staff photo by Ginny Southworth Angela Lee shows off Korean items at the Womens Missionary Union Annual Meeting at Millbrook Baptist Church on Friday Ms Lee is from Greenville where she is a member of a Korean church Meeting shows reaching out to By THOMAS SMITH What has 2000 feet one heart and can see through walls The answer Participants is the 1998 Womens Missionary Union Annual Meeting The meeting which is a first for the area began at am Friday and will conclude following an am worship service today Denominational officials esti mate 1000 people will attend the two day event Representatives from the International Mission Board North American Mission Board the South Carolina Baptist State Convention the WMU Foun dation and many other areas of Baptist mission work in general will participate in the various programs One major highlight of the event is the South Carolina Mis sion Extravaganza Missions are Nobles Nappier honored By NtNAJ NIDIFFER MIDLAND VALLEY An out standing student and a dedicated educator were recognized for their service to the community Friday at the Midland Valley Area Chamber of Commerces annual banquet at Midland Valley High School Brian Nappier a son of Sandra and Wayne Nappier was named the chambers 1998 Youth of the Year while the 1998 Citizen of the Year honor went to Area 3 Super intendent of Schools Troy Nobles The pair were introduced by Missions a vital part of the denomination and its work We want to let people know about what we do beyond the walls of the church said public ity chair Carolyn Weeks For example we have ministries for the blind there is an equestrian ministry that has started we want to do anything we can do outside the walls of the church Mrs Weeks further explained that ministry is not confined to the programs and services con ducted in the church inside the walls and mission work takes ministry to the places it is need ed The event is a first for the area because this is the first time there has been a facility large enough to house the annual event Gener church others al chair Thera McElmurray said an invitation to host the event was issued in 1994 and conse quently approved The past year has been a time of constant plan ning and preparation This event has never been held in the central western part of the state before because you have to have a large enough facility and plenty of hotels motels and restaurants nearby she said Once the facility was approved the real work began We have been working on this project for a year and since September we have had a prayer meeting every Monday morning We believe in the great com mission Matthew go ye therefore and teach all nations and we are the educa tion arm of the church Thats our purpose thats what were all about Staff photo by Glnny Southworth and Brian Nappier were honored Friday night by the Midland Valley Chamber of Commerce McKenzie T I m honored to be able to make these presentations because as you know I love Midland Valley Please see NOBLES page 5A Weather cooperates for races Staff reports The thirtysecond renewal of the Aiken Steeplechase will be greeted today fay partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the lower 60s The Aiken Steeplechase will be held at Ford Conger Field at Pow derhouse Road and Audubon Drive Gates open at 10 am Post time will be at 1 pm All infield guests must be in place by noon Signs on Pow derhouse Audubon and Two Notch Road will direct patrons to the prop er entrance gate Last year a crowd of about 31000 attended the Aiken Steeple chase which is the largest of the three Triple Crown events General admission tickets are at the gate General admission reserved second row places are and include a reserved second row space Admission tickets must be purchased separately General admission reserved railside places and subscriber railside parking are sold out However there are other ticket and parking packages available Guarantor packages are and include four tickets that grant admission to the Guaran tors enclosure The prerace tent party includes luncheon open bar musical entertainment and parking A maximum of 1000 tickets will be sold Guarantor railside packages are and include four tickets and an exceptional railside space This price includes the guarantor package as well as railside park ing However these spaces are very limited Two of the top 10 money win ners in 1997 are entered in the Palmetto Federal Imperial Cup the feature race in Saturdays 32nd renewal of the Aiken Steeple chase at Ford Conger Field Bisbalense and Hudson Bay head the field for the Imperial Cup Bisbalense a 9yearold Chileanbred gelding trained by Hall of Famer Jonathan Shep pard finished sixth in earnings Post race event today Hurricane Central will host a Post Race Get Together today following the Aiken Steeplechase There will be an art exhibit featuring works by South Car olina artist Randy Lambert and music will be performed by Borderline A portion of the proceeds from the event will go th the Aiken County Veterans Memorial Park Fund At 9 pm there will be a line dance contest Hurricane Central is located on Frontage Road near US 1 and 120 last year with after post ing a win and two thirds in five starts Hudson Bay an 8yearold gelding trained by former jockey Ricky Hendriks finished ninth at with one win a third and two seconds in eight starts Hudson Bay is owned by William C Lickle who led all owners in two categories last year victories and earnings Lick les horses won 14 times and earned close to Last year marked the second straight year that Hudson Bay had finished in the Top 10 in earn ings Hudson Bay will be ridden by Sean Clancy who won 10 races a year ago to finish sixth in the jockey standings Bisbalense who is owned by Timber Bay Farm will be ridden by Blythe Miller who finished fourth in the jockey standings last year with 14 victories In 1994 Miller became the first female jockey to win the riding title In addition to the feature race there are four other races over jumps and two flat races The cofeature The Bud weiser Cup includes Dogwood Stables Hobgoblin Graham Spence file for election Staff reports Two Republican US House members whose congressional districts share portions of Aiken County have announced their intentions to seek reelection to their jobs Rep Lindsey Graham of the Third Congressional District and Rep Floyd Spence of the Second Congressional District sent out mailings this week about cam paign plans US Sen Ernest Hollings previ ously indicated he will seek another sixyear term Spence has been a member of the US House for 28 years and is chairman of the House National Security Committee Graham is seeking his third term In local races all five members of the county House delegation four members of the Aiken Coun ty Council and three newcomers to political races have posted qualifying fees Aiken County Republican Party Chairwoman Diane Gid dings said Friday she expects sev eral more candidates to sign up Please see GRAHAM page 5A ChickEN ButMo f0f youf   

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