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Aiken County Register (Newspaper) - February 1, 1984, Aiken, South Carolina Established 1983 Volume I -- Number ll Aiken, S. C., Wednesday, February I, 1984 25* Per Copy Specialty HospitalFirmsCompetingTo Build Facility AIKEN - A specialty hospital will be built this year in Aiken County - but first the state government will have to decide which of two competing companies will be given the right to build it. Both Serenity Health Care, Inc., of Dublin, Ga., and Health Industries of America, South Carolina, of Mt. Pleasant, have proposed to meet the projected need for 25 beds for substance (alcohol and drug) abuse in Aiken County. The proposal by Serenity Health Care also would provide for 31 psychiatric beds. Both figures represent the number of beds projected to be needed here by the 1982 South Carolina Health Plan. Based largely on the recommendation of the East Central Georgia Health Systems Agency located in Augusta, the Department of Health and Environmental Control is expected to decide between the two companies in March or April. Should Serenity Health Care be awarded the project they will build a 56-bed “Specialty Hospital” at a site on York Street in Aiken and their time-table calls for the facility to open in early 1985. The 25-bed substance abuse center proposed by Health Industries of America would be built in North Augusta on the same time schedule. Whatever the decision of DHEC local health officials are excited about the prospects for a specialty hospital. Both Bob Waters of the Aiken, Barnwell Mental Health Center and Terry Brown of the Aiken County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse say that having a facility in the community-will have a favorable effect on the treatment of patients. “We want to treat people within the home community,” Waters said. “Being able to keep people here in Aiken will allow their friends and relatives to visit more often and provide support that will go a long way toward helping them deal with the reasons for which they sought hospitalization in the first place,” Waters said. Brown said that both companies have a good reputation and whichever is selected he looks forward to the expansion of the number of medical specialists who will come to Aiken, a development he says will support the work that he does at the commission. (Continued on Page 2) Laurens St. Elementary Animation Comes To School By HELEN MARINE AIKEN - Laurens Street Elementary School has been a movie studio for the past two weeks, thanks to the PTO and the S.C. Arts Commission. Through their efforts Rob Baggett came to the Aiken school as artist-in-residence and introduced the students to the art of animation. “Everyone participated in this project,” Baggett explained. “The younger students drew self-portraits and the older ones worked on the Boston Tea Party." He laughed and said, “There are a lot of Picassos in grades 1-2, the younger ones are not bound by limitations and would use sharp teeth for eyebrows and different color laces. Me then demonstrated the selfportraits on which certaiin features were cut out and moved around the face. The students first drew the pictures, then one would shift features while another took three quick pictures. “Most of the kids had never operated a camera before and for some it was a thrill to push the button, sometimes, it was hard to restrain them” the artist said. The filming was completed last week and then Baggett had a few days to wait for the results. “I was really pleased,” he revealed, I was afraid they weren’t understanding what it was all about -- but they’re a pretty sharp bunch of kids.” Baggett holds a Master of Church Music degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and came to South Carolina last October. He and his wife, a pediatrician, now reside in Spartanburg where he has his own company, Animation Farm. The company’s slogan boosts “Animated characters home grown in (Continued on Page 16) This Week In Brief AIKEN - John Henry Williams, the paraplegic chief dispatcher for the Aiken County Sheriff’s Department, was found dead of a single shotgun wound to the chest around 6 a.m. Monday. Williams, an 11-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, was found in his home near New Ellenton and his neighbor, Richard Mason, 68, was charged with murder in the case. Williams, who was 35, had been paralyzed since his youth when he suffered a diving accident. Sheriff Ralph Gunnells said Williams was apparently reading his Bible when he was killed some time between 1:30 and 6 a.m. Mason was sent to the South Carolina State Mental Hospital for a 15-day psychiatric evaluation by Circuit Court Judge Rodney A. Peeples Monday after- * noon. A possible murder weapon, a 410-gauge shotgun, was found in a wooded area near Williams’ home by police. AIKEN - The sale of the historic Willcox Hotel to a group of investors who plan to restore it as an inn was finalized Friday, Jan. 27. Preliminary work is expected to begin on the badling within 60 days. Restora- * tion of the hotel, which was once the center of Aiken’s “Winter Colony” during the first half of the century, has been a constant issue with the city council for several years. Rob Prepares Film For Students. ;