Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 11, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Page 10AA Quick ReadDiaper Giants Battle In Court
CHARLESTON (AP) — A battle between industry giants over super absorbent diapers — and the millions of dollars that come through their sale — has opened in U.S. District Court here.
In the case, Procter & Gamble charges the design of its highly successful super absorbent Pampers was copied by Kimberly-Clark in developing super absorbent Huggies.
The firm wants U.S. District Judge Falcon Hawkins to order Kimberly-Clark to stop manufacturing Huggies and remove them from store shelves. The firm is also seeking unspecified monetary damages.
The stakes are high, for making disposable diapers is a $3.3 billion business.
The case is being heard in a nonjury proceeding. It was brought in South Carolina because Kimberly-Clark runs a diaper manufacturing plant in Beech Island near Aiken.
Procter & Gamble, based in Cincinnati, is the industry leader, with 47 percent of the market. Kimberly-Clark, which is based in Dallas, is No. 2 with about 30 percent.
As the trial got underway, attorneys crowded the courtroom while scattered along the jury box were boxes and bags of diapers. The case is expected to last at least three weeks.Declining Birth Rates Give NATO A Problem
CASTE AU, Belgium (AP) — The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is facing a manpower shortage because of falling birth rates in its 16 member nations.
One remedy, officials here at NATO headquarters say, is the talks with the Soviet-led East bloc in Vienna, Austria, which could bring an accord on reducing troops and conventional arms in Europe.
The U.S. Institute for Defense Analysis has forecast that by the year 2000, NATO nations will see an average 12.4 percent drop in draft-age males while there will be a 15.2 percent increase among the seven Warsaw Pact nations.
One reason is what the West Germans call the “pillenknick” (pill dip), a falling birth rate due to greater use of the birth control pill in recent decades.WeatherCold Tonight
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Vol. 122 No. 8
Huge Flea Market To Open In Fall
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
A million dollar flea market with the potential to draw as many as 45,000 people a weekend to Aiken County is under construction at the intersection of U.S. I and Interstate 20.
Tom Clarke, a representative with Wyatt Development Ck)., gave plans for the market while appearing before Aiken City Council Monday night to request it be allowed sewer hookup with the city’s Verenes Industrial Park.
The sprawling, mainly outdoor market — to be known as Pop’s Flea and Farmers Market — is being constructed on a tract across U.S. I from the Comfort Inn and lies within 16 acres owned by Wyatt Development.
Clarke said the inn, flea market and six other parcels make up a $4 million investment Wyatt has made at the largely undeveloped intersection. Businesses al-
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ready there include the inn, a service station and fast food restaurant.
Clarke told council the flea market, which will open in late August or early September, is a $1.4 million investment and will have about 60,000 square feet under roof.
Clarke said about half that space will be fully enclosed with heating and air conditioning. The remainder, he added, would be “shed type buildings.”
The Wyatt representative said his company is prepared to spend about $60,000 for a sewer line that will connect five bathrooms at the flea market to the industrial park system.
Clarke said the agreement will contain a stipulation that if the city carries through annexation to the flea market
(See HUGE, Page 6A)
House Fire Kills Nine, Injures Three In Illinois
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
WITH THE GREATEST OF EASE: Aerialists kept the audience on the edge of their seats Monday during the performance of the Roberts Brothers Circus in Beech Island. The 20-act performance was for the benefit of eye and ear conservation and drug rehabilitation programs sponsored by the Beech Island Lions Club.
By The Associated Press
PEORIA, 111. — Fire raced through a house early today, killing at least nine people and injuring three, authorities said.
Three people were pronounced dead at the scene, and six were pronounced dead at two hospitals, said Beverly Todd, nursing supervisor at St. Francis Medical Center. Two of the injured were reported in serious condition.
The 2:30 a.m. blaze at the two-story wood-frame home began on the first floor, but the cause was not immediately known, said Assistant Fire Chief Sam Sisk.
“Our primary concern was rescue, and the house was pretty well involved when we got there,” he said.
Tile victims’ identities were not immediately released. Ms. Todd said that judging from their names, they may have been from the same family.
Sisk said he believed the cause of death was smoke inhalation.
Four adults and eight children were in the house, fire officials said.
One victim was treated at St. Francis and released, said a nursing supervisor who would not give her name.
A 14-year-old boy and a 30-year-old woman were in serious condition with bums.
Moore Pledges To Help Maintain Schools
By NINA J. NIDIFFER Staff Writer
GRANITEVILLE - Senator Thomas L. (Tommy) Moore, D-Clearwater, pledged Monday that he would request the Aiken Legislative Delegation to help maintain two county schools in danger of closing.
Sen. Moore addressed more than 200 concerned citizens of Gloverville and Warrenville, who met with members of the school board to protest the possibility of schools closing in their areas.
A March memorandum from Dr. Joseph R. Brooks, district superintendent, to the school board, suggested the closing of Warrenville and Gloverville Elementary Schools to build one consolidated school.
In a list of reasons for the proposal, Dr. Brooks said that Warrenville Elementary is in bad repair. Many of its facilities are inadequate, and the site itself has only four acres. Gloverville Elementary also has problems, including the lack of special purpose areas, an inadequate library and limited kitchen space.
In addition, both schools have small student populations, so expenditure per student is greater than it would be for a combined population of 500 or 600 students, he said. Because of this larger ex-pediture, personnel such as art and music teachers and guidance counselors must be shared between the schools.
“Because both facilities are inadequate as good educational facilities, it was felt that a new school to serve both schools would be a good solution to the problems,” Dr. Brooks said.
But citizens from the communities said they would rather have the existing schools renovated and repaired than
have their children bussed to a larger school.
“Once you lose a school a community dies, people move out,” Thomas Evans, moderator, said while speaking for Gloverville. “We don’t want to see that happen.”
Other parents argued that the quality of education would go down, even if the new school was well equipped, and that with today’s problems of crime and drugs, children are better off where their own neighbors can keep an eye on them.
After a panel of citizens had spoken for each school, Sen. Moore stood and said he would request additional information, but in the meantime would request the Aiken Legislative Delegation to help maintain a neighborhood school for both communities.
Representative James Roland Smith, D-I^angley, who also attended the meeting, said that he would do what he could to help.
Auction Planned For Kalmia Landing Lots
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
A Greenville firm involved in development and sales of retirement communities plans to dispose of at least 30 lots and nine residences in a public auction of Kalmia Landing properties on May 6.
Jerry C. Spearman, vice president of U.S. Retirement, a subsidiary of U.S. Shelter, said the company’s ll a.m. sale will be “absolute” in regards to the lots going on the block.
“We will keep about half the lots for private sale,” said Spearman. “We have 63 in the development.” He said the nine residences being sold include two condominiums and a villa.
Kalmia Landing, which offers space for nearly 140 homesites and contains about 75 occupied residences, is located off Gregg Avenue on Kalmia Hill and was opened about five years ago.
‘It’s not a bankruptcy action,’ but a decision made for business reasons.
— Jerry C. Spearman
The community offers patio homes, condominiums and villas for retired individuals and couples. It has a homeowners association, a clubhouse, tennis courts and pool, along with a security gate at its entrance.
Spearman said the sale is not related to U.S. Retirement’s financial condition.
“It’s not a bankruptcy action,” but a decision made for business reasons, said Spearman. He said the development “has been a really nice project for us.”
U.S. Retirement bought Kalmia Land
ing from Aiken businessman Rony Bolton, who owns other property in the Gregg Avenue area. Last year, he sold a small tract to the city of Aiken for a public safety substation, which is being built near the retirement center.
Spearman said U.S. Retirement made the decision on the auction because “Aiken isn’t as well known nationwide as some areas in the retirement (housing) business.”
He said notice of the auction will be advertised in major population centers in the Southeast and midwest and through a direct mailing that will contact between 50,000 and 60,000 potential buyers.
Spearman said although residential sales in the development have been steady for the past four years “they have not been as fast as we hoped for. The auction method has become a good method” of moving such properties.Schools Seek DOE Approval
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
Three universities hope to seek Department of Energy approval later this month for final details of the schools’ long-planned consortium to conduct assorted research at the Savannah River Site.
Westinghouse, the new site contractor, is continuing negotiations on the consortium proposal that the University of South Carolina, USO Aiken, Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina outlined publicly last June.
Once the non-profit consortium wins approval from both the DOE and Westinghouse, it could begin work under a program that organizers hope will attract internationally renowned research scientists to the nuclear weapons plant.
“We would hope, by this summer, to have everything in place,” said Steve Jones, executive assistant to the president of MUSC.
Jones, who called July an optimistic start-up date, is serving as the consortium’s interim director until a full-time director is found.
Jones said representatives of the universities will meet next Tuesday, April 18, to finish work on the draft of their consortium agreement, and they hope to present the finished document to the DOE afterward for approval.
He said the consortium will soon develop a director’s job description and advertise for a permanent director, but that the group would need to finalize its funding arrangements before it could pay that executive.
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