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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 9, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina i j J Inside Top Vegetable Growers Honored Page IB Aiken AllStars Suffer First Loss Aikens AllStars suffered their first defeat in the Dixie Youth 1314 yearold World Series Tuesday night in Gonzales La Arkansas turned back the AllStars 115 after Aiken jumped out to a 42 lead after the first inning Aiken is still alive in the double elimination tournament however The AllStars played Virginia this morning and if victorious were scheduled to play again today Please see details on Page 8A A Quick Read VCR Commercials Irking Consumers LAS VEGAS AP Consumers have had it with commercials on the videocassettes they rent even as more car and softdrink spots are be ing spliced onto movie tapes Despite the renters unhappiness though the commercials wont be going away anytime soon MCA Home Videos upcoming re lease of The Land Before Time will carry a Pizza Hut pitch Rain Man features a Buick plug A Fish Called Wanda hypes Schweppes and Young Guns hawks Nestle Embalmer Startled By Dead Woman SPRINGFIELD Ohio AP An 87yearold woman who regained consciousness as she was about to be embalmed showed no signs of life be fore she was taken to the funeral home a boarding home operator said The lady died away for a while and later came back to said Robbie Caldwell The lady was laying there She had no pulse no blood pressure nothing She was just gone Carrie tringf ellow whose murmur ing startled a mortician preparing to embalm her was listed in fair condi tion Tuesday at Mercy Medical Cen ter She was taken to the hospital af ter she was found to be alive Weather Mostly Cloudy Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 50 percent chance of rain The low will be in the mid 60s Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain and a high in the 80s Please seedetails on Page 12A Deaths Ella L Barnes Saiuda Sadie Lee Carlton Orangeburg Pearl E Chadwick Augusta Catherine L Copley Aiken Maude E Coins Augusta Alfred A Hutto White Rock Annie T Long Aiken Hattie W Prince Parksville Albert Rodgers Ward Bertha J Wynn Hempstead NY Please see details on Page 4A inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 7B 3B 5B 2C 8B 6B 2C 1B 4A 1C 8A 2C 12A Page 2A Kaifu Chosen As Japans New Leader Price Files For Aiken City Council Seat Wednesday August 91989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 190 Obstetric Indiqents Strain Aiken HCA BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer Providing care for indigent obstetrical patients at HCA Aiken Regional Medical Centers is putting a strain on the hospital and on local health professionals three doctors said Tuesday They also said some Aiken County ob stetricians believe part of the problem is because the hospital is not equipped to handle an increasing number of materni ty patients The complaints were filed by Drs Al len Kirchener Robert D Boone and Clinic Service FreePage 1B James Boehner during a meeting with Aiken County Councils Administrative Committee The obstetricians appealed to the com mittee to ask the council to reconsider its decision not to give financial aid to Uni versity Hospital in Augusta in cases in volving indigent maternity patients who have not qualified for Medicaid As of July 1 indigent obstetrical pa tients who previously would have been treated at University Hospital have been forced to seek medical care in Aiken a direct result of University Hospitals de cision not to treat nonemergency indi gent patients who have not qualified for Medicaid assistance Last fall University Hospital warned Aiken County that it would deny care to nonemergency patients beginning July 1 unless Aiken County agrees to fund those patients who had not qualified for Medicaid at the time of treatment At that time the County did fund an additional Medicaid caseworker to pro cess Medicaid applications for the hospi tal but only on a temporary basis and provided it got matching funds from the state Department of Social Services In April the state DSS office said it would no longer help fund the extra work er Then the county said it could not af ford to pay University Hospital for treat ing those patients The three doctors who have been working closely with the Aiken County Health Department in treating the pa tients told the council committee that the influx of maternity patients has created some unusual conditions at the hospital Please See OBSTETRIC Page 12A Bull Trend Worrying Wall Street By CHET CURRIER AP Business Writer NEW YORK The stock markets re cent climb toward record highs is worry ing some investors who wonder whether the elevation in stock prices will be fol lowed by a plunge like the October 1987 crash Nearly a third of the paper value of stocks was wiped out in the crash and the weeks preceeding it With the market on a path remarkably similar to the one it followed the months before the crash comparisons to 1987 are being drawn The Dow Jones average of 30 indus trials rose 418 to finish at 269917 Tues day approaching the record 272242 close of Aug 251987 The current rallys apologists point to dissimilarities in market conditions be tween then and now that they contend should lead to a much happier outcome this time The current financial environment bears little resemblance to the fall of 1987 said Michael Sherman an analyst at the investment firm of Shearson Leh man Button Inc At that time longterm bond interest rates exceeded 10 percent and were rising Today those rates are down near 8 percent and have been falling In the fall of 1987 the dollar was plung ing to new lows So far this year the dol lar has been rising In addition analysts say improve ments in corporate health in the past two years may make a sharp downturn less likely Corporate profits the traditional base on which stock prices rest have in creased by as much as 65 to 70 percent Dow Jones Closes Stock market closing prices every Friday from to 2800 2700 J Aug 21 1987 4 1989 I 2 CCO IC 4b No Danger Found In SRS Water 1800 1Q 2Q 3Q 1987 2Q 3Q 1988 2Q 3Q 1989 In other words stock prices in relation to the earnings of the companies they represent appear nowhere near as over extended as they were in 1987 The 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones industrial average traded at about 20 times earnings in August 1987 Lately this priceearnings ratio has been about Tate 121 a much more moderate level by his torical standards Takeovers and buyouts of corporations which gave investors a reason to put ex trahigh values on stocks before the crash are as rampant as ever in the 1989 See BULL Page 12A Solvent Entered Supply During Repair Of Line From Wire And Staff Reports There was no health hazard to more than 100 Savannah River Site employees who unknowingly drank water contami nated with a cancercausing solvent for 15 months a facility official says The incident occurred after a drinking water supply line was mistakenly con nected to a separate system carrying tainted process water according to a spokeswoman for Westinghouse Savan nah River Co which operates the nucle ar weapons production plant for the government None of the workers have shown symp toms of illness associated with trichlor oethylene or TCE a potent degreaser and solvent that was found in the water said Becky Apter a spokeswoman for Westinghouse The health effects are nonexistent Ms Apter said What our doctors told us was the level of exposure they consumed was so low that there would be minimal health effects The mistake occurred in March 1988 when a water line was being installed to a new building Du Pont which built the facility and operated it for about 30 years was plant operator at the time and the work was performed by a subcontrac tor Ms Apter would not identify A Du Pont engineer who was responsi ble for the job certified that it had been done correctly Ms Apter said But state Please See NO DANGER Page 12A Mrs Higgins End Anger Pray For Hostage Progress By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The wife of Marine Lt Col William Higgins says she is pray ing for President Bushs efforts to save the living US hostages in Lebanon as she acknowledges her husband almost certainly is dead Robin Higgins wearing her Marine Corps uniform and speaking in a calm and steady voice acknowledged for the first time Tuesday it is a virtual certain ty her husband is dead Now is not the time for anger and bit terness for recrimination and blame Now is the time for calm reflection Now is the time to tell Rich Higgins that we love him and we miss him she said Meanwhile the Boston Globe today quoted Bush as saying he isnt optimistic the eight remaining US hostages wUl soon go free but plans to continue negoti ating for their release I have no problem with that if I can talk to somebody and get the release of an American hostage and do it without in my view or in the view of the experts putting others at risk of being taken hos tage Bush told the paper I have no reason to say that I can see in the short run a total resolution of the American hostage problem I wish I could Higgins was the commander of a UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon when he was abducted on Feb 171988 His Shiite Moslem kidnappers released a 30second videotape a week ago that purported to show him dangling by a rope bound and gagged The terrorists Iran Coast PatrolledPage 2A said the US officer was hanged in retali ation for Israels kidnapping of Sheik Abdul Karim Obeid a Moslem cleric State Department officials rejected any suggestion tying the fate of the eight American hostages to billions of dollars of Iranian assets frozen in this country nearly a decade ago The questions of the assets have no connection or linkage whatsoever with the hostage issue spokesman Richard Boucher told reporters A report in the Englishlanguage Teh ran Times quoted a source saying Iran would definitely intercede to gain the re lease of the hostages if Washington gave assurances it would release frozen Irani an assets Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole also said Tuesday that if terrorists execute another hostage Joseph Cicippio All bets are off Then you would see a military response Dole speaking in Kansas City Kan said Bush was using every channel in an effort to free other hostages I really believe there is some opti mism Dole said Ive talked to the president about this a number of times Mrs Higgins a Marine major is on leave from her job as a Pentagon public affairs officer Please See MRS HIGGINS Page 12A Stores Completing Plans For Grand Opening Of Aiken Mall By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer Stores in the Aiken Mall are starting to prepare for the facilitys October 11 grand opening Belk of Aiken and Sears Roebuck Co are both well under way in prepar ing for their openings Sears which was one of the first large anchor stores to sign a contract to lo cate at the mall is rapidly taking shape said Walt Halland manager of the new store Located on the New Ellenton end of the mall Sears will have a fivestall ser vice bay which will include a fast lube service a catalogue order pickup area and the companys new center for appliances and electronics he said On the other end of the facility which will have over 2300 parking spaces Belk is preparing to open a modern store that will employ 150 people twice as many as it did in its Kalmia Plaza store The store will feature a bridal and formal wear department a big and tall mens department a fine gifts section area and an extensive ladies sportswear department said David Berry person nel and operations manager for the store Highlighted with a marble walkway the cosmetics shoes jewelry and choc olate departments will provide the store with an effective centerpiece he said We are trying to create several small areas out of one large one Berry said He added They are really not spar ing much cost on this building Selection is going to be the key to the success of Belk in the mall Berry add ed By offering a wide variety of differ ent items the store hopes to be able to meet the demands of an everchanging marketplace There should be an excellent selec tion in the showroom he said Brendles Catalog Store which was being prepared to have its floor poured on Tuesday will also be ready for the malls October opening JC Penney Inc and PharMor drug store will not be open until next spring said Ken Hardin leasing agent for George D Zamias He added that approximately 70 per cent of the malls available space should be leased by the time the facility opens this fall To help shoppers get in and out of the building which is located on Whiskey Road two traffic lights and several turning and deceleration lanes are be ing installed as part of an ongoing pav ing project in front of the facility Har din said Grading work started recently on the section of the tract that will eventually hold a strip center he added No tenta tive completion date has been set for the center Please See STORES Page 12A ;