Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 17, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Environment is Key In Prince's Visit
WASHINGTON (AP) - Britain’s Prince Charles is planning a talk with President Bush over dinner tonight about protecting the environment, one of the future king’s favorite causes, before he flies to sunny Florida for two days of polo.
The 40-year-old prince arrived in New York late Thursday for his eighth visit to the United States. He is not accompanied by his wife, Diana, who made a hit with New Yorkers during her own solo visit a couple of weeks ago.
Bush and his wife, Barbara, invited the prince and British ambassador Sir Antony Aciand to a small, informal dinner party at Camp David, Md., where the Bushes will be spending the weekend.
Rare Porcelain Doll Brings Record Price
LONDON (AP) — An 80-year-old porcelain doll that lay forgotten in a nurse’s attic was sold for a record $109,000, Some bys auction house said.
The 21-inch German-made bisque doll — a red-haired, blue-eyed girl in a pale blue dress — is one of only IO of its type made by Rammer and Reinhardt, the auction house said Thursday.
The buyer was described only as a Madame Viemy, a Frenchwoman planning to open a museum of childhood in Paris. The same woman bought the previous record-making doll, a 17th century wooden doll that fetched $107,000 in March 1987.
The unidentified owner is a nurse from Sussex, England, who Sotheby’s said had played regularly, and rather roughly, with the doll through her childhood, even pushing it around in a doll carriage with her dog.
Cloudy skies and cool weather are forecast tonight and Saturday with a 50 percent chance of rain tonight and a chance of rain Saturday. The low will be in the lower 40s with a high in the lower 50s. Yesterday’s high of 85 set a new record for the date. The old record was 80 set in 1976.
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Winnie P. Abney, Philadelphia, Pa. Thelma Chavous, Aiken Annette Dresser, Aiken Henderson Frazier, Salley Mary S Holmes, Edgefield Henretta Jennings, New Ellenton Evas Mills, New Ellenton Harold H. Seamster, Aiken Katie Williams, Ridge Spring Please see details on Page 6B.
Friday, February 17, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 42
Plant Plans Major Expansion
By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer
BEECH ISLAND — A $5.9 million expansion at the Kimberly Clark plant will help to modernize the facility, but it will not create new jobs in the immediate future.
Robert E. Abernathy, plant manager for the Infant Care Plant said, “We are expanding the plant to modernize the facility.” He added, “The addition is to include a new shop, an auditorium and a training facility.”
Although the additional 80,000 square feet will not create new jobs immediate
ly, it will allow the plant to compete with new state of the art consumer products producing facilities, Abernathy said.
“The expansion establishes the plant
as a site for future growth,” he said. “This expansion is the strongest possible
(Please See PLANT, Page 10A)
Products: The Beech Island mill produces facial tissue, dinner napkins, bathroom tissue, diapers and other household products
Corporate headquarters: Dallas, Tex. Employment: With approximately 1,100 employees, Kimberly Clark injects $45 million into the area economy each year in salaries and benefits.
U.S. Trade Balance
| $137.3 billion J
$459.6 billion |
SOURCE; U.S. Dept. Of Commerce
Trade Deficit Drops In 1988
By MARTIN CRUTSINGER
AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit shrank to $137.3 billion in 1988, the first annual decline since IMO, as a surge in exports offset a relentless climb in imports, the government reported today.
The Commerce Department said exports shot up to an all-time high of $322.2 billion last year, a dramatic 26.8 percent above Hie 1987 level, led by a boom in sales of American-manufactured products and farm goods.
The huge gain in exports was enough to offset an 8.3 percent increase in imports, which also rose to a record level of $459.6 billion.
For December, the trade deficit shrank slightly to $11.9 billion, down from a revised November figure of $12.2 billion.
However, both November and December represented the highest imbalances between what the United States imported and what it sold abroad since August.
Analysts are worried that the improvement in America’s trading performance has stalled out. After improving dramatically in the first half of 1988, the deficit
Campaign On For USCA Professors
$2.5 Million Effort Begins To Endow Professorships
By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer
USC Aiken announced today the beginning of a $2.5 million Chair Campaign to endow 20 to 25 academic professorships on the campus.
“This goal is an ambitious one, but one we feel will have a lasting impact on this university and community,” said Dr. Robert E. (Bob) Alexander, USCA chancellor.
He added, “Each of the faculty chairs will be endowed at a level of at least $100,000.”
At an ll a.m. press conference, SCANNA Corporation and its principal subsidiary, South Carolina Eletric & Gas Co., started the campaign by presenting a gift of $100,000 to USCA to establish the SCANNA Corporation Chair in Physics.
The holder of this chair will conduct research associated with energy conservation, said Tom Maurice, chairman of the campaign.
“We are pleased to be the first company to contribute to this endowment, since education is without a doubt a key element in the future economic development of our state,” said John Warren, chairman ahd chief executive officer of SCANNA Corporation.
The endowments will create income that can be used to supplement the salary of tile faculty member holding the chair or to supplement professional expenses such as travel, equipment or research and clerical assistants.
“Through this chair campaign, the university will take a giant step forward in its evolution as a quality institution,” said Walter O’Connell, honorary chairman of the Chair Campaign. “We will be able to recruit and retain the very best scholars as we continue building a strong faculty at USCA.”
Dr. Alexander cited the high level of growth at USCA in both the student body
and facilities and the need for continued future planning as reasons for establishing the chairs.
“Through these endowed faculty chairs, we will have a greater ability to attract and retain the very best scholars possible and build a stronger academic community dedicated to serving our students and community,” he said.
barren said, “This gift also represents SCE&G’s commitment to the search for new and better ways to serve its consumers. Work under way in physics research, especially in the field of superconductivity, holds the promise of improving our ability to deliver low-oost electricity to our customers.”
“In this Chair Campaign, we will be taking a step forward in our continuing efforts to have the private sector join as a partner with other supporters of USCA and become more involved in the future of this institution,” Dr. Alexander said.
Members of the Chair Campaign are O. Dantzler Busbee II, Robert E. Penland, Gasper L. Toole III and Dr. Harry E. Shealy Jr.
Conservatives, Liberals Get Ratings
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Massachusetts congressional delegation showed its liberal colors and Wyoming was the most conservative state in 1988, according to a survey by the American Conservative Union.
A lawmaker with a rating of IOO percent is one who voted in accordance with the position of the conservative group in all instances. In Massachusetts the average score was just 3.69. In Wyoming, it was 97.3.
See Ratings Lists, Page 10A
Based on its selection of 22 key votes in the two chambers, some of which the group gave double weight, the ACU said both the House and Senate voted more conservatively in 1988 than in 1987. The average House rating went from 37 percent to 44 percent, while the Senate average went from 40 percent to 43 percent.
In both chambers, however, the move to the right was made easier by a lack of
confrontation over tough budget issues last year, due to the 1987 budget summit, the group said.
Last month, the Americans for Democratic Action, a liberal group, released a similar survey and declared that the Congress had become more liberal.
The differences occur because the two groups base their surveys on different vote lists. However, the surveys do highlight the ideological differences between the parties.
/Landmark/ Agreement For Hanford Near
By DAVID AMMONS AP Political Writer
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington is close to wrapping up a “Cadillac-type agreement” for federal cleanup of radioactive wastes dumped or stored at Hanford nuclear reservation since 1944, Gov.
Booth Gardner said Thursday.
The governor and state Ecology Director Christine Gregoire told a joint news conference they’re confident the state will hammer out the few remaining details with federal agencies by the end of this month.
At issue is the speed — and scope — of the cleanup of 200 billion gallons of ra-diactive wastes dumped into the Hanford soil since scientists there worked on the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki.
(Please See ‘LANDMARK.’ Page IO A)
began to widen again toward the end of
Reversing that trend and getting further trade improvements is one of the major economic challenges facing the new Bush administration.
The trade deficit along with the related federal budget deficit represent the twin towers of debt that President Bush inherited from Ronald Reagan.
The $137.3 billion deficit for all of 1988 was down 19.4 percent from the all-time high of $170.3 billion set in 1987. It was the first year that the trade deficit has shown any improvement since it fell 12.5 percent to $31.4 billion in 1980, the last year of the Carter administration.
During the Reagan years, the deficit soared above the $100 billion mark as Americans’ appetite for foreign goods proved insatiable. In 1985, then-Treasury Secretary James A. Baker III engineered a coordinated effort with major U.S. allies to devalue the dollar on foreign currency markets in an effort to make American goods more competitive and imports more expensive.
The strategy has proven successful in boosting exports but has had much less of an impact in curbing imports.
Some economists believe the dollar will have to fall further to see more improvements in trade. Other analysts, however, worry that steeper declines could scare off the foreign investors the United States has come to depend on to finance its borrowing needs and could run the risk of igniting a new inflationary spiral.
For 1988, the 26.8 percent surge in exports boosted the fortunes of American manufacturers, who hired thousands of new workers and rushed to expand production facilities.
The narrowing of the trade deficit and the boom in business investment contributed fully half of overall economic growth in 1988.
The Bush administration must now work to promote further export increases in 1989 or run the risk that economic growth will slow appreciably. This would be a setback for the administration’s other economic problem: finding a way to reduce the huge federal budget deficit.
For 1988, sales of manufactured goods surged 25.2 percent to $214.8 billion, reflecting increases in a variety of categories from office equipment to airplanes.
Sales of agricultural products were up an even stronger 29.3 percent to $37 billion, but analysts said much of this increase reflected higher prices caused by last summer’s drought.
Hollings Owned Stock In Firm Investigated By His Committee
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Ernest Hollings, due to a miscommunication with his broker, owned about $100,000 worth of stock in a communications company while a subcommittee he served on was debating a plan opposed by the company, according to an aide.
Hollings, a South Carolina Democrat and chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, did not know in January 1988 that he had owned the stock for about five months, his press secretary, John Patterson, told the Washington bureau of (the Greenville News & Piedmont Thursday.
(Please See HOLLINGS, Page IDA)
Weston Center Keeps Growing