Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 22, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Clark Steps Down As bandstand' Host
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dick Clark, the ageless rock ’n’ roll emcee whose “American Bandstand’’ gave teen-agers everything from the jitterbug to Madonna, says he is leaving the show after 33 years as host.
“American Bandstand,” syndicated nationwide, will move to USA Network on April 8 with David Hirsch as host.
“This is actually an exciting day for me,” Clark said Tuesday. ‘‘Like David, I CLARK was 26 when I started hosting Bandstand. After 33 years, I finally decided it was time to give someone else a chance.”
Hirsch, a Detroit native, was discovered at dick clark productions in Burbank. At the time, he was a producer for “USA’s CAMP MIDNITE,” a late-night talk show on USA Network, which is seen in more than 46 million homes through 10,000 cable affiliates.
Hirsch had to audition for “American Bandstand.”
Clark’s age, 59, had nothing to do with the decision, said an associate who spoke on condition of anonymity. In the past, Clark has indicated he wanted to relinquish his host role by 1990.
“Bandstand,” as it was first titled, hit the TV air waves in September 1952 on WFIL-TV in Philadelphia with Bob Horn and Lee Stewart as hosts.
But it was Clark, who took over in 1956, that became the show’s symbol, even as it made him a multimillionaire.
On Aug. 5, 1957, “American Bandstand” debuted on the ABC network, quickly becoming a national success.
Generations of teen-agers saw the clean-cut, carefully suited and coiffed Clark preside over a studio full of equally clean-cut teens, dancing and posing for the cameras.
Clark, who never danced on the show, became the butt of some jokes for maintaining his boyish looks over the years. He once compared the burden to that of female sex symbols.
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Durable Goods Orders Decline
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By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Orders to factories for “big ticket” durable goods dropped 3.6 percent in February, the biggest decline in seven months, the government reported today.
The Commerce Department said total orders fell to a seasonally adjusted $123.7 billion last month after dropping 2.9 percent in January.
The last time back-to-back declines occurred was when orders dropped for four straight months from February through May 1986.
February’s decline was the biggest
monthly drop since a 7.4 percent decline in July 1988.
Orders were down in nearly all major industries last month, with falling demand for transportation equipment accounting for most of the decline.
Transportation orders, heavily influenced by when big contracts for planes, ships and tanks are signed, fell 8.5 percent in February and dropped 8.8 percent in January after surging 22.1 percent in December.
Excluding transportation, orders in all other categories were down 1.7 percent last month after failing 0.4 percent in January.
Analysts were watching February’s du
rable goods report for further indications of a long-awaited economic slowdown that would help ease inflationary pressures. Other government reports for February recorded strong employment growth but a drop in retail sales, a decline in factory operating rates, flat industrial production and a sharp drop in housing construction.
February’s drop in transportation orders was attributed to declines in both autos and their parts, and aircraft and parts.
The auto industry has been plagued by slow sales in recent months, with flat business blamed on higher interest rates
and declining demand after earlier strong sales.
Orders in the defense category, subject to wide swings, surged 20.1 percent in
February after plunging 34.9 percent in January and rising 24 percent in December.
Excluding defense, all other orders were down 4.9 percent in February, the biggest decline since a 5.7 percent drop in January 1987.
Orders in the key category o non-defense capital goods, considered a bellwether of industry plans to expand and modernize, were down 8.9 percent to $36.7 billion last month.
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Nation's Egg Prices Reach Five-Year High
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By The Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A winter storm that killed millions of chickens in three states has helped to push nationwide egg prices to five-year highs just before the Easter rush.
And industry experts said the most lasting damage from the early March ice and snow storms stem from the deaths of brood hens, which are poultry producers’ lifeblood.
Ken Klippen, vice president of United Egg Producers in Atlanta, estimated losses in Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas at between 1.5 and 2 million brood hens, worth about $55 million. The losses represented just under I percent of the nation’s egg-laying chickens, he said.
For every I percent change in supply, a corresponding 5 perron*. change in price usuauy >ccurs, Klippen said.
Wholesale prices in New York, considered an industry benchmark, rose to 98
cents a dozen for Grade A large white eggs from 90 to 92 cents before the storm hit, said Jack Ross, an economist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington. Prices in mid-February averaged about 66 cents a dozen, he said.
The three states have about 7.5 percent of the nation’s 230 million brood hens, Klippen said. Arkansas, with 9 million of them, suffered the greatest losses in the storm.
The damage came at a time when egg prices already were rising because of traditionally heavy holiday demand, he
Ross said there is a good balance between production and demand, rather than a shortage of eggs. Prices will drop again after Easter, he said.
The last time egg prices reached current levels was in 1984, when an influenza outbreak decimated Pennsylvania flocks
(See NATION’S, Page HA)
Ruling On Drug Tests Stirs Debate
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Advocates on both sides are divided over whether Supreme Court decisions to uphold drug and alcohol tests for some sensitive government and safety-related jobs pave the way for more sweeping random testing.
The decisions Tuesday, the court’s first on such tests, are being welcomed by Bush administration officials who say they are an important step toward a drug-free workplace.
Civil libertarians, meanwhile, denounced the rulings as an erosion of privacy rights, and union leaders were split over their likely impact.
“We think this represents a significant first step in validating what has been proved to be a useful program of deterrence of drug abuse,” said Attorney General Dick Thornburgh.
He declined to say whether he thinks broader, random testing would meet with the high court’s approval.
“All of these cases are going to rise or fall on their particular facts and will depend upon how carefully the program is structured,” Thornburgh said.
The justices, by a 7-2 vote, upheld federal regulations forcing railroad workers involved in accidents to undergo blood and urine tests. By a separate 5-4 vote,
(See RULING, Page HA)
OPINION: Attorney General Dick Thornburgh has praise for decision on drug and alcohol testing.
Edmonds Nominated For Magistrate's Post
Veteran State Trooper To Replace Baynham
From Staff Reports
South Carolina Highway Patrol officer Rodger Edmonds of Belvedere will be nominated to the vacant post of North Augusta-Belvedere magistrate, Sen. Thomas L. (Tommy) Moore, D-Clearwa-ter, confirmed today.
Sen. Moore said Edmonds’ name will
be sent to Gov. Carroll A. Campbell Jr. for appointment. If the governor follows the recommendation, the Senate must approve the action.
If appointed, Edmonds will fill a fulltime magistrate’s job held by Ramon Baynham. Baynham, who had been magistrate about three years, died last month. The job carries a salary of about $26,000.
Edmonds, a trooper first class, has been a member of the Highway Patrol for 19 years. He is a native of Belvedere and lives at 630 Hampton Circle in that community.
Sen. Moore said Edmonds was the choice of a screening committee that examined the credentials of 24 applicants. Thirty-two had applied for the job but eight withdrew or failed to complete their applications.
“Mr. Edmonds was highly recommended by the screening committee,” said Sen. Moore.
Members of the screening committee, Moore said, were Dr. Randy Cooper, chairman; Norma Pate, Rev. Nathaniel Irvin, William A. McGinnis, Diane Sharpe and former Magistrate B.E. Nichols.
Cemetery Ban Lifted By Council
By GEORGE BURGESS Staff Writer
The curtain closed on another act of the Schultz Hill cemetery drama.
But the show hasn’t closed, according to opponents of the grave relocation.
The council voted 3-2 Tuesday night to allow Brian S. Coates to renew his efforts to relocate graves under the guidelines set by the County Council in May 1988.
The vote removes the stop work order issued by council in January.
However, opponents of the grave relocation said last night they intended to take the County Council’s action into court.
Those favoring the resumption of relocation included District 7 Councilman J. Allen Brodie, District 5 Councilman Eugene A. Duckett and District 4 Councilman William E. (Eddie) Butler.
Those opposed to continuation included District 8 Councilman Willar H. Hightower Jr. and District 6 Councilwoman Rosemary B. English.
District I Councilman Kathy D. Rawls abstained and Council Chairman Carrol H. Warner did not vote. District 3 Councilwoman I,aWana McKenzie and District 2 Councilman Medwell Hill were absent.
Councilman Butler made the motion to allow the resumption of the relocation
“It’s not over yet,” said Frank Roberson, chairman of a five-member committee appointed by council to study the situation. “We expected council’s action tonight. We are disappointed.”
The committee represents relatives and members of the Schultz Hill community.
Roberson said he anticipated a class action suit being filed today.
One member of the committee said the group also would be seeking an injunction today.
Roberson refused to give the name of the group’s attorney.
Butler, in making the motion to allow the resumption, reiterated County Attorney Robert M. Bell’s admonition that the county was on “thin legal ice” in the
(See CEMETERY, Page 12A)