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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 24, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Page 2A Page IB Friday, November 24, 1989    25c    Aiken,    South    Carolina Vol. 122 No. 296 Hazards At SRS Minimal Contamination Said Nearly Impossible Krenz To Follow E. German Wishes Cable TV Hearings To Be Scheduled Holiday Football Roundup Pages 9A, IOA A Quick Read State Patrol Won't Roll For The Stones CLEMSON (AP) — The state Highway Patrol won’t direct traffic for the Rolling Stones concert on Sunday because the agency has higher priorities, officials say. Although the patrol usually sends about IOO traffic-control officers to Clemson University football games, it has relinquished those duties to about 72 city, university and off-duty Greenville police officers. “They’re really going to be in for a mess,” without the highway patrol, predicted North Carolina State University’s Brace Hatcher, who coordinated the Rolling Stones’ outdoor concert this fall in Raleigh, N.C. Hatcher, stadium manager at North Carolina State, said traffic would have been worse in Raleigh without the help of 125 North Carolina Highway Patrol officers. Unlike football crowds, concertgoers come from a wider area and won’t be as familiar with the campus, Hatcher and Clemson University Assistant Public Safety Director John McKenzie said. “PU bet 50 to 60 percent of those people have never been to Clemson and won’t know where they’re going,” Hatcher said. “The Highway Patrol is real experienced in directing traffic. They do a good job.” Multivitamins May Prevent Birth Defect CHICAGO (AP) - Mothers who take multiple vitamins containing folic acid early in pregnancy are significantly less likely to bear babies with spina bifida and other spinal column defects, a new study concludes. The birth defects were about one-fourth as common among babies whose mothers took the over-the-counter vitamins than among babies whose mothers didn’t take vitamins, according to a report in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association. The apparent beneficial effect was limited to women who took the vitamins in the first six weeks of pregnancy, leading the researchers to suggest women begin taking vitamins with folic acid when they first start trying to conceive. Weather Fair Skies, Cold Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the upper 20s. Tomorrow will be sunny and warmer. The high will be in the upper 50s. Please see Page 3B for details. Deaths Wyman Barton, Langley George W. Eidson, Wagener Charlie Johnson, Jackson William J. Markwalter, North Augusta Shuford Thames Jr., Sumter Buford A. White, Lincolnton, Ga. Please see Page 3B for details. Inside Today Bridge...............................................5D Calendar............................................1C Classifieds.........................................3D Comics..............................................2D Crossword.........................................6D Cryptoquote.......................................4D Dear Abby..........................................2D Local Front........................................1B Obituaries..........................................3B Opinions............................................ID Sports................................................9A Television..........................................2D Weather.............................................3B 40 Percent Of AIDS Go Unreported In South Carolina By The Associated Press CHICAGO — AIDS may be more widespread than previously thought, according to a study that found the disease grossly underreported in South Carolina. The national Center for Disease Control in Atlanta estimates that IO percent to 30 percent of AIDS cases have not been properly reported to authorities. But a study published in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association says that of 153 AIDS cases that should have been reported to South Carolina authorities from January 1986 through June 1987, 62 — or 40 percent — went unmentioned. lf “If underreporting to the degree observed in this study is widespread in the United States, current estimates regarding the extent of the epidemic should be viewed with caution,” the researchers wrote in the study. Since the early 1980s, 112,241 AIDS cases have been reported nationwide. Dr. James Buehler, a surveillance specialist on acquired immune deficiency syndrome at the CDC, wrote in an editorial also published in today’s journal: “Underreporting minimizes the importance of the epidemic and threatens the public health response.” Researchers led by a physician with V South Carolina’s Bureau of Preventive Health Services discovered omissions in reporting the disease by examining records of nearly 600,000 discharges from non-government hospitals in the state, the study said. “It is unclear if the present findings apply to other states, although it seems reasonable to assume that similar underreporting may exist elsewhere,” the researchers said. They identified AIDS cases by matching symptoms reported on the discharge records with a classification code developed by the CDC. Cases the researchers identified as AIDS were then compared with those reported to the state’s AIDS case registry, said Dr. George Conway, an epidemiologist who led the study and now works for the CDC’s AIDS division. AIDS is one of several infectious diseases that doctors are required under state and federal regulations to report to state authorities, who then are to pass on the information to the CDC, Conway said. “Penalties are not very stiff for non-reporting,” he said. “Doctors don’t get thrown in jail for not reporting diseases. The worst they get is a letter.” < Please See 40 PERCENT, Page 6A) V, By KEITH WARD Staff Writer Sales Luring Large Crowds Of Early Bargain Hunters By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer The biggest shopping day of the year got under way this morning with area merchants anticipating large consumer turnouts. The day after Thanksgiving is a day known for several almost sacred traditions. Consuming turkey sandwiches and shopping are just two of them. Doors opened at area stores at 7 a.m. and will close at IO or ll p.m. to give shoppers a chance to get a jump on the last minute Christmas dash. “We had people waiting at the doors at 7 o’clock,” said Billy Howard, vice president of Belk of Aiken. Belk is celebrating its first holiday season in its new location in the Aiken Mall, which opened Oct. ll. Howard said the early shoppers give a good indication that this year could be a good one for area merchants. At J.B. White’s, manger Dan Haywood said,“We are already running at 40 percent ahead of last year’s figures and it is looking very strong.” At opeing time, he added, “we had a good crowd at the door and good enthusiasm on the part of our sales staff,” he said. “We are looking for another record holiday season,” Haywood said. To brace themselves for the busy holiday season, which accounts for about 50 percent of their annual business, local merchants have stocked their stores and added additional sales staff. In addition, stores in Aiken have extended their hours to help offset the extra shopping load. Area stores started to barrage residents with special sales advertisements earlier in the week. Television, radio and newspapers are all carrying area merchants messages of savings and selection Aiken Mall, the downtown shopping district and other stores are trying to attract consumers to their doors. Merchants in Aiken’s historic downtown district have bonded together to advertise their individual sales and to attract customers to the area for their holiday purchases, said Rita Hardin, the owner of The Carousel. Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth EARLY SHOPPERS: Coffee and doughnuts greeted early shoppers at Wal-Mart this morning. Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth TRADITION CONTINUES: Joint masters Gail King (left) Hounds in Hitchcock Woods Thursday. The traditional and Sandy Cassatt prepare for the Blessing of the ceremony officially opens the Hunt Season in Aiken. Blessing Of Hounds Opens Hunt Season By NINA J. NIDIFFER Staff Writer Beneath the quiet, dripping green of Hitchcock Woods, riders, hounds, and onlookers stood silently on Thanksgiving Day for the traditional Blessing of the Hounds. The blessing marks the opening of the season for the Aiken Hounds. Thursday was the 75th anniversary of the event. More than IOO people braved the mushy sand and and slick clay of the trad down to Memorial Gate in Hitchcock Woods, left damp and cool by Wednesday’s rain. Whenever elegant riders in colorful hunting gear came through, those on foot stepped aside to make room, admiring the glossy horses with their braided manes and the pageantry of the hunters. Shortly before the blessing, the riders met to take part of a “stirrup cup,” a traditional sip of brandy or port taken before the hunt. Horses spent as much time in their greetings as their riders did. He has to see his old friends,” one woman explained of her mount. A cry of “heads up” from onlookers warned of the coming of the hounds. One poor creature developed stage fright and was lost in the crowd, but she quickly caught up. “I want to go see the doggies,” four-year-old Mandi Pratt kept telling her parents. But at her mother Cathy’s advice, she kept to the safety of the wall instead, watching hounds mill below her feet and occasionally rear up on the stones nearby. When the rush of excitement began to quiet, Gail King, comaster of hounds, welcomed the crowd, and the ceremony began. The Rev. Richard McDonald performed the blessing at Memorial Gate. Ho led a prayer for the animals ‘in whose companionship we find joy,” and asked for the blessing of riders, horses and hounds to shield them from harm. Following the blessing, the riders went off to participate in a drag hunt. Rather than hunting a real fox, a scent was dragged through the woods for the hounds to follow. Those who meant to ride the main field with its challenging obstacles rode off first, followed by “hill toppers,” or those who planned to take a route meant to avoid jumps and debris. As the last of the horses disappeared, the crowd of onlookers began to walk back to the cars parked on South Boundary, ready for Thanksgiving dinner. For the remainder of the season, the Aiken Hounds will hunt Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. “During 1988, as in previous years, Savannah River Site operations had no adverse impact on the general public or the environment.” That is the finding of the Savannah River Site Environmental Report for last year, prepared by the Environmental Monitoring Section of the Environmental and Health Protection Department of the Westinghouse Savannah River Company. Westinghouse operates the site for the . Department of Energy. The massive, two-volume report concludes, among other things, that the maximum amount of radiation an individual could receive from the SRS is only a tiny fraction of the total amount of radiation that is normally received from such sources as radon gas and X-rays. “It (the dosage) is extremely low, a trivially low amount,” officials said. The greatest amount of radiation that a person living on the SRS boundary could acquire from 1988 SRS atmospheric releases of radioactive materials is 0.46 millirem (abbreviated “mrem”), the report states. And it is tough to receive the highest dose. To receive that much, the hypothetical resident would have had to reside on the SRS boundary at the location of highest dose for 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Additionally, they would have to have consumed a maximum amount of foliage and meat which came from the plant boundary, and drink the maximum amount of milk from cows which had been grazing at the boundary. In comparison, an average dose that an individual receives from natural radiation is 295 mrem. (Please See HAZARDS, Page 6A) ;

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