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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 25, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina SATURDAY November 25, 1989    250    Aiken,    South    Carolina    Vol.    122    No.    296 Stores Packed Around Nation By The Associated Presa Shoppers began their holiday buying wave on Friday, flocking to stores across the country to start retailers’ biggest selling season of the year by bargain-hunting, browsing or seeking Santa Claus. Suburban malls and downtown shopping districts in many cities and towns were jammed with shoppers eager for hard-to-find Nintendo video games, electronic gear, costume jewelry, accessories, perfumes and novelty gifts. Many merchants expanded their hours, anticipating a crush of business on a day that traditionally is their busiest of the your. Despite earlier openings, managers in many areas arrived to find customers lined up waiting for stores to open, a hopeful sign in what has been a so-so year for retailers. (Please See STORES, Page SA) By PHILIP LORO Staff Writer Shoppers packed into area stores Friday to take advantage of sales and to start preparing for the rapidly approaching Christmas holiday. Traditionally held as the biggest shopping day of the year, area consumeis wasted no time in crowding into shops looking for that perfect gift. When many stores opened at 7 a.m., crowds of people were already gathered to start the holiday dash. Finding a parking place at Heritage Square by the afternoon became an epic adventure. Cars were crammed into the parking lot and walking room inside stores such as Wal-Mart and J.B. White’s became difficult to find due to the number of shoppers. The Aiken Mall was also a busy place as shoppers trying to get a jump on the last-minute Christmas rush crowded into the facility. Christmas music played over loud speakers at the mall as area residents strolled through the facility looking at merchandise and often ran into relatives or friends. “It has been a real good day,” said Walt Holland, manager of Sears. “The trifle in the store has built as the day progressed,” hesaid. “It is getting bettei and better by the minute.” He added that the store is exceeding the sales projections Sears had for the new store prior to its opening. Aiken’s historic downtown district also had a banner sales day. “We had a great day,” said Lionel Smith, owner of Lionel Smith Ltd. “It was excellent.” He added, “I haven’t got all the numbers in yet, but it (holiday sales) is going to be above last year.” A Quick Read Turkey To Be Given For Bad Architecture ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Two Pitkin County commissioners can’t tear down the increasing numbers OI' large, expensive buildings that annoy them. But they can poke fun, so they’re holding the “First Annual Really Bad Architectual Award.” The winner won’t be the architect but the person who most accurately describes why the building in question is offensive. “We reserve the right to impose our standards of taste,” said Wayne Ethridge, a land planner, who is Snsoring the contest with Hers-11 Ross. The contest rules allow for anonymous entries in order to encourage architects and designers to take shots at their colleagues. The deadline for postmarking entries is Dec. 15, Mon Claims Prize For Kissing Pig EFFINGHAM, IU. (AP) - Dan Hecht says he doesn’t mind puckering up to a pig for charity as long as the porker is pretty and female. Hecht gave the pig a peck on the snout at a discount store as shoppers looked on, claiming his prize in a contest organized by the American Diabetes Association chapter in Effingham. A veteran pig busser, Hecht said he kissed his first hog several years ago at a fund-raiser for another charity. “The farmer that raises the pig asked me how I liked it and I told him I didn’t reaUy care for it,” said Hecht, who owns a car dealership. “He said, ‘WeU, you picked the ugliest one in the bunch,’” he recaUed, laughing. “This year, I picked out a good-looking one.” Residents of this south-central Illinois community of 11,000 picked Hecht over six area notables for Wednesday’s honor. Voters dropped money in canisters marked with contestants’ names, said organizer Jane Zuber. Weather Fair Skies Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the mid-40s. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with highs in the low 70s. The lows will remain in the 40s. Please see Page 10A for details. Deaths Cora C. Baughman, Aiken Nancy Teague Myers, Graniteville Arthur James Woodard, Ehrhardt Please see Page 8B for details. Inside Today Calendar  ....................................ID Classifieds.........................................3C Comics..............................................2C Crossword.........................................5C Dear Abby..........................................2C Local Front  ....  ....9A Obituaries..........................................8B Opinions............................................1C Sports  .......  1B Television..........................................2C Weather...........................................10A Hornets Win; Bulldogs Lose Aiken High won its Class AAA playoff game against Beaufort Friday night, but Silver Bluff feU in its Class AA Lower State title game against Bamberg-Ehrhardt. The Hornets won 35-14 and will host Hilton Head next Friday night in the Lower State championship game. Silver Bluff, meanwhile, finished its season at 11-2 with a 14-13 loss to the Red Raiders. Bamberg-Ehrhardt, who defeated the BuUdogs in the regular season, scored the winning touchdown on a blocked punt late in the fourth quarter. North Augusta, the only other area team in the playoffs, was idle Friday night. The Yellow Jackets will travel to play Union next Friday in the Class AAAA Division II playoffs. Please see Page IB for complete details. Bush, Thatcher Discuss NATO In Preparation For Summit By The Associated Press CAMP DAVID, Md. — President Bush and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher discussed the NATO alliance amid rapid East bloc changes Friday — and were described as “in very close accord” — as he prepared for his talks next week with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. On an issue of crucial concern to Western allies in Europe, “the two leaders agreed on the need for European stability as NATO faces the changes in Eastern Europe,” presidential press secretary Marlin Fitzwater said after the 4 Mi-hour meeting. Mrs. Thatcher told reporters after the talks that “NATO is absolutely vital” for continued defense of Europe. She said the allies have agreed on a strategy of, “Don’t disarm too fast... so that neither their security nor our security is in jeop ardy. That’s absolutely vital.” Like Bush, she sought to play down the importance of results from the summit next weekend. “I don’t think there will be a great deal of difficulty or sudden surprises,” she said at a press conference in Washington. Fitzwater said that among other topics, “The president and prime minister discussed reforms under way in the Soviet Union and agreed on support for glasnost and perestroika,” new Soviet openness and economic restructuring. “They both emphasized the pursuit of democracy as the first step in the reform process,” in talking of East-West relations and European stability, he said. The two leaders, joined by advisers, talked on a snowswept day at Bush’s country retreat, where the president and his family are spending a long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Hard-Line Communist Chiefs Resign By The Associated Press    ______ PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia — Hard-line Communist Party chief Milos Jakes resigned Friday, forced from power by a week of massive pro-democracy protests that surpassed even the “Prague Spring” of 1968. Jakes became the third Soviet bloc leader to be swept out of office in a stunning five-week wave of political upheaval that has washed over the Communist world in Eastern Europe. The party Central Committee elected Chronology................................Page    8    A little-known Karel Urbanek, member of the party’s ruling Politburo only since October 1988, to replace Jakes who resigned Friday along with the rest of the 13-man Politburo and Secretariat. At the end of a 16-hour closed-door session that lasted until early Saturday the Central Committee reshuffled the Politburo, shrinking it to nine members. It elected Urbanek and five holdovers along with three unknown new men, Josef Ci- zek, Miroslav Huscava and Miroslav Zajic. Premier Ladislav Adamec, who broke with years of policy this week by meeting opposition activists, was among those Politburo members who lost their seats, meaning a new premier will likely be named soon. Thousands of people poured into Wen-ceslas Square late Friday night, dancing, singing and popping champagne corks at the news of the old Politburo’s resignation. The joyous celebration — one week after police clubbed peaceful protesters — capped a day in which 300,000 people jammed the square for the triumphant return of Alexander Dubcek, the bold reformer ousted in 1968. “An old wise man said, ‘If there once was light, why should there be darkness again?’ Let us act in such a way to bring the light back again,” Dubcek had told the jubilant crowd. (See HARD-LINE, Page 8A) Dubcek Urges Reforms AP Laserphoto CAMP DAVID MEETING: British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher rides in a golf cart with President Bush after arriving at Camp David Friday. Local Shoppers Begin Holiday Rush By The Associated Press PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia — After nearly 20 years in virtual seclusion, Alexander Dubcek triumphantly returned Friday to the cheers of 300,000 anti-gov-emment protesters urging the rebirth of changes crushed by Warsaw Pact tanks in I QAI) The din of hundreds of thousands of voices chanting “Dubcek! Dubcek!” and “Long live Dubcek!” reverberated like a deafen-ing ocean wave throughout Wenceslas Square as the ousted reformist leader took to the microphone. The noise subsided into a hushed, almost ghostly silence as the crowd waited for Dubcek to utter his first words in public in Prague since 1969. “I’m glad to be among you,’ Dubcek, 67, told the flag-waving crowd. “I love you and you know it. ” “The ideal of ‘socialism with a human face’ is living in the minds of a new generation,” Dubcek declared, using a catch phrase of his doomed Prague Spring attempts to reform communism 21 years ago. Candles in the windows of the historic, 19th-century gabled buildings along the square glittered in the cold dusk, lighted to show solidarity with the burgeoning pro-democracy movement that has surged triumphantly through Czechoslovakia in the past week. Home-made banners mocking the Communist leadership — one bearing a cartoon with the caption “Dinsosaurs: They also had small brains” — flapped in the cold wind as protesters pressed to get a glimpse of Dubcek at a balcony window. For more than an hour, the throng cheered, whistled, shook small bells furiously and rattled keys in approval as speaker after speaker called for democratic reform and an end to Comunist Party monopoly rule. After the rally ended, Czechoslovakia’s official news agency reported that party chief Milos Jakes and the rest of the hard-line leadership had resigned. Karel Urbanek, a Politburo member and former party leader of the Czech republic, (See DUBCEK, Page8A) ■    .    if    • HOLIDAY SHOPPING: These shoppers were among the early crowd that hit the stores in Aiken today. When ^iaii niuiu ay vjir my auuuiwurin many of the stores opened at 7 a.m. Friday, several customers were already in line waiting to get in. ;

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