Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 31, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Crack House Horrors Attracts Over 1,000
CENTREVILLE, Md. (AP) More than 1,000 people have lined up for hours to see the fate of teen-age drug abusers in a “haunted crack house” in this rural town, where the police chief says no real cocaine dens exist.
Since this Eastern Shore village of 2,000 opened its Halloween attraction late last week, children and adults have mobbed the town square to enter the house of horrors in the former county jail.
On Monday evening, the line started forming 1% hours before the first show. But tonight’s final performances may bring even larger crowds, organizers say.
‘ Some of them go through two or three times. I don’t think it’s just that it’s such a pood scare, I think people just like wnat’s going on in there,” said Leon Demby, a volunteer who portrays “Mr. Cocaine” in one scene. “Some people think this should have been done a long time ago.”
Case Highlights Child Abuse Dilemma
PLYMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - A closed courtroom in rural New Hampshire has become a battleground for deciding when parental discipline becomes so harsh that the state must intervene.
The state has asserted a right to protect the children of Stephen and JoAnn De Costa by filing felony assault charges against them and by taking their four children, ages 3 to 14, on grounds that the parents abused the two youngest in beatings administered with a stick and a paddle.
But the DeCostas and their supporters, many of them fellow parishioners at a fundamentalist church that advocates strict child-rearing, say the state has no business intruding into a matter as private as disciplining children.
“It comes down to this: Who owns the kids, tile state or the parents?” asked Bill Taylor, a friend of the DeCostas.
Taylor and others have sat for many hours this fall outside Plymouth District Court as Judge Edwin Kelly hears testimony on whether the state Division for Children and Youth Services was justified in taking the children.Weather
Fair And Cooler
Fair skies and cooler weather are forecast tonight. The low will be in the upper 40s. Mostly sunny skies are forecast Wednesday with a high in the low 70s. Please see Page 11A for details.Deaths
Keith A. Ange, Aiken Estelle H. Boylston, Belvedere Frances C Burdette, Clinton James E. Jackson, Augusta Leila Q. Lanham, Edgefield Evelyn W. Mayes, Aiken Alton R. Parrott, Branchville Carrie Perryman, Edgefield Please see Page 11A for details.Inside Today
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Tuesday, October 31, 1989
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Vol. 122 No. 272
Bush, Gorbachev Call Early Summit
By BARRY SCHWEID AP Diplomatic Writer
WASHINGTON — President Bush announced today he would hold an unexpected, early summit with Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Dec. 2 and 3 aboard American and Soviet naval vessels in the Mediterranean. An announcement was also underway in Moscow.
“I made the proposal,” for the meeting, Bush told reporters.
Bush said the meeting would be to per
mit the two men “to deepen our understanding.” He said neither he nor Gorbachev expected “substantial decisions” to be made in the two days of talks.
Bush spoke at a hastily arranged news conference at the White House. Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze was making a simultaneous announcement in Moscow.
The unusual midwater summit was to be held one day on an American ship at sea, and the other day on a Soviet vessel.
“Now that the meeting has been an
nounced, I expect there will be an awful many suggestions as to the subjects to be discussed,” Bush said.
He said there was no formal agenda but that the two men would discuss a “wide array of subjects.” The president stressed that the success of the summit should not be judged on whether decisions on reached.
Bush said he originally proposed the idea of the summit in July, and got a ‘very prompt” and favorable reply from Gorbachev.
Bush said the sessions will not replace the full scale Bush-Gorbachev summit already announced for next spring or summer in the United States, a session announced last month when Secretary of State James A. Baker III met with Shevardnadze in Wyoming.
A potential centerpiece is a new treaty to sharply reduce long-range nuclear weapons, provided negotiators in Geneva, Switzerland, can complete the
(Please See BUSH, Page 12A)
Sheriff Adds Patrols For Safe Halloween
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
READY FOR HALLOWEEN: Two-year-old Mandy Long is ready for some serious trick-or-treating in her cowgirl outfit. Mandy was at the Clearwater home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Grady Williamson.
By TRACI SHELTON Staff Writer
Halloween is finally here, and while the day is usually celebrated with trick-or-treats, there are many other activities planned to help little witches and warlocks stay safe and happy.
The Aiken County Sheriff’s department recomends that all people — not just those trick-or-treating — be especially careful driving tonight.
“There’s going to be a lot of kids out there,” Sheriff Carrol G. Heath said. “I’d like to caution all drivers to be extra careful.”
He said that there will be seven or eight additional units out patrolling, to ensure a safe Halloween.
For those who opt out of trick-or-treating there are plenty of fun-filled alternatives:
✓ The Aiken Mall and KICKS 99 radio are cosponsoring a Hallo wee i Parade in the Mall. It starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. The first 500 children, under age 12, who have pre-registered, will parade through the mall.
Each child will receive a KICKS 99 trick-or-treat bag, and can go from store to store collecting treats.
“We want kids to be able to have a safe and fun Halloween,” said Judy Walters, marketing director for the mall.
The parade is free, but pre-registration is necessary, she said.
* The Aiken Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual Halloween Party tonight. It will be at tile H.O. Weeks Activity Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is open to children IO years of age and younger.
This year’s party will feature carnival games, a haunted house, apple bobbing, a costume contest and free bags of candy to the first 500 children. The costume contest will begin at 7:30 p.m. and prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers
(Please See SHERIFF, Page 12A)
Derrick Briefed On NPR Designs
By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer
Only a small clearing in a Savannah River Site forest marks the new production reactor’s future location, but U.S. Rep. Butler C. Derrick, D-S.C., went there Monday for a briefing from two corporate teams competing to design the $3.4 billion NPR.
Derrick heard from spokesmen for the team of Westinghouse Electric Corp. and
Bechtel National Inc. and a consortium of Ebasco Services Inc., Combustion Engineering Inc., Babcock & Wilcox Co., Rockwell International Corp., Ba telle Memorial Institute and Sulzer Brothers Ltd.
He then pronounced unqualified support for the heavy-water NPR, which will produce IOO percent of the nation’s tritium, a radioactive gas used in nuclear weapons. The NPR will replace SRS’s three 1950s-era reactors, which shut
down last year for management and equipment improvements.
“Our national survival, the survival of the free world depends on what you do in this spot,” Derrick said.
Despite the easing of U.S.-Soviet tensions, “In the world we live in — even with perestroika (restructuring of Soviet policies) — we’ve got to have tritium,” said the congressman, whose district en-
(Please See DERRICK, Page I2A)
Economic Index Inches Upward To Indicate Continued Growth
By JOHN D. MCCLAIN Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — The government’s chief economic forecasting gauge inched ahead 0.2 percent in September for its second consecutive monthly advance, the Commerce Department said today, indicating continued but slow growth in the months ahead.
The increase in the Index of Leading Indicators, designed to foretell economic activity six to nine months into the future, followed an advance of 0.5 percent in August that was revised upward from a 0.3 percent gain reported earlier.
The often-volatile index was unchanged in July and had dipped 0.1 percent in June. The July figure also was revised, down from the 0.1 percent increase originally reported.
Analysts said that, while the index indicates continued but slow growth, the immediate future will be a precarious time.
“The economy looks very soft right now,” said Bruce Steinberg, senior economist for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets in New York. The next few months “will be a period of vulnerability,” he added.
Four of the ll forward-looking business statistics that make up the composite index contributed to the September gain.
The index measuring consumer expectations was the largest positive contributor last month and the major cause for the August and July revisions, the Commerce Department said.
Other positive factors were an increase in the money supply, a longer average work week and higher stock prices.
The economy has been slowing since
the Federal Reserve applied the brakes last year to dampen inflation. But while inflation appears to be abating, analysts are concerned the Fed’s grip could thrust the economy into recession.
Co out in daylight. Carry a flashlight in case of delay returning home.
Free Candy Screening
HCA Aiken Regional Medical Centers will hold a free screening of Halloween candy today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The screening will be held in the radiology department of the center Parents should enter through the Emergency Room entrance located at the side of the building.
Parents will be asked to sign a disclaimer bef ore the screening, as the machines cannot pick up every harmful substance that may possibly be in the sweetsBerkeley (ase Could Affect Power Battle
By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer
The decision reached by the state Public Service Commission in a case involving Berkeley Electric Cooperative coaid affect the proposed power supply ordinance in the City of Aiken.
Berkeley Electric Co-op has been fighting a battle with South Carolina Electric and Gas similar to the one being waged in Aiken between Aiken Electric Cooperative and the large power supplier.
“The city may get a definitive answer from the PSC that affects this ordinance,” said Jerry Pate, a spokesman for Aiken Electric. “That decision could send a message to the council about what the guidelines are,” he added.
Speaking before a group of about 30 gathered at the co-op Monday night, Pate said that if the city delayed action on a proposed rewritten power supply ordinance until after Ute PSC’t decision that the body would know exactly what could aud could not bit done.
The PSC to expected to rule on the Upcountry battle around the end of
(Please See BERKELEY, Page 12AI