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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 26, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Aiken County Public Lib Sports Walsh May Be Stepping Down Page 7 A A Quick Read Reagan Makes Book Deal Worth Millions NEW YORK (AP) - After a two- term presidency during which he blasted kiss-and-tell books by aides, Ronald Reagan will get a chance to do his own talking with a book deal that is expected to bring millions. Reagan has signed a contract with Simon & Schuster to write his memoirs, the publishing house said Wednesday. “I’ve got my pen in hand and I’m ready to get started,” Reagan said in a statement released by the publisher. The financial arrangements would not be disclosed, Reagan spokesman Mark Weinberg said. Before the announcement, literary agent Irving “Swifty” Lazar, a longtime Reagan friend, said every major publisher was bidding for the Reagan book. He added, “It will probably will bring $5 million to $7 million.” Clemson Produces Better Okra Crop CLEMSON (AP) — Among Clemson University’s accomplishments during the past IOO years is development of the world’s most commonly used variety of okra, school officials have said. The okra was among the items cited in the “Report to the People,” highlighting the school’s contribution to South Carolina since it was started in 1889, as the Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina. The report released Wednesday also said the university has pioneered advancements in the textile and chemical industries and established the state’s cooperative extension service. The report, part of Clemson’s centennial celebrations, traces the school’s history through the lives of the men and women who “made contributions of incalculable worth to the institution, the state, their country and world.” Weather Mostly Cloudy Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 30 percent chance of showers. The low will be in the mid 40s. A 20 percent chance of showers is forecast early Friday, then decreasing cloudiness and cooler weather. The high will be in the mid 60s. Please see details on Page 6A.Deaths James F. Chadwick, Augusta Edward Coleman, Aiken Connie Davis, Augusta Lizzie B. Edwards, Aiken Jute F. Harrah, Aiken Paula S. Haworth, North Augusta Rev. George W. Holmes, Augusta Nelson M Meaker, Aiken Virginia D. Odom, Springfield Ryan J. Timmerman, Irmo Please see details on Page 6A.Inside Today Bridge..............................................7B Calendar...........................................3A Classifieds..................!.....................5B Comics.............................................4B Crossword........................................8B Cryptoquote......................................6B Dear Abby.........................................4B Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries.........................................6A Opinions...........................................4A Sports...............................................7A Television.........................................2B Weather............................................6A ES e 2 ■ Moore Suggested For S.C. Governor 2Mkfit blanda ret Thursday, January 26,1989 25C Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 23 Pay Raise Foes Pick Up Momentum By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - Opposition to a 50 percent congressional pay raise picked up momentum in the Senate after legislation was filed to block the increase, but House leaders say they are disinclined to schedule a vote against the salary boost. Opposition was turned up a notch outside Congress, too, as three part-time musicians from the Detroit area released an anti-raise protest song, “Tea Bag Revolution.” The title, with its reference of the Boston Tea Party, comes from efforts of 30 radio talk show hosts, who are behind a national drive to send tea bags to lawmakers with the message: “Read my tea bag. No fifty percent raise for Congress.” Legislation that would reject the pay raise, and roll it back should it take effect, was introduced Wednesday in the Senate. The legislation had a dozen sponsors in the morning, and 23 by day’s end — nearly a quarter of the 100-member Senate. The proposed pay raise for members of Congress, judges and top executive branch officials would become law automatically Feb. 8 unless each chamber rejects it. Rank-and-file lawmakers would see their pay go from $89,500 to $135,000. Opponents of the raise were grasping at anything that could give them momentum Wednesday. When House Minority Whip Dick Cheney, R-Wyo., sent out a letter that no votes were scheduled through Feb. 8, House pay-raise opponents scheduled a news conference for today to urge a vote. Pete Williams, a spokesman for Cheney, said the schedule was for planning purposes and “never intended to have any significance for the pay raise.” Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, a cosponsor of the legislation to roll back the pay raise, remembered that President Bush said he would “have something to say” about the raise after he was inaugurated. Grassley wrote Bush on Wednesday, “You must choose between aligning yourself with Speaker (Jim) Wright and a dozen in the House leadership who favor the raise...and the 85 percent of the American people who oppose the issue.” White House spokesman Marlin Fitz-water told reporters, “we are watching congressional action at the moment.” House Majority Whip Tony Coelho, D-Calif., said Tuesday the House Democratic leadership does not plan to (See STORY, Page 5A) Single DOE Official Suggested By Panel Staff Map By Sharon McLaughlin Poor Management Blamed For Lake Thurmond Crisis By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Accusing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of “flying by the seat of their pants” in managing Thurmond I .ake, U.S. Rep. Butler Derrick, D-S.C., said he wants the agency to follow recommendations aimed at improving water levels. Rep. Derrick’s comments came Wednesday afternoon, a short time after the General Accounting Office released a report that said the Corps has allowed water levels to drop by favoring hydropower interests over recreation in its management program of the Savannah River reservoir. Also, the GAO said lake levels would be four feet higher today if the Corps had drafted a drought contingency plan years ago. Instead, the agency added, the Corps of Engineers has had to take steps to conserve water without benefit of a plan. The GAO said the Corps of Engineers must adopt guidelines that call for better control of flow rates during times of drought. A drought contingency plan, which Rep. Derrick claimed should have been prepared eight years ago, is being written but is not expected to be available until March. In the report, the GAO said when lake levels began dropping at Thurmond and at Lakes Hartwell and Russell due to droughts, the Corps of Engineers lack of documentation didn’t allow it to establish a water flow rate to protect lake levels. According to the GAO, the Corps of Engineers, proceeding without guidelines, continued to release water at flow rates favoring electric power generation while dropping the lake levels to the point where today they are about 16 feet below normal pool of 330 feet. The low levels have stranded hundreds of boat docks and virtually eliminated (Please See POOR, Page 5A) By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Requirements for restarting the Savannah River Plant’s three nuclear production reactors remain “ill-defined” and a hodgepodge of review groups are offering repetitious, excessive advice, say Du Pont Co. safety advisors. The Reactor Safety Advisory Committee says it and all other advisory groups should withdraw from restart work at the Department of Energy weapons plant operated by Du Pont. In a letter sent to company headquarters, it urges turning the task over to a single DOE executive with a core advisory group of skilled managers who know the fine details of SRP’s unique reactors and their comn iciai i terparts. “Oversight and review appear to have been substituted for leadership,” the committee said in a Jan. 20 letter to Ernest F. Ruppe, vice president of petrochemicals at Du Pont headquarters in Wilmington, Del. Du Pont officials at SRP released a copy of the letter this morning. Committee members also complained of “unjustified criticism” of SRP’s safety record. Du Pont appointed the six-member panel of outside nuclear experts in 1982 to advise it on safety matters at SRP. The committee has been observing massive efforts to restart Savannah River’s three operable production reactors, which have all been shut down since last summer for DOE-ordered improvements to management and hardware. The DOE’s own Advisory Committee on Nuclear Facility Safety is among several other advisory groups reviewing a developing set of reactor restart criteria. The Du Pont committee reviewed pro- Cause Fixed For Accident From Staff and Wire Reports WASHINGTON - An accident that caused several valves to rupture at the Savannah River Plant’s K-Reac-tor resulted in part from poor supervision and a neglect of safety procedures, Energy Department officials said. Troy Wade, acting assistant secretary for defense programs, told a Senate hearing Wednesday that the accident was disturbingly similar to an incident last August in which operators of SRP’s P-Reactor bypassed standard procedures in attempting to restart the reactor, causing a dangerous power surge. “It does have some unfortunate parallels to the August incident when you talk about operator attitude,” Wade told the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. Department officials at Savannah River said Wednesday it was too carree CAUSEY, Page5A) gress on that program at a special meeting Jan. 20 in Pittsburgh, and concluded that “the safety improvement program, which is intended to lead to the timely (Please See SINGLE, Page 5A)Seat Belt Bill Passed To Senate Floor By The Associated Press COLUMBIA — A bill supporters say will increase safety and lower insurance rates now heads to the state Senate, where it could face some opposition. Opponents say the bill will have a negligible effect on rates while depriving citizens of the right of choice. Under the proposal, drivers could be fined for not wearing seat belts when stopped for other offenses or at road blocks. The legislation would also require a 3.2 percent rollback in insurance rates. Some Republicans, such as Sen. Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston, said that was not significant enough to outweigh what they said was an individual’s freedom not to wear a belt. “My exercise of whether or not to wear a seat belt is only a risk to me,” McConnell said of the seat belt proposal, a version of which failed last year. “They’ve come back with this new product and called it insurance reform to make the seatbelts a little easier to swallow.” The proposal passed Wednesday on an 8-5 vote of the Senate Transportation Committee. “Mr. Chairman, that’s a nice birthday present,” Sen. John Land, D-Clarendon and a longtime proponent of a mandatory seatbelt law. Youth Of The Year Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth GOOD ATTITUDE, HARD WORK: Tabbye Chavous displays a little of the good attitude and hard work which earned her the designation of 1988 Youth of the Year. The senior at Silver Bluff High School was honored by the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce at its annual meeting earlier this month. Please see story on Page 1B.Weather Not Affecting Peach Crop By PRISCILLA BOATWRIGHT Staff Writer EDGEFIELD - Despite record-breaking warm temperatures and a lack of rain, this year’s peach crop seems to be doing all right. Peach trees require approximately 1,000 to 1,200 chilling hours during their dormant season. Although daytime temperatures have often been spring-like over the past month or so, nightly low temperatures are providing a sufficient number of chilling hours, said Tony Watson, Edgefield County Clemson Extension Service agent. As of Jan. 23, the trees had received 935 hours of temperatures less than 45 degrees. “We’re roughly 200 hours behind the average,” Watson said. But the trees received 125 chilling hours just between Jan. 15 and 23, and several additional hours of cool weather are expected over the next month. On a 20-year average, recorded on Jan. 15 from 1963-1964 through 1983-1984, the lowest number of cooling hours recorded was 641, Watson said. The highest number was 1,294, for an average of 1,023. Watson said that over a three-year period—as of Jan. 23— there were 878 (Please See WEATHER, Page 5A) \ ;

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