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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 26, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Walsh May Be Stepping Down Page 7A A Quick Read Reagan Makes Book Deal Worth Millions NEW YORK AP After a two term presidency during which he blasted kissandtell 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 mem oirs the publishing house said Wednesday Ive got my pen in hand and Im 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 long time Reagan friend said every ma jor publisher was bidding for the Reagan book He added It will probably will bring million to million Clemson Produces Better Okra Crop CLEMSON AP Among Clem son Universitys accomplishments during the past 100 years is develop ment of the worlds 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 schools 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 pioneer ed advancements in the textile and chemical industries and established the states cooperative extension service The report part of Clemsons cen tennial celebrations traces the schools history through the lives of the men and women who made con tributions of incalculable worth to the institution the state their coun try 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 de creasing 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 Jule F Harrah Aiken Paula S Haworth North Augusta Rev George W Holmes Augusta Nelson M Weaker Aiken Virginia D Odom Springfield Ryan J Timmerman Irmo Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge7B Calendar3A Classifieds58 Comics4B Crossword88 Cryptoquote6B DearAbby4B Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports7 A Television2B Weather6A Aiken County Public Library Moore Suggested For SI Governor mill Counties Join Forces To Fight Drugs Thursday January 261989 AikenrSQuth 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 legisla tion 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 out side Congress too as three parttime musicians from the Detroit area released an antiraise protest song Tea Bag Rev olution The title with its reference of the Boston Tea Party comes from efforts of 30 radio talk show hosts who are be hind 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 ef fect was introduced Wednesday in the Senate The legislation had a dozen spon sors in the morning and 23 by days end nearly a quarter of the 100member Senate The proposed pay raise for members of Congress judges and top executive branch officials would become law auto matically Feb 8 unless each chamber re jects it Rankandfile lawmakers would see their pay go from to Opponents of the raise were grasping at anything that could give them momen tum Wednesday When House Minority Whip Dick Che ney RWyo sent out a letter that no votes were scheduled through Feb 8 House payraise opponents scheduled a news conference for today to urge a vote Pete Williams a spokesman for Che ney said the schedule was for planning purposes and never intended to have any significance for the pay raise Sen Charles E Grassley RIowa a co sponsor 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 fa vor the raiseand 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 Demo cratic leadership does not plan to See STORY Page 5A McCormick SOUTH CAROLINA 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 US Army Corps of Engi neers of flying by the seat of their pants in managing Thurmond Lake US Rep Butler Derrick DSC said he wants the agency to follow recommenda tions aimed at improving water levels Rep Derricks 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 hydro power 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 writ ten 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 didnt allow it to establish a water flow rate to protect lake levels According to the GAO the Corps of En gineers 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 Savan nah River Plants three nuclear produc tion reactors remain illdefined and a hodgepodge of review groups are offering repetitious excessive advice say Du Pont Co safety advisors The Reactor Safety Advisory Commit tee says it and all other advisory groups should withdraw from restart work at the Department of Energy weapons plant op erated by Du Pont In a letter sent to company headquar ters it urges turning the task over to a single DOE executive with a core adviso ry group of skilled managers who know the fine details of SRPs unique reactors and their comni dai 0 terparts Oversight and review appear to have been substituted for leadership the committee said in a Jan 20 letter to Er nest F Ruppe vice president of petro chemicals 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 SRPs safety record Du Pont appointed the sixmember 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 Riv ers three operable production reactors which have all been shut down since last summer for DOEordered improvements to management and hardware The DOEs own Advisory Committee on Nuclear Facility Safety is among sev eral 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 Plants KReac tor resulted in part from poor super vision and a neglect of safety proce dures Energy Department officials said Troy Wade acting assistant secre tary for defense programs told a Senate hearing Wednesday that the accident was disturbingly similar to an incident last August in which op erators of SRPs PReactor bypassed standard procedures in attempting to restart the reactor causing a dan gerous 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 ear See CAUSEY Page 5A gress on that program at a special meet ing 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 negli gible effect on rates while depriving citi zens 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 32 percent rollback in insurance rates Some Republicans such as Sen Glenn McConnell RCharleston said that was not significant enough to outweigh what they said was an individuals freedom not to wear a belt My exercise of whether or not to wear a seat belt is only a risk to me McCon nell said of the seat belt proposal a ver sion of which failed last year Theyve 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 85 vote of the Senate Transportation Committee Mr Chairman thats a nice birthday present Sen John Land DClarendon and a longtime proponent of a mandatory seatbelt law Staff Photo By Ginny Southwcrth 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 recordbreak ing warm temperatures and a lack of rain this years peach crop seems to be doing all right Peach trees require approximately 1000 to 1200 chilling hours during their dormant season Although daytime tem peratures have often been springlike over the past month or so nightly low temperatures are providing a sufficient number of chilling hours said Tony Wat son Edgefield County Clemson Exten sion Service agent As of Jan 23 the trees had received 935 hours of temperatures less than 45 degrees Were 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 20year average recorded on Jan 15 from 19631964 through 19831984 the lowest number of cooling hours recorded was 641 Watson said The highest num ber was 1294 for an average of 1023 Watson said that over a threeyear pe riod as of Jan 23 there were 878 Please See WEATHER Page 5A