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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 27, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina 1 II Sports Duke Loses 3rd Illinois Upset Page 7A A Quick Read Aiken Patrol Trooper Charged With Rape A South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper has been arrested and re leased on bond after a Charlestonbased sailor accused him of raping her at gunpoint in Aiken County authorities said today Aiken Magistrate Max Meek con firmed that Trooper Melvin W McGrier 32 of the Aiken patrol unit was freed after a bond hearing in his court Thursday afternoon Meek said charges against McGrier were brought by South Car olina Law Enforcement Division Lt Paul A Grant Documents in Meeks office allege that the rape occurred between 9 and 10 pm Jan 22 The complainant said McGrier stopped her automobile on Interstate 20 while she was en route to Charleston from Atlanta Whipping Proposed For Drug Offenders DOVER Del AP Drug traf fickers in Delaware which outlawed public floggings less than 30 years ago could be stripped to the waist and given 40 lashes if legislation in troduced in the state Senate becomes law The bill unveiled Thursday re quires the whipping post in addition to jail tune for anyone convicted of dealing hard drugs or involving chil dren in the drug world I think the drug problem is seri ous enough to warrant that kind of punishment said Senate Majority Leader Thomas Sharp the bills sponsor Im willing to take the barbs and criticisms but were going to debate it The Democrat said he has support for the proposal and plans to bring it to a floor debate after a sixweek break for budget hearings that began Thursday Under the legislation a drug of fender could receive no fewer than five nor more than 40 lashes well laid on a bare back Weather Sunny Skies Fair skies and colder weather are forecast tonight Mostly sunny skies are forecast Saturday The low will be in the mid 30s with the high in the upper 60s Please see details on Page 5B Deaths Tommie E Hydrick West Columbia Dorothy R Laird Gloverville Mary T Query Aiken Jessie Mae B Stewart Hephzibah Ga Please see details on Page 5B Inside Today Bridge4C Calendar6B Classifieds1C Comics4B Crossword5C Cryptoquote3CB DearAbby4B Local Obituaries5B Opinions4A Sports6A Television4B Weather5B Hunt On For DC School Gunman Suit To Be Filed Against Edgefield tfcw Friday January 271989 250 Aiken South Carolina 1988 Economic Growth Best In Four Years By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The US economy shook off the effects of the stock market crash and the drought to grow at a robust 38 percent in 1988 the best performance in four years the government reported today The increase in the gross national prod uct the broadest measure of economic health was powered by a big improve ment in the US trade deficit and a sharp increase in business capital investment The advance occurred even though growth slowed sharply in the final three months of the year From October through December the GNP grew at a lackluster annual rate of 2 percent the slowest quarterly performance in two years Weakness in consumer spending and business investment held back growth The fourthquarter GNP increase fol lowed a 25 percent rise in the JulySep tember quarter Many economists predict these trens will intensify this year and will result in sharply lower growth for 1989 That would give President Bush a major head ache because his hopes of lowering the budget deficit without an increase in tax es rests on expectations of continued strong economic growth The 38 percent GNP increase for 1988 followed a 34 percent rise in 1987 and was the best showing since a 68 percent rise in 1984 Higher inflation accompanied the in crease in growth An inflation index tied to the GNP rose by 42 percent in 1988 the fastest rise in prices since 1982 The jump in inflation up from a 1987 price increase of 36 percent has set off alarm bells at the Federal Reserve Board which has been driving interest rates higher in an effort to dampen de mand and keep inflationary pressures in check Please See Economy Page 5A Gross National Product Staff Photo By Phil Jones WATCHFUL EYE A fireman keeps a watchful eye out was believed to have been ignited by a grass fire for stray brush fires on Silver Bluff Road as an Before the firemen could bring the fire under control it abandoned store burns in the background The store spread at one point to the other side of the road Aiken Couple Missing On Island Flight By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer The US Coast Guard was conducting an islandtoisland and sea search today for an Aiken couple missing since Wednesday on a flight from Miami to Treasure Cay in the Bahamas a Coast Guard spokesman said The two were identified by Lt WS Ball of the Coast Guard as Keith Craw ford 34 and Georgann Crawford 37 who are listed as residents of 588 Newberry St Lt Ball said another couple not yet identified also was missing Lt Ball said the plane carrying the four was about 30 minutes flight time from Freeport when the Freeport air station lost them on radar Their destination the officer said was Treasure Cay Lt Ball said Treasure Cay is about 100 miles from Miami He said the Crawfords and the other couple left Miami Wednes day morning and were last heard from shortly after noon Wednesday Treasure Cay is just a speck of rock but it could accommodate small aircraft like they were flying said Lt Ball It is possible they could have landed on some other island The Coast Guard spokesman said the search is being conducted on theories they could have crashed into the sea crashed on land or landed somewhere else Lt Ball said the area includes a string of very small islands and they could have bypassed Treasure Cay and landed somewhere else Chip Angell a friend of the Crawfords said the couple was active in Aiken horse circles and the art world Angell said Crawford worked as a blacksmith for Buckland Farms and oth er local thoroughbred training stables He also was a pilot and owned his own plane Angell said Mrs Crawford was a sculp tor and coin designer He said she worked for the Franklin Mint and had designed a coin for the nation of Belize in South America Angell said he made a flight with Craw ford in the same area last year and the blacksmith was an experienced pilot An gell said Crawfords plane was a Cessna DOE Report Questions SRP Safety Company Praised For Past Success Tritium Alternative Reviewed Page 2A By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Declining radiation doses to Savannah River Plant workers have encouraged complacency in the plants health pro tection program and the potential re mains for a serious radiation accident a Department of Energy report concludes The report nonetheless found the plants program on a sound profession al footing and credited plant officials with efforts to improve At the same time it listed deficiencies in such areas as documentation posting of hazardous areas contamination con trol training of health protection inspec tors and use of radiation detection instruments The report released Wednesday at a hearing of the Senate Governmental Af fairs Committee attributes the problems partly to the technical isolation of the Du Pont Co in its nearly 40 years as gov ernment contractor at the weapons mate rials plant It also puts some blame on the DOE itself The result is a radiological protection program that while successful in keep ing worker doses relatively low has fall en out of step with what is currently rec ognized as accepted industry practice and required by DOE says the report Fourteen safety experts drawn from DOE and two of its other contractors EG G and Battelle compiled the 96page evaluation after touring facilities inter viewing staff and examining records at SRP last August and September The plants nuclear production reac tors now idled for wideranging safety upgrades produce radioactive tritium gas and plutonium for US nuclear weapons Please See DOE Page 5A Million Whiskey Road Complex Opposed By Residents By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer A planned million commercial and residential development on Whiskey Road has come under fire from a newly formed group of Aiken citizens Friends of Aiken which began activi ties this month is seeking to block or delay current plans for the 59acre Wood ward Tract to be developed by Blan chard and Calhoun Commercial Co of Augusta The group which met with representa tives of the development firm Tuesday says that the best development of the property would be lowdensity residential Representatives of Blanchard and Cal houn did not immediately return tele phone calls A preliminary site plan calls for 300 apartments a lake three office build ings one of which would be threestory a shopping center and a bank site The strongest opposition has come over what the group says is a serious threat to New Ellenton Development On Hold 1B the horse training industry environmen tal considerations and the effects on nearby historic areas The tract is located across Whiskey Road from the Palmetto Golf Club It stretches to Two Notch Road The plan also calls for a road to connect Whiskey Road to Two Notch Road which would take automobiles traveling through the development to the down town right through the heart of the horse district Such traffic would seriously impair the areas multimillion dollar use as a train ing center several authoritative trainers have said The tract also contains an urban Caro lina Bay which supports a natural com munity termed as one of the rarer ones associated with such wetlands according to a biologist with the South Carolina Her itage Trust Please See MILLION Page 5A Horse Trainers Join Objections To Woodward Tract Development By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer Members of the horse training indus try have joined Friends of Aiken in its efforts to change development plans for the Woodward Tract The major professional people in the industry believe Aiken is the number one Thoroughbred training center in America Frank Wright former CBS Sports equine announcer and Aiken trainer said The industry can only flourish in low density residential areas in other words traffic is counterproductive to thoroughbred training And traffic lots of it is what the indus try fears should the development link Whiskey Road with Two Notch Road MacKenzie Mack Miller a Hall of Fame trainer and Aiken resident agrees Traffic is the biggest concern Weve got a major horse crossing over Two Notch Road from the Whitney Trust stables to the main track Wright who spoke on the behalf of a number of Thoroughbred trainers at the Tuesday night meeting with the presi dent of Blanchard and Calhoun remind ed those present of the economic impact of the horse industry A study conducted by Clemson Univer sity put the figure at million per year Wright thinks that figure is on the low end of an accurate representation It was pointed out that the value two of the studs which have come through Aiken equals the million develop ment cost The horsemens primary concern that the through road not be constructed That would relieve a great deal of the tension Wright said However the direct impact on the in dustry is not the trainers sole concern We hate to see the face of this beauti ful city change Miller said
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