Aiken Standard, February 2, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 2, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside Today AP Laserphoto DI IN THE BIG APPLE: The Princess of Wales was impressed and so was the Big Apple as she made her first official visit to New York City. Please see story on Page 2A. A Quick Read Study Shows Allergies Cause All Asthma BOSTON (AP) — A study today concludes that virtually all asthma attacks are triggered by allergies, challenging a widely held belief. Experts have long believed that asthma attacks in children and young adults were usually caused by allergies, while in grownups they were usually thought to have other C3US6S. The study, based on tests of 2,657 people, suggests that all asthma victims have the allergic variety, regardless of age. “This helps us to understand better why allergic and non-allergic asthma look so much the same,” said Dr. Benjamin Burrows. “It’s all the same disease.” Burrows, a researcher at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, published his results iii the New England Journal of Medicine. His team’s conclusions were based largely on measurements of an antibody called immunoglobulin E, or IgE, which plays a key role in the allergic response that leads to asthma. Youngsters with asthma have high amounts of IgE, but these levels drop as people get older. Zoo Hopes Condors Can Escape Extinction LOS ANGELES (AP) — Love is in the air at two zoos where scientists hope the world’s last 28 California condors will mate themselves away from the brink of extinction, a biologist says. “We’ve got all sorts of great things happening with the Andeans and some equally exciting things happening with the captive California condors. We’re very encouraged,” Joseph Dowhan, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service condor recovery coordinator, said Wednesday. Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight. The low will be in the lower 50s. Mostly cloudy skies are forecast Friday with a 20 percent chance of showers. The high will be in the mid 70s. Please see details on Page 6A. Deaths Jeannine S. Angerman, Aiken Tolmer C. Boltin, Orangeburg Mrs. Marion P. Dean, Columbia June Fox, Warrenville Mildred J. Kneece, Langley Leon Legions, Brooklyn, N.Y. William I. Orr, Liberty Sara Osteen, North Augusta Alma F. Scurry, Augusta Please see details on Page 6A. Inside Today Bridge....... Calendar... Classifieds Comics...... Crossword 8B 4B 6B 2B . 9B 7B Cryptoquote...................................... Dear Abby.........................................* Local Front....................................... Obituaries.........................................^ Opinions........................................... Sports................................................. Television......................................... Weather............................................bA Page 7A Clemson Surprises North Carolina Page IB Rep. Derrick Urges Action On NPR^ fr»» i    a Thursday, February 2, 1989 25C Aiken, South Carolina House To Vote On Lower Pay Hike The Associated Press Pay Raise Poll  ......................Page    3A WASHINGTON — House Speaker Jim Wright, moving to limit political damage from a proposed 50 percent congressional pay raise, said today the House would vote next week on cutting the increase to 30Wright said the House would also vote on banning members from receiving speaking fees and other honoraria. Because House members currently can retain up to 30 percent of salary in honoraria, those receiving the maximum would receive no actual raise. “The House will vote next week to ban all honorariums and to cut the pay raise to 30 percent instead of 50 percent. That’ll make it just come out even, Wright told reporters. Wright, D-Texas, did not make clear whether the vote would take place before the raise for members of Congress, federal judges and top executive branch officials becomes law next Wednesday. He hinted that the vote could come before then because a pay increase for judges cannot be reduced once it becomes law. The Senate planned to vote today or Friday, and was virtually certain to turn down the 50 percent raise, which would boost most congressional salaries from $89,500 to $135,000. A 30 percent raise would hike the current congressional salary by $26,850, to a total of $116,350. Wright said “of course there s always a chance” that his proposal would be defeated. But he said he was encouraged by answers given by 326 House members to (Please See HOUSE, Page IO A) Congressional Pay Would Vote No Vote Yes Or No Reply Area School Superintendents School Board OKs A Realignment Of Administration By GEORGE BURGESS Staff Writer Some major changes are scheduled in the Aiken County School District’s area and district offices, according to sources close to the school system. Many SRP Workers Staying, According To Early Returns Dr. Joseph R. (Joe) Brooks went through the proposed changes during an executive session of the Aiken County Boa^ of-Edu*. ,r>-tion Tuesday night. Also in that session, Dr. Brooks received BROOKS By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Westinghouse Savannah River Co. officials say initial indications are that most Savannah Rlve£ Plant employees will stay on when Westinghouse replaces the Du Pont Co. as SRP contractor on April I.    . The new contractor has issued blanket job offers to current Du Pont employees, and they have until next Friday, Feb. IO, to return forms indicating whether they’ll accept. Nearly 5,000 forms — about half of the total sent out — had been returned as of Wednesday morning, and 98 percent of respondents said they would stay, according to Jack R. Herrmann, Westinghouse S*As for the 2 percent indicating they’ll leave, Herrmann said, “You would expect that to pick up a little bit.” He speculated that those who retire or accept jobs elsewhere will generally decide closer o Feb. IO, because such decisions are so important. But he said he’s cautiously optimistic that turnover will be minimal.    * The plant, which produces tritium and plutonium for U.S. nuclear weapons, has about 16,700 employees, making it South Carolina’s largest S^)yep0nf estimates that 500 plant employees will retire March 31, though the new contractor expects to rehire a “good many of those retirees, Herrmann said. The Department of Energy announced last September that Westinghouse would become the new plant contractor this spring. Du Pont,contractor for nearly 40 years, decided in 1987 to allow its contract to lapse. a two-year contract extension. Dr. Brooks declined to confirm any of the specific changes in personnel that were reported by sources Wednesday. The board voted 7-1 to approve Dr. Brooks’ recommendations in a public session following the executive session, according to Board of Education members. Board members Bertha H. Williams, Robert H. Slay, James L. (Jim) Verenes, Jimmy Powell, James A. Moore, Johnny A. Shaw and Chairman Sheran B. Proctor cast affirmative votes for the position changes. Board member Inease P. Williamson cast the only negative vote. HERRMANN Among other elements of the changeover P At latest count, Westinghouse and Bechtel Savannah River Co., its main SRP subcontractor had brought about 150 new employees into the Aiken area, most in permanent jobs, Herrmann said. sun The new contractor expects to ultimately create several hundred new professional and clerical jobs. (Please See MANY, Page 10A) In addition to hearing Dr. Brooks’ outline of changes in the Aiken County School District Tuesday night, the Aiken County Board of Education voted 7-1 to extend his contract two years. The lone dissenting vote on the extension came from Board member Inease Williamson. Among the changes were the eli-minnation of the position occupied by Dr. Beecher E. Morton, according to sources. Dr. Morton’s title was assistant superintendent for Adult Education and Physical Plant Management. The source had no explanation for the elimination of the position. Also in the realignment, Dr. John B. Bradley, the current Area I assistant superintendent, will be moving to the district office as Executive Director of Program Eva -uation, Research and Personnel. Dr. James I. Green currently holds the position. In addition, Dr. Bradley will be assuming some of Dr. Morton’s former duties. Dr. Morton s adult education responsibilities will be taken over by Owen L. Clary. Dr. Green will be moving to Area 4 as the area assistant superintendent. Elizabeth S. Benton holds that position. Area 4 covers the Eastern part of Aiken County and part of Saluda County. Mrs. Benton, according to a source, has been tapped to become the new Area I assistant superintendent, replacing Bradley She was the principal at Ridge Spring-Monetta High School prior to being named the Area 4 assistant superintendent. Area I covers the Aiken area. A director of operations position is being created in Area I, and it will be filled by L. Troy Nobles, the current Area 2 assistant superintendent. A similar position was created last year in Area 2, according to the source. Nobles’ move from Area 2 leaves the position open. That position will be advertised under current School District policy, according to (Please See SCHOOL, Page TOA) SRP Veteran Aids Bush Team On Weapons Plant Issues Groundhogs Give Mixed Forecast By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Edward J. Hennelly framed a broad assignment when George Bush’s transition team asked the Savannah River Plant veteran to summarize the problems facing the Department of Energy’s weapons complex. “The DOE secretary must resolve promptly the political, technical and legal issues that have, and continue to, impede the operation of key defense-related facilities within the DOE nuclear weapons complex,” Hennelly said in the report he sent to Washington early this month. Hennelly, an SRP career man who HENNELLY helped design the plant, was one of four nuclear experts who were recruited to advise the new president’s transition team. Hennelly’s group also advised the new administration on another potential crisis facing the DOE and the nation: an electricity shortage that many fear could result from having too few power plants to meet future demand. In a recent interview, he called the power problem equal in importance to the troubles plaguing the department s weapons complex, whose aging facilities and pollution will require billions to correct. “I don’t have an answer to either one,” Hennelly said. The Aiken resident, who retired two years ago from a 33-year career at SRP, helped design the production reactors that are now the subject of much DUE, (Please See HENNELLY, Page 10A) Keep a lookout for fat little rodents in search of their shadows: today is Groundhog’s Day. According to tradition, the groundhog is supposed to emerge from his hole on Feb. 2 after a long hibernation. If he sees his shadow he knows there will be six more weeks of winter and will return to his hole. If the day is cloudy and keeps the sun from casting his shadow, he will stay above ground in anticipation of spring.    „    .    . Actually getting the groundhog out ot his home might be a problem, since the chubby little creatures are usually still hibernating in February. The official holiday groundhog is annually rousted out of his den in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Early this morning old Punxsutawney Phil looked out, saw his shadow, and hustled back indoors. But if he was living in Aiken he would be a bit more confused. Today will be partly cloudy, so the groundhog would have a 50-50 chance of seeing his shadow. The groundhog tradition may be traced to beliefs associated with Candle-mass, according to The Encyclopedia Britannica. If Candlemass dawned clear and sunny, winter was going to stay awhile longer. If Candlemass was rainy, winter would soon give way to spring. Groundhogs, or woodchucks, are reddish-brown rodents with black feet. They live in open fields where they can find the low-growing vegetation. sources. Area 2 covers the North Augusta-Belvedere area. Nobles took that position three years ago in a shakeup that sent Dr. Nancy M. Smith to the School District office as associate superintendent of instruction. Nobles had been principal at Midland Valley High School prior to that. Area 3 Assistant Superintendent Melanie W. Hutto will remain in s ;

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