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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 2, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside Today Page 7 A lemson Surprises North Carolina n1 in n I Derrick Urges Action On NPR February 2 j Aiken South Carolina House To Vote On Lower Pay Hike AP Laserphoto Dl 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 causes The study based on tests of 2657 people suggests that all asthma vic tims have the allergic variety re gardless of age This helps us to understand better why allergic and nonallergic asthma look so much the same said Dr Benjamin Burrows Its all the same disease Burrows a researcher at the Uni versity of Arizona College of Medi cine published his results in the New England Journal of Medicine His teams conclusions were based largely on measurements of an anti body called immunoglobulin E or IgE which plays a key role in the allergic response that leads to asth ma 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 worlds last 28 California condors will mate themselves away from the brink of extinction a biolo gist says Weve got all sorts of great things happening with the Andeans and some equaUy exciting things happen ing with the captive California con dors Were very encouraged Jo seph Dowhan US Fish and Wildlife Service condor recovery coordina tor said Wednesday The Associated Press WASHINGTON House Speaker Jim Wright moving to limit political damage from a proposed 50 percent congressio nal pay raise said today the House would vote next week on cutting the increase to 30 percent Wright said the House would also vote on banning members from receiving speaking fees and other honoraria Be cause House members currently can re tain up to 30 percent of salary in honorar ia those receiving the maximum would receive no actual raise Pay Raise PollPa9e 3A The House will vote next week to ban all honorariums and to cut the pay raise to 30 percent instead of 50 percent Thatll make it just come out even Wright told reporters Wright DTexas did not make clear whether the vote would take place before the raise for members of Congress fed eral judges and top executive branch of ficials becomes law next Wednesday He hinted that the vote could come be fore then because a pay increase for judges cannot be reduced once it be comes law The Senate planned to vote today or Friday and was virtually cer tain to turn down the 50 percent raise which would boost most congressional salaries from to A 30 percent raise would hike the cur rent congressional salary by to a total of Wright said of course theres always a chance that his proposal would be de feated But he said he was encouraged by answers given by 326 House members to Please See HOUSE Page 10A I I Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night 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 NY 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 Cryptoquote DearAbby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather Area 4 James Green AreaS Melanie Hutto Area 1 Elizabeth Benton Area 2 To Be Named Savannah River Plant 86 48 68 28 98 78 28 18 6A 4A 7A 28 6A School Board OKs A Realignment Of Administration Many SRP Workers Staying According To Early Returns By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer April 1 The new contractor has is sued blanket job offers to cur rent Du Pont employees and they have until next Friday Feb 10 to return forms indi cating whether theyll accept Nearly 5000 forms about half of the total sent out had been returned as of Wednesday morning and 98 percent of re spondents said they would stay according to Jack R Herrmann Westinghouse But he said hes cautiously optimistic that turn over will be minimal The plant which produces tritium and plutoni um for US nuclear weapons has about employees making it South Carolinas largest single employer Du Pont estimates that 500 plant employees will retire March 31 though the new contractor ex pects to rehire a good many of those retirees Herrmann said The Department of Energy announced last Sep tember 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 Among other elements of the changeover HERRMANN AS tor me 2 percent indicating theyll 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 to Feb 10 because such decisions are so important 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 Te new contractor expects to ultimately cre ate several hundred new professional and clerical jobs Please See MANY Page 10A By GEORGE BURGESS Staff Writer Some major changes are sched uled in the Aiken County School Districts area and district offices according to sources close to the school system Dr Joseph R Joe Brooks went through the proposed changes during an executive session of the Aiken County ofEduci night Also in that session Dr BROOKS Brooks received a twoyear contract extension Dr Brooks declined to confirm any of the specific changes in per sonnel that were reported by sources Wednesday The board voted 71 to approve Dr Brooks recommendations in a public session following tHe execu tive session according to Board of Education members Board members Bertha H Wil liams 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 posi tion changes Board member Inease P Wil liamson cast the only negative vote In addition to hearing Dr Brooks outline of changes in the Aiken County School District Tues day night the Aiken County Board of Education voted 71 to extend his contract two years The lone dissenting vote on the extension came from Board mem ber Inease Williamson Among the changes were the eli minnation of the position occupied by Dr Beecher E Morton accord ing to sources Dr Mortons title was assistant superintendent for Adult Education and Physical Plant Management The source had no explanation for the elimina tion of the position Also in the realignment Dr John B Bradley the current Area 1 assistant superintendent will be moving to the district office as Ex ecutive Director of Program Eval uation Research and Personnel Dr James I Green currently holds the position In addition Dr Bradley will be assuming some of Dr Mortons former duties Dr Mortons adult education responsibilities will be taken over by Owen L Clary Dr Green will be moving to Area 4 as the area assistant superinten dent Elizabeth S Benton holds that position Area 4 covers the Eastern part ot Aiken County and part of Saluda County Mrs Benton according to a source has been tapped to become the new Area 1 assistant superin tendent replacing Bradley She was the principal at Ridge SpringMonetta High School prior to being named the Area 4 assis tant superintendent Area 1 covers the Aiken area A director of operations position is being created in Area 1 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 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 superin tendent of instruction Nobles had been principal at Midland Valley High School prior to that Area 3 Assistant Superintendent Melanie W Hutto will remain in Please See SCHOOL Page 10A SRP Veteran Aids Bush Team On Weapons Plant Issues By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Edward J Hennelly framed a broad assignment when George Bushs transi tion team asked the Savannah River Plant veteran to summarize the prob lems facing the Department of Energy s weapons complex The DOE secre tary must resolve promptly the political technical and legal is sues that have and continue to impede the operation of key defenserelated facili ties within the DOE nuclear weapons com plex Hennelly said in the report he sent to Washington early this month Hennelly an SRP career man who helped design the plant was one of four nuclear experts who were recruited to advise the new presidents transition HENNELLY Hennellys group also advised the new administration on another potential cri sis 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 dont have an answer to either one Hennelly said The Aiken resident who retired two years ago from a 33year career at SRP helped design the production reactors that are now the subject of much UUb Please See HENNELLY Page IDA Groundhogs Give Mixed Forecast Keep a lookout for fat little rodents in search of their shadows today is Groundhogs 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 of his home might be a problem since the chubby little creatures are usually still hibernating in February The official holiday groundhog is an nually rousted out of his den in Punxsu tawney Pennsylvania Early this morn ing old Punxsutawney Phil looked out saw his shadow and hustled back in doors 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 5050 chance of seeing his shadow fen 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 red dishbrown rodents with black feet They live in open fields where they can find the lowgrowing vegetation
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