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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 22, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina 8RER COMITY TOBUC UBRRRY Coming Sunday Impact Report OVERVIEW EDUCATION BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT SRP Series Starts Sunday Beginning Sunday the Aiken Stan dard will publish the first of a six part series focusing on the status of Aiken Countys schools economy in frastructure and governments and how they relate to change in manage ment at the Savannah River Plant The series will open with an over view explaining Aikens transition from an agricultural community to a center for equestrian sports and its advent into the forefront of the nucle ar age with the building of the Savan nah River Plant The articles will be timed to con clude with the publication of a Strate gic Plan being developed to deal with future problems stemming from changes at SRP The plan is being drafted from information gathered through surveys of the countys strengths and weaknesses A Quick Read Billion Of Heroin Found Hidden in Tires NEW YORK AP In the largest heroin raid in US history police and federal agents tracked billion worth of the drug from Southeast Asia to two homes in New York City where it was hidden inside hundreds of tires The 800pound seizure made the no torious French Connection case seem modest by comparison and showcased the rise of Asian drug smugglers authorities said Tuesday Weather Flurries Forecast Snow flurries are forecast Thurs day but the chance for measurable snow is less than 20 percent Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with windy and much colder weath er The low will be in the upper 20s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Sarah Ann Boen Linwood Roland Key Warrenville Mrs Jessie E McGee Ridge Spring Michael E Wilmot Warrenville Please see details on Page 5A Inside Today Calendar11A ClassifiedsB7 Comics5B Crossword10B Cryptoquote8B DearAbby5B Local Front1B Obituaries5A Opinions4A Sports7A Television5B Weather6A Subscription Price Increases March 1 The monthly price of a subscrip tion to the Aiken Standard will in crease by 50 cents on March 1 Home delivery will now cost per month This increase is the first in 3 years for the newspaper About half of the increase will be shared with the carriers The Aiken Standard will accept prepaid subscriptions that are for up to one year at the current price of a month through March 31 To keep getting the paper at the current price please call the Circulation De partment 6495316 First Witness Is Called In North Trial Report On The Future To Be Released Wednesday February 22 1989 Aiken South Carolina Union Color Purchases Clearwater Finishing Plant By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer CLEARWATER After months of work and negotiations the Clearwater Finishing Plant has been purchased by Union Color and Chemical sources say Union Color has been working with United Merchants and Manufacturers Inc officials since September to pur chase the plant Bobby Neal who was unavailable for comment on the sale is the principal owner of Union Color the import agent for the L Lamberti Co of Milan Italy No specifics on the sale were available from Union Color Neal stated in September that a verbal deal on the plant had been reached but that the sale was not finalized Since that time attorneys for the two firms have been meeting to iron out the fine details of the sale The Clearwater plant is expected to open later this year as a printing and finishing operation officials said Under the plant sold printing and finishing services to other textile manufacturers and converters Though the plant will not be as large as the operation some of the 458 em ployees of the former operation are ex pected to be rehired officials said Harold Simmons general manager of the plant refused to comment on the sale until he received official confirmation from his superiors officals cited continued finan cial losses when they announced the clos ing of the plant March 2 Foreign competition has also been cited by company officials as a reason for closing the plant Officials from announced the sale of the Valchem Division to Air Prod ucts Chemicals Inc in July The plant sold for million in cash Since February 1988 the company has been selling some of its 4500 acres in the Horse Creek Valley area to different buyers Churches a funeral home several family owned restaurants and a subdivi sion developer purchased land from the company The sale ends an era that began in 1929 Community Thanks Du nt Aiken Area Pays Tribute As Departure Time Nears Staff Photo By Phil Jones MASTER OF CEREMONIES Dr James Edwards president of the Medical College of South Carolina and former governor of South Carolina acted as master of ceremonies for last nights tribute to Du Pont Remembering 1950Page 14A By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer It was a time for memories and a time for a few tears as residents of Aiken County said a fond farewell to Du Pont last night Approximately 600 people turned out at USC Aiken despite the rain to listen to community leaders say their personal goodbyes The growth we have experi enced in South Carolina is directly related tocompanies like Du Pont and we are appreciative Gov Carroll A Campbell said in a letter read by Dr James Edwards presi dent of the Medical College of South Carolina and former gover nor of South Carolina Sen J Strom Thurmond RSC said No company in America has done more to protect the national security of this nation that Du Pont Following Sen Thurmonds speech Rep Butler C Derrick D SC praised Du Pont for coming to the Savannah River Plant on a per year contract They came here not to make money but as a patriotic service Rep Derrick said Addressing the negative publici ty that the Department of Energy facility has generated in past months Sen Thomas L Tommy Moore DAiken County added I am proud to support SRP and Du Pont regardless of what some might say Dr Edwards who served as master of ceremonies summed up the praises of the company by praising Du Poni for operating the Please See SAYING Page 14A Prices Up 06 Percent In January By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Consumer prices propelled by higher costs for food fuel and a variety of other items rose 06 per cent last month for the biggest jump in two years the government reported today The rise in the Labor Departments Consumer Price Index followed moder ate increases of 03 percent in both No vember and December The January price increase which is seasonally adjusted would amount to an annual inflation rate of 72 percent if the pace for the first month of 1989 held throughout the year Higher prices for gasoline poultry fish and eggs coupled with a sharp advance in tobacco prices accounted for nearly all of the acceleration Consumer prices advanced 44 percent last year the same rate as in 1987 but analysts are expecting the pace to quick en this year Worries about spiraling inflation inten sified earlier this month after the Labor Department reported that wholesale prices shot up an unexpected 1 percent in January largely due to rising food and energy prices Staff Photo By Phil Jones DR PATRICK Accepts accolades at groundbreaking Scientist Praised At Groundbreaking By GEORGE BURGESS Staff Writer The groundbreaking for the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center took place in a sandbox Tuesday afternoon Heavy rains much needed by Aiken County forced the event into the Etherredge Center at USCAiken We try each year that we have a groundbreaking to schedule the event when the water tables are low said Chancellor Robert E Alexander Weve been quite successful with the Etherredge Center and now with the Ruth Patrick Center But the ceremony was not dedicated to humor or weather but to praise That praise was for Dr Ruth Patrick and for the efforts of those who had helped make the Science Cen ter a reality Sen Strom Thurmond RSC led a long list of lumi naries who took the podium to extoll the work of Dr Patrick a limnologist who spent much of her career studying the ecology of the Savannah River and other inland waterways in the Central Savannah River area Others include Rep Butler C Derrick DSC James B Holderrnan president of the University of South Carolina Ernest F Ruppe vice president of petrochemicals for Du Pont Gasper L Toole chair man of the Aiken County Commission on Higher Edu cation and Harry Miley of Gov Carroll A Campbell Jrs staff Also on the dais were numerous governmental and business leaders in Aiken County One of the people invited to speak at the ceremony was Gregory Sobieski regional manager for Apple Computers Please See SCIENTIST Page 14A Tornado Awareness Week Marked By Gales Twisters From Staff And Wire Reports This week is Tornado Awareness Week as proclaimed by Gov Carroll Campbell and many South Carolinians are still reel ing from the twisters and high winds which tore through the state Tuesday without warning Authorities around the state have said there were no fatalities or major injuries suffered during the unexpected storms The National Weather Service says it will be cloudy and breezy today with tem peratures slowly dropping into the 40s and 50s Winds are expected to range from 10 mph to 15 mph and be gusty Locally tornado watches were in effect until 3 pm in Aiken and parts of Geor gia There was no damage attributed to the weather reported in Aiken according to dispatchers with the Aiken County Sher iffs Department and the Aiken Public Safety Department Loris Police Chief Wayne Butler whose uncle was killed in a tornado out side McColl in the early 1980s said Tues day was the first time in at least four years that a tornado had been reported in Loris Robert Cox was standing in front of his house in Loris Tuesday morning when he saw what he believed was a tornado It looked like a big black wall of smoke said Cox It had a whine a roar to it The wind picked up the roof of Coxs barn and carried its metal pieces up to 500 yards away in an open field behind the house In Horry County authorities found evi dence that a tornado had touched down in the Daisy community near secondary road 554 Tommy Harrison civil defense director said a small tornado cut a path through a quartermile of trees High winds swept through sections of the state overturning mobile homes power lines and trees and forcing about Please See TORNADO Page 6A
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