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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 28, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Gamecocks Defeat Virginia Tech Page 9A A Quick Read Mayor Weeks Suffers Injury Mayor H Odell Weeks 80 fell Monday morning and broke two ribs Aiken City Councilman Frederick B Cavanaugh announced at Monday nights City Council meeting Mayor Weeks who has held office since 1946 and is dean of the states mayors was admitted to HCAAiken Regional Medical Center Cavan augh said The mayor said the accident hap pened about am while he was inspecting some Hampton Avenue property owned by his firm Accord ing to the mayor he attempted to step around a loading device tripped and fell Mayor Weeks said he was hopeful of getting out of the hospital before the end of the week North Augustan Killed in Accident A 20 yearold North Augusta city employee was killed yesterday after being run over by the garbage truck he was riding on Troy Darren Cockrell was pro nounced dead of severe head trauma at pm at Medical College of Georgia Hospital according to Coro ner Sue R Townsend North Augusta Public Safety offi cers are investigating the accident Capt Eric Sanders said It is un known where Cockrell was standing at the time of the accident Weather Today will be mostly cloudy with an 80 percent chance of rain The high will be near 60 The low will be near 40 Wednesday will be partly cloudy with a high near 60 and a low near 30 Please see details on Page 5A Deaths Martha S Bunch North Augusta Nellie T Burkett Graniteville Lizzie S Carter North Augusta William T Corder Aiken cora Lou Vinson Aiken Daisy R Wood Aiken Please see details on Page 12A Inside Today Bridge5B Calendar10B Classifieds3B Comics8A Crossword6B Cryptoquote48 Dear Abby8A Local Front1B Obituaries5A Opinions4A Sports9A Television8A Weather12A Page2A Economic Growth Sluggish Page IB Cooke Cable Sale On Target 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 tho paper at the current price please call the Circulation De partment 6495316 f ebruary 1989 Bush Tries To Salvage Tower Bid By The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush be gins a lastminute lobbying blitz with Senate Democrats today in an attempt to salvage his nomination of John Tower as defense secretary and avert the most se rious setback of his new administration With the full Senate prepared to take up the nomination this week Bush rejoined the battle Monday night after returning to the capital from the Far East He told reporters on Air Force One I havent wavered one iota and I dont intend to Democrats have been largely unim pressed with Towers pledge to swear off alcohol if he is confirmed saying they are concerned with the issue of his judg ment in general and his past links with military contractors In an attempt to change their minds the president sched uled meetings to lobby for Tower with a dozen senators most of them Democrats On the list were Senate Majority Lead er George Mitchell DMaine Sen John Warner RVa the ranking GOP mem ber of the Senate Armed Services Com mittee and at least five Democrats whose votes will be crucial il the former Texas senator is to be confirmed They are Sens Charles Robb DVa Lloyd Bentsen DTexas Bennett Johnston D La Dennis DeConcini DAriz and Bill Bradley DNJ Were going to work real hard said White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater Were going to talk to a lot of people and ask them to keep an open mind and to read the FBI report and to talk to John Tower When Bush was asked whether Towers nodrinking pledge would help he shrugged his shoulders and said I dont know Asked if Towers cause will pre vail he replied Time will tell I dont have any predictions Following a White House meeting Mon day night Senate Republican leader Bob Dole RKan said there was no talk of pulling the plug on Towers nomination Senators are using the time before for mal debate opens on Wednesday to troop into a guarded Capitol hearing room to read a confidential FBI report on the for mer Texas senators drinking habits al leged womanizing and the extensive and lucrative links he forged to military contractors after retiring from the Sen ate three years ago Sen Bob Graham DFla considered by some a swing vote told reporters in Miami that Towers abstinence pledge helps but that his problems go beyond his drinking habits Woodward Tract Suffers Setback Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth FIRST PRESIDENT Bobby D Kelly Jr is the first president of the Midland Valley Area Council of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce He was elected to the presidency at the Councils first meeting in November Please see story on Page 1 B By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer An Augusta and Columbia de velopment partnership suffered a setback Monday night as the Ai ken City Council by a tie vote withheld approval for the first phase of the proposed mil lion development of the Wood ward Tract The Council voted threetothree on a request for approval of site and landscape development plans for 1E2 apartment units Such ac tion said James M Holly city at torney means that approval has not been granted The vote came after nearly four hours of debate and an opening executive session on three related requests The other two items approval of a road connecting Whiskey and Two Notch roads and an agree ment between the City and the de velopers were tabled due to the nonapproval of the apartment plans In order for the developers to pursue approval for the apart ments they would have to begin approval requests anew through the Planning Commission unless a councilmember brought the item up for reconsideration Holly said Councilmembers Michael Ana clerio Lessie Price and Frank Loudermilk voted for Anaclerios motion to approve the apart ments Councilmembers Freder ick B Cavanaugh mayorpro tem Ronald A Maxwell and Beverly Clyburn voted against the motion Mayor H Odell Weeks a voting member was absent from the meeting due to an injury suffered that morning State law does not provide for such a vote by proxy Holly said Councilman Anaclerios motion See WOODWARD Page IZA Partnership Receives Gift By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer The South Carolina Electric and Gas Co citing a commitment to growth and opportunity in Aiken and Edgefield coun ties Monday presented a check for to the Aikenbased Economic De velopment Partnership Cathy B Novinger senior vice presi dent of SCANA parent company of the utility presented the gift during a recep tion for Wayne L Sterling executive di rector of the South Carolina Development Board Sterling who took the helm of the de velopment board last October was in Ai ken and North Augusta Monday and to day to address luncheon meetings of the Aiken and North Augusta Rotary clubs At Mondays reception held at USC Ai ken more than 125 business and profes sional leaders joined SCANA in welcom ing Sterling an economist and attorney and former college professor Ms Novinger said the contribution to the EDP is SCANAs recognition that the local development organizations efforts are vital to growth in Aiken and Edge field counties STERLING BUSBEE Our involvement in the community stems from our commitment to growth said Ms Novinger We dont mean growth just for the sake of growth We mean searching for and planning the kinds of opportunities that can enhance the quality of life for everyone now and in the future Ms Novinger also announced that W Harry Busbee has accepted the new post of economic development coordinator for SCANAs development office in Aiken Busbee formerly served as assistant to state Agriculture Commissioner Leslie J Tindal Discussing the impact of the SCANA contribution J David Jameson execu tive director of the EDP said This ma jor contribution will allow the partner ship to compete better in attracting more capital investment into the twocounty region Sterling responding to Ms Novingers remarks said he was quite impressed with the growth potential of the region A former director of the Fort Worth Texas Chamber of Commerce Sterling told the Aiken Rotarians that although he has been on the job only a short tune he is aware the state has adopted an aggres sive agenda to pursue new plants and more jobs Sterling said Even before I came I knew economic development in South Carolina was in good hands You have a governor and state legislature that are extremely responsive to passing legislation that encourages business de velopment and growth Sterling said South Carolinas empha sis on enacting laws encouraging indus trial growth has made it a trend setter in national and international business dealings and the state is moving to See PARTNERSHIP Page 12A Clearwater Plant Plans Restart Soon By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer Clearwater Finishing Plant which has been purchased from United Merchants and Manufacturers by a group of SC investors plans to re sume operations in late March or early April The main buyer of the plant is Bob by Neal the principal owner of Union Color and Chemicals Neal who has purchased the plant with two other investors was unavailable for com ment on the sale Union Color is the import agent for the L Lamberti Co of Milan Italy The first contract for the purchase of the plant was signed last week according to informed sources The final contract sould be signed in CLEARWATER Page 12A DOE Tentatively Schedules Public Hearings On Reactors By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer The Department of Energy has tenta tively scheduled scoping hearings on March 22 28 and 31 the last one is in Aiken to gather public comment on the continued operation of the Savannah Riv er Plants nuclear reactors The hearings will allow the public to comment on what should be included in an environmental impact statement on those operations DOE officials said theyre preparing that EIS because its environmentally prudent not because of a pending lawsuit seeking to block restart of the idled reactors until the statement is completed Public hearings with morning and eve ning sessions are now planned for March 22 at the De Soto Hilton in Savannah March 28 at the Sheraton Northwest in SRP Installing AboveGround Plastic Piping Savannah River Plant of ficials are installing aboveground plastic piping as tem porary replacements for aging underground ceramic pipes at the plants F and H separations areas Officials inspected ten sections of ceramic waste water pipe ranging in length from 75 to 425 feet after one section sprang a leak earlier this month The plastic piping approved Monday by state health officials allows the plant to study longrange options that could include aboveground stainless steel pipe said Rebecca M McSwain a spokeswoman for the Du Pont Co plant contractor The new pipe will allow F and H to resume normal operations processing of nuclear weapons in the next week or so Ms MeSwain said Columbia and March 31 at H Odell Weeks Activities Center at 1700 Whiskey Road Those are tentative dates said Re becca H Craft a spokeswoman witli the DOEs Savannah River Operations Hearing dates dont become official until theyre published in the Federal Regis ter which is expected later this week All three of SRPs operable production reactors the nations only source of per ishable tritium gas for nuclear weapons have been idled since last summer for DOEordered upgrades to management and equipment Department officials said they hope to announce restart dates in midMarch Three environmental groups the Natural Resources Defense Council Greenpeace USA and the Energy Re search Foundation filed a federal suit in December maintaining that the Na tional Environmental Policy Act requires the DOE to prepare an EIS prior to re starting any of the three The groups contended that reactor technical problems publicized last fall at congressional hearings make the restart a major federal action requiring the full environmental study beforehand The DOE plans to file a response to the lawsuit within the next two weeks but has said it wont make completion of the EIS a condition of restart   

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