Aiken Standard, March 28, 1989

Aiken Standard

March 28, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 28, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside The Du Pont Co. will end its lengthy tenure as operator of the Savannah River Plant this Friday. The transition Du Pont employees will experience and the old Dunbar Cemetery are featured today in the third part of a series on Du Pont’s relationship with Aiken County. Please see Pages 6A and 7A. A Quick Read IRS Wants Taxes, Even lf Bomb Drops WASHINGTON (AP) - A fallout shelter may protect you from a nuclear attack but it can’t double as a tax shelter. The Internal Revenue Service has a plan for staying in business in case the bomb drops, and the top priority would be collecting those taxes that would produce the most revenue. The agency does acknowledge that a nuclear attack likely would cause collections to suffer. Outlines of the plan were published in response to a directive from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to most government departments. The plan, dated Dec. 14,1988, was buried in the Internal Revenue Manual, a voluminous document that guides IRS employees through every challenge from auditing a church to handling a menacing telephone caller. “In the event of a national emergency (especially resulting from nuclear attack) the primary function of the Service is to support the secretary of the Treasury,” the manual states. “This support as a minimum will consist of analyzing and reporting upon emergency tax legislation, prescribing regulations and forms, issuing rulings and technical information of an emergency nature.” Any money left after those tasks are performed would be spent on either preparing to resume full operations or concentrating on key functions of assessing and collecting taxes, enforcing the tax laws and handling taxpayer appeals. Weather Fair Tonight Today will be mostly sunny and warm with a high in the mid-80s. Tonight will be fair and mild with a low in the upper 50s. Wednesday will be partly cloudy and warm, with storms moving in Thursday. Please see details on Page 12A.-im county puBcm new*? Page 2A Soviet Voters Stun Party Officials Page IB & i km AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY Tuesday, March 28, 1989 25C Aiken, s. n n Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 75 Community Awaits SRP Cash Bonanza By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer This week’s $75 million bonanza from the Savannah River Plant will let many plant employees bum old mortgages, buy new Cadillacs, or invest in that family business they’ve always wanted. Financial institutions and retailers are jockeying for position to reap new community spending, once the Du Pont Co. distributes nearly $75 million in severance pay to about 6,500 SRP employees on Friday, its last day as plant contractor. But business people agree that the cash influx, unprecedented in this area, is big enough to benefit all sectors of the local economy. “That’s quite a paycheck for this size community,” said Rick Herring, a vice president of Palmetto Savings & Loan Association, the county’s biggest deposit institution. “It sounds like nothing but good for us, to have that much money coming in,” said June Murff, president of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce. A number of businesses plan promotional offers and/or extended hours in anticipation of the severance pay. The Savannah River Plant Credit Union, for example, said it will offer special interest rates on certificates of deposit. The 23,500-member credit union, the county’s largest, plans to announce those rates Friday morning, President Ed Templeton said. Palmetto Federal now has 38 percent of Aiken County’s deposit investments, Herring said, and it expects to reap a substantial share of the $75 million. But he predicted a “three-pronged cash flow,” not just limited to deposit investments at his and competing institutions. He called “retail and commercial” spending the second prong. Finally, he predicted, some SRP employees — many with cashed-in Du Pont vacation time and pensions in addition to severance pay — will take the opportunity to pay off old loans and mortgages. Owensby Buick-Cadillac on U.S. I is among area automobile dealers planning extended hours after the severance checks go out. The dealership will target people “who may have wanted a Cadillac but have settled for a lesser car” until now, owner Gary K. Owensby said. (See COMMUNITY, Page 12A) ge C. Chavous, Aiken > W. Fraizer, South Ozone Park, E. Harper Jr., Aiken ay M. Leaumont, North Augusta Pauer, Martinez M Poole, Swansea Randall, Tybee Island, Ga. G. Shepheard, Aiken ni B. Stone, Johnston dy Thomas, Aiken :e Thomas, Aiken »Thomas, Aiken iha Thomas, Aiken > M. Tomlinson, Anderson na J. Vaughn, Aiken I R. Wood, Greenwood >e see details on Page 8A. Inside Today Bridge.............................................. Calendar........................................... Classifieds........................................ Comics............................................. Crossword......................................1 Cryptoquote...................................... Dear Abby......................................... Local Front.......................................1    ® Obituaries......................................... Opinions...........................................^ Sports...............................................^ Television......................................... Weather..........................................1^A Home Sweet Home rn ■Hr •7\* Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth RELAXATION TIME: Kendall Fitch, 4, relaxes in the living room of her play house. Her own little four-room “home,” complete with lights, running water, and furniture, was given to her by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Fitch. Please see story on Page 1B. TMI Anniversary Marked By Activists By The Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. - Residents near the Three Mile Island power plant are still angry about the nation’s worst commercial nuclear accident and said they still bear physical and emotional scars IO years later. “The so-called accident at TMI was an act of violence against mankind, an act of violence against the unborn,” said Jane Lee, who lives near the plant in Etters, about IO miles southeast of Harrisburg. About 150 people marched outside the plant Monday, and residents and anti-nuclear activists were to begin a candlelight vigil at 4 a.m. today, exactly IO years after the accident started. The accident began March 28, 1979, when a series of human and mechanical errors allowed the plant’s 150-ton radioactive core to lose cooling water. Half the core melted and 20 tons of molten material raced to the bottom of the reactor before it was held in check by a remaining pool of water. Radioactive gas was released into the atmosphere over several days. Ms. Lee scoffed at how the federal and state governments responded to the accident and their followup health studies that found no evidence of accident-related illnesses. “They’re lying,” she said. “Why is it such a big, dark secret? ... It must be covered up for national security. With those kinds of friends, I don’t need any enemies.” About 2,000 damage claims remain against the plant owner, General Public Utilities Corp. Deborah Baker of Middletown, who won a $1 million settlement from the plant owners’ insurance company, said her own research has convinced her the accident caused her son to be born nine months after the accident with Down’s Syndrome. ICE FLOE AND TANKER: These tankers are pumping diI, despite the spill caused when the Exxon Valdez ran aground Friday. The cause of the tanker mishap is AP Laserphoto blamed on ice like this that floats into the shipping lane used in the Prince William Sound. VAIDEZ, Alaska — Authorities today investigated reports that the captain of a tanker responsible for a 100-square-mile oil spill had drinking problems, and crews struggled against the slick that was moving “like it’s on a superhighway.” “We look at all areas in an investigation and that’s an area of concern,” National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Bill Woody said of reports that Exxon Valdez Capt. Joseph Hazelwood had a drunken driving conviction as recently as September. Hazelwood likely will be required to testify at NTSB hearings that begin April 4 in Anchorage, Woody said. Hazelwood, 42, was not on the bridge when the vessel left shipping lanes on Friday to avoid ice, rammed a charted reef and ran aground in Prince William Sound, said Exxon Shipping Co. officials. (See OIL, Page 12A) Annexation Ordinance Gets OK From Council By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer The Aiken City Council passed on first reading Monday an ordinance to annex the north side of Kalmia Hill, between Gregg Avenue and Shadow Drive on Richland Avenue. Residents of that area voted March 14 to be annexed into the city. An ordinance by the city is required for the area to become included in its bounds, as well as certification by the U.S. Department of Justice. The ordinance contains a zoning of R-l Single Family Residential, although the city’s Planning Commission has not as ye* recommended any zoning for the area proposed to be annexed. The ordinance states that the second reading of the ordinance, at which time it would become law, not be held until the (See ANNEXATION, Page 12A) School Building Bonds To Cause Tax Increase By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer A provision for the issuance and sale of $6.3 million in school building bonds for 1989, recently approved by the Aiken County Board of Education, will require a 1989-90 tax increase of approximately $1.2 million for Aiken and Saluda counties. The millage rate, which is the rate of taxation expressed in mills per dollar, required to generate this amount will not be determined until the value of a mill is established. According to the Aiken County auditors office, the millage rate must be determined by the school board and the Aiken County Council by July I. The issuance of school building bonds began in the early 1980s to defray costs of construction and renovations in the school district. (See SCHOOL, Page 12A) Oil Spill Cleanup Hampered By The Associated Press ;

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