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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 Dun bar Cemetery are featured today in the third part of a series on Du Ponts relationship with Aiken County Please see Pages 6A and 7A A Quick Read IRS Wants Taxes Even If Bomb Drops WASHINGTON AP A fallout shelter may protect you from a nu clear attack but it cant 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 surfer Outlines of the plan were published in response to a directive from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to most government depart ments The plan dated Dec 141988 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 emer gency especially resulting from nu clear attack the primary function of the Service is to support the secre tary of the Treasury the manual states This support as a minimum will consist of analyzing and report ing upon emergency tax legislation prescribing regulations and forms issuing rulings and technical infor mation of an emergency nature Any money left after those tasks are performed would be spent on ei ther preparing to resume full opera tions or concentrating on key func tions 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 mid80s To night will be fair and mild with a low in the upper 50s Wednesday will be partly cloudy and warm wife storms moving in Thursday Please see details on Page 12A Deaths George C Chavous Aiken Essie W Fraizer South Ozone Park NY Joel E Harper Jr Aiken Dudley M Leaumont North Augusta Fred Pauer Martinez Belle M Poole Swansea Mary Randall Tybee Island Ga Rose G Shepheard Aiken Naomi B Stone Johnston Brandy Thomas Aiken Janice Thomas Aiken Kylee Thomas Aiken Lakisha Thomas Aiken Sallie M Tomlinson Anderson Thelma JVaughn Aiken Albert R Wood Greenwood Please see details on Page 8A Inside Today Bridge9B Calendar7B Classifieds4B Comics4B Crossword10B Cryptoquote8E3 DearAbby4B Local Front1B Obituaries8A Opinions4A Sports9A Television4B Weather12A Soviet Voters Stun Party Officials Peach Season Begins Soon Tuesday March 281989 AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC 435 Aiken South Carolina Community Awaits SRP Cash Bonanza By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer This weeks million bonanza from the Savannah River Plant will let many plant employees burn old mortgages buy new Cadillacs or invest in that family business theyve always wanted Financial institutions and retailers are jockeying for position to reap new com munity spending once the Du Pont Co distributes nearly million in sever ance pay to about 6500 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 Thats quite a paycheck for this size community said Rick Herring a vice president of Palmetto Savings Loan As sociation the countys 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 promo tional offers extended hours in anticipation of the severance pay The Savannah River Plant Credit Union for example said it will offer spe cial interest rates on certificates of deposit The 23500member credit union the countys largest plans to announce those rates Friday morning President Ed Templeton said Palmetto Federal now has 38 percent of Aiken Countys deposit investments Her ring said and it expects to reap a sub stantial share of the million But he predicted a threepronged cash flow not just limited to deposit invest ments at his and competing institutions He called retail and commercial spending the second prong Finally he predicted some SRP em ployees many with cashedin Du Pont vacation time and pensions in addition to severance pay will take the opportuni ty to pay off old loans and mortgages Owensby BuickCadillac on US 1 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 ICE FLOE AND TANKER These tankers are pumping oil 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 Oil Spill Cleanup Hampered By The Associated Press VALDEZ Alaska Authorities today investigated reports that the captain of a tanker responsible for a 100squaremile oil spill had drinking problems and crews struggled against the slick that was moving like its on a superhighway We look at all areas in an investiga tion and thats an area of concern Na tional Transportation Safety Board spokesman Bill Woody said of reports that Exxon Valdez Capt Joseph Hazel wood 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 US Department of Justice The ordinance contains a zoning of Rl Single Family Residential although the citys Planning Commission has not as yet 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 ncrease By DEMISE STUBBS Staff Writer A provision for the issuance and sale of million in school building bonds for 1989 recently approved by the Aiken County Board of Education will require a 198990 tax increase of approximately 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 audi tors office the millage rate must be de termined by the school board and the Aiken County Council by July 1 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 IMS Anniversary Marked By Activists Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth RELAXATION TIME Kendall Fitch A relaxes in the living room of her play house Her own little fourroom 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 1 B By The Associated Press HARRISBURG Pa Resi dents near the Three Mile Island power plant are still angry about the nations worst commercial nu clear accident and said they still bear physical and emotional scars 10 years later The socalled 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 10 miles southeast of Harrisburg About 150 people marched out side the plant Monday and resi dents and antinuclear activists were to begin a candlelight vigil at 4 am today exactly 10 years after the accident started The accident began March 28 1979 when a series of human and mechanical errors allowed the plants 150ton radioactive core to lose cooling water Half the core melted and 20 tons of molten ma terial raced to the bottom of the reactor before it was held in check by a remaining pool of water Ra dioactive gas was released into the atmosphere over several days Ms Lee scoffed at how the fed eral and state governments re sponded to the accident and their followup health studies that found no evidence of accidentrelated illnesses Theyre lying she said Why is it such a big dark secret It must be covered up for na tional security With those kinds of friends I dont need any enemies About 2000 damage claims re main against the plant owner General Public Utilities Corp Deborah Baker of Middletown who won a 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 Downs Syndrome   

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