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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 31, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Inside Du Pont will leave the Savannah Riv er Plant at midnight tonight but its effects on the Aiken area will be long lasting Carl Langley takes a look at those effects today That story and an SRP timeline in the Du Pont era are on pages 6A and 7A A Quick Read Disney Sues Academy Over Snow White Act LOS ANGELES AP Walt Dis ney Co is singing a new tune over a portrayal of Snow White during the Academy Awards Hiho hiho its off to court we go Disney is suing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences contending the songanddance rou tine by a Snow White lookalike looked well dopey Corporate spokesman Erwin Okun said the performance was unflatter ing to the beloved character and the academy lacked permission to use the fairy tale character Weather Fair skies and cooler weather are forecast tonight with a low in the 40s Mostly sunny skies are forecast Sat urday with a high in the 60s Please see details on Page 5A Deaths Cheney Says More Bases May Close James O Hightower Inverness Fla Gertrude Morgan Barnwell Fred Muns Keysville Ga Jack L Reames Clearwater James C Watkins Gioverville Julius E Wood Warrenville Please see details on Page 2B Inside Today Bridge4D Calendar2B Classifieds2D Comics4B Crossword5D Cryptoquote3D Dear Abby4B Local Front1B Obituaries2B Opinions1D Sports8A Television4B Weather5A Its daylightsaving time again Remember to set your clock ahead one hour at am this Sunday April 2nd Time To Spring Forward And Reset Your Clocks Early Sunday morning time will spring forward one hour so do not forget to set all clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday The time change will shift an hour of light from morning to evening That is fine for gardeners children athletes and others who enjoy spending an extra hour outdoors Readers sewers and others who pre fer natural light to lightbulbs will be pleased But farmers might have a prob lem Livestock do not follow clock time and they will be up as always ready to go before anyone else is up Willing Sentenced In Emotional Trial tonfctrti n u Signs Change At Midnight Tonight Du Pont Ends Reign As SRP Contractor By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Westinghouse starts putting up its own signs at midnight tonight as the Du Pont New Site Name LogoPage 5A Co ends a nearly 39year reign as Savan nah River Plant contractor and its suc cessor contemplates daunting future challenges for Americas nuclear arsenal On Saturday legal responsibility for the plants operation passes from Du Pont a corporation that has generated staunch community loyalty since 1950 as the designer builder and operator of South Carolinas largest factory Westinghouse Savannah River Co a subsidiary of commercial nuclear giant Westinghouse Electric Corp takes con trol of a crucial US nuclear weapons facility that has come under increasing public scrutiny in recent months A crew working under floodlights to night will change the sign at the plants Jackson entrance and with it comes a plant name change It will become the Savannah River Site an effort by Westinghouse to symbolize unity of purpose among the plants opera tions construction and laboratory sectors The company comes to SRP pledged to pursue methodical resolutions of the safety controversies that have come to dog the plant and its nuclear production reactors See SIGNS Page 5A Triple Crown To Close Under The Sun From Staff Reports Sunny skies and cooler temperatures are expected for Saturdays sulky races the third jewel of the Aiken Triple Crown Saturdays high will be 68 degrees The horses will race at the Aiken Mile Track a historic facility that has long been the winter conditioning and school ing grounds for the fast driving horses that will disperse to major tracks in the spring Sulkies were originally fourwheeled vehicles used to cany doctors and other folk who needed to travel often on their own An old story says the sulky was in vented by a sulky doctor who had to travel often and preferred to sit by himself Aiken Suiky Races Gates Open 10 am Post Time 1 pm Sponsored By USCA Pacer Club Tickets adults for children 611 Parking Railside packages include a frontrow parking space and four adult tickets secondrow package four adult tickets thirdrow package four adult tickets Campers and motor homes back row Now sulkies are very light twowheeled vehicles that are little a U shaped bar with a seat for the driver to sit on The vehicles are pulled by Stan dardbreds descendants of Thorough breds and Morgans that are bred for en durance The horses are often owned trained and raced by the same person which does not often occur in either flat racing or steeplechasing The sulky races follow the Aiken Trials and Aiken Hunt Meet each spring Aiken residents as well as tourists who come to enjoy the Triple Crown may spend the day picnicking socializing and sunning between races Guests are asked not to bring bottles balloons or other items that may frighten or injure the horses The gates will open at 10 am Post time will be at 1 pm See TRIPLE Page 5A Board Votes Itself Pay Raise By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer The Aiken County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to give themselves a 185 percent pay raise beginning July 1 The ninemember board voted 71 with one abstention for the increase after an executive session at its meeting Tuesday night at WagenerSalley High School The vote jumps members pay from a meeting to a meeting Columbia attorney Jay Bender said this morning that the action may be in violation of state law concerning public officials pay Its my guess that they cant raise their salaries while they are in office said Bender He said the board could vote a pay increase but it may have to apply to future boards or those seated after elections Under state law county councils city councils and the legislature are prohibit ed from granting salary increases to themselves but can vote pay hikes that take effect after an ensuing election The school board attorney William Burkhalter could not be reached for comment The topic of payment to school board members came up for discussion during the public session earlier that night but the board decided not to discuss or vote on the issue Following discussion in executive ses sion the board members decided to re turn to public session later that night to vote on the pay raise board members said The raise voted in Tuesday night amounts to a payment of a month since the board meets twice a month But depending on the number of subjects to be reviewed in the district the board sometimes can meet every week during a month James A Moore voted against the pay increase and Board Chairman Sheran B See BOARD Page 5A Merger Of NCNB And Would Create Banking Giant From Staff And Wire Reports CHARLOTTE NC A proposed merger between NCNB Corp and The Citizens and Southern Corp would create the sixthlargest banking organization in the country with the largest share of de posits in South Carolina Georgia North Carolina and Texas The billion merger proposal which would be one of the largest banking mergers in US history stunned bankers and analysts Thursday night as it came only four months after NCNB took con trol of Texas largest bank NCNB portrayed the proposal as friendly It was delivered to direc tors Thursday night after discussions be tween the two managements NCNB on Thursday made an unsolicit ed offer to merge with of Atlanta which said it would think about it According to the NCNB news release the offer called for each share of common stock to be exchanged for 1075 shares of NCNB common stock Based on the NCNB stock closing price of Thursday each share of stock would be worth about per share That is 46 percent more than the stock closing price of Thursday said in a statement late Thursday it only had received a news release on the offer but would call a meeting of its board of directors to consider the proposal Any offer in NCNB stock raises a number of serious questions of value and regulatory approval that have to be care fully evaluated the statement said After that evaluation will have a further statement SEE MERGER Page 5A Ships Captain Fired After Probe Shows He Was Drunk By The Associated Press VALDEZ Alaska The captain of the oil tanker Exxon Valdez is out of a job today be cause a federal inves tigation showed he was legally drunk af ter his ship ran aground causing the nations biggest oil spill Capt Joseph Hazel wood was fired Thurs HAZELWOOD More StoriesPages 4D 5D day for violating company rules that ban alcohol on its ships said Exxon Shipping Co Inc President Frank larossi We are all extremely disappointed and outraged that an officer in such a critical position could have jeopardized his ship his crew and the environment through such actions larossi said The federal government meanwhile said it will not take over the spill cleanup but will monitor the environmental dam age The tanker ran aground on a charted reef March 24 dumping 101 million gal lons of oil into Prince William Sound Coast Guard Commandant Paul Yost one of three senior officials who made a factfinding trip to the spill site said it was almost unbelievable that the ship strayed outside a 10mile wide shipping lane to run aground This was not a treacherous area not treacherous in the area where they ran aground Yost said in Washington on Thursday Its 10 miles wide Your chil dren could drive a tanker up through it Hazelwood was the skipper of the 987 foot tanker but he was not on the bridge when the ship hit Bligh Reef a halfmile outside normal shipping lanes The ship had just left the Port of Valdez loaded with crude oil from the transAlaska pipeline On Thursday crude oil covered about 600 square miles of the sound once consid ered one of Alaskas most beautiful ma rine habitats A blood test administered more than nine hours after the accident showed Ha zelwood had a bloodalcohol level of 0061 said William Woody head of a National Transportation Safety Board team inves tigating the spill   

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