Aiken Standard, April 2, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 2, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Seton Hall, Michigan Win Page IB ^ A special section on the Masters is included in today’s edition. The section includes an interview with defending champion Sandy Lyle, plus a look at CBS golf direc-tor-producer Frank Chirkinian. A Quick Read City Destroys House By Mistake NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Cleveland Bailey went out of town for two weeks and when he returned home, it wasn’t there. Bailey arrived Thursday just moments after a city contractor’s bulldozer had leveled his house. Only rich, dark soil remains. “It appears the city made a mistake,” said Mayor Patrick Henry Hays, who apologized and asked Bailey to itemize his losses. Counting the house, furniture, clothes and appliances, Bailey figures he lost $50,000. The right house had been razed, but the city notified the wrong person of the impending demolition, Hays said. City Inspector Elmo Smith condemned the home last year and the City Council authorized the razing if the owner failed to bring it up to building standards. Bailey found the condemned sign and bought a permit to put his house in shape. He had planned to spend $5,000 on a new roof and other repairs. Weather Sunnky Skies Mostly sunny skies will remain throughout today but will turn cloudy as evening approaches. Today’s high will be in the low 70s. Winds will be from the south at 5 to IO mph. Please see details on Page 5A. Deaths Leonard H Buff Sr., West Columbia William W Knight, Belvedere Helen O’ Brien, Charleston Ophelia Steadman, Graniteville Please see details on Page 5A Inside Today Bridge........................................... SF Business......................................... IF Calendar......................................... RF Classifieds...................................... 3F Comics........................................... 3R Crossword.................................... RF Cryptoquote 4F Dear Abby..................................... RF Local Front.................................... 13A Obituaries....................................... RA Opinions........................................ IF Sports............................................. IR Stocks ............................................ ?\- Weather......................................... 5A Weddings....................................... 11E Did You Forget? WASHINGTON (AP) - Most Americans are back on daylight-saving time. The switch occurred at 2 a.m. Sunday with the shift of clocks one hour forward, except in the handful of states which have exempted themselves from taking part. Daylight time remains in effect until Oct. 29. Page 2A Page 13A COUNTZ Mvftt >1 a it da rh Sunday, April 2, 1989 50C Aiken, South Carolina 122 No. 79 Change Of Contractors Will Cost $65M By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer The just-completed change of contractors at the Savannah River Plant will cost the federal government nearly $65 million, officials predict. At midnight Friday night, the sign outside the plant’s Jackson entrance was changed as workers and some other interested parties looked on. Following the sign change, Jack R. Herrmann, a Westinghouse spokesman, said, “We are eager to get on with it. It has been a long transition.” The Du Pont Co., departing contractor, and its successor, Westinghouse, have been accruing transition expenses that the plant’s owner, the U.S. Department of Energy, ultimately will reimburse. Westinghouse’s expenses are estimated at $33.6 million, Du Pont’s at $30.9 million, putting the DOE’s total bill at $64.5 million, department officials said last week. But the new contractor’s tab could reach $35 million. Westinghouse Savannah River Co., Du Pont’s successor as of Saturday, projects its transition expenses to be $33,585,523 — the amount listed in its “letter” contract covering the transition period that started last September. “We haven’t spent that much yet,” Herrmann said recently. “I’ve heard the current projections are probably in the $30 million to $35 million range.” Westinghouse assumed legal control of the plant at midnight Friday, as frantic reshuffling of some SRP office space was expected to continue through this weekend. But officials with both companies and the DOE reported in late March that the changeover process had gone well. James S. Moore, WSRC president, has scheduled a press conference for 1:30 p.m. Monday at the plant, to discuss his company’s role at the weapons materials facility. Du Pont, which built SRP and has operated it for nearly 40 years, started calculating its “estimated projected cost” of transition as soon as it announced in October 1987 that it would allow its contract to expire this year. Its calculations extended through Friday. (See CHANGE, Page 12A) Severance Windfall Hits City Staff Photo By Scott Webster BODACIOUS WINNER: Doug Yaw (left) guided at the Aiken Sulky Races. The race was for 3-year-olds Bodacious Yankee to a win in the Budweiser Cup Race and older pacers. Triple Crown Closes With Sulky Races (JSC Aiken Student Guides Cloonty Win By KENZIE L. WINSTEAD Staff Sports Writer It seemed only fitting. In the Aiken Sulky Races — the third leg of Aiken’s Triple Crown — at the Aiken Mile Track Saturday afternoon, USC Aiken senior Grant Larlee picked up a seat in the seventh race and made the most of it. The USCA Pacer Club sponsors the annual races for trotters and pacers. In the third race of the card, David Teeds drove Cloonty to a third-place fin- Suiky Pictures.................Pages    10A, 11A ish in the Harry Whitney Memorial Race. Then, Larlee took the Cloonty seat four races later. Larlee and Cloonty quickly fell behind Dance Pavillion and Probationer, driven by Jim Larente and owned by Charter Oaks Stable in Aiken. “I knew Bobby (Larente, who rode Dance Pavillion) would go to the front with his horse,” said Larlee. “. . . I was sitting fourth.” Larlee tried to make his move. larlee said the only way he could overtake the other three riders was to go wide. It worked. “Down the stretch, I went to the whip and he responded,” said Larlee. “... I’m real proud of him.” Larlee and Cloonty finished the mile course in 2:06, just ahead of Probationer and March Montallegro in the Pete Hile-man Memorial Race. Slinky Yankee placed fourth and Dance Pavillion rounded out the five-horse field. With the win, Larlee avenged a loss to Jim Larente, who beat Larlee by a nose earlier. A finance major at USCA, Larlee said he’s been around horses ever since he can remember. “It’s a family business,” said Larlee. “. . . If it (horses) is in your blood, it stays. . . I do want to pursue it because I enjoy it a lot.” (See TRIPLE, Page I2A) From Staff Reports Aiken businesses had their hands full Friday and Saturday with a flood of Savannah River Plant employees looking to spend or invest up to $80 million in severance pay and vacation allowances from the Du Pont Co. The company distributed the pay in varying amounts to about 6,500 employees before it withdrew as SRP contractor Friday, leaving the plant reins to Westinghouse Savannah River Co. Du Pont had been estimating severance pay would reach $74.6 million. But it has now revised that figure downward to the $64 million to $65 million range, Du Pont spokesman Robert C. (Clif) Webb said Saturday. Another estimated $15 million went to plant employees who cashed in accumulated Du Pont vacation time. Financial institutions launched a virtual bidding war to offer the best interest rates on certificates of deposit, and many had special Saturday hours. Automobile dealers and retailers readied for new business, and real estate agents predicted continuing strong trade from the cash bonanza. At the Savannah River Plant Credit Union, up to 80 people at a time waited in line Friday morning, President Ed Templeton said. The 23,500-member credit union hired off-duty public safety officers “to facilitate traffic” to and from its Whiskey Road offices, Templeton said. “It’s incredible. It’s been busy all day long,” Linda Knight, Templeton’s secretary, said Friday morning. “Tile lobby is full. We’re just doing a booming business,” Ms. Knight said. “Everybody’s in a good mood. They’re not getting annoyed that they have to wait. They’re taking it in stride today.” The company’s opening rates Friday morning included 9.75 percent on 12-month share certificates of deposit. (See SEVERANCE, Page 12A) Authorities Pursue Shooting Suspect By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer WAGENER — Teams of law enforcement officers and bloodhounds pushed through thickets and across farmlands late Saturday in pursuit of a man suspected of shooting another to death in Wagener. Capt. Jim Whitehurst of the Aiken County Sheriff’s Department said the manhunt began shortly after 4 p.m. when gunfire erupted in the yard of a Wagener residence. Authorities were hunting a suspect tentatively identified as David (Jay) Oliver, about 50. He identified the shooting victim as Gilbert (Nickle) Bostick Jr., about 40. A neighbor said Bostick was washing his automobile when a man appeared in the yard and fired a number of shots. Whitehurst said at least two bullets from a revolver struck the victim in the chest and in the leg. “We don’t know how many shots were fired,” Whitehurst said. Whitehurst said authorities also have not established a motive for the shooting. After the gunfire, the suspect, according to witnesses, fled on foot across nearby S.C. 39, which runs from Wagener to New Holland. The area bordering the highway is swampy, but yields to scrub oak thickets, pine woods and farmland. Bloodhounds from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Aiken Department of Public Safety were brought to the scene to assist nearly two dozen law enforcement officers in the manhunt. Several hours after the shooting officers from the Sheriff’s Department, SLED, Aiken Public Safety (See AUTHORITIES, Page 12A) Over The Jump Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth CAROLINA CUP ACTION: Cadent, ridden by David Bourke, won the Baron DeKalb Race at the Carolina Cup in Camden Saturday. Please see story on Page 1B. ;

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