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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 25, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Inside NCNB Drops Bank Takeover Bid Scandal Leads To Resignation Page 2A A Quick Read Billion Would Be Cut For Defense WASHINGTON AP Defense Secretary Dick Cheney today out lined billion in Pentagon budget cuts and said the hard choices in cluded reductions in dozens of weap ons systems and a billion slash in Star Wars research money Cheney making his first appear ance as defense secretary before his former colleagues in the House told the Armed Services Committee that only the Marine Corps had been spared manpower cuts No program was excluded from consideration during the budget ad justment process Cheney told the House panel at the start of what was expected to be a daylong hearing But my top priorities are quality people forward strategy readiness and sustainability efficient procure ment and strategic modernization The adjustments we made to the bud get were implemented within this context Under the budget agreement reached earlier this spring between the Bush administration and Con gress the Pentagon is required to cut future spending plans by billion for the next fiscal year Genes May Influence Happiness With Job NEW YORK AP Genes may influence how satisfied one is at work according to a study But the study does not imply that people who dislike their jobs are ge netically doomed to unhappiness at work The apparent impact of genes is quite modest suggesting were not totally hardwired for job satisfac tion said industrial psychologist Richard Arvey Besides he said just as nutrition can modify the genetic influence on a persons height the job setting may affect the hypothesized genetic con tribution to job satisfaction The study suggests that genes may be one reason that some people seem happy no matter what they do while others have trouble finding a satisfy ing job Arvey said Weather Sunny Skies Continue Skies will be fair tonight with a low in the upper 50s Mostly sunny skies are forecast Wednesday with a high in the upper 80s Please see details on Page ISA Deaths Bessie Anderson Graniteville Minnie Glover Johnston J Leslie McCormick Carrie N Moore Laurens Rosa E Rankin McCormick Please see details on Page 13A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 4B 5B 7B 48 108 88 48 18 13A 6A 9A 48 13A Traffic Solution Offered To School rcnHTY P NEWBERRV ST S W Aiken South Carolina Vol 12 Zoning Plat Cleared For Woodward ByCARLLANGLEY Staff Writer Aiken Associates developer of the Woodward Tract in South Aiken has cleared two significant hurdles before the Aiken Planning Commission Monday the firm won votes of approv al on preliminary plans for a shopping center neighborhood business zone and apartment complex and a preliminary subdivision plat The planning commission after a lengthy hearing into the combined pro posals approved them by 60 and 51 votes despite opposition from residents of the area and environmental advocates The only dissenting vote came from Commissioner Richard Sears who op posed the preliminary subdivision plat Aiken Associates which bought the property for million wants to create a small shopping center a 152unit apart ment complex and a neighborhood busi ness area in Phase 1 of its development plans The apartment complex has been named The Colony at South Park The subdivision plat shows three tracts ranging in size from 107 to 189 acres and seven lots with sizes of less than an acre to more than four acres Victor J Mills president of Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial Corporation owners of the tract said he was satisfied with the the vote and said his firm would meet every condition required by the city in an effort to satisfy critics Major targets of the critics were pro posals to allow the developers to create five entrances into the property along Whiskey Road and the future of a Caroli na bay located on the tract Mills replied that the company had con tracted the services of a traffic engineer to make a study of driving conditions along Whiskey Road which runs along the front of the property He said the engineers study found that deceleration lanes placed on the compa nys property would reduce congestion and act as a safeguard against accidents A Blanchard and Calhoun spokesman said the bay a natural depression in the earth would be protected during the ini tial stages of development and the com pany would give priority to prevent any impact on the basin But the assurances didnt soothe con cerns of those opposed to the development Please See ZONING Page 14A Residential Stables Survive In Council Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth NORTH AUGUSTA COMMUNITY CENTER Sandra Sizemore West director of the North Augusta Community Center shows off the huge fireplace in the lobby of the center The center is available to the public for all types of functions For story see Page 1 B Conditional Use Rules Tightened By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer A conditional use ordinance giving horse owners the right to seek city per mits for stabling their animals in Rl and R2 residential zones was laden with amendments Monday night but survived on a 43 vote before Aiken City Council Second reading and public hearing of the controversial statute came before a packed house with opponents and propo nents of conditional use about equally di vided and given equal time to state arguments Voting to approve the ordinance were Mayor H Odell Weeks and Councilmen Michael Anaclerio Beverly Clyburn and Lessie Price Opposed were Councilmen Frederick B Cavanaugh Jr Frank Lou dennilk HI and Ronald A Maxwell Under the conditional use plan horse owners must file requests with the city to stable horses on their lots To win approv al they must meet a set of stringent cri teria covering setbacks stable locations sanitation grain storage and lot maintenance The provision assures anyone seeking to maintain a horse or horses in Rl and R2 zones must be handled on an individ ual basis which will allow residents of affected neighborhoods an opportunity to oppose the permit request Tacked onto the ordinance Monday night during a debate that lasted about 2 hours were amendments on stable siting storage of animal droppings and guaranteeing City Council will have the final say in determining who gets a permit A fourth amendment offered by Coun cilman Maxwell would have prohibited conditional use zoning entirely after a twoyear period but it was defeated on a 52 vote Mrs Clyburn offered the stable loca tion ordinance which got a unanimous vote In it horse owners in Rl and R2 zones cannot house their animals closer to a neighbors dwelling than their own s Councilman Loudermilks animal drop pings measure also passed unanimously will require horse owners to store ma nure in covered containers in the condi tional use zones Councilman Cavanaugh won a 52 vote on his amendment that gives City Council responsibility for granting conditional use permits He had argued that such controversial issues should not be handed to the planning commission During the hearing horse owners and their supporters said stringent restric tions against the animals would tarnish the citys image and appealed for council to safeguard owners property rights The prohorse faction also pointed out that the sport and pleasure pursuits asso ciated with the animals generates a lot of money in Aiken and provides employ ment for a large number of people Critics however said image and eco nomic claims must be set aside in favor of sanitation and health issues They said the economic benefits are not as great as claimed and were being used by horse owners to sway opinions on council All prefaced their remarks by saying they could not branded as enemies of horses Benefit Costs School Bus Vets Lose Under Pay Bill Again Outpace Paycheck Gain By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The cost of wages salaries and benefits to the nations em ployers rose 12 percent in the first quar ter of 1989 wife increases in benefits costs again outpacing pay gains the La bor Department reported today The Employment Cost Index report showed that for the 12 months ended March 31 the cost of wages salaries and benefits rose 48 percent down slightly from the 5 percent average for calendar 1988 but up from the 1987 jump of 36 percent The index measures changes in an em ployers costs for all forms of compensa tion principally wages and salaries and employerpaid benefits such as health in surance It is closely watched as a ba rometer of inflation particularly in the past year as analysts have speculated that the tight labor market would drive up compensation costs because of in creased competition for workers The 12 percent increase in the index for the first quarter compared with 10 percent in the final quarter of 1988 and 14 percent from the first quarter of last year the Labor Department reported Please See BENEFITS Page 14A By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer A bill approved by the SC House of Representatives which calls for a 3 per cent increase in bus drivers pay raises the salaries of bus drivers with less expe rience and leaves veteran drivers with deflated wages The existing bus driver salary scale for South Carolina pays drivers with no expe rience an hour Proposed legislation increases this salary to an hour The new salary schedule increases the pay of drivers with one year experience from to and of drivers with two years experience from to Drivers who will be entering their third year of driving would receive a 15cent pay raise under the current pay system Under the new salary schedule they would receive a 20cent pay increase Bus drivers who are currently third year drivers would receive a 16cent in crease next year under the present sala ry schedule But if the bill is approved by the Senate in the next couple of weeks these drivers can expect a 10cent in crease next year Decreases in salary can be found for those who have more years of experi ence Bus drivers who have been driving for 17 years and up will receive the great est pay cut with their salaries decreasing Please See SCHOOL Page 14A Du Pont Thanks Expected For SRP Years By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Complaints surfaced among Du Pont Co ranks after the companys last day as Savannah River Site contractor passed last month without a formal rec ognition ceremony from the Department of Energy Some employees felt despite recent controversy surrounding the plant that the company deserved more of a government salute after designing and building the nuclear weapons plant and operating it for nearly 39 years But a top DOE official crediting Du Pont with tremendous accomplish ments says department officials ex pressed their appreciation by participat ing in a community tribute to Du Pont held during February in Aiken We thought that it would be hard to have a more significant affair than that wellattended tribute dinner said John D Wagoner deputy manager of the DOEs Savannah River Operations I dont know any way we could have done better Wagoner said Widespread outside criticism of the sites nuclear reactor safety marked Du Fonts final months there and the com panys official position is to be unsur prised that DOE officials held no major departure ceremonies Considering the controversy over the last six months we would not have ex pected them to have one said Robert C Clif Webb a Du Pont spokesman But Wagoner said of the Du Pontgov ernment relationship I wouldnt char acterize it as ending on a sour note Du Pont withdrew as plant contractor at midnight on March 31 Its successor Westinghouse Savannah River Co faces the tough assignment in coming months of restarting SRS nuclear pro duction reactors that the DOE ordered shut down last fall for wideranging safety improvements Wagoner was among a dozen or so DOE officials in the audience for the community tribute to Du Pont held Feb 21 at USC Aiken Paul W Bill Kaspar manager of DOEs Savannah River of fice participated as a speaker That looked to us like a pretty signifi cant way to recognize the departure Wagoner said In addition a managementlevel cof fee for DOE Du Pont and Westinghouse officials was held on March 31 and after Please See DU PONT Page 14A   

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