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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 28, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Atlanta Wins NBA Opener Page 7A A Quick Read 30 Persons Sign Up For Public Hearing Thirty persons were signed up this morning to speak at a DOE public hearing on the Savannah River Site The hearing held at the H Odell Weeks Recreation Center was one of a series held on the pending Environ mental Impact Statement on the re start of the SRS reactors Included in the list as of were representatives of the Friends of SRS the Greater Aiken and North Augusta chambers of commerce the Economic Development Parterner ship and Greenpeace USA Mayor H Odell Weeks headed the list followed by a representative of Governor Carroll A Campbell and a list of prominent citizens city gov ernment workers and businessmen The SRPs reactors were shut down for safety reasons in 1988 Implants Supported For Birth Control WASHINGTON AP An expert advisory panel recommends federal approval of birth control implants that work up to five years but a final decision by Food and Drug Commis sioner Frank Young may take months Among the issues the agency still must review are the effectiveness of the implants in heavier women and how long the contraceptive protec tion lasts FDA spokesman Jeff Nes bit said Thursday Nesbit said the 11member Fertil ity and Maternal Health Drugs Advi sory Committee of the FDA unani mously approved the implant called Norplant because it is at least as safe and effective as any other con traceptive on the market The sixslowrelease silicone cap sules each about the size of a match stick are implanted under a local an esthetic in a womans upper arm Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms and a low in the 60s Mostly cloudy skies are forecast Sat urday with a 40 percent chance of a thunderstorm The highwill be in the 80s Please see details on Page 6A I Judge Accepts Wilsons Guilty Plea NA Planners Reject Daycare Center Deaths Mrs Jeff Bright Trenton Margaret R Daily Aiken Anna M Davis Graniteville Michelle L Evans Langley Maude G Ford West Columbia Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today 6C 2C 3C 48 7C Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote5C DearAbby4B Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions1C Sports7A Television4B Weather6A Aiken Edgefield Air Funds Goals By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer JOHNSTON A fiscal 198990 budget of described as a preliminary proposal only was outlined Thursday at a meeting of the board of directors of the Economic Development Partnership of Aiken and Edgefield counties Executive Director J David Jameson told about a dozen directors at the late afternoon session that proposed spending for the economic promotions office will be balanced with anticipated revenues EDP Chairman Tommy B Wessinger reminded the directors that the figures represented a preliminary proposal only and the spending program would not be authorized until a July meeting In addition to the budget Jameson also gave the directors a proposed work pro gram for the upcoming fiscal year that will have the office seek capital intensive businesses foreign investments and fo cus on technology bases Jameson said moving into these areas will require staff development formation of a Technical Advisory Committee and increased ties with the State Develop ment Board The budget anticipates that the Aiken County Council will approve funding of for the agency while the Edge field County Council will contribute an other The remainder of revenues will be made up of in private funding in contracted services inkind al lowances of and a fund balance of from the current fiscal year The major expenditure is personnel cost of with the money going for salaries retirement payments health in surance and payroll taxes Please See AIKEN Page 11A Statf Photo By Scott Webster OLD COMPANY STORE In the early years of the textile salt pork and other necessities at the company store such mills workers often were paid in companyminted money as the one shown here to be used to buy corn meal lard grits flour dried beans Lower Valley Once Boozing Now Thriving Seeking Roots By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer LANGLEY After returning in 1866 from a textile machinery buying trip in England William Gregg founder of the Graniteville Co and its namesake com munity was aghast at discovering what had happened in his absence The teetotaling Gregg who had made Graniteville an island of temperance when he built the town in the late 1840s found what he described as complete moral decay Given temporary respite from Greggs watchful eye and fearsome guardianship those with a thirst for alcoholic spirits had built not one but four illegal whiskey distilleries within the shadows of the huge Graniteville mill and on the out skirts of its little village On my return I found four stills in operation near Graniteville one within threequarters of a mile of the place and the products of stills were brought to this place from many miles off said the incensed Gregg The firing of pistols and guns and drunken rows were com mon occurrences in our streets fences were being torn down and gates unhinged While Gregg set about the task of right ing the wrongs he found at home in the lower end of Horse Creek Valley in the woody clefts of hills and hollows brew ing of spirits was more than a pastime or hobby For some making whiskey was a fullfledged business and the sounds of gunfire werent unusual In a backwoods environment without a dominant authority like Gregg to preach moral order and virtually free from the written rules of law Horse Creek Val leys lower reaches were an untamed wil derness in the years before the Civil War James F Byrnes governor Supreme Court justice Secretary of State and a member of both houses of Congress mentioned the casual attitudes toward drinking and fighting after he began serving as solicitor of the Aiken judicial circuit in 1908 Byrnes a cautious temperate man not prone to overstatement called the Valley and other environs around Aiken the shootingest fightingest drinkingest and gamecockingest circuit in the entire state He observed that mischief was the rule rather than the exception and the rowdiness had been going on for a hundred years After taking office Byrnes informed more than one person that he was going to change things by using a prosecutorial Please See LOWER Page 10A Editors Note The name Horse Creek Valley means different things to many people but to those who live there it is a story of the human spirit of winning over sometimes insur mountable odds This is the third of a series on the Valley its history its people its growth and its future The series will conclude Sunday SRS To Be Cleanup Symbol Restart Day Promised In Midsummer Report By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON Saying that success fully restarting the Savannah River nu clear weapons plant will be the symbol of his early months as energy chief Adm James D Watkins announced Thursday he intends work at the Aiken facility to be an example of how the entire nuclear weapons complex can be reformed The Savannah River situation is where I plan to apply every principle I will use in cleaning up the whole sys tem he said In his first meeting with reporters since he took office Watkins also an nounced he would postpone restarting the plant until sometime in 1990 He said more time is needed to assess the condi tion of the plant retrain plant operators and make other changesBut he also said he would not postpone restarting the plant beyond that date and said he ex pected it would be a real race to finish the work needed to prepare for restart The exact date for restart of the plant will be set in July after members of an outside review group had fully assessed the plants condition Watkins said Last month he appointed a team of 15 nationally prominent nuclear experts to advise him on plans for restarting the reactor and on other problems in the weapons complex The group is reviewing a restart plan devised by DOE officials and by Westing house Electric Co the plant contractor and is also engaged in other research including an updated estimate of the amount of the nations tritium reserves according to sources familiar with their work Watkins told reporters he would pre sent President Bush with a package of options for reform of the weapons com plex by midsummer which would in clude a restart date for the plant Repeating statements made to law makers last month in Capitol Hill testi mony he said a central part of the strate gy at Savannah River would be to retrain plant operators and impose greater disci pline on DOE officials who oversee the management of the plant I will establish new line management from the top of DOE down to the plant so that it is comparable to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commissions regional of fices1 he said Please See SRS Page 11A Resurgence In Planet Flight Predicted With Atlantis Liftoff By The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL Fla Space shuttle Atlantis was readied today for launch carrying a robot craft toward a voyage to Venus the cloudshrouded planet that has been an abiding mystery to scientists Lennard Fisk NASAs chief scientist said the launch of the explorer craft Ma gellan will mark a resurgence of Ameri cas planetary program The last American probe sent to deep space was dispatched in 1978 Atlantis was scheduled to lift off at pm EDT with five astronauts aboard heading to orbit on a fourday mission 184 miles above Earth Launch pad workers completed fueling early this morning and prepared to awak en the five crew members After break fast the astronauts were to don their bright orange launch suits and be driven to the spacecraft Magellan is to be released from Atlan tis cargo bay six hours after launch and sent streaking on a 15month 806 million mile unmanned trip of its own Mission specialists Mary Cleave and Mark Lee will operate remote controls that propel Magellan from the shuttles Please See RESURGENCE Page 11A SC Senate Now Decides Fate Of Proposed Local Option Sales Tax By The Associated Press COLUMBIA Supporters of a local option sales tax are looking for support from the state Senate now that the House has given the proposal its approval The local option sales tax bill ap proved Thursday by the House 7329 will allow voters in each of the states 46 counties to decide whether they want to lower property taxes by increasing the local sales tax 1 percent or a penny on the dollar The bill must still pass the Senate and receive Gov Carroll Campbells signa ture before becoming law Speaker of the House Bob Sheheen says Senate leaders have indicated their support for similar measures Campbell has endorsed a local option sales tax as long as it is tied to a sizeable rollback in property taxes but has not taken a spe cific position on the Housepassed bill I think its a big step forward for local governments in South Carolina said Sheheen chief sponsor of the bill I think its important that we recognize the daily pressures on local governments to deliver services Property taxes are currently the main source of revenue for local Please See SC SENATE Page 11A
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