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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 30, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Inside Weather Mostly Cloudy Mostly cloudy skies are forecasts for today with a 40 percent chance of showers or thunder storms Todays high will be in the mid 80s and to nights low will be in the mid 50s Winds will be W at 10 mphPlease see details on Page 7A Deaths Mrs Lenora Barton Beck Aiken Mrs Maude Hair Hall Aiken Lt Col William Lamar Johnson West Columbia Marion W Mason Woodbourne NY John H Smith Batesburg Please see details on Page 7A Inside Today Bridge6D Calendar4C Classifieds3D Crossword70 Cryptoquote50 Dear Abby4C Local Front9A Obituaries7A Opinions1D Sports1B Weather7A Senators Deny Access To Budget Talks Nostalgia Alive In Beech Island Page 9A For tips on home care home buying remodeling lawn care and landscaping read the special section on American Home Week in todays Aiken Standard sponsored by Aiken merchants and the Aiken Board of Realtors A Quick Read Jason Raised Saves Million Project BOSTON AP The errant un derwater robot Jason was raised from the deep Saturday breathing new life into a million internation al satellite science project whose submersible star had unceremoni ously sunk The crew had prepared an under study for the project but now the show can go on said Paul Fontaine of Bostons Museum of Science Ja son is back The 7footlong remotecontrol ro bot will be on center stage Monday as the first of 250000 students in 13 cit ies across the United States and Can ada hook up via a twoway satellite with marine explorers in the Medi terranean Sea About 2000 museum officials teachers and technicians were test ing the system last week when Jason a propellerdriven submersible equipped with video camera and ma neuverable arms disappeared overboard Dr Robert Ballards rubberboot ed assistants were easing the mil liondollar robot overboard off the coast of Italy when the cable snapped and the younger brother of the robot that first nosed among the Titanics ruins sank 2100 feet to the soft silty ocean floor Everybody felt very badly about it said Fontaine one of dozens of museums officials nationwide who have worked nearly two years to co ordinate the project Jasons as much a member of the crew as anybody He was on the frontline though and everyone knows its the frontline person who takes the biggest risks Fontaine said It was particularly sad be cause he hadnt even had the chance to show off his stuff AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC NEWBSRRY t 25801 Lexington Earns Southern Cross Title Vol 122 No 103 Taxpayer Burden Eases Under Local Option Tax By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Aiken County taxpayers could save more than million and the county and its municipal governments could pick up about million in new money if a local option sales tax bill is approved this year The controversial legislation hiking the sales tax one cent on the dollar in counties adopting it passed the House Thursday on a vote of 7326 beating a May 1 deadline for it to reach the Senate The Senate is expected to take up the bill before the mandatory June 1 General Assembly adjournment but it may have to deal with stalling tactics by a number of senators opposed to the measure Opponents say they will try to bottle the bill up if guarantees arent written into the legislation that property tax cutbacks will be permanent rather than temporary provisions Aiken City Manager Roland H Wind ham produced figures showing the coun tys property tax rollbacks and surplus monies would be apportioned out of a sales tax kitty that will amount to about million Please See TAXPAYER Page 10A Local Option Sales Tax Effects Area Rollback Millage Surplus Aiken North New property tax Staff Photo By Scott Webster DOMINANT ROLE US Highway No 1 more commonly known as the AikenAugusta Highway will play a prominant role in the growth of Horse Creek Valley The Valley Wind Of The Future Blows Along Highway I By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Long before there was an incorporated town in Aiken County settlers in and around Horse Creek Valley after the Rev olutionary War carved out narrow wagon trails through thickets and across swamps and creeks to reach a trading post along the Savannah River Driving teams of horse and oxen farm ers and trappers living about the states midlands hauled cotton and hides to docks in Hamburg located on North Au gustas Shultz Hill The tradesmen load ed their goods on flatboats and sent the cargo downriver to the busy port of Savannah Among this spidery network of foot and wagon paths that converged in the Valley was a track that someday would bear the designation of No 1 in the vast federal highway system But before this thoroughfare on the floor of the Valley became popular im migrants moving into what later became Aiken County made heavy use of a trail carved out by the British before indepen dence The route which fell out of favor after the settling of Aiken because a more di rect road to Augusta was built became known as the Tory Trail Now Pine Log Road it connected the low country with Beech Island and the colonial outpost of Ft Moore Running northsouth the US 1 corri dor in the late 1800s was a sandclay road that went through eastern North Caroli na then veered southwest to Columbia From the state capital it continued southwest and came through Aiken be fore cutting across Horse Creek Valley and bridging the river at Augusta Please See THE VALLEY Page IDA 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 The series con cludes today with a look at what the future holds in store for the Valley SRS Safety Convincing To Worker Augustan Moses Todd Son Is Living Proof By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Moses Todd has worked at the Savan nah River Site for less than two years but Friday he brought a personal exhibit to an Environmental Impact Hearing to show his support for the nuclear reservation Todd of 2533 Friar Lane in Augusta spoke less than his allotted five minutes but before leaving the H Odell Weeks Center he held up a plasticencased pic ture of his fouryearold son This is my son This is Moses Oscar Todd and hes four years old His mother carried him for nine months while she worked at the Savannah River Plant the father said Todd who has worked at the SRS for the last 14 months said his son was the living proof that workers at the nuclear facility even those pregnant have little to fear about plant safety Todd saying he saw no need for com piling an EIS on a plant that has been operated safely for 38 years urged the energy department to proceed with its plans to restart the reactors The father whose wife works in a lab oratory at the site was the 10th speaker in the third and final series of scoping hearings called by the Department of Energy Among nearly 70 speakers sharing Todds view were US Rep Butler C Derrick DSC Aiken Mayor H Odell Weeks Patricia Kusek from Gov Carroll A Campbells office McDonald Law of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Com merce and George Nelson of the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce Please See SRS Page 10A Watkins Cites Safety As Keynote To Restart Staff Photo By Scott Webster INSPECTION On a personal factfinding tour of SRS Energy Secretary James D Watkins expressed concern about the dwindling supply of tritium but said safety comes first in the restart of the plants reactors By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Energy Secretary James D Wat kins may have left Savannah River Site employees with the impression Friday that hes both the plants toughest critic and its biggest fan Watkins twice gave pep talks to audiences of hundreds reminding them of their importance to nation al security during an allday tour of the troubled weapons plant But he left no illusions about the size and difficulty of the manage ment revisions that await comple tion before hell authorize restart of the plants strategically vital nu clear production reactors The retired US Navy admiral accompanied by Gov Carroll Campbell and several US sena tors and congressmen told his au diences hed like to return in a year and present a plaque for safety achievements Lets go get em he said dur ing a brief speech at the Defense Waste Processing Facility the big gest of the sites waste manage ment projects included on his tour The new Department of Energy chief installed in January told workers he had come to demon strate how important I think you are The plants reactors the only source of the perishable tritium gas vital to arming US nuclear weapons have been shut down since last fall for DOEordered safety improvements Watkins expressed concern about dwindling supplies of triti um which decays at a rate of 55 percent a year Timing is critical Nature is working against us he said But he predicted it will be early Please See WATKINS Page 6A   

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