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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 26, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Tabloid Special The Aiken Standards special tab loid section on the quality of life in Aiken County 154 Great Reasons To Live In Aiken County is pub lished in todays edition The stories in this section are de signed to show the qualities which make Aiken County special The number of reasons 154 is the same as the city of Aikens age We hope you will enjoy this look at Aiken County life A Quick Read 13th Spoleto Festival Opens In Charleston CHARLESTON AP From grand opera to chamber music mar ionettes to Mozart the Spoleto Festi val USA will serve up a smorgas bord of the arts over the next 16 days in Charleston Opening ceremonies for the 13th edition of the festival founded by composer Gian Carlo Menotti were scheduled for today on the steps of Charleston City Hall Chamber music Bellinis opera La Straniera and Eileen Heckart and Joanna Gleason in the Lee Bless ing play Eleemosynary were on tap for the festivals opening day During the festival there will be 111 performances before Spoleto closes amid a thundering fireworks display over Middleton Place Planta tion on June 11 2 Help Themselves On Bank Field Trip JAY Fla AP A class field trip turned into a visit to the juvenile de tention center for two sixthgraders after they allegedly helped them selves to more man during a bank tour The boys ages 12 and 13 were charged with grand theft Thursday after allegedly stuffing bills in their clothes as their class toured the vault at NCNB National Bank said Santa Rosa County Sheriffs Capt Terry Hardy Jay Elementary School Principal Elton Nowling said the boys were among 30 sixthgrade students and their teachers who toured the bank to learn about banking and currency After the visit the bank manager called to say he was missing Nowling said the boys were ques tioned separately by two deputies and did not deny taking the money All the money was recovered Weather Clouds Yield To Sun Clouds will give way to partly sun ny conditions today with a high in the low 90s Tonight partly cloudy with a low in the upper 60s Partly cloudy Saturday with a 40 percent chance of thundershowers high about 90Please see details on Page 5A Deaths Mathis LillieL Aiken Partain Joe L Aiken Williamson Minnie Augusta Please see details on Page 5A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 5C 12C 3C 6B 6C 4C 6B 1B 5A 1C 9A 6B 5A Turnout Small At SRS Waste Hearing COUMTV WPLIOl 435 NEW8ERSY ST S W N S C Red Tape Cut On Food Distribution Friday May 26 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 126 Search Begins For SRS Tower Builder By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Westinghouse Savannah River Co be gan recruiting prospective builders Thursday for an important environmen tal improvement project at the Savannah River Site a cooling tower for the sites KReactor The tower is part of a million statemandated project to lower the tem perature and flow rate of hot water dis charged from the nuclear reactor into streams that feed the Savannah River Federal officials in recent months had been discussing whether to eliminate the tower and redirect its allotment to other environmental work needed at SRS It was unclear Thursday whether offi cials opposed to that idea had carried the day Officials with Westinghouse the sites operating contractor said they were proceeding on the assumption that the tower would be built Westinghouse officials announced Thursday that they were sending out re quests for proposals to specialized ven dors asking them to submit plans for the design and construction of a cooling tower Water used to cool the reactors radio active core is discharged into streams at temperatures of 130 to 180 degrees Fahr enheit and at a flow rate of up to 179000 gallons a minute when the reactor is op erating according to a news release from Westinghouse The cooling tower would limit the flow to 20000 gallons per minute and the maxi mum temperature to 90 degrees Under an agreement between the De partment of Energy and the SC Depart ment of Health and Environmental Con trol the reactor can continue to operate if it meets the 90degree benchmark by the end of 1992 K and Savannah Rivers two other 1950sera reactors supply the only source of radioactive tritium and plutonium for US nuclear weapons All three are tem porarily idled for management and equipment upgrades and are scheduled for replacement by new reactors about the year 2000 There have been questions raised about whether thats a feasible way to go to spend that kind of money on a reac tor thats only going to operate for anoth er 10 years Rebecca McSwain a Wes tinghouse spokesman at SRS said of discussions about scrapping the tower Please See SEARCH Page 8A 3 Hurt As Cycle Snaps Power Line By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer Three children were injured Thursday and Aikens south side lost power briefly following an accident at Kennedy Middle School on Pine Log Road Aiken County Sheriff Department officers said The accident which happened at ap proximately pm occurred when two youths were racing a pickup truck on a motorcycle in the schools bus parking lot and the cycle hit two power line guide wires police said After being hit the guide wires snapped and clipped a high voltage pri mary power line South Carolina Electric officials said Marty Godwin 14 and Travis Glanton 12 were transported to HCA Aiken Rgional Medical Centers following the accident Both youths who live at the Sil ver Bluff Trailer Park were treated and released HCA officials said Glanton suffered a fractured shoulder and Godwin was treated for a brusied leg according to HCA officials A third child an unidentified girl was burned in the accident and was transport ed to a medical facility by her parents police said The accident occurred as the schools bell was ringing and students waiting for buses had to be moved because of the power line which burned a patch of grass and damaged concrete curbing The heat generated by the high voltage power line turned a section of the sandbased curb ing into glass The driver of the truck who fled after the accident is unknown No charges have been filed at this time Staff Photo By Scott Webster CLEANING UP worker Jeryl Johnson rolls up the burnt cable following the accident Thursday Another photo on Page 8A Demos Map Strategy For Wright Shuffle By The Associated Press Democrats anticipating a historic resignation next week of Speaker Jim Wright are making plans for quickly pro moting Majority Lead er Thomas S Foley of Washington to the powerful speakers post But intrigue is brew ing for filling in the rest of the party lead FOLEY ership slots as some Democrats worry that Rep Tony Coelho Foleys likely suc cessor could hurt the party because of questions about his own financial dealings Foley talking with reporters Thursday in Seattle said he spoke to Wright earlier in the day and the speaker repeated his desire to have an opportunity to state his case his side of the case to the widest possible audience and hes determined to take that opportunity at the first time that seems appropriate I assume that will be with either next week or shortly thereafter Foley said Leadership sources in the Capitol said arrangements were being made for Wright to make a resignation address to the House next Wednesday but the speaker himself had not yet decided on his precise course of action Wright DTexas remained secluded in his office Thursday but he released a statement making clear he no longer was seeking any plea bargain with the House ethics committee One of the most serious charges made by the ethics committee was that Wrights wife Betty was given a no work job by Wrights friend and business partner George Mallick House rules prohibit gifts from people with interest in legislation and the committee said it be lieved Mallick a Fort Worth developer had an interest Please See DEMOS Page 8A Zhao Out In China Upheaval Conservatives Purge Protest Sympathizers By The Associated Press BEIJING Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang was placed under house ar rest and stripped of his post as conserva tives began a purge of liberals to gain control of the deeply fractured govern ment sources said today Zhao lost power in a bitter fight with conservative Premier Li Peng the Chi nese and diplomatic sources said Peng last week ordered a crackdown on stu dents who are occupying Tiananmen Square to press demands for a freer soci ety and cleaner government Officials who have worked under Zhao to chart political and economic reforms will face disciplinary action with some losing their jobs the sources said Among those reported in trouble were the partys propaganda chief Hu Qili and Vice Pre mier Tian Jiyun The reports were not officially confirmed Zhao has been a leading proponent of marketoriented economic reforms championed by 84yearold senior leader Deng Xiaoping but the two differed over political change Zhao has expressed clear sympathy with the student protest ers goals Deng ally President Yang Shangkun told top officials Thursday that Zhaos ac tions had a very bad effect on the na tion a government source said Millions of Chinese throughout the na tion have taken up the students cause with demonstrations erupting in dozens of cities demanding Li and Deng step down Chinese and diplomatic sources said Zhao was under house arrest A docu ment circulated today to countyand dis trictlevel party officials said Zhao was no longer head of the party according to a diplomat who has proved reliable in the past No successor was named in the document Sources said conservatives accused Zhao of heading an antiparty clique splitting the party instigating distur bances revealing party secrets corrup tion and taking credit for Dengs achieve ments during the past decade of Please See ZHAO Page 8A Huff Demos Show Desperation Panic By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer NORTH AUGUSTA State Rep Thomas E Tom Huff RNorth Augus ta said today state Democrats are showing their desperation and panic in an advertisement attacking his switch to the Republican Party Rep Huff who bolted to the GOP last month as the first of four House defec tions from the Democratic Party struck back at his critics by saying he would not be intimidated They Democrats are having prob lems and they are hoping to scare others from leaving the party in their attack on me said the chairman of the House Rules Committee Rep Huff is being forced put as Rules chairman because of his switch and will give up the office next Thursday when the General Assembly adjourns The advertisement attacking the law maker appeared Thursday in the North Augusta Star and a spokesman for the newspaper said it was handdelivered from Columbia by a Democratic Party official In the advertisement headlined An Open Letter to Tom Huff the state Democratic Party trumpeted the pro gress made by South Carolina Demo crats in bringing strong leadership to the state in education and balanced budgets The advertisement questioned Rep Huffs decision to leave a party with a record of genuine progress It also said the GOP had a failed record in fiscal responsibility economic progress eth ics and insurance legislation But this morning Rep Huff noted that balanced budgets are mandated by the state constitution and no political party Republican Democrat or anything else can lay claim to running the state on a set of balanced books Rep Huff also noted that when the Education Improvement Act was passed five years ago I was a key player in that legislation I was a strong supporter of educational improvement and will continue to be Please See HUFF Page 8A REP HUFF Strikes oacK at critics
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