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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 18, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Kite Takes Open Lead Page 1B A Quick Read 11YearOld Pilot Takes Break In Iceland REYKJAVIK Iceland AP An 11yearold American hoping to be come the youngest person to fly around the world arrived here Satur day and said he wanted to do some fishing before flying on to Norway Tony Aliengena and his family from San Juan Capistrano in South ern California also planned to take part in festivities celebrating the 45th anniversary of Icelands inde pendence from Denmark Tony is flying a singleengine Cessna 210 Centurion turboprop plane with his father Gary Alien gena at his side An escort plane is carrying his mother Susan Aliengena his 10 yearold sister Alaina his Soviet pen pal Roman Tcheremnykh and Sovi et and American journalists His landings just keep on improv ing Mrs Aliengena said as she watched her son bring down his plane on Saturday Aliengena a real estate developer and devoted pilot began teaching his son to fly at age 4 at first holding the boy on his lap Family Startled When Car Knocks Down Wall REEDLEY Calif AP Rick Rapada and his 12yearold daughter had an early morning visitor who didnt bother to knock before knock ing down their living room wall Rapada said the first sound he heard when he awoke Friday morn ing was tires screeching Moments later a 1973 Mercury Cougar still running was parked in his living room with a television and some clothes resting on the hood The impact tore a refrigerator door off its hinges and knocked a builtin dishwasher to the other side of the house Neither Rapada nor his daughter Michelle was injured Jennifer Suniga 27 lost control of her car when another vehicle pulled in front of her police said Suniga told police that she hit the brakes and careened through a fence and over 20 feet of lawn before crashing into the home Suniga who is pregnant was taken to a hospital for observation but was not admitted Weather Chance Of Showers Today will be partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunder storms The high will be in the mid 803 The low will be in the upper 60s Monday will be partly cloudy and rainy with a high in the upper 80s and a low near 70 Please see details on Page 9A Deaths Melvin F Brown Batesburg Martha Burdette North Augusta Sarah M Cunning Aiken Edna F Humes Aiken Clara Lowe Bath Please see details on Page 9A Inside Today Bridge Business Calendar Classifieds Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Stocks Weather Weddings 5D 1C 14D 3D 6D 4D 6C 6A 9A 1D 1B 2C 9A 4C age2A Eight Sentenced To Die In China Couple Prepares For Move To Africa VoL 122 No 145 liili OPEN HEARTS John and Theresa Krepps spend some time with three of the children they have taken in Staff Photo By Scott Webster as foster parents Over the years they have helped 80 children Dozens Can Honor Krepps On Fathers Day By NINA JNIDIFFER Staff Writer GRANITEVILLE Although he has no children of his own Fathers Day is a special day for John A Krepps and his family This is the day that he can remember the 80 children he has helped by being a foster parent knowing in his heart that these children are stronger because of the love and care he gave them And this year Krepps and his wife Theresa have a new reason to celebrate the day their baby daughter Megan whom they are in the process of adopt ing is in their home at last So are two foster children tiny little girls who only recently began to laugh and become in dependent again at ease in their tempo rary home Unable to have children of their own the couple have a deep love of children and could not stand the silence of an empty house They thought of adoption but found the process slow expensive and complicated by the many moves re quired while Krepps was a lieutenant in the Navy Then they heard about foster parent ing and decided to give it a try In the past three years they have had up to nine children in their home at a time many of them emergency cases In every case their purpose is not to adopt the children that come to them for help but to love them care for them and give them the most stable environ ment possible With this in mind the Kreppses chose a large comfortable house when they moved to Graniteville They wanted plenty of room for their children A sports car was replaced by a van for the same reason See DOZENS Page 4A Gas Supplies Tight Prices May Climb By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Gasoline supplies this summer are likely to be the tightest in years but motorists wont be idling in long lines unless the distribution system is crimped by a refinery or pipeline acci dent analysts say The supply squeeze may trigger more price increases as the summer driving season wears on Yet interviews with government industry and independent analysts indicate at least a modest possi bility that prices could drop a few cents a gallon Well not see a gasoline shortage barring a major supply accident says John Lichtblau executive director of the Petroleum Industry Research Founda tion in New York He says refineries are running full blast to meet a growing demand for gaso line so the supply system is more vulner able than usual to accidental outages If any refinery breaks down you could If any refinery breaks down you could have some problems John Lichtblau have some problems Lichtblau says The national average gasoline price slipped about a penny a gallon between midMay and early June to after a steep and steady rise earlier in the spring according to the Lundberg Sur vey a Los Angelesbased group that tracks gasoline prices through surveys of 12000 service stations nationwide Overall prices now are nearly 20 cents a gallon higher than at the start of the year The price outlook for summer is clouded by conflicting forces at work in the market More summertime driving would be expected to push up prices at the pump yet wholesale prices paid by service sta tion dealers have come down in recent weeks Its not clear however that deal ers will pass on their savings to consum ers since they took a beating in late March and April when wholesale prices skyrocketed in the aftermath of the Ex xon oil tanker spill in Alaska on March 24 Retailers have not gained back all that they lost in profit margins says Trilby Lundberg head of the gasoline survey So they may not be ready to drop prices she said The big price jump following the oil spill which only briefly interrupted crude oil supplies to the West Coast was one of the steepest on record It sparked accusations on Capitol Hill of price goug ing and possible collusion among the oil companies Storm Downs Trees Lines By CARL LANGLEY and NINA JNIDIFFER Staff Writers The Aikeh Electric Cooperative Inc re ported that as many as 5000 of its cus tomers lost power during a Friday storm that saw high winds slam trees and limbs into power lines and shear about 20 poles in half Homes and businesses in New Ellen ton Windsor Williston the Aiken State Park area Wagener Monetta and other areas were affected by the outages Three substations serving New Ellen ton Neeses Lake and Springfield also ex perienced problems said Harriett Skin ner manager of member services and energy use Twenty workers were called in from the Edgefield office to help clean up the mess in Aiken she said They worked through Friday night and by Saturday more than half of the cooperatives mem bers had power restored But due to the widespread extent of the damage some isolated cases may still not have power today she said An estimated 5000 South Carolina Electric and Gas Company consumers also lost power according to reports Of ficials could not be reached for comment Meanwhile Aiken residents surveyed the damage planned repairs and were thankful the storm did not cause more v destruction than it did Some of the worst damage was in Jack son where the storm peeled off the roof of the IGA Family Food Store No one was injured Also in Jackson a pine tree crashed into a mobile home living room where 8 monthold Kenneth Hammer Jr was resting while his father cooked dinner According to published reports the boy was not breathing when his father Ken neth Hammer found him But within minutes the child was revived and laugh ing without a mark on him Air and Mrs Carl H Hendrix of Coo per Drive in the Oak Hill community just outside New Ellenton said the wind sounded like a freight train rumbling through as it swept across their property shortly after 4 pm Clovis E Summer whose residence is on Griffin Drive in Oak Hill was at work at the time but he said his wife Laura huddled inside the house while a limb from a huge maple tree was toppled onto the roof Ryan a big shaggy dog belonging to the Summers ran inside the house ac cording to Summer The roof did not appear to be heavily damaged and Summer said he would wait until Saturday before taking down the limb It was so large it would have to be cut into sections for removal Summer said he also planned to chop down the maple tree which sits only a few feet from the front of the house At the Hendrix home three large oak trees one in the front yard and two in a side yard were snapped in half several Please See STORM Page 4A House Panel DOE At Odds Over Plutonium Refinery WASHINGTON The Energy Depart ment said it expected to go ahead with plans for a new plutonium refinery in Ida ho despite a House panels recommenda tion that the department be stopped from starting construction next year We still stand on our position that it is a very important and vital project said Kathy Kaliniak a department spokeswoman A special panel of the House Armed Services Committee voted in closed ses sion Thursday to recommend delaying the start of construction at the plant which the department contends will as sure supplies of plutonium for nuclear weapons The panels decision adds to congres sional pressure on the Bush administra tion to seek negotiations with Moscow to ban production of nuclear weapons materials The panel chaired by Rep John Spratt DSC recommended slashing million from the administrations 1990 budget request for the plant known as the Special Isotope Separation project The panel also stipulated that none of the million that would remain for the project in 1990 could be used for construc tion or site preparation said Chuck Fant a Spratt aide the plant is scheduled for construction at the federal Idaho National Engineer ing Laboratory near Idaho Falls It would use a yettobedeveloped laser technology to convert fuelgrade plutoni um to weapongrade material for nuclear weapons The Energy Department had planned to begin preparing the site for construc tion this month It already has spent million on development of the technology Please See HOUSE Page 4A Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth SUMMERY FARE Jane Blume prepares baskets of peaches for sale at the Trenton Peach Festival Saturday Please see story on page 6A
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