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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 27, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Cubs Clinch NL East PagelOA A Quick Read Hurricane Destroys Civil War Relics CHARLESTON AP Priceless Civil War diaries and other Confed erate relics have been destroyed or damaged by Hurricane Hugo and will be moved today to safer sur roundings the director of the Confed erate Museum says June Wells says the roof of the Market Hall building built in 1841 and owned by the city has blown away exposing the collections flags papers and uniforms to the wind and rain that continue in Charleston The damage is quite extensive said Mrs Wefls one of the 160 or so members of the Charleston Chapter of the United Daughters of the Con federacy which owns the collection The reason were having to leave so quickly is the ceiling is falling Already destroyed she said are quite a few paper items including portions of a daily log kept at Fort Sumter by the f ortress engineer dur ing fighting in 1861 and 1863 after Confederate forces occupied the site Discovery Offers Hope Against Cancer NEW YORK AP A genetic ab normality that appears to play a role in many common cancers has been solidly linked to lung cancer raising hopes of improved diagnosis and treatment scientists say Researchers examining lung can cer tumors discovered a series of ab normalities in the socalled p53 anti cancer gene according to a report Tuesday by Dr John Minna of the National Cancer InstituteNavy Med ical Oncology Branch in Bethesda Md Defects in the gene also have been linked to colon cancer to an uncom mon bone cancer called osteogenic sarcoma and to chronic myelogenous leukemia Minna said Obviously everybody is going to be looking for it in everything else Minna said During the past few years re searchers have found indirect evi dence that defects hi at least six genes can contribute to lung cancer Weather Occasional Rain Cloudy skies and occasional rain are forecast tonight and Thursday There is a 50 percent chance of rain tomorrow The high will be in the mid 70s with a low in the mid 60s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Adrian Altman Vaucluse Booker T Ashley Augusta Willie M Goff Gibson Ga Glanzy C Gregg Martinez Orlanda C Hooper Aiken Agnes H McCullough Warrenville Jenelle M Murphy Rock Hill James D Odom North Augusta Anita R Scott Augusta George R Taylor Warrenville Wilma R Wynn Jackson Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge8B Calendar13A Classifieds6B Comics2C Crossword9B Cryptoquote7B DearAbby2C Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions1C Sports9A Television2C Weather6A entagon Changes Not Implemented Page IB Man Pleads Guilty But Mentally III Wednesday September 271989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 238 Coast Heartened By Public Response By The Associated Press CHARLESTON Tons of supplies in cluding food tents shoes and even dia pers and dog food are pouring into hurri caneravaged South Carolina where tens of thousands remained homeless for a sixth day today Authorities planned to distribute food and clothing throughout the city today Officials in outlying areas also devastat ed by Hurricane Hugo meanwhile pleaded for help About 300000 residences or buildings remained without power across South Carolina An estimated 50000 of Charles tons 65000 residents were still out of their homes said Mayor Joseph P Riley Jr But officials were heartened by the re lief effort across the nation The interest and concern and compas sion and generosity of the citizens of our More StoriesPages 5A 1B country is extraordinary said Riley While most of the national attention centered on this historic port city which took a direct hit from the storm Thurs day officials in outlying areas expressed concern relief supplies were not flowing to their communities People are hungry We are in desper ate need of a whole lot of help said the Rev Frank Maddox of Sumter The Red Cross planned to open disaster centers in Williamsburg Horry George town Florence and Sumter counties to day to provide for immediate needs such as food clothing temporary housing and medical supplies More assistance is needed Please See COAST Page 5A r j a Storm Costly To Entire State By The Associated Press COLUMBIA If a special legisla tive session is called to deal with fund ing for Hurricane Hugo relief efforts Gov Carroll Campbell says he will ask lawmakers to forgo salaries and ex pense pay during the session Campbell said Tuesday he hopes a special meeting of the General Assem bly wont be necessary However he did say South Carolinians not affected by the storms damage will still proba bly feel Hugos effect financially We can expect sacrifices to be made in the existing state budget to meet the needs of this disaster Campbell said Federal officials announced Tues day that five more counties had been declared disaster areas Calhoun Clarendon Florence Lee and York Those counties are added to seven already on the disaster list Charles ton Georgetown Horry Berkeley Dorchester Orangeburg and Sumter counties Campbell said its still too early to elaborate on what type of sacrifices will have to be made to take care of the Please See STORM Page 5A FIREHOUSE PET When you dont have a mascot you create one as did Barnwells firemen at their station Staff Photo By Scott Webster house The mascot is a hydrant painted to resemble a dog named Sparky who even has his own doghouse Merger Creates 14th Largest Bank By MARC RICE AP Business Writer ATLANTA Five months after spurn ing a takeover bid from NCNB Corp Cit izens and Southern Corp has agreed to a billion merger with Virginiabased Sovran Financial Corp that will create the nations Hthlargest bank and Sovran announced the deal Tuesday saying the merger has been dis cussed over the past two years The com bined banks which will maintain sepa rate headquarters under a new holding company will have assets of billion and 976 offices in seven states and Washington The new company will be called Avan tor Financial Corp We are creating a large nationally competitive franchise with a powerful presence in major high growth markets and were underwriting it with superior credit quality the two banks said in a joint announcement We feel its a perfect fit said spokesman Scott Scredon We dont We feel its a perfect fitWe both fee it couldnt beany better Spokesman Scott Scredon overlap pur management cultures are very similar and we each double our market presence We both feel it couldnt be any better In terms of assets the merger would create what described as the 14th largest bankholding company The friendly nature of the merger was in stark contrast to the mood in April when Charlotte NCbased NCNB tar geted in a billion takeover bid that would have created the nations sixthlargest bank During a tense monthlong courtship by NCNB officials refused even to dis cuss the deal NCNB eventually withdrew the offer saying it did not want to get involved in a long fight This is an extremely friendly deal said Lacy Shockley a banking industry analyst with Smith Barney in New York NCNB was unusually hostile Here you have two very similar banks This is the truest merger of equals Ive ever seen Ginny Mackin an NCNB spokeswom an Tuesday declined to comment on the merger We dont comment on what other banks do she said Scredon said the boards of the two insti tutions approved a definitive agreement Tuesday He said final approval from shareholders and regulatory agencies is expected during the first quarter of 1990 Under the merger agreement each of Sovrans 598 million shares of outstand ing common stock will convert into 123 shares of the new companys common stock Each of 62 million shares of outstanding common stock will convert into 10 shares of the new companys common stock Please See MERGER Page 5A President Must Take Debt Risks Special Attention Called To Plight Of East Europe By The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush says banks must accept a new realism and accept some losses on bad loans to help ease the Third World debt crisis At the same time he was expected to urge the 152nation International Mone tary Fund in a speech today to give spe cial attention to funneling Western finan cial aid to emerging democracies in the Communist bloc Bush was making last minute revisions to his speech to the IMF and its sister organization the World Bank adding new sections dealing with Poland and the Soviet Union White House aides said But in advance of the speech Bush gave a group of international bankers a hard seU in behalf of his administrations debtreduction plan crafted by Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady At a White House reception Tuesday night Bush told the bankers and officials of the IMF and the World Bank they all had key roles to play in helping to ease the Third Worlds staggering debt Special efforts have been asked of the commercial banks as part of this new approach Bush said according to a copy of Bushs remarks made available today by the White House The socalled Brady plan unveiled last March endorses voluntary efforts on the part of commercial banks to forgive part of the billion they are owed by the largest debtor countries many of them in Latin America However banks have been reluctant to endorse the plan because it requires them to partially forgive old loans then turn around and make new ones Bush praised debtrelief packages worked out so far under the plan for Mex ico and the Philippines saying I real ize these negotiations were difficult It is not easy for banks to recognize losses The results however reflect a new realism on the part of the commercial banking community in approaching the debt problem he said This is an international problem which requires collaboration and innova tion to make lasting progress Bush told his White House audience of 73 bankers officials of the World Bank and IMF and Please See PRESIDENT Page 5A Westinghouse Agrees To Testing Of KReactor By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer Although Westinghouse Savannah Riv er Co officials declared earlier this month that KReactor does not need ul trasonic testing to check for cracks in its tank before it restarts the company will abide by the decision Tuesday from US Energy Secretary James D Watkins that the testing must occur At a meeting at Savannah River Site this month of DOEs Committee on Nu clear Facility Safety JM Morrison Westinghouse program manager of the reactor tank inspection plan told the panel that Westinghouse thought the ul trasonic testing of KReactor need not take place until after it had operated for one full cycle of prodcing tritium Today Westinghouse spokesman Dean Hoffman said Its DOEs call whether the testing is necessary before KRe actor begins operations again If DOE thinks its necessary thats exactly what will be done Hoffman said KReactor began producing materials for US nuclear weapons in October 1954 It shut down in April1988 for man agement and equipment improvements Earlier this month Watkins approved a plan that would have the reactor back in operation sometime during the last three months of 1990 Asked whether the ultrasonic testing could delay the restart of KReactor Hof man said It could We really dont konw what the impact will be There is a poten tial for a delay As for when the testing might occur Hoffman said We dont have a schedule at this point Some members of the DOE safety com mittee expressed skepticism about Wes tinghouses recommendation against ul trasonic testing Morrison defended the proposal He told the panel that a videotape examina tion of the K tank in December 1986 showed no sign of cracks only some mi nor gouges scratches and corrosion Brian Costner director of the Energy Research Foundation in Columbia said today that the ultrasonic testing of KRe actor has definitely been a big concern for us We have always felt the opposition to testing was a clear indication that production is more important than safety at DOE
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