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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 7, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Prep Scores Aiken Dreher 14 0 South Aiken Columbia 28 35 Midland Valley8 QrongeburgWiikinson 24 Strom Thurmond27 CAJohnson0 Silver Bluff16 BambergEhrhardt21 North Augusta Airport 32 18 RSMonetta DenmarkOlar 14 13 WagenerSalley WillistonElko 0 43 Wardlaw King 26 19 A Quick Read Nuns Lock Up To Protect Chickens DAVENTRY England AP Thirteen nuns locked themselves into their henhouse for three hours Fri day to prevent health officials from slaughtering their flock of 5000 chickens The chickens at the Our Lady of the Passion Monastery 65 miles northwest of London were con demned to death by the Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday after a salmonella victim blamed them for her food poisoning An inspection found salmonella in the flock But the nuns led by American born Mother Catherine from Erlangr er Ky said the birds were well cared for and not connected to any outbreak of salmonella poisoning Condo Board Sues Over Heart Sign HALLANDALE Fla If they al lowed signs on doors at the Fairways Riviera condo and if the condo board had one on its door the sign would read We Keep Our Word Friday the condo board did what it voted Monday to do It sued a condo couple for hanging from their front door a thin wooden heart with the message God Bless This Home We want them to remove the heart and not to put other decora tions up on the door in violation of the rules said Samuel I Leff attorney for the Hallandale condos board When they became tenants they agreed to abide by the rules and reg ulations They dont want to follow the rules Weather Cloudy Skies Partly cloudy skies are forecast to day with a 30 percent chance of show ers The high will be in the mid 80s with a low in the upper 50s Tomor row will be partly cloudy Please see Page 7A for details Deaths Please see Page 7A for details Inside Today Bridge9B Calendar14B Classifieds7B Comics6B Cryptoquote8B DearAbby68 Local Front6A Obituaries7A Opinions4A Sports1B Television6B Weather7A Hostages 2A SATURDAY Kids In Shock From 6A Saturday October 7 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 248 Bush No Chance To Take Noriega By The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush vig orously defended his handling of the failed coup in Panama on Friday saying there was no opportunity to seize Gen Manuel Antonio Noriega and use of US force wasnt warranted under the exist ing circumstances Im not being stubborn but as I look at all the information I wouldnt have made a different decision then Bush said He added that he wouldnt rule out any option including military intervention in any future coup attempt Amid a torrent of complaints and ques tions over the US action the White House and Pentagon marched in step saying the United States had responded correctly when rebels attempted and failed to depose Noriega who faces drugtrafficking charges in Florida Bush offered his defense during a closeddoor meeting with Senate Republi cans on Capitol Hill and then publicly af ter undergoing surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for removal of a finger cyst Similarly top military leaders De fense Secretary Dick Cheney and Gen Colin Powell chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff testified in closed ses sion before the Senate Intelligence and Armed Services Committees The two panels were preparing an anal ysis of issues that remain in dispute sur rounding the events in Panama and con tacts between the rebel officers who organized the coup and US officials Armed Services Chairman Sam Nunn DGa said a lack of clear policy guid ance from Bush had greatly contributed to US confusion in dealing with the coup attempt and that there should have been specific arrangements for how US troops were to react We have had a definite longstanding policy in this country of encouraging coup in Panama Nunn told reporters We should anticipate that our policy might succeed Then we have to know what were going to do next Privately a senior administration offi cial said that with the benefit of hind sight the United States should have done some things differently and had learned some things we need to improve Bush however said We reviewed all the information and I dont see anything now that would have made me make a different decision then Many members of Congress have com plained that Bush erred by not using the 12000 US military forces in Panama to assist in Tuesdays attempted coup And the president said he knew that some peo ple wanted him to unleash the full mili tary to go in and get Noriega Bush said the decision not to use force was made because It wasnt warranted under the existing circumstances The commanderinchief must have the lives of American citizens foremost in mind when making such a decision The president said he still wants to see Noriega removed from power but there was never a chance to have him handed over to us Sen Jesse Helms RNC See BUSH Page 5A SLED Dogs Track Escapees BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer COLUMBIA Its oft been said that dog is mans best friend and the old ad age certainly holds true for the 18 track ing dogs used by the State Law Enforce ment Divisions Bloodhound Tracking Team Just ask SLED dog trainer Doug Hixon formerly of North Augusta Hixon openly boasts of his affection for the dogs he trains to track down wouldbe escapees of the long arm of the law Fortunately for SLED criminals on the run have a hard time escaping the long noses of the specially trained tracking dogs These dogs are like our family Hixon explains as he introduces each of the animals by name Pointing to one mo rose looking hound Hixon said This is Sandy Hes 15 years old blind in one eye and deaf and I guess maybe you could say hes retired now but in his day he tracked over 4000 people See DOGS Page 5A Staff Photo By Scott Webster IN TRAINING Doug Hixon SLED bloodhound trainer and dog Missy flush out Bo Barton agent during practice Firms To Prepare Joint Proposal For HeavyWater NPR By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer Westinghouse Electric Corp and Been tel National Inc will prepare a joint pro posal to build the heavywater new pro duction reactor at Savannah River Site the US Department of Energy an nounced Friday DOE approved the WestinghouseBech tel team and a consortium of seven other companies to come up with architectural and engineering plans for the billion NPR which will replace the three 1950s era reactors at SRS as manufacturer of tritium for US nuclear weapons The WestinghouseBechtel team and the consortium of Ebasco Services Inc Combustion Engineering Inc Babcock and Wilcox Co NUS Corp Rockwell In ternational Corp Batelle Memorial In stitute and Sulzer Brothers Ltd will sub mit NPR design proposals within 10 months and DOE will choose between the two an official at DOE headquarters in Washington said Friday The official who asked not to be identi fied said the two competing groups will receive million each for preparing the NPR proposals A Westinghouse subsidiary Westing house Savannah River Co is the operat ing contractor at SRS and Bechtel is the principal subcontractor there Reaching the point of choosing between the WestinghouseBechtel design and the one from the consortium will be an enor mous process the official said None theless the NPR will still be able to be producing tritium by the turn of the century the offical added In August 1988 DOE announced a tworeactor strategy for the NPR The heavywater reactor at SRS will supply 100 percent of the nations tritium needs A gascooled reactor at Idaho National Engineering Laboratory will serve as a backup unit capable of producing 50 per cent of the tritium requirements Tritium is a radioactive isotope of hy drogen used in nuclear weapons DOE also announced Friday that a con sortium of General Engineering Inc Stone and Webster En gineering Co and Burns and Roe Co will submit a proposal for the gascooled NPR in Idaho The DOE official said that on Aug 14 of this year the department requested statements of qualifications from compa nies interested in producing NPR propos als The application period closed Sept 14 The statement of qualification gives in formation about the credentials of the ap plicants management technical person nel resources and finances Both the WestinghouseBechtel team and the consortium will have to meet more than 100 requirements in their NPR proposals the DOE official said Last week President Bush signed an appropriations bill that allocates million for the NPR program in 1990 which began Oct 1 The authorizaf tion bill that will allow the money to be spent remains in a congressional confer ence committee but the DOE official said We dont anticipate any problem NPR is not an issue of contention Within the next few weeks DOE will publish its implementation plan for the NPR environmental impact statement a second DOE official said Friday This official said the implementation plan which will include public comments See FIRMS Page 5A Coop Members Requesting Change In Hearing Location ByCARLLANGLEY Staff Writer Aiken Electric Cooperative members have sent a letter to Aiken City Council requesting a change in the location of a planned public hearing and second read ing of a controversial ordinance dealing with utility franchising A cooperative spokesman said Friday the change in the Oct 16 meeting site is sought because large numbers of the util itys members would be shut out of the hearing due to seating restrictions The seating capacity of council cham bers has been limited to 150 under fire safety laws but at a meeting last Monday more than 400 people showed up packing the chambers outer hallways and spill ing into a city parkway The cooperative and South Carolina Electric and Gas Co are involved in a dispute over territorial and municipal power supply rights City Manager Roland Windham has no tified both sides in a letter sent to coop erative manager Strom Doolittle and manager J Sidney Ballentine that strict limits would be put on seating and speaking at the next meeting on the ordinance Windhams letter said that the coopera tive and would be allowed 25 rep resentatives each and spokesmen for both sides would be limited to 30 minutes to make presentations The city also is asking that each utility designate its 25 representatives for admittance by police The seating allocations would leave 100 chairs for the rest of the public and those would be filled on a first come first served basis Currently the public hearing and sec ond reading has been put on hold because See MEMBERS Page 5A Wyatt Development Co Announces For TwoStory Office Facility ByCARLLANGLEY Staff Wrtttr Wyatt Development Co announced Friday plans to buttd a 4tM0 square foot facility directly in front of the companys headquarters on Silver Bluff Read Robert W Bob Marchal real estate and investments officer with Wyatt said project should be completed by next March A Wyatt official also confirmed the company has entered a bid with Westing houfte Smash River which is seeking 1MM to 45910 square feet of office space in the immediate Aften area WesttagbMse fat the pttne contractor at the Savannah River Site Marchal confirmed that Westingboose is a prime target in the companys future tawing pinna t In addtttw to the new boidiag Marcbal said were are 12 more individnai offke avnOnUo far feue aad an stte ta same tract has bten aside sllM are in close proximity to att me newly Marchal said the bnOonf was designed by Alex Munoz of Archi tecte and Engineers of Atlamte Constractton will be handled by Gfllam r tionCo   

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