Aiken Standard, October 25, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 25, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Special Reading IN BUSINESS - ■    _ Local business women have made important contributions to Aiken County's success. To recognize "Aiken’s Best,” the Aiken Standard today is publishing "Women in Business,” featuring profiles of successful local women and telling about their beginnings, business philosophies and growth. Look for it in sections D and E today. A Quick Read Hugo May Shorten School Year In S.C. COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina’s school superintendents seem to agree that the school year should be shortened by five days to accommodate districts hard hit by Hurricane Hugo, state education Superintendent Charlie Williams said. As a result, Williams told the state Budget and Control Board Tuesday he will ask the General Assembly to allow schools closed for more than five days by the Sept. 21 storm to offer 175 days of instruction rather than the currently required 180. Districts that lost additional days would have to make up that time by shortening vacations, eliminating teacher work days, lengthening the school year or extending the school day. The proposal must be okayed by both the state Board of Education and the General Assembly. The General Assembly reconvenes in January. $30,000 Pup Stolen; Pumpkin Left Behind HINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Thieves who stole a specially bred golden retriever and left behind a pumpkin won’t face criminal charges if they return the puppy unharmed, its owner says. While stealing the 9-week-old female Monday, the thieves also painted the words “Happy Halloween. Thanks for the dog. Sorry no money-...Don’t worry, be happy,” police said. The 18-pound pup, named Penny, is a top-of-tne-line show dog, the prod uct of 17 years of breeding, said owner Lynda Bennett, a breeder and veterinarian. She said the puppy is worth $30,000 to her but would not be worth as much to thieves because they lack documentation that it is a purebred. She said she would drop all charges and ask no questions if Penny was returned. Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight. The low will be in the upper 40s. Tomorrow will be partly sunny, with a high in the mid 70s. Please see Page 6A for details. Deaths Maggie T. Boggs, Swainsboro, Ga. Claude T. Carver, New Holland Mrs. Robbie R. Duval, Augusta Ruby B. Peters, Barnwell Gregory L. Russell, Edgefield Ada K. Scott, Windsor Willie Simpkins, Aiken Alvin V. Slayton, Graniteville Please see Page 6A for details. Inside Today Bridge...............  4C Calendar............................................9B Classifieds.........................................2C Comics..............................................4B Crossword.........................................6C Cryptoquote.......................................3C Dear Abby..........................................4B Local Front........................................1B Obituaries..........................................6A Opinions............................................1C Sports................................................9A Television..........................................4B Weather.............................................6A Page 2A House Faces Abortion Showdown - Page IB Cable Franchise To Be TransferredCounty Wednesday, October 25, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 266 Auditors Raise New Safety Issue At SRS By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - The Energy Department may have to spend more than $8 million to correct a newly disclosed problem at the Savannah River nuclear weapons plant, according to federal auditors who say the flaw raises new safety concerns. In a report Tuesday to a House Government Operations subcommittee, the General Accounting Office revealed that tubes containing materials used in Savannah River’s nuclear reactors were either made to incorrect specifications or their specifications could not be deter- mined because of “paperwork problems.” Use of badly flawed tubes could, in the worst case, lead to an uncontrolled chain reaction in the reactors that produce a gas used in nuclear warheads, the GAO said. When the problem was discovered in September 1988 by E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., which was the Savannah River operator, the Energy Department ordered Du Pont to stop making the tubes and stop putting them in the reactors until the cause of the problem and its significance could be pinpointed. The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, said that “several months” later it was determined that the tube flaws weren’t serious enough to pose a safety problem, but that none of them will be used in the reactors, which have been shut down since April 1988 for repairs and safety upgrades. It said the Energy Department estimated it would cost $731,000 to replace the 174 flawed tubes and an additional 101 tubes affected by the problem. Keith Fultz, the GAO’s director of energy issues, told the subcommittee the cost could go beyond $8 million, depending on how the department chooses to handle the corrections. The report said that while the department has taken steps aimed at prevent ing a recurrence, the incident raises further questions about the department’s ability to improve management at Savannah River, which is situated near Aiken, S.C. “This is another in a series of incidents at Savannah River Site pointing out poor internal controls and management inattention to safety,” the GAO report said. The report said the specifications of some of the questionable tubes could not be determined because Du Pont’s records were out-of-date and gave conflicting accounts of how much enriched uranium and lithium were in the tubes. (Please See AUDITORS, Page 8A)County Told Jail Needs Replacing Campbell Praises South Carolinians For Hugo Response "Spirit Of Our People" Remains Unbroken, Governor Declares At Reception In Aiken By NINA J. NIDIFFER Staff Writer Governor Carroll A. Campbell Jr. praised South Carolinians for bringing the state back from the edge of disaster during a reception at the Willcox Inn Tuesday. During the three-hour affair hosted by the Aiken County Republican Party, Gov. Campbell accepted compliments for his leadership during the Hurricane Hugo crisis, but said the real credit should go to “the people who worked on the front lines.” “When I was sitting in the governor’s office wondering which way Hugo was going to go, I realized how powerless we are to stand up against the forces of nature,” he said. “Ordering people to leave their homes when Hugo became a class three hurricane was one of the hardest things I ever did, but it was second class to telling people they could not go back after the storm. “This is a horrible thing to go through, but I have never been prouder to be a South Carolinian or governor of this state. The love and warmth people have shown is something I have never seen in my lifetime. "We are not devastated and we are not destroyed. We may be broken physically, but the spirit of this state has not been broken,” he said. “It is the spirit of the people that is going to bring South Carolina back.” Gov. Campbell said the state still has a long way to go, and called for a long-term effort to help people get back on their feet. Republican candidates for Aiken City Council Robert (Skipper) Perry, Michael Anaclerio and Eric Radford also spoke briefly. Senator Strom Thurmond could not be present, but he sent a telegram of support, and his wife, Nancy, attended. Betty Christensen, chairman of the Aiken County Republican Party, said the reception was a chance to show the governor Complete Cost Could Reach $24.9 Million By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer The Aiken County Council’s Detention Center Project Advisory Committee has recommended the county proceed with a jail building program that will cost at least $15.1 million and could go as high as $24.9 million. The committee’s recommendation, which was months in the making, came at a work session of the Council mat also Plans Summarized......................Page    8A attracted prison designers and builders, federal and state detention specialists and law enforcement officials. “There is a real need for a new detention center,” said Moses Mims, vice chairman of the advisory committee, who spoke near the end of a 2 1/2 hour session devoted solely to the jail issue. Mims said the prison building program unveiled by Correctional Concepts Inc. of Hilton Head Island and Patrick Associates “should be given serious consideration by County Council.” appreciation for his leadership during the hurricane disaster, TK. as well as for his previous won “We feel our honoring him is a timely thing after his leader- Staff Photo By David Kidwell PROUD TO BE CAROLINIAN: Gov Carroll A Campbell Jr. speaks at reception hosted by Aiken Republicans. ship after Hugo. He acted firmly, decisively, and wisely. Everyone in South Carolina can be proud of the leadership he has showed,” she said. The evening also served as a fund-raiser, said Andrew Marine, Aiken County Republican Party treasurer. “We are fund-raising for the party in preparation for the 1990 races, so we can support our candidates in Aiken County,” he said. Blacks To Pursue Buffalo Room Suit If the facility is built, the preferred site is 84 acres of land owned by the county on Wire Road. The property, according to a study, is ideal in that it is isolated from population centers and residential areas. The work session was attended by Chief U.S. Marshal Lydia Glover of Columbia, J.L. Harvey of the state Department of Corrections and former DOC Director William C. Leeke, now employed as a consultant in prison operations. In setting up the advisory committee last April, the Council responded to a growing prison population that was overflowing the present 105-bed facility on Hampton Avenue and bringing threats of lawsuits. During Tuesday night’s session, figures were produced that showed daily jail populations have doubled in the last decade. Since Jan. I the county’s prison populace bed si space By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer James Gallman, one of six blacks denied entry to North Augusta’s Buffalo Room Restaurant on Sept. 5, said the state’s revocation of the establishment’s liquor license on racial discrimination grounds will not stop a civil action against the owners. “We will continue with that suit,” Gall man said Tuesday afternoon, shortly after being told of the state Acoholic Beverage Control Commission ruling against the Buffalo Room owners. The ABC confirmed that the license was surrendered late Tuesday without incident. The ABC panel, which held an Oct. 12 hearing into Buffalo Room operations, said in a 19-page order that Bruce and Rose Salter, owners of the business, must give up their alcohol license. Commissioners Elliott W. Thompson, Julius Murray and A. Wayne Crick were unanimous in their decision against the Salters and their business, Salter Enterprises Inc. In their order, the commissioners wrote that the Salter business and its policy of racial bias had failed to meet the tion has exceeded availa each day. Councilman Gene Duckett, chairman of the study group, presented the Phase I report that cited the seriousness of the situation and the necessity to begin serious efforts at building a new jail. David Painter, president of the Hilton Head prison design company, and Allen Patrick of Patrick Associates, presented a building concept for a jail housing from 243 to 303 inmates at a cost of nearly $50,000 per bed. (Please See BLACKS, Page 8A) (Please See COUNTY, Page 8A)Aftershock Of Numbers Jolt Quake-Rattled Bay By ROBERT DVORCHAK AP National Writer SAN FRANCISCO - Recovery advanced into its second week today for an earthquake-rattled region feeling an aftershock of numbers — a stronger Richter reading, a 50-50 chance of a new jolt and an infusion of relief money. Nine people remain missing, and the death toll from the Oct. 17 temblor climbed to 63 with a coroner’s discovery of a 39th victim from double-decked Interstate 880 in Oakland. The state Office of Emergency Ser vices reported today that 13,892 people have been left homeless, nearly double the previous figure. The first damage claim against the state was filed by two motorists injured in the collapse. In Congress today, the Senate was expected to approve a House-passed bill that would send $2.85 billion to Northern California. Damage estimates have been set at $7.1 billion, making it the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. “We were hit by IO times the amount of explosive power of World War II, including the atomic bomb,” said U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who represents San Francisco’s hard-hit Marina district. Santa Cruz County got a $356,460 check from state Controller Gray Davis on Tuesday. The check is 75 percent of the money the county already has spent on earthquake response. Church bells tolled at 5:04 p.m., one week to the minute after the quake. It packed more punch than first thought, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which upped the magnitude to 7.1 from 6.9 on the Richter scale after checking 18 seismic stations around the world. The homeless figure climbed after rain forced many into shelters, where county officials are compiling counts of those displaced, according to OES spokeswoman Nancy Sutton. A geologist warned that because of the recent rain, huge sections of land in Santa Cruz County cracked by earthquake fissures are in danger of sliding this winter and burying hundreds of homes. “What’s happening today is frightening to geologists who have looked at it,” Professor Gary Griggs of the University of (Please See AFTERSHOCK, Page 8A) ;

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