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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 25, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Special Reading Local business women have made important contributions to Aiken Countys success To recognize Aikens 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 House Faces Abortion Showdown Cable Franchise To Be Transferred A Quick Read Hugo May Shorten School Year In SC COLUMBIA AP South Caroli nas school superintendents seem to agree that the school year should be shortened by five days to accommo date districts hard hit by Hurricane Hugo state education Superinten dent 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 Gen eral Assembly reconvenes in January Pup Stolen Pumpkin Left Behind fflNGHAM Mass AP Thieves who stole a specially bred golden re triever and left behind a pumpkin wont face criminal charges if they return the puppy unharmed its own er says While stealing the 9weekold fe male Monday the thieves also paint ed the words Happy Halloween Thanks for the dog Sorry no money Dont worry be happy police said The 18pound pup named Penny is a topoftheline show dog the prod uct of 17 years of breeding said own er Lynda Bennett a breeder and vet erinarian She said the puppy is worth 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 Pen ny was returned Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night 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 Duvai 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 Bridge4C Calendar9B Classifieds2C Comics4B Crossword6C Cryptoquote3C DearAbby4B Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions1C Sports9A Television4B Weather6A Wednesday October 251989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 266 Auditors Raise New Safety Issue At SRS By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON The Energy Depart ment may have to spend more than mLUion to correct a newly disclosed prob lem at the Savannah River nuclear weap ons plant according to federal auditors who say the flaw raises new safety concerns In a report Tuesday to a House Govern ment Operations subcommittee the Gen eral Accounting Office revealed that tubes containing materials used in Sa vannah Rivers nuclear reactors were ei ther 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 EI du Pont de Ne mours 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 un til the cause of the problem and its signif icance could be pinpointed The GAO the investigative arm of Con gress said that several months later it was determined that the tube flaws werent 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 esti mated it would cost to replace the 174 flawed tubes and an additional 101 tubes affected by the problem Keith Fultz the GAOs director of ener gy issues told the subcommittee the cost could go beyond million depending on how the department chooses to handle the corrections The report said that while the depart ment has taken steps aimed at prevent ing a recurrence the incident raises fur ther questions about the departments ability to improve management at Sa vannah River which is situated near Ai ken SC This is another in a series of incidents at Savannah River Site pointing out poor internal controls and management inat tention to safety the GAO report said The report said the specifications of some of the questionable tubes could not be determined because Du Fonts re cords were outofdate and gave conflict ing accounts of how much enriched urani um 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 Wiilcox Inn Tuesday During the threehour 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 governors 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 longterm effort to help people get back on their feet Republican candidates for Aiken City Council Robert Skip per Perry Michael Anaelerio 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 appreciation for his leadership during the hurricane disaster as well as for his previous work 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 Ev eryone in South Carolina can be proud of the leadership he has showed she said The evening also served as a fundraiser said Andrew Ma rine Aiken County Republican Party treasurer We are fundraising for the party in preparation for the 1990 races so we can support our candidates in Aiken County ho said he Blacks To Pursue Buffalo Room Suit By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer James Gallman one of six blacks de nied entry to North Augustas Buffalo Room Restaurant on Sept 5 said the states revocation of the establishments 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 af ter being told of the state Acoholic Bever age 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 10page 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 Enter prises Inc In their order the commissioners wrote that the Salter business and its pol icy of racial bias had failed to meet the Please See BLACKS Page 8A Complete Cost Could Reach Million By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer The Aiken County Councils Detention Center Project Advisory Committee has recommended the county proceed with a jail building program that will cost at least million and could go as high as million The committees recommendation which was months in the making came at a work session of the Council that also Plans SummarizedPage 8A attracted prison designers and builders federal and state detention specialists and law enforcement officials There is a real need for a new deten tion center said Moses Mims vice chairman of the advisory committee who spoke near the end of a 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 Asso ciates should be given serious consider ation by County Council 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 US Marshal Lydia Glover of Co lumbia JL Harvey of the state Depart ment of Corrections and former DOC Di rector 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 over flowing the present 105bed facility on Hampton Avenue and bringing threats of lawsuits During Tuesday nights session figures were produced that showed daily jail pop ulations have doubled in the last decade Since Jan 1 the countys prison popula tion has exceeded available bed space 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 seri ous 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 per bed Please See COUNTY Page 8A Aftershock Of Numbers Jolt QuakeRattled Bay By ROBERT DVORCHAK AP National Writer SAN FRANCISCO Recovery ad vanced into its second week today for an earthquakerattled region feeling an af tershock of numbers a stronger Rich ter reading a 5050 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 coroners discovery of a 39th victim from doubledecked In terstate 880 in Oakland The state Office of Emergency Ser vices reported today that 13892 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 ex pected to approve a Housepassed bill that would send billion to Northern California Damage estimates have been set at billion making it the costliest natural disaster in US history We were hit by 10 times the amount of explosive power of World War II includ ing the atomic bomb said US Rep Nancy Pelosi who represents San Fran ciscos hardhit Marina district Santa Cruz County got a 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 pm one week to the minute after the quake It packed more punch than first thought according to the US Geological Survey which upped the magnitude to 71 from 69 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 spokeswom an Nancy Sutton A geologist warned that because of the recent rain huge sections of land in San ta Cruz County cracked by earthquake fissures are in danger of sliding this win ter and burying hundreds of homes Whats happening today is frightening to geologists who have looked at it Pro fessor Gary Griggs of the University of Please See AFTERSHOCK Page 8A
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