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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 22, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Miami Wants Spoiler Role Page 9A A Quick Read Emphasis Being Put On Holiday Safety WASHINGTON AP On the eve of the years biggest travel weekend auto safety advocates are pushing everything from air bags to keeping people from catching Zs at the wheel to prevent highway deaths Groups ranging from the heavily funded Insurance Institute for Auto Safety to he volunteerrun Motor Voters issued statements or held news conferences Tuesday designed to promote safety More than 400 people die on the na tions highways each Thanksgiving Day weekend there were 438 fatal ities last year down from a high of 764 in 1968 At a Washington seminar on Sleep Loss and Driving Safety experts said sleep plays a key role in up to 400000 traffic accidents a year Discovery Ready For Dazzling Flight CAPE CANAVERAL Fla AP Discovery is set to turn night into light tonight in a holiday liftoff that may be visible for hundreds of miles as it streaks toward orbit with five astronauts on a secret military mission The Thanksgiving Eve shuttle launch is scheduled sometime be tween pm and pm If a forecast of clear skies holds the 700 foot geyser of fire from the crafts solid fuel booster rockets could be visible over a 700mile track from Key West to Charleston SC Shuttle managers cleared Discov ery on Tuesday after a review found no significant problems Crews had made up 12 hours preparation time lost last week when they had to re place a faulty booster rocket control unit Weather Rain Predicted Cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 100 percent chance of rain and possible thunderstorms The low will be in the low 50s Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers The high will be in the mid 60s Please see Page 6A for details Deaths Johnnie Bell Denmark John J Best Augusta Effie M Boyd Stiefeltown Flora B Jordan Laurelton NY Herman Kennedy Columbia Marion Lynn Augusta Nettie M Rollins Aiken Flora B Stallings Augusta Edward F Watson Aiken Please see Page 6A for details Inside Today Bridge9B Calendar4B Classifieds7B Comics6B Crossword11B Cryptoquote8B DearAbby6B Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports9A Television6B Weather6A Page 2A Congress Adjourns Approves Deficit Page IB ATC Kids Make Thanksgiving Feast Holiday Hours In order for employees of the Aiken Standard to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families the news paper will close its offices at noon both Thursday and Friday The daily newspaper will be deliv ered as usual The newspaper will resume regu lar office hours on Monday Wednesday November 22 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 294 Jail Protest Fails To Sway County Council Proposal Pursued On 70 Decision By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Aiken County Council after hearing al most an hourlong protest against jail construction in the Wire Road section voted 70 Tuesday night to set in motion the second phase of studies leading to a new county detention center A resolution calling on Correctional Concepts Inc to look at a new jail with emphasis on cost reduction and alternate sites was passed shortly after council heard from Wire Road residents In addition the council told the home Hotel Rescue owners it would ask the state corrections system to look at proposed safeguards and install such protection as fencing whereever possible But it was pointed out that County Councils have no power to legislate state operations The homeowners numbering about 60 showed up for the meeting to attack any idea of the county building a new deten tion center in their neighborhood Al ready in the area is a stateoperated work release center and two more minimum security faculties are being built At an earlier meeting during which CCI presented basic outlines for jail construc tion cost figures for a new detention cen ter ranged from 15 million to million depending upon the scope of the complex But Council Chairman Carrol A Please See JAIL Page 7A Study Could Lead To Tech Research Park By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Aiken County Council voted unani mously Tuesday night to request the Economic Development Partnership conduct a study promoting establish ment of a Technology Research Park in the county In a resolution sponsored by Council man J Allen Brodie the council said its action is in response to the recent Arthur Young Co study which recommended the county focus on building a technol ogy base Saying the time is right for Aiken County to take advantage of its re sources Brodie said this Research Technology Park has the kind of tre mendous potential that could make Aiken County the nuclear technology hub of the free world Council Chairman Carrol A Warner said the county has received a grant from Gov Carroll A Campbells office to help finance the study Brodies resolution requests the EDP to undertake a study of the feasibility advantages cost size methods of fi nancing and management alternatives Please See STUDY Page 7A AP Laserphoto UNDER GUARD OAS Secretary General Joao Baena Scares is escorted under guard from the former Sheraton Hotel seized by Leftist rebels in San Salvador For the story please see Page 2A City Power Pact Goes To By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer Following a twohour war of words South Carolina Electric and Gas emerged as the victor in a battle to supply power to new customers in annexed areas In a unanimous vote by the Aiken City Council the utility was given the right to serve customers in what Aiken Electric Cooperative claims to be its assigned service arsa Bad Weather For Travelers By The Associated Press Some travelers beat the preThanksgiving rush by getting on planes trains and automo biles early while harsh weather already blamed for 13 deaths in four states threatened to cause delays Airports braced for the stampede of people heading home today traditionally one of the heaviest travel days of the year Six people were killed in three separate traffic accidents on snowy roads in Minnesota on Tues day The storm snarled frrr fie in the Twin Cities area Seven deaths were blamed on either high winds or slick roads in Pennsylvania New Jer sey and Maryland And more than 200 Newark NJ residents were left homeless by two windblown fires that destroyed a row of houses and an apartment building Thanksgiving ServicesPage 1B Edith and George Webber of rural Black Earth Wis had no worries as they avoided the crunch and took a flight Monday to Washington National Airport They were being met by their son who lives in Towsqn Md We offered to bring the turkey and he said never mind so we brought some Wisconsin cheese and some jams and stuff said the 73 yearold Webber For todays travelers the possibility of snow loomed over several key airports Amtrak reservations on the SeattletoSan Francisco and SeattletoChicago runs today and Sunday have been sold out for two months said spokesman Art Lloyd In New Jersey one of the weatherrelated deaths occurred when a tree toppled by gusting winds struck and killed a principal as she was getting out of her car at her elementary school The controversial issue that has been festering for three months came to a head Tuesday night as spokesmen for both groups faced off during a public hearing before a standing room only crowd of 150 the maximum number allowed to attend the meeting due to state fire codes During 52minute presentations both sides took an opportunity to point out their companys advan tages which included the amount of money that each paid in local property taxes Each side also tried its best to pint out the disadvantages of hav ing the other firm as the franchised power supplier Cathy B Novinger senior vice president for administration and government affairs for SCANA the parent company of opened the debate She immediately point ed to the fact that Aiken Electric pays 30 percent less in property taxes than the stockholderowned utility She said that paid in property taxes in 1988 and that Aiken Electric paid Rural electric cooperatives were never intended to serve cities and large metropolitan areas Ms Novinger said Bounderies that exist in territorial assign ments dont exist after annex ation she said Five Aiken residents spoke in fa vor of during the presenta tion John Elliott Susan Burkhart Clarence Jackson Nancy OLeary former state senator Gil McMillian and Bill Clyburn made presenta Legal Fight AheadPageTA tions in favor of receiving the franchise to service new cus tomers in annexed areas Aiken Electric Cooperative wast ed no time in answering the accu sations made by spokes men during the consumerowned utilitys presentation Jerry Pate director of public re lations for the Electric Coopera tives of South Carolina stated that 70 percent of the stockholders in do not live in the state I am very concerned about the impact that the loss of our territory would have on our rates said Ed Swartz president of the Coop He added By allowing each utility to serve its assigned territo ry everybody wins Ed Thomson former manager of the Coop Paul Kriss field direc tor for the Rural Electrification Administration and Aiken resi dents Ed Sheldon Stan Moody and Clinton Hallman all spoke in favor of Aiken Electric keeping the ser vice areas it claims it was assigned in a 1969 stateapproved agreement Once each group had presented its case the two utilities were giv en 10 minutes for rebuttals The Councils vote came after several members of the Council ex pressed their displeasure with the tactics used by Aiken Electric to pressure the body into awarding the power supply franchise to the consumerowned utility Please See City Page 7A Jeremy Grice Mystery Becomes Deeper With Each Passing Year BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer The smiling face of Jeremy Grice clad in a football jersey with the No 82 on the sleeve has become a familiar one to resi dents of Aiken County Its been posted on the windows of banks grocery stores and convenience stores throughout Aiken County Its even smiled from the side of milk cartons to people in other parts of the country and from flyers handed out at rest areas along interstate highways throughout the southeast But its been four years since Jeremy Grice smiled in person for anyone in his family I still have hope said Jeremys fa ther Ray Grice I havent heard any thing new on the case since last year JEREMY when we thought we might have found him in Ashevme but since thenI just dont know Hugh Munn a spokesman for the State Law Enforcement Division said there are no new developments in Jeremys case but stresses that a file is never closed until the case has been solved whether it be finding a body or the person Munn said the last hopeful lead was last fall when Jeremy was believed to have been sighted in Asheville Local law enforcement agents SLED agents and Jeremys father traveled to Buncombe County to check out the lead Fingerprints proved the child in North Carolina was not Jeremy I wish I could say something more positive about this case Munn said But right now we just dont have any thing new to go on We havent given up though The files still open Becky Edmonds an investigator with the Aiken County Sheriffs Department Please See JEREMY Page 7A Safety Watchdog Board Pays Secret Visit To SRS By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON Members of the De fense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board a watchdog panel established by Congress last year made their first visit to the Savannah River Site early this month according to the panels chairmandesignate John T Conway No announcement was been made of the South Carolina trip which was one of the new boards first actions Its five members were sworn in October 25 Conway would not describe results of the Savannah River visit or give details of members examination of the facility But in a telephone interview Tuesday be said the board had focused its atten tion on the Energy Departments restart preparations for three of the facilitys reactors He said that overseeing Savannah Riv er operations would be the boards top priority It was the first meeting down there to see what was going on I anticipate there will be further visits be said Conway said the DNFSB will eventu ally make a final report on its Savan nah River findings but said he had no estimate when such a report might be made public When asked if the panel had hired staff to support its work Conway said he was in the process of trying to build up staff He denied a report that DOE staff members bad been detailed to work for board members in the interim But Rep John M Spratt DSC who said he conferred with Conway two weeks ago asserted that the board was using DOE staff Spratt heads a House Armed Services panel also created to oversee DOE man agement of the weapons complex Tritiumproducing reactors at the Ai ken site have been shut down out of safe ty concerns since the spring of 1988   

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