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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 19, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina AIKEN Sports Miscues Costly To Eagles PagellA A Quick Read Swan Dies Month After Mate Stolen HILTON HEAD ISLAND AP Charles the white swan which grew weaker every day after his mate was stolen died just one week before a new mate was to arrive Swans mate for life and often will grieve for years or even die if they lose their mates according to Green ville swan breeder Jack Smith Charles died Sunday night on the bank of his lagoon His health began deteriorating soon after his mate Elizabeth disappeared on Nov 14 The swans owner Bill Totten in the past month tried to keep Charles alive by giving him vitamin shots and forcing water down his beak Survey Whites More Likely To Use Drugs WASHINGTON AP White stu dents are more likely than black stu dents to use all kinds of drugs from liquor to cocaine and hallucino gens according to a nationwide survey of drug use by sixth to 12th grade students For all too long this problem has been portrayed as a black problem and I think the end result has been that there are some people who have not really cared a lot about it be cause of that said Judge Reggie Walton associate director of the Of fice of National Drug Control Policy This is an American problem not just a black problem and all of us have to get on with the business of dealing with this problem because I believe that if we do that that we can in fact prevail Walton said The figures from the Parents Re source Institute for Drug Education Inc were released Monday Weather Mostly Cloudy Mostly cloudy skies and a 50 per cent chance of rain are forecast to night The low will be in the low 30s Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a high in the mid 40s Please see Page 14A for details Deaths Omie L Brantley North Augusta Henry G Hall Gloverville James Jefferson Aiken Billy C Jumper New Ellenton Charles Killebrew Augusta Mary C Reese Evans Ga Please see Page SA for details Inside Today Bridge8B Calendar12B Classifieds6B Comics3B Crossword9B Cryptoquote7B Dear Abby3B Local Obituaries14A Opinions6A Sports11A Television3B Weather8A Christmas Countdown I JUST PJ ITS ONLV Page2A Low Level XRays May Pose Risk Page 1B n Indictments Break SC Drug Ring ike n tu n Cut rfr Tuesday December 19 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 321 Watkins Agrees To Impact Study For SRS Restart By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON In a concession to environmentalists the Energy Depart ment will not restart its Savannah River defense nuclear reactors until an envi ronmental impact study is completed ac cording to a department letter It was not immediately clear whether the decision would mean a further delay in restarting the three reactors which were shut down last year to undergo mas sive safety upgrades worker retraining and management restructuring The first of the reactors the nations only source of tritium needed to make nuclear warheads is tentatively sched uled to resume production next fall Energy Secretary James D Watkins told members of the House and Senate armed services committees in letters sent Friday that he decided to drop the departments objection to completing the environmental study before restarting the reactors near Aiken SC A copy of that letter was obtained Monday The department had agreed a study was needed but maintained there was no legal requirement to finish it before re suming tritium production Please See WATKINS Page 14A Report Government Knew About Dangers To Plant Workers In 40s From Wire And Staff Reports WASHINGTON The government had clear evidence shortly after the first nuclear bombs were built in the 1940s that weapons workers were being ex posed to potentially dangerous amounts of radiation according to a congressio nal report Despite this information including some not previously made public offi cials overseeing the bomb factories rec ommended not informing workers of the possible health risks they faced at the secretly operated facilities the report said Please See REPORT Page 14A Staff Photo By Scott Webster HONORABLE DUO South Aiken tennis star Christy Faustmann left was recently honored as one of the best junior amateurs in the South by winning the Wilton J McKinney Her coach Houndslake pro Craig Jones was recently named the Tennis Pro of the Year in South Carolina Please see stories on Page 11 A Winter Storm Alert Posted Across SC Time Running Out To Lend Hand To Less Fortunate At Christmas Christmas is fast approaching and time is running out to lend a hand to fund drives aimed at those in need The Salvation Armys annual kettle drive is under way with the familiar bell ringers stationed at locations throughout the Aiken area Contributions may be mailed to The Salvation Army PO Box 439 Aiken 29802 The seventeenth annual Valley Empty Stocking Fund campaign is also gearing up for the holidays The fund is sponsored by several area civic clubs including the LangleyBath Clearwater American Legion Post 153 Samuel Swint Post T7 of the American Legion and the LBC Lions Club as well as individuals Last year the fund helped 243 families a total of 783 people Contributions to the fund may be mailed to PO Box 517 Langley 29834 PO Box 354 Clearwater 29822 or PO Box 391 Graniteville 29829 The Aiken Jaycees are currently ac cepting donations for their fourth annual Christmas Shopping Tour The tour which enables the group to purchase clothing and toys for needy chil dren raised last year The shopping tour will be held Dec 23 Children that participate in the Christ mas Shopping Tour are selected for the Please See TIME Page 14A By The Associated Press Snow and sleet in the Upstate and sleet and freezing rain around the rest of the state has made driving on South Caroli nas roads and bridges treacherous au thorities said A winter storm warning is in effect for the mountains foothills and the Pied mont throught today A winter storm watch is in effect for the Midlands with a winter weather advisory in effect for the coast The National Weather Service reported snow mixed with sleet was falling over most of the South Carolina mountains and foothills early today Rain mixed with sleet fell over the lower Piedmont and was headed for Cherokee and Union counties Sleet and freezing rain fell in various parts of the Midlands as well as in the Upstate and near the coast The National Weather Service had reports that High way 34 in Fairfield County was under a layer of ice from steady sleet Lexington County Emergency Preparedness per sonnel reported both sleet and freezing rain in the Pelion and Batesburg areas The weather service said one to two inches of snow and sleet was expected by early today Some communities could see up to four inches of snow and ice before ending late today Sleet was covering many roads in Oco nee Anderson and Pickens counties ear ly today the weather service said The Greenwood County Emergency Center reported light rain falling and causing ic ing on bridges and overpasses Freezing rain gathered on power lines could lead to power failures authorities said Temperatures were expected to reach into the 30s today Highs of 40 degrees and more on Wednesday were expected to melt any remaining precipitation More than 20 weatherrelated accidents were reported elsewhere in Aiken Coun ty and at least 75 accidents took place in the sevencounty Upstate region Monday the state Highway Patrol reported In Richland and Lexington counties 78 weatherrelated accidents occurred be tween 8 am and 4 pm Monday the pa trol said Schools were closed from Abbeville Laurens and Greenwood counties in the Upstate to Richland Lexington and Orangeburg counties in the Midlands School openings were delayed up to hours in at least four other counties be cause of the weather SOUTH CAROLINA Weather Wednesday December 20 forccait for daytime ctndiiioni tad ajjh C19M AOOJ Wwihnr Some Relief Could Come On Wednesday Frigid rain is expected to give way locally to partly cloudy skies and wanner temperatures by Wednes day but cold weather will return on Thursday The high on Wednesday will be in the mid to upper 40s a spokesman for the National Weather Service said this morning Thursday will be partly cloudy and cold The low Thursday will be in the mid 20s and the high will be in the low 30s officials said Friday and Saturday will bring frigid temperatures and mostly sun ny skies Because of the weather state em ployees in Aiken and South Carolina were allowed to report to work at this morning And despite earlier speculation Ai ken County schools opened on sched ule this morning last day before Christmas holidays Gov Carroll Campbell ordered thou sands of state employees in all but 10 coastal counties to leave work at 4 pm an hour early to avoid icy roads as temperatures plummeted below freezing late in the day At the University of South Carolina in Columbia final exams were canceled and rescheduled for Thursday so stu dents faculty and administrators could go home early Price Spurt Surprises Analysts By DAVE SKIDMORE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON Consumer prices rose a moderate 04 percent in November as higher food and heating costs more than offset cheaper gasoline the govern ment said today The seasonally adjusted increase in the Labor Departments Consumer Price In dex which translated into an annual in flation rate of 49 percent followed a brisk 05 percent rise in October and rela tively modest hikes from June through September The price spurt was slightly higher than many analysts had been expecting The government blamed the rise on a jump in natural gas and electricity costs and an increase in prices at supermarket checkout counters for beef eggs fresh vegetables and dairy products Through the first 11 months of this year consumer prices have risen at an annual rate of 46 percent up only slight ly from the 44 percent price gains in both 1988 and 1987 However the yeartodate figure masks a rollercoaster ride that saw prices rising at a 67 percent annual rate for the first five months of the year mo derating through the summer and then returning to about average for the past two months Leading the November advance was a 06 percent boost in food prices the steep est since May Dairy products jumped 17 percent the third consecutive sharp in crease The price of fruits and vegetables soared 18 percent the second big gain in a row Economists are attributing the dairy price hikes to last years drought which caused many farmers to slaughter Please See PRICE Page 14A Consumer Price Index Beginning Friday The Aiken Standard Looks Back At The 1980s
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