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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 25, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                COUNTY Sports Early Departure For Penn State PageSA A Quick Read Mandela Wont Be Free Before New Year JOHANNESBURG South Africa AP The government reports that jailed black nationalist leader Nelson Mandela wont be freed before the end of the year Speculation remains strong how ever that Mandela will be freed in January or early February A broad range of black leaders say Mandela must be released before they can accept President FW de Klerks invitation to negotiate a new Constitution that would extend politi cal rights to blacks Rumors that Mandela would be freed before Christmas spread earli er this week following unsubstantiat ed reports that British Prime Minis ter Margaret Thatcher asked South African authorities to take this step Mandela lives at a staff house on a prison farm outside Cape Town and has been meeting frequently with antiapartheid leaders and govern ment officials including talks last week with de Klerk Soviet Journalist To Join Papal Flight VATICAN CITY AP A report er from the newspaper Trud wiU ac company Pope John Paul II on a pa pal trip to Africa next month the first time a Soviet journalist will travel on one of the pontiffs visits The Vatican released a list of 50 journalists who will fly aboard a spe cially outfitted plane that will take the pope Vatican officials and many from the Vatican press corps on an eightday trip to Mali GuineaBis sau Burkina Faso Chad and Cape Verde On the list was Soviet journalist Pavel Nigoitsa who is accredited with the Vatican press office Food Manufacturer Locates In Oconee SENECA AP A new plant to be built by a major manufacturer of food packaging could eventually cre ate 1000 jobs in Oconee County ac cording to officials The Cryovac division of WR Grace Co ended two years of nego tiations by purchasing 104 acres on US Highway 123 west of Seneca of ficials said This is a big move and it pretty well insures that this is where theyll put that big project said Bob Gail lard Oconee Countys planning and development director The property was owned by Field crest Cannon of Eden NC The company said the property would not be developed immediately but is expected to be part of a major future expansion Construction on this site will be dependent on the continued growth of our current products and the success of new products currently under de velopment said Jack E Powers Cryovac director of human resources Inside Today Bridge8C Calendar1D Classifieds3C Comics2C Crossword9C Cryptoquote7C DearAbby2C Local Front1B Opinions4A Sports4A Television2C Standard Published Early The Christmas edition of the Aiken Standard was published early so that employees could spend the holidays with their families The newspaper will resume its nor mal 9 to 5 business office schedule on Tuesday News and sports events from the weekend will be updated in the Tues day edition Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year t an Our ft Monday December 25 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 327 Jail Santas Remember Less Fortunate Food Bank Benefits From Collection By TERRY KINNEY Associated Press Writer CINCINNATI The Christmas menu at the county jail of turkey dressing and cranberry sauce started some inmates thinking that they may be eating better than some people on the outside Len Singleton who is serving time for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest wrote a letter to Sheriff Simon Leis Jr asking permission to organize a collec tion among the inmates Some 500 inmates at the Hamilton County Justice Center and Cincinnatis Community Correctional Institution re sponded by giving up cigarettes and snacks and Singleton presented a check for to the FreestoreFoodbank A lot of inmates who will be incarcer ated are members of the community They still have their hearts there and they wanted the community to know that Singleton said One of the inmates said to me I can remember one time when I was on the streets and the Freestore helped me out They said they can always get cigarettes but this is more important he said Prisoners are allowed money accounts usually a few dollars left by relatives to buy incidentals Singleton said some in mates donated their entire allowance Weve never been involved with any thing like this said Steve Gibbs the Freestores executive director who ac cepted the inmates check Thursday at a jailhouse news conference We appreci ate what theyve done Gibbs said the private operation has a daily budget of and will feed about 3000 families during the holidays Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth table is decorated with everything from an antique statue of Santa to hightech blinking lights MAIN ATTRACTION The dining room table is the main attraction at Byrdie Roberts house at Christmas The Sharing The Joy Aiken Woman Turns House Into A Christmas Showcase By TRACI SHELTON Staff Writer WARRENVILLE Stepping into Byr die Roberts house is like walking into a winter wonderland Mrs Roberts has created a Christmas town complete with trees trains and twinkling lights For more than 20 years now Mrs Rob erts has tirelessly toiled to turn her living room into a showcase Her decorations have become quite famous in the area People come from as far away as Canada to see the display according to her daughter Rachel Herron Most of the visitors are deaf and there was even a busload of deaf children from Millbrook Elementary School The small house on Pine Log Road is often filled with people smiling as they sign their en joyment of the decorations Mrs Roberts who is deaf said through sign language that she loves the visitors They come in and say Wow she said One girl didnt want to go home she liked it so much The decorations themselves are an ac cumlation of a lifetime but the arrange ment is new every year Every year she gets more and more stuff Mrs Herron said This year it took more than three weeks to set everything up I worked hard Mrs Roberts said The focal point in one room is a tree full of handmade ornaments and oldfash ioned lights There are a lot of memories on this tree Mrs Roberts said Please See SHARING Page 2A Effects Of Hugo Felt By Jobless Rolls Of Unemployed Doubled After Storm By The Associated Press COLUMBIA Nearly twice as many South Carolinians were unemployed in October compared to September due to Hurricane Hugo but the jobless rate re mained about the same according to a newly released report The unemployment rate remained at about 5 percent in October because gains in the educational and governmental tors outpaced job losses in the tourism industry due to Hugo according to the lastest South Carolina economic indica tors released Thursday Initial claims for unemployment insur ance doubled from 5752 to 11628 said the report published by the University of South Carolina College of Business Ad ministration and the state Employment Security Commission This unusually large increase clearly a result of the storm vaulted new em ployment insurance claims back to their highest level since the 198283 recession the report said Unemployment insurance benefits in creased by about 46 percent represent ing the greatest increase in this indicator the state has seen since July 1980 The average length of time people were out of work increased 64 percent The Index of Leading Indicators was down from 959 in September to 94 in Oc tober the lowest reading since June 1986 Of the eight leading indicators four de clined three advanced and one remained unchanged Manufacturing jobs decreased by 1600 overall with the durable goods sector falling by 1200 The number of jobs in the textile and related sectors declined by 700 Other measures of manufacturings strength were mixed in October Contractor Change NPR Big Events At SRS In 80s By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer Two of the biggest events in the 39year history of the Savannah River Site hap pened at the end of the 1980s Westing house Savannah River Co replaced Du Pont Co as the operating contractor and the US Department of Energy an nounced the new production reactor would be built there On a less upbeat note as the decade ended all three of SRSs 1950sera nuclear reactors were shut down for equipment and management improvements The first of these KReactor is not scheduled to restart until the end of 1990 with the other two P and L reactors coming back on line in threemonth intervals thereafter If that schedule holds that means the trio will have been idle for years The most fundamental change at the 300square mile facility that produces materials for US nuclear weapons oc curred this past April 1 On that date Westinghouse replaced Du Pont as the plants manager Westinghouse also changed the name to Savannah River Site from Savannah River Plant Du Pont had operated the facility since its creation in 1950 but in October 1987 announced it wanted to quit that role The A DECADE IN REVIEW Year End ReviewsPages 3B6B parent company EI du Pont de Ne mours Co Inc cited three reasons Du Ponts business mission does not include the operation of nuclear facilities s We are not willing to put our share holders assets at risk for a business which we operate without profit The increasingly controversial na ture of the assignment and the escalating criticism of all companies who are in volved in this work On Sept 8 1988 DOE chose Westing house over rival Martin Marietta Corp as operating contractor at SRS Bechtel Aiken Standard File Photo SIGN OF CHANGE This new sign heralding the change in contractors at the Savannah River Plant went up in May Savannah River Inc is the principal subcontractor Unlike Du Pont which only was reim bursed by DOE for its legitimate operat ing expenses at Savannah River Wes tinghouse can earn a bonus if it performs its tasks exceptionally well On Dec 15 DOE gave Westinghouse an overall rat ing of good and a bonus of million out of a possible million for its first six months as SRS manager With the WestinghouseBechte team in place employment at SRS reached 20000 The plant remains the biggest em ployer in the AikenAugusta area Please See CONTRACTOR Page 2A   

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