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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 6, 1993, Aiken, South Carolina                                Braves Chopped Page 9A Thursday May 61993 Aiken South Carolina Committed To You Daily Vol 126 No 126 Sunny Page 2A DOE Unveils Major Health Safety Initiatives By SARAH PEKKANEN And KELLY RICHMOND States News Service WASHINGTON The Energy Department on Wednesday unveiled a major health and safety initia tive that would affect Savannah River and all other DOE facilities exposing the agency to outside safety inspections for the first time The Occupational Safety and Health Administra tion which enforces workplace safety laws in private industry and government agencies will be given ac cess to the Energy Department after a transition peri od of three to five years Energy Secretary Hazel OLeary announced during a press conference at the agencys headquarters Because of security concerns dating back to World War II and the cold war the nuclear weapons complex has been exempt from safety laws The DOE also will take a series of immediate steps to protect workers nearby communities and the envi ronment OLeary said The assistant secretary for safety and health will be authorized to immediately halt unsafe operations including those involving im minent nuclear safety The department will also end its practice of giving contractors 60 days notice before inspections OLeary said Rick Ford the department spokesman at SRS said the initiative would give workers a sense of control Please See DOE Page 6A Trikes Tykes 50 Children Pedalled Away During Race Of Big Wheels By LYNNE KATONAK Staff Writer About 50 children gathered yesterday on Laurens Street to participate in the Aiken Kiwanis Clubs annual tricycle race The youngsters were provided with Big Wheel trikes Each had either a business sponsor who paid or an individual sponsor who paid The sponsorhip money goes to financial support of Key Cluos at local high schools and to other Kiwanis charities At the awards ceremony Mayor Fred Cavanaugh presented ribbons to all participants and trophies to the winners The youngsters also received trike race T shirts The topplace finishers and their sponsors are listed below Age 3 first heat first place Robin Kronberg Ai ken Ace second Taylor Bishop Bobbys third Samantha Rinn Trophies second heat first Ryan Thompson Steve Thomp son second Bink Andes Mans third Carl Noe Aiken Housing Age 4 first heat first James McNair III Highland Park Country second Melissa Pearce Richard third Demitri Kritzas George sec ond heat first Frank Jackson Jackson Petroleum second Patrick Noel USC third Jessie Abney Abney Caldwell Age 5 first heat first Schuyler Reardin Jim second Robin Alvanos Alvanos Electron ics third Shawn Mayes Lionel Smith second heat first Caroline Woodram second Taylor Melcher Mr and Mrs RD third Michelle Noe Aiken Age G first heat first Michael Newton South Car olina Electric second NashPatton Ann Pat Please See TRIKES Page 6A Staff Photo By Scott Webster SHADES OF THE RACE Taylor Bishop 3 adjusts his oversized sunglasses during the Kiwanis Tricycle Races Taylor was sponsored by Bobbys Barbecue owned by his grandfather Bobby Griffin rear Video Poker Industry Ups Debate Ante By The Associated Press COLUMBIA The video poker industry has paid nearly during the past six months to make sure South Carolina lawmakers hear its opinion Since January 1992 when the is sue of regulating or banning the machines flared at the General As sembly video poker lobbyists have been paid more than But legislators remain dead locked between those who want the game banned and those who want it regulated Lawmakers say a fi nal proposal probably wont be worked out until House and Senate members meet in conference com mittee on the budget that will go into effect July 1 The House included a budget provision that would allow voters to decide if the games cash pay offs should continue in each county A Senate bill mixes a statewide referendum countybycounty votes and regulations on numbers of machines amount of winnings and types of establishments The industry is scared to death of a statewide referendum Theyre lobbying in the House hard not to have any referendum not to give the people a voice said Sen Wes Hayes DRock Hill He sup ports a ban From September to March six industry lobbyists received a total of according to disclosure reports filed with the secretary of state For the six months before that the industry paid lobbyists During that time the Legislature debated then stalled on a measure to ban the games And for the first three months of 1992 the industry paid out Hugh Andrews president of the South Carolina Coin Operators As sociation said the industry would rather pay the lobbyists now than underwrite a public relations cam paign to win at the ballots He estimated million to mil lion for a statewide campaign But Andrews acknowledged with both houses of the Legislature holding bills that include some form of public votes that could well be the end result Legislative action will wait un til we get to the brink the preci pice said Sen Alex Macaulay a supporter of a public vote Mothers Day Tab Inside A special section for Moth ers Day is part of your Aiken Standard this afternoon The section features win ners of the newspapers Mothers Day contest in which children were asked to draw pictures of their moth ers and submit them Mothers Day a very unique day when we are charged with honoring our mothers is this coming Sun day May 9 The Aiken Standard wishes al the mothers in Aiken County and the surrounding areas a very special day Measure Before County Council To Operate New Animal Shelter By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Aiken County Administrator William Shepherd said Wednesday that if the council approves the county could begin operating its own animal control facility by the first of the year Shepherd in formulating the countys fiscal 1994 budget has proposed that the county abandon a pri vate contract in favor of operating its own facility at an initial cost of about The county administrator agreed that the private contract has not been workable due to criticism against restrictions placed on the public A major complaint has been the inability of private citizens to deliver animals to the private control facility Presently anyone picking up a dog or cat has to hold it themselves before turning it over to a county animal control officer The private contract also does not provide for han dling cows hogs goat sheep and any other domestic animals who may become free roaming Shepherd said the animal control facility would be located on a parcel of county property behind the pub lic works department and adjacent to the Aiken SPCA on Wire Road Thats one of the things that is out on the limb said the administrator but he pointed out that it should be a priority item for the county because of the service to the public I hope they will support this one he added Shepherd said the county has three animal control officers who are on call seven days a week and those officers along with a clerical worker could staff the facility seven days a week He said Saturdays and Sundays would be limited to halfdays but from the public standpoint it is better than current operations Under the private contract animals arent handled on weekends Shepherd said county operation of the animal con trol facility would enhance the work of the SPCA and bring a closer relationship between the charity or ganization and the county Leigh Ann Leaves A Living Legacy By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer Leigh Ann Allen Woodward who died last month due to complica tions following a double lung transplant has left a living legacy for those who suffer with cystic fibrosis Mrs Woodward captured the hearts of many with her struggle to receive the transplant and many people in Aiken County and throughout the state worked to raise money to help pay for her treatment Cystic fibrosis a hereditary disease claimed her life on April 13 but funds raised to help her battle the odds will not be leaving the Aiken County area An 11yearold girl from New Ellen ton whose parents asked that she not be identified will receive funds left over from Mrs Wood wards battle with cystic fibrosis Although all of Mrs Woodwards medical bills have yet to be paid it is felt that a substantial amount will be left over to help the New Ellenton youth m her struggle with the The funds left over from fundraising efforts for Mrs Woodward will be designated for the New Ellenton youth through the Heart Please See LEIGH ANN 6A INDEX Bridge8B CalendarIOB Classifieds6B ComicsSB Crossword9B Cryptoquote7B Dear Abby4B Erma Bombeck4B 6482311 Have a news item or story idea youd like to let us know about Please give us a call at 6I82311 This newspaper Is printed on recycled paper and is recyclable Horoscope4B Local FrontIB Movies8A Obituaries3B Opinions4A Sports9A Weather2A DEATHS Myrtle R Bowcn Columbia Jewell L Dance Graniteville Andrew Grove Jr Williston Julian Reese Pelion Gail S Setter Virginia Beach Va Jonah Williams Ward See Page 3B for details Kingsmore Changes Viewed With Enthusiasm Graniteville Company Expected To Prosper Under New Triarc Ownership By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer GRANITEVILLE Americas oldest textile company still operat ing under its original charter is in the midst of some exciting times Following a record setting oper ating year from a sales and profit margin standpoint the majority ownership of the Granitevilles Cos parent company DWG has been sold by Victor Posner to Nel son Peltz and Peter May of the Train Group a New York based firm Although the majority share holders of the company have changed the Graniteville Co will continue to be managed by the same people and the compa nys mission will remain the same to be the best man aged company in the textile business said H Douglas Kingsmore president and chief executive officer On Wednesday Kingsmore told the Aiken Standard that the com pany which was founded by Wil liam Gregg in 1845 will not change its mission under Uie new majority KINGSMORE shareholders who have renamed the parent company the Triarc Companies Some publications have called the new owners corporate raid ers but Kingsmore took excep tion to the title Thats far from the truth as Nelson Peltz and Peter May are reputable businessmen whose track records are excellent as good corporate citizens He added They recognize value and are committed to make Triarc a successful company and a com pany in which each individual as sociate can take pride in being a member of the team The following guestions and an swers are from the interview with Kingsmore Q How will the change in control of DWG now Triarc impact the Graniteville Company A Over the past six years Gran iteville has operated in the top 25 percentile of the best managed tex tile companies in America Given that record the Triarc Group has no plans to change what weve been doing They recognize and ap prove of our past strategies and the future direction of the company Mr Peltz and Mr May like what we refer to as stand alone com panies that is operations that need little or no corporate support on a daytoday basis Graniteville See KINGSMORE Pago 7A   

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