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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 6, 1993, Aiken, South Carolina                                 Braves Chopped  Page 9A  Thursday, May 6,1993  _______ -  $S%JnP**Ai * f'irJ  Committed To You Daily  Vol. 126, No. 126  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 ana safety initiative 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 Administration, which enforces workplace safety laws in private industry and government agencies, will be given access to the Energy Department after a transition period of three to five years, Energy Secretary Hazel O’Leary announced during a press conference at the agency’s 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 environment, O’Leary said The assistant secretaiy 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, O’Leary said  Rick Ford, the department spokesman at SRS, said the initiative would give workers a sense of control.  (Please See DOE, Page 6A)  Video Poker Industry Ups Debate Ante  By The Associated Press  COLUMBIA — The video poker industry has paid nearly $64,000 during the past six months to make sure South Carolina lawmakers hear its opinion.  Since January 1992, when the issue of regulating or banning the machines flared at the General Assembly, video poker lobbyists have been paid more than $170,000.  But legislators remain deadlocked between those who want the game banned and those who want it regulated. Lawmakers say a final proposal probably won’t be worked out until House and Senate members meet in conference committee on the budget that will go into effect July I.  The House included a budget provision that would allow voters to decide if the games’ cash payoffs should continue in each county.  A Senate bill mixes a statewide referendum, county-by-county votes, and regulations on numbers of machines, amount of winnings and types of establishments.  “The industry is scared to death of a statewide referendum. They’re lobbying in the House hard  not to have any referendum, not to give the people a voice,” said Sen Wes Hayes, D Rock Hill. He supports a ban.  From September to March, six industry lobbyists received a total of $63,922, according to disclosure reports filed with the secretary of state.  For the six months before that, the industry paid lobbyists $56,347. 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 $53,790.  Hugh Andrews, president of the South Carolina Coin Operators Association, said the industry would rather pay the lobbyists now than underwrite a public relations cam paign to win at the ballots.  He estimated $3 million to $4 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 “until we get to the brink, the precipice,” said Sen. Alex Macaulay, a supporter of a public vote.  Mother’s Day Tab Inside  A special section for Mother’s Day is part of your Aiken Standard this afternoon.  The section features winners of the newspaper’s Mother’s Day contest in which children were asked to draw pictures of their mothers and submit them.  Mother’s Day, a very unique day when we are charged with honoring our mothers, is this coming Sunday, May 9.  The Aiken Standard wishes all 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 county’s fiscal 1994 budget, has proposed that the county abandon a private contract in favor of operating its own facility at an initial cost of about $80,000.  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 handling 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 public works department and adjacent to the Aiken SPCA on Wire Road.  “That’s 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 half-days, but from the public standpoint it is better than current operations. Under the private contract, animals aren’t handled on weekends.  Shepherd said county operation of the animal control facility would enhance the work of the SPCA and “bring a closer relationship” between the charity organization and the county.  Leigh Ann Leaves A Living Legacy  By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer  Leigh Ann Allen Woodward, who died last month due to complications 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 11-vear-old girl from New Ellenton, whose parents asked that she not be identified, will receive funds left over from Mrs. Woodward’s battle with cystic fibrosis.  Although all of Mrs. Woodward's medical bills have yet to be paid, it is felt that a substantial amount will be left over to help the New Ellenton youth in her struggle with the disease.  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, Page 6A)     INDEX                    Bridge.....................    ..........8B    Horoscope.......................    ...4B  I D      Calendar..................  Classifieds...............    ........10B  ..........6B    Local Front.....................  Movies............................    ...ID  ...8A      Comics.....................    5B    Obituaries.......................    ...3B      Crossword................    ..........9B    Opinions..........................    ...4A      Cryptoquote.............  Dear Abby...............    4B    Sports.............................  Television.......................  Weather..........................    ...9A  ...4B      Erma Bombeck........    ..........4B    ...2A                  !!!!§h     648-2311  Have a news item or story idea you’d like to let us know about? Please give us a call at  618-2311.     DEATHS                 This newspaper is printed on recycled paper and is recyclable.  Myrtle R. Bowen, 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 - America’s oldest textile company still operating under its original charter is in the midst of some exciting times.  Following a record setting operating year, from a sales and profit margin standpoint, the majority ownership of the Graniteville^ Co.’s parent company, DWG, has been sold by Victor Posner to Nelson Peltz and Peter May of the Train Group, a New York based firm.  Although the majority shareholders of the company have changed, the Graniteville Co. will  continue to be managed by the same people and the company’s mission will remain the same — to be the “best managed company in the textile business,” said H. Douglas Kingsmore, president and chief executive KINGSMORE! officer.  On Wednesday Kingsmore told the Aiken Standard that the company, which was founded by William Gregg in 1845, will not change  its mission ui ler the new majority  shareholders, who have renamed the parent company the Triarc Companies.  Some publications have called the new owners “corporate raiders,” but Kingsmore took exception to the title.  “That’s 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 company in which each individual associate can take pride in being a member of the team.”  The following guestions and answers 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, Graniteville has operated in the top 25 percentile of the best managed textile companies in America. Given that record, the Triarc Group has no plans to change what we’ve been doing. They recognize and approve of our past strategies and the future direction of the company. Mr. Peltz and Mr. May like what we refer to as “stand alone” companies - that is operations that need little or no corporate support on a day-to-day basis. Graniteville  ( See KINGSMORE, Page 7A)  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 Club’s annual  tricycle race.  Tne youngsters were provided with Big Wheel trikes. Each had either a business sponsor who paid $40 or an individual sponsor who paid $20. The sponsorhip money goes to financial support of Key Clubs 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 trine race T-shirts  The top-place finishers and their sponsors are listed  below.  Age 3: first heat - first place, Robin Kronberg (Aiken Ace Hardware); second, Taylor Bishop (Bobby’s Bar B-Q); third, Samantha Rinn (Trophies Unlimited); second heat - first, Ryan Thompson (Steve Thomp son); second, Bink Andes (Maris Andes); third, Carl Noe (Aiken Housing Center).  Age 4: first heat — first, James McNair III (Highland Park Country Club); second, Melissa Pearce (Richard Pearce); third, Demitri Kritzas (George Kritzas); second heat - first, Frank Jackson (Jackson Petroleum Co.); second, Patrick Noel (USC Aiken); third, Jessie Abney (Abney Caldwell Builders).  Age 5: first heat — first, Schuyler Reardin (Jim McNair) ; second, Robin Alvanos (Alvanos Electronics); third, Shawn Mayes (Lionel Smith Ltd.); second heat - first, Caroline Woodram (Shoney’s); second, Taylor Melcher (Mr. and Mrs. R.D. Mundy); third, Michelle Noe (Aiken Electric).  Age 6: first heat — first, Michael Newton (South Carolina Electric & Gas); second, Nash Patton (Ann Pat-  (Please Sec 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 Bobby's Barbecue owned by his grandfather, Bobby Griffin, rear.   

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