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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 31, 1997, Aiken, South Carolina                                Labonte too fast for Gordon at Dover Page IB A I K E N tanbarb Lucky escape Americans evacuate Sierra Leone Page 2A Puppy love A look at TEARS and its animal work Coming Sunday Vol 128 No 151 Aiken South Carolina Saturday May 311997 Briefly City trimming trees around Fermata Club The city will be trimming trees around the Fermata Club for the next few days South Carolina Electric and Gas has a large power line which is being trimmed between the Fermata Club and Whitney Drive said Roger LeDuc City of Aiken public works director The trees are causing a problem with the lines The city is planning to land scape that area We are going to plant small trees and shrubs Work will begin this summer to install the irriga tion system for the trees shrubs and ground cover LeDuc said the project has been a long term goal of the city and he anticipates it will be an asset to the Streetscape program Once the city has completed this project we anticipate it will look as good if not better than the rest of the projects taken on by the city he said LeDuc equated the activity to some home projects Sometimes you make a mess before things start to look better Wall Street flinches at Weak Intel profits NEW YORK AP Intel Corp stunned Wall Street on Friday with the kind of prob lem most rivals would wel come The worlds biggest sell er of computer chips had done too good a job persuading peo ple to buy its latest model Intel whose chips are the brains in 85 percent of the worlds PCs warned that its sec ondquarter results would be weaker than expected amid soft demand for some of its older chips particularly in Europe The news made Wall Street flinch Intels stock tumbled by as much as 145 percent and pulled down other technology shares in a powerful selloff that depressed the broader stock market Yet the market largely recov ered by days end as investors sifting through the Intel fore cast found the silver lining On one hand the Santa Clara Califbased company was hit by slack demand for computers that run on its old Pentium chips Index Classifieds4B Comics2C Crossword6B Dear Abby2C For the Record 7A Movies7A Opinions 4A SportsIB Television 2C Weather2A Deaths Alice Mitchell Johnson North Augusta John Daniel Workman Aiken Irene Kaney Zeitz Langley Obituary notices on page 5A Ga lottery Fridays winning numbers 778 Hull I Kanusy S 3019151331 Contractor loses in lawsuit Staff photos by Scott Webster Area leaders broke ground Friday for the Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority Landfill at the Savannah River Site Landfill ground broken By RODDIE BURRIS The Subtitle D landfill under construction at the Savannah River Site has nothing to do with splitting the atom building a bomb or handling nuclear waste The million facility on the federal reservation will instead answer a question that civilian counselors and administrators elsewhere in the nation could be seeing in their sleep where to bury more solid waste and how much will it cost Eight counties near here 17 percent of the state expect to begin rerouting their municipal solid waste from landfills scat tered across the region to the SRS beginning in April or May 1998 The Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority a ninecounty partner ship officially broke ground on the landfill Friday but some 200 acres of the project have already been cleared and work is continu ing When all is done a 1400acre tract located about 4 miles south and east of the Jackson barricade on SRS will become what Author ity members plan as a stateofthe art model for solid waste disposal In addition to the landfill the Authority plans a Solid Waste Technology Center There new technologies and developments from several entities including the government industry and universities are expected to be showcased to the rest of the nation Adjacent to the landfill a 125 acre tract is being developed to grow and harvest the paulownia tree a Chinese genus which uptakes riitrates and heavy met A proposal to remember By LIZ VICTOR Get out the handkerchiefs this ones a tearjerker Its a classic tale of two young people in love It all began last March when Beth Cooley served as her friends maid of honor Little did she know that one of the groomsmen in the wedding party would turn out to be her prince charming Ironical ly or not so ironically Beth and her future love Charles Smoak were seated next to each other at the reception I think us sitting together was no twist of fate Beth said I think some parents had something to do with it A casual dinner conversation turned to letter writing to EMail and telephone calls and then to several visits Charles attends medical school at Duke Universi ty in Durham Beth graduated last week from Covenant Theological Seminary in St Louis Ms The long distance actually proved to be an asset to their relationship at first according to Beth There are things that you might feel a little awk ward talking about in the beginning of a relation ship Since we were writing via EMail it was much By CARL LANGLEY WASHINGTON A US Court of Claims judge ruled Friday that Westinghouse has to return to the government nearly million in relocation expenses incurred dur ing the early 1990s at the Savan nah River Site Judge Kenneth Harkins ruling after a twoweek hearing on the issue in Aiken rejected Westing houses claims by agreeing with government lawyers who main tained there was never an agree ment to reimburse certain costs for workers Harkins also noted in his deci sion that Westinghouse never sought the Department of Ener gys permission to pay the expenses it claimed resulted from transition and management and operations contracts The judge said Westinghouse David Sommers chairman of the Three Rivers Solid Waster Authority speaks at Fridays ceremony als The trees sporting a 5year growth period will be sold as remediators and used as revenue generators for the landfill This takes the question out of the future for us Aiken County Administrator William Shepherd said Friday for at least 50 years and possibly longer Please see LANDFILL page 3A Westinghouse Please see PROPOSAL page 3A RPARK IS officials should have known the federal governments acquisition rules prohibiting allowances for income taxes and Social Security before incurring the costs Westinghouse paid the money to thousands of transfers and new hires after taking over for Du Pont as prime contractor at the nuclear reservation in 1989 James Poirer a Justice Depart ment lawyer who represented the government said he would have no comment other than to acknowledge that the government had prevailed Westinghouse brought its suit in 1993 after a oontracting officer with the energy department refused to allow millions of doU lars in allowances for increased See CONTRACTOR page 3A McVeighs fate debated by jury KnightRidder News Service DENVER Jurors in the Okla homa City bombing trial debated the fate of Timothy McVeigh for hours Friday without reach ing a verdict sorely disappoint ing survivors and families who had waited more than two years for this moment This reminds me of waiting after the bombing to find out the fate of my daughter said Mar sha Kite whose child was one of the 168 people killed in the April 191995 blast Now once again Im waiting The sevenman fivewoman jury began deliberating soon after am and deliberated until 5 pm They were to return Saturday morning As he turned the case over to the jurors US District Judge Richard Matsch told them You are the sole and exclusive judges of the facts Moments later survivors of the bombing and victims relatives rushed to telephones to change reservations for flights back to Oklahoma City from Friday night and Saturday morning tq Satur day evening A confident Paul Heath a Vet erans Administration psycholo gist who survived the bombing predicted a verdict by Saturday afternoon Others were less san guine My stomach is very very upset right now said Dan McKinney whose wife Linda and niece Shelly Bland died in the explo sion I worry that theres something the jury didnt like Not that hes not guilty but that because of some little piece of hell be found not guilty Hitchcock supporters looking for Beth Cooley and Charles Smoak will be married in Aiken today easier to express some of out feelings she said Theres was a whirlwind romance and the couple knew within months that they were meant for each other It was August and Charles was on his way to visit Beth in St Louis She suspected a proposal was in her future but how when and where she had no clue I had the ring a beautiful single diamond in a simple By THOMAS SMITH The Hitchcock Rehabilitation Center board is considering pos sible funding sources for a pro posed fitness and wellness center In order to bring the million project on line the board must secure for the renovation portion of the project The board is still looking at options said Hitchcock Rehabil itation Center executive director Jane Boston We do not have an immediate resource but we are going to continue to survey what might be available to help us with the project in the community Plans call for the purchase and renovation of the old roller skat ing rink on Whiskey Road The 30000 square foot facility would serve Hitchcock clients and mem bers from the community Mrs Boston said their financial plan shows the project would be feasi The board is still looking at options Jane Boston ble if the for renovations can be obtained The Hitchcock Rehabilitation board approached the Aiken City Council about providing for the project The Council while expressing support for the concept did not want to put them selves in the position of compet ing with the private sector We have found in talking to plant managers that there is interest in this type of facility if we are able to bring together the financing for the renovation Mrs Boston said That is the determining factor for the pro ject i v   

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