Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 4, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Tuesday, April 4, 1989_____ 25C Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 81
No Doubt About It
C&S Board Rejects NCNB Buyout Bid
Report: School Programs Need $10 Billion In New Funding
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The nation’s largest teachers union today called for $10 billion in new federal spending to counter “a shocking erosion” in education programs for the disadvantaged and handicapped.
‘‘These programs reach only a fraction of the young people they were meant to serve,” Mary Futrell, president of the National Education Association, said in issuing a report called ‘‘Federal Education Funding: Present Realities and Future Needs.”
‘‘In state after state, the numbers in our new report clearly demonstrate a shocking erosion of federal support for these essential programs,” Futrell said in a statement. ‘‘Nothing could be more
impractical for our nation than continuing this systematic underfunding.”
Futrell said the NEA report contains the first estimates of what it would cost to serve all students currently eligible for help under four of the most important federal education programs.
NEA has more than 1.9 million members across the country. Its report comes as Congress prepares to tackle the fiscal 1990 budget.
The report looks specifically at Chapter I, grants to bolster basic skills among disadvantaged youngsters; the Education for All Handicapped Act, which helps states educate disabled youngsters; bilingual education, grants
(See REPORT, Page 6A)
Mobile Home Owners Form Group
A Quick Read
Tobacco To Be Used To Combat Cancer
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Doctors condemn cigarettes for causing lung cancer, so it might seem strange to hear the former director of the National Cancer Institute praising tobacco.
But that’s what happened Monday when a company announced plans to turn tobacco plants into living factories for cheap mass production of anti-cancer drugs, better sunscreen to prevent skin cancer, and many other products.
‘‘It is really kind of cute,” Dr. Vincent T. DeVita Jr. said during the American Cancer Society’s science writers’ seminar. ‘‘It’s a very interesting idea. It sounds too good to be true, but looks real enough to pursue.”
DeVita left his government post last year to become physician-in-chief at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Six Children Killed
In Mobile Home Fire
REMBERT (AP) - Sumter County Fire Department investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire in a mobile home that claimed the lives of six young children.
With his mobile home engulfed in flames, no telephone service nearby and the fire department three miles away, Willie English said Monday he watched helplessly as his grandchildren perished inside.
‘‘I woke up when the fire bug (alarm) went off and tried to get all the children out,” English, 57, recalled.
Six of English’s grandchildren under the age of ll died in Sunday morning’s fire. Five other children ranging in age from 5 to 15 escaped, one with a burned hand, according to family members who had gathered in this Sumter County town to celebrate the birthday of English’s daughter, Peggy Miller of Beaufort, whose three children died in the fire.
Michigan Wins NCAA Title
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Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms and a low in the mid 50s. A 60 percent chance of showers and a few thunderstorms is forecast with cooler weather. The high will be in the low 70s.
Please see details on Page 6A.
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School Administrators Settling Into Positions
By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer
Many administrators who were part of a staffing shuffle in the Aiken County School District that was announced in early February have settled into their new positions.
Dr. John B. Bradley, former Area I superintendent, has taken his place in the district office as executive director of Program Evaluation, Research and Personnel.
Taking the reins as Area I superintendent is Elizabeth S. Benton, former Area 4 superintendent. Dr. James I. Green, who held the district position now filled by Dr. Bradley, has replaced Ms. Benton as Area 4 superintendent.
Area I is the city of Aiken, and Area 4 extends from Wagener to Ridge Spring.
Dr. Beecher E. Morton’s district position of assistant superintendent for Adult Education and Physical Plant Management has been eliminated. He retired after 42 years of service in public education on March 31. Dr. Bradley will resume some of his duties in his new position at the district.
The staffing plan voted for by the Aiken County Board of Education and announced by Superintendent Dr. Joseph R. Brooks included moving L. Troy Nobles from his position as Area 2 superintendent to a director of operations position that is being created in Area I.
(See SCHOOL, Page 6A)
Tournament MVP Glen Rice
'New Day' Dawns At Savannah River
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
The sun rose Monday on “a new d£at Savannah River.”
Westinghouse officials who have adopted that slogan will no doubt be glad to see it featured in today’s headlines, instead of the stream of reports about nuclear safety problems that the Aiken County weapons plant has generated since last fall.
Westinghouse Savannah River Co. unveiled the new slogan Monday, its first regular work day as contractor at the plant, and it’s appearing above a rising sun design on promotional coffee mugs.
Known through its nearly 40-year history as the Savannah River Plant, the facility has been renamed under Westinghouse as the Savannah River Site. A new SRS logo proclaims “safety, responsibility, security.”
Officials with Westinghouse, which replaced the Du Pont Co. Saturday at the
Watkins Promises 1990 Restart ....Page 1B
helm of the beleaguered weapons plant, concede they want to avoid the negative publicity that marked Du Pont’s final
But they also acknowledge they’ll have to back up their public relations efforts with certifiable improvements at the plant.
Safely restarting the plant’s strategically vital production reactors will be the new contractor’s “No. I priority,” said James S. Moore, president of the Westinghouse Electric Corp. subsidiary, during a press conference Monday afternoon at the plant.
The Department of Energy ordered the plant’s three operable reactors idled last summer for upgrades to equipment and management, and Westinghouse has pledged to restart them under a strict
(See NEW, Page 12A)
Catching A Glimpse
Thousands Of Golf Fans Make Trip To Practice Round To See Favorites
By TONY BAUGHMAN Sports Editor
As it does every year around this time, the Augusta National Golf Club opened its gates to the adoring public Monday for the first day of practice rounds for The basters golf tournament.
And, as in years past, there was no shortage of people willing to take the National up on its offer.
Thousands of golf enthusiasts and fans of azaleas and green grass were scattered about the 6,905-yard layout, either lounging under the tall Georgia pines or following their favorite golfers through their first tours of the National since last April.
The most popular spots to watch the action and enjoy the scenery were at the first and 10th tees, at
the ninth and 18th greens, and down in Amen Corner.
Spectators eagerly watch the starting boards at the first and 10th tees, trying to find out when their favorites were scheduled to tee off for their practice rounds or calculating what hole they’re probably on from how long it’s been since they fired off.
During the practice rounds, when ticket supplies are unlimited, ifs an art form to catch a glimpse of your favorite player on the course, since there are no official starting times on practice days. Golfers can tee off as early or late as they want and can play as many or as few holes as they wish.
Many fans cluster around the practice tee (situated behind the
(See CATCHING, Page 12A)
Council Meeting Shows Support For Horse Use
The Council accepted last month recommendations from the Planning Commission, following months of debate, work sessions and considerable shifts in direction by that group.
The Commission, during its full exploration of the question of horses in the residential future of Aiken, examined other cities’ ordinances and saw the rise of special-interest groups which support
(See COUNCIL, Page 12A)
Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth
PRING SCENE: A butterfly alights on an azalea in the courtyard of USC Aiken. Flowers nd butterflies, sure signs of spring, are now covering the county.
By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer
LOOKING FOR THE CALL: Los Angeles catcher Mike Scioscia looks for the call after a play at home plate with Cincinnati’s Paul O’Neill during the National League opener in Cincinnati Monday. Please see story on Page 8A.
There was standing room only in the council chambers Monday night as the Aiken City Council heard public comment on proposed changes to the ordinance governing conditional uses for horses.
Over 110 persons attended to voice opinions on a subject which has galloped across city agendas since the fall of 1988.