Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 26, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Lucille Ball, TV's Comedy Queen, Dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lucille Ball, the zany, wide-mouthed redhead who reigned for more than 20 years as the queen of television comedy, died today, a week after undergoing emergency heart surgery. She was 77.
The excitable star of “I Love Lucy” and similar situation comedies that continue in syndication around the world died at Cedars-Si-nai Medical Center, where she underwent surgery to replace her aor-BALL ta and aortic valve April 18.
“The death occurred suddenly and without warning. She experienced a full cardiac arrest. Her response to surgery over a week ago was excellent and she had been improving constantly,” said hospital spokesman Ronald Wise Miss Ball had been bothered by a variety of maladies over the last several years, including a heart attack and minor throat surgery in 1988.
“Lucille Ball is the greatest woman clown in the world,” fellow comedian Milton Berle once said. “In fact, she is one of the great clowns of all time, male or female.”
Miss Ball’s singularity as a comedian was matched by her talent as a show-business entrepreneur. She and her former husband, the late Desi Arnaz, established one of TV’s first major independent studios.
Desilu, as their production company was called, made some of the top comedy shows of the 1950s and ’60s.
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Pacifists: End 'Weapons, Waste' Cycle
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
COLUMBIA — A Pittsburgh-based pacifist group that campaigns against the weapons activities of its hometown institutions has followed one of them, Westinghouse, south to the Savannah River Site.
Dr. Jonathan Pressler of the River City Nonviolent Resistance Campaign visited Columbia Tuesday to release the group’s new 40-page booklet, “The Other Westinghouse: Weapons and Waste.”
The booklet’s main contention is that ifs morally wrong for Westinghouse, contractor at SRS and three other U.S.
weapons plants, to reap “substantial profits” by producing nuclear weapons materials.
The publication also complains that the company makes additional profits by cleaning up the wastes created by its own production activities.
The coalition hopes to mobilize popular pressure to redirect Westinghouse^ resources toward what Pressler termed “socially valuable projects” like highspeed rail travel. The group also is hoping to prevent the restart of idled Savannah River reactors that produce tritium and plutonium.
“The power of the people to withdraw their consent in a democratic society is a
very substantial one,” Pressler said during a morning press conference at the Whitney Hotel.
Westinghouse Electric Corp., based in Pittsburgh, is holding a board of directors’ meeting today in Columbia, where the company owns a commercial nuclear fuel factory. Former Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci is among new directors.
The coalition, which says its goal is to “promote security and justice through demilitarization,” also publicizes the weapons research work at Carnegie Mellon University, where Pressler teaches philosophy.
The group dropped Rockwell International from its list when Rockwell moved
its corporate headquarters from Pittsburgh to California last June.
Westinghouse Savannah River Co., a corporate subsidiary, replaced the Du Pont Co. April I as contractor at Savannah River, which provides the only source of radioactive tritium gas for the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
Westinghouse also operates three other Department of Energy weapons production plants: the Hanford Reservation near Richland, Wash.; the Feed Materials Production Center in Femald, Ohio; and Idaho National Engineering Laboratory at Idaho Falls.
(Please See PACIFISTS, Page HA)
Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth
POWER SOURCE: The tranquil and attractive Graniteville Canal was dug nearly 150 years ago to provide water power to the first textile mill built by William Gregg.
Economy Rises Robust 5.5%
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy, surpassing the $5 trillion mark for the first time, expanded at a robust annual rate of 5.5 percent in the first three months of 1989, the fastest pace in more than a year, the government reported today.
The Commerce Department said that almost half of the increase in the gross national product came from a statistical catch-up from last year’s drought.
But even discounting this bookkeeping factor, the GNP, representing the coun
try’s total output of goods and services, advanced at a 3 percent annual rate, down only slightly from a 3.5 percent non-farm growth rate in the final three months of 1988.
The non-farm growth was slightly better than economists had been expecting. Most analysts believe the U.S. economy will slow substantially this year under the weight of higher interest rates.
For the past year, the Federal Reserve has been pushing rates higher in
(Please See ECONOMY, Page IU)
Thurmond Land Sale Not Unethical, SCE&G Replies
By PHILIP LORO Staff Writer
COLUMBIA — Officials from SCANA Corporation, the parent company of South Carolina Electric and Gas, responded Tuesday to reports of land selling improprieties, saying the utility’s real estate sales don’t conflict with state laws.
During a press conference at the corporate headquarters, John A. Warren, chairman and chief operations officer of
SCANA, defended the company’s sale of land to Sen. J. Strom Thurmond, R-SC, by stating the organization did not act unethically.
SCANA, which has ll subsidiaries, owns 2,200 acres of land south of Columbia on Interstate 26, but utility spokesmen say the acreage includes only one tract that can be developed.
In Aiken County, SCANA has a capital investment of $167.2 million, including
(Please See THURMOND, Page 11A)
William Gregg's Iron Will, Beliefs Forged Pioneering Textile Empire
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
GRANITEVILLE - Carry Nation had her legendary little hatchet, and she swung it with a rage against the saloons of her day — smashing bars, bottles, chairs and tables in the watering holes of America’s midwestern frontier.
At the turn of the century, Carry Nation was the merciless foe of the drunk and brewers and dispensers of alcoholic spirits. She carried out her campaign against “demon rum” so violently that even today her name is muttered by oldtimers caught up in bedlam.
In William Gregg, Carry had an ally before her time. But Gregg stayed clear of bars, and he didn’t need a hatchet to enforce his prohibitions against booze. He simply sent into exile those foolish enough to be caught drinking or be seen with a bottle in their possession.
Gregg, a teetotaler raised in a Quaker environment, could afford to be judge, jury and executioneer, to banish the guilty when it came time to punish the drunks and loafers who hove into his view.
He owned the place he policed — the whole community of Graniteville — and woe to those who violated his prohibitions against drink. His tongue and buggy whip were applied in equal measure against idlers and drunks.
When William Gregg came to Horse Creek Valley in the 1830s, he didn’t come as a missionary railing against strong drink. He came with a vision, with a foresight not many shared, but which, through his unflagging efforts, did more to change an entire culture than most men of his time.
Gregg came to Horse Creek Valley to build a textile industry.
In doing so, he created Graniteville and the Graniteville Co., the first of a chain of cotton mills that would make his manu-
Editor s note: The name Horse Creek Valley means different things to many people, but to those who live there it is a story of the human spirit, of winning over sometimes insurmountable odds. This is the second of a series on the Valley, its history, its people, its growth and its future. The series will continue Sunday.
facturing complex one of the dominant enterprises in the South.
Born in Virginia and tutored in watchmaking and merchandising, Gregg had enjoyed a lucrative sales career in Columbia and Charleston when he traveled to Horse Creek Valley in the 1830s and became fascinated with a recently built cotton and woolen mill at Vaucluse.
(Please See GRANITEVILLE, Page 10A)
Huff To Confirm GOP Switch With Campbell At His Side
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Rep. Thomas E. (Tom) Huff said Tuesday night that Gov. Carrol Campbell would join him today at a 2:30 p.m. news conference in North Augusta to announce his switch to the Republican Party.
Rep. Huff, a Democrat serving his 6th term in the House, said he, the governor and several other Republican Party officials would fly from Columbia to make the announcement.
Rumors that Rep. Huff, chairman of the House Rules Committee, would change politicial sides began surfacing last week, but he fended them off at the time by saying he had not reached a decision.
But Tuesday night, the North Augusta lawmaker said, “I am going to announce tomorrow that I will be moving to the Republican Party. The governor will be with me at the North Augusta Community Center.”
Also expected to participate in the press conference are Rep. David Wilkins, R-Greenville, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee; Tucker Eskew, press secretary to Gov. Campbell, and Tony Denny, state director for the Republican Party.”
Besides Rep. Huff’s change, there also have been rumors two other House members are contemplating a switch to the
SWITCHING: Rep. Huff leaving Democratic Party.
GOP. They are Rep. I^arry Martin, D-Pickens, and Rep. Alf McGinnis, D-Spartanburg.
Rep. Huff said changing political patterns in District 83, which includes North Augusta, Belvedere and several large
(Please See HUFF, Page HA)