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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 19, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Miscues Costly To Eagles Page UA A Quick Read Swan Dies Month After Mate Stolen HILTON HEAD ISLAND (AP) -Charles, the white swan which grew weaker every day after his mate was stolen, died just one week before a new mate was to arrive. Swans mate for life and often will grieve for years or even die if they lose their mates, according to Greenville swan breeder Jack Smith. Charles died Sunday night on the bank of his lagoon. His health began deteriorating soon after his mate, Elizabeth, disappeared on Nov. 14. The swan’s owner, Bill Totten, in the past month tried to keep Charles alive by giving him vitamin shots and forcing water down his beak. Survey: Whites More Likely To Use Drugs WASHINGTON (AP) - White students are more likely than black students to use all kinds of drugs — from liquor to cocaine and hallucinogens — according to a nationwide survey of drug use by sixth to 12th grade students. “For all too long, this problem has been portrayed as a black problem, and I think the end result has been that there are some people who have not really cared a lot about it because of that,” said Judge Reggie Walton, associate director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. ‘‘This is an American problem, not Cst a black problem, and all of us ve to get on with tine business of dealing with this problem, because I believe that if we do that, that we can, in fact, prevail,” Walton said. The figures from the Parents’ Resource Institute for Drug Education Inc. were released Monday. Weather Mostly Cloudy Mostly cloudy skies and a 50 percent chance of rain are forecast tonight. The low will be in the low 30s. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy, with a high in the mid 40s. Please see Page 14A for details. Deaths Omie L. Brantley, North Augusta Henry G. Hall, Gloverville James Jefferson, Aiken Billy C. Jumper, New Ellenton Charles Killebrew, Augusta Mary C. Reese, Evans, Ga. Please see Page SA for details. 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Drug Ring Tuesday, December 19, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 321 Watkins Agrees To Impact Study For SRS Restart By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — In a concession to environmentalists, the Energy Department will not restart its Savannah River defense nuclear reactors until an environmental impact study is completed, according to a department letter. It was not immediately clear whether the decision would mean a further delay in restarting the three reactors, which were shut down last year to undergo massive safety upgrades, worker retraining and management restructuring. The first of the reactors, the nation’s only source of tritium needed to make nuclear warheads, is tentatively scheduled to resume production next fall. Energy Secretary James D. Watkins told members of the House and Senate armed services committees in letters sent Friday that he decided to drop the department’s objection to completing the environmental study before restarting the reactors near Aiken, S.C. A copy of that letter was obtained Monday. The department had agreed a study was needed, but maintained there was no legal requirement to finish it before resuming tritium production. (Please See WATKINS, Page 14A) Report: Government Knew About Dangers To Plant Workers In '40s From Wire And Staff Reports WASHINGTON — The government had clear evidence shortly after the first nuclear bombs were built in the 1940s that weapons workers were being exposed to potentially dangerous amounts of radiation, according to a congressional report. Despite this information, including some not previously made public, officials overseeing the bomb factories recommended not informing workers of the possible health risks they faced at the secretly operated facilities, the report said. (Please See REPORT, Page 14A) Winter Storm Alert Posted Across S.C. Staff Photo By Scott Webster HONORABLE DUO: South Aiken tennis star Christy Faustmann (left) was recently honored as one of the best junior amateurs in the South by winning the Wilton J. McKinney Bowl. Her coach, Houndslake pro Craig Jones, was recently named the Tennis Pro of the Year in South Carolina. Please see stories on Page 11A. Time Running Out To Lend Hand To Less Fortunate At Christmas Christmas is fast approaching, and time is running out to lend a hand to fund drives aimed at those in need. The Salvation Army’s annual kettle drive is under way, with the familiar bell-ringers stationed at locations throughout the Aiken area. Contributions may be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 439, Aiken, 29802. The seventeenth annual Valley Empty Stocking Fund campaign is also gearing up for the holidays. The fund is sponsored by several area civic clubs, including the Langley-Bath-Clearwater American Legion Post 153, Samuel Swint Post 77 of the American Legion, and the L.B.C. Lions Club, as well as individuals. Last year, the fund helped 243 families — a total of 783 people. Contributions to the fund may be mailed to: P.O. Box 517, Langley, 29834; P.O. Box 354, Clearwater, 29822; or P.O. Box 391, Graniteville, 29829. The Aiken Jaycees are currently accepting donations for their fourth annual Christmas Shopping Tour. The tour, which enables the group to purchase clothing and toys for needy children, raised $4,000 last year. The shopping tour will be held Dec. 23. Children that participate in the Christmas Shopping Tour are selected for the (Please See TIME, Page 14A) By The Associated Press Snow and sleet in the Upstate and sleet and freezing rain around the rest of the state has made driving on South Carolina’s roads and bridges treacherous, authorities said. A winter storm warning is in effect for the mountains, foothills and the Piedmont throught today. A winter storm watch is in effect for the Midlands, with a winter weather advisory in effect for the coast. The National Weather Service reported snow mixed with sleet was falling over most of the South Carolina mountains and foothills early today. Rain mixed with sleet fell over the lower Piedmont, and was headed for Cherokee and Union counties. Sleet and freezing rain fell in various parts of the Midlands, as well as in the Upstate and near the coast. The National Weather Service had reports that Highway 34 in Fairfield County was under a layer of ice from steady sleet. Lexington County Emergency Preparedness personnel reported both sleet and freezing rain in the Pelion and Batesburg areas. The weather service said one to two inches of snow and sleet was expected by early today. Some communities could see up to four inches of snow and ice before ending late today. Sleet was covering many roads in Oconee, Anderson, and Pickens counties early today, the weather service said. The Greenwood County Emergency Center reported light rain falling and causing icing on bridges and overpasses. Freezing rain gathered on power lines could lead to power failures, authorities said. Temperatures were expected to reach into the 30s today. Highs of 40 degrees and more on Wednesday were expected to melt any remaining precipitation. More than 20 weather-related accidents were reported elsewhere in Aiken County, and at least 75 accidents took place in the seven-county Upstate region Monday, the state Highway Patrol reported. In Richland and Lexington counties, 78 weather-related accidents occurred between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, the patrol said. Schools were closed from Abbeville, Laurens and Greenwood counties in the Upstate, to Richland, Lexington and Orangeburg counties in the Midlands. School openings were delayed up to 1^ hours in at least four other counties because of the weather. SOUTH CAROLINA Weather Wednesday, December 20 Acca Weather* fcrecan for daytime condmopi md high temperature!  ... Greenville UC. j Myrtle Beach 45° Stentors J worm* fl*r» Rumos Mo AMO3MN0C' Pros5 cum 01989 Aouj Afoot nor Int: Some Relief Could Come On Wednesday Frigid rain is expected to give way locally to partly cloudy skies and warmer temperatures by Wednesday, but cold weather will return on Thursday. * The high on Wednesday will be in die mid to upper 40s, a spokesman for the National Weather Service saki this morning. Thursday will be partly cloudy and cold. The low Thursday will be in the mid 20s and the high will be in the low 30s, officials said. Friday and Saturday will bring frigid temperatures and mostly sunny skies. Because of the weather, state employees in Aiken and South Carolina were allowed to report to work at 9:30 this morning. And despite earlier speculation, Aiken County schools opened on schedule this morning — last day before Christmas holidays. Price Spurt Surprises Analysts By DAVE SKIDMORE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — Consumer prices rose a moderate 0.4 percent in November as higher food and heating costs more than offset cheaper gasoline, the government said today. The seasonally adjusted increase in the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index, which translated into an annual inflation rate of 4.9 percent, followed a brisk 0.5 percent rise in October and relatively modest hikes from June through September. The price spurt was slightly higher than many analysts had been expecting. The government blamed the rise on a jump in natural gas and electricity costs and an increase in prices at supermarket checkout counters for beef, eggs, fresh vegetables and dairy products. Through the first ll months of this year, consumer prices have risen at an annual rate of 4.6 percent, up only slightly from the 4.4 percent price gains in both 1988 and 1987. However, the year-to-date figure masks a roller-coaster ride that saw prices rising at a 6.7 percent annual rate for the first five months of the year, moderating through the summer and then returning to about average for the past two months. Leading the November advance was a 0.6 percent boost in food prices, the steepest since May. Dairy products jumped 1.7 percent, the third consecutive sharp increase. The price of fruits and vegetables soared 1.8 percent, the second big gain in a row. Economists are attributing the dairy price hikes to last year’s drought, which caused many farmers to slaughter (Please See PRICE, Page 14A) Consumer Price Index Beginning Friday: The Aiken Standard Looks Back At The 1980s Hi? O P*"i rfM. HW’Ot Pl Poult, Unit- Gov. Carroll Campbell ordered thousands of state employees in all but IO coastal counties to leave work at 4 p.m. — an hour early — to avoid icy roads as temperatures plummeted below freezing late in the day. At the University of South Carolina in Columbia, final exams were canceled and rescheduled for Thursday so students, faculty and administrators could go home early. \ im** ;

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