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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 25, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year Slit ni> ad* VV Early Departure For Penn State? Page 3A Monday, December 25, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 327 Jail Santas Remember Less Fortunate A Quick Read i Food Bank Benefits From Collection Mandela Won't Be Free Before New Year JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — The government reports that jailed black nationalist leader Nelson Mandela won’t be freed before the end of the year. Speculation remains strong, however, that Mandela will be freed in January or early February. A broad range of black leaders say Mandela must be released before they can accept President F.W. de Klerk’s invitation to negotiate a new Constitution that would extend political rights to blacks. Rumors that Mandela would be freed before Christmas spread earlier this week following unsubstantiated reports that British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher asked South African authorities to take this step. Mandela lives at a staff house on a prison farm outside Cape Town, and has been meeting frequently with anti-apartheid leaders and government officials, including talks last week with de Klerk. Soviet Journalist To Join Papal Flight VATICAN CITY (AP) - A reporter from the newspaper Trud will accompany Pope John Paul II on a papal trip to Africa next month, the first time a Soviet journalist will travel on one of the pontiff’s visits. The Vatican released a list of 50 journalists who will fly aboard a specially outfitted plane that will take the pope, Vatican officials and many from the Vatican press corps on an eight-day trip to Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso, Chad and Cape Verde. On the list was Soviet journalist Pavel Nigoitsa, who is accredited with the Vatican press office. Food Manufacturer Locates In Oconee SENECA (AP) — A new plant to be built by a major manufacturer of food packaging could eventually create 1,000 jobs in Oconee County, according to officials. The Cryovac division of W.R. Grace & Co. ended two years of negotiations by purchasing 104 acres on U.S. Highway 123 west of Seneca, officials said. “This is a big move, and it pretty well insures that this is where they’ll put that big project,” said Bob Gail-lard, Oconee County’s planning and development director. The property was owned by Field-crest Cannon of Eden, N.C. The company said the property would not be developed immediately, but is expected to be part of a major future expansion. “Construction on this site will be dependent on the continued growth of our current products and the success of new products currently under development,” said Jack E. Powers, Cryovac resources. director of human Inside Today Bridge...............................................8C Calendar............................................ID Classifieds.........................................3C Comics..............................................2C Crossword.........................................9C Cryptoquote.......................................7C Dear Abby..........................................2C Local Front........................................1B Opinions............................................4A Sports................................................4A Television..........................................2C Standard Published Early The Christmas edition of the Aiken Standard was published early so that employees could spend the holidays with their families. The newspaper will resume its normal 9 to 5 business office schedule on Tuesday. News and sports events from the weekend will be updated in the Tuesday edition. By TERRY KINNEY Associated Press Writer CINCINNATI — The Christmas menu at the county jail of turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce started some inmates thinking that they may be eating better than some people on the outside. Len Singleton, who is serving time for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, wrote a letter to Sheriff Simon Leis Jr., asking permission to organize a collection among the inmates. Some 500 inmates at the Hamilton County Justice Center and Cincinnati’s Community Correctional Institution responded by giving up cigarettes and snacks, and Singleton presented a check for $361.41 to the Freestore-Foodbank. “A lot of inmates who will be incarcerated are members of the community. They still have their hearts there, and they wanted the community to know that,” Singleton said. “One of the inmates said to me, ‘I can remember one time when I was on the streets and the Freestore helped me out.’ They said they can always get cigarettes, but this is more important, he said. Prisoners are allowed money accounts, usually a few dollars left by relatives to buy incidentals. Singleton said some inmates donated their entire allowance. "We’ve never been involved with anything like this,” said Steve Gibbs, the Freestore’s executive director who accepted the inmates’ check Thursday at a jailhouse news conference. “We appreciate what they’ve done.” Gibbs said the private operation has a daily budget of $10,000 and will feed about 3,000 families during the holidays. Effects Of Hugo Felt By Jobless Rolls Of Unemployed Doubled After Storm UAIN ATTDAOTiam ti ,    staff    Photo    By    Ginny    Southworth main ATTRACTION: The dining room table is the main    table is decorated with everything from an antique statue attraction at Byrdie Roberts house at Christmas. The    of Santa to high-tech blinking lights. Sharing The Joy Aiken Woman Turns House Into A Christmas Showcase By TRACI SHELTON Staff Writer WARRENVILLE — Stepping into Byrdie Roberts’ house is like walking into a winter wonderland. Mrs. Roberts has created a Christmas town, complete with trees, trains and twinkling lights. For more than 20 years now Mrs. Roberts has tirelessly toiled to turn her living room into a showcase. Her decorations have become quite famous in the area. People come from as far away as Canada to see the display, according to her daughter, Rachel Herron. Most of the visitors are deaf, and there was even a busload of deaf children from Millbrook Elementary School. The small house on Pine Log Road is often filled with people smiling as they sign their enjoyment of the decorations. Mrs. Roberts, who is deaf, said through sign language that she loves the visitors. “They come in and say, ‘Wow!’” she said. “One girl didn’t want to go home, she liked it so much.” The decorations themselves are an ac- cumlation of a lifetime, but the arrangement is new every year. “Every year she gets more and more stuff,” Mrs. Herron said. This year it took more than three weeks to set everything up. “I worked hard,” Mrs. Roberts said. The focal point in one room is a tree full of handmade ornaments and old-fashioned lights. “There are a lot of memories on this tree,” Mrs. Roberts said. (Please See SHARING, Page 2A By The Associated Press COLUMBIA — Nearly twice as many South Carolinians were unemployed in October compared to September due to Hurricane Hugo, but the jobless rate remained about the same, according to a newly released report. The unemployment rate remained about 5 percent in October because ga in the educational and governmental sectors outpaced job losses in the tourism industry due to Hugo, according to the lastest South Carolina economic indicators released Thursday. Initial claims for unemployment insurance doubled, from 5,752 to 11,628, said the report published by the University of South Carolina College of Business Administration and the state Employment Security Commission. “This unusually large increase, clearly a result of the storm, vaulted new employment insurance claims back to their highest level since the 1982-83 recession,” the report said. Unemployment insurance benefits increased by about 46 percent, representing the greatest increase in this indicator the state has seen since July 1980. The average length of time people were out of work increased 64 percent. The Index of Leading Indicators was down from 95.9 in September to 94 in October, the lowest reading since June 1986. Of the eight leading indicators, four declined, three advanced and one remained unchanged. Manufacturing jobs decreased by 1,600 overall, with the durable goods sertor falling by 1,200. The number of jobs in the textile and related sectors declined by 700. Other measures of manufacturing’s strength were mixed in October. oy atip lins# Contractor Change, NPR Big Events At SRS In '80s By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer Two of the biggest events in the 39-year history of the Savannah River Site happened at the end of the 1980s: Westinghouse Savannah River Co. replaced Du Pont Co. as the operating contractor and the U.S. Department of Energy announced the new production reactor would be built there. On a less upbeat note, as the decade ended all three of SRS’s 1950s-era nuclear reactors were shut down for equipment and management improvements. The first of these, K-Reactor, is not scheduled to restart until the end of 1990, with the other two, P and L reactors, coming back on line in three-month intervals thereafter. If that schedule holds, that means the trio will have been idle for 21/2 years. The most fundamental change at the 300-square mile facility that produces materials for U.S. nuclear weapons occurred this past April I. On that date, Westinghouse replaced Du Pont as the plant’s manager. Westinghouse also changed the name to Savannah River Site from Savannah River Plant. Du Pont had operated the facility since its creation in 1950, but in October 1987 announced it wanted to quit that role. The United States tv) • A • DECADE • IN • REVIEW Savannah River Site Operated by WtosUnghooM S«»nna#i Rl*»r Company Swarty by MM■ . Notional Environmental Research Park I _ 4- ' Si -I,- Year End Reviews........ I ^ t ’ V r"s. ■ ■- I *v? ss *v\ ' ; 'k t m-i I parent company, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. Inc., cited three reasons: ** “Du Pont’s business mission does not include the operation of nuclear facilities” x “We are not willing to put our shareholders’ assets at risk for a business which we operate without profit” ^ “The increasingly controversial nature of the assignment and the escalating criticism of all companies who are involved in this work” On Sept. 8, 1988, DOE chose Westinghouse over rival Martin Marietta Corp. as operating contractor at SRS. Bechtel Aiken Standard File Photo SIGN OF CHANGE: This new sign, heralding the change in contractors at the Savannah River Plant, went up in May. Inc. is the principal Savannah River subcontractor. Unlike Du Pont, which only was reimbursed by DOE for its legitimate operating expenses at Savannah River, Westinghouse can earn a bonus if it performs its tasks exceptionally well. On Dec. 15, DOE gave Westinghouse an overall rating of “good” and a bonus of $3.9 million (out of a possible $7.5 million) for its first six months as SRS manager. With the Westinghouse-Bechtel team in place, employment at SRS reached 20,000. The plant remains the biggest employer in the Aiken-Augusta area. (Please See CONTRACTOR, Page 2A) | ;

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