Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 12, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Blue Devils Defeat Maryland
Also In Sports...
^ Ken Schrader wins the pole position for the Daytona 500. Please see story on Page 1B.
^ Wagener-Salley upset Blackville-Hilda in boys’ high school basketball action Friday night. Please see Pages 6B and 7B for a complete roundup on all the high school action.
^ Clemson sports information director Bob Bradley is still going strong after a lengthy tenure in that post. Please see story on Page 10B.
A Quick Read
Elderly Couple Turns In $365,000
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Two money bags containing $365,000 fell out of an armored truck, so Dominic and Mildred Olio did what came naturally — they picked them up and took them to police.
“We did what we felt we should do,” said Olio, 78.
“My husband’s just too honest,” said his 65-year-old wife.
The Olios will receive a reward for their honesty, said Jerry Reeder, president of the Berkshire Armored Car Co., said from his Pittsfield, Mass., office.
“We are very grateful to that couple,” he said.
The Olios were driving down Main Street when the bags fell out of the truck Friday.
“The driver sped up just past the Prospect Street traffic light and he must have hit a bump because a door flew open and the bags fell out,” Olio said.
The armored truck kept going but Olio turned around and retrieved the
“They were pretty heavy, probably weighed 40 or 50 pounds between ’em,” said the retired mailman, who took the bags to the police department.
It will be partly sunny today with a high in the mid 60s. There will be increasing cloudiness tonight with a low in the mid 30s.
Please see details on Page 8A.
Mary F. Davis, Aiken James E. Dubois, Aiken Eugene Hamilton, Jacksonville, Fla. Michael G. Hart, Richmond, Va. Luther Lloyd Jr., Bronx, N Y.
Lucius S. Manuel, Ridge Spring Dora B. Wynne, Brooklyn, N Y. Please see details on Page SA.
Sunday, February 12, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 37
Lexington Teen Escapes From Captor
From Staff and Wire Reports
A Lexington County teen-ager kidnapped from her home Monday afternoon has been returned to the care of her family, a spokesman for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department in Martinez, Ga., said Saturday.
The sheriff’s department official said Shari Dawn Teets escaped her abductor by fleeing a house in Martinez after the man fell asleep before daybreak Saturday.
Miss Teets, 17, was taken at gunpoint from her home by a man apparently answering an advertisement for a water
bed. She was driven to Martinez but was not harmed, according to the sheriff’s department.
The sheriff’s department spokesman said late Saturday that a search conducted by several law enforcement agencies from Georgia and South Carolina had not turned up the kidnapping suspect.
Authorities said Miss Teets fled to a house next door and called her home. She was reunited with her parents by Lexington officials, then held under protective custody in Martinez while her abductor was hunted.
Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said the kidnapper apparently fell asleep
after drinking alcohol, allowing Miss Teets to run to a neighboring home and call her family.
Sheriff Metts said the kidnapper never made a ransom demand or had any contact with Miss Teets’ family since the abduction.
“She was emotionally drained but obviously elated to see us,” said Sheriff Metts, who drove to Georgia to pick up Miss Teets. “She had been through one heck of an ordeal.”
Authorities are planning to examine evidence in the Teets case to see if there are connections to several unsolved sexual assault and kidnapping cases in
Charleston, Lexington and Richmond counties.
Some cases in those counties have come under scrutiny from investigators who were checking the possibility that a man has been kidnapping and sexually assaulting women he finds through advertisements for household goods.
“It’s too early to say at this point in time” if there are ties to other cases, Metts said.
Miss Teets told authorities her abductor came to her Lexington home on Monday after answering an ad for a waterbed
(See MISSING, Page 12A)
Commission To Oversee Aiken's Goals
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
A Commission on the Future of Aiken County will be organized to supervise implementation of goals identified in a strategic development plan being written for the county, a spokesman for a citizens group said.
Tommy B. Wes-singer, chairman of the Coordinating Council on Economic Development, announced plans for the commission after a Friday workshop of the planning group made up of business and professional leaders.
The workshops are looking into educational facilities, business opportunities, cultural activities, governmental processes and other facets of county life in preparation for developing a Strategic Plan.
The 53-member siuuy panel is made up of citizens nominated by the coordinating council.
The Strategic Plan is supposed to furnish a guideline for promoting educational excellence, economic vitality, living environment and governmental cooperation.
Wessinger, a senior vice president with NCNB, said the proposal for the commission came up during Friday’s workshop and was quickly adopted. It will be set up on the pattern of the Commission on the Future of South Carolina.
The state commission, established last year by the legislature, has published a series of long-term objectives after lengthy reviews of South Carolina’s social, cultural, civic and governmental life by a cross-section of citizens.
Wessinger said the local commission will operate in the manner of the state organization, and “will be a champion for the cause. It will look into the Strategic Plan, track it and make certain that the goals and objectives are being pushed.”
Wessinger said Friday’s workshop was
to be the last in a series before the Arthur Young Company assembles the information and publishes the Strategic Plan. But another will be held before April I, when the data is to be sent to Arthur Young.
“We’re going to have to have another meeting,” said Wessinger. “We had not planned to have another, but the commission idea came up and we need to talk about how it is going to be structured.” Aside from the commission proposal, Wessinger said Friday’s workshop dealt mainly with priorities and choices among the various elements making up the Strategic Plan, and the group also talked about “a lot of things that didn’t fall into any specific category.”
After the commission concept was adopted, Wessinger said the group agreed the organization provides the best vehicle for monitoring progress of the plan. He expects the commission will be formed “sometime between now and June and will include people from all over the county. We want to get as many people involved in this process as we can.”
Firm Helping Revamp SRP Reactor Training
From Staff Reports
A consulting firm new to Aiken is helping the Savannah River Plant operate its nuclear reactors more like the commercial nuclear industry’s, a company executive says.
Advanced Technologies Inc., which numbers former commercial reactor operators among its local staff of about 20, is working on a long-term training program for operators at SRP, said William J. Jones, manager of ATI’s Aiken office.
ATI, based in Reston, Va., is helping officials with the Du Pont Co. and Westinghouse Savannah River Co. develop a program that Jones said is “going to be more modeled after the commercial industry.
‘We’re enhancing the professionalism they already have.’
William J. Jones
“We’re enhancing the professionalism they already have” at SRP, he added.
Westinghouse will replace Du Pont as SRP operating contractor next April I.
The Department of Energy has idled all three of the plant’s operable production reactors for improvements to management and equipment, and has not announced when it expects to restart them.
The reactors supply tritium and plutonium for U.S. nuclear weapons.
The DOE has endorsed commercial-type nuclear standards at SRP, Jones noted. He said completion of his company’s project is not a condition for restart, but it will become a standard program after Westinghouse takes over.
ATI, which has 2,500 employees at offices around the country, welcomed about 80 visitors at an opening reception last Monday at its new quarters at Woodside Office Park. The office actually opened in October, Jones said.
He said his company’s glad to be participating in the battery of upgrades underway at the vital weapons facility, and hopes for other business opportunities at SRP.
“We want the business to grow,” he said.
Accord Reached On Tract
EquiPac, Developers Discuss Compromise
From Staff Reports
Representatives of Aiken’s thoroughbred horse community say they have reached a compromise with developers in a dispute over the 60-acre Woodward Tract fronting Whiskey Road and Two Notch Road.
The developers have proposed offices and apartments on the tract, but the horse community fears the development would disrupt a $16 million-a-year training industry.
The compromise involves changes in the development’s proposed road that would keep traffic away from the racetrack area, according to EquiPac, a local group that says it’s promoting cooperation between Aiken’s horse and historic elements and the economic development of the city.
Imbalance In Budget Still Growing
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The unveiling of President Bush’s 1990 spending plan focuses the budget spotlight on the coming fiscal year — just as the deficit figures for this year are getting more and more embarrassing.
The imbalance is not only expanding like a wet blot of red ink on a piece of paper. But once again — as has happened every year since the Gramm-Rudman balanced budget law was passed in 1985 — the actual deficit is going ta be far higher than the deficit ceiling the legislation sets.
The budget Bush presented to Congress for fiscal 1990 last Thursday revealed that the administration now expects the 1989 deficit to be $170.2 billion. Less than four months ago, the outgoing Reagan administration forecast that the imbalance would be $145.5 billion—$500 million below the $146 billion target set in the Gramm-Rudman law.
“It’s a co-conspiracy between Congress and the administration,” says Rudolph G. Penner, former director of the Congressional Budget Office. “And it’s hard to think of any other word to describe it than dishonest.” * Penner, now a senior fellow at The Urban Institute in Washington, was referring to the process set in law that is designed to force Congress and the White House to reduce the federal deficit.
Lawmakers and the president spend most of each year dueling with each other over the budget, with
(See IMBALANCE, Page 12A)
AMBITIOUS PROJECT: Martin Roof, a USC Aiken student, airbrushes a colorful wall mural he is painting in the school’s Etherredge Center. Roof, a junior, has been
Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth
working on the piece for about three weeks, and has put in more than 80 hours of work so far — and will put in many more before the mural is complete.
(See ACCORD, Page 12A)