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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 22, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina WLK COON IT PUBLIC LIBRARY Coming Sunday Page 2A Wednesday, February 22, 1989 25C Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 46 Union Color Purchases Clearwater Finishing Plant By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer CLEARWATER — After months of work and negotiations, the Clearwater Finishing Plant has been purchased by Union Color and Chemical, sources say. Union Color has been working with United Merchants and Manufacturers Inc. officials since September to purchase the plant. Bobby Neal, who was unavailable for comment on the sale, is the principal owner of Union Color, the import agent for the L. Lamberti Co. of Milan Italy. No specifics on the sale were available from Union Color. Neal stated in September that a verbal deal on the plant had been reached, but that the sale was not finalized. Since that time, attorneys for the two firms have been meeting to iron out the fine details of the sale. The Clearwater plant is expected to open later this year as a printing and finishing operation, officials said. Under UM&M the plant sold printing and finishing services to other textile manufacturers and converters. Though the plant will not be as large as the UM&M operation, some of the 458 employees of the former operation are expected to be rehired, UM&M officials said. Harold Simmons, general manager of the plant, refused to comment on the sale until he received official confirmation from his superiors. UM&M officals cited continued financial losses when they announced the closing of the plant March 2. Foreign competition has also been cited by company officials as a reason for closing the plant. Officials from UM&M announced the sale of the Valchem Division to Air Products Chemicals Inc. in July. The plant sold for $15.5 million in cash. Since February 1988 the company has been selling some of its 4,500 acres in the Horse Creek Valley area to different buyers. Churches, a funeral home, several family owned restaurants and a subdivision developer purchased land from the company. The sale ends an era that began in 1929. Community Thanks Du Pont SRP Series Starts Sunday Beginning Sunday, the Aiken Standard will publish the first of a six-part series focusing on the status of Aiken County’s schools, economy, infrastructure and governments and how they relate to change in management at the Savannah River Plant. The series will open with an overview explaining Aiken’s transition from an agricultural community, to a center for equestrian sports and its advent into the forefront of the nuclear age with the building of the Savannah River Plant. The articles will be timed to conclude with the publication of a Strate- Sc Plan being developed to deal with iture problems stemming from changes at SRP. The plan is being drafted from information gathered through surveys of the county’s strengths and weaknesses. * OVERVIEW »EDUCATION * BUSINESS 1 ENVIRONMENT * GOVERNMENT A Quick Read $1 Billion Of Heroin Found Hidden In Tires NEW YORK (AP) — In the largest heroin raid in U.S. history, police and federal agents tracked $1 billion worth of the drug from Southeast Asia to two homes in New York City, where it was hidden inside hundreds of tires. The 800-pound seizure made the notorious “French Connection” case seem modest by comparison, and showcased the rise of Asian drug smugglers, authorities said Tuesday. WeatherFlurries Forecast Snow flurries are forecast Thursday, but the chance for measurable snow is less than 20 percent. Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with windy and much colder weather. The low will be in the upper 20s. Please see details on Page 6A.Deaths Sarah Ann Boen, Linwood Roland Key, Warrenville Mrs. Jessie E. McGee, Ridge Spring Michael E. Wilmot, Warrenville Please see details on Page 5A.Inside Today Bridge ...............    9B Calendar.........................................11A Classifieds........................................B7 Comics.............................................5B Crossword......................................10B Cryptoquote......................................8B Dear Abby.........................................5B Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries.........................................5A Opinions...........................................4A Sports  ...................  7A Television.........................................5B Weather............................................6A Tornado Awareness Week Marked By Gales, Twisters From Staff And Wire ReportsSubscription Price Increases March I The monthly price of a subscription to the Aiken Standard will increase by 50 cents on March I. Home delivery will now cost $5.40 per month. This increase is the first in 3^ years for the newspaper. About half of the increase will be shared with the carriers. The Aiken Standard will accept pre-paid subscriptions that are for up to one year at the current price of $4.90 a month through March 31. To keep getting the paper at the current price, please call the Circulation Department, 649-5316. This week is Tornado Awareness Week, as proclaimed by Gov. Carroll Campbell, and many South Carolinians are still reeling from the twisters and high winds which tore through the state Tuesday without warning. Authorities around the state have said there were no fatalities or major injuries suffered during the unexpected storms. The National Weather Service says it will be cloudy and breezy today with tem peratures slowly dropping into the 40s and 50s. Winds are expected to range from IO mph to 15 mph and be gusty Locally, tornado watches were in effect until 3 p.m. in Aiken and parts of Georgia- There was no damage attributed to the weather reported in Aiken, according to dispatchers with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Department and the Aiken Public Safety Department. Loris Police Chief Wayne Butler, whose uncle was killed in a tornado out- side McColl in the early 1980s, said Tuesday was the first time in at least four years that a tornado had been reported in Loris. Robert Cox was standing in front of his house in Loris Tuesday morning, when he saw what he believed was a tornado. “It looked like a big, black wall of smoke,” said Cox. “It had a whine, a roar to it.” The wind picked up the roof of Cox’s bam and carried its metal pieces up to 500 yards away in an open field behind the house. In Horry County, authorities found evidence that a tornado had touched down in the Daisy community near secondary road 554. Tommy Harrison, civil defense director, said a small tornado cut a path through a quarter-mile of trees. High winds swept through sections of the state, overturning mobile homes, power lines and trees and forcing about (Please See TORNADO, Page 6A)Scientist Praised At Groundbreaking By GEORGE BURGESS Staff Writer The groundbreaking for the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center took place in a sandbox Tuesday afternoon. Heavy rains, much needed by Aiken County, forced the event into the Etherredge Center at USC-Aiken. “We try each year that we have a groundbreaking to schedule the event when the water tables are low,” said Chancellor Robert E. Alexander. “We’ve been quite successful with the Etherredge Center and now with the Ruth Patrick Center.” But the ceremony was not dedicated to humor or weather, but to praise. That praise was for Dr. Ruth Patrick and for the efforts of those who had helped make the Science Center a reality. . Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., led a long list of luminaries who took the podium to extoll the work of Dr. Patrick, a limnologist who spent much of her career studying the ecology of the Savannah River and other inland waterways in the Central Savannah River area. Others include Rep. Butler C. Derrick, D-S.C.; James B. Holderman, president of the University of South Carolina; Ernest F. Ruppe, vice president of petrochemicals for Du Pont; Gasper L. Toole, chairman of the Aiken County Commission on Higher Education; and Harry Miley of Gov. Carroll A. Campbell Jr.’s staff. Also on the dais were numerous governmental and business leaders in Aiken County. One of the people invited to speak at the ceremony was Gregory Sobieski, regional manager for Apple Computers. (Please See SCIENTIST, Page I4A)Prices Up 0.6 Percent In January By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Consumer prices, propelled by higher costs for food, fuel and a variety of other items, rose 0.6 percent last month for the biggest jump in two years, the government reported today. The rise in the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index followed moderate increases of 0.3 percent in both November and December. The January price increase, which is seasonally adjusted, would amount to an annual inflation rate of 7.2 percent if the pace for the first month of 1989 held throughout the year. Higher prices for gasoline, poultry, fish and eggs, coupled with a sharp advance in tobacco prices, accounted for nearly all of the acceleration. Consumer prices advanced 4.4 percent last year, the same rate as in 1987, but analysts are expecting the pace to quicken this year. Worries about spiraling inflation intensified earlier this month after the Labor Department reported that wholesale prices shot up an unexpected I percent in January, largely due to rising food and energy prices. SS* ..    i Staff Photo By Phil Jones DR. PATRICK: Accepts accolades at groundbreaking. Aiken Area Pays Tribute As Departure Time Nears done more to protect the national security of this nation that Du Pont.” Following Sen. Thurmond’s speech, Rep. Butler C. Derrick, D-S.C., praised Du Pont for coming to the Savannah River Plant on a $1 per year contract. “They came here not to make money, but as a patriotic service,” Rep. Derrick said. Addressing the negative publicity that the Department of Energy facility has generated in past months, Sen. Thomas L. (Tommy) Moore, D-Aiken County, added, “I am proud to support SRP and Du Pont regardless of what some might say.” Dr. Edwards, who served as master of ceremonies, summed up the praises of the company by praising Du Pom for operating the (Please See SAYING, Page 14A) Remembering 1950 Page 14A By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer Staff Photo By Phil Jones MASTER OF CEREMONIES: Dr. James Edwards, president of the Medical College of South Carolina and former governor of South Carolina, acted as master of ceremonies for last night’s tribute to Du Pont. It was a time for memories and a time for a few tears as residents of Aiken County said a fond farewell to Du Pont last night. Approximately 600 people turned out at USC Aiken despite the rain to listen to community leaders say their personal goodbyes. “The growth we have experienced in South Carolina is directly related to companies like Du Pont, and we are appreciative,” Gov. Carroll A. Campbell said in a letter read by Dr. James Edwards, president of the Medical College of South Carolin and former governor of South Cl rolina. Sen. J. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., said, “No company in America has ;