Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 28, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Page 9AA Quick ReadMayor Weeks Suffers Injury
Mayor H. Odell Weeks, 80, fell Monday morning and broke two ribs, Aiken City Councilman Frederick B. Cavanaugh announced at Monday night’s City Council meeting.
Mayor Weeks, who has held office since 1946 and is dean of the state’s mayors, was admitted to HCA-Aiken Regional Medical Center, Cavanaugh said.
The mayor said the accident happened about 8:30 a.m. while he was inspecting some Hampton Avenue property owned by his firm. According to the mayor, he attempted to step around a loading device, tripped and fell.
Mayor Weeks said he was hopeful of getting out of the hospital before the end of the week.North Augustan Killed In Accident
A 20 year-old North Augusta city employee was killed yesterday after being run over by the garbage truck he was riding on.
Troy Darren Cockrell was pronounced dead of severe head trauma at 11:35 p.m. at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, according to Coroner Sue R. Townsend.
North Augusta Public Safety officers are investigating the accident, Capt. Eric Sanders said. It is unknown where Cockrell was standing at the time of the accident.Weather
Today will be mostly cloudy with an 80 percent chance of rain. The high will be near 60. The low will be near 40. Wednesday will be partly cloudy with a high near 60 and a low near 30.
Please see details on Page 5A.Deaths
Martha S. Bunch, North Augusta Nellie T. Burkett, Graniteville Lizzie S. Carter, North Augusta William T. Corder, Aiken cora Lou Vinson, Aiken Daisy R. Wood, Aiken Please see details on Page 12A.Inside Today
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Economic Growth Sluggish
Cooke Cable Sale On Target
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Tuesday, February 28, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 51
Bush Tries To Salvage Tower Bid
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Bush begins a last-minute lobbying blitz with Senate Democrats today in an attempt to salvage his nomination of John Tower as defense secretary and avert the most serious setback of his new administration.
With the full Senate prepared to take up the nomination this week, Bush rejoined the battle Monday night after returning to the capital from the Far East. He told reporters on Air Force One: “I haven’t wavered one iota and I don’t intend to.”
Democrats have been largely unimpressed with Tower’s pledge to swear off
alcohol if he is confirmed, saying they are concerned with the issue of his judgment in general and his past links with military contractors. In an attempt to change their minds, the president scheduled meetings to lobby for Tower with a dozen senators, most of them Democrats.
On the list were Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, D-Maine, Sen. John Warner, R-Va., the ranking GOP member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and at least five Democrats whose votes will be crucial if the former Texas senator is to be confirmed. They are Sens. Charles Robb, D-Va.; Lloyd Bentsen, D-Texas; Bennett Johnston, D-
La., Dennis DeConcini, D-Ariz., and Bill Bradley, D-N.J.
“We’re going to work real hard,” said White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater. “We’re going to talk to a lot of people and ask them to keep an open mind and to read the FBI report and to talk to John Tower.”
When Bush was asked whether Tower’s no-drinking pledge would help, he shrugged his shoulders and said, “I don’t know.” Asked if Tower’s cause will prevail, he replied: “Time will tell. I don’t have any predictions.”
Following a White House meeting Monday night, Senate Republican leader Bob
Dole, R-Kan., said there was no talk of pulling the plug on Tower’s nomination.
Senators are using the time before formal debate opens on Wednesday to troop into a guarded Capitol hearing room to read a confidential FBI report on the former Texas senator’s drinking habits, alleged “womanizing” and the extensive and lucrative links he forged to military contractors after retiring from the Senate three years ago.
Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., considered by some a swing vote, told reporters in Miami that Tower’s abstinence pledge helps but that his problems go beyond his drinking habits.Council Chief
Woodward Tract Suffers Setback
By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer
An Augusta and Columbia development partnership suffered a setback Monday night as the Aiken City Council, by a tie vote, withheld approval for the first phase of the proposed $30.18 million development of the Woodward Tract.
The Council voted three-to-three
on a request for approval of site and landscape development plans for 152 apartment units. Such action, said James M. Holly, city attorney, means that approval has not been granted.
The vote came after nearly four hours of debate and an opening executive session on three related requests.
The other two items — approval of a road connecting Whiskey and Two Notch roads and an agreement between the City and the developers — were tabled due to the
nonapproval of the apartment plans.
In order for the developers to pursue approval for the apartments, they would have to begin approval requests anew through the Planning Commission, unless a councilmember brought the item up for reconsideration, Holly said.
Councilmembers Michael Ana-clerio, Lessie Price and Frank Loudermilk voted for Anaelerio’s motion to approve the apartments. Councilmembers Frederick B. Cavanaugh, mayor-pro-tem, Ronald A. Maxwell and Beverly Clybum voted against the motion.
Mayor H. Odell Weeks, a voting member, was absent from the meeting due to an injury suffered that morning. State law does not
provide for such a vote by proxy, Holly said.
Councilman Anaclerio’s motion
(See WOODWARD, Page 12A)
Partnership Receives $25,000 Gift
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
The South Carolina Electric and Gas o., citing a commitment to growth and } port unity in Aiken and Edgefield coun-es, Monday presented a check for 55,000 to the Aiken-based Economic De-ilopment Partnership.
Cathy B. Novinger, senior vice presift of SCANA, parent company of the ;ility, presented the gift during a recep-on for Wayne L. Sterling, executive evictor of the South Carolina Development oard.
Sterling, who took the helm of the de-jlopment board last October, was in Airn and North Augusta Monday and to-jy to address luncheon meetings of the iken and North Augusta Rotary clubs.
At Monday’s reception, held at USC Airn, more than 125 business and profes-onal leaders joined SCANA in welcom-g Sterling, an economist and attorney id former college professor.
Ms. Novinger said the contribution to ie EDP is SCANA’s recognition that the cal development organization’s efforts *e vital to growth in Aiken and Edge-eld counties.
“Our involvement in the community stems from our commitment to growth,” said Ms. Novinger. “We don’t mean growth just for the sake of growth. We mean searching for and planning the kinds of opportunities that can enhance the quality of life for everyone, now and in the future.”
Ms. Novinger also announced that W. Harry Busbee has accepted the new post of economic development coordinator for SCANA’s development office in Aiken.
Busbee formerly served as assistant to state Agriculture Commissioner Leslie J. Tindal.
Discussing the impact of the SCANA
contribution, J. David Jameson, executive director of the EDP, said, “This major contribution will allow the partnership to compete better in attracting more capital investment into the two-county region.”
Sterling, responding to Ms. Novinger’s remarks, said he was “quite impressed with the growth potential of the region.”
A former director of the Fort Worth, Texas, Chamber of Commerce, Sterling told the Aiken Rotarians that although he has been on the job only a short time he is aware the state has adopted an aggressive agenda to pursue new plants and more jobs.
Sterling said, “Even before I came here, I knew economic development in South Carolina was in good hands. You have a governor and state legislature that are extremely responsive to passing legislation that encourages business development and growth.”
Sterling said South Carolina’s emphasis on enacting laws encouraging industrial growth “has made it a trend setter” in national and international business dealings and the state is moving to
(See PARTNERSHIP, Page 12A)Clearwater Plant Plans Restart Soon
By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer
Clearwater Finishing Plant, which has been purchased from United Merchants and Manufacturers by a group of S.C. investors, plans to resume operations in late March or early April.
The main buyer of the plant is Bobby Neal, the principal owner of Union Color and Chemicals. Neal, who has purchased the plant with two other investors, was unavailable for comment on the sale.
Union Color is the import agent for the L. Lamberti Co. of Milan, Italy.
The first contract for the purchase of the plant was signed last week, according to informed sources. The final contract sould be signed in
(CLEARWATER, Page 12A)
DOE Tentatively Schedules Public Hearings On ReactorsSRP Installing Above-Ground Plastic Piping
Savannah River Plant officials are installing above-ground plastic piping as temporary replacements for aging underground ceramic pipes at the plant’s F and H separations areas.
Officials inspected ten sections of ceramic waste water pipe, ranging in length from 75 to 425 feet, after one section sprang a leak earlier this month.
■Hie plastic piping, approved Monday by state health officials, allows the plant to study long-range options that could include above-ground stainless steel pipe, said Rebecca M. McSwain, a spokeswoman for the Du Pont Co., plant contractor.
The new pipe will allow F and H to resume normal operations — processing of nuclear weapons materials — starting in the next week or so, Ms. McSwain said.
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
The Department of Energy has tentatively scheduled scoping hearings on March 22, 28 and 31 — the last one is in Aiken — to gather public comment on the continued operation of the Savannah River Plant’s nuclear reactors.
The hearings will allow the public to comment on what should be included in an “environmental impact statement” on those operations.
DOE officials said they’re preparing that EIS because ifs environmentally “prudent” — not because of a pending lawsuit seeking to block restart of the idled reactors until the statement is completed.
Public hearings, with morning and evening sessions, are now planned for March 22 at the De Soto Hilton in Savannah; March 28 at the Sheraton Northwest in
Columbia; and March 31 at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center at 1700 Whiskey Road.
“Those are tentative dates,” said Rebecca H. Craft, a spokeswoman with the DOE’s Savannah River Operations.
Hearing dates don’t become official until they’re published in the Federal Register, which is expected later this week.
All three of SRP’s operable production reactors, the nation’s only source of perishable tritium gas for nuclear weapons,
have been idled since last summer for DOE-ordered upgrades to management and equipment. Department officials said they hope to announce restart dates in mid-March.
Three environmental groups — the Natural Resources Defense Council, Greenpeace USA and the Energy Research Foundation — filed a federal suit in December, maintaining that the National Environmental Policy Act requires the DOE to prepare an EIS prior to restarting any of the three.
The groups contended that reactor technical problems publicized last fall at congressional hearings make the restart a “major federal action” requiring the full environmental study beforehand.
The DOE plans to file a response to the lawsuit within the next two weeks, but has said it won’t make completion of the EIS a condition of restart.
Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth
FIRST PRESIDENT: Bobby D. Kelly Jr. is the first president of the Midland Valley Area Council of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce. He was elected to the presidency at the Council’s first meeting in November. Please see story on Page 1B.