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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 25, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Aiken County moue uurmy Sports Hershiser Athlete Of Year Page 9A A Quick Read Stock Market Lifts Dow Industrials NEW YORK (AP) - The Dow Jones industrial average closed above its pre-Black Monday level for the first time since the October 1987 crash. Market watchers said investor optimism about the outlook for interest rates fueled Tuesday’s rally. The Dow average of 30 industrial stocks surged 38.04 points to close at 2,256.43, its highest close since it finished at 2,246.73 on Oct. 16,1987. That was the last session before the momentous crash. On Black Monday, Oct. 19,1987, the stock market’s best-known indicator plummeted an unprecedented 508 points. On Tuesday, analysts said investors were reassured by comments from Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan, who said he was satisfied with Fed policy to keep its monetary policy on the tight side in order to hold down inflation. Stocks also were supported by rises in the dollar and bond prices, market analysts said. Soviets: Death Toll Quarter Of Estimate SHARORA, U.S.S.R. (AP) — Officials said today the death toll from an earthquake and mudslide in Soviet Central Asia was only about a quarter of the 1,000 originally estimated, and called off efforts to find more survivors. “We will transform the settlement of Sharora into a common grave with a monument to commemorate the victims of this catastrophe,” said Khusain Kasymov, Communist Party chief in the Tadzhikistan republic’s stricken Gissar region. Tadzhikistan Prime Minister Izza-tullo Khayoyev said 274 people were known to have died in Monday’s predawn quake, which toppled all 88 mud-brick dwellings in Okuli-Bolo and sent mudslides as high as 50 feet onto two other hillside villages, Okuli-Poyen and Sharora. Weather Fair Skies Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the upper 30s. Partly cloudy skies are expected Thursday with a high in the low 70s. Please see details on Page 6A. Deaths Connie Davis, Augusta Leon L. Pearl Jr., Augusta Clifford T. Swearingen, Clearwater John J. Widener, Augusta Please see details on Page 6A.Inside Today Bridge........................    10B Calendar................  3C Classifieds........................................8B Comics....................................... 2C Crossword......................................11B Cryptoquote......................................9B Dear Abby.........................................2C Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries.........................................6A Opinions...........................................1C Sports...............................................9A Television.........................................2C Weather............................................6A \ Page 2A Page IB AIDS Education Targets Minorities SUIvttt Sfan&t rb Wednesday, January 25, 1989    25C    Aiken,    South    Carolina_Vol,    122    No.    22 Reactor Damaged By Test Error Glenn Committee Will Ask Questions By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON — The Senate Government Affairs Committee will examine today why high-level officials of the Energy Department were not immediately informed of an equipment-damaging reactor incident Sunday at the Savannah River Plant. The committee, chaired by U.S. Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, had already scheduled hearings that staff members say will now focus on an incident that involved violation of testing procedures at the plant’s idled K-Reactor. Top-level Department of Energy officials confirmed Tuesday that the resulting cooling system damage, estimated at $20,000, was not reported to DOE’s Washington headquarters for almost two days after it occurred. The Energy Department officials, who asked not to be named, said it wasn’t until early Tuesday afternoon that headquarters was given a sketchy account of the incident that took place Sunday. Witnesses at today’s hearing will include Troy Wade, the DOE’s assistant secretary for defense programs; and (Please See GLENN, Page SA) Taking On A New Look MADD Poll: S.C. Judges Harsh On DUIs By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Nuclear reactor operators caused an estimated $20,000 in equipment damage at the Savannah River Plant’s idled K-Reactor after failing to follow proper procedures during cooling system testing on Sunday, officials said. Department of Energy officials said they are investigating the extent of damage, and what effect the incident will have on efforts to restart “K” and Savannah River’s two other operable produc- finn rp^ptnrs Meanwhile, the DOE and the Du Pont Co., SRP contractor, have agreed to suspend testing and maintenance at all three reactors, pending a preliminary assessment of the latest episode in months of trouble at the aging weapons reactors. By The Associated Press COLUMBIA — South Carolina drivers convicted of DUI for a fourth time can expect to receive a six-year prison term from 10th Circuit Court Judge Tom Ervin. But the same offense likely would bring a 90-day sentence and probation from 12th Circuit Court Judge John Waller. South, Carolina Mothers Against Drunk Driving on Tuesday released a survey of the typical sentences for convictions of driving under the influence handed down by the state’s circuit court judges during A water pressure test conducted Sunday by Du Pont operators damaged several valves, piping and possibly other equipment in a secondary cooling system that helps remove heat from K-Reactor’s radioactive core, officials with the DOE’s Savannah River Operations said in a statement released Tuesday night. The damage occurred when operators did a routine water pressure test with valves set improperly, the DOE said. “Initial evaluation by DOE indicates that reactor operators failed to follow proper test procedures,” its statement said. DOE and Du Pont officials said there was no health or safety concern associated with the testing problem. The reactor, (Please See REACTOR, Page 8A) 1987, the last year for which complete figures for DUI convictions were available. Laura Hudson, legislative liason for South Carolina MADD, singled out 3rd Circuit Judge Dan F. I^aney Jr. for praise in cracking down on DUI violators. ‘Laney was the most improved judge this year,” Ms. Hudson said. Other judges winning high marks were Elijah Burnett, Richard Fields, Sidney Floyd, Charles Harris, William Howell, Robert McFadden, David Mclnnis, William Traxler and Ervin. “I think it is because of the public at tention and the public demand for them to do something,” Ms. Hudson said of the trend toward tougher punishments for DUI offenders. MADD reviewed data provided by the South Carolina Court Administration and came up with the typical sentence a DUI offender could face before a circuit court judge. Judges were given a printout of the data from the state Court Administra-tion and asked to correct any inaccuracies. (Please See MADD, Page 14A) Land Use Issue Goes To Council Answers Must Wait Until Feb. 7 Meet By GEORGE BURGESS Staff Writer The question of zoning certain portions of Aiken County will be on the Aiken \ County Council agenda when it meets Feb. 7. District 8 Council Willar H. Hightower and District 7 Councilman J. Allen Brodie brought a resolution to the council’s Development Committee Tuesday night. Recently, the council has heard requests from two groups from the Aiken area asking for protection, which the council as a whole said it could not proffer. The latest group came from the Forest Drive section of Kalmia Hill. Earlier a group from property bordering the proposed Vale subdivision appeared. The resolution would establish a process and timetable for preparation of a land use and zoning plan for certain portions of Aiken County. The Aiken area, particularly Council Districts 7 and 8, of the county is the only area addressed by the resolution. “We have seen an increase in problems where a zoning ordinance would help,” said Councilman Hightower. “I’d like to see what kind of ordinance we could come up with.” Councilman Hightower said he would “love it” if other areas of the county joined the Aiken area, but said he knew there were areas where he didn’t think it would go “real well.” But he went on to stress he was only talking about Districts 7 and 8. Committee Chairman and District 2 Councilman Medwell Hill asked County Administrator W. Scott Barnes whether it would be legal to zone the county piecemeal. (Please See LAND, Page 14A) Bush Wants To Weed Out 'Sleaze Factor' During Reign White House Denies Rumor Of China Visit By The Associated Press BELGRADE, Yugoslavia — President Bush will make an official visit to China on Feb. 25-26, the official Yugoslav news agency Tanjug reported from Beijing today. The agency, quoting unnamed sources, said the two-day visit would follow Bush’s trip to Tokyo to at- BUSH tend the funeral of Japan’s late emperor Hirohito. In Washington, White House spokesman Roman Popadiuk denied the report, saying, “There are no plans at this time.” China’s Foreign Ministry has not yet confirmed the report on Bush’s impending visit, but its spokesman has recently said that the U.S. president “would be welcome in China,” Tanjug reported. It said Bush will hold talks with Chinese officials on bilateral and other issues, especially political developments in the Far East. Bush was chief of the U.S. liaison office in Beijing in 1974-75. By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - President Bush is naming a panel to recommend standards of conduct for government officials, in an attempt to ensure that he does not face the same allegations of an administration “sleaze factor’’ that dogged his predecessor. Largely to counter such complaints about the Reagan administration, Bush during his campaign promised to create the panel as one of his first acts in office. Bush today was scheduled to sign an executive order creating the advisory commission on ethics. It will be chaired by Griffin Bell, the former attorney general in the Carter administration, and Malcolm Wilkey, a senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, the White House said Tuesday. Other panel members will include former White House counsels Fred Fielding and Lloyd Cutler, and Washington attorney Jan Baran, said White House spokeswoman Alixe Glen. She said she could not confirm the two remaining names. On Tuesday, Bush asked the director of the Office of Government Ethics, Frank Nebeker, to brief all senior administration officials on ethical and conflict-of- interest standards required of them, said White House press secretary Marlin Fitzwater. Bush had proposed during his cam paign that such briefings be held on an annual basis, and Nebeker wrote to him on the day after the Nov. 8 election offering to conduct the sessions, said Fitzwater. Fitzwater said the 10-minute meeting with Nebeker on Tuesday was for “symbolic value” to emphasize the importance Bush attaches to ethical conduct. More than IOO members of the Reagan administration, in which Bush served as vice president, were at various times accused of unethical or improper behavior. Two of President Reagan’s closest advisers, Lynn Nofziger and Michael Deaver, were convicted of offenses associated with their lobbying after they left the administration, while a string of allegations against Reagan’s longtime friend and attorney general, Edwin Meese III, battered the Justice Department. An independent prosecutor declined to seek indictment of Meese, but the Justice Department’s own ethics office concluded this month that he had engaged in conduct “that should not be tolerated of any government employee.” LIKE NEW: The old Aiken Elementary School on Chesterfield Street looks like a new building. Workmen are converting the structure into a new home for the Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth Aiken County Public library. The renovated facility will also house the headquarters of the Aiken-Bamberg-Barnwell-Edgefield Regional Library. ;