Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 16, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Pilot Doesn't Recall Gunshot, Flight
Americans Break Ice At Open
A Quick Read
Savannah River Site Gets $165 Million
The Senate Armed Services Committee has authorized $165 million for the Savannah River Site and the continued development of production reactors at the nuclear weapons facility.
A portion of that money — $36 million — is for environmental restoration and defense waste activities.
Sen. Strom Thurmond, R^S.C., said the bill adequately balances the need for environmental restoration with the vital demands of nuclear production to keep America strong.
About $300 million was tagged for continued development of the new production reactors at SRS and the ones in Idaho. The reactors would be used to produce weapons materials.
The production reactors would cost $4 billion and take IO years to build. It would create 4,000 construction jobs and replace the three aging reactors that have been shut down since last summer for maintenence and safety upgrades and establishment of new operating procedures.
These SRS reactors are the sole production source of plutonium and tritium.
Committee chairman Sam Nunn, D-Ga., and Sen. John Warner, R-Va., the senior Republican on the panel said the final bill was approved unanimously.
Police Have To Crawl
For Slippery Suspect
VERONA, Pa. (AP) - A police officer crawled through the false ceiling of a closed nightclub for more than five hours trying to capture a burglary suspect who led him on a dark, dirty chase.
“It got to the point where it started to be funny, even though I didn’t know if the guy had a gun,” Patrolman William Maggio said after Friday morning’s marathon.
The incident began at about 4 a.m. when police responded to an alarm at Cunimondo’s Keyboard jazz club.
Before officers entered the club, William Robert Vertullo, 27, of Pittsburgh climbed up into the space between the building’s suspended ceiling and its original ceiling, police said. A second man apparently es
caped, police said.
Maggio crawled up into the ceiling after the man, and spent the next few hours trying to find him and catch him as another officer stood by.
Mostly cloudy skies are forecast today with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s, with highs in the 90s. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Please see details on Page 9A.
Elma B. Bland, Johnston Richard L. Blume, Augusta David Henley, Augusta Evie Rachel Holmes, Aiken James C. Hough, Aiken Violet M. Myers, Aiken M. Leon White, Williston Please see details on Page 9A
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Sunday, July 16, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 169
Economic Leaders Present Solid Front
By The Associated Press
PARIS — Leaders of the world’s seven richest industrial nations, striving to project a united front, voiced support Saturday for democracy behind the Iron Curtain and condemned repression in China during a gathering that even attracted the attention of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
The economic summit was so harmonious, in fact, that the world leaders decided to end several hours earlier than scheduled on Sunday, the first time any of the 15 annual gatherings was cut short.
During one of the sessions Saturday, a
letter from Gorbachev was read to the leaders. In it, he petitioned the West to consider the reforms he is making in the Soviet economy and to let his country play a larger role in world economic affairs.
“Our perestroika (restructuring) is inseparable from the policy tending toward full and entire participation in me world economy,” wrote Gorbachev, whose letter was relayed by French President Francois Mitterrand.
Any disputes that did occur among the leaders of the United States, France, West Germany, Japan, Britain, Italy and Canada were either papered over or ig
nored as the summit nations issued a political communique Saturday.
The second day of discussions was held on the 35th floor of the Grand Arch, an avant-garde marble and glass office building offering a spectacular view of Paris.
Secretary of State James Baker, in a briefing for reporters, called his ninth consecutive summit “the most harmonious and one of the most productive summits that I have attended.”
The rich nations were lavish in their encouragement for political and economic reforms in Poland and Hungary, but they did not back up the kind words with
any specific commitment of money.
But Bush indicated that he was pleased with the support provided by his fellow summit leaders, saying the commitments they made had “vindicated” his approach to fostering economic and political reforms in the communist East bloc.
Bush was attending the summit at the end of a history-making trip to Poland and Hungary, where he unveiled a $140 million package of aid to the two nations.
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said that all of the summit nations were “very anxious to help. We are
(Please See ECONOMIC, Page 4A)
AIKEN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 1989 PRINCIPAL CHANGES
Ridge-Spring Monetta Elementary
Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary
A.L. Corbett Middle
New employee from Blackville
New Ellenton Middle
A.L. Corbett Middle
Paul Knox Middle
New Ellenton Middle
Paul Knox Middle
Director of Adult Education
I Eddie Watkins
North Augusta Elementary
Staff Graphic By Denise Stubbs, Him McNeely
Transfers Changing Administrative Face In Aiken County District
By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer
Staffing changes in the Aiken County School District, which began on Jan. 31 of this year, have continued to change the face of the district’s administrative system.
The Aiken County Board of Education voted on Jan. 31 in favor of a staffing realignment plan, presented by Superintendent Dr. Joseph R. Brooks. The plan transferred area superintendents and district office personnel to various positions within the district.
At that time, Dr. Brooks announced no moves would be made among the principals without individuals making the initiative to be transferred. Since Dr. Brooks’ announcement, nearly IO principals have either transferred to other schools, resigned or retired.
When Dr. Brooks announced the original staffing changes among the area su-
Crintendents, he stated that his reason r moving personnel was to use people where they were most needed for the bet
terment of the school district. He said that his contract required him to make personnel changes and that any moves were for the good of the children.
Dr. Brooks also said in a February meeting, following the initial staffing changes, that he believed administrators worked best if they did not remain in one position for more than seven to IO years.
Some of the moves have already transpired, but transfers and resignations have left openings in the principalship of two schools: North Augusta Elementary and Wagener-Salley High. These are expected to be filled before school begins in August, according to Owen Clary, director of staff development.
Teachers and students have a number of changes to come back to this year in various parts of the district:
^ James Gallman, former principal of Langley-Bath-Clearwater Middle School, has transferred to a position of adminsi-trative intern to the superintendent at the district offices.
^ Elizabeth S. Benton, former Area 4 (Wagener-Salley-Ridge Spring) assistant
superintendent, is currently the Area I (Aiken) assistant superintendent.
^ James I. Green, former executive director of research, evaluation and personnel, is now the Area 4 assistant superintendent.
^ John B. Bradley, former Area I assistant superintendent, is now the assistant superintendent of research, evaluation and personnel at the district offices.
^ L. Troy Nobles, former Area 2 (North Augusta) assistant superintendent, now serves as Area I director of area operations and administration.
James Martin, former director of operations and administration for Area 2 and 3, is the Area 2 assistant superintendent. Martin’s former position is currently vacant.
✓ William Price, former principal of Schofield Middle School, has transferred to the district office as the director of adult education. This position became vacant when Beecher Morton retired.
(Please See SCHOOL, Page 4A)
Fuel Gauge Failure Halts B-2
Maiden Flight Reset For Troubled Bomber
By The Associated Press
PALMDALE, Calif. — A low reading on a fuel pressure gauge Saturday thwarted the first flight of the B-2 stealth bomber, whose future funding depends on the Air Force getting the radar-evading aircraft off the ground.
The plane, already 18 months behind schedule and budgeted at $500 million each, will make another try in about two days. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Sam Nunn has expressed fears that the most expensive plane in history could become a “stealth taxi.” About one hour after dawn, the batwinged plane rolled out to its runway near Air Force Plant 42, the desert complex where it was built. Its four engines growled quietly and were revved up and down as the crew awaited final word for takeoff.
During the wait, a Cessna 182 with a Porterville, Calif., schoolteacher and his niece and nephew on board made an emergency landing near the plant after the pilot, Brian Green, told authorities he was off-course and lost.
But Air Force officials insisted it was a low fuel pressure gauge reading on the bomber, and not the private plane landing in the restricted area, that caused the delay.
“During normal aircraft checklist procedures, it was determined that the fuel pressure reading for takeoff power settings were reading too low,” said Col. Douglas Kennett, an Air Force spokesman. “In accordance with normal safety procedures, the aircraft returned to the hangar. ... The first flight will occur no earlier than two to three days.”
Air Force officials refused to say what measures would be taken to correct the fuel gauge reading. They said they did not immediately know whether it was a problem with the gauge or the system itself.
Abortion: Legislators Against Complete Ban
By The Associated Press
CHARLESTON - The majority of state legislators questioned by a Charleston newspaper don’t want abortion outlawed completely, although only a few favored allowing women to have the right of abortion on demand.
The Post-Courier newspaper of Charleston released Saturday the results of a telephone survey of 135 of 169 South Carolina lawmakers. The survey was conducted in the two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 voted to restore key provisions of a Missouri law that makes it more difficult for women to obtain abortions.
The 1990 South Carolina General Assembly is expected to consider in January new laws limiting abortion to cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger.
Most legislators surveyed by the newspaper said they were for limiting abortion only to the “conservative three” exceptions for all
state and privately funded facilities.
“I’m probably one of the majority of members who wish the issue were left alone so we wouldn’t have to deal with it,” said Rep. E. Le-Roy Nettles Jr., D-Florenee.
The poll, which did not split along party lines, surveyed IOO of 123 House members and 31 of 46 Senate members.
Twelve legislators said they would vote for a bill to make it impossible for a woman to obtain abortions at state-funded hospitals or clinics. Another 53 said they would vote for such a bill if exceptions were made for a woman who was raped, a victim of incest or whose life was in danger.
Thirty-eight lawmaker said they would vote against such a bill, while 23 were undecided and five made no reply.
The lawmakers were also asked if they would vote for or against a
(Please See ABORTION, Page 4A)
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
STAYING BUSY: Anna Corley says she likes to stay busy For her. staying busy means tending to a large vegetable garden at her home in Perry She works in it daily, although she’s approaching her 98th birthday. For the story, please see Page 7A.
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