Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 21, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Stewart Breaks Course Record
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Wolf Return To Park Stirs Up Opponents
WASHINGTON (AP) — A move by Congress to speed the return of wolves to Yellowstone Park is “clearly premature,” says the head of the National Park Service.
Parks Director James Ridenour told a House panel Thursday that the bill introduced by Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, would interfere with studies under way to find out if wolves can be returned to the popular park without hurting the many interests involved.
Battle lines are drawn between environmentalists and sportsmen in the controversy over whether to restore the only indigenous species still missing from the Yellowstone area.
Those pushing for return of the animals say that under the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, wolves must be returned to restore the wilderness areas to their original state.
Sportsmen who hunt elk, which are the prey of wolves, and domestic livestock owners want to keep the wolves out. They are supported by several Western lawmakers.
Malaysia Hangs Briton For Drug Trafficking
RAJ ANG, Malaysia (AP) — A Briton convicted of heroin trafficking was hanged in prison today and spent his last hours clutching a photograph of his 7-year-old daughter, authorities said.
Derrick Gregory was the first Briton to be executed under Malaysia’s stringent 14-year-old drug law. Authorities had ignored pleas from British diplomats that he be spared death.
Gregory clutched the photo of his daughter, Tara, through the night until he was marched to the gallows early today.
Gregory, 39, had not seen his daughter since she was an infant. He was arrested in 1982 at a Malaysian airport, reportedly on his way to Los Angeles from Singapore, with 576 grams of heroin hidden in his boots.
His wife divorced him soon after he was sentenced to death in 1987.
Gregory, of Middlesex, England, was turned down in his final appeal for clemency.
Chance Of Rain
Chances of rain remains high tonight and Saturday. Lows tonight will be in the low 70s, with a 20 percent chance of thundershowers. Highs Saturday will be near 90, with a 30 percent chance of rain. Please see details on Page 4A.
Sylvia G. Duke, Lake Murray Lucy R. Blackwell, New Ellenton John Henry Morton, North Augusta Eva L. Whitley, Aiken Catherine Rowe, Wagener James Roy Epps, Orangeburg Woodrow W. Frazier, Aiken Darol A. Kirby, Timmonsville Beulah Mae Price, Washington, D C. Rosa S. Pearson, Wagener James J. Deason, North Augusta Geneva M. Williams, Thomson, Ga. Please see details on Page 4AInside Today
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Teacher Salaries Stay Much The Same
County GOP Gears Up For 1990 Vote
Friday, July 21, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 174
Exemption For K-Reoctor Deplored
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
COLUMBIA — Representatives of three environmental groups today attacked a proposal by U.S. Rep. Butler Derrick, DS.C., that would allow the Savannah River Site s K-Reactor to exceed environmental requirements.
In a news conference called at the headquarters of the Energy Research Foundation, environmentalists said they opposed Rep. Derrick’s efforts to block construction of cooling towers for K-Reactor.
Rep. Derrick has succeeded in getting the House Rules Committee to pass an amendment that would divert $127 million for construction of the cooling towers into cleanup funds for the plant.
Frances Close Hart, chairman of the ERF, said Rep. Derrick’s proposal is “outrageous.”
Ms. Hart was joined by Dr. Mary Kelly,
Hooked On Flying
Derrick’s Proposal....................Page 10A
natural resources chairman of the league of Women Voters, and Betty Spence of the S.C. Wildlife Federation in condemning Rep. Derrick’s action.
Ms. Hart said in 1982, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control told the Department of Energy, which has supervisory authority at the nuclear installation, that the government would have to bring the reactors into compliance with national environmental protection laws.
Ms. Hart said because of that demand, DOE did extensive studies and made a decision to build the K-Reactor cooling tower in 1987,
“The Department of Energy was told back in 1982 that it would have to do
(Please See EXEMPTION, Page 10A)
Westinghouse's Restart Delay Criticized By Energy Secretary
From Wire And Staff Reports
Energy Secretary James Watkins criticized Westinghouse Electric Corp.’s recent decision to delay until the fall of 1990 the start-up of one of Savannah River Site’s idled nuclear reactors.
Watkins, in a letter to a senior Westinghouse official, criticized the company for not notifying him sooner of a nine-month delay of the proposed restart timetable.
A company spokesman said Thursday
that Westinghouse has “serious communications problems” with the U.S. Department of Energy — so much so that Watkins summoned Paul Lego, president and chief operating officer, to Washington Wednesday.
In a July 17 letter to Lego, Watkins wrote, “I am particularly disturbed that you did not find it sufficiently important to notify me personally that, in the last three months, Westinghouse
(See WESTINGHOUSE, Page IDA)
IT STARTED WITH ONE: What started with one plane as a Christmas present has grown into an addiction for Robert A. Winthrow. He owns more than a dozen now,
Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth
builds planes for other hobbyists and is president of the Countryside RC Flyers Club. For the story, please see Page 1B
Plane Slams Into Cars; 8 Persons Die
By The Associated Press
MANILA, Philippines — A Philippine Airlines plane carrying 98 people today missed a runway, plowed into a concrete wall and bounced onto a highway, smashing into cars and killing at least eight people, officials said.
The eight victims were killed on the ground when the twin-engine BAC 1-11 jet careened into cars on Manila’s South Expressway, said officials at the airport clinic and two nearby hospitals.
Airline spokesman Enrique Santos said 36 passengers and two other people were injured. He said some of the injured would have to be hospitalized.
IOWA AIR CRASH: Witnesses said the aircraft overshot
Pilot Struggled, Lost...........................2A runway, struck the ground and
Engine Fan Suspected........................2A crashed through a concrete highway
Carolinians Among Dead,Missing .”1.". 2A wal1’ bounced a<*oss the highway and
—-— came to a stop on some railroad tracks.
“We came down and went up again Santos said the plane was arriving in about 150 feet. Then we went down again
Manila from Zamboanga City, 540 miles very steeply,” said passenger Beverly
southeast of the capital, when it crashed Spilman, a British teacher who works in
at about 3:23 p.m. (3:23 a.m. EDT). Austria and is vacationing in the Philip-
Air traffic controllers reported the pines. “I did see we were nearing the end
plane’s pilot as saying visibility was poor of the runway... then we hit the highway,
because of heavy rain and that he could plowed through a railroad track and
see only half the runway as he ap- landed on the opposite side of the
proached the airport on a flight from highway.”
Zamboanga City, 540 miles southeast of
Manila. (Please See PLANE, Page 10A
Woodside Golf Takes First Step
Grading Permit Almost Missed Planners Agenda
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Woodside Development Co. took the first step in construction of a $3 million golf course Thursday night by gaining Aiken County Planning Commission approval to apply for a grading and clearing permit.
Woodside’s request was filed by Mark Graham of the civil engineering firm of Ayer Graham & Associates Inc. and was added to the agenda by a special vote of the commission.
Woodside Development Co. President J. Michael (Mike) Hosang said the 18-hole championship rated golf course will join another already serving residents of Woodside.
Commissioner Jim Baggott noted that because of a mixup by county officials the Woodside request had been left off the agenda, and he noted the addition is not normal procedure.
“I want to make it clear to the public that we are not making an accommodation because of a grass planting schedule,” said Baggott.
Baggott said a lack of communications between two county departments prevented the proposal from getting onto the agenda through proper channels.
Graham, in presenting his client’s Development Standard Ordinance proposal, said the application process had to be speeded up because of a grass planting schedule for the 18-hole course.
“We hope to start the grading and clearing before the end of the month,” Graham said. The course will be the second built at Woodside.
Hosang said the new course is the first step in constructing Phase 2 of Woodside’s development of the 2,300-acre tract
(Please See WOODSIDE, Page TOA)
Real Estate Transactions Total $287.3 Million For Fiscal Year
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Real estate transactions amounting to more than $287.3 million were recorded in Aiken County during fiscal year 1988-89, according to figures obtained from the registrar of mesne conveyance office.
The figures, which were posted between July I of last year and June 30 of this year, were obtained from a record-setting number of documentary stamps sold.
The documentary stamps, which cost $3.30 per $1,000 worth of property and are attached to all real estate transactions, are sold through the registrar’s office.
Registrar of Mesne Conveyance Peggy Whitman said June collections of the stamps amounted to more than $107,000 and represented the best month of the fiscal year.
The June collections, also one of the biggest months in county history, enabled the registrar’s office to end the fis-1989 Collections
cal year with $957,000 in stamp sales, which Mrs. Whitman said was a new high for the county.
State and county sharing of the income allowed the county to put $399,238.05 in the bank, exceeding 1988-89 fiscal year budget projections by more than $80,000.
Mrs. Whitman said under the sharing formula the state gets about 58 percent of all income derived from the real estate transfer fees.
The registrar said the county also is off to a good start in the 1989-90 fiscal year, collecting $38,664.80 in fees for the first two weeks of July.
Aikenite's Tomato Holds Firm Lead, Cucumbers Still Fighting In Contest
An Aiken gardener’s tomato is holding firm to its lead, but the cucumbers are still fighting it out in the Aiken Standard's vegetable contest.
Hoyt Hamilton of Aiken was in the lead for the second week in the tomato contest with a 2 pound 4.6 ounces entry.
Sam Christine of Aiken took over the lead in the cucumber contest with a green monster that weighed in at 3 pounds 2.70 ounces.
As of noon Thursday, 17 gardeners had weighed in fat tomatoes and 18 had brought in hefty cucumbers.
The contest, which will run until Aug. 2, is for all gardeners with the exception of Aiken Standard employees and their families.
Weight is the only criterion in the contest. The heaviest tomato and the heaviest cucumber will each win $100 prizes for their growers. Second prize in each
category will be $50, and third place will be $25.
Gardeners may bring their entries to the front desk of the Aiken Standard at 124 Rutland Drive between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A receptionist will weigh the vegetables and record the results.
Contest winners and their vegetables will be announced in early August. An article and picture featuring the winners will appear in the Aiken Standard.