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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 18, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina \ f Sports Page 2A Kite Takes Open Lead Page IB A Quick Read 11-Year-Old Pilot Takes Break In Iceland REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) - An 11-year-old American hoping to become the youngest person to fly around the world arrived here Saturday and said he wanted to do some fishing before flying on to Norway. Tony Aliengena and his family, from San Juan Capistrano in Southern California, also planned to take part in festivities celebrating the 45th anniversary of Iceland’s independence from Denmark. Tony is flying a single-engine Cessna 210 Centurion turboprop plane with his father, Gary Aliengena, at his side. An escort plane is carrying his mother, Susan Aliengena, his 10-year-old sister Alaina; his Soviet pen pal, Roman Tcheremnykh; and Soviet and American journalists. “His landings just keep on improving,” Mrs. Aliengena said as she watched her son bring down his plane on Saturday. Aliengena, a real estate developer and devoted pilot, began teaching his son to fly at age 4, at first holding the boy on his lap. Family Startled When Car Knocks Down Wall REEDLEY, Calif. (AP) - Rick Rapada and his 12-year-old daughter had an early morning visitor who didn’t bother to knock before knocking down their living room wall. Rapada said the first sound he heard when he awoke Friday morning was tires screeching. Moments later a 1973 Mercury Cougar, still running, was parked in his living room with a television and some clothes resting on the hood. The impact tore a refrigerator door off its hinges and knocked a built-in dishwasher to the other side of the house. Neither Rapada nor his daughter, Michelle, was injured. Jennifer Suniga, 27, lost control of in front of her, police said. Suniga told police that she hit the brakes and careened through a fence and over 20 feet of lawn before crashing into the home. Suniga, who is pregnant, was taken to a hospital for observation but was not admitted. Weather Chance Of Showers Today will be partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. The high will be in the mid-80s. The low will be in the upper 60s. Monday will be partly cloudy and rainy with a high in the upper 80s and a low near 70. Please see details on Page 9A.Deaths Melvin F. Brown, Batesburg Martha Burdette, North Augusta Sarah M. Cunning, Aiken Edna F. Humes, Aiken Clara Lowe, Bath Please see details on Page 9A.Inside Today Bridge..............................................5D Business...........................................1C Calendar.........................................14D Classifieds........................................3D Crossword........................................6D Cryptoquote......................................4D Dear Abby.........................................6C Local Front.......................................6A Obituaries.........................................9A Opinions...........................................ID Sports...............................................1B Stocks..............................................2C Weather.............................................9A Weddings.........................................4C Eight Sentenced To Die In China County Public L Page 6A Sunday, June 18, 1989 A Father To Many Aiken, South Carolina OPEN HEARTS: John and Theresa Krepps spend some time with three of the children they have taken in Staff Photo By Scott Webster as foster parents. Over the years, they have helped 80 children. Dozens Can Honor Krepps On Father's Day By NINA J. NIDIFFER Staff Writer GRANITEVILLE - Although he has no children of his own, Father’s Day is a special day for John A. Krepps and his family. This is the day that he can reme tiber the 80 children he has helped by being a foster parent, knowing in his heart that these children are stronger because of the love and care he gave them. And this year, Krepps and his wife Theresa have a new reason to celebrate the day: their baby daughter Megan, whom they are in the process of adopt ing, is in their home at last. So are two foster children, tiny little girls who only recently began to laugh and become independent again, at ease in their temporary home. Unable to have children of their own, the couple have a deep love of children and could not stand the silence of an empty house. They thought of adoption, but found the process slow, expensive, and complicated by the many moves required while Krepps was a lieutenant in the Navy. Then they heard about foster parenting and decided to give it a try. In the past three years they have had up to nine children in their home at a time, many of them emergency cases. In every case, their purpose is not to adopt the children that come to them for help, but to love them, care for them, and give them the most stable environment possible. With this in mind, the Kreppses chose a large, comfortable house when they moved to Graniteville. They wanted plenty of room for their children. A sports car was replaced by a van for the same reason. (See DOZENS, Page4A) Gas Supplies Tight; Prices May Climb By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Gasoline supplies this summer are likely to be the tightest in years, but motorists won’t be idling in long lines unless the distribution system is crimped by a refinery or pipeline accident, analysts say. The supply squeeze may trigger more price increases as the summer driving season wears on. Yet interviews with government, industry and independent analysts indicate at least a modest possibility that prices could drop a few cents a gallon. “We’ll not see a gasoline shortage,” barring a major supply accident, says John IJchtblau, executive director of the Petroleum Industry Research Foundation in New York. He says refineries are running full blast to meet a growing demand for gasoline, so the supply system is more vulnerable than usual to accidental outages. “If any refinery breaks down you could lf any refinery breaks down you could have some problems.’ — John Lichtblau have some problems,” Lichtblau says. The national average gasoline price slipped about a penny a gallon between mid-May and early June, to $1.17, after a steep and steady rise earlier in the spring, according to the Lundberg Survey, a Los Angeles-based group that tracks gasoline prices through surveys of 12,000 service stations nationwide. Overall, prices now are nearly 20 cents a gallon higher than at the start of the year. The price outlook for summer is clouded by conflicting forces at work in the market. More summertime driving would be expected to push up prices at the pump, yet wholesale prices paid by service station dealers have come down in recent weeks. It’s not clear, however, that dealers will pass on their savings to consumers, since they took a beating in late March and April when wholesale prices skyrocketed in the aftermath of the Exxon oil tanker spill in Alaska on March 24. “Retailers have not gained back all that they lost” in profit margins, says Trilby Lundberg, head of the gasoline survey. So they may not be ready to drop prices, she said. The big price jump following the oil spill, which only briefly interrupted crude oil supplies to the West Coast, was one of the steepest on record. It sparked accusations on Capitol Hill of price gouging and possible collusion among the oil companies. House Panel, DOE At Odds Over Plutonium Refinery Just Peachy Vol. 122 No. 145 Storm Downs Trees, Lines By CARL LANGLEY and NINA J. NIDIFFER Staff Writers The Aiken Electric Cooperative Inc. reported that as many as 5,000 of its customers lost power during a Friday storm that saw high winds slam trees and limbs into power lines and shear about 20 poles in half. Homes and businesses in New Ellenton, Windsor, Williston, the Aiken State Park area, Wagener, Monetta and other areas were affected by the outages. Three substations serving New Ellenton, Neeses Lake and Springfield also experienced problems, said Harriett Skinner, manager of member services and energy use. Twenty workers were called in from the Edgefield office to help clean up the mess in Aiken, she said. They worked through Friday night and by Saturday more than half of the cooperative’s members had power restored. But due to the widespread extent of the damage, some isolated cases may still not have power today, she said. An estimated 5,000 South Carolina Electric and Gas Company consumers also lost power, according to reports. Officials could not be reached for comment. Meanwhile, Aiken residents surveyed the damage, planned repairs and were thankful die storm did not cause more destruction than it did. Some of the worst damage was in Jackson, where the storm peeled off the roof of the IGA Family Food Store. No one was injured. Also in Jackson, a pine tree crashed into a mobile home living room where 8-month-old Kenneth Hammer Jr. was resting while his father cooked dinner. According to published reports, the boy was not breathing when his father, Kenneth Hammer, found him. But within minutes the child was revived and laughing, without a mark on him. Mr. and Mrs. Carl H. Hendrix of Cooper Drive in the Oak Hill community just outside New Ellenton said the wind sounded like a freight train rumbling through as it swept across their property shortly after 4 p.m. Clovis E. Summer, whose residence is on Griffin Drive in Oak Hill, was at work at the time, but he said his wife, Laura, huddled inside the house while a limb from a huge maple tree was toppled onto the roof. Ryan, a big, shaggy dog belonging to the Summers, ran inside the house, according to Summer. The roof did not appear to be heavily damaged and Summer said he would wait until Saturday before taking down the limb. It was so large it would have to be cut into sections for removal. Summer said he also planned to chop down the maple tree, which sits only a few feet from the front of the house. At the Hendrix home, three large oak trees, one in the front yard and two in a side yard, were snapped in half several (Please See STORM, Page 4A) WASHINGTON - The Energy Department said it expected to go ahead with plans for a new plutonium refinery in Idaho despite a House panel’s recommendation that the department be stopped from starting construction next year. “We still stand on our position that (it) is a very important and vital project,” said Kathy Kaliniak, a department spokeswoman. A special panel of the House Armed Services Committee voted in closed session Thursday to recommend delaying the start of construction at the plant, which the department contends will assure supplies of plutonium for nuclear weapons. The panel’s decision adds to congressional pressure on the Bush administration to seek negotiations with Moscow to ban production of nuclear weapons materials. The panel, chaired by Rep. John Spratt, D-S.C., recommended slashing $75 million from the administration’s 1990 budget request for the plant, known as the Special Isotope Separation project. The panel also stipulated that none of the $121 million that would remain for the project in 1990 could be used for construction or site preparation, said Chuck Fant, a Spratt aide. The plant is scheduled for construction at the federal Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, near Idaho Falls. It would use a yet-to-be-developed laser technology to convert fuel-grade plutonium to weapon-grade material for nuclear weapons. The Energy Department had planned to begin preparing the site for construction this month. It already has spent $588 million on development of the technology. (Please See HOUSE, Page 4A) Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth SUMMERY FARE: Jane Blume prepares baskets of peaches for sale at the Trenton Peach Festival Saturday. Please see story on page 6A. ;