Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 5, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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'Fat' Cats Happier With Housemates
CHARLESTON (AP) - Life apparently has returned to normal for two morose felines who became the main beneficiaries last year of an estate valued at about $250,000.
The fat cats, Grandma Jane and Nosie Rosie, had become so lonely in the three-bedroom house they inherited in Summerville that they would often cry, Joe C. Inman said.
Inman is the administrator of Dick Starkey’s will. Starkey, who died in 1987, left his estate to Grandma Jane, a 21-year-old tabby, and Nosie Rosie, an 11-year-old black cat, and made it clear in his will that the house was to be preserved for the two cats, Inman said.
Starkey wanted to provide for the safe and enjoyable life of the cats, Inman said.
Inman said it was difficult at first to know what to do with the cats, he said Starkey and his wife, Imogene, who died in 1986, had geared their lives around their pets.
The Inmans’ daughter cared for the cats for a while but then moved away, so the Inmans began to make daily trips next door to feed the cats.
Jane and Rosie began to get lonesome and started taking their meals at the Inmans’ house.
“The cats were pathetic They knew they were alone,” Inman said. ‘‘They would come over and cry and cry and cry. They were never known to leave their backyards before. To see them standing by the door and crying — it touches you.”
Inman solved the crisis by hiring a nurse to care for the two cats.
He advertised for someone who liked cats and would house-sit. He said it was difficult making sure that respondents were interested in the cats and not in the three-bedroom home.
Inman added an incentive to the arrangement: rent for the home is $100 with both cats alive, but $200 if one should die.
Last July, Jeanne Broadwell, a nurse at Trident Regional Medical Center, moved into the house.
“It’s a real good arrangement. If Dick could see this, he would be pleased,” Inman said.
Ms. Broadwell said she loves the arrangement and has always loved cats.
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Aiken, South Carolina
Train Crash Kills Five
By The Associated Press
LONDON — A passenger train struck the back of another train outside London on Saturday, sending rail cars careening into the yards of nearby homes and killing at least five people, police said. At least 80 people were hurt.
Earlier death tolls in the capital’s second major rail accident in less than three months ran as high as 12 but could not be confirmed.
Scotland Yard put the confirmed death toll at five dead and 80 injured. Earlier it had said six died. It did not explain the change.
St. Heber Hospital reported two deaths there, and Mayday Hospital’s emergency chief, Kambiz Hashemi, said three people were dead at that hospital.
Reports of deaths reached 12 earlier in the day when Hashemi reported four dead at Mayday and six more dead atthe scene of the crash — a claim that could not later be confirmed. There also was
apparent confusion over the number of times the two deaths at St. Heber had been counted.
Hashemi said his hospital admitted 52 casualties, 20 of them in serious or critical condition. Twenty-four were discharged and three transferred to hospitals specializing in head and spinal injuries.
Firefighters had to cut dozens of passengers from the wreckage of the trains, and authorities said some were trapped for hours after the 1:39 p.m.cobision near the Purley station in Surrey.
Both trains originated in southeast England cities and were traveling north to London.
A British Rail spokesman said it appeared a train that originated in Horsham, West Sussex, was crossing from the local line to a main track when it ran into the back of a train that originated in Littlehampton.
LittlehamDton is about 50 miles south o
London and Horsham is about 30 miles south of the city.
The spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was not known why both trains were on the northbound track at the same time.
The trains collided a few hundred yards outside the station on London’s southern outskirts, sending several cars hurtling down an embankment into the yards of homes, witnesses sai. It was not known if anyone was hurt in the houses.
Several rail cars came to a precarious rest on the steep slope, and residents were advised to leave their homes until the wreckage could be cleared.
Witnesses heard a deafening bang followed by silence, then shouts and screams as passersby and residents rushed to the rescue. Firefighters arrived and cut victims from the wreckage.
British Rail estimated fewer than IOO people were in the trains — the normal
(See TRAIN, Page 12A)
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Mass Transit Chaos Looms For Workers
By The Associated Press
MIAMI — Striking Eastern Airlines workers paralyzed the financially strapped carrier Saturday, overwhelming management efforts to run a skeleton schedule and vowing to incite mass-transit chaos when the workweek starts.
The threat of rush-hour nightmares was especiaby acute in the congested New York metropolitan area, where strikers planned picketing at commuter railroads and received assurances that no rail workers would cross their bnes.
“This thing will ready take off on Monday, when we take out the railroads,” Machinists Local 1894 President Michael O’Conned at Kennedy International Airport said. “And we’re prepared to do that.”
In Philadelphia, a federal judge enjoined railroad workers in that city’s mass transit system from honoring Eastern picket lines, and authorities in New Jersey and elsewhere were considering seeking similar orders from the courts.
Frank Ortis, a Machinist union local vice president, told The Associated Press his union was considering a picket on Monday of Eastern’s suppbers and contractors — including the Miami offices of British engine maker Rolls-Royce.
In Washington, John Peterpaul, general vice president of the Machinists, said picketing was organized at Eastern points nationwide and union officials were mapping prospective sites for secondary picketing. He decbned to name any companies, but said “the potential targets wib include anything. ”
TTie mass walkout that began at 12:01 a.m. Saturday by 8,500 mechanics, bag handlers and ground crews escalated a
(See STRIKERS, Page 12A)Panel Report Pinpoints Cause Of Reactor Incident
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
Vide-ranging organizational and com-mications deficiencies caused a Jan. 22 ident that resulted in at least $20,000 mage to the Savannah River Plant’s ed K-Reactor, a special review panel s concluded.
Apartment of Energy experts from ross the country and the plant’s pre-lt and future contractors were repre-ited on an eight-member panel ap-inted in late January to conduct a magement review of the incident.
[Tie panel’s 130-page report, released iday afternoon at a press conference, ilted Savannah River’s nuclear reactor
operations on points ranging from “pro-fessionahsm” to equipment maintenance to enforcement of procedures.
“The root cause of this event is a lack of management effectiveness,” said Leonard C. Sjostrom, deputy assistant manager for health, safety and environment with the DOE’s Savannah River Operations.
The report suggests that lessons weren’t adequately learned from technical problems last August with the plant’s P-Reactor.
The Du Pont Co., SRP operating contractor, said in a statement that company officials agree with many of the report’s
(See PANEL, Page 12A)Bush Seeks Own Imprint On U.S. Nuclear Doctrine
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Six years after Ronald Reagan urged development of space-based defenses that could make atomic weapons obsolete, President Bush is seeking to put his own imprint on the U.S. nuclear doctrine.
The new president, who has given his National Security Council 90 days to come up with a plan, is expected to shift emphasis from Star Wars to the deployment of a new generation of mobile missiles
That is more than a cosmetic change, returning U.S. doctrine to deterrence in
stead of Reagan’s radical vision of a world free of nuclear weapons.
Senior administration officials have said in interviews with The Associated Press that Bush does not want to shift direction so radicaby as to derail Strategic Arms Reductions Talks with the Soviet Union.
“The talks are too far along for that,’ said one top official, who spoke on condition that he not be identified.
Caution, consistency and coherence are emerging as the credo of the new administration, and the Bush’s first defense budget wib be closely scrutinized
(See BUSH, Pagel2A)
• OVERVIEW 4 EDUCATION
WORK FORCE: Aiken County's work fqrce is made up of a variety of people from all walks of life. Shown here are (front, from left) Cindy Ponton, Aiken Public Safety
Lt. Tommy Paradise, Jane Burton, (back, from left) Jerry Jackson, Pete Sampson and Aiken Public Safety Officer James Anderson.
On A Roll
SRP Changeover, NPR Project Indicates More Growth For Aiken County's Economy
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
A number of significant economic indicators assembled by several state agencies prove what a lot of people know — Aiken County’s economy has been on a roll for years.
The facts and figures were compiled by the South Carolina state treasurer’s office, the statistics branch of the State Budget and Control Board and the State Tax Commission.
They are postings of total personal income from all county payrolls, gross sales receipts rung up by businesses
ranging from a country store to tfte biggest supermarket and the amount of state-shared taxes returned to the counties.
Because of a lag in reporting time, figures reflecting sales, earnings and taxes are generally a year or two behind, but in every case over the past IO years they show a county rapidly improving its position in state wealth.
And projections for the future, accumulated from various reporting sources, indicate even bigger growth due to management changeover at the Savannah River Plant and the possibility of con
struction start on a New Production Reactor.
Currently, Aiken County ranks 7th, 9th, 10th and 14th in major reporting categories of per capita income, total payrolls, sales receipts and the share of state taxes
(See ON A ROLL, Page 14A)