Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 26, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Turnout Small At SRS Waste Hearing
The Aiken Standard’s special tabloid section on the quality of life in Aiken County, “154 Great Reasons To Live In Aiken County,” is published in today’s edition.
The stories in this section are designed to show the qualities which make Aiken County special. The number of reasons — 154 — is the same as the city of Aiken’s age.
We hope you will enjoy this look at Aiken County life.
A Quick Read
13th Spoleto Festival Opens In Charleston
CHARLESTON (AP) — From grand opera to chamber music, marionettes to Mozart, the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. will serve up a smorgasbord of the arts over the next 16 days in Charleston.
Opening ceremonies for the 13th edition of the festival founded by composer Gian Carlo Menotti were scheduled for today on the steps of Charleston City Hall.
Chamber music, Bellini’s opera “La Straniera,” and Eileen Heckart and Joanna Gleason in the Lee Blessing play “Eleemosynary” were on tap for the festival’s opening day.
During the festival, there will be 111 performances before Spoleto closes amid a thundering fireworks display over Middleton Place Plantation on June ll.
2 Help Themselves On Bank Field Trip
JAY, Fla. (AP) — A class field trip turned into a visit to the juvenile detention center for two sixth-graders after they allegedly helped themselves to more than $10,000 during a bank tour.
The boys, ages 12 and 13, were charged with grand theft Thursday after allegedly stuffing $100 bills in their clothes as their class toured the vault at NCNB National Bank, said Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Capt. Terry Hardy.
Jay Elementary School Principal Elton Nowling said the boys were among 30 sixth-grade students and their teachers who toured the bank to learn about banking and currency.
After the visit, the bank manager called to say he was missing $10,100.
Nowling said the boys were questioned separately by two deputies and did not deny taking the money. All the money was recovered.
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Friday, May 26, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 126
Search Begins For SRS Tower Builder
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
Westinghouse Savannah River Co. began recruiting prospective builders Thursday for an important environmental improvement project at the Savannah River Site — a cooling tower for the site’s K-Reactor.
The tower is part of a $127 million, state-mandated project to lower the temperature and flow rate of hot water discharged from the nuclear reactor into streams that feed the Savannah River.
Federal officials in recent months had been discussing whether to eliminate the
tower, and redirect its allotment to other environmental work needed at SRS.
It was unclear Thursday whether officials opposed to that idea had carried the day. Officials with Westinghouse, the site’s operating contractor, said they were proceeding on the assumption that the tower would be built.
Westinghouse officials announced Thursday that they were sending out request^ for proposals to specialized “vendors,’ asking them to submit plans for the design and construction of a cooling tower.
Water used to cool the reactor’s radioactive core is discharged into streams at
temperatures of 130 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, and at a flow rate of up to 179,000 gallons a minute when the reactor is operating, according to a news release from Westinghouse.
The cooling tower would limit the flow to 20,000 gallons per minute and the maximum temperature to 90 degrees.
Under an agreement between the Department of Energy and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, the reactor can continue to operate if it meets the 90-degree benchmark by the end of 1992.
K and Savannah River’s two other 1950s-era reactors supply the only source
of radioactive tritium and plutonium for U.S. nuclear weapons. All three are temporarily idled for management and equipment upgrades, and are scheduled for replacement by new reactors about the year 2000.
There have been questions raised about whether that’s a feasible way to go ... to spend that kind of money on a reactor that’s only going to operate for another IO years,” Rebecca McSwain, a Westinghouse spokesman at SRS, said of discussions about scrapping the tower.
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3 Hurt As Cycle Snaps Power Line
By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer
Three children were injured Thursday and Aiken’s south side lost power briefly following an accident at Kennedy Middle School, on Pine Log Road, Aiken County Sheriff Department officers said.
The accident, which happened at approximately 3:05 p.m., occurred when two youths were racing a pickup truck on a motorcycle in the school’s bus parking lot and the cycle hit two power line guide wires, police said.
After being hit, the guide wires snapped and clipped a high voltage primary power line, South Carolina Electric & Gas officials said.
Marty Godwin, 14. and Travis Glanton, 12, were transported to HOA Aiken Rgional Medical Centers following the accident. Both youths, who live at the Silver Bluff Trailer Park, were treated and released, HCA officials said.
Glanton suffered a fractured shoulder and Godwin was treated for a brusied leg, according to HCA officials.
A third child, an unidentified girl, was burned in the accident and was transported to a medical facility by her parents, police said.
The accident occurred as the school’s bell was ringing and students waiting for buses had to be moved because of the power line, which burned a patch of grass and damaged concrete curbing. The heat generated by the high voltage power line turned a section of the sand-based curbing into glass.
The driver of the truck, who fled after the accident, is unknown.
No charges have been filed at this time.
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
CLEANING UP: SCE&G worker Jeryl Johnson rolls up the burnt cable following the accident Thursday. Another photo on Page 8A.
Demos Map Strategy For Wright Shuffle
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — House Democrats, anticipating a historic resignation next week of Speaker Jim Wright, are making plans for quickly promoting Majority Leader Thomas S. Foley of Washington to the powerful speaker’s post.
But intrigue is brewing for filling in the rest of the party lead- FOLEY ership slots as some Democrats worry that Rep. Tony Coelho, Foley’s likely suc
cessor, could hurt the party because of questions about his own financial dealings.
Foley, talking with reporters Thursday in Seattle, said he spoke to Wright earlier in the day and the speaker “repeated his desire to have an opportunity to state his case, his side of the case, to the widest possible audience, and he’s determined to take that opportunity at the first time that seems appropriate.”
“I assume that will be with either next week or shortly thereafter,” Foley said.
Leadership sources in the Capitol said arrangements were being made for Wright to make a resignation address to the House next Wednesday, but the speaker himself had not yet decided on
his precise course of action.
Wright, D-Texas, remained secluded in his office Thursday, but he released a statement making clear he no longer was seeking any “plea bargain” with the House ethics committee.
One of the most serious charges made by the ethics committee was that Wright’s wife, Betty, was given a nowork job by Wright’s friend and business partner, George Mallick. House rules prohibit gifts from people with interest in legislation, and the committee said it believed Mallick, a Fort Worth developer, had an interest.
(Please See DEMOS, Page 8A)
Zhao Out In China Upheaval
Conservatives Purge Protest Sympathizers
By The Associated Press
BEIJING — Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang was placed under house arrest and stripped of his post as conservatives began a purge of liberals to gain control of the deeply fractured government, sources said today.
Zhac lost power in a bitter fight with conservative Premier Li Peng, the Chinese and diplomatic sources said. Peng last week ordered a crackdown on students, who are occupying Tiananmen Square to press demands for a freer society and cleaner government.
Officials who have worked under Zhao to chart political and economic reforms will face disciplinary action with some losing their jobs, the sources said. Among those reported in trouble were the party’s propaganda chief Hu Qili and Vice Premier Tian Jiyun.
The reports were not officially confirmed.
Zhao has been a leading proponent of market-oriented economic reforms championed by 84-year-old senior leader Deng Xiaoping, but the two differed over political change. Zhao has expressed clear sympathy with the student protesters’ goals.
Deng ally President Yang Shangkun told top officials Thursday that Zhao’s actions “had a very bad effect” on the nation, a government source said.
Millions of Chinese throughout the nation have taken up the students’ cause, with demonstrations erupting in dozens of cities demanding Li and Deng step down.
Chinese and diplomatic sources said Zhao was under house arrest. A document circulated today to county- and district-level party officials said Zhao was no longer head of the party, according to a diplomat who has proved reliable in the past.
No successor was named in the document.
Sources said conservatives accused Zhao of heading an anti-party clique, splitting the party, instigating disturbances, revealing party secrets, corruption and taking credit for Deng’s achievements during the past decade of
(Please See ZHAO, Page 8A)
Huff: Demos Show 'Desperation, Panic'
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
NORTH AUGUSTA - State Rep. Thomas E. (Tom) Huff, R-North Augusta, said today state Democrats are “showing their desperation and panic” in an advertisement attacking his switch to the Republican Party.
Rep. Huff, who bolted to the GOP last month as the first of four House defections from the Democratic Party, struck back at his critics by saying he would not be intimidated.
“They (Democrats) are having problems and they are hoping to scare others from leaving the party in their attack on me,” said the chairman of the House Rules Committee.
Rep. Huff is being forced out as Rules chairman because of his switch and will give up the office next Thursday when the General Assembly adjourns.
The advertisement attacking the lawmaker appeared Thursday in the North Augusta Star, and a spokesman for the newspaper said it was hand-delivered from Columbia by a Democratic Party official.
In the advertisement — headlined An Open Letter to Tom Huff — the state Democratic Party trumpeted the progress made by South Carolina Democrats in bringing “strong leadership” to the state in education and balanced budgets.
The advertisement questioned Rep.
Huff’s decision to leave a party with “a record of genuine progress.” It also said the GOP had a failed record in fiscal responsibility, economic progress, ethics and insurance legislation.
But this morning Rep. Huff noted that balanced budgets are mandated by the state constitution and no political party, “Republican, Democrat or anything else” can lay claim to running the state on a set of balanced books.
Rep. Huff also noted that when the Education Improvement Act was passed five years ago “I was a key player in that legislation. I was a strong supporter of educational improvement and will continue to be.”
(Please See HUFF, Page 8A)
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