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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 1, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Aiken Boxers Pack Punch PagellA A Quick Read Tickets Still Available For Aiken Library Gala Aiken County officials said today that more than 850 library support ers have purchased tickets for to nights gala preview party of the new Aiken Public Library County Administrator W Scott Barnes also said that contrary to the belief of many tickets will be available at the door Tickets are available for a taxde ductible contribution of We would like to encourage all supporters of the library to attend tonights opening said Barnes The new library is in the former Aiken Elementary School on Ches terfield Street The Augusta Symphony String Quartette will be featured at the pre view which will be held from 7 pm to 9 pm Wine and canapes will be served Weather More Clouds Increasingly cloudy skies are fore cast tonight The low will be in the upper 40s Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of afternoon showers The high will be in the low 70s Please see Page 14A for details Deaths Dr William J Carter Aiken William A Chester North Augusta Gilbert O Daniel Langley Joseph W Henderson North Augusta George Holmes Alexandria Va Hubert F McGee Augusta Essie C Satcher Gloverville Please see Page 48 for details Inside Today Bridge88 Calendar5B Classifieds6B Comics7C Crossword10B Cryptoquote7B Dear Abby7C Local FrontIB Obituaries4B Opinions1C Sports11A Television7C Weather14A Page 2A Minimum Wage On Fast Track Page 1B SRS Waste Management Varied United Wiay 1989 Goal Total Contributions as of Monday Percent of Goal 114 OVER THE TOP United Way is over the top for 1989 For the story please see Page 1 B Ubrar Wednesday November 1 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 273 Aiken Looks For Better Way On Tax Appeals By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Two members of Aiken County Coun cils Administrative Committee agreed with a state representative Tuesday night that a better way must be found to deal with appeals on property tax reassessment Council members Willar Hightower Jr and Rosemary English said they support talks between the Council and legislators to discuss possible new approaches to the problem A joint meeting of the Council and leg islative delegation is scheduled for Dec 5 at which time the reassessment contro versy probably will take priority on the agenda Rep Irene Rudnick DAiken raised the tax reassessment issue during an ap pearance before the Administrative Com mittee to explain two pieces of legislation she is offering to deal with complaints Besides the tax and appeals issue the committee also took up a request from the Aiken Public Library board for more funding to meet staffing needs incurred with the move into the new facility on Chesterfield Street The library proposal was shelved tem porarily after Gene Lockhart chairman of the library trustees said additional studies would be made on operating schedules On the property tax issue one of Rep Rudnicks bills would increase the period for appeals from 30 to 60 days and the other would force county tax appraisers to value dwellings located in commercial zones on a residential use basis Rep Rudnick told the Council mem bers she was prompted to prefile the leg islation because of the hue and cry over reassessment and complaints that people living on fixed incomes are reeling under a heavy tax burden The Aiken Democrat also said she didnt feet it fair to tax a homeowner at the same rate as commercial property when the homeowner isnt responsible or doesnt share in business growth creep ing into a neighborhood During debate over the length of time Please See AIKEN Page 14A Proud Educator Start Photo By Scott Webster FAMILIAR TERRITORY Lynette Rinehart shown on familiar territory outside Aiken Elementary School is proud of the schools accomplishments as well as tne nonors her work nas brought her including being named aNational Distinguished Principal For the story please see Page 1 B DOE Bungled Missing Tritium Probe Inspector Says Another Effort Urged By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON Energy De partment auditors say the depart ment bungled its investigation of losses of nuclear bomb material from a government laboratory and isnt seriously studying the possi bility of theft In an internal memorandum Al fred K Walter of the departments inspector generals office criti cized the failure to pinpoint a rea son for the losses and urged a spe cial probe focused specifically on whether material was diverted for illicit weapons making Copies of the memo dated Sept 7 were released Tuesday by Rep Edward Markey DMass who has been critical of the departments handling of tritium a radioactive gas used mainly to boost the explo sive power of nuclear warheads The department in recent days has acknowledged it cannot ac count for significant amounts of tritium apparently lost in transit from the Oak Ridge Tenn Nation al Laboratory to several commer cial customers It has said there is no evidence of theft but that this cannot be ruled out Small amounts of tritium are sold by the Energy Department to private companies in the United States and abroad for use in biolog ical and energy research and in making luminous lights and dials About 7 grams have been lost in shipping during the last two years according to other internal docu ments obtained by The Associated Press last week Tritium supplies are classified by the government but private analysts estimate about 4 grams is needed to make a single nuclear warhead In his memo to a superior in the inspector generals office Walter questioned why the department made no serious attempt to investi gate the tritium losses for nearly a year after a series of major ship ping discrepancies were reported The major losses were in July and August 1988 The first investi gation began in June 1989 Walter also said results of the de partment investigation were based more on speculation than fact Last week the lab said it had been ordered by the department to halt all commercial shipments un til Energy Secretary James D Watkins reviewed the results of the various investigations Walter wrote that although the department has made some pro gress in attempting to explain the losses it had not given enough at Please See DOE Page 14A Ortega Ends Truce May Halt Election Renewed US Aid For Contras Likely Bush Delays Response By DORALISA PILARTE Associated Press Writer MANAGUA Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega today ended his governments 19month truce with the Contras citing contin ued rebel attacks and threatened to cancel elections scheduled next year Ortega accused President Bush of supporting terror ism in Nicaragua By suspending the truce Ortega has invited renewal US mili tary aid to the Contras He made the announcement this morning at a news conference that was broadcast live on a nationwide radio chain On Friday the Sandinista leader stunned a summit of Western hemisphere leaders when he announced he would not renew the truce which the government has done monthly Ortega was immediately condemned and world leaders ex pressed concern about his risking the painstaking peace process in Central America as well as Nicaraguas scheduled elections Feb 25 By going through with the threat he could trigger international condemnation and loss of support of Western European friends who have defied US pressure and aided Nicaraguas leftist San dinista government Bush said Tuesday he would review US policy toward Nicara gua if Ortega ends the ceasefire We are waiting for that reevaluation said a Contra leader Adolfo Calero in Miami For our part we have to defend our selves Every man has the right to survive and we have to look for the way to survive In Washington White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said today Well consider the situation analyze the options deter mine the appropriate response but at this point no decisions have been made one way or another Asked if this might prompt the administration to seek renewed military aid for the Contras Fitzwater said We havent even considered We havent considered any response except that we were trying to preserve the ceasefire and preserve the peace process Fitzwater added that he did not expect the administration to make any immediate response to the move by Ortega Ortega said the February elections in Nicaragua depend on the willingness of Bush and Congress to divert humanitarian funds to demobilize the rebels Ortegas comments differed from the text of an official commu nique which said the Nicaraguan government independent of Please See ORTEGA Page 14A Wetlands Cost Study Too Late To Affect Cooling Tower Plans By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer Construction of the cooling tower for the Savannah River Sites KReactor will proceed on course a US Department of Energy spokesman in Washington said today Reacting to a General Accounting Of fice report issued Tuesday that claimed the million cost of the tower project could save 90000 acres of South Carolina wetlands and forests DOE spokesman Will Callicott said Im not sure how the course could be reversed at this point He noted that last month Energy Secre tary James D Watkins gave the green light for construction of the tower and the contract was awarded to Marley Cooling Tower Co of Mission Kan The GAO report prepared at the re quest of US Rep John Spratt DSC and US Sen James Exon DNeb said the cooling tower would protect 1014 acres of wetland at SRS compared with 90000 acers of the Ashcpoo Combahee and Edisto river basins that could be bought and preserved for less cost Marley received a million con tract for design and construction of the cooling tower Oct 11 Construction will begin in the first half of next year with scheduled completion date of March 1992 Under an agreement between the US Department of Energy which owns SRS and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control the tower must be operating by Dec 311992 Groundwork preparation has already begun at the tower site KReactor which shut down last year for management and equipment im provements is scheduled to resume pro duction of tritium a radioactive gas used in US nuclear weapons late next year The KReactor tower would lower the temperature and lessen the flow of water used to cool the reactors radioactive core The water is discharged into two creeks which feed the Savannah River Without the cooling tower KReactor water would be discharged at between 130 and 180 degrees and 179000 gallons a minute The cooling tower will limit the maxi mum temperature of water discharge to 90 degrees to comply with state law and the flow to 20000 gallons a minute Please See WETLANDS Page 14A Hollings Tops Thurmond For Honoraria To SC Senators From Staff Reports US Sen Ernest F Hollings DSC has been the beneficiary of more than in honoraria fees from special interest groups during the 100th Con gress according to figures compiled by Common Cause The Washingtonbased organization said Sen Rollings received a total of in honoraria during 198788 far outstripping the money given the states senior Sen J Strom Thurmond RSC Sen Thurmonds payments during the same period amounted to only Common Cause reported Overall the 100 senators received a total of in honoraria during the twoyear period and kept for personal use giving to charity Common Cause which has been advo cating a ban on honoraria coupled with a pay increase for senators and con gressmen said it is releasing a state bystate report on all members of Congress The organization said out of the received by Sen Thurmond the senator kept for personal use and contributed to various charities Sen Hollings Common Cause said kept for personal use and con tributed to charities According to a breakdown on both state senators by Common Cause Sen Thurmonds largest fees were paid by the National Association of Broadcast ers and the United States Telephone As sociation each Sen Hollings received from brokerage firm Paine Webb The sena tor also got each from Fay Im provement Co the Association of American Railroads and MCI Inc Newspaper publishing firms were among the smallest contributors to both senators Sen Hollings got from The Washington Post while Sen mond got a contribution of from Gannett Co and from The Wash ington Times ;