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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 22, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Page 2A Congress Adjourns, Approves Deficit Miami Wants Spoiler Role Page 9A A Quick Read Emphasis Being Put On Holiday Safety WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of the year’s biggest travel weekend, auto safety advocates are pushing everything from air bags to keeping people from catching Z’s at the wheel to prevent highway deaths. Groups ranging from the heavily funded Insurance Institute for Auto Safety to the volunteer-run Motor Voters issued statements or held news conferences Tuesday designed to promote safety. More than 400 people die on the nation’s highways each Thanksgiving Day weekend — there were 438 fatalities last year, down from a high of 764 in 1968. At a Washington seminar on Sleep Loss and Driving Safety, experts said sleep plays a key role in up to 400,000 traffic accidents a year. Discovery Ready For Dazzling Flight CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -Discovery is set to turn night into light tonight in a holiday liftoff that may be visible for hundreds of miles as it streaks toward orbit with five astronauts on a secret military mission. The Thanksgiving Eve shuttle launch is scheduled sometime between 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. If a forecast of clear skies holds, the 700-foot geyser of fire from the craft’s solid fuel booster rockets could be visible over a 700-mile track from Key West to Charleston, S.C. Shuttle managers cleared Discovery on Tuesday after a review found no significant problems. Crews had made up 12 hours’ preparation time lost last week when they had to replace a faulty booster rocket control unit. Weather Rain Predicted Cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a IOO percent chance of rain and possible thunderstorms. The low will be in the low 50s. Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. The high will be in the mid 60s. Please see Page 6A for details. Deaths Johnnie Bell, Denmark John J. Best, Augusta Effie M. Boyd, Stiefeltown Flora B. Jordan, Laurelton, N.Y. Herman Kennedy, Columbia Marion Lynn, Augusta Nettie M. Rollins, Aiken Flora B. Stallings, Augusta Edward F. Watson, Aiken Please see Page 6A for details. Inside Today Bridge...............................................9B Calendar............................................4B Classifieds.........................................7B Comics..............................................6B Crossword.......................................11B Cryptoquote.......................................8B Dear Abby..........................................6B Local Front........................................1B Obituaries..........................................6A Opinions............................................4A Sports................................................9A Television..........................................6B Weather.............................................6A Holiday Hours In order for employees of the Aiken Standard to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families, the newspaper will close its offices at noon both Thursday and Friday. The daily newspaper will be delivered as usual. The newspaper will resume regular office hours on Monday. ~irr nu mil m    -    - Maw Standard Wednesday, November 22, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 294 Jail Protest Fails To Sway County Council Proposal Pursued On 7-0 Decision By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Aiken County Council, after hearing almost an hour-long protest against jail construction in the Wire Road section, voted 7-0 Tuesday night to set in motion the second phase of studies leading to a new county detention center. A resolution calling on Correctional Concepts Inc. to look at a new jail with emphasis on cost reduction and alternate sites was passed shortly after council heard from Wire Road residents. In addition, the council told the home- Hofei Rescue owners it would ask the state corrections system to look at proposed safeguards and install such protection as fencing whereever possible. But it was pointed out that County Councils have no power to legislate state operations. The homeowners, numbering about 60, showed up for the meeting to attack any idea of the county building a new detention center in their neighborhood. Already in the area is a state-operated work release center and two more minimum security facilities are being built. At an earlier meeting during which CCI presented basic outlines for jail construction, cost figures for a new detention center ranged from $15 million to $24 million depending upon the scope of the complex. But Council Chairman Carrol A. (Please See JAIL, Page 7A) Study Could Lead To Tech Research Park By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Aiken County Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to request the Economic Development Partnership conduct a study promoting establishment of a Technology / Research Park in the county. In a resolution sponsored by Councilman J. Allen Brodie, the council said its action is in response to the recent Arthur Young Co. study which recommended the county focus on building a technology base. Saying the time is right for Aiken County to take advantage of its resources, Brodie said “this Research-/ Technology Park has the kind of tremendous potential that could make Aiken County the nuclear technology hub of the free world.” Council Chairman Carrol A. Warner said the county has received a $2,500 grant from Gov. Carroll A. Campbell’s office to help finance the study. Brodie’s resolution requests the EDP to undertake “a study of the feasibility, advantages, cost, size, methods of financing and management alternatives” (Please See STUDY, Page 7A) City Power Pact Goes To SCE&G By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer Following a two-hour war of words, South Carolina Electric and Gas emerged as the victor in a battle to supply power to new customers in annexed areas. In a unanimous vote by the Aiken City Council, the utility was given the right to serve customers in what Aiken Electric Cooperative claims to be its assigned service area. AP Laserphoto UNDER GUARD: OAS Secretary General Joao Baena Soares is escorted under guard from the former Sheraton Hotel seized by Leftist rebels in San Salvador. For the story, please see Page 2 A. Bad Weather For Travelers By The Associated Press Some travelers beat the pre-Thanksgiving rush by getting on planes, trains and automobiles early, while harsh weather — already blamed for 13 deaths in four states — threatened to cause delays. Airports braced for the stampede of people heading home today, traditionally one of the heaviest travel days of the year. Six people were killed in three separate traffic accidents on snowy roads in Minnesota on Tuesday. The storm snarled evening fie in the Twin Cities area. Seven deaths were blamed on either high winds or slick roads in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. And more than 200 Newark, N.J., residents were left homeless by two wind-blown fires that destroyed a row of houses and an apartment building. Thanksgiving Services...........................Page    1B Edith and George Webber of rural Black Earth, Wis., had no worries as they avoided the crunch and took a flight Monday to Washington National Airport. They were being met by their son who lives in Towson, Md. “We offered to bring the turkey and he said ‘never mind,’ so we brought some Wisconsin cheese and some jams and stuff,” said the 73-year-old Webber. For today’s travelers, the possibility of snow loomed over several key airports. Amtrak reservations on the Seattle-to-San Francisco and Seattle-to-Chicago runs today and Sunday have been sold out for two months, said spokesman Art Lloyd. In New Jersey, one of the weather-related deaths occurred when a tree toppled by gusting winds struck and killed a principal as she was getting out of her car at her elementary school. The controversial issue that has been festering for three months came to a head Tuesday night as spokesmen for both groups faced off during a public hearing before a standing room only crowd of 150, the maximum number allowed to attend the meeting due to state fire codes. During 52-minute presentations, both sides took an opportunity to point out their company’s advantages, which included the amount of money that each paid in local property taxes. Each side also tried its best to point out the disadvantages of having the other firm as the franchised power supplier. Cathy B. Novinger, senior vice president for administration and government affairs for SCANA, the parent company of SCE&G, opened the debate. She immediately pointed to the fact that Aiken Electric pays 30 percent less in property taxes than the stockholder-owned utility. She said that SCE&G paid $8,542 in property taxes in 1988 and that Aiken Electric paid $6,004. “Rural electric cooperatives were never intended to serve cities and large metropolitan areas,” Ms. Novinger said. “Bounderies that exist in territorial assignments don’t exist after annexation,” she said. Five Aiken residents spoke in favor of SCE&G during the presentation. John Elliott, Susan Burkhart, Clarence Jackson, Nancy O’Leary, former state senator Gil McMillian and Bill Clybum made presenta- Legal Fight Ahead?............Page 7A tions in favor of SCE&G receiving the franchise to service new customers in annexed areas. Aiken Electric Cooperative wasted no time in answering the accusations made by SCE&G spokesmen during the consumer-owned utility’s presentation. Jerry Pate, director of public relations for the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, stated that 70 percent of the stockholders in SCE&G do not live in the state. “I am very concerned about the impact that the loss of our territory would have on our rates,” said Ed Swartz, president of the Co-op. He added, “By allowing each utility to serve its assigned territory, everybody wins.” Ed Thomson, former manager of the Co-op; Paul Kriss, field director for the Rural Electrification Administration, and Aiken residents Ed Sheldon, Stan Moody and Clinton Hallman all spoke in favor of Aiken Electric keeping the service areas it claims it was assigned in a 1969 state-approved agreement. Once each group had presented its case, the two utilities were given IO minutes for rebuttals. The Council’s vote came after several members of the Council expressed their displeasure with the tactics used by Aiken Electric to pressure the body into awarding the power supply franchise to the consumer-owned utility. (Please See City, Page 7A) Jeremy Grice: Mystery Becomes Deeper With Each Passing Year BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer The smiling face of Jeremy Grice, clad in a football jersey with the No. 82 on the sleeve, has become a familiar one to residents of Aiken County. Ifs been posted on the windows of banks, grocery stores and convenience stores throughout Aiken County. Ifs even smiled from the side of milk cartons to people in other parts of the country, and from flyers handed out at rest areas along interstate highways throughout the southeast. But ifs been four years since Jeremy Grice smiled in person for anyone in his family. “I still have hope,” said Jeremy’s father, Ray Grice. “I haven’t heard anything new on the case since last year, JEREMY when we thought we might have found him in Asheville, but since then...I just don’t know,” Hugh Munn, a spokesman for the State Law Enforcement Division, said there are no new developments in Jeremy’s case, but stresses that “a file is never closed until the case has been solved-...whether it be finding a body, or the person.” Munn said the last hopeful lead was last fall when Jeremy was believed to have been sighted in Asheville. Local law enforcement agents, SLED agents and Jeremy’s father traveled to Buncombe County to check out the lead. Fingerprints proved the child in North Carolina was not Jeremy. “I wish I could say something more positive about this case,” Munn said. “But right now, we just don’t have anything new to go on. We haven’t given up though. The file’s still open.” Becky Edmonds, an investigator with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Department, (Please See JEREMY, Page 7A) Safety Watchdog Board Pays Secret Visit To SRS By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON - Members of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB), a watchdog panel established by Congress last year, made their first visit to the Savannah River Site early this month, according to the panel’s chairman-designate, John T. Conway. No announcement was been made of the South Carolina trip, which was one of the new board’s first actions. Its five members were sworn in October 25. Conway would not describe results of the Savannah River visit, or give details of members’ examination of the facility. But in a telephone interview Tuesday, he said the board had focused its attention on the Energy Department’s restart preparations for three of the facility’s reactors. He said that overseeing Savannah River operations would be the board’s “top priority.” “It was the first meeting down there to see what was going on — I anticipate there will be further visits,” he said. Conway said the DNFSB will “eventually” make a final report on its Savannah River findings, but said he had no estimate when such a report might be made public. When asked if the panel had hired staff to support its work, Conway said he was “in the process of trying to build up staff.” He denied a report that DOE staff members had been “detailed” to work for board members in the interim. But Rep. John M. Sprott, D-S.C., who said he conferred with Conway two weeks ago, asserted that the board was using DOE staff. Sprott heads a House Armed Services panel also created to oversee DOE management of the weapons complex. Tritium-producing reactors at the Aiken site have been shut down out of safety concerns since the spring of 1988. ;

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