Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 26, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Bengals Win 21-14
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It Chills, It Cooks,
But Will It Sell?
BOSTON (AP) — A new appliance that can chill beer, keep ice cream frozen and cook pizza has college students clamoring, and the inventor, a former computer salesman, crossing his fingers.
The Microfridge is a three-piece appliance comprised of a compact refrigerator, a separate freezer compartment and a mini-microwave. It retails for $429.
The founders of Microfridge Inc. of suburban Sharon did more than stack three appliances on top of one another and paint them the same color, however. Their machine, which stands under 4-feet tall, was invented to use no more power than a compact refrigerator.
“Quite simply, when one unit is running, the other one is off,” explained co-founder Robert P. Bennett, 33, who said he holds two patents on the Microfridge’s circuitry.
When the microwave is turned on, the freezer and refrigerator shut off temporarily. They go back on when the cooking is done, Bennett said. Product testing shoo'd that even when the microwave was on for 45 minutes, the refrigerator and freezer sections gained only 3 degrees, he said.
States Ponder Use Of Franklin Bequests
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Benjamin Franklin once implored a young tradesman to “remember that time is money.” Time, in a curious way, has given a new twist to his advice.
Franklin, apparently willing to test whether a penny saved is a penny earned, left bequests to the cities of Boston and Philadelphia — 1,000 pounds sterling each.
In the nearly 200 years since his death April 17, 1790, the money has grown in trusts to millions of dollars.
When the 200th anniversary of his death arrives, state and city officials — in accordance with his will — will decide what to do with the money.
In Boston and Philadelphia, the prospect has started people thinking.
Cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 40 percent chance of rain. The low will be in the 60s. Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain. The high will be in the 70s.
Please see Page 6B for details.
Michael A. Bolen, Barnwell Horace R. Christmas, Augusta W A. Hembree, West Columbia Ada B. Pugh, Augusta John H. Tillman, Augusta Please see Page 6B for detailsInside Today
Tuesday, September 26, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 236
County Rises To Coast's Call For Help
By DANA RODGERS And CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writers
In the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo, the Aiken Department of Public Safety is offering its aid to the people of the hurri-cane-rav-aged Charleston area.
Maj. James New of the Aiken Department of Public safety said 12 Public Safety Officers, and eight workers from the Public Works department headed for Mount Pleasant on Sunday with emergency equipment.
The Public Safety Department’s contributions to the clean-up effort include bucket trucks, dump trucks, four-wheel drive vehicles and backhoes. The 24 workers will remain on Mount Pleasant
Rotary Club Donates.................Page 11A
Kitchens Feed Survivors..............Page 1B
In The Eye Of Hugo.....................Page IB
until at least Saturday. They are currently stationed at a Holiday Inn on Mount Pleasant.
Maj. New said so many people dropped off supplies for Charleston at the Public Safety Department that a U-Haul truck supplied by Don Sprawls of Aiken made a trip to the coast to take those supplies down.
On Monday, the U-Haul truck took the load of food, clothing, disposable diapers, baby food, canned goods and staples to Mount Pleasant.
All around Aiken, citizens have pulled
together and sent out tangible messages of concern to the lowcountry residents. Here is a list of what has been donated so far:
Maj. New said the Aiken Chapter of the Red Cross collected water and ice at the Piggly Wiggly on York Street to take to the coast on Monday.
The Hospital Auxiliary of Aiken County also donated $500 to the Red Cross Monday for relief efforts in the state.
✓ Donations to the Red Cross can be dropped off at 267 Laurens St. Donations of money can be mailed to P.O. Box 384, Aiken, 29802. Checks should be made payable to the American Red Cross Aiken Chapter. The phone number is 648-4291.
(Please See COUNTY, Page UA)
^ Disposable diapers *»» Baby food ^ Raper products ^ Flashlights
^ Blankets and towels ^ Bottled water ^ Canned goods ** Dry goods ^ Non-perishable foods ^ Candles
✓ Baby clothing
SURVEYING THE DAMAGE: Kris Kattler of the Isle of Palms surveys the damage done by Hurricane Hugo. Monday was the first day island residents were allowed to see their property.
City Now Has Some Services
By BRUCE SMITH Associated Press Writer
CHARLESTON — Truckloads of ice, plastic sheeting, bottled water and other necessities are beginning to arrive from the outside world as a few services return to communities shattered by Hurricane Hugo.
Weather permitting, Charleston Harbor was to be reopened to limited ship traffic today, and residents were advised Monday that the city’s water supply is safe to drink without boiling.
The storm, which rammed the coast Thursday night with winds of 135 mph and torrential rain, left at least $3 billion in damage, state officials said.
Hugo killed 33 people as it rampaged through the Carribean; 28 deaths on the U.S. mainland are blamed on the hurricane and its remnants.
Two inches of rain Monday fell on Charleston, and there was an 80 percent chance of showers today, the National Weather Service said.
“It’s going to make it harder to accomplish anything, going to make everything a little more miserable,” said Ray Robinson, of the weather service.
Offers of outside help have begun to arrive.
A Maryland businessman sent two truckloads of ice Monday to help residents who can’t keep their food fresh because they are without power. The ice from the Berlin Ice Ck), was delivered in tractor-trailers by the Perdue chicken company.
(Please See CITY, Page HA)
Building Supplies In Heavy Demand Around County
By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer
Charleston area victims of Hurricane Hugo have come as far as Aiken to buy building supplies and related equipment.
A survey of Aiken County building supply stores shows that the items most in demand are plywood, roofing materials, chainsaws and generators.
At Lowe’s on Whiskey Road, assistant manager John Garlock said between 500 and 600 Charleston area residents have come to the store to purchase the resources to rebuild after the hurricane severely damaged much of the South Carolina coast last week.
Garlock said his store has sold out of chainsaws, gasoline cans, generators,
‘The saddest thing of all is people taking advantage of people on the coast.’
— John Garlock
gas grills and propane, adding, “Batteries are going like crazy; flashlights are going like crazy.”
Lowe’s plans to send three or four trucks of plywood and roofing materials to Charleston, Garlock noted.
Also, there is a great need for plastic sheeting and other tarps to cover damaged windows and roofs until permanent
repairs can be made, he said.
“It makes me ill” to hear of price gouging on building supplies and other necessities in the wake of Hugo, Garlock said. “The saddest thing of all is people taking advantage of people on the coast,” he added.
Plywood — especially the half-inch thick kind — and roofing materials have been the most requested merchandise at Aiken Lumber Co. on Park Avenue, according to manager Mike Townes. He said plywood sheeting is in “very tight” supply now.
Although manager Robert Gillis said, “Not too many from Charleston are coming” to Builderama on Silver Bluff Road, he noted, “There are a good many (Aiken
customers) going to Charleston taking supplies.”
Gillis also cited plywood, roofing products and chainsaws as the most urgently needed items for Charleston.
He said the three Builderamas in the Charleston area are “structurally intact” and operating on emergency generators. The Aiken Builderama sent two-thirds of its chainsaws to the Charleston stores, and “we are sending a crew from here to down there and we are sending food for the employees,” Gillis said.
He added that the Aiken crew will take gasoline for the stores’ emergency generators.
(Please See BUILDING, Page UA)
DOE Internal Report Faults SRS Management Contract
By KATHY KADANE States News Service
WASHINGTON — An internal report of the Energy Department has faulted the department’s management contract with the Westinghouse Savannah River Company because it does not grant DOE officials the right to remove “incompetent, careless or insubordinate” employees at the nuclear weapons plant.
According to the report written by investigators in the department’s office of the inspector general, a “key sentence may have been erroneously omitted” that had been included in an agreement with the former operator of the Savannah River Site, E.I. DuPont deNemours & Co.
In effect, the omitted clause would grant the Energy Department the right to force termination of any Westinghouse employee whose performance is deemed by DOE to be incompetent or “contrary to the public interest. ”
The omitted sentence is part of a clause “routinely used in the Department’s
(management and operating) contracts,” the report said.
The report, entitled “Indemnification of the Department of Energy’s Management and Operating Contractors,” was sent to Energy Secretary James D. Watkins Sept. 15.
The Savannah River Company contract was signed in August 1988, seven months before Watkins took office.
Investigators who authored the report urged the secretary to renegotiate the contract to include the omitted sentence, which they said could be a “powerful management tool” for the department.
The report was released Monday by Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, chairman of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, who has been a vocal critic of DOE’s management of the nation’s nuclear weapons plants.
(Please See DOE, Page 11A)
Survey: Some Sixth Graders Use Cocaine On Regular Basis
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Some sixth-graders say they use cocaine as often as every week, according to a survey released today that shows an “alarming trend” of drug use among junior high school students.
At the same time, illicit use of drugs and alcohol declined among high school students, according to the nonscientific survey of almost 400,000 secondary school students by the National Parents’ Resource Institute for Drug Education.
“Whereas we have seen some drops (in drug use) at the upper grades, at the lower grades there is an alarming trend of more use,” said Doug Hall, vice president of PRIDE.
Dr. Thomas J. G Ie a ton, Jr., president of the Atlanta-based drug prevention organization that has been conducting the nationwide surveys since 1982, said the study “detected weekly cocaine use in the sixth grade.”
Of the 29,116 sixth-graders who re
sponded to the question about cocaine use, about 233 said they used cocaine weekly or daily, according to the report. About 58 sixth-graders said they used cocaine once or twice a month, and another 87 sixth-graders said they used cocaine one to six times a year, th* survey found.
The survey covered 392,003 students in grades 6 to 12 who answeredthe anonymous questionnaire given in f 58 schools in 38 states, according to PRIDE.
Overall for junior high students, of the 161,907 who responded to the question on cocaine use, 0.7 percent or 1,133 said they used it weekly or daily; an equal number used it infrequently and 648 said they used it once or twice a month.
The study showed 24.9 percent of junior high school students said they had drunk an alcoholic beverage this year. Two years ago 26.3 percent said they had done so, and in 1984-35,21.2 percent said they had.