Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 28, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Page 2AA Quick ReadWindham Selected As Top Executive
Aiken City Manager Roland Windham has been named of the top municipal executives in the nation by the International City Management Association.
Mayor H. Odell Weeks announced Windham’s selection today.
Windham’s award was presented by the International City Management Association at its annual conference in Des Moines, Iowa.
The ICMA said the L.P. Coo-kingham Award is the highest it gives for career development.
With the recognition, ICMA noted that “Roland Windham has contributed substantially to the career development of appointed and elected officials throughout the Aiken area, throughout South Carolina and throughout the country.”
ICMA pointed out the city manager has “personally conducted sveral workshops, has encouraged development of professionals throughout South Carolina and has assisted with these workshops and the establishment of different training exercises.”
The ICMA said the workshops and training programs have benefited the South Carolina Municipal Association, the University of South Carolina, and other organizations.
Mayor Weeks stated, “Roland Windham has served the residents of Aiken very well over the past 26 years, and we are proud that he has extended expertise and concern for professionalism in local government to other local governments throughout the country.”Crime Preventer Stabbed On First Day
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The state attorney general’s crime prevention coordinator was stabbed in the back on his first day on the job, authorities said.
Chuck Moltz, 42, was stabbed with a hunting knife Wednesday as he leaned into his car to get a radio out, said Sheriff Paul McGrath.
The car was parked across the street from the attorney general’s office when the unknown assailant stabbed Moltz, the sheriff said.WeatherCloudy Skies
Cloudy skies are forecast tonight and Friday, with a 40 percent chance of rain both days. The low will be in the upper 60s to low 70s, with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s. Please see details on Page 5A.Deaths
Charmelle A. Abney, Edgefield Robert K. Burton, Clearwater Annie K. Carpenter, Saluda Otis Jeffcoat Jr., Perry Susanne W. Padgett, Johnston Please see details on Page 5A.Inside Today
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Thursday, September 28, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 239Aiken Co-Op To Pack Council Chambers
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Aiken Electric Cooperative members were told Wednesday to prepare to pack the Municipal Building next Monday night in an effort to win over Aiken City Council in a battle over utility territory.
The cooperative members met in the utility’s headquarters east of the city at noon for a 90-minute series of discussions on how to deal with competition from South Carolina Electric and Gas.
City Council has passed on first reading an ordinance granting SCE&G power rights in newly annexed areas, while re-
‘Something about people worries politicians.’
— Co-Op Member Clinton Hallman
striating Aiken Electric only to those areas it served before annexation.
Coming up Monday night is a public hearing and second reading of the ordinance, and a packed house of Aiken Electric and SCE&G officials and supporters is expected to go before the council.
Clarise Stephens, a resident of the Fox
Chase subdivision and cooperative supporter, told the members that if Aiken Electric loses the power rights “we’re not going to have a cooperative. We can’t afford to keep it.”
Mrs. Stephens also warned that if Aiken Electric is forced to abandon its lines, SCE&G “will be given a monopoly” on municipal power services and will be able to increase charges dramatically.
SCE&G officials have discounted previous claims about higher rates by saying that the state Public Service Commission has the power to approve or deny them.
Clinton Hallman, another cooperative spokesman, called on those attending
Wednesday’s luncheon meeting to “bring at least five other people to the meeting with you.” He noted that “something about people worries politicians.”
Hallman also warned the members that, “If there is only one store in town, then (the owner) has a monopoly. He can do what he wants to do.”
Mrs. Stephens said the battle has been described as a “fight” in some quarters, but “ifs not a fight, ifs an issue. If we lose, the entire county loses. Ifs about values, it’s a love issue.”
(Please See AIKEN, Page 4A)
SUPPLIES ARRIVE: Necole Jerremah holds her one-year-old daughter, Alexis, as she waits with a buggy-load of food and clothing provided for survivors of Hurricane Hugo in Charleston.
Stress Takes Lingering Toll In Minds Of Hugo Survivors
By The Associated Press
CHARLESTON - The psychological damage from Hurricane Hugo may be less visible than smashed homes and snapped tree trunks, but it is just as real and must be dealt with, psychiatrists say.
“Hugo was an experience of being immersed in chaos, of people losing everything they possessed, of not knowing if they would be alive,” said Dr. Linda Austin, associate professor of psychiatry at Medical University of South Carolina.
“It really rattled us to our roots,” said Austin, coordinator of the school’s crisis response effort to the killer storm.
Tnose who weathered Hugo’s fury can expect some emotional upheaval in addi-
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tion to the challenges of rebuilding their lives. These emotions include shock, anger, depression and helplessness as part of the grief process.
The anxiety may result in nightmares, sleep disorders and depression. Some feelings may take weeks or months or even a year to surface, doctors said.
“What we’re angry at is that Hurricane Hugo came and demolished our homes and our beautiful city, but how do you get mad at a hurricane,” Austin said. “All of us have to grieve the loss of our way of life.”
(Please See STRESS, Page 4A)
Further Delay In Reactor Restart Indicated By DOE
By KATHY KADANE States News Service
WASHINGTON — Restart of the reactors at the Savannah River nuclear weapons plant will be further delayed because testing has revealed a possible crack “in excess of 9 inches” in the wall of the P-reactor.
The P-reactor is one of three tritium-producing reactors now shut down for safety reasons.
As a result of the finding, a DOE spokesman said, Energy Secretary James D. Watkins has ordered that ail three reactor vessels be thoroughly tested — a process, according to one DOE source, that will delay restart of the plant by at least a month, and possibly longer.
Watkins said earlier this month he hoped to restart the plant by the fourth quarter of 1990. This schedule will have to be revised since the discovery of what DOE officials, in a prepared statement, are calling an “anomaly,” or irregular-
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ity, in the vessel wall.
“DOE and its contractors are continuing to review these (test) results, and additional tests are being performed,” the statement said. “In view of the preliminary nature of the findings so far, the significance of this anomaly has not yet been determined.”
The Savannah River plant manufactures tritium, an isotope used in manufacturing nuclear weapons. Defense officials have pressed for an early restart of the plant, saying that U.S. supplies of tritium were becoming dangerously low.
But Watkins, in his first press conference in June, stated that operating safety would be as important a goal as production. This statement has become a kind of slogan used repeatedly by him and by experts brought in to help the secretary
(Please See FURTHER, Page 4A)
Exiled Marcos Dies In HawaiiPower-Filled Life Comes To Quiet End
By The Associated Press
HONOLULU — Ferdinand E. Marcos, former president of the Philippines, died today, ending in exile a life that took him to the pinnacles of power and worldwide notoriety in his impoverished land. He was 72.
He died at 12:40 a.m., said Eugene Tiwanak, spokesman at St. Francis Med-pitalized for nine months with kidney, lung and heart ailments, pneumonia and bacterial infections.
At 1:17 a.m., Marcos’ only son, Ferdinand Jr., emerged from his father’s hospital room and announced his father had been taken to “a higher place.”
“Hopefully friends and detractors alike will look beyond the man to see what he stood for — his vision, his compassion and his total love of country,” a composed Marcos Jr. said. He said no funeral arrangements have been made.
When asked how his mother. Imelda, was holding up, Marcos Jr. said, “She’s doing pretty well, thank you.”
Mrs. Marcos said in April she would embalm her husband’s body and display it in Hawaii until she could return and scatter his ashes to “fertilize” the Philippines.
The canny, combative politician, who governed at times as a democrat, at times as a dictator, was driven from the presidency in 1986, after which he settled into exile in Honolulu at a hillside estate overlooking the Pacific.
Marcos died without facing trial on U.S. criminal charges stemming from his alleged plundering of the Philippine treasury during his two decades in power.
He had been hospitalized three times beginning in early December. At the request of his family, Marcos was kept alive on life support systems and doctors
FERDINAND E. Marcos: Felt betrayed by U.S. justice system.
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were instructed to take every measure to save his life.
In an interview with The Associated Press in November, Marcos denied the allegations that he and Imelda had drained the Philippines of billions of dollars, and said he did not expect to live through a trial.
“I’ll take my destiny, whatever that may be, but I’m going to fight |pr my dignity and honor,,rhe said.
Marcos, a staunch U.S. ally during his presidency, said he felt betrayed by the American justice system but held no hard feelings for Presidents Reagan or Bush. In 1981, as vice president, Bush traveled to Manila and hailed Marcos as a trusted friend of the United States.
Associates close to Marcos said he had f hoped for a presidential pardon. ^
Marcos was elected president of his Asian homeland in 1966 and ruled longer than any other Philippine president.
Braniff Lays Off Workers In Filing For Bankruptcy
By The Associated Press
Braniff Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection today for the second time in seven years and laid off 2,700 employees, but company officials said they were confident they could rebuild as a smaller carrier.
The actions came a day after the cancellation of flights through the carrier’s home base of Orlando, Fla., and its major Kansas City, Mo., hub as rumors of the bankruptcy filing drove its stock price down.
The cancellations stranded hundreds of passengers at least temporarily Wednesday night at Kansas City International Airport.
“Although Braniff believes that its off-balance-sheet assets, specifically its Airbus A320 delivery positions, have substantial value, the company has suffered a liquidity problem as a result of a delay in completing recent
ly announced financing and a softening of airline traffic and yields in recent months,” said William G. McGee, chairman, president and chief executive officer.
Braniff sought protection from creditors to allow it to reorganize under Chapter ll of the U.S. bankrup Icy code at about 2 a.m. in Orlando, where lawyers took the petition to a judge’s home, said Don McGuire, the airline’s vice president for corporate communications.
“We expect to operate four flight segments, that’s non-stop services, between two cities today and we want to raise that to more tlian 40 by Monday,” McGuire said. “We’ll gradually expand the service.”
Today’s flights will be between Kansas City and Orlando and Kansas City and Dallas, the company said.
(Please See BRANIFF, Page 4A)