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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 9, 1973, Aiken, South Carolina COUNTY IC 61971 P 0 JOX Have You Heard This ice storm plays no favorites Hizzoner Mayor Odell Weeks woke up yesterday morning to a nonfunctioning fur nace and then he had to stumble around in the dark to find the problem because he did not have any lights either age in Aiken is tkat time of life when a mans memory is shorter bis experience is longer bis stamina is lower ud his forehead is higher The residents of LeGare Street yesterday had to laugh to keep from crying With no electricity all they could do was sit and look out the window at the ice Plodding through the ice was a man from the electric company Hope No he was just reading the meters Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something perhaps when you are least expecting it I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down Charles Kettering Kissinger Tho Meet Again PARIS AP Henry A Kis singer and Le Due Tho met for another negotiating session today as Hanoi warned that there has not been any sign showing that the negotiations will reach any results President Nixons national se curity adviser was host to the North Vietnamese Politburo member at a house in St Nom la Breteche 10 miles west of Paris Tho had been the host Monday when the negotiations resumed after a suspension As usual neither side said anything about what went on in Mondays session but the atmosphere was generally unfriendly Fighter Attacks Authorized SAIGON AP President Nixon has authorized US fight er escorts to attack North Vietnamese MIGs or air missile sites above the 20th parallel if they threaten Ameri can below the northern limit Nixon has placed on the bombing of North Vietnam re liable sources reported today The US Command an today that an Air Force Phantom shot down a along the 20th parallel Sunday when it threatened a flight ol A Command spokesman refused to pinpoint the location of the dogfight which was interpreted as a tacit acknowledgment that it extended above the parallel Moorer To Report On Bombing WASHINGTON AP Adm Thomas H Moorer chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff planned to report to closed ses sions of two Congressional com today on the massive December bombing of North Vietnams industrial heartland Secretary of Defense Melvin R Laird told congressmen Monday that Moorer would pro vide complete information on the steppedup bombing Laird fended off questions on the bombing at an open meeting o the House Armed Services Committee Monday saying he did not want to jeopardize the peace negotiations currently under way in Paris Nixon Doesnt Feel Old At 60 WASHINGTON AP Pres He doesnt feel old he says ident Nixon observing his mile And to keep thinking young he stone 60th birthday today says suggests looking to the future he hopes to do great things not the past and staying in in the first four years of his contact with younger people seventh decade Post Zeigler Wins Out WASHINGTON AP Ron ald L Ziegler has emerged vic in a power struggle over reorganization of White House public relations machin ery and will soon be named President Nixons principal ad viser on information policy The Washington Post reported today Ziegler 33 who has been the Presidents press secretary also will continue in that role the newspaper said It said Herbert G Klein 54 who has been White House communications director will leave the government in the near future Church Protest Of Bombing Asked exec committee of the World Council of Churches appealed today to all American churches to do everything in their pow er to protest the bombing of North Vietnam The committee also pledged support for antiwar efforts in the United States including re sistance to the draft and stu dent demonstrations Congress May Negate HUD Freeze HOUSTON Tex AP Sen John J Sparkman says he is hopeful that Congress will ne gate the last 12 months of an 18month freeze on subsidized housing starts ordered by Pres ident Nixon The freeze was announced Monday by Secretary George W Romney of the Department of Housing and Urban Develop ment as both he and Sparkman an Alabama Democrat spoke at the 29th convention of the National Association of Home Builders Romney said a temporary holding action on new com for water and sewer grants open space grants and public facility loans also has been ordered THE FISH DO MOT THAM Uf AWAY fUT Ml IN WHEN YOU NEED HELP CALL THE FISH NUMBER 6486500 See Page 2 T i T Ti AiKEN 5 C 980 Jury Being Drawn For Murder Trial By JUDY RICH Staff Reporter A jury was being drawn in General Sessions Court this morning in preparation for trying a Langley man for murder Larry Mitchell was indict ed over a year ago in the death of his wife Mitchell is accused of shooting his wife Oct 8 1971 as she approached the door of a Graniteville tex tile building where she work ed During the first day of the scheduled Aiken County General Sessions Court presiding Judge Ro bert W Hayes of York Coun ty heard a battery of guilty pleas and returned indict ments including two for Charged with bur glary and assault and bat tery with intent to kill was William Robinson He was charged in connection with the pistol slaying of Mau rice L Patton at a North Augusta home The second murder indict ment was returned in con with a shooting death in the Carolina Springs community Indicted was Chester Riggs Indictments were also re issued yesterday by the Ai ken County Grand Jury in the case of Swint Edward Bradberry charged with five violations of the drug law Indictments returned against Bradberry were con into two indict ments The request for the consolidation was made by attorney Solicitor C LaVaun Fox explained that the charges would however remain the same The following are guilty pleas heard yesterday Simple possession of Mari juana Richard Manter Es sie Johnson Vestos Gerald Walker Edwin Lynn Hill fines of each Involuntary ter Otis Ray Harrison 3 years suspended 3 years probation Carrying a Concealed Weapon Charles Edward Briggs 60 days or Driving Under the Infl Lee S Brown Jack Burroughs Clifford Monroe Johnson Wilbert Leon John son James Edward Ennis Freddie Bowe Harrison IM Atkinson John Amos Long four months or Matthew White three years or suspended one year or two years probation Morris Eugene Durham three months or Miller Hicks three months or INDICTMENTS Possession and distribu tion of heroin Joseph Cour sey Jr Jennings Myron Holmes Willie Edward Crafton LD Walker Conspiracy to distribute heroin Philip Priester LD Walker Edward Craf ton Joseph Coursey Grand Larceny and Shop lifting Warren G John son Jr Leona Johnson Pernell McKenzie Vol 106No 7 12 Pages Aiken South Carolina Tuesday January 9 1973 lOc Per Single Copy Telephone 6482311 Parkways Have Little Damage Damage in the parkways of Aiken is not nearly as bad as the aftermath of last years ice storm which took both city crews and a com munity effort to clean up fallen limbs The sturdy avenue of live oaks along South Boundary has come through the crush of the ice with little loss The violation of dumping in the parkways is once again lifted to allow citizens to place fallen limbs from their property along the edge of the parkways Theres so much debris they couldnt put it in the street next to the property without it being out in the street said Andrew Hagan of the Aiken Public Works Department A ROSE IS A ROSE Even encased in ice Power Restored In Most Homes Schools Closed Weather To Get Warmer By SUSAN SCHUBERT Staff Reporter Although the rain has let up Aiken County was still caked in ice today but at mid day some of the ice was starting to thaw off power lines and trees Most homes in the area have electricity today and power company officials say they hope to have current restored everywhere by tonight This morning when residents entered the cold outside world they found that a sprinkling of snow had fallen during the night A TYPICAL SCENE IN AIKEN FOR PAST TWO DAYS Thousands of pines broke during ice storm Staff Photos by Toby Schubert A COLD Stands guard DOG on mailbox Wholesale Farm Prices Jump 68 Per Cent WASHINGTON AP Wholesale farm prices posted the biggest monthly increase in 26 years last month with a climb of 68 per cent the gov reported today The report by the Labor De Bureau of Labor Statistics blamed weather damage to crops as the main reason for the big increase The sharp climb in food prices boosted the govern ments overall wholesale price index 18 per cent in December the largest in 22 years The in crease was slightly less 16 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis Prices of a broad range of in raw materials rose of 1 per cent while wholesale consumer finished goods ready for market at re tail had climbed 12 per cent the report said The big increase in prices of farm products largely un controlled by federal price regulations included boosts of 211 per cent for grains 169 per cent for eggs 136 per cent for hay and oil seeds 94 per cent for livestock 78 per cent for plant and animal fibers of 1 per cent for poultry and onetenth of 1 per cent for milk The only declines was 51 per cent for fruits and vegetables Grains were 441 per cent higher than a year ago live stock was 224 per cent above last year and eggs were up 258 per cent over the year The rise in prices of farm products was the largest since March 1947 and the overall rise in all wholesales prices was the biggest since January 1951 the bureau said The report said wholesale prices have risen at an annual rate of 66 per cent during the 14 months of President Nixons Phase II wageprice controls compared to a 52 per cent rate in the eight months before any controls were imposed in Au gust 1971 The rate of increase in the past six months accelera ted to 81 per cent it said Legislature Opens With Empty Seats COLUMBIA 1973 South Carolina legislature opened today in virtually empty halls in contrast the usually fanfare Mondays ice storm made travelling so hazardous that Gov John C West Lt Gov Earle Morris and House Speaker Sol Blatt agreed Mon day there would be only a cur sory meeting to fill the state constitutional This relieved distant ers from risking the hazardous drive to Columbia until roads cleared somewhat expected late today As a result the legislature wont get down to business until Wednesday West is scheduled to make his annual State of the State address then but it may be postponed to Thursday House consideration of pro posed rules changes requiring daily roll calls and limiting fill buster debates to two hours will be before the House then Most of Aiken Countys schools remained closed for the second straight day but were expected to be back to normal tomorrow School officials were checking today to see if all the schools had heat be fore making a final decision The forecast calls for below freezing temperatures tonight with highs tomorrow possibly reaching near 40 Todays high was expected to reach the mid 30s The probability of precipita tion is near zero tonight and a 20 per cent chance tomor row Aiken the state and virtual ly all of the Southeast was hit by the ice COVERS SOUTHEAST The sleet covered all but the southeast corner of the state with a slick crust that made highway travel so peril ous that most activities came to an abrupt halt A drop into the 20s last night extended the extremely hazard ous driving conditions into the part of today Interstate 20 from Aiken to Columbia was reported to be quite hazardous this morning although it was not closed Interstate 20 from Aiken to Atlanta was closed for a time yesterday but has been reopened Gov John West yesterday or dered a bank holiday and clos ed state offices in hard hit Columbia The state offices re mained closed today and the governor authorized the clos ing of any banks where weath er conditions made it dangerous or impossible for personnel to report to work Even the legislature was af It was scheduled to open its 1973 session at noon but state officials arranged a perfunctory meeting of about a minute or so by presiding of This relieved lawmakers from making the hazardous drive to Columbia They will meet Wednesday weather per STILL WORKING While some Aiken homes remained without power or heat during the night elec tric company officials report ed this morning that the bulk of the repair work has been done They are still hard at work however RE Thomson of Aiken Elec tric Cooperative said this morn ing I am much encouraged We have made much better progress and we should be in ICE STORM
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