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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 26, 1975, Aiken, South Carolina South Carolina Going Slow AiKEN PUbL 61975 435 Sii A I KEN S C Competition Stiff For Solar Energy Site Stall Reporter South Carolina has sleepily stepped into Use pork barrel competitions in recent years site location for a national solar energy research center At least eight states have been extolling their virtues to the Energy Reserach and Development Agency which will site but South Carolina a until ERDA publishes guidelines or the center in late January The Solar Energy Research Institute as it will be called will have an annual budget of 150 million and employ at least 1000 persons in its early stages An additional benefit is the attraction of businesses that will form the nucleus of a solar industry Although the guidelines are not out an ERDA panel has said availability of sunshine will take a backseat to intel lectual and cultural amenities A Florida representative charged the recommendation was written by The competition in New England is between New York and Massachusetts who collectively argue that the northeast is the most heavily dependent on foreign oil and therefore the most willing tc go as scon as it is commercially ble Both states point to a number of local academic institutions and a bounty of brains as one northern representative put it We have continually been losing research and development projects Rep JH Scheuer has said New York State has been raped by the influence of southern rural members in the location of federal installations there On the other end of the eastern seaboard Florida has al ready submitted detailed proposals to ERDA for SERI to be located near the Kennedy Space Center It is argued that the tarea has a core bounty of brains in the vicinity good com and transportation with the rest of the nation plenty of housing and industrial space left by cut backs in the nations space program abundant sunshine Florida also has solar research projects under way at the University of Florida the University of Miami and Florida Technical University Additionally Florida is the only state In the nation with its own solar energy in 1975 with a million budget Closer to home Georgia Gov George Busbee has estab a committee chaired by Dr Thomas Stel son vice president of research at Georgia Tech The com is examining 56 possible sites Gov Busbee himself has been to Washington to talk about SERI with ERDA Chief Robert Seamans and federal energy head Frank Zarb Georgias ace is Atlanta Georgia Tech where solar pro are under way with its staff there the city itself would provide an attractive place for the SERI scien and the city is a commercial hub which would be condu sive to the development of a solar industry In South Carolina The Governor has appointed a com to accept the criteria from ERDA and see whether or not we can meet the to David Harter Di of State Office of Energy Management The Executive Assistant for Community Development John LaFitte stated Weve formed a committee of which Im more or less the chairman Weve met twice were going to meet again the first week of January There are so many things you have to take into consider ation said Institutions of higher learning whats been done in the area of solar research what is there in the way of is where you run into trouble with places like Atlanta What has been done at the states institutions of higher learning parallels to some degree what is going on at other at Clemson research is being done on the use of solar heat in barns and drying processes Efficient solar and cooling is a shortterm goal of research The goal which would turn solar power into a energy resource is the conversion of solar energy to energy One way in which this can be done is photo cells Prof Roger Holmes of the University of South Carolina reported ERDA came out with a request for proposals n a silicon solar cell last March The University was one of j the bidders on that because we have a faculty member who is a of a patent on a particular method of growing con As far as we know there were 50 to 100 bidders We were selected along with eight other were the only uni versity selected in On the bounty of brains required by ERDA for the solar institute Holmes said In terms of the technology were in it up to our ears but in terms of the politics of the Solar En ergy Research Institute we have no idea where its going Among South Carolinians interested in SERI some see the Savannah River Plant as the counter to Atlanta It should be constructed at the Savannah River Plant Rep BC Derrick DSC said They have room for it they have such an accumulation of expertise in that general area that I think it would be a natural for it Gov James B Edwards states In light of the Savannah River Plant and our role of leadership in nuclear fuel produc tion and generation it seems most logical to consider a rex search project in our state However those closer to the scene do not express too much hope for SERI being located at the Savannah River Plant at least not the whole installation See COMPETITION Page 2A Whats Going On Banking Agencies Live High WASHINGTON AP A re port by the General Accounting Office says three agencies that regulate the nations banks in dulge in wasteful and lavish spending of tax dollars Sen William said today Proxmire chairman of the Senate Banking Committee said the report by the govern ment watchdog agency says of of the Federal Reserve Board the office of the comp troller of the currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp live high off the hog compared to employes of other government agencies Vol 108 No 254 2 Sections 18 Pages Aiken South Carolina Friday December 261975 10c Per Single Copy Telephone 6482311 Fifth American Kidnapped ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia AP A fifth American Ron ald B of Mabel Minn has been kidnaped in Asmara the capital of rebel lious Eritrea north ern province the US Embassy announced today An embassy spokesman said was kidnaped by a group of unidentified armed men Other sources said he probably was taken by the Erit rean Liberation Front nationalist guerrillas have been fighting for years The ELF is holding four other Americans kidnaped in July and November All five Americans were on the staff of the US communications base outside Asmara The embassy man said was a ci vilian employe of the Collins In Service Co The spokesman said the em bassy had asked the Ethiopian government to do what it could to recover But Ibe government baj been to do anything about tiUT other four mining Exert Pressure On Ford Over Three Bills Chinese Soviets In Arms Race TOKYO AP The Chinese Communists charged today that the United States and the So viet Union are preparing for a new world war and that the arms race between them is proceeding at a feverish pace never seen before The declining US imperial ists are trying hard to maintain their vested interests while the Soviet revisionists are out to catch up said a yearend re view in the official Peking Peoples Daily Mao Reaches 82nd Year Today TOKYO AP Mao Tse tung is 82 today and still the dominant figure in China de spite his age As usual the official Chinese newspapers radio stations and news agency made no mention of the birthday in accordance with Maos wish that it be ig nored Mao is now the senior party chairman of the Communist world having headed the Chi nese party since 1935 He has been the head man in China for 26 years since the Communist victory in 1949 That is the longest hold on power of all of the worlds leaders except President Tito of Yugoslavia Despite his advanced age Mao has met with 16 foreign dignitaries in 1975 more than in 1974 The increase apparent ly was due to the ill health of Premier Chou Enlai who has spent much of 1975 in a hospital with heart trouble and has seen no foreigners since September UNSCHEDULED DRAMA Firemen spray water onto the debris of one of two sound stages at the historic Samuel Goldwyn studios in Los Angeles after a predawn fire raced through them Thursday Fire officials set damage at more than million One of the stages was the set for the television series MOSCOW CAP The Soviet supersonic jetliner began its first regular mail and freight service a day late today The flew from Moscow to Alma Ata the capital of the Soviet republic of Kazakhstan in central Asia Moscow Radio reported the plane made the 2 050mile flight in 119 minutes averaging more than 1000 miles an hour and flew at an altitude of 57000 feet Although Soviet officials say the wont start flying passengers until the second half of 1976 a few Soviet journalists made the flight today Western journalists were not allowed to go The SSTL is to make two flights a week to Alma Ata There hss been no indication when foreign service will start but officials said that mean while experts will study the ef of the plane on the envi a key factor in the ne of future flight agree ments with foreign govern ments Several Attack Woman Beating And Raping Her Rain Expected To End A 28yearold black Aiken woman is in University Hospital being treated for head injuries suffered during a rape early today according to Carrol Heath chief of detectives Aiken City Police Heath said the woman was able to make her way home af ter the incident in which she said several black males attack ed her She was naked when she arrived home The victim was taken to Aiken County Hospital She was badly beaten around the eyes and mouth according to Heath She was later transferred to the University Hospital in Au gusta for treatment of the eye injury City Police are also investigating the death of a old baby who was found dead yesterday According to Heath the baby had been left at a babysitters home while the mother attended a party The official report says the mother returned for the baby went to remove it from a bed and realized it was not breath ing Cause of death is being investigated Santa may have delivered yesterday bat the weather man certainly didnt In stead of a fair Christmas Day as predicted there was rain and cold weather The rain is to end this af the weatherman promises giving way to a chance of rain through tomorrow The highs tomorrow should be In the 54s Winds should calm from to days high of IS to 25 miles per hoar to 10 mph tonight and Saturday A lumber of Aikea skiers have taken off for the North Carolina slopes with news of a fresh snow there Holiday Quiet For Some Sorrow Hits Few Families Have You Heard that the great granddaughter of the man for whom Aiken was named had her first glimpse of the town last weekend Mrs John Lolie Ball a native of Charleston who lived in Charleston for many years now lives in Camden She found Aiken much to her liking The Robert received many compliments on the new S C auto tags as they made a recent trip north that while many are still recovering from the of last minute shopping the Junior cUa of St Angelas is planning its annual hone show to be held February 14 at Twin Creek Farm with Lynn Homer judging By The Associated Press For millions around the world Christmas was the quiet traditional holiday of gift giv ing church and a day at home But the holiday like any other day also had its extremes of joy and sorrow In East Vincent Township Pa five persons including three children were found slain in their home on Christmas morning In Tennesee four per sons were killed and two wounded in a gun battle Another three persons were killed in an apparent robbery in a furniture store in Florida on Christmas Eve More than 100 died in automobile accidents during the holiday In Bayonne NJ two per sons were killed in a fire early Christmas Day A blaze Christ mas Eve took the lives of three children in Cheltenham Md Another fire destroyed two sound stages and caused mil lion damages at the Samuel Goldwyn studios in Los Angeles on Christmas Day There were also events be yond the ordinary on the joyful side of Christmas Marietta van Dorp wife of a Dutch banker gave birth to quadruplets in London Jenny Jones a 3yearold Korean or phan spent her first Christmas in her new American home after her adoption was held up for more than a year by red tape Her adoptive mother called Jennys arrival on Christmas Eve a miracle The average Christ mas was far less miraculous Typical though they are not a typical family were the Gerald Rudolph Fords residents of the White House Washington DC President and Mrs Ford and their three sons daughter and opened gifts after a breakfast of pancakes sausage and scrambled eggs Their traditional dinner includ ed roast turkey mashed po See HOLIDAY X SEARCH FOR MISSING KIDS Deborah took her children Rodell 2 and Candy 4 on a last minute shopping trip in New York Wednesday The children havent been seen since despite a widespread search AP Conservatives Most Active VAIL Colo AP change of posi tion on three key bills last week indicates the conserva tive wing of the Republican party is having success in wording him about his political The President signed the energy and extension bills and said he will veto a common site picketing all actions opposite to what he had said earlier he would do As time for decision neared on each measure Ford was subjected to extreme pressure from many groups but especially from within his own Republican party Administration sources say pressure on the President ranged from intimations from party conservatives that he could lose political support to his GOP challenger Ronald Reagan to outright financial pressure in which contributors pointedly showed they could and would with hold funds from the Ford campaign Reagan the former Calnor nia governor seeking to take the GOP presidential nomi nation away from Ford urged veto of all three of the con bills winning favor from party conservatives whose views his stand reflected Veto of the trio also was endorsed by the recent Southern Republican Conference in Houston which greeted Reagan warmly but subjected Ford representatives to tough questioning on issues close to the hearts of con servatives Veto of the picketing strongly backed by the labor lobby may have cost Ford the services of Labor Secretary John T Dunlop who wrote the measure with Fords blessing Dunlop said Wednesday he wants to take two or three weeks to think about whether he should quit Business groups and con tractors opposed the and sources say many unsigned checks languished at Ford cam headquarters with the donors promising to sign them only if Ford vetoed it For weeks the President had vowed to veto any extension of the 1975 tax cut unless Con gress coupled it with a firm limit on federal spending He asked for a tax cut with a spending lid of bil lion for fiscal 1977 Congress voted M sixmonth extension of the tax cut without a spending lid Ford vetoed it to the pleas ure of conservatives and the House to the surprise of most observers sustained the veto by 17 votes Congress then sent prac the same back to Ford but with vaguely worded language in which the ers said they would try to re straining spending next year For more than a year Ford and Congress battled over an energy with Ford taking the conservative side in urging removal of oil price controls as a means of encouraging domes tic production of petroleum and lessening dependence on for eign oil imports
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