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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 5, 1980, Aiken, South Carolina Inside Today Wagoner Rolls Out Welcome See Page 10A Trike Riders Can Sign Up See Page 8A Single Copy Telephone 6482311 Aiken South Carolina Monday May 51980 Vol 113 No 90 2 Sections 16 Pages US Visa Office Closing Havana Situation Called ADDING COLOR TO AIKEN Mr and Mrs Charles A Dubbs home at 1268 Hahn NE Zone to Aiken but many an eye was glad to feast on their was one of many in Aiken treating us with a brilliant Crosland Park yard full of pink red white and purple display of azaleas this spring The Dubbs had to give up flowers For a look at another azalea grower please see their orchids when they moved from the Panama Canal Page IB Staff Photo By Scott Hunter Friends Honor Byrnes BY SARAH CASKEY Staff Reporter The unveiling of the statue of the late South Carolina and national statesman James F Byrnes drew a crowd of local and state dignitaries and friends yesterday at the Aiken County Courthouse Erected by the Aiken County Historical Society the halflife size statue was unveiled by Helen McLean a niece of Mrs James F Brynes Sen Strom Thurmond RSC re counted the career of his friend whose career began in the Aiken County Courthouse as a court and later solicitor He also was an editor of the Aiken Journal and Review early in his career A native of Charleston Byrnes succeeded Thurmond as governor of the Palmetto States in 1950 Prior to his elections as governor served in the three branches of the federal government including service as US Secretary of State Byrnes was married to Maude Perkins Busch of Aiken for 66 years He died in 1972 In 1910 he was elected to Congress defeating longtime member of the House and beginning his 40 year career in Washington BYRNES UNVEILED Helen B McLean niece of the late Mrs James F Byrnes and Ola Hitt president of the Aiken County Historical Society flank the bronze statue of James F Byrnes beside the steps of the Aiken County Courthouse where Byrnes began his law and political career Sculpted by Charles C Parks a similar statue sits at the state capital in Columbia Staff Photo By Sarah Caskey WASHINGTON AP Citing what it calls an intolerable and dangerous situation the United States is closing its visa office in Cuba after Fridays melee which has left 380 Cubans stranded inside the US diplomatic mission there The decision Sunday will cut off legal immigration to the United States from Cuba but will not affect the illegal operation that has brought more than 12600 Cubans to Florida from the port city of Mariel since US officials said In Fridays brawl American diplomats in Havana said busloads of security agents attacked a large group of Cubans mostly former political prisoners who had gathered at the US Interests Sec tion in the onetime American Em bassy to seek visas Fifteen people were injured five seriously Under US guidelines for im migration from Cuba former political prisoners are given preferential treatment But the group that massed at the interests section Friday which included 25C former prisoners has complained about long delays in the processing of their visa applications State Department spokeswoman Anita Stockman reiterated Sunday the US position that the Cuban government was responsible for the delays Granma a Cuban government said Saturday this allega tion was a cynical lie It added that Fridays large gathering in front of the interests section was evidently organized by the United States and was therefore a new provocation In explaining the US decision to close the visa office in Havana Ms Stockman said the present situa tion with its lack of security or pro for people who have legitimate business with us is in tolerable and dangerous The United States cannot con to operate these programs without the guarantees and coopera tion of Cuban authorities Diplomatic functions not related to the issuing of visas will continue she said When the fighting erupted Friday many of the Cubans fl ed the scene but some 450 others escaped to safety inside the seven story seafront building which serv ed as the embassy until diplomatic relations were broken in 1961 It was reopened as the interests section in 1977 Since Friday about 70 Cubans have voluntarily left the mission The remainder have rejected a Cuban government offer for safe passage to their homes Some have vowed to stay inside the building un til they are assured a flight out of the country The United States has granted the 380 temporary refuge and Ms Stockman said they would be housed and fed until there is a negotiated settlement The administration does not know when an agreement will be worked out she said Our first objective is to guarantee safety she said second is to seek Cuban government approval to allow who can be documented for entry into the United States to come to the United States Yugoslavia Continues In Mourning BELGRADE Yugoslavia AP The body of President Josip Broz Tito the World War II hero who forged his own brand of decentraliz ed communism and preserved independence from the Soviet Union for more than 30 years was being brought to Belgrade today to lie in state until funeral services Thursday The last surviving founder of the Third World movement of non aligned countries Tito died Sunday afternoon in the hospital in jana capital of the Slovenian Republic in northwest Yugoslavia where he had been a patient nearly four months Born on May 71892 he would have been 88 on Wednesday The government ordered seven days of national mourning and prepared for an influx of foreign leaders for the state funeral Have You Heard that Larry Sizemore won se cond place in a Kansas State Karate tournament Sizemore a son of Mr and Mrs Grady Sizemore of Aiken will represent South Carolina in a national competition this month in Richmond Va The tournament is to be televised this fall on Wide World of Sports Inside Today Aiken Today Calendar Collegiate Notes Classifieds Comics Dear Abby Editorials Flyway Obituaries Sports Television Weather IB 2A 5B 6B 4B IB 4A 10A 2A 6A 4B 2A Committee Wants New Reactor A government committee has recommended that the United States needs to build a new billion reac tor to provide nuclear materials for military use The Washington Post reported to day that the committee also sug gested a million program to upgrade facilities now used to pro duce nuclear bombs and missile warheads The US currently has three operating reactors at the Savannah River Plant which produce weapons grade plutonium and tritium But panel members said those reactors are aging and cannot be counted on to produce materials needed for a new generation of nuclear weapons David M Peek a spokesman for the Department of Energy office at SRP said this morning the question of aging equipment has been under debate for several years He pointed out that the plant faculties are over 25 years old CONCERT SEASON BEGINS The Columbia Philharmonic Orchestra opened the annual Wonderful World Deacon Blues and Good Morning concert series at Hopeland Gardens yesterday The Aiken are asked to bring a blanket or chair for High School Stage Band will perform today at 7 pm seating Parking is available in the empty lot to Under the direction of Robert E Maxwell and James A the Green Boundary Club on Mead Avenue The concert is Kitchings the band will play selections from Its a free Staff Photo By Elizabeth Harrington
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