Aiken County Rambler, November 12, 1981

Aiken County Rambler

November 12, 1981

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Aiken County Rambler (Newspaper) - November 12, 1981, Aiken, South Carolina SECOND CLASS POSTAGE PAID AT AIKEN, S. C. 29801Aiken, S. C. Thursday, November 12, 1981    25c    Per    CopyRemap Poses AIKEN Copyright 1981 by Rambler Publications, Inc. Volume 5 — Number 13^35 '> terr- St. SW cl# Aiken, Sc 2c-80i 21? HOTLINE Q. What is the status of the Jackson Boat Landing? I don’t want to go all the way down there and find it isn’t useable. - B. K., Aiken. A. County Councilman Medwell Hill, who has kept an eye on the project which is in his district, reports the landing is now “in good shape.” A pre-fab concrete launching pad is in place and the slope leading to it has been surfaced by the county, he says. An artesian well at the site has been improved and a parking area completed. Some work is still to bt* done on the road leading to the site, but it is in pretty good shape. Hill says. It might be a bit rough after a heavy rain since logging trucks use the access. Q. What is indigent health care and who benefits by it? - N. W. R., Clea rwa ter. A. This is payment by Aiken county of hospital bills for persons who have a very low income, which barely provides subsistence, according to Pat Tavelle, director of the Indigent Health Care Office. Eligibility is determined by the(Continued on Page 16)PRETTY FAIRGOERSSisters, Tammy McKenzie and Penny McKenzie Hully, leave Jackson's Southeastern Hobby Fair with an Indian headress and Christmas items. For other photos off Jackson's annual festival see Page 8. No Big Problem For CouncilBy KAY LAWRENCE AIKEN - Remapping of district lines for Aiken County Council to comply with the 1980 census should present no major problems, Bobby Bowers, South Carolina's chief demographer (mapper) told council members and the Aiken County Legislative Delegation Tuesday night. Bowers said only minor adjustments would be necessary in council's eight districts to balance populations within the districts. The Columbia expert also said he felt minority group representation within each of the districts would be approved by the U. S. Justice Department when the county's plan is submitted to the federal agency. Minorities now total 26,152 out of a population 105,625 in Aiken County, or 24.8 percent, and are almost evenly distributed throughout the county, Bowers said. Aiken County Council had faced the possibility that the 1980 census might have altered population in some sections of the county so that drastic changes would have to be made and a new election held for all council members -- even for those whose terms still had two years to run. Bowers eliminated this concern Tuesday night. However, he urged council to move immediately with an ordinance delineating the slightly altered district lines, and complete the third reading by Dec. 15. It will then be presented to Aiken legislators and forwarded to the Justice Department. “Remember, the Justice Department has 60 days to approve a remapping plan. If you wait until January to take action,” he warned, “this could throw you into March and disrupt the filing system for the election.” (Continued on Page 16) Eddie Mann’s Hobbies Began with Indian RelicsBy JAMIE BOSWELL "I ve been collecting things since I was 5 years old,” explained Eddie Mann, as he pointed out several interesting artifacts in his Indian relic collection. "I suppose my grandfather got me interested in collecting things -for instance, that Indian saddle hanging on the wall. My grandfather picked that up when he was out in Arizona territory years ago. It's made out of genuine buffalo hide and dates back to the early 1800’s. “You can see where the white man had a little influence on the Indians back then by looking at the pocket sewn into the lining of the saddle,” Eddie chuckled. “It came off a pair of long johns!*’ Another interesting artifact that Eddie’s grandfather had collected was an Apache water jug which dates back several hundred years. Its made out of some sort of river reed and sealed with pinon pine pitch. Eddie has a rather large and diverse collection of Indian relics, most of which were found locally. "One of the most interesting places I've ever looked for Indian artifacts is Stallings Island located near Stephens Creek.” he said. Harvard University conducted one of the first major excavations on Stallings Island and concluded that some of the Indian relics date back from 3,000 to 5,000 years. "Pottery had not quite been perfected back in those days," Ed die explained as he displayed several fragments of pottery found on the island. "The Indians didn t fire the pottery, therefore, it didn't have much tolerance to heat or open flame. " The Indians heated their food by placing a hot rock down inside the pot into the substance they wanted warmed so as to not break or crack the pot. Throughout the years, Eddie has found several hundred spear points and arrowheads. Some of the oldest spear points wpre made out of slate which was abundant in outcroppings along the river. Many of the arrowheads found locally were either made out of slate or quartzite.(Continued on Page 2)Eddie Mann Holds Indian Water Jug; in Background Is Indian Saddle made of Buffalo Hide ;

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