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Aiken County Rambler (Newspaper) - February 25, 1982, Aiken, South Carolina SECOND CLASS POSTAGE PAID AT AIKEN S C 29801 no Public Libr MewlDerry St SW Aiken Sc 20801 217 SPECIAL HORSE EDITION COUNTY Copyright 1981 by Rambler Publications Inc Volume 5 Number 27 Aiken S C Thursday February 25 1982 25c Per Copy HOTLINE Q Why are harness horses called standardbreds A L Couchton A According to the World En cyclopedia of Horses edited by Maureen Clerkin the term grew out of an early practice of establishing a speed standard as a requirement for horses being ac cepted in the Trotting Register A note of interest from the en cyclopedia The great trotter Hambletonian sired 1335 offspring between 1851 and 1875 and 90 per cent of allstandardbreds are said to be descended from this one horse Q Can the county government be without the Consent of initiatory action of the present council T Aiken A If I interpret the question correctly said Chairman Carrol Warner of Aiken County Council the answer is yes The form of government can be changed through a referendum Continued on Page 16 r v DAZZLING PAIR Shelly Cimei is justly proud of this 3yearold pacing filly Justa Turner which she grooms at Larente Stables Shelly is from Illinois The filly by Albatross is owned by Tom Turner of Ontario Canada UUWWi Flanmng Hopes to Keep Independence By KAY LAWRENCE AIKEN The question of whether the Aiken County Planning Office shall be brought under the county administrator as he desires or continue to operate under the direction of the Aiken County Planning Commission was discussed at length Monday night The session was a joint meeting of the ninemember planning commis sion and Aiken County Council No definite decision was reached during the twohour discussion County Administrator Scott Barnes has asked that the status of the planning office be changed and that it be set up as a county department responsible to the administrator in his plans for revamping the govern mental structure Anordinance to legalize the change was introduced at a meeting of coun ty council last week After considerable controversy it was approved on first reading by a 43 vote C B Anderson Jr chairman of the Aiken County Planning Commis sion protested at that time that Barnes plan would drastically affect the daily operation of the planning off ice Although the discussion was amicable Monday night Anderson stated near the conclusion that the planning staff could best curry out the work needed by the county in its present status of operating under the commis sion He was strongly supported by The commission was also sup other members of the commission all of whom serve without pay Continued on Page 16 Randall Has Mastered 100 Amazing Card Tricks By JAMIE BOSWELL As you walk through the doors of the Old Forks Grocery and look Lo the left toward the counter youll probably find a few people gathered around Alex Randal known to all as A J To many people A J is a card trick genius who always manages to amaze his audiences with his card trick wizardry A J started learning card tricks when he was 13 and since has mastered over 100 different mind boggling tricks Its a hobby you jusL fall into he remarked Some people might show you how they do a certain trick while others like to leave ynu hanging Those are the ones I have to figure out for myself Throughout the years A J has learned the simple secret to figur ing out card tricks that otherwise leave most people with the impres sion How in the world did he do that When a person does a card trick he or she usually diverts the au diences attention by talking about something whether it has anything to do with the trick or not A J explained This keeps your mind off of what theyre doing with the cards Ive learned not to listen to the person but watch closely and con centrate on what ho cr she does with the cards how they set em up how they lay em down how they shuffle em whether thcy deal from the top of the deck or the bot tom of the deck and try to catch any slight of hand After Ive figured out the trick thats when Ill listen to the story behind it he grinned Then Ill adapt it the way J want by maybe adding a little showmanship or by changing thestory around One of A Js favorite card tricks is called Old Pete which lie pick ed up while in the service I was a special mechanic in the Air Force One day we were waiting around for something to do when an intelligence officer brought his vehicle in to be serviced He was the one who showed us Old Pete The most fascinating aspect about Old Pete is the fact that its a narrative story and uses all 52 cards in the deck Its one of those tricks where tb1 cards are proset The guy kept talking to us while he arranged the cards to keep our minds off what he was doing I watched him pretty closely and figured out the key to the trick Hven though the1 dock was cui several times during lhi story all 52 cards came out way ho Continued on Page 2 A J Randall Demonstrates Card Wizardry
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