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Aiken County Register (Newspaper) - January 18, 1984, Aiken, South Carolina Bulk U S POSTAGE PAID Alkin SC Prmil No Carrier Prciorfj AIKEN COUNTY Established 1983 Volume 1 Number 10 Aiken S C Wednesday January 18 1984 Per Copy Rep Rudnick Wants To Know Do You Want PariMutuel Betting AIKEN Governor Rileys crusade to upgrade public education in South Carolina has spawned a debate over finding the millionplus needed for his program and a local legislator thinks she has an answer Several of her consti tuents think she doesnt Rep Irene Rudnick DAiken has proposed a referendum to consider in stituting parimutuel bet ting on a county option plan According to Represen tative Rudnicks plan the citizens of each county would vote on whether bet ting would be allowed in their county She and several other legislators believe that paramutual betting would raise significant revenue for education and give a boost to the states horse training industry But according to some local religious leaders the plan is immoral and accor ding to some horse trainers it is impractical The Rev Henry Chen nault of the First Baptist Church of Aiken called legalized betting Pandoras Box and said gambling does not generate new come Gambling does not bring new money into an area the minister said It takes the money from the pockets of the people who cant af ford to lose it and puts it in the pockets of people who are exploiting others Rev Chennault said he also feared the influx of organized crime and drug trading that he said will legalized bet ting The Baptist minister also objected to the countyby county approach to the Continued on Page 2 Scarboroughs Recall China Trip By DORIS PERMAR AIKEN Music is the language every heart can understand Just ask Coile and Sylvia Scarborough who were part of one of the most remarkable concert tours imaginable When the Southern Bap tist Centurymen and their Chinese hosts sang those specially composed words last fall their communica tion was clear and heartfelt We sang with many groups on our tour of China said Coile Some were informal exchanges with choral groups and others were formal public concerts Coile is a charter member of the Centurymen a chorus of 100 men all ministers of music in Southern Baptist churches He is minister of music at Aikens First Bap tist Church which raised almost for his ex penses for this opportunity of a lifetime Especially significant were the prestigious musical organizations which invited the Centurymen to China They included philharmonic societies and conservatories of music in Shanghai and Beijing The Centurymen were the first nonChinese group to perform in the Radio Beijing Music Hall and the first foreigners to sing with the China Conservatory Or chestra A 14course ban quet in the Great Hall of the People was elegant like being invited to the White House Coile explained that China has professional choruses of men and women some of whom have been singing in the groups for 30 years It is their lifes work he said They are paid by the government and are well known in China for their tours of the provinces Our strongest impres sion of China is the large number of people Sylvia loving individuals very remarked also their open friendly and honest friendliness and curiosity I We never felt in danger Id used to say Red Chinese be more worried in New but never again We found only warm Continued on Page 16 u This Week In Brief COLUMBIA A bill to ban open beer and wine con tainers from moving vehicles was assured of becoming South Carolina law Thursday Jan 12 The language of the bill will make it unlawful for any person to have in his possession any beer or wine in an open container in a moving vehicle of any kindthat may travel upon the public highways of this state South Carolina was one of only two states in the nation that permitted open beer and wine containers in mov ing automobiles The theory that has prevailed until now and withstood six years of at tempts by Sen Verne Smith DSpartanburg to reform was that a working man should be allowed to refresh himself on the way home from work But he would not be allowed to drink to the point that his driving was impaired according to several legislators question ed Heavy lobbying by the Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other groups made the ban an idea whose time had come ac cording to a local legislator The ban had only token op position at this session Miles of the Great Wall Stretch Behind the on Their Visit to China JACKSON William A Clements Sr was elected as public works commissioner for the town of Jackson in a special election held Tues day Clements will complete Continued on Page 2
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