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Aiken County Register (Newspaper) - January 18, 1984, Aiken, South Carolina "*»e'rry b ij 0 Mb. 1 SC * Established 1983 Volume I — Number IO Aiken, S. C., Wednesday, January 18, 1984 25* Per Copy Rep. Rudnick Wants To Know Do You Want Pari-Mutuel Betting? AIKEN -- Governor Riley’s crusade to upgrade public education in South Carolina has spawned a debate over finding the $200 million-plus needed for his program and a local legislator thinks she has an answer. Several of her constituents think she doesn’t. Rep. Irene Rudnick, D-Aiken, has proposed a referendum to consider instituting pari-mutuel bet ting on a county option plan. According to Representative Rudnick’s plan the citizens of each county would vote on whether betting 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 state’s horse training industry. But, according to some number of people,” Sylvia remarked, “also their friendliness and curiosity. I used to say ‘Red Chinese,’ but never again. “We found only warm. loving individuals, very open, friendly, and honest. We never felt in danger. I’d be more worried in New (Continuod on Pago 16) local religious leaders the plan is immoral and according to some horse trainers, it is impractical The Rev. Henry Chen-nault of the First Baptist Church of Aiken called legalized betting “Pandora’s Box,” and said gambling does not generate new income. “Gambling does not bring new money into an area,” the minister said. “It takes the money from the pockets of the people who can’t afford 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 always follow legalized betting. The Baptist minister also objected to the county-by-county approach to the (Continuad on Paga 2) Scarboroughs Recall China Trip By DORIS PERMAR AIKEN - “Music is the language every heart can understand.” Just ask Code and Sylvia Scarborough, who were part of one of the most remarkable concert tours imaginable. When the Southern Baptist Centurymen and their Chinese hosts sang those specially composed words last fall, their communication was clear and heartfelt. “We sang with many groups on our tour of China,” said Code. “Some , were informal exchanges with choral groups and others were formal public concerts.” Code is a charter member of the Centurymen, a chorus of IOO men, all ministers of music in Southern Baptist churches. He is minister of music at Aiken's First Baptist Church, which raised almost $3,000 for his expenses 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 (Peking). The Centurymen were the first non-Chinese group to perform in the Radio Beijing Music Hall and the first foreigners to sing with the China Conservatory Orchestra. A 14-course banquet in the Great Had 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 life’s work,” he said. “They are paid by the government and are wed-known in China for their tours of the provinces. “Our strongest impression of China is the large Milas of the Great Wall Stretch Behind the Scarboroughs on Their Visit to China. This Week In Brief COLUMBIA - A bid to ban open beer and wine con-tainers from moving vehicles was assured of becoming South Carodna law Thursday, Jan. 12. The language of the bid wid 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 kind....that may travel upon the pubdc highways of this state.” South Carolina was one of only two states in the nation that permitted open beer and wine containers in moving automobdes. The theory that has prevaded until now - and withstood six years of attempts by Sen. Verne Smith, D-Spartanburg to reform -was that a working man should be adowed to refresh himself on the way home from work. But he would not be adowed to drink to the point that his driving was impaired, according to several legislators questioned. Heavy lobbying by the Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other groups made the ban, “an idea whose time had come,” according to a local legislator. The ban had only token opposition at this session. JACKSON - William A. Clements Sr. was elected as pubdc works commissioner for the town of Jackson in a special election held Tuesday. Clements wid complete (Continued on Page 2)
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