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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 9, 1973, Aiken, South Carolina                                 Have You Heard?  ...This ice storm plays no favorites. Hizzoner Mayor Odell Weeks woke up yesterday morning to a non-functioning furnace and then he had to stumble around in the dark to find the problem because he did not have any lights either  ...Middle age in Aiken is that time of life when a man’s memory is shorter, his experience is longer, his stamina is lower and his forehead is higher.  -mr    'wr^ • Aiken  Jury Being  a I KLN COON IV PUBLIC LI U>  r .Y 6-19-  p * o« jox  AIKEN, S. C, "9601,  For Murder Trial  ...The residents of LeGare Street yesterday had to laugh to keep from crying With no electricity, all they could do was sit and look out the window at the ice. Plodding through the ice was a man from the electric company Hope? No, he was just reading the meters!  ...Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down. (Charles Kettering)  'What \(fatty  Kissinger, Tho Meet Again  By JUDY RICH Staff Reporter  A jury was being drawn in General Sessions Court this morning in preparation for trying a Langley man for murder.  Larry Mitchell was indicted over a year ago in the death of his wife.  Mitchell is accused of shooting his wife Oct. 8, 1971, as she approached the door of a Graniteville textile building where she worked.  During the first day of the  two-week scheduled Aiken County General Sessions Court, presiding Judge Robert W Hayes of York County heard a battery of guilty pleas and returned indictments, including two for muder.  Charged with muder, burglary, and assault and battery with intent to kill was William Robinson. He was charged in connection with the pistol slaying of Maurice L. Patton at a North Augusta home.  The second murder indict  ment was returned in connection with a shooting death in the Carolina Springs community    Indicted    was  Chester Riggs.  Indictments were also reissued yesterday by the Aiken County Grand Jury in the case of Swint Edward Bradbury, charged with five violations of the drug law  Indictments returned against Bradberry were consolidated into two indictments The request for the consolidation was made by  Bradberry s attorney.  Solicitor C. LaVaun Fox explained that the charges would, however, remain the same.  The following are guilty pleas heard yesterday: Simple possession of Marijuana. Richard Manter, Essie Johnson, Vestos Gerald Walker, Edwin Lynn Hill, fines of HOO each Involuntary Manslaughter: Otis Ray Harrison, 3 years, suspended. 3 years probation Carrying a Concealed  Weapon: Charles Edward Briggs, 60 days or $200.  Driving Under the Influence: Lee S. Brown, Jack Burroughs, Clifford Monroe Johnson. Wilbert Leon Johnson, James Edward Ennis Freddie Bowe Harrison. I M Atkinson, John Amos Long, four months or $300; Matthew White, three years or $3,000, suspended, one year or $1,000. two years probation; Morris Eugene Durham, three months or $350. Miller Hicks, three months or $300  INDICTMENTS  Possession and distribution of heroin: Joseph Cour-sey Jr., Jennings Myron Holmes. Willie Edward Crafton, L D Walker.  Conspiracy to distribute heroin:    Philip Priester.  L D. Walker. Edward Crafton. Joseph Coursey  Grand Larceny and Shop^ lifting: Warren G John son Jr., Leona Johnson Pemell McKenzie  PARIS < AP) — Henry A. Kissinger and Le Due Tho met for another negotiating session today as Hanoi warned that “there has not been any sign showing that the negotiations will reach any results.” President Nixon’s national security adviser was host to the North Vietnamese Politburo member at a house in St Nom  la Breteche, IO miles west of Paris Tho had been the host Monday when the negotiations resumed after a three-week suspension As usual, neither side said anything about what went on in Monday’s 4 , *-hour session, but the atmosphere was generally unfriendly.  Mvftt ShuvOarh  Vol. 106-No. 7    12    Pages  Aiken, South Carolina, Tuesday, January 9, 1973  10c Per Single Copy Telephone: 648-231 1  Fighter Attacks Authorized  SAIGON (AP) - President Nixon has authorized U.S. fighter escorts to attack North Vietnamese MIGS or surface-to-air missile sites above the 20th parallel if they threaten American B52s below the northern limit Nixon has placed on the bombing of North Vietnam, reliable sources reported today The U.S. Command an  nounced today that an Air Force F4 Phantom shot down a MIG21 along the 20th parallel Sunday when it threatened a flight of B52s. A Command spokesman refused to pinpoint the location of the dogfight, which was interpreted as tacit acknowledgment that it extended above the parallel.  Moor cr To Report On Bombing  WASHINGTON I AP I - Adm Thomas H Moorer, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, planned to report to closed sessions of two Congressional committees today on the massive December bombing of North Vietnam’s industrial heartland Secretary of Defense Melvin R Laird told congressmen  Monday that Moorer would provide "complete information” on the stepped-up bombing Laird fended off questions on the bombing at an open meeting of the House Armed Services Committee Monday, saying he did not want to jeopardize the peace negotiations currently under way in Paris  A ROSE IS A ROSE...  .. Even encased in ice.  Nixon Doesn't Feel Old At 60  WASHINGTON (AP) — Pres- He doesn’t feel old. he says, ident Nixon, observing his mile- And to keep thinking young he stone 60th birthday today, says suggests looking to the future. he "hopes to do great things'’ not the past, and staying in in the first four years of his contact with younger people seventh decade.  Post: Zeigler Wins Out  WASHINGTON (API - Ron ZieRler, 33. who has been the ald L Ziegler has emerged vie- President’s press secretary, torious in a power struggle also will continue in that role, over reorganization of White the newspaper said.  House public relations machin- It said Herbert G. Klein, 54. ery and will soon be named who has been White House President Nixon's principal ad- communications director, will viser on information policy, leave the government in the The Washington Post reported near future. today  Church Protest Of Bombing Asked  BANGKOK (AP) — The exec- North Vietnam, utive committee of the World The committee also pledged Council of Churches appealed support for antiwar efforts in today to all American churches the United States, including re-to "do everything in their pow- sistance to the draft and stu-er" to protest the bombing of dent demonstrations  Congress May Negate HUI) Freeze  Parkways Have Little Damage  Damage in the parkways of Aiken is not nearly as bad as the aftermath of last year's ice storm which took both city crews and a community effort to clean up fallen limbs.  The sturdy avenue of live oaks along South Boundary has come through the crush of the ice with little loss  The violation of dumping in the parkways is once again lifted to allow citizens to place fallen limbs from their property along the edge of the parkways I “There s so much debris they couldn't put it in the street next to the property without it being out in the street.” said Andrew Hagan of the Aiken Public Works Department.  Power Restored In Most Homes; Schools Closed  Weather To Get Warmer  By SUSAN SCHUBERT Staff Reporter  Although the rain has let up. Aiken County was still caked in ice today, but at midday some of the ice was starting to thaw off heavily-laden power lines and trees  Most homes in the area have electricity today, and power company officials say they hope to have current restored everywhere by tonight.  This morning when residents entered the cold. outside world they found that a sprinkling of snow had fallen during the night.  A TYPICAL SCENE IN AIKEN FOR PAST TWO DAYS  Thousands of pines broke during ice storm (Staff Photos by Toby. Schubert. Rich)  Wholesale Farm Prices  HOUSTON, Tex (AP) - Sen John J. Sparkman says he is hopeful that Congress will negate the last 12 months of an 18-month freeze on subsidized housing starts ordered by President Nixon.  The freeze was announced  Monday by Secretary George W. Romney of the Department of Housing and Urban Develop  ment as both he and Sparkman. an Alabama Democrat, spoke at the 29th convention of the National Association of Home Builders Romney said a temporary holding action on new commitments for water and sewer grants, open space grants and public facility loans also has been ordered.  THE FISH  OO MOI MMM MI    fttAM *VI MI W WM*—OM WM  WHEN YOU NEED HELP CALL THE FISH NUMBER 648 6500 (See Page 2)  6.8 Per Cent  A COLD DOG Stands guard on mailbox  WASHINGTON (AP) -Wholesale farm prices posted the biggest monthly increase in 26 years last month with a climb of 6 8 per cent, the government reported today The report, by the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics, blamed weather damage to crops as the main reason for the big increase The sharp climb in food prices boosted the government’s over-all wholesale price index I 8 per cent in December, the largest in 22 years The increase was slightly less. I 6 per cent, on a seasonally adjusted basis.  Prices of a broad range of industrial raw materials rose three-tenths of I per cent while wholesale consumer finished goods ready for market at retail had climbed 12 per cent, the report said The big increase in prices of farm products, largely uncontrolled by federal price regulations, included boosts of 211 per cent for grains. 169 per cent for eggs, 13 6 per cent for hay and oil seeds. 9 4 per cent for livestock. 7.8 per cent for plant and animal fibers eight-tenths of I per cent for poultry and one-tenth of I per  cent for milk The only declines was 5 1 per cent for fruits and vegetables Grains were 441 per cent higher than a year ago livestock was 22 4 per cent above last year and eggs were up 25 8 per cent over the year The rise in prices of farm products was the largest since March 1947 and the over all rise in all wholesales prices was the biggest since January  1951, the bureau said The report said wholesale prices have risen at an annual rate of 6 6 per cent during the 14 months of President Nixon s Phase II wage-price controls compared to a 5 2 per cent rate in the eight months before any I controls were imposed in August 1971 The rate of increase in the past six months accelerated to 8 I per cent, it said  LegislatureOpens  With Empty Seats  COLUMBIA (API The 1973 South Carolina legislature opened today in virtually empty halls, rn contrast the usually fanfare  Monday’s ice storm made travelling so hazardous that Gov John C. West. Lt Gov Earle Morris, and House Speaker Sol Blatt agreed Monday there would be only a cur-1 sory meeting to fill the state constitutional requirement This relieved distant lawmak ers from risking the hazardous drive to Columbia until roads  cleared somewhat, expected late today  As a result, the legislature won t get down to business until Wednesday  West is scheduled to make his annual State of the State address then but it may be postponed to Thursday  House consideration of proposed rules changes, requiring daily roll calls and limiting filibuster debates to two hours, will be before the House then  Most of Aiken County s schools remained closed for the second straight day. but were expected to be back to normal tomorrow    School    officials  were checking today to see if all the schools had heat before making a final decision The forecast calls for below-freezing temperatures tonight with highs tomorrow possibly reaching near 40 Today's high was expected to reach the mid-30s  The probability of precipitation is near zero tonight and a 20 per cent chance tomorrow  Aiken the state and virtually all of the Southeast was hit by the ice  COV ERS SOUTHEAST  The sleet covered all but the southeast corner of the state with a slick crust that made highway travel so perilous that most activities came to an abrupt halt • A drop into the 20s last night extended the extremely hazardous driving conditions into the j ecily part of today Interstate 20 from Aiken to Columbia was reported to be quite hazardous this morning although it was not closed Interstate 20 from Aiken to Atlanta was closed for a time yesterday but has been re-opened Gov John West yesterday o r -dered a bank holiday and closed state offices in hard hit Columbia The state offices remained dosed today and the governor authorized the closing of any banks where weath er conditions made it dangerous or impossible for personnel to report to work Even the legislature was affected It was scheduled to open its 1973 session at noon , but stale officials arranged a perfunctory' meeting of about a minute or so by presiding of-; fleers  This relieved lawmakers from making the hazardous drive to Columbia They will meet Wednesday, weather permitting  STILL WORKING  While some Aiken homes remained without power or heat during the night electric company officials reported this morning that the bulk  ;  of the repair work has been done They are still hard at work however R E Thomson of Aiken Elec-! trie Cooperative said this morning "I am much encouraged We have made much better progress and we should be in  • ICI STO** eat* ti   

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