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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 30, 1975, Aiken, South Carolina COUfTY PUbL LIBfi 435 NCfttlLMY Sti 61975 A I KEN S Whats Going On Weapons Shipments Deplete US WASHINGTON AP The siphoning of weapons from US military supplies for shipment to Israel and Vietnam has ad versely affected overall US readiness a secret govern ment report says The report on an audit by Congress General Accounting Office says hundreds of tanks aircraft missiles and other weapons were taken out of US readiness stocks and turned over to Israel after the 1973 Mideast war or were channeled into Vietnam during the closing years of the Indochina war Needs To Be Implemented COUNTY PUQLIC LtSRARY Home Rule On Assemblys Agenda Scorn Expected For Intervention WASHINGTON AP American officials expect the 49nation African summit to condemn South Africas mili tary intervention in Angola but I to stop short of granting recog nition to the Sovietsupported faction that controls Luanda In fact these officials say prospects are good that the Or ganization of African Unity will urge the Marxist Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola to form a coalition gov ernment with two USbacked factions once there is a cease fire This is the course favored by the United States and urged by William F Schaufele Jr the assistant secretary of state for African affairs on his current tour of Zaire Gabon Cam eroon Ivory Coast and Senegal By ERIC HIGGS Staff Reporter Implementation of the Home Rule Act will be among the high priority items of business when the legislature recon venes Jan 12 According to Sen Gilbert E McMillan RAikeh we should have it all settled before the end of the season On Nov 4 Aiken voters selected Form No 3 Council Ad ministrator as their new form of government and that the future county commissioners be elected from Single Member Districts With regards to Aiken the General Assemblys job will be to determine the number of seats on the county council not less than three nor more than 12 for the Council Administrator form Then the lawmakers will have to carve out defined di stricts from which the members of the county council will oe elected except for the chairman who will be elected atlarge Then the results of the legislative action will go to the U S Justice Department They have 60 days but can request an ex tension to rule on whether or not the single member districts comply with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 McMillan said he was not positive if the Justice Department would consider the results county by county or the state as a whole McMillan did say it would probably be considered coun ty by county Edward Poliakoff assistant S C attorney general com nented that the Justice Department ordinarily reviews hese individually for each county Once the Justice Department rules the Aiken County Board f Commissioners shall by resolution adopt the form of go ernment The resolution will be effective immediately upon filing the Secretary of State New members of the county council if the legislature esta lishes more than the seven present seats will appear after le next election Nov 4 1976 Other members of the council ill serve out the remaining portions of their terms SovietsFrenchJoinInAidingMine Mew Vol 108No 25612 Pages Aiken South Carolina Tuesday December 30 1975 lOc Per Single Copy Telephone 6482311 m NEW DELHI India AP The Soviet Union and France joined the United States today in offering highcapacity pumps and technicians to help pump out a coal mine in northeastern India in which at least 372 min ers are feared dead The Indian government is waiting to see how fast it can mobilize equipment from the United States before accepting other offers a spokesman for the ministry of mines said Robert Barrett head of the US Mining Enforcement and Safety Administration said in Washington that 10 pumps each with a capacity of 2500 gallons per minute were being flown to India from Midland Tex He said three experts from his agency and a fourth from a mine rescue firm would accompany the equipment 11 Killed 50 Hurt In Blast srV if Welchs Body Flown Home WASHINGTON AP The body of assassinated CIA sta tion chief Richard S Welch ar rived from Greece today aboard an Air Force plane met by CIA Director William E Colby President Fords chief counsel and the slain agents weeping daughter A flagdraped casket contain ing Welchs body accompanied back to the United States by his son Marine Lt Patrick Welch was carried from the Air Force C141 cargo plane by an eight man honor guard and placed in a waiting hearse The plane landed at nearby Andrews Air Force Base at dawn Welchs daughter Molly standing beside Colby broke into tears as the honor guard marched out of the aircraft with her fathers body Lt Welch gave her a reassuring hug Jackson Introducing Busing Bill 5 WASHINGTON AP Sen Henry M Jackson says he will seek legislation to impose curbs on courtordered busing to achieve school desegregation The Washington Democrat unveiled Monday a bill he said would end the school busing controversy and renew a na tional focus on the central con cern the education of our children He said he will in troduce the bill when Congress reconvenes next year Repeating his opposition to forcedbusjng Jackson sajd Its positive results are scat tered its negative results large and growing His bill would ban single judges from issuing busing or ders If passed it would re quire that all future busing be ordered only by speciallycon vened threejudge courts SEARCH FOR BLAST SURVi ORS Rescue workers search debris in baggage claim area following explosion AP NEW YORK APt A thun derous explosion from a bornb placed in a locker sent a shrap nel shower of glass and metal through a crowded baggage area at LaGuardia Airport At least 11 persons were killed and more than 50 others injured The blast which officials said had the force of 20 to 25 sticks of dynamite and was meant to maim and kill reduced the baggage area to rubble Monday evening and sent dozens of per sons fleeing in panic The airport was quickly evac uated and closed to all traffic shortly after the pm ex plosion forcing the cancellation or diversion of at least 45 flights and fouling the plans of some 5000 travelers The air port will be closed until at least 10 pm today As workers searched the de bris there were reports of as many as U deaths but police at the airport said they could V not confirm more than 11 The disaster also triggered bogus bomb threats at airports in other major cities Three in cluding Washingtons National Airport were evacuated It was the most heartsick ening thing I ever saw in my life said Richard Siemers who was about to see his daughters family off to Tulsa Okla Bodies were al over puddles of blood on the island between the building and the parking lot it seemed like everyone was in shock The explosion set off a smoky fire in the baggage area shared by Trans World and Delta air lines but officials said that fly ing glass and metal accounted for most of the deaths and in juries Metal doors were ripped away and glass from 10foot high windows was found the equivalent of several city blocks from the blast Eight of the injured were se riously hurt and rushed to oper ating rooms in local hospitals In addition to the 52 persons re ported hurt another scoreof persons was treated at the scene or area hospitals but not reported in official figures The dead and injured were not immediately identified ex cept for Jeff McMurtney 30 an FBI agent who was reported in serious condition after emer gency surgery No call or advance warning See AIRPORT Page 12 Mexican Foreign Minister Resigns MEXICO CITY AP For eign Minister Emilio 0 Rabasa has resigned in the midst of a foreign policy controversy over Mexicos votes in the United Nations against Zionism President Luis Echeverria who sets the policy named Al fonso Garcia Robles to succeed Rabasa Garcia Robles has been Mexicos ambassador to the United Nations since 1971 and his delegation cast the votes in the UN General As sembly that are responsible for the controversy Horse Show Season To Start Aikens polo and horse show seasons will begin a new on Sunday The years first polo match is set for 3 pm at the Powderhouse Field located just off Powder house Rd Wildwood re presenting Columbia and Aiken will meet in that con test Expected to start for Ai ken are Ricky Bostwick at Number One Paul Riizo at Number Two G H Bost wick at Number Three and Charles Bostwick at Num ber Four Wildwood will counter with a lineup of Rick Manning Heath Man ning Jr Les Flurx and Taylor Boyd Admission to the event is Polo practice games are also scheduled at 3 pm on Wednesday and Friday afternoons this year Admis sion to those matches is Horse Show Park will be the site of the seasons first horse show the Aiken Winter Hunter Horse Show Twenty classes of compe tition will be held bcgianwg at 10 am Sunday Cham pionships in the event to be judged by J McCashin are set for the Pony Hunter Young Hunter Green Work ing Hunter Junior Work ing Hunter and Working Hunter Classes Postal Rates icing Up Tomorrow WASHINGTON AP The Postal Service is raising the cost of mailing a letter from 10 to 13 cents on Wednesday three days after it originally planned to increase postal rates The service announced the higher rates on Monday after the US Court of Appeals cleared a legal barrier to the rate increase The appeals court stayed an order by US District Court Judge John J Sirica prohibit ing the Postal Service from raising rates The higher court is expected to decide later on the merits of the case but the stay allows postal rates to go up in the meantime Under the rates that take ef feel at am local ttm Wednesday a firstclass lette will cost 13 cents for the firs ounce and 11 cents for each ad ditional ounce A postcard wil increase from 7 to 9 cents an parcel post rates will go up a See POSTAL Page 12 Appeal Is Filed On Plant Licensing BY JEANE HALL Staff Reporter BARNWELL A South Carolina environ mentalist group Environmentalists Inc has filed an appeal with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond Va to decide if the licensing of the Barnwell Nuclear Fuel Plant can go forward before studies relating to the plant are settled We are talking specifically about the question of whether the plutonium recycling phase of the plant will be allowed Town send M Belser Jr of Columbia attorney for three environmentalist groups including En vironmentalists Inc said In addition a suit asking for a review of a ruling issued in midNovember by the Nu clear Regulatory Commission has been filed in the 2nd Circuit US Court of Appeals in New York The suit filed on Dec 19 seeks to halt in terim licensing of plutonium facilities in cluding the Barnwell plant The Nuclear Regulatory Commission allows interim li censing of nuclear plants that recycle and use plutonium as fuel Environmentalists Inc joined five other national environmental groups in the New York suit Robert I Newman vicepresident of Allied General Nuclear Services at the Barnwell Plant said the suits if successful could halt the Barnwell plant operations The Barnwell plant under construction since 1970 at a cost of million was ex pected to begin operations in 1976 but the date could be pushed back to mid1978 The plant built to receive and reprocess used uranium and plutonium from other nu clear plants was according to a statement made by Newman in June ready to go and desperately needed Usage of the nuclear storage facility por tion of the plant has been held up by inter veners one of which is Environmentalists Inc Although hearings on the licensing of the plant have been in progress for some time the suits are the first to be brought in con junction with the Barnwell plant KXPLUSIO SI IVORS Elain Bassi a teacher of Newton Conn and Kathy Lawrence of St Louis a TWA stewardess wait in New Yorks Hospital for medical care after being injured in airport explosion AP Christmas Count Have You Heard Bird Population Appears Less that getting out of a 20foot manhole isnt as easy as getting into one Lisa Frazier found that out the hard way when she crawled into one to retrieve sister Cathy s new Christmas skate board It took Lisa almost an hour to get back out and she was the first one to admit that getting out wasnt as easy as getting in that Donna Godfry a former Aikenite has returned for a visit She didnt expect a band and banners at the airport but she did think her hostess would at least meet her However after waiting an hour and seeing no familiar face she called her friends who admitted that they had misunderstood the day of her arrival Donna reports that despite her nonchalant welcome its still good to be back BY LIN SMiTHWICK Staff Reporter A noticeable decrease in the number of ducks warblers starlings and several other species alarmed birdwatchers participating in Sundays annual Christmas bird count Mrs Carl Angerman who will tally the fin al count this week said Things have chang ed there are fewer species of birds in this area than in past years Mrs Angerman a knowledgeable bird watcher blames the increase of hunters and kids with guns as part of the reason for the decrease in the bird population Ducks can not tolerate a shot up pond and several ponds we watched were rimmed with empty shot gun shells Mrs Angerman citing people who shoot the scarce great cranes owls and hawks said People seem to hate them and all this takes a toll The seven people who participated in Sun days count were part of a nationwide Christ mas custom which was originated in 1900 by ornithologist Frank M Chapman Chapman also editor of the National Audu bon Society magazine offered this as an al ternative to the traditional practice of hold ing birdshooting contests on Christmas Day Twenty seven people took part in the first bird count compared to the 27000 partici pants in last years count These people were located in Canada the United States Central America and the Car ibbean A total of about 80 million individual birds were spotted representing at least 1000 species This years twoweek bird census which runs from December 20 to January 4 is spon sored by local chapters of the Audubon So ciety or birdwatchirig clubs The local chapter includes Aiken County and four other counties They are also mem bers of the Carolina Bird Club or the Georgia Ornithology Society The Sunday count centered in Aiken State Park but branched out into several other areas One of the members Will Post did part of his count on horseback The hours of the count are from dawn to dusk Mrs Angerman who wont have the of ficial count until later this week said they did spot at least SO species The most unusual citings were three great egrets Mrs Angerman also noted that they recorded seeing all species of woodpeckers except the redheaded which may have been spotted later in the day by another group Among the other birds observed were card inals bluebirds shrifcs sparrow hawks woodcocks and nuthatches Even though there were more counters Mrs Angerman feels the overall count itself will be down this year It was a pretty ouiet day and field birds in particular were hard to find The purpose of this annual event is to gath er data on the winter ranges migration pat terns and lives of American birds The infor mation is used by independent researchers Rain Chance To Decrease Tonight Tonights low should go below 40 degrees and the chances of rain are lessened with nightfall Theres a 30 per cent chance of rain tonight and Wednesday Winds are ex pected to shift to the south west late this afternoon and tonight and become wester ly at 10 to 15 miles per hour tomorrow Tomorrows high should be 60 degrees Dry ing conditions remain poor tomorrow Little if any sunshine is expected The extended outlook Thursday through Saturday suggests scattered rainfall through Saturday The highs are expected to be mostly in the
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