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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - September 30, 1973, Florence, South CarolinaSeptember Florence morning news Beale Street slowly dying Block by Block editor s not ii has been said there was More living and dying on Beale Street Ihan on any other Street in the world. Now Balc Street with its blues booze and Bawdy houses j gone. Is dying. Block by associated i Ress writer Mimi mis. Tenn. Tap Beale is reel where the mourn Ful notes of the blues were born and wafted through the sultry night air. Is now r. Lonesome Echo. Once in was a conglomerate of night clubs Barbecue stands saloons Bawdy houses and Pawn shops i1--mile strip of enticing rhythm Ihal Drew thousands nightly to Sample ils pleasures and venture ils Dan Gers. Ii was c. Handy standing at the Cigar counter in i cd wee s Saloon and writing the first of his immortal blues. Memphis blues which started him and the Street to Fame. Italic Street St. Louis blues and numerous other works followed. Sunday special give mom a break take her and the kids to the to boy All you can eat flounder filet shrimp both with All the trimmings 2020 w. Palmetto across from mall of Lumetto drive in to tart Don t miss it starts at country comedy combo of the year 11 Hiis Licon said there More living Ami More dying on a Cal san cd Lian i any other sired in the world. Now about All thai is Iny on scale Street is and it s who sired dial is slowly dying Block by Block. The Iii the night clubs where Midnight musical shows played Are gone the faded stucco shells Are boarded the dark interiors littered Wilh remnants of tempestuous limes now re meal tiered by Only a Lew. of the follows who used to be Parl of the Street Are dead and says Knox 1 l Henry who at has in cd Parl of lie ale Street since Tail. The while haired Henry sits near the Cash Register in his dimly lit poolroom one of the few remaining businesses on Beale Street. Fifteen or 211 Vears ago the place would to so crowded that it was haul to walk Down the sired even Al two or luxe o clock in the Henry said As he Sal unit mod. Leaning against the Wall. Henry said that although some Blacks now claim Oiler Wise lie ale Surcel in its heyday was exclusively Black. We had italians running the crap games the creeks run Ning Llie res Laurants and the Blacks running he Barber he said. Really in was the Blacks have no right to complain about Iho Way it is he said never in Here. Never owned willing Here. They re just Lalk no Aboul w hat they be about All that is left on lie ale re rows of Pawn shops a Lew clothing and stores and a Novie theater. Leek up Yoor hid your Money ind Looze. Preacher Man is coming she married five she buried five no Man could please the vrdvti., tin like preacher came to Lowll i Befu 1 Tolas preacher Man s two preacher Man hits together for the first time Anglo s Burgenland open 6 Days a week m. Til . Special 4 pc. Chicken served with French Fries salad Rolls your Bui iof 11 always Awre Ikid Dirl. Hwy., Florence . Phone Ili-1131 the Street Luis been inclining for years. Tie reasons that arc Given include an exodus to the North after world War i the City shutdown of the bordello the 1930s and the passage of the civil rights Laws opening formerly Whites Only entertain ment spots id Blacks. Many just left the Street wont Uptown and never came said. There is agreement that the riots after Hie lion of us Kev. Or. Martin Luther King five blocks from the Street Deal a fatal blow. Many of the businesses on lie ale were looted and burned. Others simply moved to other local ions and never came a or years officials have talked about How Hie Street like the legend a i pm unix. Will some Day Rise from its ashes More Ihan Ever. Hit despite promises and plans made Over the years has winning the race Over renovation. However. I Herr is now a plan to restore Hie Street to its for Mer prominence by hut it is shrouded in controversy pro tested by Blacks Walro claim the proposal is a White Man s approach to rejuvenating lie ale. They argue that Blacks will have Little hand in the develop ment the firm of lie ale Street. . Headed by Ron of Memphis a White won a co fact in june to carry million redevelopment of a six Square Block area dubbed Hie ulue Light District that is designed to be a showcase of scale is reel heritage. Handy i Ark. Where a Bronze statue of the composer stands. Will be the Center of the project. Included in the plans is a music Hall of Fame and office building a Large Holczl Ancl victorian slyly entertainment spots and shops. Harass said Hal since Many buildings on the Street had deteriorated beyond saving Sev eral new structures would have a great new family show is come meet Over 100 Disney characters in person. Live on stage v my psoouc1ions a girls Dionesi on Parade 1 Walt to be constructed to replace them. At least eight of the 40 buildings in the area already have been condemned by the City and the owners arc refusing to do anything to upgrade he. Structures. Faulty systems Detroit a direct of Ralph Nader s Center for Auto safety says the Cen Ter has obtained internal com Pany documents and memo Randa showing that 1968 through 1972 Cadillac have faulty Power steering and Power Brake systems. Lowell Dodge said in an Ter View sunday that the Center is preparing a report on what he termed general motors phantom brakes and its defective Power Brake Check he said company papers acquired by the censer include car owners complaints to pm concerning brakes which fail to work upon one application but work perfectly when tried again. Dodge said the company documents indicate fam Engi neers admit they have no idea what causes the Brake failure. He also reported customers have complained of a Brake loss allegedly caused by a Power Brake Check Dodge said the valve is constructed of a plastic which cracks under the High operating temperatures of modern cars. The crack causes brakes to lose fluid pressure and braking Power he said. A spokesman for general motors said company officials could not comment on Dodge s charges until they have seen his report and know exactly what he is talking about. In describing the alleged pm problem. Dodge said Metal particles formed b y Normal Wear and tear of driving Are falling into the Power steering systems of the i9g8 through 1972 Model Cadillac. He said the presence of the Metal particles seems to change the flow of the Power steering fluid. Barassi. At. A Chicago native says he wants to bring Back the Bilics Onusic flavor of the Street. He seeks to allay the criticism of Blacks that without Black involvement in the planning he redeveloped area just another entertainment strip forgetful of its Black his tory and heritage. Harass is confident that a renewed lie ale it real will Gener ate growth in the downtown area which has been declining for years. Despite Confidence Many persons still working and living on Beale have. Iligir doubts. Joe Raffanti. Who owns a liquor store and remembers cashing Handy s checks is min curtain Home api an italian fashion designer has created the Inin Curlain Bikini for who like the topless look Only part of the time. The new Bikini has a two piece top that works with strings cur Tain and can expose or cover the breasts Al a moment s notice. Among those who have lost Hope. Keep tearing Down and boarding up buildings but Noth ing is Ever he said. "1 Don l care what they do. It la never be the Henry said. I Cople used to come Down Here crowd along the Street and were Happy with each never be that Way he said looking out his front window o an almost cup . To j thurs., oct. 4 thru Sun., oct. 7 Carolina coliseum tickets on Sale coliseum Box office and photo Village in Florence now showing at your Florence theatres shows 7 and 9 Sun. At 3-5-7 and 9 . Mho a flux Colof a Nofo nol Central Picicci shows 7 and Sun. At . Columbia pictures presents Ross Hunter s open at . Show at . Shows at 1-3-5-7 and 9 right last showing tonight the ultimate in martial arts adventure 4- and excitement Multi screen re creation Oft Heso a in All the Power of 4-track stereo frit a vol Kuyf. Rock cars let the Good times Roll Chuck Berry lit tie Richard fa1s Chubby checker coasters Oan by i the Jui or3 Ailley us i the comets is starring Bruce Lee John Saxon plus skin Garner the Angus your family Steakhouse now with new arrangements we Are pleased to announce that we Are prepared to serve you even better at popular prices we serve Only u. S. Choice Premium aged beef and All our beef is naturally tender. Without the use of any artificial Tenderizer. Also our Large selection of seafood is the freshest listed below Are a few items from our Large variety sirloin Steak rib Eye Steak n lobster sirloin tips combination seafood Calabash shrimp ail served with baked potato or French Fries we serve two entrees daily from u . To 2 for Only Vav we have facilities for private parties for up to 130 people at regular menu prices. Golden Angus Steak House Highway 76 opposite Florence mall Florence. S. C. Open 11 . To 11 . Phone 662-9388 attention or. 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Alexander s pick a gift offers you these advantages your employees can select from Over gifts no storage problems if no distribution problems bookkeeping time and expenses greatly reduced Cost per unit More accurately controlled you have no returned merchandise problems no last minute problems of adding or deleting gifts it no complaints of receiving the wrong gift no damage problems you can maintain a constant unit Cost budget while your employees can select any Quality gift your employee receives up to 20% More value. If you Are now using a limited selection program your employees will appreciate your concern in permitting them to make their selection from Over gifts and not restrict the Quality gift they desire. For details of Alexander s pick a gift program Call or write attention Paul Collins Alexander s inc. Hallmark Square shopping Center Florence s. A 29501 phone 803 665-4373

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