The Times and Democrat from Orangeburg, South Carolina on February 8, 1968 · 1
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The Times and Democrat from Orangeburg, South Carolina · 1

Orangeburg, South Carolina
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Thursday, February 8, 1968
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THE WEATHER SOUTH CAROLINA Snow flurries ending In north portion luirsday morning, otherwise partial clearing and colder. Hlh around 40 Ir. northwest portion, in 40s elsewhere. Friday generally fair and cold. AT SOUTH CAROLINA'S CROSSROADS OF AGRICULTURAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROSPERITY THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8. 1968 10 CENTS DAILY 15 CENTS SUNDAY VOL. 111-NO. 39 i; Line Ten Ten gets answers for I you. Call 534-1010 or write jij! $ Line Ten Ten, The Times and C;ij Democrat, Orangeburg, 29115. : mm I have been bothered by a few dogs that are evidently stray. These dogs are turning over my garbage cans and generally raising hob in my yard. What city department should I contact about this? The police or the dog pound? Mrs. L F., Orangeburg. (Answer) Line Ten Ten suggests you ask about the neighborhood and try to determine if anyone claims ownership of any of the animals. If they do, inform them of your problem and ask that they confine them. If nobody claims ownership, we suggest you call the Orangeburg Dog Pound at 534-7385. my AjD mm (M 1 2 More Units Of Militiamen Are Activated Members of the 1052nd Transportation Company of the South Carolina National Guard, held on an alert In their Broughton St Armory since Tuesday night, Wednesday night were ordered out to protect the A&P Shopping Center after law enforcement officers left their post to protect motorists along U. S. Highway 601 near the South Carolina State College campus. It was reported that students, from the protection of the col-Two additional South Carolina National Guard units were called to duty in Orangeburg late Wednesday night. According to National Guard officers in Orangeburg, units from Bamberg and Edgefield were ordered into the city to . aid the Orangeburg unit which I understand the new Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical Education Center being constructed will have a library containing about 15,000 technical volumes. I'm a student at the University of South Carolina and would like to know if I could use it for reference work? (Answer) According to TEC center director Charles Webber, the facilities of the library will be available to bona fide students of colleges, universities and the area high schools for reference work. The library, when opened in September, will be under the direction of Mrs. F R. Huff of St. Matthews who i ' , was called to standby duty Tues- was recently appointed to the sfejft when racial violence first occured in the city. The Edgefield unit relieved Orangeburg Guardsmen posted at the A&P Shopping Center. lege campus, rained rocks and bricks at cars passing on the federal highway. The stretch between East Russell St. and Goff Ave. was blocked off to passing traffic after several automobiles, including police cars, were struck by bricks or rocks, according to Police Chief Roger E. Poston. The chief said that the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agents, deputy sheriffs, State Highway patrolmen and members of his force were split up and assigned to various spots in an effort to apprehend the rock throwers. Some of the officers were armed with loaded shotguns, he said. Chief Poston said that he had heard that one person had been shot in the area when attempts were made to force his way into a residence in the college area. At the Orangeburg Regional Hospital it was learned that three Claflin University students had been treated for gunshot wounds in the emergency room and dismissed Wednesday night. They were identified as Edward Pough, wounded in the right arm; ' Thomas Smith, wounded in the left leg, and. James Jones, wounded in both legs. Chief Poston said that he had been informed by the hospital that the men had been brought in and his department was investigating late Wednesday night. An out of town newspaper photographer's car was struck by t i- lm-. I I ' '- jJ I 1,11 y. - ' ' 'iiiiiu niMiii) !""""" ., iiiif iiiiiih ir ', - r ' i r I i:nr tiiiiiiijJfc . .; m ' Fl J I o CO o (j ijpf t'l . Oil K VMS ."-, '.- 3 EARLY IN THE NIGHT: GUARDSMAN GUARDS ARMORY ON BROUGHTON STREET IT as librarian. When does the Orangeburg City Council meet? Are the meetings open to the public? F. D. M., Orangeburg. (Answer) The Orangeburg City Council meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers located on the second floor of the Orangeburg City Hall on MIddleton St. The meetings are open to the public at all times. I'd like to plan a very modern kitchen for a home I'm building. Who can I contact to help me? J.M.W, Orangeburg. (Answer) There are several persons you can contact to give you assistance. Two of them are Miss Jean Fisher, home economist with the Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities and Mrs. Hulda P. McKnlght, Orangeburg County Home Demonstration Agent They give assistance and advice to home-makers in many fields pertaining to the home. Miss Fisher can be reached by calling 534-2821; Mrs. McKnlght by calling C I o v l ... AV U AFTER 10 P.M.: GUARDSMEN GUARD A&P SHOPPING CENTER rocks and bricks as he attempted to leave the State College campus area, but he escaped injury although his car was damaged. The All-Star Bowling Lanes in the A&P Shopping Center, the focus of protests and demonstrations by State College and possibly Claflin University students since Monday night because of the policy of Harry F. Floyd, proprietor not to serve Negro customers, did not open Wednesday night. Floyd, asked the reason, said he had no comment. Asked if he planned to open Thursday, his answer was the same, "No comment" The National Guardsmen ringed the borders of the shopping center from about 10 p.m. until a late hour Wednesday night The outer perimeter it was learned from a source who declined to be identified, said that the outer perimeter of Guardsmen carried only rifles without bayonets and no ammunition. But inside was what appeared to be a platoon, members of which were fully armed and carried tear gas equipment, the source said. Rumors spread and flew through the city during the night One had it that the W. A. Livingston Inc. wholesale grocery warehouse on North Boulevard, near Amelia St., had been burned to the ground and that there had been other fires set by arsonists. There was a slight basis of fact as the Livingston warehouse was concerned for the Fire Department answered a call to the building where there was smoke but no flames, according to Fire Chief David G 1 1 1 a m. There was little or no damage. Chief Glllam said that his department had answered two other calls to fires, one from Smith's Package Shop on Dorchester Ave. and another to the home of Mrs. Jenny Brunson on Watkins St just off the State College campus. There was little damage at either place and f River Clearing Nearer A Reality Bids for a project to clear a 27- mile stretch of the. North Edisto River of alligator weed, stumps and other debris will be opened by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in the county courthouse at 2 p.m. February 28, A. Wilkes Knight Orangeburg County director, has been advised. Cost of the project was set at between $100,000 and $500,. 000 of which Orangeburg County has paid $43,000 as Its share. Work on the project will begin within 10 days after the successfully bidding contractor has been notified by the Corps of Engineers, with an estimated 200 working days after that for completion, the specifications read. The clearing project extends from the U. S. Highway 301 bridge at Orangeburg to the confluence of the North and South Edisto Rivers below Bran-chville. Also included in the project is the clearing of a 30 foot strip on either side of the river channel of leaning, dead or fallen trees for the entire 27 mile length, with the provision that no straight, live and healthy trees be cut except for channel clearance or equipment move ments. According to the specifications, the work will begin at the downstream end of the project and work upstream. Work will be done either from the stream banks, from a barge, or both, An 18 by 45-foot barge, owned by the Corps of Engineers, is now at Whiteville, N. C, and is available for rental by the successful bidder if he so wishes. The barge is specially equipped with winches for getting it around sharp bends in the river or over sandbars. A crane and either a clamshell lr dragline bucket would be used to clear the river of the weeds, stumps and debris. Two temporary barriers are required while the work is going on. One would be a stationary barrier at the downstream end of the project and the other would be movable, being moved upstream behind the work as It progresses. Both would catch floating alligator weed and pre rent it from flowing downstream with the current The barriers will be emptied at Intervals and the accumulated weed dumped on the 30- foot right of way where It will be treated with chemicals which are non toxic to humans. The Corps of Engineers will furnish the chemicals and spraying e-qulpment. When the project Is completed, fiie stage of the North Edisto River, backed up by the existing weeds, Is expected to drop an estimated two to two and a-half feet This is expected to return many hundreds of acres of land, periodically flooded by high waters, back to production, whether it be logging or agricultural use. Much acreage has been unavailable to loggers because of the difficulty in cutting It economicallly. Another advantage is expected to be In the preventing of such acreage from being subjected to frequent flooding in the future. their was no evidence of arson, the fire chief said. But, he added, all of the calls had come in after 9 p.m. Wednesday and that, in addition, there were five false alarms answered after that hour. Attorney General Daniel R. McLeod was present at the shopping center during the night and backed up the findings of C. Walker Limehouse, Orangeburg's city attorney, as expressed in a meeting of City Council Tuesday afternoon that Floyd was entitled to police protection In the operation of his business and did not come under the civil rights law, in his opinion. He also said, as did Limehouse, that the definition of establishments that come under the law was vague and that future court tests may prove him wrong in the application of the law. Militant Negro col'ege students demanded Wednesday that a segregated bowling alley In Orangeburg be closed by nightfall, and threatened to boycott city business firms and march on the state capital If it wasn't. ' These were among a dozen grievances and demands for general elimination of discrimination made after two meetings of the 1,800 men and women students at South Carolina State College. The meeting came In the wake of a Tuesday night riot Involving about 400 students that left four officers and half a dozen students injured. Cars were overturned and windows broken In the demonstration that be- TODAY'S THOUGHT A guaranteed income or a ' negative tax will very likely become reality out of sheer necessity. We might have to pay people for not working in the 21st century just as we pay farmers for not growing things in the 20th century. . W. Abel, president of United Steelworkert of America. gan when All Star Lanes refus-ed to admit the Negroes. Gov. Robert McNalr told a news conference at Columbia, 40 miles north of this city, that he has alerted a 250-man National Guard company to aid local and state officers should another outbreak occur. McNalr said the state will not tolerate violence or brutality. He termed the Tuesday night disturbance the . state's worst racial incident in recent years. Mayor E. O. Pendarvls and other city officials met with students leaders during the morning. Pendarvls told them, "I am not a czar," but that he would Rocks Thrown At Passing Cars On 601 do all he could to see that their grievances are met. Student Body President Robert Scott headed the student committee. He said the group plans further conferences with city officials. Scott also said another committee will be formed to lead a boycott it one is called. The student leader said a parade permit for the afternoon ; was denied by city officials. "We've got to try to apply all the pressures we can without being messed up or wiped out," Scott told the student rally. "The objective is to keep peace," said George Campbell, another student and president of the campus chapter of the Na-; tional Association for the Advancement Of Colored People. ' "I Utlak we might as well get ftifl wTintp fnott cleaned up while we're in the mood." Campbell also charged that "the brutality of SLED State l aw Enforcement Division; officers last night gives us good cause to march to Columbia." V. He claimed that one of the half dozen students treated at ' the school infirmary after the Tuesday night incident was a coed who was beaten by an officer. McNair said a highway patrolman and three Orangeburg - policemen were hurt. About a dozen students were arrested on trespass charges , and one on charges of assault. lng an officer. ,; The manager of the bowling alley Harry Floyd, said he limits his patrons to whites. He said a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling last Sept. 6 held that amusement places such as bowling alleys do not come under the 1965 Civil Rights Act. Floyd said he had refused to admit Negroes from time to time in the past, but that Monday night about 100 showed up. Police ordered him to close. About 400 showed up again Tuesday night. The second meeting of the day consumed most of Tuesday afternoon in the office of Robert T. Stevenson, city administra- ($. A Pag 2A) McNair Says State On Top Of Situation COLUMBIA (AP) - Gov. Robert McNair said Wednesday the state of South Carolina "Is not going to let things get out of hand" at Orangeburg where Negro college students clashed with police Tuesday night. "I want to make it clear we will not tolerate brutality and we will not tolerate violence," McNair told a news conference. "If those who took part in the Incident have-grievances there are places where they can be solved," McNair said. "The courts are available." . McNair disclosed that two National Guard units have been placed, on alert and about 100 highway patrolmen and agents of the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) are at Orangeburg to aid local officers If necessary. . ' , "We are prepared for any-' thing that might arise," he said. The governor said he had sent Atty. Gen. Daniel R. McLeod to Orangeburg and was receiving frequent reports from him. He said SLED Chief J. P. Strom had told him the possibility was good that further violence can be avoided. "It was not a major crisis but an incident did occur," the governor continued. "I don't want to blow It up into national news coverage that would only contribute to it. . "There was some breaking of glass and striking of police officers. One highway patrolman and three local policemen were injured." McNair said an investigation was being made to determine if "outsiders, including Black Power advocates," had contributed to the rioting of several hundred young Negroes, most of them students at South Carolina State College and Claflin College, both in Orangeburg. The governor said The Associated Press was in error In re-porting while the disturbance was in progress that National Guard troops confronted the students. He said an Orangeburg National Guard unit of about 200 men had been called to duty but remained at the armory. McNair added that a Guard unit at Edgefield has been placed on the alert In answer to a question, Mc- (& B Po 2B) W.W.V.V

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