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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 3, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Î » •Í IHomlay January 3,2011 Todsy^ Mobilier Full forecast 16C Vol. 145, No. 3 o 11 r L o c al S o u ve v S i n ( - ( ¡üSSSSSiS www.aikenstandard.com = 1 8 (i 50^ folmettos Man charged While not native to Aiken County, the state tree is ubiquitous, hardy and beautiful By AMY BANTON Staff writer The palmetto - the state tree that fortified Fort Moultrie during the Revolutionary War, deflecting cannon balls off its spongy wood - has been a favorite decor piece used in landscaping around Aiken County for years. Palmettos are a type of palm tree that is often called "cabbage palms." Palmettos and other kinds of palm trees are frequently found in front of local businesses and homes throughout the county. With the recent, unusually frigid temperatures, will the large-leafed beauties survive the cold weather? According to Bob McCartney of Woodland-ers Nursery, the worst that Will happen to palms throughout Aiken is a few brown, dead leaves,_hut______ they usually bounce back. Unless extreme temperatures occur, like 0 degrees Fahrenheit or colder, older palm trees should be able to stand the chill. As for small, younger palm plants, McCartney said that it's a good idea to keep them mulched and, if possible, cover them with some kind of container. He has seen some individuals in colder climates go as far as building frames' around their palms or even keeping a heat Did you know? The palmetto is a type of palm tree called a "cabbage palm." There are around 15 species of palmettos worldwide. The word "palmetto" is a Spanish term meaning "little palm." lamp near them during the freezing months. Most palm trees are slow growing, McCartney said, adding thai if you find a palm with 10 or 12 feet of trunk, it could be quite old. Palm trees in general are not indigenous to Aiken County, according to McCartney, but they grow mostly around the coastal areas of South Carolina and can be found as far north as southeastern coastal Virginia. Palms indigenous to South Carolina include the needle palm, the sabal palmetto, the dwarf palmetto and the saw palmetto. McCartney said that the only type of palm that grows naturally in Aiken County is the sabal minor which is considered a dwarf that doesn't have a trunk and can be found in swampy areas. A variety of palms can be found around Aiken that are not indigenous to the state, such as the Please see PALMETTO, page 4A totocûsâ® Let the n^ysaying begin: Favre claims lie's done > Brett Favre said its time for him to callit a career. He said it was wise not to play against the Uons. He also acknowledged some wH doubt that he is done since he has already come t3ackf)x3m two retirements. 12B ¿toCiMBB BartMni Ann PomwII Fulmer, Beech Island James Ri^rd Bartley, Grovetown,Ga. fclnaBifsh, Brooklyn, N.Y. Coiic^lSltnnwood McLeodr Aikgi VVil|imAlfxandtr$^l«y Aiken . POQ^SufKiFunetaistM Statue of city's founder may be shipped this week By AMY BANTON Staff writer The statue of William Aiken Sr. that will be placed at the Newberry Street fountain may be shipped to Aiken early this week, according to City officials. City Manager Roger Le£>Uc said t^t the bronze statue of the man the city was named after has been completed and should be sent to Aiken from the foundQT some time tins week. Onpe the status arriyfs, the City will ord^ njetal benches and màlb retlova- tions to the downtown fountain throughout the month of January, LeDuc said. After the statue is placed and the improvements are made, an unveiling ceremony will be held possibly in February or March by the City and URS, the company that donated $25,000 to the project in September, covering the price of the statue, Le£>uc added. The statue of Aiken is a symbolic representation of the former president of the SiC. Canal and Railroad Co. as there are no available pictures of the man. The statue was basdd off pi( tares of Calendar SC Ctiassifleds SB Crossword 4C Comics 3C Dear Abby 4Ç Horoscopes • 4C Movfe Ustlngs SC Opinions 9A Puptes 4C ^pprts IB TV Ustlngs 2C ffi family members and people-from his time period, according to City officials. The statue, designed by sculptor Lynn Haste, is of a man sitting on the bench beside the fountain. LeDuc was unsure if the statue would still be of Aiken looking down at a pocket watch, which was shown in the original concept sketch. Improvements that will be made to the fountain include enhancing the plants, adding shrubbeiy, staining it to a darker color, adding benches and removing pavers. The renovations will cost approximately $10,000. .4 Í in robbery of jewelry store By AMY BANTON Staff writer An arrest has been made in a jewelry store robbery that happened Wednesday in which several rings were stolen. Travis Allen Glan-ton, 33, of 730 Maple St., Aiken, was arrested around 3 a.m. Sunday after investigators received a tip. Glanton was chained with armed robbery. He is being held at the Aiken County detention center under a $100,000 bond, according to a press release from Lt. David Tumo with the Aiken Department Public Safety (ADPS). Officials from both Public Glanton Safety and the Aiken County Sheriffs Office assisted in the arrest. At 6:38 p.m. Wednesday, a man entered Kay Jewelers in the Aiken Mall and said he was looking for jewelry for his girifnend. He asked to see several rings and then put his hand in his pocket, claiming he had a gun. He'told the employee that if she didn't cooperate, he would shoot her. The victim told police that she thought she saw an outline of a gun and was scared. The assailant left with 23 rings. Several of those rings were recovered, Tumo said. Glanton has been convicted of several other charges in the past dating back to 1995, including breach of trust with fraudulent intent, shoplifting, common law robbery, larceny and common law assault, according to court records. Graniteville train wreck Aiken Standard file photo This memorial was erected to remember those who lost their lives as a result of the 2005 Graniteville train wreck. Annual gathering to commemorate the nine lives lost By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer It has been nearly six years since the Graniteville train wreck, and for the sixth year since the tragedy, the community will gather to moum the lives of the nine victims who died after two Norfolk Southem trains collided, releasing chlorine gas into the air. The Graniteville Community Coalition, in conjunction with the GVW Investment Corporation and Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, will hold its annual service Saturday at 3 pim. at the church, 271 Bethlehem Circle. At the service, fam ily members of those who died as a result of the crash will be asked to light a candle in honor of their loved ones, said Louisianna Wright-Sanders, founder of the Graniteville Community Coalition. Choirs from neighboring churches will form a Unity Choir and sing several musical selections. "This is a commemoration of the train derailment, a commemoration of those that were lost. 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