Aiken Standard, January 8, 2011

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January 08, 2011

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 8, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina BLUeBlRDS OF HflPPINeSSThe Central Savannah River Bluebird Society is gearing up for a new season.Find out what they're all about on PAGE IC. Saturday January 8.2011 IWeiwJl^ Iflln I will I ■■ Tocisys wouumi Low 33® Full forecast 16C Vol. 145, No. 8 \ OU r Ij O cal Son r' ce Sine < ¡5¡¡i55¡S55¡5 = 8 (i > / sotSurviving driver charged with felony DUlPolice: Salley man in head-on collision that killed two was legally intoxicated' By KAREN DAILY Staff writer A Salley man has been charged with two counts of felony DUI on allegations he was legally intoxicated when he attempted to pass another vehicle on a two-lane stretch of highway and caused a head-on collision that killed the occupants of an oncoming SUV, Stephen Corley, 38, of Jewelweed Road in ■ Salley, was arrested Friday afternoon. State troopers said the suspect will be held at the Aiken County detention Corley center. A bond hearing is slated for the weekend, said Lance Cpl. Judd Jones, spokesman for the S.C. Highway Patrol. The charges indicate that Corley was over the .08 blood alcohol limit when the crash occurred on Dec. 29; however, troopers did not release what his levels were. He was hospitalized at MCG Health in Augusta after the crash, and his blood was taken at that time. Corley was arrested upon his release from the Georgia medical center where he was taken by ambulance the evening of the fatal collision. Katie Scott, 22, of Couchton, was also transported to the Georgia hospital that evening. She died Dec. 30 from injuries she SEEKING NUCLEAR SOLUTIONS Commission's open meeting focuses on Yucca, SRS By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer Nearly 200 people turned out at the Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites on Friday, each with an opinion on what the future of nuclear energy in the United States should look like. Members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future, a group appointed by President Barack Obama to conduct a comprehensive review of policies for managing the back end of the ùuclear fiiel cycle, listened and asked questions of the meeting's two dozen or so scheduled speakers. Yucca Mountain and a need to find a nuclear waste repository outside South Carolina to store the nation's spent*huclear fuel was the focus of the day's discussion, coming from primarily economic and environmental perspectives. The Obama administration's decision to halt efforts toward a national repository in Nevada, where spent nuclear fuel from the Savannah River Site was intended to be sent, had many of Friday's speakers frustrated, especially since money for the specific purpose has already been s{fent. "I think it was a veiy shortsighted decision that has devastating effects. We want our money back, or use the hole," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, retiring to the repository. While SRS is good at many things, the site was not staff photos by Anna Dolianjtis Above: Aiken County Council Chairman Ronnie Young, left, and SRS Community Reuse Organization Chairman J. David Jameson, center, were among those representing the county's interests at Friday's public hieeting of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future at the Augusta Manriott Hotel and Suites. Right: Also in attendence were a number of people from Asheville, N.C., who came to Augusta to make their views known. designed to be a long-term storage facility for nuclear waste, he said. Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce President and CEO J. David Jameson, speaking in his capacity as the chairman of the SRS Community Reuse Oiganization, said that SRS is a "go-to" feciUty within the Department of Eneigy complex for handling spent nuclear fiwl, but the site cannot handle the waste that would have gone to Yiicca Mountain long-term. "We continue to believe that Mure to complete Yucca Mountmn is a monumental mistake. If not Yiicca Mountain, a permanent repositoiy is need^ somewhere for the federal government to fulfill its obligation to our community," said Jameson. "SRS was never envisioned as the permanent home for the defense waste. We are not willing to become the de fecto permanent repositoiy." Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness Executive Director Clint Wolfe emphasized the need to extract the maximum amount of energy possible fi:pm nuclear fuel. 8m COMMISSION, page 10A sustained in the crash. Alex Bush, 24, of Aiken, the driver of the vehicle that Corley hit, was pronounced dead the evening of the collision. Bush and Scott were traveling east on S.C. 302 in a 2001 Ford Explorer when the SUV was struck head-on by a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder, driven by Corley, officials said. Witnesses told Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton the Nissan had been traveling erratically, at speeds in excess of 80 mph, only moments before the fatal crash. If convicted, Corley faces a mandatory fine of $10,000 to $25,000 and imprisonment for one to 25 years. Contact Karen Daily at [email protected] com. Here it comes agaiñ: More snow could be on the way to Aik^ By SUZANNE R. STONE Staff writer The Aiken area is bracing for a cold blast of winter weather this week-end. "We have issued a winter storm watch for late Sunday night through Monday afternoon," said National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Miller. "We are expecting a mixture of precipitation types, beginning in the form of snow late Sunday night and then transitioning during the day Monday to a mix of sleet and freezing rain." As of Friday evening, the National Weatìier Service was estimating a possible two to four inches of accumulated snow and a quarter-inch of ice, according to Miller. The forecast calls for lows Sunday night in the upper 20s, a hi^i temperature Monday afternoon in the low to mid-30s, and a low around 30 Monday night as the storm ends. "There is still some uncertainty; as time progresses, we can refine our forecast. We're just advising people to be aware ice and snow could be accumulating," he said. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety spent Friday coordinating with the State Em^ency Management Division and other agencies to prepare an emergency plan for the threat of ice, sleet and snow on the roads. Potential driving hazards include black ice, bridges and overpasses icing before roadways, drivers traveling too for condi-THEFOIKCASr SUNDAYS Mostly clear, with temperatures dropping rapidly. SUNDAY NIGMI^ Low temperatures dip into the upper 2ds; snow begins falling after midnight. MONDAYS Precipitation continues, first as snow, then as a freezing rain and sleet mixture as the high temperatures reach the mid-30s in the aftemoon. MONDAY NIQHTStonn rolls out, but low temperatures drop to around 30, meaning snow and rain on the ground freeze int^ ice.TOTAL ACCUMUUTtONS Two to four inches of snow, a quarter-inch of ice. tions and drivers losing control or skidding on the road. "In studying the weather models, we are more concerned with this situation because of the threat of ice mixed with snow. We want motorists to understand that this could be a veiy different scenario than the recent Christmas snow when temperatures prevented roads from icing in most locations. It will be colder going into this weather event and could Pleate see SNOW, page 10A /íteidlmflí® IMíb Calendar Classifieds Crossword Helen ChriftUieHletpM Harmoni Aiken Johnnie WUma (Mama Jo) htadonan, Atlanta MehrinUMDavwiportSr^ V\^B9enerMM« Ktoy Turner, Sath D^cit)dfuneiai8l6A Markets sc 2D 4C Cpmlcs SC PearAbby Horoscopes 4C B Movie listings Jft PuzEies TVUitIng» •ì'é**' ' The decade has only just started but like many teens, it's trying to figure out what it is and what it's all about. ;