Aiken Standard, January 10, 2011

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January 10, 2011

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 10, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Monday January 10,2011 Full forecast 16C Vol. 145, No. 10Your Local Source Slnci^ 18()7 5SSSSSSS www.aikeh8l»ndard.com 50^ BRACiG FOR A m Officials around the county are worst, YOUR LOCAL SOURCE FOK By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer Both SCDOT offices in Aiken County - maintenance and construction - have been mobilized to ensure roadways are clear of tiie expected ice and ^ow accumulation and safe for motorists to travel. SCDOT Resident Construction Engineer JeflFTeny said Sunday that nearly every employee anticipates to work the next few days on first plowing 1-20 and other major U.S. and S.C. routes of snow then treating them with a salt and sand mixture to prevent any ice fi-om forming. The fleet's dump trucks have been mounted with snow plows and spreaders. The National Weather Service in Columbia is calling for one to three inches of snow then, as the atmosphere warms a flection and the snow changes over to fteezing rain, about up to half of an inch of ice on top of that. "That's about as bad a forecast as you can get," Terry said. 'The best thing we can do is keep snow oflF the road and pretreat it before the ice starts to stick." On Sunday, the National Weather Service upgraded this area fi"om a winter storm watch to a winter storm wamihg, meaning that all indications pointed to significant wint^wea&er. Meteorologist Al Moore reported forecast models showing snow and sleet Ming early this morning then changing over to fi:eezing rain any time before 2 p.m. The surface temperature will remain ^ or below fizzing into the aflemoon with an allemoon high of about 34 degrees, he said. Tonight's low will drop back down to the mid-20s, and more fizzing rain is expected to fall intermittently, potentially creating a light glaze of ice on the ground. Aiken County Public Wortes crews are in constant contact with emergency management, public safety and the National Weather Service to coordinate eflfbrts, according to County Administrator Clay Killiaa A conference call was scheduled Sunday aflemoon to keep each entity abreast of the impending weather conditions. "We have to be ready, but hopefully we'll miss (the bad weather)," he said. County road maintenance crews are primarily responsible for clearing Highway 302 and Highway 1 ^tween North Augusta and Aücen; the fleet's motorgraders are Cancellatioiis araiund area as of Sunday * Todays meeting of the Homeiwlltferi has been pushed back to Monday, Jan. 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the Wlllcpx inn. V GlaxoSmtttiKline closed Sunday night at third shift. It will reopen on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Expect word on Aiken County Public Schools by 5:30 a.m. staff pfioto by Haley Hughes In anticipation of the winter weather mix forecast for this area, SCDOT has outfitted its dump trucics with shovels to plow the roads clear of snow and spreaders to distribute a mixture of sand and salt to keep the roadways from icing over. ready, and the County has several four-wheel drives at ite disposal to transport employees to their posts as well as medical professionals to Aiken Regional. As of now, there are no plans to close the County Complex. "As of right now, we're staying open. We have a lot of obligations as a public entity," Killian said. "We are not likely to close unless the roads are just treacherous." City Klanager Roger LeDuc said a decision will made on the opening or closing of city offices ti^ morning, though there is a good ppssibility employees will be notified they do not have to report to work until-9 a.m. City Public Works employees are prepared as well with a mixture of salt and sand to be spread on bridges and hills to prevent hazardous road conditions. Moore said the precipitation will have ended by Tuesday, but the sky will remain cloudy, [»eventing a significant warm up and melting of any ice and snow that has accumulated. Please see WEATHER, page 10AINFORMATIONTo access our winter weather hotline, call644-2395 Aiken County residents are bracing for what could be a si^ificant weather event ovemight, and^the Men Standard plans to make sure you st^ in the know as it happens - with a lot of help from you, our readers, ASTV viewers and aikenstandard.com users. Tune in to ASTV channel 95 on Atlantic Broadband Cable starting at 7 a.iii. tod^, and we'll bring you live reports on the road conditions, area school closings and del^s and all of the infonDation you'll need to weather the anticipated storm. This video feed will also be available live at aikenstandard.com for those without access to the cable channel; the video stream can also be accessed fi'om your smartphone and mobile devices at alkenstandardxom/snow. We'll st^ on the air throughout the day and won't sign off until the threat of ice and snow passes. Here's how you can help. Call our winter. weertherhotitne — know If your place of business Is altering schedules or you need your employees to know they shouldn't ven&re out until dangerous driving conditions have passed. Beyond that, call the hotline to let us know what you are seeing in your area. Are there accidents or trees down in yourneighborhood? What about a power • outage? Give us a call to report any news tip related to the weather conditions, and we'll pass it along to everyone qj^. We may even Interview you live on tiie air. We also want to see and share your photos of everything from snow man building to crews out working to restore power and clear downed trees. Send tiiose photos via ennail to editorial® aikenstandard.com, and we'll feature tiiem on TV and tiie web as tiie d^ progresses. We look fonvard to all of your calls and emails and to sharing tiie valuable information tiiey'll bring to all of us. asTv /iteKÌMÌBLarry Cornell Gethers, AikenWHIiem Edward Mosehty Sr^ Aiken WHIienrurMooraJrv AikenToni Marie Gtssner, JohnstonJoinn Key Hancock Harden, AikenJean Seybt''Sklppy"Brysoa AikenDeaths and FuneiBis 16A [Mib Calendar 5C Classifieds SB Crossword 4C Comics 3C DearAbby 4C Horoscopes 4C Movie listings 5C Cpilom m 4C IB TVUitlnfls Kids learn business in virtual world By ROB NOVIT Senior writer Smack dab in the middle of Aiken High School, students will be selling cars, car accessories and insurance this semester on any given day. None of it is r^, of course, but teacher Travis Phillips' virtual enterprise class is linked to real-world finance. Hiey'Il interact with scores of othw hig^ schools on an o^e virtu^ network, making their own purchases as need^. Phillips said the students vot^ on the busi-nessi named by them Fwe-bird, Inc., thot th^ wanted to establi^ Th^ looked at a travel agency but decided the demand for thp$e services would be limited. They also considered an^^Mntment as Stifr photo by Rob NovitTJ. Nom stcondfrom right 11 tNiliwCEOfo#fv^INiiHipiat Aiken High S<hoo(iplliirtopiNi^^ •mimiptRuifen. ' online car safes bu3ìnes9 was tìiebestUt. kitervi^ed candidates for each|oli.,S«iior T.J. Noyes, who sm^ed as ^f financial officer for a virtual groceiy store last year, selected itstheCBOfortfaeennent ^'it was really eye*opening iM^ yoar, learning how to run a wsiness and dealing with people," Noyes said. 'The eeomic downturn will be fefleGlBd,anditwtllafibct our ^ces and hpw much we make. With gas prices rising, we'll put out a lot of fuel-efficient cars." Other key executives are Jamal Harris, president of Two die in crash on 278 By AMY BANTON Staff writer A two-vehicle accident took the lives of two Aiken County women Saturday evening. Brenda Adams, 47, and Sheila Roberts, 54, each of Aiken, were killed after the 2006 Toyota Corolla they were traveling in was struck by another car around 8 p.m. Saturday at the 1800 block of U.S. 278 near Beech Island, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carhon. Adams, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Roberts, who was in the back seat and not wearing a seat belt, was later pronounced dead at the Medical College of Georgia. Please see DEATHS, page 10A Desire to own breaks resolve I spoke too soon last week when I said I didn't want any major changes to occur this year. Alas, I have the fever -the "1 want a house really bad" syndrome infecting my daily thou^t processes. With the decision of Wanting to stay in this Aiken County for while, I've started to seriously think about buying a home. It's a big, intimidating step, but I think it's one I truly want to make. I don't want anything fancy. A small starter home would suffice, but I find myself conflicted. Do I want to purchase an old home or a newly buih house? I've seen them both. I've seen the renovated homes in Crosland Park, the new houses built by Aiken County Habitat for Humanity, and I've been in several freshly constructed homes of friends. When I've walked in to each of them, immediate warmth or coohiess, whatever was opposite of the temperature outside, would embrace me. A nicely insulated home is key for comfort and lower electricity bills, which are two very important factors. Each of these houses ate energy efficient and are modernized representations of today's definition of a home. On a more aesthetic level, these homes bore me. I mean, I would adore living in one, and it would probably be in my best interest to look into a newer modeled home. What causes this internal pr^cament was, while living in Lumbofton, I ms PleaMMtVlfrrUAI^IMselOll PlMeiMeHOMf,pa8tlOA mm m-ymm ;

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