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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 12, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 VGnyOn says hello to iPhone  Wednesday  January 1^2011  Vol. 145, No. 12  \ on r I. o < • a I S () u r ( ' ( ^ S i i m • c ^ 1 (S ( > 7  SSSS5SS www.aikenstandard.com   School makeup days  The first makeup day is scheduled on Presidents Day Monday, Feb. 21. The other will occur on a teacher workday Friday, March 4.  Road closures, trash pickup  Work on a new water tap scheduled for Tuesday on Rutland Drive near Yoric Street has been rescheduled for today.  Due to the ice and snow, the woric was pushed back to install a new water tap for a new laundry busi  ness near the BP at Yoric Street and Rutland Drive, according to Aiken City Public Wori(s Director Lany Monis.  Work will begin around 10 or 10:30 a.'m. after students anive at school. Westbound lanes on Rutland Drive will shut down, and all traffic will be delegated to the eastbound lanes.  Aiken City trash pickup is also one . day behind due to inclement weather, Monis said.  Outages lower than expected  Power companies suggest recent tree trimming practipes prevented a lot of power outages from occurring, j 2A  Did ice put peaches in danger?  Did this week's cold and freezing temperatures damage the local peach crop that will come into season this May? Find out. [ 2A  in dangen  THAWING OUT  H Local officials said they were prepared for the worst, but were pleased that the winter storm didn't pack more of a punch.  By KAREN DAILY  Staff writer  Weather forecasters are warning commuters headed out this morning to be careful - they are not out of the woods yet.  Ice was slow to melt Tuesday since temperatures climbed only slightly above freezing, and the sky remained overcast as moisture on the roadways re-froze, resulting in black ice.  Black ice looks like wet pavement but is really a veiy thin layer of ice and can be "very dangerous," police said.  Sunshine, wanning temperatures and winds blowing in today are expected to dry out the roadways, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Shawn Smith, but, until then, tiie storm that kept residents inside for the early part of the week will have a few lasting effects.  The remainder of the week should be much safer for travel.  Local officials have praised area residents for using "common sense" earlier this week and staying inside and off the roadways.  Municipal and Aiken County officials said they were prepared for the worst but were pleased that the storm didn't pack more of a punch.  "We were very fortunate," said Aiken Public Safety Gapt. Wendell Hall.  Staff reports  The Aiken County public schools will re-open with a two-hour delay this morning after two days of snow and ice, but won't make up the missed days until February and March.  Everitt  staff photo by Michael Gibbons  SRP Federal Credit Union employees worked^to make their parking lot and sidewalks safe for their delayed opening Tuesday. Ann Burson shovels ice in the parking lot at the Rutland Drive business.  Winter storm that shut down South turns toward the,Northeast. 19A  Assistant City Manager Richard Pearce and Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian echoed Hall's comments.  Manpower was staffed to minimize the amount of overtime needed by crews working to* clear the ice-laden roadways.  Crews used sah and sand to make roads passable.  The City of Aiken's Public Works Director Larry Morris praised his crews for the time and effort they put in to the winter  Please see STO;RIM, page 14A  The delay for each school is two hours after that school's regular starting time. Siiiools throughout the district have varying starting times. In mid-aftemoon Tuesday, district administrators originally planned to open schools on a regular schedule, then later in the day decided on the delay.  District officials rejected any consideration of making up the two missed days during a teacher workday Friday or on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, said Superintendent Dr. Beth Everitt.  Teachers are preparing for report cards Friday, and people have made plans for Monday," she said. "If we took one of those days, it could disrupt families."  The need to close school Monday and Tuesday during  Please see SCHOOLS, page 14A  Wallace E. Brewer, Wagener John Chapman, Clearwater Graca Elizabeth Willis Cookr Aiken IMaria Garratt Trenton Larry Cornali Gatharsr Aiken  Branda Laa Jatt Adams,  Aiken  Marion IM. Jonas» Alken Qorothy Wast Udbattar,  Aiken  wniifMoora'l^ig^Jr.,  Aiken  Lillian Downs Nawman, North Augusta ShaUa Ann Roberts, Aiken ShiriayASzabo^ Coolspring Township, Pa. Hilda UsryWhittia, Aiken  fldvi2;nt ealszndar winnizr     Calendar    5C      Classifieds    SB      Comics    3C      PearAbby    4C      Horoscopes    4C      Market;    4B      Movie Uttings    9Ç          m      '(mmin    •-7À      Cantei«    IIA      Imiü' :    4|C      .mmrn.. K          lÉil'          iSp*''...     Congratulations Drake Jennings!  Five-year-pid Drake Jennings, grandson of Bi'enda Jennings of Aiken, is the winner of the Standard Advent Calendar Contest.  Jake is the winner of a$100Walmart gift ' certificate courtesy of VVayne's Automotive for completing his advent calendar.  ★ ^  ¥  AP file photo  Nikki Haley will become South Carolina's 90th governor and the nation's second Indian-American chief executive today.  Haley will be sworn in today, faces budget mess  By JIM DAVENPORT  Associated Press  COLUMBIA — Nikki Haley may downplay how much she'll step into ìàs^ tory Wednesday as the state's first woman governor.  But Haley no doubt will leave an out-sized mark as she becomes the state's 90th governor and the nation's second Indian-American chief executive.  The 38-year-old Republican mother of two enters office as the GOP controls the House, Senate and all nine constitutional offices for the first time.  And she'll make key decisions on how the state deals with a gaping $829 million shortfall in the upcoming budget. Haley knows pain is ahead for people and the programs they depend on, and she's expected to talk about that in her inaugural address.  In November, she appointed a fiscal crisis task force to come up with plans to pare state spending for what she called the worst budget year the state has ever seen. "No one has ever said this isn't going to hurt. This is going to hurt," she said at the time. "I think we have to be realistic with the people of South Carolina: This is gonna hurt."  The pain is likely to be feh by most South Carolinians with children in school or colleges or those who use Medicaid programs that care for the elderly, disabled and poor. Those programs account for a more than two-thirds of state spending and can't be spared deep cuts without shutting down other state agencies, state budget writers said.  Her job vaults her into an immediate budget problem.  The state's Medicaid agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, will stop payments in February for adult dental, vision and hospice services and slash home health visits by a third for the state's elderly and disabled.  And the financial oversight board Haley will now chair will have to decide whether to allow the agency to run a $228 million deficit for the current fiscal year.  If that doesn't happen, the agency says it will shut ofiT Medicaid i)ayments to all care providers in March.  Haley isn't caught up in the size of the financial problem. She's interested instead in dealing with an overgrown government.  'The size of the problem for me is not in 4ollars. It is in what is the ro}e of government," Haley said in a recent interview-  "Finding savings is actually a passion of mine," she said. She said she'll first look at how many state workers there are and what they're being paid. Then she'll move on to how many cars, cells phones and agencies there are and which a^ieQ-cies ^ould be merged.  Grabbing the state's financial reins contes after a rough election ride for Haley. A year ago, Haley was at the back of a five-way race for the GOP nomination and badly behind in mon^ and yis-ibility.  (NféNiMa HALEY, iMgallA   

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