Aiken Standard, January 20, 2011

Aiken Standard

January 20, 2011

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 20, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Pizza chain comes back to Aiken in Bichland Ave. location Thursday January 20,2011 Vol. 145, No. 20\()ur Lqcal Source Since I ^SmmSSmSmm www.aikenstandard.com ^sssm Full forecast 16C 50^Encore for Sarah'Frankenstein' cast to perform again as fundraiser By ROB NOVIT Senior writer The cast members of'Tran-kenstein" gathered at the URS Center for the Arts Monday night, reuniting to prepare for an encore of the popular and award-winning musical they presented last September. The bonus performance, scheduled at ttie center Thursday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m., will serve as a fimdraiser to assist the family of 11-year-old Sarah Bernard. The production captured four awards from the S.C. Theater Association. As a visitor took photographs at Sarah's home Tuesday, she was drawing a pastel wildlife setting, complete with an owl and wolf- an impressive work of art she completed in just 20 minutes. Sarah readily admitted she doesn't like to have her picture taken, "but my mom said I need to do it to draw attention to Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis." She glanced iq) from her pastel work. "Did you get that? 'Draw'attention?" she said with a wry grin. A daughter of Vicki and BiU^ Bonard, Sarah contr^ed JBIA at the age of 2 and, after " CHigoing treatment, went into remission five years later. The disease retumed in severe form last summer, affecting her hands, feet and ankles. Sarah has had to leave her sixth-grade classmates at Schofield Middle School and is getting home-bound instruction. Sarah has long been a promising artist, working with Aiken artist Geoigianna Conger and focusing on black and white pencil drawings. Her illness currently has left her wrists too damaged for detailed pencil work. Remarkably, she found an old set of pastel crayons in her closet just two months ago and hasn't stopped drawing since. "I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't draw," Sarah said. "Through my art, I can express my feelings - like a character is stressed out like you're stressed out. It relaxes you." The URS Coii»ration is providing the facility for theRonnie Edward Cheatham,Warrenviile JenryLDevinerAikenWlQlfrMlMicUvried,North Augusta 1)11111 Sue Reynolds^WilUston IMvy Louise'^eeiy^WMerAikenSarah M.Westmoraland|rAikenHenriptta'HenifW.WIIfon,BelvedereDeaths and Funerals I OA liaait^Calendar 5CClassifieds 5BComics 3CPeàrAbby ACHojoscopes 4CMarkets 4BMovltUbtihgs fC ____^ mtVlfetings tc staff photo by Rob Novit Sarah Bernard, 11, shows off tiie pastet wildlife drawing she completed in about 20 minutes Tuesday. The cast of the musical "Frankensteinr^which debuted in Aiken at the URS Center for the Arts last fall, will return for one show Feb. 3 as a fundraiser for Sarah, who has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. additional performance of "Frankenstein," while the cast members are bringing back the play on their own. Billy Bernard portrays the father of Victor Frankenstein. "These people have become family," he said. "It humbles me how th^ are thinking of ' us." Jerry West plays The Creature, the monster created by Dr. Frankenstein, and he was delighted at how much Sarah got immersed in the production and the musip. Inde^ Sarah learned all the song3 before the actors did. "She loves the show, and it became a part of her," West said. "Sar^ is such an incredible young girl who has been diagnosed with a debilitating disease. It takes so many things away from her, the things we take for granted. There was no question that all of us wanted to do this for her." Doctors are still trying to find the right combination of medications for her. The $2,000 monthly cost for her present meds is covered by insurance, but not indefinitely. Her bedroom also need? updating. "She's having trouble with door knobs and other regular things," Vicki Bernard said. "We need to make her room more grownr-14) and as a place where she can do her aitwoik. An iPad would be helpfiil, too." Please see SARAH, page 7A Want to go? ► What? "Frankenstein" encore fundraiser performance > Wlj0n?feb.3 at 8 p.m. > Where? URS Center for toe Performing Arts, 124 Newberry St. N.W. ► Tickets cost $20 each as a min|mum donation to benefit Sarah Bernard and Children's Arthritis and Rheumatol(^y , Research Alliance. For more information, call 648-1438. Police: Body found in Bath ruled homicide By KAREN DAILY Staff writer Local officials are searching for the murderer or murderers who gunned down an Aiken County man who went missing in early December and whose body was found riddled with bullet holes in a wooded area in Bath Tuesday. Investigators said they believe Ronnie Cheatham was shot several times sometime between Dec. 6, when he was last seen by his girlfiiend, and this week, when the body was found. In December, the 25-year-old left his girlfiiend's home in a borrowed vchiclc saying he was going to the store. He never retumed, prompting her to call local law Cheatham enforcement officials who conducted an investigation and issued a press release ^KKK^ asking for public's help locating him. Two individuals later retumed the vehicle, but Cheatham was not with them. Investigators are talking with those men, said Capt. Troy Elwell, a sherifTs office spokesperson. On Tuesday, about 2 p.m., two individuals who were looking for scrap metal in the woods came across the remains of a human body near Anthony Drive. Please see MURDER, page 12A Haley focuses on government cuts in State of State By JIM DAVENPORT Associated Press COLUMBIA —Gov. Nikki Haley said Wednesday that South Carolina must stop fimding arts programs, consolidate government and reduce dependence on federal cash. Haley pledged she will work to downsize government, invoking former President Ronald Reagan and taking a line from her own campaign speeches, saying government was "never intended to be all things to all people." She said the state must pursue fmancial independence: Her Cabinet agencies will stop pursuing increases in federal funding because Haley it too often comes with requirements, limitations and unac-. counted for costs. "The days are over when Washington tells South Carolina, 'If you want the money? Jump.' And South Carolina responds, 'How high?'" Haley said. "We cannot jump without first considering where we're going to land. And South Carolina cannot afford to follow the federal government, which has thrown itself into a pit of Pieaee see HALEY, page 12A Group says SRNS lacks licensing for reactors ByANNADOLIANITIS Staff writer An environmental group is alleging that plans being pursued by SavamuA i^iver Nuclear Solutions to small modular reactor technology to the Savaxmt^ River Site withiout Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing is in violation of U.S. regulations. Memoranda of Understanding signed between SRNS and two companies in the fall to bring two separate modular reactor protot^es to a future ei^ergy complex at SR^ state that the Department of Energy will assume responsibility for regulating the design, construc-tion~ and operation of the prototypes "in advance of any design certification and licensing by the NRC." "Construction of 'small modular reactors' that are not licensed by the Nuclear ta ae ^ 3E SR / nww MP^ i 0 lliJIt m RiDimS ! ......-j' i Ì j 5-3 1 WKW il \ i Ì 1 Regulatory Commission would violate U.S. law as well as endanger the public, and we will strongly oppose any attempt to avoid required licensing of such reactors," said Tom Clements, Southeastem nuclear campaign coordinator for Friends of the Earth. SRNS formed partnerships with Hyperion Power Inc. and GE Hitachi, and SRNS President and CEO Garry Flowers said in December that another announcement is expected early this year. Clements said that the MOUs violate the federal Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, which states that licensing is required when reactors are operated "in any other manner for the purpose of demonstrating the suitability for commercial application of such a reactor." In order for the law to be adhered to and licensing to be avoided, Clements said, DOE would have to pursue the reactor projects without any private involvement. "In order to avoid required regulation, it appears that the Savannah River Site is trying to manipulate things so that requirements of the Energy Reorganization Act are avoided, but that will be impossible to do," said Clements.Please see SRNS, page 12A2ist 22"" 8pm ñ ;

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