Aiken Standard, January 26, 2011

Aiken Standard

January 26, 2011

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 26, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Your 1.oca 1 Soiirce Si rice 1 8i)7 wvm.aiken8tandard.comDog that killed 9-year-old girl euthanizedBy KAREN DAILY Staff writer The dog that killed a 9-year-old Merriwether Elementaiy fourth-grader has been euthanized, state officials said. The McCormick County SheriflPs Office requested the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) pick up the dog that attacked and killed Kristen Dutton while she was outside h^ grandfather's McCormick home on Saturday. A DHEC spokesman said the dog was tested for rabies and was negative. McCormick County Coroner Faye Puckett said the 9-year-old was attacked by the family dog about 6:30 p.m. while visiting her grand-f^er's ¿ome. He had reportedly boi^t the pet three wei^ ago for his grandchildren. On Saturday, the 98-pound Japanese Akita bit the girl in the neck wlule she was outside alone with the dog.. She later died at the hospital, the coroner said. Puckett said the girl had walked the pet earlier that day. Leah Abercirombie, Kris-ten's mother, told News Channel 6 reporters that she isn't sure what happened to make the dog attack. The service for Dutton will be held today in North Augusta. Mourners continue to post messages of sympatiiy for the family on the memorial wall established on die Posey Funeral Home website, www. Sandra Friar, a spokeswoman for Edgefield County schools, said counselors would be available for the students and staff. The Associated Press contributed to this article. Contact Karen Daily at [email protected] com. Submitted photoKristen Dutton, 9, died a^r a dog attacked her Saturday. RAUY FOR A CURE Community supports Meredith Legg's fight against cancer By ROB NOVIT Senior writer Asixdi-grader at Mead Hall in late 2009, Sarah Grace Heaton readily a^tted she and her teammates were nervous when tfiey leamed Meredith Legg would become their basketball coach. They knew she had been a standout player for USC Aiken and, "we were scared out of our minds and wouldn't even talk to her the first coi^le of prices.... Now we all love her,'' Itw team has enjoyed basketball success and will play for an independent league championship later t^ week, t^ the middle school girls have leamed some other important lessons from L^g, too. TTi^ began to understand early in 2010 that tiiieir coach had been diagnosed with uveal melanoma in the spring of2009 and had lost an eye. Last May, th^ found out that Legg's cancer h^ retumed, this time in ttie form of lesic^ on the right side of her liver. "We aU cried," Sarah Grace said. "It was awfiil, but we're completely behind her. You would never know she has c^iKer. She just has a positive attitude and inspires all of us everyday." Legg has been getting experimental Photo submitted by Allen Riddick Mead Hall basketball coach Meredith Legg, center with glasses, is joined by her players at a doubleheader fundraiser for her battle against cancer. Legg is battling a second bout of uveal melanoma. treatmoit, ii^chiding radiation, fiom ho- specialist in PhUadeli^iia. All but one lesion have been shrinking, she said lYiesday, and the doctor is monitoring that one carefully. The good news is that she hasn't needed treatment since August, Legg said Her next visit to her doctor will be Feb. 21. Sarah Grace did much of the coordination for a fundraiser in siq)port of Legg at a basketball doubleh^er at Mead Hall Monday night Before the girls' game with Curtis B^tist of Augusta, Legg and the graduating eighth-grade players were Please see LEGG, page 16A Staff photo by Haley Hughes KJ. Jacobs, with McMillan Pazdan Smith, explains the conceptual plan. County Complex location is a concern By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer A conceptual plan of the new Aikm County Complex unveiled at a public input session Tuesday is based on the premise that tiie current Richland Avenue structure be demolished and a new building constructed in its place. It is just not feasible to re-purpose any part of the existing build^ and an attempt to do so would come at a premium of about $3 million as the structure has "lived its usefiil life, we think," said County Administrator Clay Killian. 'To reuse ^ reshsqie that design, it would still be an Please see COMPLEX, page 10A Betty Helen Thomason Beasley, Columbus,Miss. Shell« Ann Wheeler Cross, Aiken wyn^Dicksr W^rrenville JerryLeeKey, Aiken Eddie Pftd^ett Trenton George G.Sabiner Giamtevilie C^rine'Rene^WUIIamSr M^Wood NortlvAugusta Do4»MFunQfBl9l^ADelayed taxes may afièct millions of taxpayers iimftd^ CalendarBy A8HLEEY WIUIAIflSON Staff writer Not eveiyone plaiming on an early tax refund this year is going to get vM th^r're hoping for so soon; in &ct, millions of taxp^os may have to wait until mid-Februaiy to see Aeir refimd. Ta7q}ayers who itemize deductions, as weU as those claim the Higher Education Tuiticm and Fees deducti(»i, ancl teachers claim the Educator Ejqiense deduf^on will have to wait a little bit loi^ than most lor their tax refuodtfaisy^. Recent legislatic^ pass^ hy Congress in Dec^ber is putting a delay on filing ce^ returns, and ^ delayed a(^(mby Congress could result in a tl^weds: bteddfl^ for the rest of the tax season, said Dftvid S^do; a finan^* ctal oGtasuHjut ^ Snyder and Stewart, PC, an Aikm Financial and Tk Service ftju^: How yoiir taxes will change Almost hatt otAipericans wiffpay km» taxes under the tax cut m signed by President Barack Obama. The averts tax change from 2010 to 2011, by Incorne group: hwcnt level Piy Pay l«M mora ' "é. ÎiÎÛÔÔdlâiBÛO mÊmmmmmvm, The trig pictm No change • »lOMCT SouTMl Tlx Poky C«nMr Ora|)No:Ju$TraU* Filets aflfected t^ the delay must wait until mi^rFebni^ to file their return if doing it çk»tronically, and if they tiy to submit a paper return before then, that w(mt be processed until mid-Februaiy, islation late last year, the IRS is still programming their computes fw the chmiges. Refonds will be delayed for millions of filers, allj)ecause of Congress' delayed action," Snyder said Some of the itemi^ deductions on the Schedule A fohn include home mortgage interest, real estate taxes, car taxes and charitable contributions. "From a taxpayer's stand point, it is a little inconvenient," said Gr^ Roberts» an enrolled agent at Life Solutions, a financial planning firm in AikoL Roberts said the reasons the IRS is calling for the delay to iqxlate its computers is completely practical, given the situation. "The reason they're doii% it is because of the belated passage of the restoration of the Bush tax cuts; they didn't really have time to get all the forms in order as the newlaw would dictate," Roberts said. "From a practical standpoint, it's the thing to do. It may be a little inconvenient, but it's very important hi the absence of a wait, you'd probably have to file twice in orcter to get it right and take advantage of everything that the new law provides," he said. 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