Aiken Standard, January 27, 2011

Aiken Standard

January 27, 2011

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 27, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina J [fi IThursday January 27,2011 Todaty^vyéallier Mgh » Low Vol. 145, No. 27Y O II r L o c a 1 S o 11 r e e S i 11 c e 1 8 6 7 SSSSSSS www.aikenstandaird.com ====== Full forecast 16C 50«Drug charges stem from N.A. traffic stop By KAREN DAILY Staff writer A traffic stop in North Augusta Wednesday led to the arrest of a 54-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man on drug trafficking and distribution chaiges. Keith A. Quiller, 27, of Bradleyville Road in Norfli Augusta, and Millicent Walker, 54, of Euclid Avenue ili Noréi Augusta, have each been chaiged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, trafficking crack cocaine and possession of a controlled substance. Investigators estimate the marijuana to be about 60 grams, the cr^k around 14 grams and reported finding 25 tablets of Oj^ontin. An officer stopi^ the vehicle at the intersection of Buena Vbsta and West avenues in the City of North Augusta about 4 a.m. Wednesday. Inside the vehicle, police found an open bottle of Vodka and then followed up with a full inspection of the vehicle. Inside, the officer came across a purple Crown Royal bag with what was initially described as an "abundance" of a green leafy substance and a clear bag of a white substance suspected to be crack cocaine. Another bag contained pills, the officer reported. Police later processed the items and determined they were marijuana, crack and OxyContin. The two were arrested and taken to the Aiken County detention center. Quiller WalkerGOING OUT OF BUSINESS?Furniture store's closing date still not certain By AMY BANTON Staff writer A furniture store that announced its closure in November is still holding a quitting business sale, and many wonder if it is really shutting its doors. People holding signs advertising a "quitting business" sale at Lawsons Home Furnishings have had a presence on Whiskey Road for a couple of months. The manager of Lawsoiis, Krista Bostic, said they were definitely quitting business and that the lease for the building that houses the store in Mitchell Shopping Center on Whiskey Road ends Jan. 31. Lawsons opened its doors February of 2002. As for when Lawsons' last day of business will be, Bostic could not give a specific date and said that the property owner would allow them to continue sales after the lease is over. Bostic said that they have been pulling their remaining merchandise from their main warejiouse in Statesboro, Ga., and some advertisements state that "All must go immediately." The property owner from whom Lawsons is leasing said they have extended their lease to the end of February but would not comment further on the matter. Calls to Randy Laster, the operations manager of Lawsons, or Wahlquist Management Corp., which owns the furniture store, were unsuccessful or not returned before press time. City officials say that the business has followed all of Aiken's mandates accordingly. The silage for the "quitting business sale" has b6en in accordance with the ordinance by having individuals hold signs, according to OailiQaERZ© Who% on first? > Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves talks about his upcoming rookie season on page 1B. RobMfBobby^.toiMCr GmMlne^Jtrry'PMl North Augusta SItirityGrtldtrWMMir Aiken Deaths and Funerals I liA Calendar 5C Classifieds SB Q>mics 3C DearAbby 4C Horoscopes 4C Markets 4B Movie Ustlngs SC CIÉulÉis OA m ^i&s / i™ ■ 4C State of the Union positive for SRNL, nuclear community See analysis of the State of the Union address on page 9A. staff photo by Amy Banton Several signs have spotted Whiskey Road to alert customer of the closing of Lawsons. The signs are legal as long as they are held and not stuckln the ground. 5. City Zoning official Tommy Paradise. If the temporary si^s were stuck in the ground, that would be considered'illegal unless it was a situation of bankruptcy and a federal judge restrains local jurisdiction. According to Carri Lybarker with the state Department of Consumer Affairs, there are no state laws that require a busihess to close its doors within a certain time period ^r announcing it is quitting busmess. Counties and cities must form an ordmance to set a standard for closing businesses. PleaM SM CLOSING, page 12A By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer Clean eneigy sources -including nuclear ener;^ - are an investment that will strengthen security, protect the planet and create countless new jobs. President Barack Obama said in his' State of the Union address to the nation on Tuesday evening. Obama said that his budget to Congress in a few weeks will include investments in biomedical research, information technolo©f and especially clean-energy technology. "So tonight, I challenge you to join me in setting a new goal: By 2035,80 percent of America's electricity •wi}l'«(Mne from clean-eneigy sources," he said. "Some folks want wind and solar. Others want nuclear, clean coal, and natural gas. To meet this goal, we will need them all - and I urge Democrats and Republicans to work together to make it happen." Dr. Susan Woods, chair of the board of directors for Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness, said that CNTA is extremely pleased to hear the president articulate support of clean eneigy, which is very important to the community. "We applaud his statement. I think it's the first or one of the first clear statements of support from President Obama," Woods said. "It is clear that the country needs to invest in science and technology that are related to eneigy production and eneigy distribution and anything that can help save the use of energy, so our expectation would Woods be that this would open up opportunities in nuclear technology development." Woods said she does not believe that Obama's goal of achieving 80 percent of the nation's energy from clean-eneigy sources - not using oil, gas, or coal -by 2035 is feasible, and that the shift wili take more than 24 more years. However, she said, tiie support will hopefiilly lead to assistance for initiatives like research and development of technology at the Savannah River National Laboratory as well as the pcoposed eneigy complex at the Savannah River Site. Alrea(fy making advances, the California Institute of Technology is turning sunlight into fuel and C^ Ridge National Laboratoiy is using supercompuiers to get more power out of nuclear facilities, Obama said, and he uiged American scientists and engineers to work • together to find clean eneigy solutions. "We need to get behind this innovation. And to help pay for it, Fm asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies," he said. "I don't know if you've noticed, but they're doing just fine on &eir own. So instead of subsidizing yesterday's eneigy, let's invest in tomorrow's." Pleate see OBAMA, page 12AFunding cuts would stunt growth of arts school By ROB NOVIT Senior writer The newly-designated East Aiken Elementaiy School of the Arts is growing in etiroU-ment and expanding its offerings, its arts instructors told Aiken County Board of Education méml^ at à meeting l^esdayl But their excitement about the school ha& been tempered by the proposal of new Gov. Nikld Haley to eliminate funding of about $2iS million for the S.C. A^ Comnm-sion. ' "We know the state budget is in bad shape and that there have to be cuts,'* said longtime art teacher Cairie Power Wednesday. 'WU take cuts like anyfaw else/but why take it away completely?^' The Aiken School Board authorized tfa« inclusioÉ of the **aiti[^ statui last summer in iiGognitipn'^f adiool's effort! in recent years to staff photo by Rob Novit Eait Aiktn School off tht Arts kindtrgarttn studftnts Faith Holcomk Itfft and Asia BiKlaiianshowofffthflirlitoitworfcsiWMnt^ propoial to fUmiiiili all itati fimdlng for tht SX. Arts Commiiiioii. edtication teacbn*, andtnusic , _ a Jensen. They described an enrollment gain of (50 students and tí» intrö- af^sdiool progrfons - for whidi parents are willingly paying fees, Robinson said. Disciplinai^ referrals diu> ing the first nye months of school have dropped by 34 percent, Jensen said. A digital presentation by the teachers included a quote from Sth-grader Jillian Boyd: *To be a part of a school of th^ arts is very exciting and thriUing. The belit part is being able to draw, dance, sing, paint and l^um values of Ufó in all subjects." PlaaMaMFUN0INQ.pi8t12A ;

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