Aiken Standard, January 28, 2011

Aiken Standard

January 28, 2011

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 28, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina nomr for April event at US6A Cenveoatien Center. 2A FiMay January 28,2011 Vol. 145, No. 28^oiir I. oc a I So I! ree» Since I 8() www.aikenstandard.com mSSSSSS^ TocI£^ Weather Hlfih W Low 29» Full forecast 16C 500 Rescued dog is subject of upcoming 'Paw Prints' Man in coma By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer Filmmaker Peter Whitehead believes the story has to be told - the story of a rescued stray in Aiken who is now a trained therapy dog. "Paw Prints," the name of the documentary Whitehead is working on„ features Serena, a Delta Society-certified therapy dog, her work with the sick, elderly and disabled and, in the greater scheme of things, the ivork of the Aiken SPCA and Aiken County Animal Shelter. Whitehead's brother is a neighbor of Serena's owners, Steve and Doris Briggs. While visiting his brother, Whitehead heard Serena's stoiy and was inspired. 'i couldn't believe what I was hearing. For all intents and purposes, Serena should be dead. It is a stoiy that can go untold if you. don't appreciate the details," Whitehead said recently from his home in Canada. Before they moved here, the Briggs were visiting Aiken to take advantage of long rides in Hitchcock Woods on their Paso Fino horses. Doris picked up a copy of the Aiken Standard and saw a Molly's Militia advertisement for an Australian shepherd being fostered in Augusta. Their Australian shepherd of 11 years had recently died. The couple pulled up the group's website and saw Serena's picture. She was not an Australian shepherd but appealing nonetheless. Serena had been found by Aiken County Animal Control officers as a stray and was taken to the shelter, where she was picked up by Molly's Militia volunteers. . Serena was a perfect fit for the Briggs fivm the start. Someone suggested ^e train as a therapy dbg after ^tnessing her calm, gentle gunner. Today, Serena holds fte highest certification fixnn the Delta Sqciety: complex, Sh^ possesses the temperament, discipline and calmness staff photo by Haley HughesFilmmaker Peter Whitehead of Canada-based Beedi Island Films has been filming a documentary in Aiken on a therapy dog and the work of the Aiken SPCA.and Aiken County Animal SheHer. necessary to work in highly active environments witìi many distractions and with unanticipated interactions. "He (Whitehead) thou^t it would be a firn story. I think the idea has merit, that of a rescue dog that has grown up to be a top-trained therapy animal," Steve Briggs said. On a regular basis, Steve takes Serena to children's homes, senior citizen care centers and hospitals; Whitehead and his camera crew followed them for about a week. "You don't know how it's going to go - the dog rejecting Ae person or the person bonding with the dog. As Peter vdll say; Ùte &otage is staff photo by Haley Hughes Senna lays affalnst Steve Briggs during one of their therapy visltSt Serena^ work as a certified therapy dog is a feature in a documentary "Paw PiM* after being shot in headBy KAREN DAILY Staff writer A Warrenville man is in a coma after he was shot in the head during an argument over money at his Brier Patch Lane home in Warrenville on Wednesday, oflBcials said. Donald L«e Smathers, 68, was taken to MCG Health about 10:50 p.m., after his wife. Tammy Smathers, called 911, according to C^t. Troy . Elwell, a spokesman for the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. He was lying on tiie living room floor in a pool of blood when deputies arrived. He was bleeding severely, a deputy observed. Investigators said Tammy Smathers had been out to dinner with Melvin Lowe, a fiiend of the family, and met the victim at the residence after dinner. "Donald had loaned Mr. Lowe money, and there was an altercation of some kind," the captain explained. Tammy Smathers claimed that's when the shooter fired at her husband. She claimed he left in an-old^ mod^-F^ Explorer, officials said. After calling for help, she was waiting on deputies outside and led them to ha husband. Investigators said it iqjpeared as if the critically inju^ victim was unarmed. Elwell said a gun was recovered at the home, adding that investigators believe it was the we^n used to shoot Smathers. Please see SHOT, page 14A ACTS celebrating 25 years in Aiken By SUZANNE R. STONE rSV^BRAT/^Q Staff writer ^ Area Churches Together Serving (ACTS) is celebrating its 25th year of helping the people most in need in Aiken County. A volunteer committee has scheduled a yearlong slate of events to honor ACTS' quarter-century mark. The events kick off this Saturday with the sold-out Third Annual Icicle Ball at Newberry Hall and will conclude with next year's Icicle Ball. ACTS' annual events, such as its participation in the Lexington Race Against Himger and the fan drive in June, will be adjusted to reflect the anniversary spirit, and several special events are coming tq), according to anniversary committee co-chairs Carolyn Beelf»: and AmyStertz. 'ViARS "The idea is to have an event every month to emphasize ACTS' importance to the community and to get people to remember ACTS," Beeler said. February's events include the Souper Bowl of Caring Hunger Campaign, pegged to the NFL's Super Bowl Sunday, as well as the Lexington Race Against Hunger and a Senior Food Client Celebration. "Every third Sanirday ACTS has its Senior FoodPlMse Me ACTS, page 14A ShaHl^naiffordr Aiken iCEnnlSr [bBSOd Calendar 5C «lUMyRHufl^ North Augusta è'/- ' ;;DeetheandFun^l6A Classifieds ID Comics 3C Markets 12A Movie listings Nation/World m Opinions' Pu»les }à -A/r: W nside Satur|3y CUii MJCCuiWi4 T^ ;

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