Aiken Standard, February 1, 2011

Aiken Standard

February 01, 2011

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 1, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Berenstain Bears turn 50 Nearly 50 years after the Berenstain Bears first charmed preschoolers and their parents, the lovable ursine clan remains as close to its Bear Country roots as the Berenstain children remain to the boob bearing its family name. | IC Vol. 145, No. 32 \()iir l.oca s I S Dili'ce Since 1867 50^Soldier who died overseas had Aiken ties VenetzBy AMY BANTON Staff writer A Special Forces soldier who died last week in Afghanistan has local ties'. Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Venetz Jr., 30, died Friday from injuries sustained in a noncombat-related incident at Bagram Airfield in the Parwan province of Afghanistan. He is the son of Tony Venetz Sr. of Aiken, according to Buz Yamell of Fort Gordon's public aflFairs. The cause of death is undetermined at this time and is under investigation, according to a press release from the Department of Defense. Venetz, a native of Long Island, N.Y., was an engineer with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) based at Fort Bragg, according to the press release. The soldier's remains were retumed Sunday to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, according to The Associated Press. Venetz began his military career in 2001 as an infantryman with a unit based out of Prince William, Va. He later attended basic combat training and advanced individual training at Fort Beiming. Venetz was assigned to tlie 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment based at Fort Hood, Texas. He was assigned to a scout platoon in which he was deployed to Cuba and served two tours in Iraq. In 2007, Venetz began training to be a Special Forces soldier. In March 2009, he graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course and was assigned to 7th Group. Please see SOLDIER, page 10A Tuesday February 1,2011 Toda/s Weather Full forecast 16CAiken schools earn goM, silver awards► A total of 14 Aiken County schools earned 21 gokJ and silver awards for academic performance and growth in achievement 12A eBook lovers Amazon is selling more books for its Kindle than paperback and hardback books in the U,S. Book sales For every six i For every two paperbacks sold i hardbacks sold 11 ^ fi r > '' ^ Seven digital SIxdigitai booltssoid bool(S8old Kindle Store • More than 810,000 books available; 109 of 112 New York Times Bestsellers • More than 670,000 under S9.99 9 2011 MCT Source: Amazon Graphic: Melina Yingling /ite) (it^ill© Vivian Ford Rliodes Cato, Graniteville Owen G.'Hap'Davis, Aiken l^thleen M. Jarvis, Wagener Eldon Bell, Noirway Danny D.Wili(ins, WarrenvilleDeaths and Funerals 16A [b^ Calendar * 5C Classifieds 4B Crossword 4C Comics 3C Dear Abby 4C Horoscopes 4C Markets 12A Movie Listings 5C Nation/World 12A Obituaries 6A Opinions 13A Puzzles 4C Sports • IB TV Listings 2C County will discuss backing anti-illegal immigration billCity will fîll threepositions I City manager will go through almost 200 resumes for the positions of assistant city manager, human resources director and public service director RawlsBy HALEY HUGHES Staff writer • Aiken County Councilwoman Kathy Rawls is asking the rest of Council to support the state's legislature in its consideration of a bill that mirrors Arizona's illegal immigration law. The bill (S.20) provides that when a law enforcement officer has reasonable suspicion that a person who has been stopped, detained or arrested is an alien unlawfully in the United States, the officer or his agency must follow certain procedures to verify the person's immigration-status. If the agency receives verification the alien is here unlawililly, the agency may transport that person to a federal facility. A proposed resolution to support the bill will be heard by Council today. "This just lets them know that we as a county support this," Rawls said. Arizona's law has received praise for its tough stance on illegal immigration reform and has withstood vehement backlash that it would lead to racial and ethnic profiling. "The bill states that, as far as an officer stopping someone, there has to be a reason. It's not supposed to be by race or whatever," Rawls said of the South Carolina bill. Tlie bill states that a law enforcement officer may not "consider race, color or national origin" when enforcing the bill if it becomes law. The bill is sitting in the Senate Judiciary Committee. South Carolina is not the only state looking at such a bill. Georgia, Mississippi, Indiana, Florida, Nebraska, Ken-tuck>', Utah, Pennsylvania and Texas are among the states where similar bills have been drafted. "The bill states that, r rr^ as jar as an ujjia^r Stopping someone, there has to be a reason. It s not supposed to be by race or whatever. " Kathy RawlSy Aiken County 'CouncilwomanWant to go?► What? Aiken County Council meeting► When? Today at 7 p.m.► Where? County Council chambers, located at736 Richland Ave. In other business, Council will consider further discussion of proposed amendments to a noise ordinance. The proposed amendment would permit loud noise coming from a racetrack and other recreation venues until midnight if Aiken County Public Schools are not in session the next day. If school is in session the day following an event, the ordinance stipulates that the loud noise must stop at 10 p.m. Carolina Dragway in Jackson, and the noise accompanying the racing events held there, has been at the center of the discussion fi om the beginning. Earlier this month, drag strip owner Jeff Miles offered to build a sound barrier that would help buffer noise coming fi-om the facility. Aiken County Council meets today at 7 p.m. in chambers located at 736 RicWand Ave. This is a breakdown of the S.20 bill. > No official or agency of South Carolina may limit or restrict the enforcement of federal immigration laws. An alien's immigration status may be detennined by: • a law enforcement officer who is authorized by the federal government to verify or ascertain an alien's immigration status; or • the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the United State Customs and Border Protection. If during the commission of a lawful stop, detention or anrest by a law enforcement officer, where reasonable suspicion exists that a person stopped is an alien and unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made to detemiine the immigration status of the person, unless the determination may hinder or obstruct an investigation. An officer may not consider race, color or national origin when attempting to determine the immigration status. A person is presumed to not be an alien unlawfully present in the United States if the person provides to the law enforcement officer any of the following: • a valid South Carolina driver's license; • a valid South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles identification card; • a valid tribal enrollment card or other fonri of tribal identification; or • any valid United States federal,' state, or local government issued identification. Please see BILL, page 10ABy AMY BANTON Staff writer The City of Aiken lias three op«i positions that the new city manage is workkig to fill. City Manager Richid Pearce will be going through almost 200 resumes for the positions of assistant city manager, human Pearce resources director and public service director. The acceptance of applications closed Jan. 19, and now the reviewing process begins. Interest from the city, state and around the countiy has been expressed regarding the three vacant jobs. "We have strong interest in all three positions," Pearce said. A total of 1Ü5 resumes were received for the assistant city manager position, Pearce said, approximately 40 resumes each for the human resources director and pubHc service, director positions were tumed in. "I've been quite humbled to go through the applications because these folks have presented tremendous credentials," Pearce said. "This reaflBrms that Aiken is not just a place to visit but also a place where people want to woric, live and raise a family." Please see JOBS, page 10A East Aiken students meet renowned pianistBy ROB NOVIT Senior writer Solo pianist Tzu-Feng Liu, a Taiwan native now living in New Mexico, has performed throughout the world. On Friday, she discussed her career and perfonned for a group of fiflh-graders at the East Aken Elementary School of the Arts. Liu described how she does a lot of Chopin works and also consid^ Bach one of her fevorites. "He was the fatherof music for many composers who came later," Liu said. £>uring a question-and-answer session, ¿ftti-graden Logan Ford asked if ^e lilc^ Beethov^ too, and Liu smiled with pleasure. "Oh yes, veiy mucl%" she said. Log^ has begun taking violin iessons with about 15 other students during East Aiken's after-school program. He has always liked gospel music, although "I never thought I'd like classical music. But it's good." Liu came to Aiken for USC Aiken's Wmter Nocturne Concert on Thursday night, sponsored by university donor Ben Cox for the second straight year. All proceeds went to the college's music department. She also did outreach programs at USCA, meeting with music students and also providing master classes for a college student and two high school pianists. Liu visited with orchestra musicians at Aiken High School and the Davidson Fine Arts School in Augusta. "It was really a treat," said Dr. Joel Scraper, vocal professor at USCA. "She has been very kind and very good with the students." Please see PIANIST, page 10A ^ f-r.- > ; ' . ' I ; staff photo by Rob Novit ^lo pianist T^u-Feng Liu performs for East AikMi EleniiBntiry School of the Arts students io an outreach program. A night earlier, Uu gave a concert at USC Al^ to benfflt the unhít^ sit/s music department ;