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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 11, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 ACP to hold auditions  The Aiken Community Playhouse will hold auditions for its production of the groundbreaking Broadway musical "Rent." | IC  ll 'J  Friday  February 11,20J I  Vol. 145, No. 42  \ o n r < ) c a I S ( ) u r^ c c S i 11 c c 1 8 6 7  ■mhmmmS vAAAnA^.aikenstandard.com =====  Todays Weather  High  Full forecast 18C  50^  Slow down  ■ ADPS to station officers with speed detection guns in downtown Aiken to help combat speeding.  By KAREN DAILY  Staff writer  If you're speeding downtown, there's a good chance someone is watching.  More likely than not, it's an Aiken Public Safety officer amjed with a Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) gun, and his partner is waiting around the comer in a catch car.  Frompieci by coiicenii» that speeding motorists have been barreling down Laurens Street as pedestrians move from one side of the street to the other, officers have been reading speeds of motorists as they sail down Laurens Street and found many traveling in excess of 10 mph over the posted speed limit.  On Wednesday, Master Public Safety Officer Chad Cathcart spent a couple of hours at the intersection of Barnwell Avenue and Laurens Street and clocked motorists traveling as much as 15 mph over the posted 25 mph speed limit.  "Traveling 40 mph downtown is going way too fast," said Lt. David Tumo, a spokesperson for Aiken Public Safety. "That's the speed limit on many of our four-lane roads in town."  Cathcart stood downtown with the LIDAR device and radioed to a waiting officer, giving him the vehicle's speed and description.  The "catch car" then pulled the motorist over.  Public Safety issued a half  Obama administratioii's universal wireless plan  ► Obama wants to increase the availability of vl'ireless Internet access 111A  ZteltólìB  Jolinnie Fay Bouchette,  Aiken  Charlie A. Grimes Jr.,  North Augusta  Deaths and Funerals 16A  \Ì£mB  Calendar  3C  3C     Classifieds    ID      Crossword    5C      Comics    4C      Dear Abby    5C      Horoscopes    5C      Markets    14A      Movie Listings    3C      Nation/World    14A      Obituaries    6A      Opinions    ISA      Puzzles    5C      Sports    IB      TV Listings    2C     Staff photo by Suzanne Stone  Hillary Rich walked out of the Aiken Verizon store with a new iPhone Thursday.  Verizon iPhone arrives in Aiken  , staff photo by Karen Daily  Aiken Public Safety officer Chad Cathcart said motorists on Laurens Street are often exceeding the posted 25 mph speed limit.  dozen tickets and a number of warnings this week,  Cathcart said 15 mph over the posted speed limit was the highest he clocked.  Christian Carlisle, Plum Pudding manager, said he sees a number of motorists round the comer at Laurens Street and Richland Avenue without so much as slowing down for pedestrians.  Pedestrians aren't the only ones having a hard time, police said.  Please see SLOW page 16A  Watch video of Lt. David Turno discussing the speeds of motorists downtown online by visiting www.aiken-standard.com/astv.  By SUZANNE R. STONE  Staff writer  The Verizon iPhone has landed in Aiken.  The Verizon store on Whiskey Road opened at 7 a.m. Thursday for an all-day iPhone launch party. Many Verizon customers opted to preorder online and pick  up their Apple smartphone Thursday; others came in for a new handset purchase or a new-customer contract.  "We don't give out sales numbers as a corporation, but I can tell you we're very happy with Launch Day," said Verizon Regional  Please see iPHONE, page 16A  Jim Stewart meets Ky. counterpart of the same name  By HALEY HUGHES  Staff writer  Jim Stewart found Jim Stewart online.  The former S.C. House District 86 representative was searching his name on the Intemet to see where it was referenced when Kentucky House District 86 Jim Stewart popped up. That's right. Bo^ men share the same name and both are associated  Stewart (Ky.) Stewart (S.C.)  with a state legislative district No. 86.  Please see JIMS, page 16A  Hollywood horses give exhibition in Aiken  By BEN BAUGH  Staff writer  A movie depicting the stoiy of the 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat so captured the imagination of Mia Caiafa that she convinced her mother to take her to'see the film five times. When the opportunity to see in person Mr, T, one of the horses who portrayed Secretariat on the silver screen, it was a chance she could hardly pass up.  Mr. T and RJ, who was featured in the film "Hidalgo " were part of the Swanson Peterson Productions demonstration Wednesday afternoon at Buckleigh Farms. Horse trainers Rex Peterson and Can Swanson worked their magic with the horses before a receptive audience that included horsemen and equine enthusiasts.  "She absolutely loves the horses," said Rebecca  Caiafa, Mia's mother. "They are beautiful. It's incredible to come out and see one of the horses that played Secretariat."  Kelly Boni brought her three children Sullivan, Bella and Abby Lawson to view the demonstration. The Bonis haven't seen any of the movies featuring the horses but thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition.  "We don't ride; I just thought it would be something fun for them to come and see," said Kelly Boni. "They love animals. We were looking for fun, outside activities. It's free and local, and this is the first time we've ever been out to Buckleigh Farms."  Peterson and Swanson place an emphasis on patience and time when training their horses. Peterson does a lot of foundation work with the horses, enabling him to improve communication, solve  Please see HORSES, page 16A  Staff pfioto by Ben Baugh  Rex Peterson works with RJ from the movie^Hidal-go" near the Aiken Training Track on Monday.  WELCOME TO THE WARRENVILLE CHURCH OF CHRIST  WHERE TRUTH MATTERS!!  WE WILL BEGIN A STUDY OF HEBREWS 243-11  HEBREWS - A LETTER TO THE JEWISH NATION  This study will include the following:  CHRIST eOMPARED TO MOSES  CHRIST OUR HIGH PRIEST  CHRIST COMPARED TO THE LEVITICAL  PRIESTHOOD  LEVITICAL PRIESTHOOD-«TEMPORARY CHRISTES PRIESTHOOD - ETERNAL THE NEW COVENANT SgjJEjjJgg^^  Warrenville Church of Christ  No Fancy Programs, Simply Bible Worship 4 Harrison Road • Warrenville, SC 803-663-7699  Sunday 10AIVI Bible Study 11 AM Worship Service  W^dne^day mmmmmmimm^^  J   

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