Aiken Standard, February 14, 2011

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February 14, 2011

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 14, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina m jm mmmmm Monday February 14,2011 Vol. 145, No. 45Your Local Source Since 1867 ===== VAAAnA^ Todays Weathei: High « 68» Low 30» Full forecast 18C 500Getting out of EgyptCouple recounts overseas By SUZANNE R. STONE .Staff writer Bill and Elaine Hillan of Aiken got more adventure than they bargained for when they set off upon a cruise down the Nile River in late January. The couple left Aiken on Jan. 20 for a trip to E^pt with land, sea and air legs. They had been planning the trip since September, once Elaine, a kidney transplant recipient, received medical clearance to travel. "I've always wanted to see Egypt. I worked for the airline*s before I got married, and I always wanted to go to Egypt and never got there," have resumed their travels now that their children are grown. The Hillans flew into Cairo and spent three days there. Then they took a plane to Luxor and cruised by boat to Aswan, where they took a plane to Abu Simbel, site of the Great Temple of ^ng Ramses II. They took a second boat back to Aswan via Lake Nasser and flew back to Cairo from Aswan. They arrived back in Cairo late Monday, the day formerly peacefiil protests in Cairo calling for Egyptian President Hosni Mubar^ to step down turned into violence between police, pro-Mubarak forces toiïifâDaSÏZ©Author's new book is on teen idol crushes ► Novelist Allison Pearson, whose own teen crush was on David Cassidy, has focused on love-stmck girls inhérnewbook. |7A Clarence Eugene Heath, Williston Helen Friday Thomas, Graniteville Jeffery David King, Wagener Lassie Williams, Aiken Nerlna Bellavista Minolfa Aiken ShirieyO-Hartwell, Jamaica, N.Y. Deaths and Funerals 10A Oj^ Calendar 3C Classifieds SB Crossword SC Comics 4C DearAbby SC Horoscopes SC Movie Listings 3C Obituaries OA Opinions ISA Puzzles SC Sports IB TV Listings 2C Bill and Elaine Hillan ride camels in front of the pyramids. and protesters. "That's where it got interesting. We were supposed to go on to Jordan; that was our plan. But while we were on the boat, the protests started," Bill said. "We were with Viking River Cruises, and they said they didn't recommend we go to Jordan at this time.' There were only six of us going on to Jordan; the rest were going back home. One couple had akeady backed out, the other one backed out at that point, so we backed Submitted photo out kicking - we really wanted to go on, but they recommended not." "With all the problems at the airport, we thought we'd better get out of Dodge right Please see EGYPT, page 11AËx-presîdential cat leads Aiken retiree into history By SUiMNNE R. STONE Staff writer Aiken retiree Eleanor O'Connor is now just a whisker away from history. O'Connor was interviewed in January by staffers from the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, who wanted to document the life of her cat, the late Cat-Hoover-Mason, known to friends as just Cat. Cat, a purebred Siamese, came into O'Cotmor's care upon the 1964 death of her previous human, former president Herbert Hoover. Judy Sheppers, O'Connor's neighbor and friend, found Cat's pedigree papers while helping tidy up last fall and asked O'Connor about the cat. "I said, 'This belongs to history; you need to do something with it,'" Sheppers said. "I contacted the Hoover Library, and they came in and did a video Submitted photo Eleanor O'Connor sits with her cat, Cat-HooVer-Mason, known as Just Cat, after the death of Cat's previous owner, former president Herbert Hoover. mterview with Eleanor." "I worked in Hoover's office at the Waldorf, for the Dutch Treat Club," said O'Connor. "Mr. Frank Mason was a member of the club for a long time; he knew everybody. I went to him' ' for a job, and, from 1961 to 1969,1 was the only woman Please see CAT, page 11A Rail proposal is a reminder of Aiken's start By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer President Barack Obama's $53 billion proposal to expand high-speed rail -touted as an investment in infrastructure to speed goods and information and create jobs - brings to mind the railroad system that is so integral to Aiken's history. The budget plan Obama is set to release today includes a six-year, $53 billion plan for high-speed rail. If Congress approves the plan, the money would go toward developmg or improving trams tiiat travel up to 250 miles per hour and coimect-ing existing rail lines to new projects. This push is part of Obama's "broad goal of creating jobs in the short-term and increasing American competitiveness for the fiitufe through new spending on infrastructure, education and innovation," according to The Associated Press. Vice President Joe Biden said the, spending plan , would build on $10.5 billion already allocated for rail projects - $8 billion from the 2009 stimulus law and $2.5 billion in last year's budget. "These investments are already paying economic dividends in places like Brunswick, Maine, where construction vyorkers are laying track that will provide the first rail service since the 1940s from Brunsv^ck to Portland to-Boston," he said. The largest beneficiary - receiving more than $2 billion from the stimulus package - is California. North Carolina was given $520 million for a high-speed corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte. The South Carolina Canal arid Railroad Co. formed in 1828 paid economic dividends, as well. The City of Aiken literally sprung up around the railroad - a 136-mile-long line that ran from Charleston to Hamburg. .Please see BAlL^j page4A-:„_. staff photo by Amy Banton Elizabeth Fowler, 2, enjoys being pushed on the swings by her father Bill. Higher temps bring residents outdoors By AMY BANTON Staff writer Sunshine and a cool breeze had many area residents out enjoying the weather over the weekend. Car windows were rolled down, and various parks were packed v^th people embracing the wanner temperatures. Bill Fowler, who moved to Aiken about three weeks ago from Clemson, was spend-mg time with his 2-year-old daughter Elizabeth at the playground at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center. "It's absolutely gorgeous," Fowler said. "It doesn't even feel like February." Mary Gilbert and her three children were also taking advantage of the nicer weather Sunday at Odell Weeks. 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