Aiken Standard, February 15, 2011

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February 15, 2011

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 15, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina ^ f li tf /V % ki,;Aiken City Council will discuss fluoride in ¿ity water | 3A Body of arson suspect found Aiken man suspected of starting fire at wife's home was found dead in second fire in Beaufort CountyBy ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer A 41-year-old Aiken man suspected of starting a fire at his estranged wife's Aike^ home Sunday morning was found dead in a second fire in Beaufort County early Sunday afternoon. Autiiorities believe that around 10 a.m., Joe Travis Pryor of 512 Old Dibble Road in Aiken set fire to the home at 179 Lewis Lane in Aiken where Amy Pryor, 41, resided. When Aiken County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived, firefighters were already on the scene and the house was fully involved. Deputies entered the house, determining that the fire, which began in the master bedroom, was intentionally set, and Joe Pryor was suspected of arson, according to Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Troy Elwell. Nobody was inside the Aiken home at the time, including Amy Pryor, Elwell said. Amy Pryor was reportedly out of town at the time of the fire, neighbors told sheriff's deputies. Elwell said he assumed Joe Pryor knew that Amy Pryor was not in the home at the time that he allegedly set the fire, since the fire was set fi-om within the house. The couple was in the process of divorcing, and Joe Please see FIRES, page 12A Aiken man suspected of starting fire found dead in Beaufort County fire \ . -è 95 ★ Who should pay for background checks? Recreation Commission wants the County to pay full cost of background checks for volunteers ■ WHAT IS THE ISSUE? Aiken County Recreation Commission will recommend to Council that the By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer The Aiken County Recreation Commission has recommended that the County assume the full cost of national criminal offense background checks conducted on those who volunteer as coaches and instructors with Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Aiken County Council will hear first reading of the ordinance today at its 7 p.m. meeting. Parks, Recreation and Tourism has run background checks on volunteer coaches and instructors for some years now, said County Administrator Clay Killian. The cost of the screening per person is $18 - $8 is covered by registration fees and the remaining $10 is paid by each coach and volunteer. The Recreation Commission unanimously voted earlier this month to recommend the full cost now be paid from registration fees. "We felt like it would be more of an incentive to these people because we go out and actively recruit people to coach," said Parks, Récréation and Tourism Director Brad Barnes. The department's soccer and baseball programs just kicked off, and Barnes said staff requested that 25 background checks be completed. If that number is extrapolated to the fiill calendar year, he said roughly 100 background checks are conducted each year. "In our program, they can't coach if they don't have a background check," he added. The national criminal offense checks must comply with the standards established by the National Recreation and Paiks Association (NRPA). The NRPA's recommended criteria for volunteer exclusion covers all sex offenses County crimina )ay the full cost of national orfense backpround checks conducted on those who volunteer as coaches and instructors. Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism runs background checks on all volunteer coaches and instructors. I COST? Currently the cost of the screening per person is $18 - $8 is coveredoy registration fees and the remaining $10 is paid by each coach and volunteer. The Recreation Commission voted to recommend the full cost now be paid from registration fees. I WHAT DO YOU THINK? Do you think the County should pay the full cost of criminal backgrouna checks for recreation volunteers?Comment on this story at www.aikenstandard.com, write to Opinions, Ailcen Standard, Box 456, Aiken S.C. 29802 or e-mail [email protected] and all felony violence offenses regardless of the amount of time since the offense; all other fel ony offenses within the past 10 years; all misdemeanor Please see COUNTY, page 12A Catherine Abshire William«, Calendar Jackson Fannie Mae Rjley, Aiken Russell JenningSr Saluda Edward IsaagSalley JoeTkavIs Pryor, Aiken Joseph nioe^ Young, Aiken ianeLMonri«, Aiken 5C Nation/World IIA 5C Classifieds 4B Obituaries 6A Crossword 4C Opinions 13A Comics 3C Puzzles 4C Dear Abby 4C Sports IB Horoscopes 4C TV Listings 2C 3B Markets 3B Tuesday February 15,2011 Todays Weather 02» Low 35» Full forecast 16C \ ( ) 11T' \ J O c a I S o 11 r c e Vol. 145, No. 46 Since 1867 HMüHHHHHMi www.aìkenstaiidard.com : 50^ Chu: Budget is part of plan to win future Deaths and Funerals 16A Movie Listings 5CBy ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer The U.S. Department of Energy's $29.5 billion budget proposed by President Barack Obama for Fiscal Year 2012 invests in what is needed and eliminates what is not. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said Monday in a press briefing. The FY 2012 budget, Chu said, is part of an administration-wide plan to win the future by "out-innovating, out-educating and out-building the rest of the world," while at the same time cutting programs and expenses. "The United States faces a choice today: Will we lead in innovation and out-compete the rest of the world or will we fall behind?" said Chu. "To lead the world in clean energy, we must act now. We can't afford not to. Through our investments, we are lay- "The U.S. faces a choice today: Will we lead in innovation and out-compete the rest of the world or will we fall behind? " Secretary of Energy Steven Chu Putting on the brakes after two years of spending increases, President Barack Obama unveiled a $3.7T budget plan. 18A ing the groundwork for the nation's future prosperity and security. While we are investing in areas that are critical to our future, we are also rooting out programs that aren't needed and making hard choices to tighten our belt. Additionally, we are improving our management and operations so we function more efficiently and effectively." The budget request includes $3.2 billion for energy efficiency and renewable. energy programs, $36 billion in loan guarantee authority to help jump start the domestic nuclear industry and $5.4 billion for the Office of Science to expand investment in basic energy sciences, advanced scientific computing and biological and environmental sciences. Please see CHU, page 12A Staff photo by Amy Banton A special aerial Valentitie flew throughout Aiken Monday. Aerial surprise perfect end to Valentine's Day dinnerBy AMY BANTON Staff writer One local man got a Valentine surprise on the wings of love Monday. Sondra Carr sent a message of admiration to her boyfriend Robbie Goldman by plane through Atlanta Aerial Billboards & Banners. "Everyone I told what I was doing thought it was a cool idea," Carr said. "I just thought it would be something different, something out of the ordinary." It was a huge surprise for Goldman, something he certainly did not expect. The plane took off around 12:50 p.m. Monday from the Aiken Municipal Airport. The couple was having a lunch of steak, lobster and shrimp prepared by Carr at his home when the plane flew over. At first, Goldman was concerned that a plane was flying unusually low. "I heard a plane coming over, and I thought it was going to land in the yard," he said. At that moment, Goldman saw a banner trailing behind the yellow plane that read "I V you Robbie - Happy Valentine's Day!" in 7-foot tall letters. "Words can't really describe it," Goldman said when trying to explain how he felt when he saw it. Neighbors and co-workers from his business, Gold- : "It was exciting to see ... It was something I will definitely remember for the rest of my life."Robbie Goldman Aerial valentine recipient man's True Value, which the plane also flew over, called to ask about the flying valentine. Please see VALENTINE, page 12A Changing wrecker rotation in N.A. raising frustration levelsBy PHYLLIS BRITT North Augusta bureau A change in policy that makes it possible for 10 companies in the CSRA to be on a rotation list for towing calls at North Augusta wrecks instead of the original four has raised the frustration level of some local businesses. After an aborted attempt on Friday to meet with representatives of the local wrecker services to discuss a new policy, oflicials with North Augusta Department of Public Safety held a public meeting on Monday ^emoon. Larry Spence with Total Automotive and Sherry and Jeflf Corbett with Wayne's Automotive all wanted to know why tfie biggest rule in place had been removed. The previous North Augusta city policy limited the rotation list to companies with a place of business inside the city limits. The new policy would open the list to. any companies in the area who comply with regulations set forth by Public Safety. . Wrecker companies rotate on a weekly basis as the "first responder" on accident calls - unless the vehicle owner specifies a particular company. Public Safety Chief John Thomas insisted the department couldn't control the location of North Augusta (bordering on another state). "We can't deny those companies from coming in," he said. Sherry Corbett pointed out her busir^ had re^)ected the guidelines - opening a business in the city limits, comply^ ing with all the planning and zoning regulations as well as the NADPS regulations. "We went by your rules, and now you've tfirown them out the window," agreed Jeflf Corbett. Thomas said part of the motivation came when the number of wrecker services dropped to three within the city limits. "But you have four," insisted Spence, who also noted the timing of the change. He pointed out last October he voluntarily went oflT the rotation list until he could get his equipment back on track. "When I called to get back Please tee WREOCER, mi 12A J ;

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