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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 20, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 Sunday  February 20,2011  Vol. 145, No. 51  \ o II r I ^ o cal S o ? i r v e S i ! ì ( • < ^ 18 6 7   www.aikenstandard.com   $1.00  Drug investigation nets 7 arrests  By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON  Staff writer  The Aiken County Sheriff's Office arrested seven Aiken County residents after an anonymous tip led investigators to a Warrenville residence suspected of housing a methamphetamine drug ring.  The arrests wrap up a  two-monthiong investigation into the sale of crystal meth in the area, according to Capt. Troy Elwell, a sheriff's office spokesperson.  Investigators were able to gain enough information and evidence to obtain a search warrant for the Augusta Road residence, Elwell said. They discovered and seized several items including  approximately 11 grams of crystal meth with an estimated street value of $1,650, 14 grams of marijuana with an estimated street value of $200 and numerous controlled  Baker  Cantrell  Epperly  Garcia  Hearn  Lowe  Tager  pills. Also seized were a 1990 Ford Pickup, a ymm  semiautomatic pistol and $1,066 in cash.  Please see DRUGS, page 16A  Relatives of adopted woman find her long-lost biological family^  By ANNA DOLIANITIS  Staff writer  Anna Albrecht Gillespie, a 79-year-old local woman adopted as a child, was always certain that her biological family never made an effort to find her.  Because they didn't try to find her, Gillespie told her family not to try to find her biological family, either, until after her death. . She rarely spoke of the few memories she had growing up in New Jersey during the Great Depression, and, when her daughter obtained her original birth certificate, which listed her real name as Dorothy Rose Larsen, Gillespie tucked it away.  "She always said, 'They knew I existed, and no one ever looked for me,'" said her daughter, Kathy Baker of Barnwell.  Except Baker later found out that they had been looking for her all those years. And Gillespie, who passed away in Barnwell in 2005, never knew it.  Baker made efforts to  [fcûÎïifâCûSS!©  Submitted photos  Anna Albrecht Gillespie, left, seen here as a young girl, likely in the late 1930s or early 1940s, was always certain that her biological family never made an effort to find her. Little did she know that they had b^n looking for her for years, according to her sister, Anne Larsen Christian, right, seen here as a 17-year-old in the early 1940s.  find the family in the years since her mother's death by researching at the library and even putting in calls to people with similar last names.  She knew from prodding for information that Gillespie had sisters who were twins and that she was born in Hoboken in 1926, but it was not until Baker's granddaughter.  Catherine Gunnells of Aiken, typed Gillespie's birth name into a genealogy website that answers began to surface.  Finding answers  Gillespie's family connected with Maureen Völlers of Rivervale, N.J., who had posted in 2001 fhat she was looking for Dorothy, indicating that her name may have  been changed to Anna.  Völlers is the daughter of Anna's 86-year-old biological sister, Anne Larsen Christian.  Through e-mail and over the phone, the long-lost family members in South Carolina and New Jersey pieced together their shared family history.  Please see ADOPTED, page 7A  First Southern Episcopal female priest celebrated as a 'trailblazer'  Plantation educates on slaves during Civil War  ► The staff of Redcllffe Plantation State Historic Site shone a light on slave life on the plantation during the Civil War years Saturday. 13A  Andrew''Andy" K. Bentley,  Aiken  Louis Joe Schofield,  Salley  Pastor Timothy Tyrone Jacicson Sr., Aiken  Deaths and Funerals 16A  rhvaftOii  By ROB NOVIT  Senior writer  The word that keeps emerging about the Rev. Mel-lie Hickey is "traiiblazer."  The Episcopal priest died in Aiken on Friday at the age of 94, leaving behind a remarkable legacy. When she was ordained as a priest at St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church, Hickey was the first woman in the South to attain that status.  She was 62 at that time, and, over nearly three more decades, she worked in interim capacities at two churches. Hickey was 74 when she and her husband, the late Rev. Howard Hickey, moved for two years to South Dakota, where she directed three churches on the Cheyenne Indian River Reservation.  Even in her 80s, Hickey spent about six years as the All Saints Episcopal Church rector in Beech Island.  hi some ways, said son Howard M. Hickey, his mother's spiritual journey that began in late middle age didn't seem to fit her upbringing. She grew up in the small town of Tarboro, N.C., and attended a strict Presbyterian girls'college. *  "But over time and by being the wife of an Episcopal priest, she grew to love the church," he said. "She was fascinated with the theological aspects of it and felt there was definitely a place for women's ministry. She was also very academic, always reading."  In 1974, Hickey enrolled at the Viiginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, close to her home of her dau^ter, also named Mellie, in Washington, D.C.  "I was amazed," Howard said. "I thought she was just talking, that it was a pipe dream. But my mother had a strong constitution and with-  Submitted photo  The Rev. Meliie Hickey, who dieà Friday, was the first woman in the South to be ordained as an Episcopal priest. She is shown in December 2009 with her portrait, which was donated to the Ailcen County Historical Museum.  stood a lot of criticism fi-om her good friends, yet she had so much encouiagement fi^om others, too."  By 1976, the Episcopal Church approved the ordination of women. Still, Hickey's ordination as a deacon initially and then as a priest was resisted by some within her own church. Yet the occasion was so historic that tlie presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church attended the ceremony.  She became an assistant there, where her husband was rector. Hickey was invaluable to him, as he was losing his sight because of macular degeneration. He retired in 1980, and Hickey then took on interim positions in Newbeny and Gaiîhey.  The Rev. Grant Wiseman, the current St. Thaddeus rector, noted that his own mother was ordained as a priest late in life in the Cincinnati area several years ago but without the struggles that Hickey had.  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