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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 23, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 ^r Bluff gills advance  Silver BlufFs girls' basketball team advanced to the Lower State championship i with a win over Bishop England. They're now two wins away from a state title. | IB :  Inside today  matureiimes  \mmBniemmm  Wednesday  February 23,2011  Vol. 145, No. 54  Todays Vyéather  Full forecast 118C  \ 011 r I. o c a 1 S o \ i r ( - c S i n c e 18 (> 7  mmmmmmmmÊSi WWW.aikefìStandard.COm H—hmmm  50^  Two raccoons test positive for rabies  By KAREN DAILY  Staff writer  Over the span of the past two weeks, two raccoons have been caught within the City of Aiken and tested positive for rabies.  Aiken Public Safety Animal Control Officer JefF Wilson said an ill raccoon seen wandering in traffic on Silver Bluff Road with what appeared to be obvious signs  of rabies was captured earlier this month, euthanized and sent to the Department of Health and Environmental Control f5r testing.  The animal, as predicted, had the disease, Wilson said.  The following week, a Grace Avenue resident reportedly found two of his dogs had attacked and killed a raccoon.  Wilson said the resident took the raccoon to his veteri  narian who then had it tested.  "It also tested positive," Wilson said.  The dogs have been quarantined; however, the officer said he was under the impression the dogs were up-to-date on their shots.  Veterinarian Dr. Charlie Timmerman said there are a number of rabies clinics coming up, beginning in March. The cost is $5 per shot, he said. The shots are typically  given to animals yearly, Timmerman said.  Biologist Whit Gibbons said rabies in raccoons can be very common and can become an epidemic.  "Two cases do not make an epidemic, but it can spread rapidly though the wildlife populations," Gibbons said. "We need to worry about it spreading to domestic pets and to us."  Experts advise residents that  raccoons are nocturnal and unlikely to be out during the day.  A docile or "friendly" raccoon is a sign that something is wrong.  Parents should also teach their children about animal safety.  A bite or even a scratch can transmit the disease, Timmerman explained.  Please see RABIES, page 16A  Submitted photo  Over the past two weeks, two raccoons have been caught within the City of Aiken and tested positive for rabies.  Clutter hampers firefighters  ■ Firefighters responded to a fire but couldn't immediately enter the home because of the amount of stuff inside.  By KAREN DAILY  Staff writer  The cause of a fire that severely damaged a Maple Street single-story home is being investigated by Aiken  Around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aiken Public Safety received a 911 call from someone who reported seeing heavy smoke and flames coming from the residence at 723 Maple St.  About 25 firefighters responded to the residence and began to attack the blaze; however, Public Safety firefighters couldn't enter the home immediately because of the amount of fuel burning inside, said Sgt. Jake Mahoney, a spokesperson for Aiken Public Safety.  The residence was packed with clothing and other items that were stacked as high as the ceiling, which made it impossible for firefighters to enter until the blaze was "knocked down."  Please see FIRE, page 16A  ZíteKÍMBB  Staff photo by Karen Daily  A fire at a residence packed with clothing and other items stacked as high as the ceiling made it impossible for fire crews to enter the home until the blaze was "knocked down."  U.S. Rep. Duncan talks budget cuts during Aiken visit  By ROB NOVIT  New GOP freshman congressmen - among them U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C. - are playing a large role in their first weeks in office, probably more than their own party leaders expected.  "We are having an impact on the continuing resolution," the 3rd.Congi-essio-nal District representative said during a visit to Aiken County Tuesday. "We made our pledge to America to cut $100 billion in the first year. The first (Republican leadership) recommendation came in with less than that in cuts. We went back to the drawing board."  The first effort targeted $58 billion and the next $84 billion, with the final Republican proposal at $104 million, Duncan said.  Those suggested flmd-ing reductions would affect •Amtrak and high-speed rail, a community police organization, rural development programs, food assistance for low-income people, university agriculture search, NASA, community health centers,  Staff photo by Bill Bengtson  Third Congressional District Rep. Jeff Duncan, right, talks with Brian Tucker, North Augusta Chamber of Commerce president, Tuesday.  family plarming, the Center for Disease Control and many other programs.  "This is just the first bite of the apple," Duncan said. "We realize if we want to eat away at the deficit and build up surpluses, we have to look at eveiy program by line item."  That could include Social Security, specifically for fiiture generations.  Please see DUNCAN, page 16A  AnneT. Andrews,  Aiken  Geraldine V. Hamilton,  Aiken  James W. Daniels Ji\,  Warrenville Timothy T.Jackson,  Aiken  Scott''Scott/'Craig,  North Augusta  Deaths and Funerals 16A  The New  The New     fliisftite          Calendar    3C      Classifieds    4B      Crossword .    lie      Comics    IOC      DearAbby    lie      Horoscopes    lie      Markets    14A      Movie listings          Nation/World    1....      Obituaries      Opinions    USA      Pgzzles    nc:      Sports    IB      TV Listings    2C     The Battle of Aiken set for this weekend  By SUZANNE R. STONE  Staff writer  The Blue and the Gray will clash once again this weekend at the 2011 Battle of Aiken re-enactment.  The Battle of Aiken will take place from Friday to Sunday at Confederate Park, located at 1210 Powell Pond Road.  The ce-enactment will • take place rain or shine and is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Gates open at 8:30 a.m., and programs, tours, seminars and demonstrations begin at  •■ ' Limited Timf Offer 20% OFF*  Ciisloit: Piüfossional Design Plans  9 a.m. both days. Maurice's Barbecue will be available to purchase starting at 11 a.m. both days, and a church service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday on the site. The re-enactment of the Battle of Aiken itself begins at 2:30 p.m. each day.  Special guests this year include Mrs, Jefferson Davis and Gen. Robert E. Lee, portrayed by Joan Howard and David Chaltas, according to Battle of Aiken Committee member Wayne Jones.  "We're not ready, but we're getting there. We have sutlers coming in and setting up now, and they'll be ready for Satur  Wanttogo?  ► What? Battle of Aiken  ► When? 9 am. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday  ► Where? Confederate Park, kxated at 1210 Powell Pond Road  ► Tickets? $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 to ages 6 to 12, and finee to age 5 and younger. Parking is free.  day morning, Friday is Living History Day for the schools, and Saturday, day one, the Battle of White Pond, that used to be Montmorenci; and Sunday will be the Battle of Aiken," Jones said.  The Battle of Aiken began on Feb. 9, 1865, when 2,000  Federal troops under Brig. Gen. Hugh Judson Kilpat-rick marched on Aiken from Montmorenci, only to find 4,500 Confederate troops under Gen. Joseph Wheeler waiting to defend the city.  Please see BATTLE, page 16A  Aiken Standard file photo  Nathan, 5, and Michael Bowen, 7, from Washington, Ga., at last year's Battle.  (Witten.  ^ÓHáÚtUetii94t ßo: Onci  Building Your Dream From the Ground Up  New Construction I Renovations I Additions Redesign & Home litiprovements I Barns & Outdoor Spaces   

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