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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 27, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 mmm  UJOGSFALLTOVVOLVES«! R STATE CHAMPIONSHIP ib  'ii's;;  ill?  Sunday  February 27,2011  Vol. 145, No. 58  Todays Weather  \ o u r 1 ^ o c ci I S ( ) II r c ( ' S i n c- ( =====  www.aikenstandard.com  »  Full forecast 116C  $1.00  Police seek suspect in shooting  Robinson  By ROB NOVIT  Senior writer  The Aiken County Sheriffs Office is seeking a Bath man in connection with a shooting incident in Graniteville on Saturday afternoon.  Capt. Troy Elwell, a sheriffs office spokesman, identified the suspect as Raheem Demarcus  Robmson, 28, of 1180 Pine Grove Road, in Bath. He will be charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Dexter Labon Walker, 35, who lives on Wire Road in Aiken.  The incident took place at 224 Aiken Road in Graniteville, according to the sheriflPs office report. About 3 p.m., deputies responded to a call and found the  victim at that residence with gunshot wounds to both legs. EMS staffers transported Walker to a hospital for medical attention. His condition is not life-threatening, Elwell said Saturday night.  According to witnesses, both men had been drinking heavily. The incident report states that the suspect left the house and returned as the argument  resumed. The suspect then left again and returned with a firearm and fired at Walker multiple times, the report stated. Witnesses told deputies that the suspect then left the scene in a black Chevrolet Avalanche-  Robinson is a black male, 6 foot, 4 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds.  Anyone with information  about this crime is asked to contact the Aiken County Sheriffs Office at (800) 922-9709. Individuals also should call CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at (888) CRIME-SC. Calls can remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash award of $50 to $1,000.  Contact Rob Novit at rnovit@aikemtandard.com-  »  Battle begins  '' ■ Event to conclude today rain or shine witli final skii'mishto begin at 2:30 p.m.  > By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON  ^^ Staff writer  §  This year marks the ("< 14ula rtuiuvcrssry of the fateful February 1865 barrage when Confederate , troops battled Union troops . in the heart of downtown Aiken.  Beginning Friday and ^jsnding today, the Barnard Bee Camp, Sons of Con-ederate Veterans Camp |1575, have brought mem-vf.-'''bers oflhe-eoramunity, as ^^ people from all over the country, back to j 'I*'revisit the Battle of Aiken.  For nearly two decades, undreds of sponsors, vol-  teers and re-enactors ave come together to put an unforgettable event at recreates the sounds, ells, tastes and way of ife during the Civil War in •; South Carolina. I - Camps were set up |4i;M«4hroughout Confederate ^»kk)ark with live fires burning cook chicken and dump-gs, soup or frybread, all mmon dinner options for Idiers during the war. Authentic 19th-century ilitary reproductions of edical facilities and sutler ops also surrounded the rk, where an estimated ,000 people come out ch year to witness the creation of life during the ivil War.  Saturday's event covered rt one of recreation, the attle of White Pond, in hich Union troops forced onfederate troops to treat.  Morgan Cox traveled om Lexington to witness e event; this was her first  ! QíSdídwin Sr., Aiken shiéy M. Pierre, Augusta m Taylor, Aiken sph Douse, Aiken ima Patterson, Aiken lestlne Martin, Jackson iry Farrell Cosnahan, )rth Augusta irolJean Rigsby, Ellenton  [Deaths and Funerals 16A  ( (V,/ V,* Ili ^ ^  ' /V. I , ' «  Is fluoride in area's water problematic?  staff photo by Michael Gibbons  Civil War re-enactors shoot a cannon at the Battle of Aiken on Saturday.  See more photos on 7,9A.  time ever attending the Battle of Aiken re-enactment.  "I saw the commercial about it on TV, so I decided to come," Cox said, before suddenly jolting in place as a loud cannon went off several yards away on the battlefield. "I like this. I'll probably come back again."  Cox said she ventured through all of the sutler shops and found a few things she bought as souvenirs.  "1 got a couple of T-shirts and some jewelry. I went in all of the sutler shops and checked out the old stuff, but 1 only bought modern stuff," she laughed.  Cox and the thousands of other attendees watched as Union and Confederate soldier re-enactors waged war on one another - the sounds of cannons blasting, guns shooting and swords  Staff photo by Ashleey Williamson  At a reproduction of a field medical facility, Stephanie and Grant Stevens watch Harry Mays act as a surgeon amputating a wounded soldier's right hand.  clashing filled the air on the battlefield. During some moments, all view was completely obstructed by smoke-filled air after cannons were shot off back to back.  Wayne Jones, a member of the Sons of Confeder  ate Veterans and a re-enactor who portrays Maj.. Gen. James Ewell Brown (JEB) Stuart, said he can't express enough thanks to all who make this event possible each year.  See BATTLE, page 13A  By AMY BANTON  Staff writer  Fluoride has been a topic of discussion around the world, and it will soon be assessed by Aiken City Council.  Aiken City Councilman Dick Dewar requested at a regular meeting held Feb. 14 that City officials assess the fluoridation of water after correspondence with various individuals around the community who are concerned with the issue. —Dewar, along with most of the Council members, expressed no stance either way on the issue.  Council wants more information and input before holding a discussion in the coming months.  According to the Department of Health and Environmental Control, fluoride is a naturally occurring compound which derives from the element fluorine.  The issue of fluoride has been debated since it was first adopted and put into water 60 years ago by Grand Rapids, Mich.  Recent studies have suggested various health concerns from over-fluoridation, and some people just want a choice in what goes into their water.  Within Aiken County, the larger municipalities such as Aiken and North Augusta have fluoridated water while many of the smaller towns or cities do not.  Several of those municipalities said cost was the reason why they did not fluoridate the water.  Other municipalities, such as New Ellenton, only have to make small adjustments to  MCC photo  Council wantr more information and input before discussing the fluoridation of the City's water.  meet the optimal level of fluoride to prevent dental decay as its water had a stronger natural supply of the compound compared to other cities.  See FLUORIDE, page 13A     ^lendar    3C      passifieds    ID      ^ossword    2C      iomics    INSIDE      ^ar Abby    4C      ¡oroscopes    4C      Ipvie Listings    3C      binions    14-15A      Iprts    IB      1 Listings    INSIDE     Juìllìard returns to area for festival  By SUZANNE R. STONE  Staff writer  New York's prestigious Juilliard School of Art has been building strong ties with Aiken over Ae last several years, which has resulted in the annual Juilliard-^In-Aiken Festival.  The school's relationship with Aiken began in 1996, when Steve Naifeh and Greg Smith established a legacy bequeathing their property, Joye Cottage, to Juilliard for use as a student and faculty retreat. On learning of this bequest, Juilli^d officials began working With the Aiken • community to establish a presence here before the school comes into the Joye Cottage legacy.  In 2009, these efiforts resulted in the founding of Juilliard In Aiken, a civic otganiza-  See full schedule on 5A.  tion to create and oversee the Juilliard-In-Aiken Festival, according to Juilliard In Aiken president Sandra Field.  "We're so fortunate to have-this relationship with Juilliard. They don't do this kind of event with any other community in the world. They have touring ensembles, but there's no festival like this with Juilliard artists anywhere else in the world," Field said. "We're so fortunate to be able to bring these world-class artists to Aiken, and we're fortunate that they're so passionate about and d^cated to their art that they're willing to give us their time like this."  At the first Juilliard- In-Aiken Festival, 20 of the school's artists took part and the festival offered six public  concerts and involved about 600 local students in outreach programs. This year's festival will include more than 3,000 area students in outreach programs and will have a special outreach concert for the residents of Brandon Wilde Nursing Home in Evans, Ga.  "We have a waiting list of schools wanting to attend these events. We try to schedule as many as we can during the week, and, because we can't accommodate all those requests, we've started an initiative of artists' residencies to occur throughout the year," said Field. "So far we have had three Juilliaid artists in residaice, in August of 2010, October of 2010, and in January. During these residencies, the visiting artist or ensemble also provides outreach and  See JUILLIARD, page 5A  i\ ./  Ï I '7  V r » 4  s  Submitted photo  Ai1i$ts from NewYork'sJuilliard School of Art wHipiMiiitthis year starting Saturday.   

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