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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 28, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 wmmmmm  ig's Speech; Firth, Penman take neme tep Oscar honers 9A  Today*^ Weather  Full forecast 18C  Y O n T L o c al So ii r' c e S i n c e 1  «mw.âikenstandard.cofTi 5555  Submitted photos  This photo shows the courtyard of Richiand before Janice and Russell Johnson renovated it.  Couple brings life to aged courtyard in downtown area  Revamp on Richland  By HALEY HUGHES  Staff writer  Theii- daughter's wish to have her wedding reception at tiieir house was what spurred Janice and Russell Johnson's-renovation of an empty courtyard on Richland Avenue.  The partially paved courtyard, located beside City Billiards, was once home to an auto dealership and an auto repair business but sst vsciuii for quite a while, closed off to the street by a rusted chain-link fence. An imposing white concrete wall lined the back of tlie lot.  The Johnsons bought the property in 1998 on which to build a home for Janice's mother. They opened their wholesale decorative art business in the • back and rented the space fronting Richland Avenue to The Curiosity Shop.  In 2006, the 2,800-square-foot house, which the Johnsons call Arbor House, was built. Its front door faces Arbor Terrace, a small drive off Newberry Street that runs directly behind The Curiosity Shop.  "For years, I don't think that people even noticed that there was a space in this location," Janice said.  Although the house is relatively new, people comment often that they never knew an "old" house sat behind the shop. And, that's exactly what the Johnsons wanted.  "We wanted it to look like it's always been here," Janice said. '  A few years ago, their daughter, who was to be married at Aiken's First Baptist Church, asked that her wedding reception be held at Arbor House.  The Johnsons jumped into action. The asphalt was removed, and top soil was brought in. Flowers, grass and palmettos were planted, an  Patsy Jean Toole Key;  Graniteville  Girl Toney, Athens, Ga. Deaths and Funerals 16A  Visit aikenstandard. com througlKHit tlie day for news updates.     Calendar    3C      Classifieds    5B      Crossword    5C      Comics    4C      Dear Abby    5C      Horoscopes    5C      Mavie Listings    3C      Nation/World    13A      Obituaries    6A      Opinions    ISA      Puzzles    5C      Sports .    IB      Sports calendar    4B      TV Listings    2C     These photos show the courtyard on Richland after renovations were made by Janice and Russell Johnson for their daughter's wedding.  irrigation system and exterior lighting was installed, along with a new iron fence anchored by brick columns.  The white concrete wall was stenciled to look like brick.  , "We did design it with the wedding in mind, and now we try to enjoy it as an oasis in the city. People say all the time what a great thing it is. It is really quite nice. It is just a nice space," Russell said.  Recently, the Johnsons were given the Adaptive Use Award  by the Aiken Historical Foundation for their work, which they said came as a complete surprise. The Adaptive Use Award is given in recognition of adaptive use for a historic building or home which adds value to the Aiken community.  "They fixed it up beauti-Mly," said Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh. "It is a great improvement to our dovmtown area. It is one of those things that catches your eye. That's what it takes - everyone doing  a little part."  The Johnsons rent out the upstairs apartment to out-of-town guests in Aiken for busi-' ness or pleasure. It features a private second-floor balcony overlooking the downtown area.  Visitors have come from Texas, Alabama, Connecticut and Washington.  "We have met the nicest people 'trying'Aiken to see if tihey want to live here," Janice said.  Pearl Harbor ring finally home  By SUZANNE R. STONE  Staff writer  The late William Stanley Gossard's ring commemorating his Navy service at the Dec. 7,1941, attack on Pearl Harbor is finally in the right hands.  Stan and Terri Gossard of Aiken, Gossard's son and daughter-in-law, meant to pass the ring on to their nephew, an acti\e duty Navy man, when closing his parents' Minneapolis house in 2006 after the death of his mother. But the ring had gone missing since Gossard's death in 2003, and the couple wrote it off as lost forever.  "My father was serving aboard the C/.S.S. California at the time of the attack, which was sunk at Pearl Harbor. Not jnuch was done for the survivors at the time, no ribbons or medals," Stan said. "A Pe»l Harbor Survivors Association was formed around 1958 and he joined that, and somexyhete al^ the line, someone com? missioned these comm^o-rative rings to be dedigd^.  staff photo by Suzanne Stone  Terry and Stan Gossard presented an heirloom ring commemorating Stan's father's service at the Pearl Harbor massacre to his nephew Sander Gossard, who is serving in the Navy.  Dad got hold of one, and he wore it all tiie time, which f found a little strange because he would never talk about the Pearl Haibor experience or even about the Pacific Cam-paiga But he was veiy proud of ie ring."  Last July, a Minneapolis woman went to the local media with a ring she found in a yard, designed with the phr^ "test We Foiget Minnesota P^l Haibor Survivors  Please see RINQ, page 4A  50^  Suspect sought in N.A. shooting  By AMY BANTON  Staff writer  A North Augusta man was struck in the head t -/ « bullet Saturday night, a' ' f are looking for b? '  The 39-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was taken to University Hospital in Augusta with injuries that are not life-threatening, according to a press release from North Augusta Public Safety.  The police report stated that his head was X-rayed, and a small metal fragment was found embedded between his scalp and skull which could not be removed by doctors.  The shooting occurred Saturday around 9:15 p.m.  at the victim's home on the 200 block of Edisto Drive. The victim was shot in the rear of the head by a small-caliber weapon while he was on his front porch grilling, the report said.  A witness stated that they saw a black Audi A4 in front-of the residence and heard a pop along with seeing a flash seconds before the victim was hit.  Police searched the area but were unable to find the vehicle in question.  Anyone has information regarding this incident is asked to call the North Augusta Department of Public Safety at 279-2121 or 1-800-CRIME-SC (1-800-274-6372.) Anonymity is guaranteed.  Battle of Aiken  Staff photo by Amy Banton  Spectators watch the Battle of Ailcen unfold.  Warm weather helps turnout  By AMY BANTON  Staff writer  Tlie Battle of Aiken ended Sunday with a bang.  Cannons echoed througli Confederate jPark as thousands of spectators were out to watch the second re-enactment of the Battle of Aiken, marking 146 years since tiie Confederate and Union troops collided in the City's downtown area in 1865 and the 17th anniversary of the re-enactment itself  Saturday was the Battle of White Pond as the Confederates were tranipled by the Union, leaving the crowd with a bit of a clifflianger. On Sundjiy, the tables turned as the Coiifederates successfully drove back the Union.  Wayne Jones, portraying Maj. James El well Brown (JEB) Stuart and a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, was ecstatic with this year's turnout. More than 1,000 re-enactors were involved in this year's event with around 500 of those individuals on the battlefield. A total of 15,000 spectators usually come to the event, and Jones said he's quite certain that they came close to that number once again this year.  "It's been phenomenal; it's been a great success," he said, adding that he's received notliing but positive feedback from tnoth re-enactors and spectators.  Jones wanted to thank all .of the volvnteers, including the Boy Scoute and Royal  See photos, pages 7A, 10A  Rangers, re-enactors, spectators and the community' in general for their support.  "We couldn't do it without them," Jones said. "The key to everything here is this community; they honored our ancestors."  Vendors also were happy with the outcome of the event this year. Polly and Gene Moseley, who were running the Douglas Mercantile selling Civil War merchandise and refreshments, said that they've seen a lot of traffic Saturday and Sunday.  "We're very pleased," Polly said. "We had a lot of people admiring our setup."  The Front Porch Chum Old Fashioned Ice Cream also saw a lot of business over the weekend.  "This has been one of the best years because the weather's been so nice," said Sue Fulmer, who was working the ice cream stand.  ITie weather was quite fair ibr the battle as the temperatures stayed in the 70s artd the sun was out along with an occasional cool breeze.  Over the weekend. Jones met people from all over the country and the world, including China and the United Kingdom, who came to view the re-enactment.  William Frueh Jr. traveled to Aiken from New York to participate in the event by  Please tee BATTLE, page 4A   

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