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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 2, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 TODAY  Five area high school softball teams are in action at the  Varsity Triple Crown invitational  at Aiken County's Citizens Park. For story and schedule,  please see page IB  C00KR1MËRBRIDC£RIIN  Live streaming from Charlesfoii b^nsat8a.in.at  aikeifôtan(lard.coQi  In print. Online. On TV.  Saturday  Aprili 201  Vol. 145, No. 92  Toclay>^vyéatlier  High  TV  Low  Full forecast 16C  \ O {f I' 1.0 cal Son ree Sit i ( • ( * I 8 ( > 7 wmm^mmmmSi www.âikenstandard.com ===SSSS5  50^  Aiken Standard phones will be offline Sunday  P- Due to scheduled utility work on Rutland Drive, the Aiken Standard W\\\ be without power for about eight hours starting at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, leaving the office phones inoperable. Those subscribers having trouble with the delivery of their Sunday papers should email Delivery Manager Laura Tiedman at ltiedman@aik-enstandard.com. The Aiken Standard apologizes for this inconvenience.  Voters feci up with Congress  Independent voters disapprove of tiow both cx}ngressional Democrats and Republicans are doing their jobs.  • If the 2012 election were held today, would you vote for the Republican or the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House? M GOP candidate H Denn.  66%  Other/don"t know: 23%  In^pendent voters 36% ZI%  Other/don't know: 37%  Views of independents  • How Democrats in Congress are handling their job  Approve ■■■824%  Disapprove_  Doni know: 11%  • How Republicans in Congress are handling their job  Approve  ■■■■¡32%  Disapprove_  ■■■■■■■■■58%  Don't know: 11%  Source: Quinnipiac poll of 2069 registered voters, March 22-28, 2011 : margin of error: +/-2.2 percentMe points Graphic: Judy freible i£) 2011 MCT  /teKiMi©  IVIargaret IVI. IVIcAlexander,  Aiken  Charles F. Lescallett  Aiken  Geraldine M. Farless,  Sailey  Clara Hicks Fields, Langley Patricia Ann Oshea Gorman,  Aiken  Sandy Holliday,  Aiken  Charles F. Lescallett,  Aiken  Margaret M. McAlexander,  Aiken  Jean Mary Schlchte,  Aiken  Deaths and funerals 16A  HígOilB     Calendar    5C      Classifieds    20      Crossword    4C      Comics    3C      Dear Abby    4C      Horoscopes    4C      Markets    9A      Movie Listings    5C      Nation/World    9A      Puzzles    4C      Sports    IB      TV Listings    2C     Fox Creek to forfeit last fall's season  Player paperwork snafu forces redaction of school's 8-4 winning record  By NOAH FEIT  Staff writer  Fox Creek's breakthrough football season is gone.  The school was audited by the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) for having an ineligible player on the varsity roster following its best season in program histoiy. The Predators posted an 8-4  record and advanced to the  Class A state playoffs for the first time, winning a first-round game against Calhoun Falls.  On Friday, the investigation was completed, and the ruling is that Fox  Murph  Creek must forfeit all of its wins from the 2010 campaign. The most successful season in school history has been wiped out of the record books.  When reached for comment, Fox Creek Principal Dr. Tim Murph declined to delve into the specifics of the case, citing privacy issues for the student involved. He confirmed that the SCHSL conducted and completed an audit and that the findings  indicated that the Predators had an ineligible player participate in games, which must be forfeited.  "Officially, our record is 0-10," Murph said.  The consolation for Fox Creek is that the penalties are being enforced retroactively. The ineligibility issue only affects last season, and Fox Creek won't be punished for next season, provided it meets all other eligibility require  ments.  "There are no flirther penalties. Next season will be like any other season," said Murph, who added that he's notified the schools Fox Creek played last season about the forfeits.  SCHSL Commissioner Jerome Singleton didn't return phone calls seeking comment on the Fox Creek issue.  See FOX CREEK, page 10A  lapanese import  Area scientists say low-level radiation  loses no health risks  By ANNA DOLIANITIS  Staff writer  The nuclear uncertainty that resulted fi-oin last month's devastating earthquake and tsunami has caused radiation exposure to the areas surrounding Japan's nuclear reactors, as well as trace amounts, of iodine-131 detected in the United States, including at the Savannah River Site and other facilities.  The trace amounts of iodine-131 were nearly undetectable and do not pose a health risk or warrant protective measures to be taken, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.  "We can see it, but it's at very trace amounts. Our ability to detect radiation is very sensitive, and we can detect very minute changes in it," said SRNL  AP photo  Workers for Tokyo Electric Power Co. spray experimental adhesive synthetic resin over the ground at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan.  scientist Tim Jannik.  Jannik said that typical weather patterns have brought the small amounts of radiation to the local area, and it becomes  diluted as it travels. South Carolina has likely received all that it will get, he said.  See JAPAN, page 10A  Gearing up for Pacers and Polo  By BEN BAUGH  Staff writer  -The AitefkTripie Crown's third jewel. Pacers and Polo, will bring out both diehard polo fans and relative neophytes. Here's a list of what spectators will need to know.  Cost  • Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children at the gate. Parking is $5 per car and includes up to four souvenir programs per car.  • The proceeds from the game and event support the use Aiken Pacer Club.  Location  • The game will be played at the Powderhouse Polo Fields, 950 Powder-house Road.  Timetable  • The gates will open at 10:30 a.m. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.  Parking  • All general admission parking is around the edges  Aiken Standard file photo  Adam Snow played in a polo match in 2008.  of the complex. There will be golf carts available to shuttle from the parking area to the general admission seats.  • The VIP parking area will be next to the VIP Hospitality Tent.  Wèather  • Today's weather is expected See POLO, page 10A  Rep. Young brings dropout bill back to S.C. House  By ROB NOVIT  ' Senior writer  If a student wants to drop out of high school or just not go to class, he can do so, but it could come at the cost of losing his driver's license.  South Carolina Rep. Tom Young, R-Aiken, hopes a bill he's co-sponsoring can get through tiie Genei^ Assembly during the cur-'  rent session in order for it to take effect during the 2012-13 school year.  Under the provisions of the proposed legislation, a 15-to 17-year-old Student with a fiill or restricted driver's license would lose driving  Young  privileges if he leaves his public, private or home school or has seven unexcused absences in a specific time frame.  Students attending adult education classés and making progress toward their GEDs would not be considered dropouts.  "It's a short-term answer to a long-term problem," said Young. "It's not the silver bullet by any means but is part of a long-term solution."  The District 81 House member talked with students in third through 12th grades. The responses from middle and hi^ school students were especially illuminating. Young said.  "I asked diem if losing their driving privileges would keep their peers from dropping out of school," he s^d. "The response was amazing. Students in the Junior Leadership program agreed that they knew  children who would think twice about dropping out."  School attendgmce would also be a condition of getting a beginner's permit, a conditional or special restricted Ucense or a regular license for teenagers younger than 18. The person could not be expelled from school. The bill does provide opportunities for parents to appeal such an action.  See YOUNG, page 4A  FRIGIDAIRE Affinity" Steam Washer/Dryer Pair  ONLY dit Prestige Appliance Quantities are limited! .Hurry in today to order your new laundry!  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