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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 8, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina .^^^-'-'••"'ilSOil MASTERS enasTÉRs Tied-lst -7 T1ed-1st -1 T1ed-3nl -5 Tied-3rd -5 Tied-5th -4 T1ed-5th -4 Li." Mcliroy Quiros Choi Barnes Kuchar South Alen ^ and PGA low ¿oHier Kevli Nsner fficMieeoc fiuai H/liirtfinr and Ms pro career. IB Friday April 8,2011 Toda/s Weather High 8sr Low w Full forecast 18C Vol. 145, No. 98 \ o I I V I. o e a I S o uve p. S i i h ' í mmmmmmm^ www.aikenstandard.com s Hi) 50^ Clearwater woman to fight new law on dual positions ■ Haley lauds Rep. Smith for help with legislation By ROB NOVIT Senior writer S.C. Rep. Roland Smith, R-Warren-ville, and other Aiken County House members joined S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday as she signed into law a relatively minor measure that will nevertheless have a statewide impact. The measure could also affect Clearwater Water and Sewer District clerk Christy Coleman's dual role as a commissioner for the district she works for -positions she still said on Thursday that she has no inteiition of giving up. After Coleman was elected as a commis- Coleman from creating a "master-servanf conflict by holding both positions simultaneously. However, Haley vetoed the legislation, objecting to the traditional use of local legislation that she said violates the state constitution. Smith agreed to support the veto. He then helped the governor write a statewide bill that added to existing state law a ban on master-servant conflicts on any county board or commission. sioner last November, Smith later filed local legislation to prohibit Cofeman Please see CLEARWATER, page 5A Masters draws Australians to Aiken annually cMmsters By AMY BANTON Staff writer A group of Australian men traveled from the outback to over yonder in the southeast-em United States to enjoy not only the Masters but also Aiken. This is Craig Laundy's third visit to Aiken, and this time he brought 12 of his mates who have never been to the city before. When not watching the Masters, whether in Augusta or from the TV at the house they rented from the owner of the Carriage House Inn, they have spent the majority of their time in the downtown area and golf courses around Aiken. The men have visited several of the golf courses, including Woodside Plantation and Sage Valley. They /iiii^ (aasÖjB Coe Purvis Strain, Aiken Donald W.Girnes, Ridge Spring Lula Mae Brunson, Aiken Mildred F. Douglas, New Ellenton Thomas L Emanuel, Aiken Deaths and Funerals 16A also immensely enjoy the Holley House at Hotel Aiken. Laundy said his friends place a lot of trust in him to plan this trip, which was put together by Teed Up Golf Tours. "They now understand why I love the town so much," Laundy said. "We prefer this town. We like the Please see AUSSIES, (iage 5A / AP photo Rory Mdlroy Northern Ireland walks up the 15th fairway during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Mcliroy is tied for first at 65 with Alvaro Quiros. WMbsHclrpivsam IB MdboKQulmttodto^ IB BAttttA^MMfr I ''^MB staff photo by Haley Hughes Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian and Building and Grounds Maintenance Supervisor Kip Gunter discuss the Coca-Cola property. Gunter said he is receiving bids for blinding material to be placed along the fence line to shield the residents from the flashing lights of an ambulance. Repairs under way at future home of Ajkpn rniintv FMSl By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer there is still work to be done on the former Coca-Cola bottling plant before Aiken County EMS moves in. Before any major renovations and modifications can take place, a decision has to be made: Where will the paramedics and EMTs sleep and shower while working their shifts? A portion of the 4,000 square feet of shop and maintenance warehouse space could do the job, said County Administrator Clay Killian as he walked around the area Thursday. There is plenty of space to accommodate the living quarters, and the warehouse already has plumbing connections. "This building will be very functional for what we want to do," he said. In November, Aiken County Council approved a contract to purchase the York Street building and an adjoining lot for the friture home of emergency medical services. The contract was for $810,000 for the plant and $140,000 for a vacant lot that sits behind the building beyond the fence line. About half of the purchase price - or $400,000 - came from the current round of Capital Projects Sales Tax and the rest from a capital fimd. The plant sits on 2.6 fenced-in acres. There is 2,850 square feet of finished office space downstairs .with 4,000 square feet of shop and maintenance area and four loading docks. There is also a detached warehouse of more than 8,000 square feet. The second floor could be used as training classrooms or storage. Aiken County EMS currently operates out of the basement of the County Complex. Already, in-house staff has repaired and/or replaced all exterior lights, checked the building's heating and air units and connected it with brand new power service. The existing flooring containing asbestos was ripped out of the finished front office space, and, once it is replaced. Please see EMS, page 5A Calendar 3C Classifieds ID Crossword 3C Comics 4C Dear Abby SC Horoscopes SC Markets 4B Movte Listings 3C Nation/World 14A Obituaries 6A Opinions 15A Puzzles 5A Sports IB TV Listings 2C CNTA exec: Nuclear industry safer than desk work By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness Executive Director Clint Wolfe enlisted the help of musician Stevie Wonder Thursday morning to explain the basics of nuclear energy to the ladies of the Town & Country Club. Many myths and misconceptions related to nuclear energy exist, Wolfe said, as Wonder's voice sang the words "When you believe in things that you don't under stand, then you suffer ... ^ superstition ain't the way." "We've got to dissociate nuclear weaponry from nuclear energy," Wolfe said. "They are not the same, and they do not deserve to cany each others' baggage." Many believe that nuclear power plants are a significant source of Americans' Wolfe yearly exposure, Wolfe said, though the exposure from nuclear power plants is about .005 percent of the average American's annual radiation exposure - comparable to the amount of radiation received from eating one banana per year. Nuclear power plants do not pose a risk to the surrounding community, have an exclusion zone of 1,000 feet per Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirements and do not pose safety risks the way that other forms of energy do, he said. "The nuclear industry is safer than working in a bank, in a real estate office or any other type of office job," Wolfe said. He said that nobody has been killed as a result of commercial nuclear power plants in the United States, but fossil fuel-related deaths have occurred from coal mine disasters and natural gas explosions. Wolfe held up a small, mint-sized fuel pellet and told the women that the single pellet can satisfy an individual's energy needs for 10 or 11 months. If the fuel pellet were to be recycled, four pellets would last a lifetime -something Wolfe said would result in 100 tons of waste if taken from coal burning. "The materials we have now will all fit on a football field," he said. "It is best to get it disposed, but we can store it safely." Wolfe said that the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl and Pleaae see CNTA, page 16A Southlawn Cemetery & Mausoleum Aikeu s Pi'emier (Jonwk'rr Considering Cremation? For A Ldmited Time Beceive Two Cremation Niches For The Price Of On^ (Valid uu prpiurimgt'liieiits ouly. OffiT iiui) expin« without notit«) We Accept Provide you ¿mdyoiw loved ones Peace of Mind through Pi^emrangement Save Today! ^803^ 641-6800 4534 Whiskey Boad, Aiken, SC 39803
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