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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 17, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 ^ DO YOU KNOW THESE FACES?  Enter to win $50 gift card to Walgreens | IC  INSIDE TODAY  Sunday  April 17,2011  Vol. 145, No. 107  \oII t' Sotirci' SiüiM" ì H()7  ISSSSSmmSSm  www.aikenstandard.com  mSSSSSSSm  Todays Weather  Fullforecast 116C  $1.00  A QUICK LOOK AT  Local painter debuts cookbook at signing  ► Artist Jim Harrison brings touch of Southern charm to bool< signing Saturday at Aiken Office Supply. 12A  ¿ajOSìia^Ìli©  day Andre 'Mane' Gleaton III,  Williston  D. Floyd Boswell,  Aiken  Geraldlne Cassldy Waldrop,  Columbia Ken Scott  Aiken  Shawn Ethredge,  Monetta  Margaret Rast Mack,  Williston  Deaths and Funerals 15SA  rhiiflihi               Announcements    5C8C      Calendar    3C      Classifieds    ID      Crossword    2C      Comics    INSIDE      Dear Abby    4C      Horoscopes    4C      Movie Listings    3C      Opinions    14-15A      Puzzles    2C      Sports    IB      TV Listings    INSIDE     Several thousands of users have signed up to receive severe weather alerts through CodeRED, a telephone notification system, since it kicked off last year.  And it has already proven to be useful, according to Aiken County Emergency Management Coordinator David Ruth.  His son was woken up by an alert recently for a severe weather warning in Trenton. Ruth said his son was tempted to brush it off but heard his child crying in the othef room. He brought the child into his own room, and, just minutes later, a tree was felled by the storm and shattered a window in the child's bedroom.  "It was pretty good he got awakened," Ruth said. "The system seems to be working out quite fine."  CodeRED, offered by Aiken County in partnership with Southem Nuclear and Plant Vogtle, went into use in November. It allows those who register to receive fi-ee severe weather warnings on tornadoes, flash floods and thunderstorms specific to their area.  Alerts are issued for severe weather warnings only. A warning means weather conditions pose a threat to life or property.  Ruth said the weather notifications are actually a bonus to the. system, as its primary fimction is to serve as an alert system for Plant Vogtle emergencies.  Aiken County falls within the emergency zone radius of the nuclear site, so it is required to provide an alert system for this area.  The service is fi-ee of charge, and  What Is CodeRED?  CodeRED allows those who register to receive free severe weather warnings on tornadoes, flash floods and thunderstorms specific to their area.  How do I register?  Visit  www.aikencountysc.gov  and click on the CodeRED box.  How much does ft cost?  The service is^free of charge, and only those who register through the website will receive alerts.  How will I receive alerts?  Users can receive alerts on their cell phone via text message and/or automated  only those who register through the website will receive alerts. Users can receive alerts on their cell phone via text message and/or automated recording on their landline phone. There is no way to temporarily opt out of the service if the user is away on vacation or business, and alerts go out 24/7 as severe weather occurs.  "h's a little inconvenient, but it's good to at least peek out your window," Ruth said.  Users are asked to submit their address and contact information, including name and phone number. They can then select which wam-  recording on their landline phone.  Will my Information be shared?  A user's contact information will remain private and be used through CodeRED only. Businesses are encouraged to register, as well.  ings they wish to receive fi-om the National Weather Ser\'ice.  A user's contact information will remain private and be used through CodeRED only. Businesses are encouraged to register, as well. -  The service is ftmded entirely through Southem Nuclear and Plant Vogtle.  "1 certainly encourage everyone to sign up," Ruth said.  To register, visit wwvv.aikencoun-tysc.gov and click on the CodeRED box.  Those without Intemet access may call Helpline 2-1-1 anytime for assistance.  Students take risks, succeed in stock game  See photo of state winner 116A  By ROB NOVIT  Senior writer  Investors Matthew Springs, Alanna Kinikin and Fiheem Graham were talking avidly about their especially good stock market picks a few months ago - Netflix, Starbucks and Apple among them.  They threw about $100,000 into their ventures and, in just six weeks, made just over $16,000. But it's all virtual for these enterprising sixth-graders, who finished first among 88 middle school teams last fall in the statewide Stock Market Game, sponsored by the S.C. Council of Economic Education.  A trio of New Ellenton sixth-graders - Edgar Zambrano, Patrick Boatwright and Tristan Watson - matched that effort this spring, taking first among 76 teams with a net gain of $10,216. Close behind were the New Ellenton team of Caroline Terry, Ryan Bing, Ash-leigh Yaun and Keanna Walker, who made $6,581 to finish third-overall. All of the students are in Bonnie McNeill's gifted and talented classes.  "They have to do enough research, deciding when to buy and when to sell," she said. "They get charged fees and commissions, and those are good learning moments. The key is deciding when they can afford to make good investments and then make wise ones and leave the money there."  Please see STOCKS, page 16A  Pups pull their weight in fitness competition  By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON  Staff writer  A total of nine contestants showed up at Aiken Pet Fimess and Rehabilitation Saturday to find out the final results of the pet "Biggest Loser" contest celebration.  The center opened in December and in mid-January began a 10-week session of classes aimed at helping animals lose weight. Although a serious eflort, it was made into a ftm, pet's "Biggest Loser" contest.  On Saturday, four class participants, as well as five additional pet owners who were competing on their own accord, gathered at the center to see who the biggest loser really was.  Roily, a 4-year-old dachshund belonging to Carla Cribb, earned first place in the contest with a total of a 4.2 pound loss of body weight, 3 inches lost from his waist and  a total of 17.4 percent of body weight lost.  Of the four class participants, 10-year-old Australian shepherd Maggie, owned by Ruth Masucci, tied for second place with Amber, one of the additional competitors. Both dogs came in second place after losing 9 percent of their body weight; Maggie lost 5.3 pounds and 2.5 inches"off her waist, while Amber lost 8 pounds and 2 inches off her waist.  in third place was Maddie, a 2-year-old golden retriever who belongs to Leigh Parker. She lost 4.5 pounds, 5 percent of her body weight and 2 inches off her waist.  Scout, a 3-year-old beagle owned by Elaine Covard, came in fourth place after losing 2 pounds and 4.6 percent of his body weight, along with 1.5 inches off his waist.  Veterinarian Dr. Sybil |Davis said, over the last several months, classes have  been held each week to help owners better understand weight management for their furry iriends and also help get the pets on a maintainable diet to help lose weight.  "We went over diet and exercise and worked the dogs in the gym. We talked about food, treats, what additives you can use as far as green beans or fiber or soup," she said. "And then every week, we did different types of exercises. We did them on the treadmills, the balls, outside obstacle courses."  The center even worked some of the dogs out by putting them on underwater treadmills.  "So basically they had 10 weeks of classes, and each week we did a nutrition and exercise lecture and came up with different things that each animal would be successfiil at," said Davis.  Please see LOSER, page 16A  Submitted photo  Carla Cribb sits with her dog, Roily, who won first place at Ailcen Pet Fitness and Rehabilitation's "Biggest Loser" contest. 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