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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 25, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 INSIDETODAY  Get your ballot to vote for your favorite venues in town on 14A.  Monday  April 25,2011 Vol. 145, No. 115  CROSSING THE UNE?  In light of smartphones stonng users' location data, is the tracking function convenient or is it an invasion of your privacy? See lOA  Yoiir Local Source Shu'e 1867  www.aikenstandard.com   By AMY BANTON  Staff writer  Aiken City Coundl will review its fluoridation practices at its regular rK«eting tonight.  Councilman Dick Dewar asked members to review fluoridation of the City's water earlier this year after concern was addressed by several constituents. Once the annnnnce-ment was made that the City was going to assess fluoridation, emails with information suggesting both possible health benefits and risks were sent to Council members and City officials.  The agenda packet for today's meeting has almost 200 pages dedicated solely to information gathered about fluoride.  , How will City Council inake a decision with such a large amount of information i)oth supporting and opposing fluoride in public water systems? City Manager Richard Pearce said Council will listen to both sides of the issue, and whether they take any action tonight wall be Council's decision.  "We want to make sure the information that we receive is accurate so that informed decisions can be made," Pearce said.  The City of Aiken has been fluorinating its water since 1955. hi 2008, the City was recognized by both the Department of Health and Environmental Control and local dentists for more than 50 years of fluorinating water, according to Pearce.  The Centers for Disease Control has considered fluori-nation one of the top 10 greatest achievements in the 20th century in improving public health by preventing tooth decay.  Please see FLUORIDE, page IIA  Jerry W. Flowers,  Murfreesboro,Tenn.  AmyLouWidener,  Bath  Patricia Eubanks,  Glovervllle  Deaths and Funerals 16A  Calendar  5C  5C     Classifieds    4B      Crossword    4C      Comics    3C      Pear Abby    4C      Horoscopes    4C      Movie Listings    SC      bbituaries    6A      ppinions    13A      f»uz2les    4C      ^poits    IB      TV Listings    2C      i .iJIJMI    II,     Staff photos by Suzanne Stone  A special Alken-deslgn pillow has been created a> a fundraiser for ACTS and will be on sale at select local businesses. From left are Cary Friedman, Jim Hanna, Katie Lipscomb, Gwen Schwallie, Betsy Wiison-Mahoney and Vicki Bukovitz.  Aiken landmarks join forces for pillow benefiting ACTS  By SUZANNE R. STONE  Staff writer  Aiken is celebrating the 25th anniversary of ACTS in downy comfort with the creation and sale of a special commemorative pillow.  Project committee co-chairs Betsy Wiison-Mahoney and Gwen Schwallie designed and arranged for the construction of 200 Aiken-themed throw pillows, which will sell for $45; of that price, $25 goes directly to ACTS after recouping the construction costs of each pillow, according to Wiison-Mahoney.  "I did the design; it's the downtown fountain, and the leaves are a stylized version of the tree arch over South Boundary, so it's two iconic Aiken images," she said. "Gwen went to Katy Lipscomb at Material Things, and they found this fabulous 100 percent linen fabric in taupe. I really like the black-on-neutral combination, it'll look beau-tiftil with anyone's decor. Jim Hanna Sportswear printed the pillow fn)nts, and Cary Friedman at Aiken Industries constructed the pillow covers. We found down-filled pillow inserts, and we stuffed 200 pillows in my garage last week."  "Other cities have done pillows commemorating their town," said Schwallie.  "It's trendy," added ACTS Executive Director Vicki Bukovitz.  After next week, the pillows will be permanently on sale at The Studio, Three Monkeys, Nandina, Material Tilings, Barbara Sue Brodie Needleworks, and the ACTS Resale Store. Pillows can be purchased with cash or checks made out to ACTS, and the purchase price is tax-deductible; tax receipts are available upon request at the ACTS offices on Park Avenue.  "I hope to sell 400 pillows in a year, which would be $10,000 profit straight to ACTS," said Wiison-Mahoney.  The pillow project is part of ACTS' yearlong celebration of its 25th  Staff photo by Suzanne Stone  The design on the pillow incorporates the downtown fountain with the oak tree arch of South Boundary Avenue.  nil^ to delHit at various locatfons this week:  • Tiiewtay from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Willcox Inn  • V^nosday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Three Monkeys on Laurens Street  • Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Betsy Wllson-Mahoney's The Studio on Hayne Avenue  • Frtday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Nandina Home & Design  • Satumy from 8 ^.m. to noon at the Aiken Fanmers Market  • Suf^y at several area churches  anniversary. Events honoring and promoting the multidenominational collaboration of local churches for the betterment of Aiken County's quality of life are planned throughout the year, including a reception on ACTS' actual anniversary date, Aug. 4, at the ACTS  offices.  For more information about the pillows, anniversary events or ACTS' community services, call the ACTS offices at 642-5919.  Contact Suzanne Stone at sstone@aikenstandard. com.  Todays Weather  i^f^ßBMß» 64P  Full forecast 16C  50^  Artist needs your vote  ■ Cartoonist AI Goodwyn has advanced to the ninth of 10 rounds in national contest.  By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON  Staff writer  SRNL employee and freelance cartoonist A1 Goodwyn is one step away from achieving something he's been working at for more than 20 years, and you can help make it happen for the Edgefield native.  In March, Goodwyn was featured in thé Aiken Standard after he joined an online contest held by The Cartoonist Studio, a website that allows both amateur and established cartoonists to showcase their drawings for viewers to see.  The contest, which started with about ilO cartoonists, is now in the ninth round, and Goodwyn is still in the running, just one round away from being chosen by judges to win the ultimate prize: a development contract with a syndicate, which, if all goes well, could place Goodwyn's drawings in front of millions of newspaper readers' eyes across the country.  "There were so many very talented cartoonists entered that it was difficult to predict in the beginning how far I might advance," said Goodwyn. "I thought I could make the top 30 but beyond that would be difficult but not impossible. I'm very happy with my progress, and anything beyond where 1 am now will be icing."  In an interview in March, Goodwyn said regardless of how far he made it, he thoroughly enjoyed the competition  Please see CARTOON, page 11A  For a sample of his work, turn to page 11A.  Goodwyn  Butcher shop owner remembered for virtues  By HALEY HUOHES  Staff writer  William Hastings Grice Sr. is remembered by his pastor as a "piu-e and simple salt-of-the-earth man."  Grice, who went by Hastings to many people, passed away Saturday at the age of 82.  The Rev. Dr. Fred Andrea, pastor of Aiken's First Baptist Church where Grice attended, knew the  local businessman for close to 20 years and considered him a person of character.  "He seasoned well the lives of so many individuals and the community. He was a remarkable man to the community, to tally, God, the church md  Grict  the common good," Andrea said.  Grice was bom and raised in Aiken and worked as a butcher here for 51 years. He was the owner of Grice Butcher Shop, having served three generations of customers. He was also an avid golfer.  Andrea said he was glad to have known Grice for the man led by example and believed that any good work was done for the good  of God.  Other friends echoed the same sentiments on Grice's online obituary guest book, leaving remembrances of him and condolences to the family.  "His kindness and gentle ways will live on through the beautiful legacies he leaves behind," wrote Pat and Greg Robinson.  "I remember him as being the most nicest and kindest person you could  ever meet. He always had a big smile on his face that would light up the day," wrote Kathy Williams-Adams.  A celebration of his life will be held at First Baptist Church on Tuesday at 2 p.m. with Andrea officiating. Interment will follow in Bethany Cemetery.  Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Shellhouse Funeral Home Inc., 924 Hayne Ave.   

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