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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 29, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 Aiken spared worst of storms that ravaged Ala.  The lobsters are coming!  27th annual Lobster Races to be held May 6 in downtown Aiken. 11C  Friday  April 29,2011  Weather  Full forecast i SC  Vol. 145, No 119    'lour    Local    Source    Since    I    8f>7    5<ty  -  —   —    ..........———  www.aikenstandard.com   Storms that leveled entire city blocks in Alabama, displaced thousands of residents and claimed more than 291 lives, weakened significantly before hitting the Palmetto State early Thursday.  The South Carolina Insurance News Service reported very few claims made locally as a result of the thunder storms that dropped about an inch and a half of rain in the Aiken  ATC ceremony honors student achievement  By ROB NOVIT  Senior writer  Lori Ross and Tiffany Howard didn’t enroll at Aiken Technical College to win awards, but they received them anyway.  At the college’s awards program Thursday, the two received Buck Grant awards for their contributions to the campus - Ross from a degree program and Howard from a non-degree program. It’s ATC’s highest academic honor, named for the late chairman of the Aiken County Legislative  Delegation.  Another top award w inner was basketball standout Ricky Jackson, named for his student sen ice efforts.  Outstanding student awards went to Susan Leseueur (business and public service), Ryne Paschal! (industry and skilled trades), Erika Klipa (Associate in Arts). Heather Kcown (Associate in Science), Mary Ann Clark (nursing), Erin Pawlak (allied health) and William Agee (computer and engineering technology).  Please see ATC, page 10A  By KAREN DAILY  Staff writer  area.  A few trees were knocked down in the City of Aiken, some minor Hooding occurred and South Carolina Electric and Gas reported approximately 400 outages in Aiken at the peak of the storm  Hardest hit was Alabama, where Gov. Robert Bentley activated National Guard troops to assist in the areas devastated by tornadoes.  Other emergency aid  organizations are also  deploy mg to the area, including the Red Cross.  Aiken Red Cross Chapter Executive Director Lindsay Findley said local volunteers are on standby, adding that she would not he surprised if they are requested.  Staff photo by Rob Novtt Lori Ross, right a Buck Grant award winner at Aiken Technical College's awards night celebrates with Erica Klipa, who received an outstanding student award.  AP puerto  A car sits badly damaged amidst other storm debris in Tuscaloosa, Ala.  More storm coverage on 7A.  Two Aiken volunteers returned from North Carolina earlier this week where they assisted storm victims living in the Raleigh area.  Tornadoes ripped though North Carolina on April 16.  “Now the top priority in Alabama is food and shelter,” Findley said.  Please see STORM, page SA  Workers clear a downed tree on Colleton Street near Marion Avenue.           Carolyn Bryan Edmondson      Entrekin,          Mar reo, La.          Harold Ray Walls,          Aiken          Joseph Desmond O'Brien,      Meaford, Ontario          Deaths and Funerals 16A                Calendar    3C      Classifieds    ID      Crossword    5C      Comics    4C      Dear Abby    SC      Horoscopes    SC      Markets    4B      Movie Listings    3C      Nation/World    14A      Obituaries    6A      Opinions    15A      Puzzles    SC      Sports    IB      TV Listings    2C     Aiken to lose 3 magistrate judges if bill passes Senate  By KAREN DAILY  Staff writer  Aiken County will lose three magistrate judges if a South I arolma Senate bill to consolidate and redesignate the number, districts and location of magistrates in Aiken County becomes law.  The bill, said Sen. Shane Massey, R- Edgefield, would reduce the number of judges from nine to six, combining offices based on voting distnets while consolidating the workload, he said.  “It is a money and efficiency issue," he explained.  In the past two to three years, Aiken County has undergone a eta in the local government fund by about $2.5 million, Massey said  The annual budget for magistrates is currently $2 million.  The county uses that money to compensate for  the state mandate that each county provide the magis-irate offic-IlfpHMi    Mi - •  explained ■    Inn  PH     i||a *-  m    Mi makers  m    "    began ta   ?     rex lew the  cage load in each of the nine Aiken County districts, Massey said he was convinced that six magistrate offices could do what nine are doing.  Lawmakers anticipate saving the three salaries, about $70,000 each, plus overhead costs that could add up to a savings of about $400,000.  Aiken County Administrator C lay Killian said that money goes into the county general fund and can be allocated elsewhere to offset shun falls.  Admittedly, the case load in the consolidated magis  trate offices would increase, Massey said, but added that the current case load is unbalanced.  The senator said he hopes to mitigate job losses by reassigning slat! from the offices that will close to offices where case load increases,  Magistrates are appointed by the Governor with Senate approval Those appointments are up on April 30; howev er, Chief Magistrate Roger Edmonds said the appointments can be delayed until the bill is law and the new appointments can be made.  Massey said they expect that Senate bill 764 should pass this week or next, adding that he doesn’t anticipate any hang ups along the way.  It wilt go to the House before going before the governor.  Contact Karen Daily at  kdaihiaaikemtandard coni  Winners selected in Aiken PRT video competition  By HALEY HUGHES  Staff writer  Five v idcographers were honored for their filmmaking skills Thursday at the first Home Brew Video Competition awards presentation and screening  The competition, held by the Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, encouraged local students, film hobbyists and aspiring professionals to submit homemade v ideo* in one of four categories.  Entries were judged by Jenifer Granade with Atlantic Broadband, Aiken Technical College communications professor Thurmond Whatley, Aiken Standard Managing Editor Mike Gibbons and Aiken t enter for the Arts Executive Director Knstin Brown.  “21 Acres,” by Cole Nick  el!, won the hobbyist aspiring professional category arid also the Director’s Choice award, Nickel!*s friend and co-star Daniel Odell was present on his behalf Thursday.  The film was inspired by  a Biblical parable found in Matthew 13:44: "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a Held, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”  In the film, Odell sells his house, his cars, nearly every possession he owns for the money to purchase land on Silver Bluff Road. He stumbles on something buried in the ground there, which the audience never sees, and is driven to acquire the property.  Please see VI0EO, page 5A  Tickets On Sale Now!  This Sunday. May 1st,  A Day In the Country Music Festival  Augusta Riverfront Manna • Augustal Montgomery Centry. Justin Moore. Corey Smith  with Special Guests SFG Jamie Buckley Rachel Farley I Stainless  Blind Willie Blues Festival. May 21st • Thomson. Ca.  Charge by Phone. 803.278.4TIX (4849) or tlxonllne.com Complete Ticketing Resource, put TIX On-Line to work for your event!  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