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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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