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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 1, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina inisy 1.2011' Toda/s Weather High 84" Low Full forecast 116C Vol. 145, No. Local Source SÌ!ic< M wvm.alkenstandarci.com = 18(;7 $1.00 Bible verse triggers Aiken native to share journey after loss of his daughter Shelter repairs damage, reopens doors to public By MICHAEL GIBBONS Managing editor The Rev. Jeff Smoak was ordained on April 10. He is a 1991 graduate of Aiken High School and has an undergraduate degree from The Citadel He attended seminary at Erskine College and is working toward a PhD. Aiken native Jeff Smoak was preparing for a sermon at an Anderson church in March 2009 when he came upon a passage that put him at a crossroads of his faith. "And Nathan departed unto his house. And the Lord struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick." then, n ?j?miiian' student, turned his thoughts immediately to Macayla, his 9-year-old daughter, who was dying from a degenerative brain disease. A grieving father and a man of faith found himself on a cliff'of doubt. "f had to ask the question. Was my child struck? Was Macayla struck or not?" fhe beginning ^ Macayla Smoak was bom May 22,2001. She was healthy, happy and inquisitive; By 2 years old, she was memo; rizing movie l^jels and could work the VCR. Her father remembers her adventurous spirit. "She was not a girlie-girl. She loved being outside, messing with bugs, worms," he said. Please see MACAYU, page 16A [toilil^aEKI© Local Dems seek help with clean-up > The Aiken Cognty Democratic Party plans to lend a hand to, the Cumbee Center on Saturday. 12A aaire Jean Merchant Clearwater AlvinUvi, 0eech Island iullan Moseley, Aiken Deaths and Funerals 16A Qilendar IC Gl^sifteds It |lf<i^word iNSIC^ ÖÜrAbby 4C Horc^opciS 0 ||9vktistings 'k ppiniphs t4-liA If By SUZANNE R. STONE Staff writer The Aiken SPCA Animal Shelter reopened its doors, cages and kennels to the county's stray and adoptable animals Saturday after months of repairing fire damage. The shelter at 401 Wire Road has been closed since the Feb. 4 fire, according to Aiken SPCA executive director Gary Willoughby. Fire jnspsctor® Sciid th? blszc started with a buildup of heat that spontaneously Please see SHELTER, page 16A Staff photo by Suzanne Stone Volunteer Betty Williamson with adoptable cat Daisy and executive director Gary Willoughby with adoptable pup Lego work the reopening of the Aiken SPCA Animal Shelter Saturday. Submitted photo Aiken nath^e the Rev. Jeff Smoak is seen with his daughter, iVIacayla, who died from a degenerative brain disease on May 22. Smoak has written a book about his experiences. About the book "The Lord Struck the Child" ^^^ Pictured,XriXare Jennifer, Macayla, Jeff and Jacob. Car owners raise hoods to support cancer foundation By SUZANNE R. STONE Staff writer The Palmetto Kiwanis Club used a little horsepower to help make wishes come true at Saturday's Wish Upon A Car auto show. The car show took place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Aiken Mall and brought in about 100 classic and vintage automobiles. The club also held a silent auction and gave out door prizes, and trophies were given in categories, such as Best In Show, Best Paint, Best Interior, Best Club, Most Unusual and People's Choice. See photos on 5A. This is the sixth year the club has done the Wish Upon A Car event, according to Palmetto Kiwanis president Angela Boyette. "Some of our members have cars that they take to shows, and we decided to combine what we like with our fundraiser," she said. "This is one of the best turnouts we've had. All proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina and Kiwanis-supported children's programs." Please see CARS, page 16A If yoo cooiD see Me rioio... coiitesT lOiriiiew Deborah M^Muitrie Tabatha Corley Terry Frommer Muniz Rose Ann Pistole Answers on page16 These four residents each received a $50 Walgreens gift card for correctly identifying 10 local faces in the Aiken Standard's "HYov Could See Me Now" contest. Mother's Day Conte^ My Mom is Awesome. Visit www.aikenstandard . cHlm dii^ on "Contests" to dowitod a form. Deadline in Wednesday. V ^mn V'.ii. We can help you reach them. Call 80?.644.2371 for more information. I alk»nstmidartl.eom k
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