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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 7, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 TODAV  Everything you need to know about Thursday’s Taste of Home cooking expo!  Saturday  Today's Weather  A  BOP  Low  MV7,2011    5y  Full forecast 18C  Vol. 145, No. 127    ^    *    111* Loc n I Source Since ISL/    ^   www.aikenstandard.com  —i^^  Police seek help with  thiefs ID  By KAREN OAILY  Staff writer  Aiken Public Safety is attempting to identity a suspect caught on store security footage throwing a brick through the front w indow of a downtown camera store and stealing the display items Tuesday night.  Chris’ Camera owner Chris Lydell said the still unidentified man made of!' with a camera, a tripod and    Video    stilt    courtesy  camera bag.     of    Chr,s     earners  "It wasn't expensive " This still from security cam Lydcll said. "We wouldn’t footage shows the suspect ha\e put it in the window if making off with a display   11 were -    camera from Chris' Camera's  Hut the store owner is still f ront  window. hoping the police can tmd  the man and make an arrest. him because the footage is I Ie said he suspects any- fairly clear, one w bo knows the man  should be able to identify Please see THIEF, page 12A  The echo of live music trav -cling throughout the blocks of downtown Aiken blended with the sound of crow ds roaring and cheering as thousands of people made their way in and out of the Newberry Street festival site on Friday for the 2011 Lobster Race.  For the 27th year, children slid down massive slides. lumped around on inflatahles. got their faces painted and des cured ice cream cones as moms and dads and grandmas and grandpas danced to the sounds of about IS different hands on more than half a dozen stages.  Please see LOBSTER, page 12A  For more photos from the Lobster Race, please see pages 8A and 9A.  Crustaceans compete  ■ Thousands turn  out for Aiken’s 27th annual Lobster Race.  By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON  Staff writer  Staff photo by Ashleey Will imson  Brandi Johnson struggles to turn her lobster around while her father, Jay Watts, cheer his lobster along. For more photos from the Lobster Race, see pages 8A and 9A.  rf  DISPOSING OF MEDICATION  Every year, millions of medications are disposed of improperly We examine the consequences of improper disposal and proper ways to get rid of excess medication  A ISO* The winners of the My Mom is Awesome  drawing contest!  COMING  SUNDAY  Stem (ItegffiFj  Lila Williams Anderson,  Clearwater  Deaths and funerals 16A  Mite     Calendar    3C      Classifieds    2D      Crossword    5C      Comics    AC      Dear Abby .    5C      Horoscopes    SC      Markets    AB      Movie Listings    3C      Nation/World    UA      Puzzles    SC      Sports    IB      TV Listings    2C     ..UUT-WUWW.- 9  DAYS  AWEEK  South Side Branch  Whiskey Ko.til iii front of target  By AMY BANTON  Staff writer  The business license lux in South Carolina is used , to increase revenue in municipalities and regulate business. This is a comprehensive piece explaining the business licenses practices of the City of Aiken.  WHAT IS  A BUSINESS LICENSE?  According to the South Carolina Municipal Association, a business license is a tax requiring a business or an occupation to contribute its share in support of the local government "as it regards the profits or adv anlages of such occupations.” Business licenses are not required by law, hut a substantial amount of a municipality’s revenue comes from the business license tax.  A business license is not a property, sales or income tax hut is measured by gross income.  HOW MANY BUSINESSES ARE LICENSED BY THE CITY OF AIKEN?  An average of 4,000 licensed business operate in Aiken yearly, said Lex Kirk land with the C ity’s finance department. About >0 to IOO new business licenses are applied lur monthly, the latter number is the average when the economy is doing well, Kirkland added.  HOW MUCH MONEY DOES THE CITY OF AIKEN RECEIVE FROM THE BUSINESS LICENSE TAX, ANO WHERE DOES THAT MONEY GO? Aiken will see an average of 58 million a year come from the business license fees, according to Kirkland.  Hie money goes into the City’s general funds, he said I he general fund is all of the I Tty operations, not including utilities or money received from the accommodations lax receipts, the I-cent sales tax or uther specially designated money.  Please see FACTS, page 12A  Security,  Fe derail Bank  641-3000  Toll Free 866-851-3000  FOK  Staff photo by Lauren Haley  The Aiken Standard was the scene of a wedding Friday evening. Debbie Hough, a business office assistant and longtime employee, wed Don Johnson, one of the carriers who delivers the paper, in a ceremony in the front foyer, followed by a reception in the conference room. The Aiken Standard employees congratulate the newlyweds and wish them many happy years together.  May we present Mr. and Mrs. Johnson  The facts behind business licenses   

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