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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 17, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 SRS plans more layoffs  SRNS, SRR, Wackenhut to cut close to 350 jobs  By ANNA DOLIANITIS  Staff writer  In light of the $380 million budget reduction to the Depart  ment of Energy Env ironmental Management budget, a possible 350 additional layoffs at the Savannah Rn cr Site were announced Monday.  In the coming months, workforce restructuring will be seen at three site contractors - about IOO to 150 at Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, up to IOO at  Savannah River Remediation and up to I OO at Wackenhut Services Inc., through voluntary and involuntary processes, according to spokespersons for  each contractor.  SRNS has announced that, in addition to its three-phase, 1,400-employee layoff^ plan that has thus far reduced the  workforce by 670 employees in two phases, there will be an additional voluntary phase  Please see LAYOFFS, page 11A  Tuesday  May 17,2011  Vol. 145, No. 137  \our Local Source Since I 867   www.aikenstandard.com  ——  Today's Weather  High  %    70°  _    •-*    Low  -A*—-    470  Full forecast 16C  50c  Court orders bar to  School Board OKs tentative  stop using Tipsey logo «~  nu amma DOLIANITIS si —ii ll Iii Ii IIM '■ WI T ■MHHfPSKJC' SBB I? 7^JA    W  By ANNA DOLIANITIS  Staff writer  The bar that opened as Tipsey McStumbles in downtown Aiken covered its business sign in The Alley with a plastic bag on Monday, responding to a preliminary injunction granted by an Augusta district court judge to stop using the trademark.  The controversial Irish pub that opened on St. Patrick's Day is the subject of a lawsuit brought against its owner, Chm (iriflin, by Tipsey McStumbles LIX in Augusta and Michael Anglin, who has run Tipsey McStumbles at 214 7th St. in Augusta since March 2010.  The lawsuit claims that (biffin stole the Tipsey McStum-bles trade name, logo and C atholic schvx»lgirl waitress attire and caused damage to the reputation and good will of the Augusta business.  fire injunction orders (iriflin to cease the use of the Tipsey mark, not make statements that might lead tin: public to believ e that the two locations are businesses associated with one another and recall all copies of print media or advertising bearing the name Tipsey McStum-bles.  The Tipsey mark which uses the words ‘Tipsey McStumbles,” an inner and outer circle and a C eltic clover design or any similar design -is prohibited from being used by the Aiken pub, according to the order.  Additionally, the Aiken bar was ordered to shut down its Facebook page, which was deactivated by Monday afternoon.           Alexandra “Dee" Williams,  North Augusta Andrew N. Anderson, North Augusta Fannie Mae Gardner, i  Aiken  John W. Smith,  Langley  Samuel “Sam" Allen,  Aiken      Deaths and Funerals    IGA                Calendar    SC      Classifieds    5B      Crossword    4C      Comics    3C      Dear Abby    4C      Horoscopes    4C      Markets    4B      Movie Listings    SC      Nation/World    10A      Obituaries    DA      Opinions    13A      Puzzles    4C      Sports    IB      TV Listings    2C                gpiiiiu iimi  b <iw34009®0000     Staff photo by Amy Banton  The sign that reads Tipsey McStumbles was covered Monday afternoon. Top left, this submitted photo shows what the sign looked like.  The injunction came atter a hearing on May 2 that Griffin failed to attend, according to court documents, though the Augusta bar’s operator was present arui addressed the judge.  “My chem leek like justice is being served (by the injunction). Ifs been a very frustrating situation tim' him,” said attorney fix the plaintiff Robert Mullins, who added that the Augusta Tipsey McStumbles is seeking a permanent injunction.  The injunction docs not directly address the trade dress of the waitresses bid does indicate that employees associated with the Aiken bar must refrain  from representing themselves in any way that would suggest a connection to the Tipsey mark.  The civil suit, filed April 14 in U.S. Ihstnct Court in Augusta, states Anglin entered into a business agreement w ith Griffin on Dec 30,2010, that would make (biffin eligible to become a partner w uh the Augusta location if he completed all requirements of the agreement, including making payments to the Augusta pub, which court records indicate he tailed lo do by March 8.  It is alleged that, in addition  PIM se see TIPSEY, page 11A  What do you think?  ► What do you think about the bar in downtown Aiken being ordered to stop using the Tipsey McStumbles trademark?  ► Comment on this story at www.aiken-standard.com, write to Opinions, Aiken Standard, Box 456, Aiken, S C. 29802 or email editorial® aikenstandard.com  By ROB NOVIT  Senior writer  The Aiken County Board of Education has tentatively agreed on tax hikes in both its operating and debt-serv ice budgets to provide new programming and small salary hikes for personnel, as well as increased funds for capital needs projects.  Atter about 2.5 hours of discussion, the board members agreed to raise the debt-serviee millage by nine mills and the operating budget by 3,8 mills.  “This is not pretty, and it’s painful,” board member Richard Hazen acknowledged. "But there is nothing else. I hese are the only funding options open to us.”  For those w ith owner-occupied homes, the proposed tax increases will cost $46 per $100,000 of assessed value. For businesses and rental and per  sonal property, the increase will amount to $76.80 per $100,000 of value.  The board voted unanimously on the operating mill increase. On the debt-serv ice budget, the vote was 6*3 with Board ( hair Rosemary English, Dr. John Bass and Wesley Hightower opposing it.  English said she wanted a slightly larger millage to provide another SI million annually tor building needs. Hightower opposed the motion because he wants more concrete information about how the building program would be impacted by the additional funds.  An existing building plan tor the next seven years is already in place, said Superintendent Dr. Beth Bventt,  “lf we get the additional funds, let’s look it and see what can be bumped up,"  Please see BUDGET, page 11A  Developer details plans for the new County Complex  INSIDE TODAY  mr.  Thump won’t run for prez  Celebrity real estate mogul is not seeking the 2012 nomination. I DA  Aiken artists  Celebrate the beauty of art af the Aiken Artist Quid Member Show. 11C  Blast off!  The space shuttle Endeavour lifts off I SA  By HALEY HUGHES  Staff writer  McMillan Pa/dan Smith is getting close to developing a footprint of the new Aiken C ounty Complex, said firm principal K.J. Jacobs, who with several others, brought the citizens advisory committee up to date on progress made thus far Monday.  Hie complex w ill be roughly 125,000 square feet to accommodate administrative and court-related serv ices and sit on 24 acres on University Parkway, bordered on the back by Lincoln Avenue.  Currently, McMillan Pazdan Smith ens isions a three-story front elevation facing University, but a two-story back e Ie val ion facing Lincoln Avenue There could be two or three  access poults from University and one access point from Lincoln meant for employees and seiv ice trucks, Jacobs said.  Committee member Diane Giddings said she was concerned about what impact increased traffic would have on Lincoln Avenue, which is a largely residential street.  A portion of it leading lo Vauclu.se Road is dirt edged by v acant lots, and Aiken County Councilman Chuck Smith wondered if the county would pave it,  “If you don’t pave it, the lot becomes less desirable,” Guidings said.  The complex would be centered on the property w ith a majority of parking 640 spaces on average - on either  Please see COMPLEX, page 11A  if.* -  Ti  Will I VSI I III MHI I I, J M , ti O  The Pain Center at  Aiken Neurosciences, PC  The Only Full-Time Pain Center in Aiken  Flexible Scheduling • Within 1-2 Weeks  • Board Certified Physician* * On-Site Diagnostic Center  • MKI, EMG, EEG, Fluoroscopy • Sleep Center • Headache Center  Massage Therapy • TMJ Treatment • Interventional, Non surgical Approach  • Advanced Radio Frequency A Spinal Cord Stimulation  . Headache*, Neck Pain, Back Pain A ail Pain Syndrome*  Call (803) 642-6500 ext. o for appointments! • 410 University Pity, Suite 2360 Aiken, SC 29H01 A   www.aikenpaia.com  •__*    **   

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