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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 19, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina DISNEY'S BLOCKBUSTER ARRIVES TONIGHT! FOR A COMPIETE REVIEW, PLEASE SEE PAGEIC Thursday May 19,2011 Vol. 145, No. 139 Todays V\featlier Full forecast 18C <> III' I .oca I Son ree S i 11 < ==== www.aikenstandard.com <s(; > y Peaches run in the family By AMY BANTON Staff writer Even though it was cloudy and there was a bit of a chill . in the air, business was still peachy keen for Dan and Tim Bledsoe on Wednesday. The father and son opened up Dan's Peaches, their annual peach stand located on Whiskey Road on Wednesday for its fourth year. Dan, 16, has been involved in the business since 2008 and says his favorite part of the job is makihg his customers happy. "I love to see people smile," Dan said, his father adding that nothing makes a person smile like a peach. Dan's little brother, 12-year-old Caleb or better known as Bud, will run his own stand with the help of his father on the other side of Whiskey Road in June. It will be called Bud's Peaches, and he hopes to raise enough money by the time he's 16 to get a car. "I'm proud of both of them for being willing to work," Tim said. When Dan first started working at the peach stand, he was unsure if he was going to stick vyith it. By the end of the day, he decided he actually liked working at the stand and said he has to (ïjfâ 00351© H.S. Softball Playoffs ► North Augusta played in game two of the AAAA state title series. See the story on page IB. /ijo^cifeilì© Lenell Salley, Brooklyn, N.Y. Lincoln Goshorn, Aiken OtisWrayRhoden, Warrenvllle Thomas O. "T.O." Boykin Jr., North Augusta Deaths and funerals 16A Calendar 3C Classifieds 5B Crossword 5C Comics 4C Dear Abby 5C Horoscopes 5C Markets 4B Movie Listings 3C Opinions IIA Puzzles SC Sports IB TV Listings 2C Staff photo by Amy Banton Urn, left, and Dan Bledsoe hold peaches sold at their stand located on Whiskey Road. customers returning each year. "It's nice to see some familiar faces," Tim said. "We get a lot of referrals or repeat business. We appreciate all the repeat customers and hope to see some new ones, too." Tim said they also appreciate the support they have received fi-om Tyler's Tire and Auto Services and The Carpet Shop, between which the stand is located. The peaches are grown in Johnston and picked the day before or sometimes even on the day they hit the stand for sale, Tim said. He added that they are about a week and a half ahead of schedule this year, but the peculiar weather pattern that included a quick spring had the peaches budding early. They also experienced a late irost in March which had the Bledsoes concemed, but • luckily, the peaches \vere not damaged. The farm where the iuzzy fhiit grows has 12 acres of 20 different varieties of peaches. On Wednesday, the Bledsoes opened featuring empress peaches. Please see PEACH, page 8A Committee requests advance on funding for animal shelter By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer The Animal Control Advisory Committee is anxious to begin work on a new animal shelter and asked that Aiken County internally finance the facility to accelerate the project. The committee approached Council Tuesday with a proposal - that it raise $100,000 in private money to pay for architectural services while . the County internally financ es the new facility and pays itself back when the third round of Capital Projects Sales Tax collections begin some time in 2013. This would accelerate work on the shelter for a possible 2012 groundbreaking, said committee member Scott McMullin, and leave more money for actual bricks and mortar. The Aiken County Animal Shelter has been allocated $1 million in the next round of sales tax. The request appeared to have been received favorably. Board members and volunteers with Friends of the Animal Shelter, a nonprofit group that supports the shelter and the animals there, were present at the meeting also to lend their support and applauded and cheered at every supportive comment from Council. Please sed FUNDS, page 8A 500 Cain draws iCt/UlU t^iUWU By ROB NOVIT Senior writer Herman Cain, the latest GOP prospective presidential candidate to visit the Aiken County Republican Club, drew a record crowd of 255 people for lunch Wednesday. The former Godfather's Pizza chairman/CEO and more recently, Atlanta talk- show host, drew frequent applause with some acerbic humor and a solidly conservative platform. During President BarackObama's first year in office, Cain said he heard from many people. "I went from being concemed about the future of America to being fearful for America," Cain said. Please see CAIN, page 12A Staff photo by Rob Novit Prospective presidential candidate Herman Cain drew a record crowd at a meeting of the Aiken County Republican Club Wednesday. Officer with area ties accused in shooting death By KAREN DAILY Staff writer A police officer who reportedly shot and killed a former town mayor in Cot-tageviille has worked at a number of law enforcement agencies throughout the state, including the Aiken County SheriflPs Office and Bumettown and Wagener police departments. According to the Associated Press, officials have not released information on the details of Monday's shooting, e.xcept that Randdl Price has been placed on paid leave while the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division investigates the shooting death of 40-year-old Bert Reeves. "Investigators said it wasn't clear how the two ended up on the dirt road near the town's main thoroughfare where Reeves lived. Please see DEATH, page 12A .lyiil ijil I ,i.|imy»Ni ONLY at VrtM^Bt Ajpplia^^. 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