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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 19, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 Peaches run in the family Cain draws  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 tor its fourth year. Dan, 16, has been involved in the business since 2008 and says his favorite part of the job is making his customers happy  “I love to see people smile,” Dan said, his lather adding that nothing makes a person smile like a peach.  Dan’s little bro'her, 12-year-old Caleb or better known as Bud, w ill run his own stand with the help of his f ather cwt 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 with it.  By the end of the day , he decided he actually liked working a1 the stand and said he lias  to tos mm  H.S. Softball Playoffs  ► North Augusta played in game two of the AAAA state title series See the story on pagelB.  Lentil Salley,  Brooklyn, N.Y.  Lincoln Goshorn,  Aiken  Otis Wray Rhoden,  Warrenville  Thomas O. TO." Boykin Jr.,  North Augusta  Deaths and funerals 16A               Calendar    3C      Classifieds    5B      J Crossword    IC      I I Comics    4C      I ll Dear Abby    SC      J rn Horoscopes    SC      ll Markets    4B      I Movie Listings    3C      Opinions    11A      I |l Puzzles    SC      I , * Sports    IB      J TV Listings    2C     14009  IHI  000011  Staff photo by Amy Banton  Tim, left and Dan Bledsoe hold peaches sold at their stand located on Whiskey Road.  custumers reluming 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 repeal customers and hope to see some new ones, loo.”  Tim said they also appreciate the support they have received from Tyler’s Tire and Auto Sen ices and The C arpet Shop, between which the >tand is  located.  The peaches are grown in Johnston and picked the day betide or sometimes even on the day they hit the stand for sale, Tim said. lie added that they are about a week and a hall ahead of schedule this year, but the peculiar weather pattern that included a quick spring trad the peaches budding early. They also experienced a  late frost in March which had the Bledsoes concerned, but luckily, the peaches were not damaged.  The farm where the fuzzy fruit grows has 12 acres of 20 different varieties of peaches.  t bi Wednesday, the Bledsi>es opened leaturing empress peaches.  Please see PEACH, page SA  Committee requests advance on funding for animal shelter  By HALEY HUGHES  Staff writer  The Animal C ontrol Advisory Committee is anxious to begin work tm 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 serv ices 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.  lins 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 C ounty Animal Shelter has been allocated $1 million in the next round of  sales tax.  The request appeared to have been receiv ed favorably.  Board members and volunteers w ith 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 see FUNDS, page 8A  record crowd  By ROB NOVIT  Senior writer  I ierman Cam, the latest GOP prospective presidential candidate to v isit the Aiken County Republican C lub, drew a record crowd of 255 people for lunch Wednesday.  The former < unhat her s Pizza chairman CEO mid more recently, Atlanta talk-  *how 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 concerned about the future of America to being tearful for America,” Cam said.  Please see CAIN, page 12A  Staff photo by Rob Move 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-tagev nile has worked al a number of law enforcement agencies throughout the state, including the Aiken Count) Sheriff’s Office and Burnettown and Wagener police departments. According to the Associated Press, officials have not  released information on the details of Monday’s shooting, except that Randall Pnce has been placed on paid leave while the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division investigates the shooting death of 40-year-old Ben Reeves.  “Investigators saki 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  ONLY at PreMige, Appti^vce...  Save $1000 on a Stainless Steel 4-Door Refrigerator!  ! Shop anywhere else and you'll  pay tee  much!  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