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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 20, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Out of this world ifiisf Library s new exKibit wants visitors to know there's more to science fiction than "War of the Worlds." 8C ^tanbart SHOWDOWN Cam and Jeremy discuss the top high school players, coaches and teams from the 2010-11 seasons. IB Friday May 20,2011 Full forecast | IOC Vol. 145, No. 140 \ i ) Il I" I. o c a 1 S o I ir e < ^ Since ^mSSSSSSSi www.aikenstandard.com = 8(; > / 500 So raises in proposed County budget By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer Funding has not been provided for the past three years in Aiken County's budget for employee salary adjustments, and the proposed $51.6 milHon budget laid out this week is no different. However, Administrator Clay Killian has recommended that the salary savings generated by the hiring freeze be looked at to provide some adjustment to current employees "who continue to be dedicated to our success." The hiring freeze was put into place as a cost-saving measure by Council in 2009 when it became clear the state would cut millions from its annual aid to counties. The cuts have continued. The County has been advised that a reduction of more than $800,000 is coming down the pipeline as the state continues to.make cuts in the Local Gov ernment Fund. That flind revenue has dropped from $8.2 million four years ago to $5.1 million projected for FY 2012. "It is absolutely critical that we include merit increases," said County Councilman Scott Singer, insisting that employees who go above and beyond be rewarded in a satisfactory manner. Chairman Ronnie Young and Councilwoman LaWana McKenzie agreed. "I really hate the fact that our employees have to suffer without pay increases," Young said. Please see BUDGET, page 5A Killian Aiken SPCA breaks ground New facility is expected to open in 2012 By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer The Aiken SPCA broke ground Thursday on the Albrscht Center for Aiiiin2! Welfare, its new animal adoption and welfare facility, which is expected to open in April 2012. Dozens of people were on hand for the ceremony, many of them donors and longtime supporters of the SPCA. Also present were the organization's board of directors, members of the Junior Aiken SPCA group and representatives of which has been a partner with the SPCA for more than 20 years. "And, we will continue to be a partner because it's the right thing to do," said Mayor Fred Cavanaugh. "We are very pi-oud that Aiken is a community that cares about its pets." The new facility is located on Willow Run Road, next door to the SPCA's two-acre dog park. It will include the 17,000-square-foot Adoption Center and Regional Spay and Neuter Clinic, and the 2,560-square-foot Man-Education and Training Center, named for the parents of honorary chair Sharon Brown. There, classes on obedience training, therapy dog training, volunteer train- TODAY ON 7 p.m. — New edition of "On the Sports Front." Cam, Ed and Jeremy discuss Gamecock Fan Fest with Steve Spurrier and the end of playoffs. Ztel (Ossili© Elizabeth 8. Ponto, North Augusta Raymond Eugene Phillips, Clarksburg, W.Va. Deaths and Funerals 16A QieaSd Calendar 3C Calendar 3C Classifieds ID Crossword 5C Comics 4C Dear Abby 5C Horoscopes 5C Markets 4B Movie Listings •3C Obituaries 6A Opinions ISA Puzzles SC Sports IB TV Listings 2C Staff photo by Karen Daily Aiken County Sheriff's Office dispatcher Jackie Spoon is staff photo by Haley Hughes Aiken SPCA board members break ground on the new Aibrecht Center for Animal Welfare. ing and adult rehabilitation will take place. The Regional Spay and Neuter Clinic will have the capacity to sterilize 12,000 animals a year for all economic levels. Transport vans will pick up pets from sites up to 50 miles away and bring them to the clinic for surgery where they will stay overnight and be returned the next day. The facility as a whole will bring about a "remarkable change in how we care for animals," said board member David Stinson. Gary Aibrecht, who with his, wife Jenny gave their name to the new facility, said the wonderful people of Aiken rose to the challenge to make the center possible. "Our board stood as one and said, 'It's time that we grow. It's time for a new shelter, a new home for our pets. You may say it can't be done, but it will be done. Yes, it will be done dn Willow Run.'... And, lo and behold, the wonderftil people of Aiken rose to the challenge and said, 'We will get it done. Yes, we will get it done on Willow Run. Please see SPCA, page 5A working with the Smartoi 1 system. New service gives 911 dispatch info for faster response By KAREN DAILY Staff writer In an emergency, seconds can mean the difference between life and death, and every moment counts. On Thursday, Aiken County activated Smart911, a free and voluntary service that allows residents to upload vital medical and demographic information online that will pop up on the computer screen in front of the emergency operator as the resident is calling. As cell phones become more prevalent, identifying a caller has become increasingly difificuh. It can be done, but when time is an issue, having caller and address information available is integral to dispatching a first responder Want to sigii up? ► Visit Smart911. com. All information is secure and confidential. quickly. The personal data residents can input is more extensive tfian what has typically been available to 911 operators. Proponents of the service say information, such as medication and pre-existing medical conditions, can be critical when someone is calling in a panic and can't recall pertinent information or is unable to talk because of the emergency. Please see SMART, page 5A Relay For Life begins today at Aiken High By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer The Aiken Relay For Life event to benefit the American Cancer Society is almost here, and organizers are working hdrd to put the finishing touches on Friday's all-night celebration and remembrance. The Relay, which will take place at Aiken High School begirming at 7 p.m. today, will last until 7 a.m. Saturday and will include 69 teams and more than 500 participants. The premise of Relay For Life, symbolic bec.ause cancer never sleeps, is that people form teams and raise fijnds before the event, as well as at the event. On the night of the Relay, each team is asked to have one person on the track at all times throughout the night. The eyent is also an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate survivors, remember those lost and fight for a cure. Please see RELAY, page 5A Aiken Standard i\\e photo Cancer survivors participate in the Survivors Lap at last year's Relay For Life. Kids ill College A iM»lk'cli<»n ol lim .mil cciuciilional cam[)s onoicd oil (ho canipus i>i rS( Vikcn Sonu- (»f ilio iipioniint', c.nups oflircd iiultnk'; « liiiu^ 6tfi Tervfiis C.irnp " « jini<'.>7th BattltMU)ls .indi ! a/y StitMu hilyllth Ktwl Wot ki Solutiotis, Hvinds on Art Ìl ^ July 18tli Younj, Writers; CSI Chennstry IÌt^Ì^x^ !] II , (Oi I i Ullll-.' "Ill . , I, jH HU ! ,1 ! lu 1 (ili j> loi .Uli 11-, S (si! \\ 'H u .lis«. ilu 1,1'Jsüu oli. : I t .li! 1 « > 1 i > m. K Iv list n i- ,.! ,11 M • í.f .i jsjrfe i - íiL ^ . a.^-Wa-W., uiliullUlil^M
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