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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 22, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 Apocalypse believers remain hopeful IIA  Animal Kingdom comes up sliort Shaddeford wins IB  SiRday  May 22,201  Vol. 145, No. 142  Todays V^feather  Full forecast 114C  ^Oiir I.ocal Sonrcc^ Sine« hmmmmm  www.aikenstandard.com  =  iH(;7  $1.00  Redìstrìctìng may leave Duncan out  Duncan  By ROB NOViT  Senior writer  During visits to Aiken County, U.S. Rep. Jeif Duncan, R-S.C., has often expressed his interest in continuing to represent a portion of Aiken County through his 3rd Congressional District seat.  For the moment at least, Duncan's wish isn't part of a S.C. House proposal on Congressional redistricting. Currently, Duncan and 2nd Congressional District Rep. Joe Wilson share representation of Aiken County, but Wilson would get it all under the tentative plan that will soon  Coming Monday: Legislators discuss proposed S.C. House redistricting proposal.  move through the House.  Every decade following the census, the S.C. General Assem  bly must pursue redistricting to account for shifts in population. House members also have a proposal for their own districts, but that news was overshadowed by the Congressional situation.  'i don't have anything against Joe, but 1 would hate losing Jeff Duncan," said S.C. Rep. Roland  Smith, R-Warrenville. "I'd like to see us retain two congressmen, which gives us a better advantage. Aiken County went strong for Jeff, elected him really. He was trailing in the primary until the Aiken votes came in."  Please see DUNCAN, page 13A  Si2ff p.^cto by Rob  Deven Charles, a Millbrook Elementary School kinder-gartner, shows off her certificate. She was nominated by her teacher, Nancy Sikes.  Teachers celebrate  character  By ROB NOVIT  Senior writer  Like the other students nominated for Celebration of Character awards, Porsha Everett, a South Aiken High senior, hadn't seen her nomination letter until she arrived for the ceremony at St. Angela Hall on Saturday.  She soon learned that guidance counselor Tracie McBride had written the letter and was touched when she read it.  "I didn't know she had nominated me," Everett said. "It's pretty exciting, and I'm going to give her a hug."  McBride wrote about Everett's tenacity, strength, kindness and heart.  See CHARACTER, page 12A  Chase Allen Williamson,  Aiken  Jay Anthony Price,  Columbia  JackR. Hunter,  Wagener  Louis Mason Adams,  Greenwood  Wilfred "Wlir Bowman, Ph.D.,  North Augusta  {Deaths and Funerals 16A     Calendar    3C      Classifieds    ID      Crossword    2C      Conrilcs    INSIDE      Dear Abby    4C      Horoscopes    4C      Movie Listings    3C      Opinions    14-15A      Puzzles    2C      Sports    IB      TV Listings    INSIDE      Weddings    6C     Skipper is Aiken Icon  ** ' V * ^  7  l-i »  ^ it  Aiken Icon Wix)tio Five Hundred Doi  staff photo by Ashleey Williamson  Allison Skipper, middle, winner of the 2011 Aiken Icon contest, stands with Matt Herpich, USC Aiken Convocation Center general manager, and Kim Coleman, recreation superintendent for the Aiken PRT, with a check for $500. Allison also won a recording session with Livin' it Productions.  9-year-old sings heart out for title  More from Life Expo  By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON  Staff writer  Nine-year-old Allison Skipper has been singing since she was 3 years old, and the years of practice have paid off for the girl who was officially crowned Aiken Icon 2011 on Saturday during the LIFE: Healthy Lifestyle Expo at the USC Aiken Convocation Center.  Skipper beat out five finalists, including a 19-year-old, a middle-aged woman, and two sisters - ages 10 and 15 - for the grand prize - $500 cash and a recording session with Livin' It Productions.  When the judges announced the winner, News Channel 6's Cory McGinnis, who emceed the event, asked Allison how she felt about the results.  "Very excited, I thought she would have won!" exclaimed Allison, referring to and pointing to Ashton Blush, the 10-year-old who came in second place. "And that's true, she did an amazing job."  The judges for the contest consisted of USC Aiken baseball coach Kenny Thomas, local theater and radio personality Tony Baughman and Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance at USC Aiken Ginger Hudock.  Baughman said what made Allison stand out from the rest was her vocal range and ability to carry the song all the way through.  79 76 78 77 76  n 51 N »}»  staff photo by Ashleey Williamson  Alyssa Smith, 7, gives a mock forecast for Sunday at the News Channel 6 booth at the LIFE: Healthy Lifestyle Expo. See more photos on page 4A.  Watch video of Allison Skipper's performance on aikenstandard.com.  The song Allison chose for her final round was "Break It to Me Gently."  "She came out start to finish, hit those notes and then just drove us home with a fantastic finish," said Baughman.  Allison had a few ideas on what she would spend her prize money on, but one idea was shut down ^er she realized something after  the contest was over.  "Well, there was a dog here in the lobby, and it was up for adoption. 1 was going to buy it, but now it's gone ... so now, I'm going to buy an iPad, if I have enough money," she said, while looking down at the giant check she was presented with. "But my birthday's coming up, so 1 probably should hold off on that."  Illustration by Holly Ellington  What will happen to ths dcv/ntcwn bar?  What does future hold for Tipsey?  By ANNA DOLiANITIS  Staff v/riter  The Aiken location of Tipsey McStumbles covered its sign with a plastic bag on Monday in compliance with a temporary injunction ordered by an Augusta judge to stop using the logo, but the civil suit filed against the pub by Tipsey McStumbles in Augusta is just beginning.  The civil suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Augusta on April 14, but the owner of the Aiken location, Chris Griffm, was not officially served until this week, and he has 21 days to respond, according to a court document dated May 16. The document states that if no response is given, judgment by default will be taken for the requested relief.  Augusta Tipsey McStumbles operator Michael Anglin alleges that Griftin stole the Tipsey McStumbles logo, trade name and Catholic school girl uniform for waitresses and caused damage to the reputation and good will of the Augusta business.  The black bag-covered Tipsey McStumbles sign in front of the establishment will remain for now, and city zoning official Tomrriy Paradise said that, because Griffin covered the sign to comply with a court order, the City will allow the bag to stay on the sign until a final decision is made in the lawsuit.  "The final decision hasn't been made yet by the judge, so it would be a little premature for us at this point to require them to take that sign dovm," Paradise said, adding that they would re-evaluate the decision if it turns out that the case starts progressing into years.  Aiken Tipsey McStumbles, which was also required by the judge's order to take dovm its Facebook page and did so immediately following the injunction, has created a temporary Facebook page using the pub's street address at 204 The Alley - "twoze-rofourthealley" - and writes that due to the legal issues, it will be using the Facebook page to keep patrons up-to-date for the time being.  Please see TIPSEY, page 13A '  Family Caring For Family  Easy Living!  OAs  • Affordoble Spodous Floor Mans • Colendor Of Events,  • Componioiuhlp Outings end Adivities > Locally Owned ond Operated • Excell^ Dining Seivkes  • SpedolAlzheimei'sCQfe  108 Gregg Avenue, Aiken • 640.0000  ' ' tifisi' (» ' . t » k» MÄt»! ¿a mMl*'t 't ' «i!  Committed To Quality Care!  Pepper  f  A lltffMb C«rtt«^ L.LC.  • Warm, Comfortable, Home-like Accommodations  • The Best In Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy  • A Well Trained, Caring and Listening Staff  3525 Augustus Road Aiken • 642.8376   

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