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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 25, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina TT* iMiilifeKM.J ■f Roy Moore to Visit Alken Controversial judge coming to address Aiken in The Alley | NEWS, 2A Banana bread 1C Wednesday May 25,201 Vol. 145, No. 145 Full forecast 114C \ o II r I ^ o ( • at S ( ) u rM ' c S'iììcc ] 8 (> ====== www.aikenstandard.com ===== 500 Man guilty of violating Clean Water Act ■ Man piped sludge into Little Horse Creek. By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer A Batesburg man, who pleaded guilty today in fed eral court to contaminating Little Horse Creek by piping into it approximately 4 million gallons of industrial wastewater and sludge, could face a fine of up to $100,000 and one year in prison for violating the Clean Water Act. John Ashley Mabus, 44, owner of Mabus Brothers Construction Co. Inc., and his employees were digging a ditch for a sewer line near Clearwater Finishing Industrial Facility, an abandoned textile mill in North Augusta, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Please see GUILTY, page 7A SCDOT to review large, yellow signs By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer South Carolina Department of Transportation crews plan to visit 10 intersections in the next few weeks, many of which are in the downtown historic district, to determine if adjustments can and should be made to lessen the impact of the large, yellow traffic signs at those spots. SCDOT met with several Aiken City officials Tuesday to discuss what compromise can be reached regarding the signs, erected at certain intersections, which have drawn both criticism and praise from locals. Some residents allege the signs are unattractive and do not complement the beauty of downtown, while others applaud their usefulness in alerting motorists to upcoming intersections and traffic lights. The positive and negative feedback has reached 'SCDOT, the City and local representatiyes. Rep. Tom Young recently sent a letter to SCDOT requesting that the signs at nine intersections downtown be removed. SCDOT officials said during Tuesday's meeting they will review those intersections and see about lessening the impact of the signs, but, in a way, that won't lessen the way the signs highlight safety concerns. They will also look at the intersection of Dibble Road and the 118 bypass, as suggested by Mayor Fred Cavanaugh, who said he does not see the need for there to be four signs at that spot. "We want to work with you," said Traffic Safety Aiken Standard file photo SCOOT crews will visit Aiken to discuss what compromise can be reached regarding the large, yellow traffic signs, which have drawn criticism and praise from locals. SCDOT holding Silver Bluff Road info meeting. 12A Engineer Brett Harrelson. The considerable road signs, with the image of a stop light and the road name or intersection symbol, are meant to alert motorists to an upcoming intersection so that they may take the neces-saiy safety precautions on approach. SCDOT hopes the signs will reduce the statewide crash rate by 3 percent annually "Your main goal is very noble," said City Manager Richard Pearce. A total of $2.5 million in safety funds was approved to begin work on a prioritized list of 2,200 intersection safety improvement projects Please see SIGNS, page 7A Matthew J. HodgeS/ Fort Bliss, Texas Freddie Lee Schofield Sr., Salley James Stephen "Steve'' Ramsey, Granitevllle Ray Rutherford, Pickens toaaite Calendar 3C Calendar 3C Classifieds SB Crossword 5C Comics 4C Dear Abby 5C Horoscopes SC Markets 14A Movie Listings ...............3C Nation/World 14A Obituaries 6A Opinions ISA Puzzles SC Sports IB TV Listings 2C Aiken Red Cross disaster resources stretched thin By JENNIFER MILLER Staff writer The local Red Cross has spent much of the past three months dealing with disasters around the world and is ready to send volunteers to Missouri, where a tornado wrecked havoc Sunday. "We stand ready to assist in the aftermath of the Missouri tornadoes," said Lindsay Find- ley, Red Cross Aiken chapter executive director. "We are still actively deploying disaster volunteers to respond to the April tornado outbreak that took place in Alabama." The national Red Cross hasn't asked for Aiken volunteers to assist with the victims of Sunday's tornado in Joplin, Mo., which killed at least 117 people and leveled much of the city, Findley said. It is the latest among several laige-scale natural disasters this year, including tornadoes and floods along the Mississippi, throughout the Southeast. The scale and frequency of these disasters has taxed the Red Cross system. Five volunteers from Aiken have gone to three states to help tornado relief efforts, Findley said. These trained disaster relief volunteers often spend weeks at a site before returning home. Some may be asked to go again, she said. "Since April 1, our region has deployed 45 volunteers to eight separate disaster operations. Eight volunteers are still out on deployment," Findley said. See RED CROSS, page 7A Want to give blood? ► What? Blood drive ► When?Tbday from2to7p.m. ► Where? Aiken Mall ► For more infomfiatkin, visit the Red Cross In Aiken at 1314 Pine Log Road or call 641-4152. Buying Gold Since 1952. High Prices Are Being Paid And Jk Voted ^t Jewelry iiore In Aiken! Get Cash Today! We Buy All Gold, Scrap Gold, Diamonds, Silver, Broken Jewelry, Silver Coins, and Estate Jewelry. 1601 Whiskey Road • 649-04751 Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 ^
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