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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 28, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 INSIDE  TODAY  A look at the  USTA South Carolina Adult League Championships,  being played in Aiken through Monday, j 1B  Saturday  May 28,2011 Vol. 145, No. 147  Todays Weather  D n r Local S o u r'(M' S i i i c c ^SSSSmmmm  www.aikenstandard.com  =  8«  500  TO HONOR THE FALLEN  Memorial Day Parade to be held this afternoon  By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON  Staff writer  The lames T.. Hammons Marine Corps League Detachment 939 will honor fallen soldiers today during the annual Memorial Day Parade, beginning at 1 p.m. and lasting until approximately 2:30 p.m.  The  For more on Memorial Day, please see pages 3A and 14A.  parade will begin at the comer of Park Avenue and Union Street, where the mobile  - line of about  80 entries will then travel to Laurens Street, following it until Edgefield Avenue.  The grand marshal of this year's parade is Brig. Gen. W. Bryan Gamble, commander of the Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon.  According to Richard Schreck, parade director and junior vice commandant at the Aiken Marine Corps League, entries in the parade include a Joint Serv ice Color Guard from Fort Gordon, which will also include a  Please see PARADE, page 14A  ODD (ïifâ DDSfö!©  Jeff Conaway, star of ^Grease,'dead at 60  ► The family of the Broadway-bred actor who had been in a cx)ma for two weeks requested he be removed from life support, j 6A  Donald W. ''Don" Branch,  North Augusta Henry Piatt Moseley Jr.,  Aiken  Joseph "Lll Joe" Gartrell Jr.,  Aiken  Robert"Bob" Piatt  Aiken  Stan E. Cash,  Jackson  Deaths and funerals 16A  Calendar  SC  SC     Classifieds    ID      Crossword    4C      Comics    3C      Dear Abby    4C      Horoscopes    4C      Markets    13A      Movie Listings    5C      Nation/World    13A      Puzzles    4C      Sports    IB      TV Listings    2C     Aiken standard iWephoXo  The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band from Fort Gordon performed in the 2010 Aiken Memorial Day Parade.  !L  AJKtN STANDARD Tf LEVISION  For live coverage of the  MEMORIAL DAY PARADE,  tune to Atlantic Broadband  Channel 95, or visit aikenstandard. conn/astv.  staff photo by Rob Novit  Aiken Prep graduate Carlton Norwood Jr. shares a moment following the ceremony with his grandmother, Gloria Norwood.  Aiken Prep bids farewell to seniors  By ROB NOVIT  Senior writer  Aiken Prep said goodbj'e to nine graduates at commencement exercises Friday.  The graduates include valedictorian Taylor Blan-ton, saiutatorian Rebecca Lewis, Megan Boehner, Sheryl Brumbalow, George Handy III, Cadton Norwood Jr., Nirvana Shah, Christian Thomdike and Hailey Zipfel.  "This is the 95th year of Aiken Prep. That's quite a milestone, and it's all about celebrating Aiken Prep," said the head of school, Deborah Boehner.  She readily acknowledged that she was also speaking as a proud mom in her remarks. With the grad-  To read one former Aiken Prep student's story, please see page 3A.  uation of daughter Megan, it will be the first time in 21 years that none of her children will be at the school. In 1990, Boehner said, there was no Internet, Facebook or Twitter.  "The world seemed much smaller, less complicated and much slower," she said. "Whatever the future holds for these graduates, I hope they will realize this is where the foundation was built. ... But stay positive, happy people. Life is a journey, not a destination."  Please see PREP, page 14A  SREL creates PSA for tornado-ravaged Alabama  By ANNA DOLIANITIS  Staff writer  While visiting his native Tuscaloosa, Ala., last week to talk to a Civitan club about the impact of last month's tomadoes on Alabama's reptile and amphibian population, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory ecologist Dr. Whit Gibbons was approached witli an idea to help with recovery.  A Huntsville television station got in touch with Gibbons about a point that he made during his speech, when he said that it would not be long before the piles of rubble the tomadoes left in their wake became home to rats and mice that  To view the PSA, visit www. srel.edu/psa/snake-psa.htm  carry dangerous diseases.  Gibbons said a solution would be to allow nonvenom-ous snakes that call Alabama home to live and eat the rats and mice that could transmit diseases to humans through biting or scratching or through fleas and ticks that become parasites on the rodents.  SREL, in collaboration with the Ai/ren Standard's ASTV, created a public service announcement featuring Gibbons to run on Hunts-ville's WAAY television station, informing Alabama's  Please see SREL, page 14A  staff photo by Anna Dolianitis  ASTV's Ian O'Briant, foreground, and Savannah River Ecology Lab's Dr. Whit Gibbons filmed a public service announcement thi$ week to air on an Alabama television station in communities affected by last month's tornadoes.  SUNBELT NISSAN  45 Y^ars of Customer Satisfaction New and Certified Pre-Owned Nissans for less...up to $11,000 off MSRP.  Just Across the river up on Washington Road!  3300 WASHINGTON RD / AUGUSTA  WWW.SUNBELTNISSAN.COM  706-854-0000 / 800-277-2727   

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