Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 28, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina LISTA South Carolina Adult League Championships, being played in Aiken through Monday. 11B * INSIDE TODAY A look at the Saturday May 28,201 Vol. 145, No. 147 'lour Lo (*a I Sourer Si IKM* ———— www.aikenstandard.com w I 8(i Today's Weather High 4 ^ 88° »* Low 65° Full forecast 16C 50? SUNBELT NISSAN TO HONOR THE FALLEN 45 Years 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 I 800-277-2727 Memorial Day Parade to be held this afternoon By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON Staff writer The James L. Hammons Marine Corps League Detachment 939 will honor fallen soldiers today during the annual Memorial Day Parade, beginning at I p.m. and lasting until approximately 2:30 p.m. The parade will begin at the comer of Park Avenue and Union Street, where the mobile line of about HO enures will then travel lo Laurens Street, following it until hdgetield Avenue. The grand marshal of this year’s parade is Brig. Gen. W. Bryan Gamble, commander of the Dwight Dav id Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon. According to Richard Sehreek, parade director and junior \ ice commandant at the Aiken Marine Corps League, entries in the parade include a Joint Ser\ ice Color Guard from Fort Gordon, which will also include a PIMM SM PARADE, page 14A For more on Memorial Day, please see pages 3A and 14A. Staff photo by Rob Novi! 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 witter Aiken Prep said gt»odbye to nine graduates at commencement exercises Friday'. The graduates include valedictorian Taylor Blanton, salutatory Rebecca Lewis, Megan Boehner, Sheryl Brumbalow, George Handy IIL Carlton Norwood Jr., Nirvana Shah. Christian Thorndike and Hailey Zipfel. “This is the 95th year of Aiken Prep. That’s quite a milestone, and it’s ail 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. tuition of daughter Megan, it will he the first tune iii 21 years that none of her children will be at the school. In 1990, Boehner >aid, there was no Internet. I aeebook or Twitter. “ Hie 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 SM PREP, page 14A to lite mm Jeff Conaway, star of ‘Grease,’ dead at 60 ► The family of the Broadway-bred actor who had been in a coma for two weeks requested he be removed from life support 16A Sum Donald W. "Don" Branch, North Augusta Henry Platt Moseley Jr* Aiken Joseph “LII Joe" Gartrell Jr., Aiken Robert "Bob" Platt, Aiken Stan E. Cash, Jackson Deaths and funerals 16A to&to Calendar SC Classifieds ID Crossword 4C Comics 3C Dear Abby 4C Horoscopes 4C Markets 13A Movie Listings SC Nation/World 13A Puzzles 4C Sports IB TV Listings 2C Aiken Standard file photo The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band from Fort Gordon performed in the 2010 Aiken Memorial Day Parade. SREL creates PSA for tornado-ravaged Alabama By ANNA DOLIANtTIS Staff writer While v idling his native Tuscaloosa, Ala., last week to talk to a Civ nan club about the impact of last month’s tornadoes on Alabama’s reptile and amphibian population, Sax annah River Ecology Laboratory ecolikgist Dr. Whit Gibbons was approached w ith an idea to help w uh recov ery. A Huntsv die television station got in touch w ith 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 tornadoes led in their wake became home to rats ara! 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 nonvenomous snakes that call Alabama home to live and eat the rats and mice that could transmit discases to humans through biting or scratching or through fleas and ticks that become parasites on the rodents. SREL, in collaboration with the Aiken Standard's ASTV, created a public service announcement featuring Gibbons to run on Huntsville’s WAAY telex ision station, informing Alabama’s PIMM SM SREL, page 14A Staff photo by Anna Donning ASTV's tan O'Brie nt foreground, and Savannah River Ecology Labs Dr. Whit Gibbons filmed a public service announcement this week to air on an Alabama television station in communities affected by last month's tornadoes. tactoid Ay*nu« MEMORIAL DAY PARADE ROUTE For live coverage of the MEMORIAL DAY PARADE, tune to Atlantic Broadband Channel 95, or visit aikenstandard. com/astv.