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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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