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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 3, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Lemon hunt begins today " , : . , . In an efForf to promote its new Frozen Strawberry Lemonade, McDonald s is hiding five giant lemons throughout the CSRA at 9 a.m: today. Those who find the lemons will wm lemonade for a year. 3A Todays Weather Full forecast 16C Vol. 145, No. 164 Your Local Sou ree S i nee 867 www.aikenstandard.com ^^^^ 50^ Midland Valley High seniors toss their caps in the air to celebrate commencement. staff photo by Rob Novit V ____ Staff photo by Ashleey Williamson The Christmas tree used in the ACP production of "Rent" was built by the welding society members at Aiken Technical College. Presenting the class of 2011 Area high schools hold commencement By ROB NOVIT Senior writer She was the very last in line, and when Emily Zimmerman's name was called at Silver Bluff High School's commencement Thursday, her classmates rose to their feet for a spontaneous standing ov9tion. Emily smiled Vividly as she shook the hands of Principal Fran Altringer, Superintendent Dr. Beth Everitt, Associate Superintendent Dr. Kevin O'Gorman and Area 5 Assistant Superintendent Dr. Randy Stowe - people that Emily could not see, She lost her sight three years ago following surgery for a brain tumor. Emily will leave next month for Littleton, Colo., where she will enroll in a specialized center-to help her learn independent living before she starts col- ■ Jege. ]CarrieL White, jWilllsfon Gregory ''Greg" Baker, jNennaha, Neb. ¡lames C. Jensen, ipranlteville Nancy Ann'Toots" lo'Leary, lAiken iJoshua Thomas William lies, eech Island For more photos, see 4A. "It's huge, huge, huge to be graduating," she said. "That was very cool (about the ovation). It means a lot , to have Sardh with me. She's very special and has meant so much to me." A Silver Bluff junior, Sarah said it's surreal that her sister has finished high school and will be leaving next week, "I don't know if I can explain it. It's very emotional," Sarah said. Midland Valley High School and North Augusta High School seniors graduated Thursday, as well. Four more commencements -Aiken High, South Aiken High, Wagener-Salley High and Ridge Spring-Monetta High - are scheduled at USC Please see GRADS, page 11A Staff photo by Rob Novit Silver Bluff High senior Emily Zimmerman, left, escorted by her sister Sarah, received a standing ovation from her classmates at commencement Thursday. at ATC construct, donate tree for 'Rent' By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON Staff writer If you've seen the Aiken CoiïiihiïffllfPlâpôtisè^é production of "Rent," chances are you've seen the one-of-a-kind Christmas tree on stage. The tree was built by the 32 members of Aiken Technical College's American Welding Society Student Chapter, advised by Jean Palmer; lead welding instructor at ATC. "The purpose of this club is to enhance the students' knowledge of welding and, in this particular chapter, develop leadership and organizational skills," said Pahner. In February, Palmer was contacted by ACP Executive Director Thurmond Whatley, who asked her if she and some students would be interested in creating an "abstract tree" for an upcoming ACP production. "We went tihrou^ a discussion about what exactly they (the theater) wai^d in the tree," explained Palmer. "They Please see TREE, page 11A wanted anything that could be found in a big city on the side of the road ... items like hub caps, springs, bicycle tires. They gave me an idea and a " plan, and I also kind of just had my own idea in mind." After bringing the project up to the AWS Student Chapter, Palmer said all of the students were willing and excited to participate in building the tree. Brainstorming began, and each student was asked to bring in an item; a student offered to bring in a motorcycle, which was taken apart and serves as the foundation for the tree. Other items included a child's bicycle, a lamp, old copper pots and pans, forks and spoons, drill bits and a basketball rim donated by the ATC Athletic Department. Over the course of the next three months, all of the members spent collaborative time in the lab coming up with ideas and all worked hard in Deatils and Funerals 16A Calendar SC Classifieds ID Crossword 4C Comics 3Ç Dear Abby 4C Horoscopes 4C Markets 14A Movie Listings 5C Nation/World 14A Obituaries 6A Opinions ISA Puzzles 4C Sports tB JV Listings 2C By AMY BANTON Staff writer Aiken City Council h^ asked for an ordinance to be drafted for a new redistricting plan. The first reading of an ordinance to hold a referendum during the general elections on Nov. 8, to change to a 6-to-1 format - six single-member districts and the mayoral seat - will be held on June 13 at a regular Cpuncil meeting. During a special meeting Thursday evening, Bobby Bowers with the State Budget and Control Board informed City Council, with the growth spen in District 4, it will be hard to keep the 4-2-1 format that the City has in place. This includes four single-member districts, two at-large Council members and the mayor seat The 4-2-1 format has been in place in Aiken for more than 15 years. District 4 is sitting at 10,393 residents while the other three districts have a population of a little more thai 6,000 each, according to the U.S. Census numbers. District 4 is located on thé south side of Aiken and has seen such growth due to developments like the Village at Woodside. When redistricting, a municipality must adhere to the 1965 Voting Rights Act as amended and controlling court decisions, but, most ■ importantly, it must stay true to the constitutional requirement of "one person, one vote," Bowers said. The reasoning behind redistricting is that district lines are occasionally redrawn based on the population numbers of a city to maintain equal representation of its residents. Bowers told Council that keeping thè 4-2-1 format in place wouW endanger the mmority majority districts - districts 1 and 2, and they would be nearly impossible to keep unless they go to another format like 6 to 1. Historically, City Council has always had minority representation, according to City Manager Richard Pearce. The census lists 19,324 non-Hispanic whites and 8,485 non-Hispanic blacks in Aiken. Currently, 7,752 of Aiken's black residents live.in districts 1 and 2. See DISTRICTS, page 11A SecuriÇ^ Federali Bank 641- ToU Free 86M51-3000
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