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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 7, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina -"Sí. M« sei i^ï^ ' Court rules Gov. Haley lacks authority to call legislators back to work 17A Tuesday June 7,201 Vol. 145, No. 158 Your .Lcx'al Source SiiH^e 1867 ¡555555555 www.aikenstandard.com ¡55=55=5 Todays Weather 50^ By KAREN DAILY Staff writer Hiers A Graniteville itim who police said pretended his hand was agiin when he attempted to hold up a Dunkin' Donuts in April has been identified and jailed. Brent Lewis Hiers, 25, of Fields Cemeteiy Road is charged with strong arm robbery and simple larceny. Investigators said that, in addition to attempting to steal money fi^om the Dtinkin' Donuts, he stole tip money from ajar on the counter at a neighboring Quiznos in the same Richland Avenue shopping center. Aiken Public Safety investigators said the man entered the Dunkin' Donuts about 8 p.m. on April 11. He had one hand concealed behind his back and his other hand in front of his body under his T-shirt acting "as if he had a weapon." The man then approached the cashier and demanded she give him all the money from the drawer. Another employee then walked into the store and the suspect left without receiving any of the money. But, he reportedly said "he would return." Officers also spoke with employees at Quiznos who said a man matching the same description was in the store minutes earlier. The investigators later learned that the man took the money from the tip jar. "The incident was captured on video," according to; arrest warrants. Hiers was identified and arrested last week. David W.Elijah, Windsor George Bright Trenton Gilbert Burgess, Aiken Russell D. Edwards, New Ellenton J. Howard''Doc" Lawton, Aiken Wanda C. Proctor, Graniteville Deaths and funérais 16A [tmKb Calendar 5C Classifieds 5B Crossword 4C Comics 3C Dear Abby 4C Horoscopes 4C Markets 10A Movie Listings 5C Nation/World IDA Obituaries ^A Opinions 11A Puzzles 4C Sports IB TV Listings 2C By ROB NOVIT Senior writer The Aiken County Board of Education will host a public hearing on its proposed 2011-12 budget at the district oflBce today at 7 p.m. School Board members tentatively are seeking a 3.8-mill increase in the district's operational budget and a 9-mill increase in the debt-service budget. The operational increase will in part help fiind a small raise in salary for teachers and support personnel, along with some new initiatives - among them an expanded altemative education program. The debt-service millage increase will allow the district to provide additional allocations annually for major school renovations and regular cyclical maintenance. Board members are scheduled to approve the final budget document June 21. In an interview last week, Aiken County Superintendent Dr. Beth Everitt said the school district has few options to meet the capital and operational needs it has control over. "We have cut back many areas in recent years," she said. In an email sent out by Debbie Nix and Kathy Pate of , We The People Aiken, they contend that the budget is ilill of overfunded expenses and wasteful spending. Board member Donna Wesby encouraged people to come to the hearing tonight "and get the facts," she said. "The school board is trying to do the best it can in looking at the larger picture." The district office is located at 1000 Brookhaven Drive. $154,000,000.00 T $140,500.000.00 $127.000,000.00 $113,600,000.00 f-$100,000,000.00 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 Despite state budget cuts and the stimulus dollars, the general school budget would increase to its highest level since 2007 if the proposed tax increase is passed, topping $154 million. Général Operations: This levy is the one that pays the light bill, buys supplies and provides funds for teacher and staff salaries ' Proposed increase of 3.8 mills would raise $1.2 miKion Debt Service: This tax is used to pay back nfioney the district has borrowed for construction and other purposes. Generally, these are the funds used to maintain, update and build schools around the county. Proposed increase of 9 mills would raise $2.8 miiiion TOTAL INCREASE: $4 milHon Homeowners: The combined increase would cost $36 more for each $100,000 in the value of your home. Businesses and personal property: Business owners, rental property and personal property such as cars would see an increase of $76.80 per $100,000 in value. The increase in assessment on a $20,000 vehicle would be $15.36. ► What? Public hearing on Aiken County Board of Educiafion's proposed 2011-12 budget ► When? Today at 7 p.m. ► Where? District office, 1000 Brookhaven Drive ìNm Operations: The additional dollars would fund raises for teachers and staff, expand altemative education programs, expand existing freshman academy programs at Silver Bluff and Midland Valley high schools and reinstate the program at Wagener-Salley High. Debt Service: District offidals say the increase would accelerate school renovation and new construction plans. See current facility plans, Page 9A. Watcff^pubHc hearing live^^^ at aikenstandartl.com Live coverage of,the hearing will stream online beginning at 7 p.m. ARMC breaks ground on exjpansion By ANNA DOLIANiTIS Staff writer Aiken Regional Medical Centers broke ground Monday morning on the 10,000-square-foot expansion of Aurora Pavilion Behavioral Health Services, ARMC's acute care center for people suffering from depression, anxiety, substance abuse anci other mental health issues. Currently a 47-bed facility, Aurora Pavilion will add 12 beds wath the new wing expansion to be used for geriatric patients, thus alleviating space in the existing facility for adults and children. The expansion will provide eight additional pediatric beds and four more geriatric beds. "This will give us the ability to treat more people more quickly," said Aurora Pavilion Administrator Paige Johnson. Members of the Aiken community, including Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Please see AURORA, page 9A Cutest Kid Contest Winners! These two lucky kids received a variety of prizes from local vendors for winriing the Aiken Standard's Cutest Kid Photo Contest. Visit www.aikenstandard.com and click on Contests to see more online contests! Age group 0-6 years winner Name: Abbi Moxley staff photo by Anna Dolianitis UHS Vice President for Behavioral Health John Willingham, Aurora Pavilion Administrator Paige Johnson, Aiken Councilwoman Beverly Clyburn, ARIMC CEO Carlos l\Ailanes, Aiken (Mayor Pro tern Don Wells and Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce President and CEO J. David Jameson were among those who gathered (Monday morning to break ground for Aurora Pavilion's planned 10,00(Hquare-foot facility expansion. 1 Age group 7-12 years winner Name: James Turner, 9 »(Ultlll>lll»l»l|ll«l" THE STABLES RESTAURANT & BAR liii'sdav SatuiiKiv. Opt'ii ivHO I'M ImlOiM Oiitili'i'i dininu • lîiill Moiiii Alsi' Avail.í¡i¡!' vvww.tnst'tiilU'st.iitM-oiii lIPCOIVlINi; tUENTS Wtninesilav. Juno S Uiiitaiist, Beiiuui! Poiitoo, T OO Ivnv IhiiisiLn livr n.inr-.^ Musu- iiVi(h Pfrston, Wt^ston S.iiuli.i, tiul.iv. June 10 .ioîTi Kiuí'ikm Rock S, Hinmr, S:00 i . lA^MU \ w ^ \ik. n. se I • à
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