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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 15, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Wednesday june 15,201 Vol. 145, No. 166 Tod^ Weather High 02? Low 67» Full forecast 116C Y O II í' L o c al So ii r c e S i 11 e e 1 8 (> 7 SSmSmSm www.aikenstandard.com ¿mm^i^ 500 TALKING TAXES Large-scale 'editorial cartoon' sparks dialogue oh tax increase ......... By ROB NOViT Senior writer The large-scale "editorial cartoon" by artist Siva Aiken remains on her Edgefield . Street property - a pro-education dinosaur and likenesses of Jane Page Thompson and Debbie Nix, two residents who are spearheading efforts to stop the Aiken School Board from raising taxes in the next budget year. Thompson cheerfully posed with the painting of her likeness Tuesday, telling Aiken, "You even got the glasses right." Still, Thompson and Nix want Aiken to remove the artwork. They initially discussed buying it from Aiken, who could then donate the proceeds to the school district. At ilrsi, Aiken was receptive to that idea, but she told Thompson Tuesday she would not formally sell the artwork. Aiken expressed concern that Thompson had filed a police report and that any "profit" Aiken might make on a transaction - even temporarily - could subject her . to possible legal action. Thompson had specifically proposed a donation from her^d Nix-of-$300^h to finance a grant for a teacher through the foundation Public Education Partners. Aiken would be willing to con- , sider that they do so after she removes her artwork. Aiken has the right to express her opinion, Thompson said, and added she has no intention of seeking any civil action against Aiken. Thompson acknowledged she filed an incident report to document it and talked to her lawyer about the situation. \^en she was in the entertainment industry, a blog would do "horrible things with my face ... and embarrassed me in the public domain," Thompson said. "That blog no longer exists, and my image and name are protected. When you have been a public figure, you have to protect yourself first." Elise Samuels Hankerson, Jamaica, N.Y. Frank Edward Nelson, Aikèn George David McLin Jr., fslorth Augusta Martha Elizabeth Kinsey, Aikeri Tommy Ford, Aiken Deaths and Funerals 16A íhTíMü íhTíMü Calendar 3C Classifieds SB Crossword 13C Comics * 12(C Dear Abby 13C Horascopes 13C Markets 14A (VIovIe Listings 3C Natlon/Wofid 14A Obituaries 6A Opinions ISA Puzzles 13C Sports IB TV Listings 2C staff photo by Rob Novit Jane Page Thompson, a resident who is against the Aiken School Board raising taxes in the next budget year, poses with her likeness that is part of a large-scale "political cartoon" by artist Siva Aiken. The display illustrates her position in favor of the tax increase. View full photos of the artworks at www.aikenstandard.com . The incident report cites Thompson as stating that Aiken did not have her per- . mission to use her image in public in that way. Thompson acknowledged in the report that the issue was not criminal. She is familiar with the civil process for handling such a complaint but wanted the incident report for documentation, according to the report. » Aiken said this situation is one in which she has agreed to disagree, with the stance on public education and the proposed tax increases that Nix and Thompson have taken. She has no plans to keep the artwork up indefinitely, she said, "I've gotten almost all positive feedback on this," Aiken said. "I've known Deb (Nix) and consider her a fiiend. I have respect for Jane and her support for the Please see ART, page 16A "I've gotten almost all positive feedback on this... I'm not breaking any laws. I'm making a statement. It's just art." Siva Aiken, artist temperatures By KAREN DAILY Staff writer National' meteorologists have reported daytime highs in the Aiken area have , topped 90 degrees 22 of the last 23 days, and there's no obvious cool down in sight. Daytime highs have been nmning about five to seven degrees above riormal for this time of year, explained National Weather Service meteorologist Hunter Coleman. Although it's not unusual to have daytime highs above 90 degrees, Coleman said the consistent stretch of 9,0-plus temperatures is unusual for early June. Expect daytime highs today to top 90 degrees. There is a 20 percent chance that showers or thunderstorms may move into the area late in the afternoon. Coleman said humidity should remain low again today. "We may see more moisture later on in the week," he said. Please see WEATHER, page 16A Submitted image The Citizens Advisory Committee prefers Option 4, which features a clock tower cupola, columns, a ground-level entrance and a second floor entrance accessed by a set of curving stairs on either side. Option 4 design is favored choice for new Complex By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer The Citizens Advisory Committee likes Option 4 for the design of the new Aiken County Complex with its curving stairs and clock tower cupola. Nine committee members of the 11 in attendance at the meeting demonstrated by a show of hands their preference for Option 4 after McMillan Pazdan Smith architect Kevin Hyslop presented the new schematics Tuesday. The recommendation now goes to County Council, which is anticipating choosing a design at its June 21 meeting. Their selection of a design will not lock Council in to the exact rendering. At this point, they're just choosing the new complex's "envelope," said County Administrator Clay Killian. "We are trying to get the outside of the building to where everyone likes it," Killian said. "We c^'t get down to the nitty-gritty on design until we know what the envelope looks like." The majority of Council also appeared to favor Option 4 when its members saw the renderings last week. The design features a clock tower cupola, columns, a ground-level entrance and a second floor entrance accessed by a set of curving stairs on either side. Several Council members remarked the stairs reminded them of those at the Park Avenue courthouse. Option 4 has three stories. Option 5 and Option 6 received one vote each. No one voted for Option 7, with its more modem scheme and dome. Please see DESIGN, page 16A GOING TO SEE LOREHA Staff photo Haley Hughes Beth Burger has been named the winner of the Aiken Stan-darás My Favorite Loretta Lynn Song Poem/Essay Contest. She submitted an essay online explaining why "Coal Miner's Daughter" was her favorite song. She won two tickets to the Loretta Lynn concert Saturday in Augusta. "It is going to be a special experience. I am taking my sister, but I haven't told her. I might just let her see it In the paper." Ladies täö^ Sandals FOOTWEAR 20% off list Monday-Friday 9-5;30; Sat 9-5, Sun. Closed • 1796 Whiskey Rd.. Aiken, SC • 648-4903
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