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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 18, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 Saturday  June 18.2011  Vol. 145, No. 169  Aiken resident ANN CARTER heads to Houston next week to compete in the NATIONAL SENIOR GAMES. | SPORTS1B  'lour Local Source Since l<S(>7  WWW aikenStandard.COm    ——  Today's Weather  High  97°  Low  70°  Full forecast 16C  50*  Gunman sought in North Augusta holdup  By KAREN DAILY  Staff writer  Aiken County SheritFs Office deputies have released images of an armed robbery suspect accused of holding up a convenience store in North Augusta late Wednesday while wearing a hard hat and a do-rag.  The holdup occurred at the Circle K at 5412 Jefferson Davis Highway in North Augusta about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.  A black male, dressed in a striped shirt and wearing a  white hard hat, entered the Circle K, pointed a handgun at the cashier and demanded money from the man, said Capt. Troy Elwell, a sheritFs office spokesperson.  The gunman initially asked for two packs of menthol cigarettes, hut when the clerk returned to the counter, the suspect was holding a small Silver gun and demanded money from the cash register.  Deputies said the victims said the man took the bills and left.  The suspect is described as a black male, 6 feet tall and  weighing about 180 pounds.  “The suspect is believed to have tied the location in an unknown type vehicle," said Elwell.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Aiken County SherifFs Office at (800) 922-9709.  Individuals also should call CnmeStoppers of the Midlands at (888) CRJME-SC. Callers can remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash raw ard of between $50 and $1,000.  Contact Karen Daily at kdaihfa aikemtandard com  Video stills courtesy of Aiken County Sheriff's Office Above, the suspect threatens a clark with a small silver handgun. At right the suspect enters the convenience store.  HEALTHY U  Ca  LOOK F  ar  APER!     Crossword    4C      Comics    IC      Dear Abby    4C      Horoscopes    4C      Markets    13A      Movie listings    SC      Nation/World    13A      Puzzles    AC      Sports    It      TV Listings    IC     Area residents go bald to fight cancer  County jobless rate lowest in state  Staff reports  The news on the state and national employment front continues to be bleak, hut here in Aiken County the news is brighter.   .....................In    May,  For more on    ‘he county  jobless rates    the lowest  statewide,    unempioy-  please SOO    rn cut nile in  aa    the state at  page 6A.    7.9 percent  —    and w as  the only county to show a decline in the rate from April, down 0.3 percent. •  Statewide the unemployment rate ticked up 0.2 percent to IO percent, according to the South Carolina Department of Employment ami Workforce, which is typical for this tune of year as college and high school graduates enter the labor pool and more people seek seasonal work in tourism-related areas.  State employment officials didn’t have an explanation Friday for the improvement rn Aiken County.  “It rn earn in the overall scheme that employed are getting back to hiring the unemployed,” said Adrienne Fairwell, public informal ion officer for the South C arolina Department of Employ ment and Workforce.  SM JOBLESS, page 14A  By ANNA DOLIANITIS  Staff writer  Many of those w ho w alked into the Lacy Cosmetology School on Fnday walked out w lib a lot less hair on their heads and a much greater sense that they had just played a significant role in the fight against childhood cancer.  Lacy was the site of the St. Baldrick’* Foundation fundraiser, in w hich a couple dozen men and women haij their heads shav ed in a showing of solidarity with children undergoing treatment for all types of cancer.  “It is all about benevolence,” said volunteer event organizer Anthony Comero. “You don’t know who you help.”  Participants - men, women and children of any age -created online profiles and enlisted the support of friends and family to raise money leading up to the event, as well as on the day of the event.  By lunchtime, tile local  Staff photos by Anna Doitamtis  Angie Van Dyne, center, before having her head shaved in honor of Connor Edl, who died from a brain tumor at age 7. With her was Connor's dad, David, mom, Heather, and brothers Kyle, 11, and Caleb, 6.  St. Baldrick’* fundraiser had more than doubled its goal, raising $2,(XX). Comero said that with the event’s momen  tum throughout the day Fnday, he would not be surprised if the event, w hich took place locally for the first time,  exceeded $5,000 by the time all donations are counted.  See BALD, page UA  Lacy Cosmetology student stylist Ashley Sanders shaves Angie Van Dynes hair shorter. For the final outcome, please see page I AA. For video coverage of this story, visit aikenstandard.com.  Aiken Standard hosting giant yard sale today  ► Looking for some good deals? Don't forget the Aiken Standards community yard sale today from 8 a m to noon at 326 Rutland Drive NVY  James Hastings Wright Sr.,  Graniteville  Kenneth Meriyn Caver,  Athens, Ga.  Kenneth L. Baldwin,  Aiken  Deaths and funerals 16A  Calendar    SC  Classifieds    2D  UNIVERSITY  HEALTH CARE SYSTEM  County elections commission seeks more control over filling vacant directorship  AIKEN COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION Chairman Rap. J Roland Smith, House District 84  By HALEY HUGHES  Staff writer  Hic Aiken County Registration and Elections Commis Mon wants to w rest control of appointing its director from the county’s legislative delegation.  The commission believes that because the delegation, made up of elected state I louse and Senate officials, is charged with appointing the position, the po ten -  AIKEN COUNTY ELECTIONS ANO REGISTRATION COMMISSION  Chairman Meanie Hutto Vice Chairman Kay Mciver Kevin Bumpus Benjamin Christensen Fiona Harris Moses Myers Gary Street  tial for a conflict of interest exists. The registration and elections director reports directly to the delegation and  SENATE:  A Shane Massey, District 25 W. Greg Ryberg, District 24 Nikki G. Settler, District 26  HOUSE:  William Clyburn, District 82  not the commission.  Upon the resignation of former Executive Director Stuart Bedenhaugh, the com-  William M. Hixon, District 83  I. Kit Spires,  District 96 Bid Taylor, District 86 Thomas R. Young Jr., District 81  mission sent a letter to the delegation requesting  SM CONTROL page SA  Chack out this issue for information on University’s Hospice education class, special events, support groups and more.   

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