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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 21, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina IN THE NEWS * .*'3%Rl5s Callaway Gardens has near-legendary status MOT • Behind every garden is a story, and * Callaway Gardens, scattered atop the slopes of Georgia’s Pine Mountain, is no different. SEE LIVING ON THE GO 1C AREA DEATHS Annie Mae Carter, Trenton Eider Henry Leysath, Aiken Mary Beasley Carter, North Augusta Brodies Collier McCain, North Augusta Samuel “Uncle Sam” Drafts Schofield Jr., Wagener Steven Michael Cochran, Aiken SEE DEATHS ANO FUNERALS, 6A TALKBACK ‘You betcha!’ • I agree with the Republican writer who said Palin is a liability. She will never beat Obama. She lost the previous election for us; let’s not make the same mistake. Nice lady but not * suited to govern the most powerful nation in the world. Can you imagine her negotiating a peace treaty with a foreign power? “You betcha!’’ PALIN SEE MORE TALKBACK, 3A Al I HOW I r n is in 101 TODAY TOMORROW COOL. TIP: Keep a towel with a bucket of ice water near the entrance of your pf. home to ensure a g quick cool off when walking outside. SEE WEATHER 6C YOUR RESPONSE • “A creative protest. Undervaluing education is the American way. Selfish with no care for the generation past their own lifetime, lf they are dumb enough, they might not figure out who destroyed the planet when they were children. Might as well make art about it. I much rather have that by the fountain than American Tragedy Horse " MATT BOYCE In reference to Aiken Standards Facebook status post “Local artist mocks opponents of proposed education tax increase" silken TUESDAY, JUNE 21.2011 YOUR LOCAL SOURCE SINCF 1867 • 500 BACK WITH A BANG MAI tv HUGHES^TAFF PLENTY TO CHOOSE FROM: Wacky Wayne’s Fireworks on Whiskey Road otters a wide assortment of fireworks such as sparklers, Roman candles, whistling rockets and mortar shells. Fireworks return for holiday season BY HALEY HUGHES hbuQhes&aikenstandaid LOCAL POU How many books have you read in the last month? Mr Fhe IN I l ifeworks stand’s location has changed this year, bul ifs community outreach hasn’t.     % The stand, which for the past several years has been located at Southside Free Will Bap^ tis! Church, will open Wednesday at l ; oun-tain of Life Felkiwshtp Church on Whiskey Road A* in past years, sale proceeds will go hack into the community. Ibis year, both the athletes and the students at South Aiken High School will benefit “We’re going in with the PID for technology upgrades like Smart boards at South Aiken High and the football team for normal expenses like travel.” said football coach Jeremy West. “.Ail this money is going back to South Aiken High.” On Monday, the stand was buzzing with South Aiken football teammates as they unpacked boxes and stocked shelves. Business is expected to be brisk as people make a run on artillery shells, sparklers, bottle rockets. Roman candles and more in anticipation of the Fourth of July holiday. Knees range from $1 tor sparklers to SKX) for a large grand finale assortment pack Last year, volunteers were devastated when they discovered the stand had been burglarized and a large portion of merchandise stolen The proceeds were to go to the Free Will Baptist C hurch youth and the South Aiken football team The community rallied around the church and the athletes and pitched in to help recoup some of the lost profits Wacky Wayne s Fireworks is also open for business on Whiskey Road behind American General Financial Services. The store is stocked wuh sparklers, mortar shells, Roman candles, cakes, whistling rockets and Double Deuces, which is a popular item, said sales representative J anne Flores. Prices range from 25 (ems to $21X) As far as the cakes go, “It is its own little mini show. But you definitely don’t need kids working them because they can be a little HAU Y HUGHE S/S TA? T PREPARING FOR BUSINESS: South Aiken High School football player Deandre Shoultz, foreground, opens boxes of TNT fireworks for the roadside stand at Fountain of Life Fellowship Church, 2799 Whiskey Road. Pictured in the background are Brandon Sleasman, Rod Valandingham, DeAndre Jones. Josh Brown and Justin Day scary,” Flores said Firecrackers are allowed in the City of Aiken; however, city resident face strict fireworks regulations. An (ordinance bans ail firecrackers more than a quarter-inch in outside diameter, no mure than 2 inches king and containing no mure than four grams of explosives. A much wider variety of fireworks is permitted in the City of North Augusta and the unincorporated parts ut Aiken County. TNT Firewalks is open daily from 9 am. to midnight it will open at I pm Sunday, July 4. Wacky Wayne s is open from IO am. to 8 pm. Monday through Saturday. COMING UP TODAY Copper law reinforces County’s stipulations ACSO’s Capt. Elwell says police will continue to look for, cite those hauling metal without required permits. BY KAREN DAILY kdaily@aikenstandard.com A newly signed law aimed at curbing the skyrocketing number of copper thefts across the Palmetto State mirrors similar legislation already in place across the river, where local law enforcement officers say thieves have been taking Aiken County copper for years. Ihe South Carolina law regulating booking practices takes effect in 6() days. In 2(X)9. the Georgia General Assembly made several updates to its law aimed at regulating similar documentation guidelines The South C arolina law requires much of the same requirements and will require sellers to obtain free permits from local law enforcement to sell copper, and recycle centers will be barred from buy ing copper from anyone who does not possess a permit. ELWELL SEE COPPER, 5A DEBATE OVER TREES ^ Ai,, SUBMITTED WILL THIS TREE BE REMOVED?: A deodar cedar covered In snow in the Village at Houndslake like the one pictured may be removed if new homes are to be built according to a concept plan by Gaul & Risner LLC Residents in Houndslake to meet with developers BY AMY BANTON abantofhStaikenstandard com Village at Houndslake residents don’t want to sec one of their cedar trees go down if prospective WHAT DO YOU THINK? Do you think the deodar cedars should be removed from the Village at Houndslake? Send us an email at edXonaJCW atenstartoard.com new homes go up in then neighborhood The City of Aiken Ptgn-lung Commission tabled a request fur the approval of an altered concept plan from Gaul & Risner LLC for the construction of new homes in the Village at Houndslake at its June 14 meeting. The commission decided to do so to allow homeowners and developers an opportunity to meet and discuss the revisions together SEE TREES 5A •Out of 307 voters on an onto* pol as of 9:15 pm Monday Vtait www atonstandara com lo vole in today s po* School Board to vote on budget tonight INSIDE BY ROB NOVIT rnoyit@aikenstandard.com Calendar  SC    Movie Listings... SC Classifieds  5B    Opinions .......11A Crossword  4C Sports   1B Comics  3C World News   10A Horoscopes 4C    TV Listings  2C Living On The Go 1C    Weather  6C * ^ SEE LOCAL PHOTOS ONLINE AT Hie Aiken County Board of I'.ducat ion is scheduled to approve the 2011-12 budget at a meeting at the district office tonight at 7 pm. The board has tentatively agreed to two tax hikes, one for its school Durations budget and the other tor debt service, which provides for facility needs County residents will have the opportunity at the meeting to address the School Board in a public participation process. A budget hearing on June 7 attracted about 15 speakers, the majority opposing die tax increases and the rest supporting them Tile board members could choose to postpone final action at die meeting tonight and call another meeting before June 30, as the status of an additional $56 million state allocation tor K-12 education remains uncertain. I hat appropriation of non-reoccurring dollars - which could provide roughly $2 million for the Aiken County School District amid be vetoed by Gov, Nikki Haley, who has sifted an interest in seeing those funds go to unemployment debt retirement. The funds are significant because board members have expressed a willingness to consider eliminating or reduc ing a 3 8-mill tax increase for the operations budget if the addi bona! stale money comes through. The millage increase would generate about $12 million in local funding School Board attorney Bill Burkha! ter said he believes the board members would have Ila* option id taking an actual on the operations millage tonight but make it contingent upon the availability of the additional state funds. Board members also have tentatively approved a 9-null increase for debt-service which would provide more money for facility iniprovements and general school maintenance. I Tie district receives about $145 nullum each year through annual bond issues Hie millage hike would provide $175 million 8«n34oo9«ooooi>»v EHSE23QE1I] SEE BUDGET, 5A E TODAY: LEGISLATORS EXPECTED TO DECIDE ; sufsiiEin DE HALEY'S VETOES FOR RURAL SCHOOLS 16A