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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 21, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 IN THE NEWS  MCT  Callaway Gardens has near-legendary status  • Behind every garden is a story, and • Callaw^ Gardens, scattered alop the slopes of Georgia's Pine Mountain, is no different.  SEE LIVING ON THE GO,1C  AREA DEATHS  Annie Mae Carter, Trenton  Elder Henry Leysath, Aikeri  Mary Beasley Carter, North Augusta  Brodies Collier McCain, North Augusta  Samuel "Uncle Sam" Drafts Schofield Jr.,  Wagener  Steven Michael Cochran, Aiken SEE DEATHS AND FUNERALS, 6A  TALKBACK  'You betcha!'  • I agree with the Republican writer who said Palin is a liability. She will never be^Obama. She lost the. previous election for us; let's not make the same mistake. Nice lady but not • suited to govem the most powerful nation in the world. Can you imagine her negotiating a peace treaty with a foreign power? "You betcha!"  SEE MORE TALKBACK, 3A  PALIN  ^ a  101  TODAY  T%mr  COOL TIP: Keep a towel with a bucket of ice water near the entrance of your honne to ensure a quick cool off when walking outside.  SEE WEATHER, 6C  YOUR RESPON  • "A creative protest. Undervaluing education is the American way Selfish with no care for the generation past their own lifetime. If 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 Standard's Facebook status post "Local artist mocks opponents of proposed education tax increase."  LOCAL POLL  How many books have you read in the last month?  SOr 40 30 20 10  *0ut of 307 voters on an online poll as of 9:15 p.m. Monday.                 »                        ? CO  ir>    (O  oo ifi    oo  C\J  evi    «      u ë    1    1    £     *0ut of 307 voters on an online poll as of 9:15 p.m. Monday.     Visit www.ail<enstandaFd.com to voté in today's poli.          INSIDE            *      Calendar.......    5C    MoVie Listings...    5C      Classifieds......    . SB    Opinions.......    11A      Crossword.......    , 4C    Sports.......    IB      Comics.......    3C    WotldNews.......    .IDA      Horoscopes.....    .. 4C    TVUstings.......    2C      UvingOnTheGolC    Weather.......    6C     ^ikm  JUNE 21,2011  irs'^rti since 186/ • \ ;  BACK WITH A BANG  HALEY HUGHES/STAFF  PLENTY TO CHOOSE FROM: Wacky Wayne's Fireworks on Whiskey Road offers a wide assortment of fireworks such as sparklers, Roman candies, whistling rockets and mortar shells.  Fireworks return for holiday season  BY HALEY HUGHES   hhughes@aikenstandard.com   The TNT Fireworks stand's location has changed this year, biit it's coinmuhity outreach hasn't. t  The stand, which for the past several years has been located at Southside Free Mil Baptist Church, will open Wednesday at Fountain of Life Fellowship Church on Whiskey Road. As in past years, sale proceeds will go back into the community. TWs year, both the athletes and the students at South Aiken High School will benefit.  "We're going in with the PTO for technology upgrades like Smart boards at South Aiken High and the football team for normal expenses like travel," said football coach Jeremy West. "All 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 ai^eiy shells, sparklers, bottle rockets, Roman candles and more in anticipation of the Fourth of July holiday. Prices range from $1 for sparklers to $100 for a large grand finale assortment pack.  Last year, volunteers were devastated when they discovered the stand had been buiglar-ized and a large portion of merchandise stolen. The proceeds were to go to the Free W^iU Baptist Church youth and the South Aiken football team. TTie community rallied around the church and the athletes and pitched in to help recoup some of the lost profits.  Wacky Wayne's Fireworics is also open for business on \^skey Road behind American General Financial Services.  The store is stocked with sparklers, mortar shells, Roman candies, cakes, whistling rockets and Double Deuces, which is a popular item, said sales representative Jamie Hores. Prices range fiom 25 cents to $200.  As far as the (^es go, "It is its own little mini show. But you definitely don't need kids working them b^use they can be a little  HALEY HUGHES/STAFF  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 residents face strict fireworks regulations.  An ordinance bans all firecrackers more than a quarter-inch in outside diameter, no more than 2 inches long and containing no more than four gi-ams of explosives.  A much wider variety of fireworks is permitted in the City of North Augusta and the unincorporated parts of Aiken County.  TNT Fireworks is open daily from 9 a jn. to midnight. It will open at 1 pan. Sunday, July 4.  Wacky Wayne's is open from 10 ajn. to 8 pjn. Monday through Saturday.  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  s» kdaiiy@aikenstandard.coni  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.  TTie South Carolina law regulating booking practices takes effect in 60 days. In 2009, the Georgia General Assembly made several updates to its law aimed at regulating similar documentation guidelines.  The South Carolina 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 buying copper from anyone who does not possess a permit.  L Jk  ELWELL  SEE COPPER, 5A  DEBATE OVER TREES  SUBMIHED  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 & Kisner LLC.  Residents in Houndslake to meet with develoDers  BY AMY BANTON^  abanton@aikenstandard com  Village at Houndslake residents don't want to see 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 editorial® aikenstandard.cx)m.  new homes go up in their neighborhood.  The City of Aiken Planning Commission tabled a request for  the approval of an altered concept plan from Gaul & Kisner 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  COMING UP TODAY  School Board to vote on budget tonight  BYROBNOVIT   rnovit@aikenstandard.com   The Aiken County Board of Education is scheduled to approve tiie 2011-12 budget at a meeting at thé district office tonight at 7 p jn.  The board has tentatively agreed to two tax hikes, one for its school operations budget and the otfier for debt service, which provides for faciliQ^ needs.  County residents will have the opportunity at the meeting to address the School Board in a public partijCipatioii process. A budget hearing on June 7 attracted about 15 spiers, the majority opposing the tax increases and the rest supporting Ôiem.  The board members could choose to post- , pone final action at the meeting tonight and call another meeting before June 30, as the status of an additional $56 million state allocation for K-12 education remains uncertain.  That appropriation of non-reoccuning dollars - which could provide roughly $2 million for the Aiken County School District - could be vetoed by Gov. Nikki Haley, who has stated 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 reducing a 3.8-mill tax increase for the operations budget if the additional state money comes through. The millage  increase would generate about $12 million in local funding.  School Board attorney Bill Burkhalter said he believes the board members would have the option of taking an action on the operations nklage tonight but make it contingent upon the availability of the additional state funds. Board members also have tentatively approved a 9-mill increase for debt-service which would provide more money for facility improvements and general school maintenance.  ITie distiict receives about $143 million each year through annual bond issues. The millage hike would provide $ 17 5 million.  SEE BUDGET, 5A  HALEY'S VETOFS FOR RURAL SCHOOL   

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