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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 22, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 i  INTHENEWS  YOUR i-.uÄi SOUliSfc SINCE 1867  STAFF PHOTO BY AMY BANTON  TV host teaches Aikenites hay bale gardening  • Amanda McNulty with "Making It Grow" and lead agent with Ciemson Cooperative Extension, gets her hands dirty while doing a presentation on hay bale gardening.  SEE LOCAL NEWS, 2A  TALKBACK  Alien look-alilces  • It's not just the arrogance and officlousness of the DOT demonstrated by their uninvited installation of those gigantic, redundant traffic signs that offends me, it's their complete lack of common sense in exacerbating their offensiveness by having the posts that support them painted the same garish colors, making them look like invading aliens marching down our streets. I'll bet there's no way they'd even consider defacing Charleston with such atrocities. Why do we let them do it to Aiken?  SEE MORETALKBACK, 3A  TODAY TOMORROW  COOL TIP: Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water to stay cool.  SEE WEATHER, 12C  LOCAL POLL  How are you beating the heat?  100 r  75  I'm not. I'm out in it.  37.46%  Staying Inside  37.46%  Intlie pool  1.27%  'Based on an online poll as of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Visit  www.aikenstandard.com  to vote in today'd poll.  AREA DEATHS  AMn Dewayne Norman, Bath  Don E  Dewayne :.Qulller,  Beech Island  Donald T."Duclcy" Kelly, Aiken Edgar Thomas Cato, Aiken Marguerite "Peggy" Bethmann, Aiken Losik E. Reese, Aiken Mariane Reeves Morgan, Granlteville  SEE DEATHS AND FUNERALS, 6A  INSIDE  Calendar....... 3C Movie UsUngs... 3C  Classifieds....... SB Opinions....... ISA  Crossword....... SC Sports....... IB  Comics....... 4C WoridNews.......14A  Horoscopes.......5C TVUstings....... 2C  UvlngOnTheCk>1C Weather....... 12C  School  MIESIIáY, JUNE 22,2011  145, m, 173 t 5ii  13 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA CONFISCATED  SUBMineO PHOTO  The Aiken County Sheriff's Office narcotics investigation team, SWAT and the warrants team arrested seven individuals and took 13 pounds of marijuana, 5 ounces of cocaine and several handguns off Aiken County streets, officials said.  BÍ2 drus bust  nets pot, guns  BY KAREN DAILY  kdaily@ail<enstandard.com  The Aiken County Sheriffs Office narcotics investigation team, SWAT and the wariMts te3m arrested" sevenindivitiuais- • and took 13 pounds of marijuana, 5 ounces of cocaine and several handguns off Aiken County streets, officials said.  Other arrests are pending, said Capt. Troy Elwell, spokesman for the sheriff's office.  During the investigation, charges were made ranging from distribution of controlled prescription medicines and distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine, he said.  "Some of the drugs were being sold while children were present in the home during the deals, on several occasions in the same room," Elwell said.  A number of children were taken into protective custody by the Department* of Social Services, but Elwell did not know the ages or number of children.  As a result of the investigation, search warrants were issued and served at 210 Chime Bell Park Drive, 1503 North Silver-ton Street, 42 Henley Drive and 156 Wat-kins Lane.  SEE BUST, 11A'  Make someone's day; volunteer this summer  BY AMY BANTON  abanton@ail<enslandard com  A group of highly-enthusiastic, caring middle school-aged children are taking time to deliver warm meals to the elderly this week.  I spent Tuesday morning with youths from Millbrook Baptist Church, delivering meals and a little bit of happiness to the clients of Aiken County Council on Aging (ACCOA.)  This volunteer work is part of Vacation Bible School for these 11 children.  Millbrook Student Pastor Stephen McNeill said the neat thing about the ACCOA meal program is the reaction the kids get from the people they are serving.  "Just bringing a smile to thei^ face, knowing that they're getting a hot meal, it's pretty incredible," McNeill said.  The kids were all smiles during the trip around town to the various homes. At 10 a.m., the Millbrook bus arrives and the kids  STAFF PHOTO BY AMY BANTON  HELPING OTHERS: Members of IViitlbrook Baptist Church spend a little time with Alma Huber after delivering her a warm meal.  hop off to grab meals, beverages, pet food, newspapers or whatever a senior resident may ask for or need.  SEE VOLUNTEER, 16A  Board raises taxes  BYROBNOVIT  rnovit@aikenstandard com  The Aiken County Board of Education approved a 9-mill tax increase for debt service Tuesday, but unanimously agreed not to raise the op5;rations millage by 3.8 mills.  The board will count on additional revenue that the S.C. General Assembly is currently debating.  The debt service millage increase vote was 7-2, with board members Wesley Hightower and Dr. John Bass opposing it.  Voting in favor of the increase was Board Chah* Rosemary English, Vice Chairman Ray Fleming, Levi Green, Richard Hazen, Keith Liner, Donna Wesby and Dwight Smith.  The increase will allow the school district to provide more funds to cyclic maintenance and major facility improvement projects. Homeowners will see a $36 increase in taxes per $100,000 value. Business owners and those with rental  SEE SCHOOL BOARD, 16A  NEW COUNTY COMPLEX  SUBMinED PHOTO  Aiken County Council chose Option 4 as the design of the new office complex.  Council chooses design for new complex  By HALEY HUGHES  Staff writer  Avid discussion filled Aiken County Council chambers Tuesday as members debated first the proposed FY 2012 budget, which passed with a slew of amendments, then the design of the new office complex with Council voting to choose Option 4.  Talk on the design of the complex took on a new angle, though, when several members of Council remarked that they may have voted to build on Richland Avenue had they not been fed "erroneous" information on the availability of new market tax credits.  They believed the County would have been eligible to receive the tax credits when the decision was made to build the new complex on University Parkway, potentially saving several million dollars.  However, the public leamed Tuesday that the tax credits are not available as originally thought, since the 20 acres on University Parkway do not fall in a low- to middle-income tract as per the U.S. Census.  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