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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 29, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Aiken County couple teaching overseas in Lesotho, Africa • Former Aiken County teachers Maureen and Brian Powell teach in Lesotho, a country landlocked entirely by South Africa. SEE LOCAL NEWS 2A TODAY’S FORECAST Construction continues on Pawnee/Neilson Connector BY AMY BANTON abanton@aikenstandard com The Pawnee/Neilson Connector has seen a bit of construction in the last few weeks, but the date of its completion is unknown. City of Aiken Public Works Director Larry Morris said the detention pond of the connector is now complete, and the work on the road around it is under way. Construction Perfected Inc., based in North Augusta, has been contracted by the City to complete the remediation project. “I know these guys are working very hard to complete this project rn a timely manner,” Moms said. The Pawnee/Neilson Connector, located behind Walmart on Whiskey Road, experienced a failure m its detention pond’s wall after the hanks shitted during heavy rains last spring, making the road unsafe for v ehicles to travel. SEE CONNECTOR 16A AMT tAMTOH/STAFF Construction Perfected Inc. works on the Pawnee/ Neilson Connector on Tuesday afternoon. AREA DEATHS Bill Cato, Windsor Milton Elam III, Aiken Steve Alton Hall, Elgin Joseph “Joey” Robinson Jr., Graniteville SEE MATHS ANO FUNERALS, 6A INSIDE Calendar... 3C Living On The Go IC Classifieds... 4B Movie Listings... 30 Crossword... 13C Opinions... 15A Comics... 120 Sports.,. 1B Horoscopes... 130 TV Listings... 20 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29,2011 VOL. 45. NO. 180*500 YOUR LOCAL SOURCE SINCE 1867 By ROB NOVIT Senior writer INSIDE TODAY Area leaders respond to Haley vetoes Reader’s Choice Award winners inside today • Find out the best of the best in Aiken. Aiken man killed after tractor he repaired rolled on top of him • A 51-year-old Aiken County man has died after a vintage tractor on which he had been working rolled on top of him. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Carl Glover was pronounced dead at around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday SEE LOCAL NEWS 2A SUSMimEO Former Millbrook Elementary School teacher Maureen Powell joins some of her kindergarten students at an international school in the capital city of Lesotho, an African nation completely enclosed within South Africa. Miss South Carolina helps Aiken hopefuls SEE VETOES 16A ■ Miss South Carolina Courtney Hope Turner, of North Augusta, speaks to future beauty queens at Aiken casting call. BY SUZANNE R. STONE email@example.com The reigning Miss South Carolina USA, Courtney I lope Turner, of North Augusta, made a spec ial appearance Tuesday at I loundslake C ountry Club to encourage local young women to consider going for the tiara in the Miss USA pageant system. Turner spoke al a casting call for the Miss South Carolina USA pageant. Attendees filled out application forms, were given a presentation on die pageant process and its success stones, completed an interv iew and. in passing that step, received regional titles. The regional titles are a step along the way in finding sponsorship for their journeys to state-level competition in November. *1 just got back from Las Vegas, where I was in competition for Miss USA. It really was a dream come true,” Turner said. “It was unbelievable to be on that stage; it’s something I've wanted to do since I was a little girl. It’s a feeling and a moment that's almost indescnbuble." The casting call was open to young women between the ages of 14 arui 27, who are South Carolina residents and had never been married or had children; applications were being SEE MISS SC 16A Af Courtney Hope Turner, Miss South Carolina, competes in the evening gown competition during the 2011 Miss USA pageant June 19 iff Las Vegas She made it to the final eight but was eliminated following the evening gown competition. The S.C. House will take up discussion today of the 34 v etoes that Gov. Nikki Haley has called few withal the 2011-12 state budget. Several Aiken County lawmakers said they can’t be sure how the I louse will react to Haley ’s significant efforts to cut allocations I laley proposed to eliminate H a j e y state funding liw the stale’s Republican primary iii 2012 a —— penary uhich could play a Haley defends major role rn sloping the rest yet oe c 7 A of the campaign in choosing a presidential nominee. Holey said Tuesday she would help find alternative funding. ”1 don’t have a problem raising private funds,” said S.C'. Rep Roland Smith, chairman of the Aiken County Legislative Delegation, “as we did that in the past. We lust have to he certain dial the (state) f lection Commission can run the primary” Scv era! of the governor’s other v cloes would impact K-12 and higher education spending - including $56 milium to add lo per-pup»l allocations for K-12 and anotlier $20 million that would assist larger counties, such as Aiken, from losing money through die state’s education funding formula Haley also vetoed $12 million lot new buses, $38 milium for maintenance projects al four-year and technical colleges and $ 13 milium fix' the technical campuses to train new Hoeing workers and others. Smith expects the job-training veto lo he overridden by' the House. "We need jobs, and dial effort is needed.” Smith said “Many of our companies gel training for their employ ees at Aiken Technical College.” However, he was far less certain what the House will do about the $56 milium that came from unexpectedly higher safes tax revenue projection!- The Aiken County School District would get roughly $2 nullum of that amount, raising its per-pup11 funding horn $1,788 lo $1,880. “This certainly is a concern,” said Aiken t Supenniendem l)r. Beth Event! "We budgeted the $1,880 and have a balanced budget (lf the veto is sustained), we’ll have go hack see and Family Caring For Family Easy ■■(■■■I Lit'iny! WW • Affordable Spacious Floor Plans • Calendar Of Events, • Companionship Outings and Activities • Locally Owned ond Operated • Excetent Dining Services • Special Alzheimer! Care 108 Gregg Avenue, Aiken 640.0300 Committed To Quality Care! 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