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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 29, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 YOUR iOCiL tm^t SINCE 1867  ncauci 9 uiiuibii ftnaiii  winners mside today  • Find out the best of the best in Ail<en.  Aiken man Iciiled after tractor lie repaired relied on top of iiim  • A 51-year-old Ail(en County man has died after a vintage tractor on which he had been working rolled on top of him. Aiken County Coroner TiiaCadtaa saidiiarl GloveLwas „. pronounced dead at around 2:30 p.m: Tuesday.  SEE LOCAL NEWS. 2A  SUBMITTED  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.  Alicen County couple teaciiing 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  92  O  SEEWÉATHER.14C  AREA DEATHS  Bi»0alo, Windsor  MiltbQEtaiQliriAlken  St9y8 Alton HUH, Elgin  Josepli "Joey" Robinson Jr., Qraniteville  SEE DEATHS AND FUNERAU, 6A  vm  Calendar... -  Classifieds...  CriD8$word...  Cornlcs.:.  Horoscopes...  ' 3C Living On The Go 1C  ;4B Movie Listings... 8C  13C Opinions... 15A  12C Sports... IB  18C Tnistings... 2C  le^DL€SL-i\\JUNE 29,2011  Miss South Carolina helps Aiken hopefuls  ■ Miss South Carolina Courtney Hope Turner, of Nortii Augusta, speai^s to future beauty queens at Aiken casting call.  BY SUZANNE R.STONE  sstone@ail<enstandard.com  The reigning Miss South Carolina USA, Courtney Hope Turner, of North Augusta, made a special appearance Tuesday at Houndslake Country Club to encourage local young women to consider going for the tiara in the Miss USA pageant system. - - ■  Turner spoke at a casting call for the Miss South Carolina USA pageant  Attendees filled out application forms, were given a presentation on the pageant process and its success stories, completed an interview and, in passing that step, received regional titles.  The regional titles are a step along the way in finding sponsorship for their joumeys to state-level competition in November.  "I just got back fi-om Las Vegas, where I was in competition for Miss USA, It really was a dream come true," Turner said. "It was unbelievable to be oil that stage; it's something I've wanted to do since I was a little ^1. It's a feeling and a moment that's ahnost indescribable."  The casting call was open to young women between the ages of 14 and 27, who are South 'Carolina residents and had never been married or had children; applications were being  SEE MISS SC,16A  Haley  Haley defends vetoes. 17A  Courtney Hope Turnef.^iss^South Carolina, competes in the evening gown competition during the 2011 Miss USA pageant June 19 iit Las Vegas; She made it to the final, eight but was eliminated following the evening gown competition.  Area leaders respond to Haley vetoes  By ROB NOVIT  Senior writer  The S.C. House will take up discussion today of the 34 vetoes that Gov. Nildd Haley has called for within the 2011-12 state budget.  ■ Several Aiken County lawmakers said they can't be sure how the House will react to Haley's significant efforts to cut allocations.  Haley proposed to eliminate state funding for the state's Republican primary in 2012 - a primary which could play a major role in shaping the rest of the campaign in choosing a presidential nominee. Haley  -said Tuesday she woulu help  find altemative funding.  "I 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 just have to be certain that the (state) Election Commission can run the primary."  Several of the govemor's other vetoes would impact K-12 and higher education spending - including $56 million to add to per-pupil allocations for K-12 and another $20 million that would assist larger counties, such as Aiken, from losing money through the state's education funding formula.  Haley ^so vetoed $12 million fornew school buses, $38 million for maintenance projects at four-year and technical colleges and $13 million for the technical campuses to train new Boeing workers and others.  Smith expects the job-training veto to be overridden by the House.  "We need jobs, and that effort is needed," Smith said. "Many of our companies get training for their employees at Aiken Technical College."  However, he was far less certain what the House will do about the $56 million that came from unexpectedly higher sales tax revenue projections. The Aiken County School District would get roughly $2 million of that amount, raising its per-pupil funding from $1,788 to $1,880.  "This certainly is a concem," said Aiken , Superintendent Dr. Beth Everitt. "We budgeted the $1,880 and have a balanced budget, (if the veto is sustained), we'll have go back see and  SEEVET0Ei16A  Construction continues on Pawnee/Neilson Connector  BYAMYBANTON   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 Lany Morris said the detention pond of the coraiector is now complete, and the work on the road around it is under way.  Construction Perfected Inc., based in Npilh August^ has been contracted by the  City to complete thé remediation project.  "I know these guys are working very hard to complete this project in a timely manner," Morris said.  The Pawnee/Neilson Connector, located behind Walmart on Whiskey Road, experienced a failure in its detention pond's wall after the banks shifted during heavy rains last spring, making the road unsafe for vehicles to travel.  SEE CONNECTOR, 16A  AMYBANTON/STAFF  Construction Perfected inc. works on tfie Pawnee/ Neilson Connector on Tuesday afternoon.  ^rnsmmmm  Family Caring For Family Easy  Living!  • Affordable Spodous Floor Plans •Colendor Of Events,  • Cpmponlonship Outings and Adivitles  • Locoily Owned ond Operated : • Excellent Dining ^tvlces  • Spedol Alzheimer's Care  - 108 Gregg Avenue, Aiken (^3,0300  Committed To Quality Care!  ^EPPER  .Nursing& Rehab Center, L.L.C.  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