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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 30, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina YOUR LOCAL SOURCE SINCE 1867 THURSDAY. JUNE 30,201t y    VOL.    45,    NO.    181» 500 Sewer line fix reroutes downtown traffic flow With no westbound traffic on South Boundary between Whiskey and Laurens, ADPS warns drivers to expect delays. BY KAREN DAILY kdaily@aikenstandard.com Westbound traffic on a portion of South Boundary Avenue will be rerouted until Friday while state crews repair the roadway that was dug up to fix a broken sewer line Wednesday. Motorists cannot travel west on South Boundary Avenue between l.aurens Street and Whiskey Road while crews make the necessary repairs, said Sgt. Aaron Dowdy, a spokesman for Aiken Public Safety. Only eastbound traffic will still be permitted to flow through the area Those motorists are asked to use caution while work crews complete the necessary repairs. The broken sewer line was repaired shortly after noon on Wednesday, but city crews were told the Department of Transportation wouldn't begin making the roadway repairs until after 8 am. today. Local officials said they hope the work will be completed by the end of the day, but traffic may not flow as normal until sometime Friday. Motorists traveling into Aiken on Whiskey Road from the Southside may run into delays, as all traffic that would typically turn left at the South Boundary Avenue/Whiskey Road intersection will be required to continue straight on Whiskey Road (Chesterfield Street) Aiken Public Safety is asking motorists to be patient and plan for possible delays “We hope everything will be back to normal by Friday,” Dowdy said Traffic on part of road in rod wit only MOV* oast toward WMsfcoy Traffic oa Whnkmy wlM Po unable to turn loft onto South hound try IN THE NEWS BILL BENGTSON/S’aFF North Augusta Public Safety discovers ‘mobile meth i to’ • A shoplifting report led to two arre* ts Wednesday afternoon in connection with an apparent “mobile meth lab," according to a report from the North Augusta Department of Public Safety. SEE LOCAL NEWS, 3A Involuntary layoffs will be needed at Savannah River Site • A voluntary separation period for employees of three of the Savannah River Site’s largest contractors was not enough to prevent more Involuntary layoffs at SRS; further job reduction is expected to start in late summer. SEE LOCAL NEWS, 2A ROS BO VIT/ITAFF Rep. Wilson on redistricting, jobs, the debt ceiling, DOMA • U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson touched on a wide range of issues, local and national, social and fiscal. Wednesday's meeting of the Aiken County Republican Club. SEE LOCAL NEWS, 3A ROB NOW/STAFF KICKING UP HIS HEELS: Dancers at the Gateway elementary showcase are, from left. Taryn Marks. Kendra Woody. Cristina Reyes and Liam Gulp. Opening a Gateway to the arts for youth BY ROB NOVIT rnovit@aikenstandardcom When Bryson Chapman participated in the Gateway summer arts program two years ago. he chose to focus on the drama class for the three-week session “I’m not sure why I chose it,” he said Wednesday. “I guess it’s because I’m an outgoing person, and I like to do funny stuff ” Bryson, a rising sixth-grader at LBC Middle School, had the lead tole in a short comedy during the elementary showcase event Tuesday night. The play, “Final Dress Rehearsal," portrays a cast in a play where practically everything goes wrong, “It’s a fun play to do,” Bryson said. “I can’t wait to come back next year with the middle and high school program and be in (Antonio) Scales' production classes. I want to stay w uh Gateway as long as I can.” The Kennedy Middle School gym was filled with parents and other guests, watching children also perform in dance and instrumental and vocal music. They also viewed scores of paintings and other artwork in the media center from the young art students. Gloverville resident Steve Cheek, a Scgo Middle School music teacher in Augusta, has been teaching elementary music students at Gateway for the past three years. ROB NOW/STAFF Atren Russel! belts out a vocal solo on “Jailhouse Rock ’’ SEE GATEWAY, UA Obama reaps victory as judges uphold health care reform law • In the first ruling by a federal court on     y the president's health care overhaul, a panel agreed that government can require a minimum amount of insurance for Americans. SEE NATIONAL POLITICS, UA TODAY’S FORECAST 94° -O ft' SEE WEATHER 6C TALKBACK Let’s keep the yellow signs • I like the big yellow signs. Charleston does have them. I was just down there, and I appreciate them. They help me get around. So let’s keep the signs. SEE MORE TALKBACK, 3A AREA DEATHS Alice G. Massey, Augusta Normardene Johnson, Corona, NY. Carl Preston Glover, Aiken Gay Net) Wood Berry, Rainsville, Ala Hezekiah Barton, Uniondale, NY. Jean Rearden Sanders Szasz, Aiken Colette W. Lashley, Durham, N C. SEE DEATHS ANO FUNERALS GA INSIDE Calendar... Classifieds... Crossword... Comics... Horoscopes., SC    living On The Go    IC SB    Movie listings...    5C 4C    Opinions... 13A 3C    Sports...    1B 4C    TV listings.,.    2C i Local officials surprised, pleased with overrides of Gov. Haley’s budget vetoes BY ROB NOVIT rnovit@aikenstandard.com On Tuesday. S C Rep Roland Smith, R-Warrens die, said he couldn't predict how the House members would react to 34 budget vetoes from Gov. Nikki Haley. Moot 24 hours later, he was expressing s utpnse by the huge margins that the House overrode 26 of those vetoes. The Senate also overrode all but one of those vetoes, leaving hinds in the budget for K-12 education, higher education, LTV, the S C Arts Commission and much more. Smith said Lexington lawmaker Kenny Bingham was frustrated with Haley over her veto of $6 million going to ETV to aiver the agency ’s education programming and training fur law enforcement and other programs In effect, Bingham felt the governor had vetoed a funding (dan for ETV that she herself had requested. “He was very upset, and that s putting it mildly,” said Smith “At a meeting this CLYBURN GREEN LINER MASSEY SMITH TRAXLER Republicans who run the state Legislature brushed aside Gov. Nikki Haley’s first budget vetoes. SEE STATE NEWS, JA morning, (Haley’s) staff people did a briefing, and some legislators felt they (the staffers) didn’t have the information they should have That was SEE OVERRIDES, 14A County GOR sanguine about primary veto and override At an Aiken County Republican Club meeting Wednesday, the county party chairman, Dennis Saylor, could only shrug with resignation. He fully expected the S.C. General Assembly to sustain Gov. 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