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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 30, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina YOUR LOCAL SOÜBCI SINCE 1867 BIUBEN6TS0N/STAFF North Augusta Public Safety discovers 'mobiie metli iab' • A shoplifting report led to two arrests 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 Invoiuntary layoffs wiil 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 ROB NOViWAFF Rep, Wilson on redistricting, jobs, the debt ceiling, DOMA • U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson touched on a wide rangp of issues, local and national, social and fiscal, Wednesday's meeting of the Aiken County Republican Club. SEE LOCAL NEWS, 3A Obama reaps victory as judges uphold health care reform law • In the first ruling by a federal court on . the president's health care overhaul, a panel agreed that government can require a minimum amount of insurance for Americans. SEE NATIONAL POLITICS, 11A TODAn FORECAST 94° 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 thenii. They help me get around. So let's keep the signs. SEE MORE TALKBACK, 3A AREA DEATHS Alice 6. Massey, Augusta Normardene Johnson, Corona, N.Y. Carl Preston Glover, Aiken Gay Nell Wood Be^ry, Rainsville. Ala. Hézekiah Barton, Uniondale, N.Y. Jean Rearden Sanders Szasz, Aiken Colette W. Lasiìléy, Durham, N.C. SEE DEATHS AND FUNERALS, 5A INSIDE Calendar... Cl^sslflads... tìtòssword... Comics... 5C Living On The Go 1C SB Movie Listings... 5C 4C Opinions... 13A 3C Sports... IB 4C TV Listings... 2C Ï "7 K ^lE 30.2011 45, 181 • ROBNOyiT^AFF KICKING UP HIS HEELS: Dancers at the Gateway elementary showcase are, from left, Taryn Marks, Kendra Woody, Cristina Reyes and Liam Culp, Opening a Gateway to the arts for youth BYRDBNOVIT email@example.com When Bryson Chapman participated in the Gateway, summer arts program two years ago , he chose to focus on àie 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 role in a short cqmedy during the elementary showcase event Tuàday night. TTie play,''Fmal'Dress Rehearsal," portrays a cast in a play where practically everything goes wrong. "It's a ftin play to do," Bryson said. "I can't wait to come back next year with the middle and high school progiam and be in (Antonio) Scales' production classes, I want to stay with 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 bther artwork in the media center from the young art students. Gloverville resident Steve Cheek, a Sego Middle School music teacher in Augusta, has been teaching elementaiy music students at Gateway for the past tiuee years. SEE GATEWAY, 14A downtown traffic flow With no westbound traffic, on South Boundary between Whiskey and Laurens, ADPS warns drivers to expect delays. BY KAREN DAILY firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Une Wednesday. Motorists cannot travel west on South Boundary Avenue between Laurens 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 ci^ws 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 Ae 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 norrtial by Friday," Dowdy said. RQBNOVIT/StAFF Allfn Rûssêli belts out a vocal solo on "Jailhouse Rock." Local officials surprised, pleased with overrides of Gov. Haley's budget vetoes BYRDBNOVIT email@example.com On Tuesday, S.C. Rep. Roland Smith, R-Warrenville, said he-couldn't predict how fte House riiembers would react to 34 budget vetoes fix)m Gov. Nikki Haley. About 24 hours later, he was expressing surprise by the huge margins that flie House overrode 26 of those vetoes. The Senate also overrode all but one of those vetoes, leaving fiinds in the budget for K-12 education, higher education, ETV, the S.C. Arts Commission andmuch more. Smith said Lexington lawmaker Kenny Bingham was fmstrated with Haley over her veto of $6 million going to ETV to cover the' agency's education programming and training for law enforcement and otherprograms. In effect, Bingham felt the govemor had vetoed a fiindihg plan for ETV that she herself had requested. "He was very upset, and liiat's putting it mildly," said Smith. "At a meeting this CLYBURN GREEN LINER Republicans who run the state Legislature brushed aside Gov. Nikki Haley's first budget vetoes. MASSEY SMITH TRAXLER SEE STATE NEWS, 3A morning, (Haley's) staff people did a briefing, and soma legislators felt they (the staffers) didn't have the information they should have. That was SEE OVERRIDES J4A County 6QP saiiguine about primary votiD and override At an Aiken County Republican Club meeting Wednesday, the county party chairman. Dennis Baylor, could only shrug with resignation. He fully expected the S.C: General Assembly to sustain Gov. Nikki liaiey's SEE PRIMARY, 14A Aiken s Premier Cemetery For A Limited Time Beceive Two Cremation Niches For The Price OfOnd, 1 . (\'aUd uuprearraugi-ineota only. 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