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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 2, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 YOUR LflCil. $mìì*r: SINCE 1867  IN THE NEWS  How hot is it going to get?  The temperatures that seemed to cool down a little bit on Monday aren't going to last, according to the National Weather Service, and the next few days will see scorching temperatures back in the triple digits.  SEETHE STORY. LOCAL NEWS, 2A  President Obama turns 50 amid debate over debt  It looks like President Barack Obama may get his 50th birthday bash after all. Obama turns 50 on Thursday, two days after the deadline for the White House, and Congress to agree on a plan to keep paying the nation's bills or risk a potentially calamitous financial default.  SEE NATIONAL NEWS, 8A  Questions and answers about the debt-deficit deai  An explanation, in questions and answers, of key features in the debt-reduction plan, how it would work and possible impacts on programs.  SEE NATIONAL NEWS, 11A  Graniteville native serves as media official on the PGA Tour  Graniteville native John Bush, left, moderates a news conference with Tiger Woods at Charlotte's Quail Hollow Championship.  SEE SPORTS, IB  TALKBACK  Re-election  Obama knows he's going to be defeated next year and wants to drag the United States down with him.  SEE MORE. TALKBACK, 3A  AREADEATHS  Susie Mae Mackey Lloyd, Aiken SEE DEATHS AND FUNERALS, 6A  INSIDE  Calendar....................5C Movie Listings...........5C  Classifieds.  Opinions.  13A  Crossword................4C Sports........................1B  Comics.....................J.3C World News...........12A  Horoscopes..............4C TV Listings...............2C  Living On The 6o......1C Weather.....................6C  TUESDAY,  UUUO I L, lU  VOL. 145, NO. 214 • 500  AP PHOTO  PEACHY EXPORT: A worker packs ripe peaches into boxes at the Titan Farms packing plant in Ridge Spring on July 29. The farm is benefiting from an agreement allowing U.S. farmers to sell peaches in Mexican grocery stores for the first time since 1994.  S.C. peaches heading south of the border  BYSEANNAADCOX  Associated Press  RIDGE SPRING — An agreement signed earlier this year by the U.S. and Mexican governments has allowed sweet, juicy Southern peaches to be sold in grocery stores south of the border for the first time in 17 years.  Farmers in South Carolina and Georgia -the nation's second- and third-largest peach producers ~ now have access to markets closed to them since 1994, when Mexico banned peach exports irom the Southeast over concerns about invasive pests. The new deal involves strict protocols to keep ihiit-eating insects fi-om being carried into Mexico.  The restart of exports likely means better prices for farmers, particularly now - at the height of peach season - when the largest quantities are being picked and sold, said Desmond Layne, a peach specialist at Clemson University.  "It gives them more places to sell their product for profit," said Layne, also known as "Dr. Peach." "That's a great thing for our growers. There are a lot of people in Mexico, and a lot of people who eat peaches."  While Georgia is known as the peach state, California and South Carolina produce  AP PHOTO  PRODUCT FOR PROFIT: A worker carefully inspects a peach at the packing plant at Titan Farms in Ridge Spring.  more. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates South Carolina will produce 90,000 tons of peaches this year, compared to Georgia's 40,000. Both states lag far behind California, expected to produce 815,000 tons.  SEE PEACHES, 5A  AP PHOTO  BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., center, appears on th? floor of the House of Representatives on Monday in Washington, D.C. | FULL STORY ON 10A  House OKs debt, applauds Giffords  BY DAVID ESPO  Associated Press  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Emergency legislation to scrape past an economy-rattling national financial defauh sped through the House Monday night a scant day before the deadline for action. The moment was made all the more electric by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' first appearance in Congress since being shot in the hesd six rnonths esrliir.  The vote was 269-161, but all eyes were on Giffords, who drew thunderous applause as she walked into the House chamber unannounced and cast her vote in favor of the bill.  A final Senate sign-off for the measure is virtually assured today.  "If the bill were presented to the president, he would sign it," the White House said, an understatement of enormous proportions.  After months of fiercely partisan struggle, the House's top Republican and Democratic leaders swung behind the bill, ratifying a deal sealed Sunday night with a phone call from House Speaker John Bpehner to President Barack Obama.  "The legislation will solve this debt crisis and help get the American people back to work," Boehner said at a news conference a few hours before the vote.  The Democratic leader. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, was far less effusive. "I'm not happy with it, but I'm proud of some of the accomplishments in it. That's why I'm voting for it."  'So, too, many of the first-term Republicans whose election in 2010 handed the GOP control of the House and set the federal government on a new, more conservative course.  "It's about time that Congress come together and figure out a way to live within our means," said one of them, Sean Duffy of Wisconsin. "This bill is going to start that process although it doesn't go far enough."  The measure would cut federal spending by at least $2.1 trillion over a decade - and possibly considerably more - and would not require tax increases. The U.S. debt limit would rise by at least $2.1 trillion, tiding the  SEE DEAL, 5A  Residents trying to save historic bam  BY HALEY HUGHES   hhughes@aikenstandard.com   Efforts are under way to ensure a brick bam with ties to Aiken's equine and Wmter Colony history remains standing for years to come.  The Gaston Liveiy Stable, sandwiched between Paric and Richland avenues, is one of only five all-brick bams in South Carolina and is one of the oldest, having been built circa 1893, according to local historian Coleen Reed.  Its carriage lift makes it one of possibly four bams in the country with the unique feature, she said.  "It's 12,000-square-feet of beautiful, old, brick bam," Reed said. "It's not just an old building. It's an old building that had a life. To me, it's so exciting."  The carriage lift came in handy when, beginning in the 1800s, visitors vacationed in Aifcen during the winter months to escape the harsh weather elsewhere.  Tbe seasonal visitors brought with them their h(»ses, their carriages, ^ir hounds and their money.  Not every home Winter Colonists rented for tteir stay had ro(»n to keep a horse carriage on the premises, so many had be stored elsewhere.  Carriages came in, w^ dropped off at the depot on WUliamsburg Street and taken to the lively stable," Reed said. "If Mr. Gaston  SEE BARN, 5A  STAFF PHOTO BY HALEY HUBHES  NOW: The Gaston Livery Stable, circa 1893, is located at 1316 Park Ave.  THEN: The Gaston Livery Stable Is seen in this photo from 1968.  SUMIITTiliniOtO  mm   

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