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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 6, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina NEGATIVE OUTLOOK STANDARD & POOR’S DOWNGRADES U.S. CREDIT RATING 114A YOUR LOCAL SOURCE SINCE 1867 IN THE NEWS ^JJ. S|&J■ ,i : i....,    J    . ‘Go Jimo/’NASA spacecraft heads on 5-year trip to Jupiter • A sun-powered robotic explorer named Jyno is rocketing toward Jupiter on a fresh quest to discover the secret recipe for making planets. SEE SCIENCE NEWS, 8A STAFF PHOTO BV JEREMY TIMMERMAN Strom Thurmond High School to join Midland Valley in AAA? • With the SCHSL preparing its realignment plan for the 2012*13 school year, several changes could be on the way that impact area schools 1 athletics. SEE LOCAL SPORTS, 1B TALKBACK Telling it like it is? Kathleen Parker's column in Monday’s paper, “The tea fragger party" was absolutely fantastic. Sure tells it like it is, doesn't she? SEE MORE TALKBACK, 3A TODAY’S FORECAST ~ SEE WEATHER, 6C AREA DEATHS Edward Kester Derrick, Johnston H.F. “Frank" Rawl, Johnston SEE DEATHS ANO FUNERALS, 6A INSIDE Calendar......... 5C Classifieds..... 10 Crossword..... 4C Comics........... 3C Horoscopes.........4C Movie Listings SC Sports...,.,,.......  11 TV Listings..........2C SATURDAY, AUGUST 6,2011 VOL. 145, NO. 218 • SOC STAFF PHOTO BY SUZANNE STONE SAVING SOME MONEY: Aiken Shoe Dept. Assistant Manager Tommy Dicks packages a taxfree backpack for shopper Sharon Jackson on Friday TAX FREE Stores see sales swell during tax holiday BY SUZANNE R. STONE sstone@aikenstandardcom Shoppers all over Aiken County sought school supplies and bargains Friday' with the start of the South Carolina Tax Free Weekend. Clothing and accessories, computers, shoes, school supplies, bookhags and soli furnishings tor bed and bath are exempt from the stale’s sales and use taxes until midnight Sunday. Shoppers took full advantage, crowding stores both large and small. “We've had a good day; people have been buying everything in general, looking for back to school clothing,” said Margaret Shea at Piner Patter Children’s Boutique on Laurens Street. "We’ve been very busy all day,” said Marcus Berry , manager at North Augusta’s Office Depot. “What’s always a good seller for us on tax tree weekend is computers, because that’s where you get the most bang for your buck. it’s about the biggest tax exempt item we cany. Along with that we sell a lot of computer accessories, printers, monitors and such. We also sell a lot of school supplies, some of everything really. Some “We’ve had a •"*" come into buy in bulk. because they go through so much filler paper and the like; same with churches and nonprofit organizations It’s a time for everybody to get good deals.” Shopper Tracie Curry said she was done with most of her two children’s back-to-school shopping, but came in to look for bargains. SEE TAX FREE, 14A good day; people have been buying everything in general...” Pitter Palter Children’s Boutique Wen, ready or not, visit aikenstandard.com for an exclusive PRE-SEASON CHECKUP. Let expert gunsmith John Lewis - shown at right lining up the scope of a rifle - guide you on a video walk-through of what to do before the season starts. ONLY ON alkenstandard.com Local used car dealer charged with fraud BY KAREN DAILY kdaily@aikenstandard.com An Aiken man who has run a Richland Avenue auto sales business in the City of Aiken for nearly three years has been arrested on allegations he was selling vehicles w ith liens against them and did not inform the customers. Theodore Jenkins Jr., 46, is charged with three counts of obtaining goods by fraud. iftaf|Ht    Jenkins    has    had    a    busi ness licence with the City of Aiken since October 2008 for Jenkins Car Care and Auto Sales, but his license is currently delinquent. SEE FRAUD,14A Review by NRC finds no violations at MOX site After two violations were found during first-quarter reviews, Shaw AREVA gets clean bill for second quarter. BY ANNA 00UANITIS adoliani(is@aikenstandard. com The most recent Nuclear Regulatory Commission review of the $4.8 billion Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility being constructed at the Savannah River Site found no violations during the period between Apnl I and June 30. The inspection review conducted for every three-month period is done to determine whether activities authorized by the construction authorization are conducted in a safe manner that complies w ith NRC requirements by rev ie wing selected procedures and records, observ mg activities at the facility and interviewing Shaw ARF.VA MOX Services personnel. The review looked at engineering processes and design documents, as well as an inspection of the contractor’s oversight of subcontractor operations, according to the review document. “Based on the results of tins inspection, no violations or dev lations were identified,” a letter from the commission to Shaw AREVA President and CLO Kelly Trice read. The MOX facility under construction is intended to become operational by 2016. SEE MOX, 14A cc y ■ W TRICE ■BHK For the Month of August: Come in to the Aiken, SC Colden Corral, purchase a beverage and get our famous lunch buffet for only $5.99, Mon - Fri. 10:45-4:00pm Can't Beat the Pricel Can't Beat the Buffet! Golden Corral: 2265 Whiskey Road Aiken, SC 29S #3 (803) 642 SOSO Don’t Forget; Fri, Sat, Sun 7-11 AM mhbmSS