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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 8, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Gov. Haley to speak at uncheon on Aug. 16 BYANNADDLIANITIS adolianitis@aikenstanclard. com South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will be the featured speaker at the Aiken Republican Club's luncheon meeting on Aug. 16. Haley is expected to speak about the past legislative session, the current budget, redistricting, the job outlook for South Carolinians and give a snapshot of what 2012 is expected to look like. The Aiken Republican Club's monthly luncheon meetings this year have featured presidential hopefuls Herman Cain, fomier Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Minnesota Govemor Tim Pawlenty, among others. The meeting will begin with social time at 11 a.m., and lunch will be served at 11:50 a.m. The cost of the luncheon is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. To RSVP for the August luncheon, contact Sue Collinsworth at 648-9542 or email@example.com. Reservatipns must be made or canceled by Friday at noon. September's featured speaker will be Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner and a Fox News contributor. mmm mmmmm miffviaiA Summer Concert Series continues with Ft. Gordon Jazz Ensemble •The 10-member group, whose primary mission is to maintain and promote jazz, pays tribute to the big bands of yesterday and will perform tonight at 7 p.m. at Hopelands Gardens. SEE LOCAL NEWS, 4A Mom spends 5 years searching for adopted by U.S. couple • The Guatemalan woman now holds what's believed to be an unprecedented court order by her govemment declaring the child stolen and ordering the U.S. couple to give her back. SEE INTERNATIONAL NEWS, 10A TODAY'S FORECAST 74° SEE WEATHER, 6C LOCAL POLL Who Will win the SEC football title this year? H AhÉmc 18.13% B iMamac 1.51% ft Auburn: 3.63% ■ Florida: 4.53% ■ QMN9la:6.04% Kentucky: 3% m|isu:3.02% ■ miss. State: 0% Ole Miss: 1.21% ■ use: 58.01% Tennessee: 2.11% ■ Vandert>lltl5l% *Taken from an online poll as of 8 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.aikenstandard.com to vote in today's poll. AREA DEATHS William Eric Bodlford, Long Branch Grant T. Keller, North Augusta SEE DEATHS AND FUNERALS, 6A MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 2011 VOL 145, NO. 220 • m PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY RALPH TORNOW PIECE OF CAKE: Aiken cake artist Dianna Tornow, who was recently featured on a Food Network Cake Challenge, designed an Apache helicopter groom's cake for a local military wedding last month. Cake decorator makes sweet helicopter replica BYANNADOLIANITIS adolianitis@ail<enstandard.com A local cake decorator, who just a few months ago appeared on a Food Network cake challenge episode, put her talents to work late last month, creating an Apache AH-64D Longbow helicopter as the groom's cake for a local military wedding. Dianna Tomow, of Dianna Tomow Cakes, created the nearly 4 foot-long cake, complete with motorized rotor blades and the pilot's outline, for the wedding of Capt. Charles Wesley Weigle and veterinarian Dr. Jaimee Marie Floyd of Aiken. Wesley, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, is an Army Ranger and Apache helicopter pilot who returned from a deployment in Afghanistan on July 2. "We wanted something special for the groom, and Diarma came up with this idea since Wesley, is one of the very few Apache fighter pilots in the Army," said Chuck Weigle, the groom's father. "Dianna said that these guys put their lives on the line every day for. us, and she wanted to do something special." Diarma, working with husband Ralph, studied photos of the Army's Apache helicopters and constructed the cice, a chocolate kahlua fudge filled with white chocolate mousse and frosted with chocolate butter cream. The outside of the cake was a white chocolate rolled fondant - given the effect of having been dipped in chocolate - and the outside was airbrushed to simulate military colors. ON THE WEB • See more of Tornow's work at www.yourkindofcake.com . JUST MARRIED: Capt. Charles Wesley Weigle and Dr. Jaimee Marie Floyd were married in late July at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Augusta. "It was absolutely fabulous," the groom's mother, Janice, said. "I had the opportunity to once stand beside an Apache, and Dianna's level of detail was incredibly lifelike. The cake really looked like the real thing. That said, we weren't at all surprised when crowds of guests gathered to view and'take photos of it." The cake was initially unveiled at the couple's rehearsal dinner at Newberry Hall, but the family could not bear to destroy it. "It was such a beautiful work of art that we didn't want to cut it there," Chuck said. SEE CAKES. 12A School Board will discuss five-year improvement plan BY ROB NOVIT movit@aikenstandard com The Aiken County Board of Education will get a current five-year facility improvement plan summary at a board meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. The existing summary includes major capital projects through 2016-17 but continues to reflect a $14.5 million annual allocation for facility and general maintenance needs. In June, School Board members approved a millage increase to the district's debt service budget. That action will allow the dis trict to pursue annual bond issues for facility and maintenance needs that will provide $16 million in revenue in the new fiscal year and $17.5 million by 2015-16. The first project on the schedule will add a kitchen/cafeteria to Jackson Middle School. In the next project, the seventh- and eighth-grade classes at aging Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary/Middle School will move to a new wing on the Ridge Spring-Monetta High School campus. Further projects in subsequent years will provide improvements to Aiken High, North SEE SCHOOL BOARD, 12A STAFF PHOTO BY AMY BANTON HONORING SACRIFICES: Jimmy Bates and Don Skinner of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 2005 set a wreath down at Horse Creek Veterans Memorial Park. Aiken honors recipients of Purple Heart BY AMY BANTON firstname.lastname@example.org The medal of honor on Sunday is one that comes with sacrifice, one that thousands of veterans have pinned onto them or is placed into the hands of a recipient's family member. Sunday was Purple Heart Day, a time to recognize those who have been given this combat _ award after being wounded 1 0 r cl killed by the enemy while at war. A prayer cer- nhntn nf emony was heW at Horse pilUlU Ul Creek Midland Valley QI m O n Veteran's Park in BaA by ul 11 loll members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 2005. a Of men honored Sunday, see page Guard Riders filed in before the ceremony began and surrounded tfie park while holding American flags. ^ Q ift "To me, it's just a guard I ^M > mission," said Patriot Guard Rider Willie Black, a Purple Heart recipient Who traveled three hours fi-om Valdosta, Ga., to be at the ceremony. "They needed support here." A little bit of support was needed and certainly appreciated, according to the park's Fundraising Chairman Cody Anderson. The memorial park . was vandalized on July 27 after someone stole several plaques which will cost around $10,000 to replace, Anderson said. Some of the plaques were recovered but damaged. "We've always had good support from the veteran's park, and we were very heartbroken by the vandalism that happened here," said Clarence Palmer, local Purple Heart chapter commander. But nobody allowed the incident to dampen their spirits on a day set aside to honor those who were injured or lost their lives when fighting for this country. Chairman of the park and Korean War veteran Jack Scott spoke at the ceremony, stating that behind the Purple Heart stands men and women who did not fear the sound of battle but rather the idea of defeat. "Old Glory is still waving because of ypu who have given so much," Scott said. "You faced the enemy and you have the scars to prove it and we thank you." Purple ribbons were pinned onto recipients of the combat decoration, prayer was held, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited and "Taps" was played. Palmer also took time during the ceremony to mention the 30 service members killed in Afghanistan Saturday when their helicopter was said to have been shot down, reiterating the effect war is still having on service members and their loved ones. "It was a tragic loss," he said shaking his head. "That's 30 families afiected." Neal and Lucy Dillon, the parents of Cpl. Matthew Dillon who died on Dec. 11,2006, while in combat in Iraq, were also at the ceremony. Both are members of the local Purple Heart chapter and understand the sacrifice behind the medal as their son was awarded posthumously. "It was a blessed ceremony. I appreciate everyone coming out," Lucy said, adding, "I do wish more were here to understand the importance of our troops' sacrifice." To make a donation to assist in repairs to the Horse Creek Midland Vallex' Veteran s Park, send them to P.O. Box 205 Bath, SC 29816. 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