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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 9, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina How will AAA downgrade affect CountyP 13A TUESBÄY, AUGUST 9,2011 YOUR • •il!-.--. SINCE 1867 145, 221 • Wall St. takes dive on first day after downgrade 11A Atlanta team will manage ER at ARMC Florida-based TPEP does not appear as if it will have any involvement with ARMC. BY KAREN DAILY kdaily@ail(enstandard.com Despite severing its contract with an independent practice of local physicians earlier this year and initially opting to contract with a Florida-based management group, it appears as if another management team will, oversee the emergency department at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. True Partners Emergency Physicians of Florida, headed by Dr. David Soria, is no longer advertising for emergency room physicians jobs at ARMC. The emergency room physician positions previously posted online by TPEP are now listed with an Atlanta-based management team, AfhenäMD. Phone messages left for the parties involved were not returned. An ARMC spokeswoman said the hospital would not copiment. Earlier this year Aiken Regional terminated its contract with Aiken Emergency Medical Physicians and its six emergency room physicians, Stephen A.D. Grant, F. Martin James, Stephen J. Platte, Clifford D. Staggs, Douglas M. Weddle and Edward W. Yeh, and began actively recruiting physicians willing to work for TPEP The doctors are contracted though Nov. 15. The job postings for AthenaMD list a job start date at Nov. 16. TPEP's job postings are no longer listed on numerous physician online sites. The AthenaMD openings for emergency department physicians at Aiken Regional Medical Centers appeared within the last week. SEE ARMC, 14A IN THE NEWS French Resistance hero Nancy Wake dies at 98 Australian Nancy Wake, who as a spy became one the Allies' most decorated servicewomen for her role in the French Resistance during World War II, has died in London, j 6A AREA DEATHS Chloie Silver Johnson, North Augusta Faye Taylor Cato, Ridge Spring SEE DEATHS AND FUNERAU.6A INSIDE Calendar....................3C Movie Listings...........3C Classifieds.................SB Opinions.................13A Crossword.................5C Sports........................IB Comics......................4C World News...........12A Horoscopes...............5C TV Listings............... Uving On The 60......1C Weather.....................8C STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT LEARNING THE ROUTINE: Ryan Uhle, an Aiken High freshman, and his new guide dog, Sandy, take a walk around the expansive campus to help each other leam where Ryan's classes are. Aiken High itinerant vision teacher Denise Hyman is seen at left. Guide dog helps teen navigate high school BY ROB NOVIT firstname.lastname@example.org At the age of 5, Ryan Uhle played tee-ball, which was a pretty amazing achievement since the sm^l boy lost his sight to ocular cancer three years earlier. His father Mike would join Ryan in short right field and stand next to the tee during his son's at-bats, providing ongoing Iradiolike commentary. Ryan could see Ae ballpark and the action around him through his fatiier's eyes. Ryan, now 14, spent Monday morning at Aiken High, where he will enroll as a fiiesh-man next week. He was accompanied by Sandy, who has brougtit him a new set of eyes. %an obtained the 2-year-old Labemese guide dog a few weeks ago. Sandy is a mix of Labrador retriever and Burmese mountain dog. He and Ryan play with each other at home, but when the harness is on, Sandy is all business. It will take six months, Ryan said, for he and Sandy to become best fiiends. Yet they SEE GUIDE D0G,14A STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT BEATING THE HEAT: Sandy, a Labemese guide dog for Aiken High ninth-grader Ryan Uhle, takes a break following a formal walk with Ryan around the school campus. A native of Canada, Sandy just moved to Aiken and is trying to get used to the heat. Candidates file for City Council seats Beckum to challenge Mayor Fred Cavanaugh. BYAMYBANTON abanton@aikenstandard com Monday was the last day to file for three City of Aiken seats up for election in November, and several candidates have declared that they will run. Jet Beckum filed Monday for the mayoral seat currently held by Republican Fred Cavanaugh, who will be running for his sixth term. . !l T-»___I. T^:___^__J ' vjclll JJUMI ivlgga ttiiu Sunny O'Donovan have both filed for the District 1 Council member seat. Coun-cilwoman Beverly Clybum, who currently holds that position, is not seeking reelection. Lastly, Republican Councilman Dick Dewar, who holds the District 3 seat, will run unopposed unless there are any petition candidates. Beckum, running as a Republican candidate, has lived in Aiken for around 10 years and resided in the county for at least 20. Originally ft-om Louisville, Ga., he graduated fi^om Georgia Southern University and earned a master's degree in education. He was a teacher for 10 years and has worked as a building contractor for around 39 years. Beckum said he believes the people should have more control over their government rather than the government having more control over the people. "I just thought with the condition of the country right now, there needs to be O'Donovan SEE ELECTION, 14A Cavanaugh Dewar AG asked to turn over James Brown documents Attorney: Records would prove that assets of the late James Brown are valued at $85M,not$4.7M. BYANNADOLIANITIS email@example.com A complaint filed in a Newberry court last week against South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson asks a judge to order the Attorney General's office to release documents it claims are related to the value of the Godfather of Soul James Brown's assets. Columbia attorney and former trustee Adele Pope filed a complaint against Wilson and Russell Bauknight, the current trustee of the James Brown Legacy Trust. The trust, according to the complaint, was never a part of Brown's estate plans but was created by former South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster. Pope claims that on May 4 Bauknight filed documents that valued Brown's "worldwide music empire" at $4.7 million upon Brown's Christmas Day 2006 death - much less than the $85 million Pope claims it is worth, after the payment of debts. In the complaint, Pope states that records SEE LAWSUIT, 14A Wilson for which her Freedom of Information Act requests have been repeatedly denied would prove that the assets are valued at $85 million - not less than $4.7 million. After Brown died in 2006, his trust was ordered to be used to pay for the education of his six children and then to help provide an education for underprivileged children. Controversy ensued involving the trustees of the estate, and the initial trustees were removed and replaced with Pope and Robert Buchanan. McMaster and Bauknight filed a lawsuit against Pope and Buchanan in 2010, claiming that the two overvalued the assets at $85 million. / / 'Pome tour our new location! GRAND OPENING ^ Jhursday August 11'^ 5pm - 7piT\i SAME (UniNG EDGE DENTISTRY... NEW SURROUNDINGS! i .ill lo si. lu (liili' .111 ,i|)p»>inl iiu'iil ! .m m .m a. m m> m m m -m- m m.
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