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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 12, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 YOUR LOCAL SOURCE SINCE 1867  RS lab aids In cleanup of apan plant  ANNA DOLIANITIS  1olianitis@ail<enstandard. com  Among the support received by Japan om the global community in the aftermath if the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power lant disaster in March were contributions om the Savannah River Site's Environ-» ental Bioassay Laboratory to determine e radiological impact on Japan's environ-ent.  The EBL, which responds to both domes-^c and international disasters, became volved in the recovery effort in mid-April d contributed a team of about 40 workers various times to receive and test samples om Japan so the Japanese government *;'^ould decide how to proceed.  The team analyzed soil samples from rmland surrounding the Fukushima reacts, as well as air monitoring samples from Teas like the U.S. Embassy and American ilitary bases to determine personnel expo-  i:  irrlc irlf^ntiA/ tVl  f» niir>lf>or rtnwrpr  lant radiological source term and plume deposition and assist the government in /.determining what the impact was on the . ./environment and agriculture.  The samples were collected by the Japanese government and shipped to SRS. ( The EBL was chosen as one of four laboratories nationally to perform the sample analyses because of its expertise in rapid analytical methods for radiological contaminants in environmental samples, allowing ' the radiological impacts on personnel and the environment to be determined, accord-ing to a Department of Energy press release.  "This is not something new that the , (EBL) did just for Japan that they don't normally do. This is their routine work," said SRNS spokesperson Barbara Smoak.  SEE SRS,16A  ■ $  IN THE NEWS  GOP candidates go after Obama and each other  • Minnesota rivals Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann sparred bitterly Thursday night during an eight-candidate Republican debate, trying to break out of the GOP presidential pack ahead of an Iowa test vote with huge • consequences. Each seeks to bqpome the. main challenger to Republican front-runner Mitt Romney.  SEE POLITICAL NEWS, 9A  How will the S&P downgrade affect the economy?  ■  50  75  100  0 25 _ «  ■ More disaster 78%  ■ No effect 12%  H The economy is about to be on tfie rebound 10%  *Taken from an online poll as of 5 p.m. Thursday. Visit  www.aikenstandard.com  to vote in today's poll..  AREA DEATHS  Aaron E. Coston, Aiken Neomia Morris Blackwell, Aiken  SEE DEATHS AND FUNERALS, 6A  INSIDE  Calendar....................5C Movie Listings...........50  Classifieds.................ID Opinions.................15A  Crossword................40 Sports........................IB  Comics.......................30 WoridNews...........14A  Horoscopes..............40 TV Listings................20  living On The Go......10 Weather.....................60  FilPAI AUG  OL. 145, IL 224 • SOi  SUBMITTED PHOTO  MARRED MARKERS: These plaques from a veterans park in Burnettown were found vandalized after a tip from detectives in Wayne County, Ga.  3 charged, 1 sought for vet marker theft  BY KAREN DAILY  l<daily@aikBnstandard. com  A tip from a Wayne County, Ga., detective has led to the arrest of a group of individuals connected to the theft of more than 30 memorial plaques from a local veterans' park and the attempted sale of the items at a south Georgia recycling center, while one suspect is still being sought for his role in the theft.  The theft and destruction of the plaques is estimated at more than $10,500. The markers were insured.  Police are looking for Hubert L. Chastain, SEE THEFT, 16A  Chastain  26, of Bath. Local law enforcement officers have obtained a warrant for his arrest for obliterating, vandalizing or desecrating graves or human burial grounds,  Chelsea Marfe Watson, 19, of Bath, Austin Kidd, 23, of Folkston, Ga., and  Ronald Watson, 43, of Folkston, were arrested by the Wayne County Sheriffs Office  Local vet's reflections highlighted on website  BY SUZANNE R.STONE   sstone@aikenstandard.com   Don Skirmer's Air Force memories are a current highlight of the military social media site TogetherWeServed.com.  Skinner of Aiken has been a member at Together-WeServed.com for two years and has been updating his user profile's "Reflections" section throughout that time as he recalled incidents and details of his more than 20 ye^ of service in the U.S. Air Force. Near the end of July, he was notified that his "Reflections" section had been chosen by the site administrators to be featured m the site's "Monthly Voices" section.  Skirmer entered the Air Force in 1949 as a private and ended his service as a chief master sergeant E-9, the" highest rank available to an enlisted man. He specialized in radar maintenance throughout his military career.  "When I started out, it was tight beam auto track radar. What we did in Korea was ground-directed bombing. We'd lock onto a target, direct it to a point in the sky where we wanted it and tell them when to release," he said. "Then in Vietnam, we had about the third or fourth generation of the bombs and radars we'd used in Korea, and we used those for directed bombing. We controlled all the B-52s and close force strikes with our radars."  Skinner also served in Germany, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, the U.S./Canada border and in Aiken.  "I had graduated from high school when I was 16, and I went into construction work and became a journeyman carpenter. I decided that wasn't going to be for me, and I needed some education which I couldn't afford and some experience which I couldn't afford," he said. "So I looked around and decided the Air Force  SEE REFLECTIONS 16A  Skinner  East Aiken, South Aiken teachers greet students  BY ROB NOVIT   movit@aikenstandard.com   Male teachers at the elementary school level remain relatively uncommon, even in the 21st century.  But for Vernon WiUiams and Michael Truitt, elementary school is the place to be.  Both spent several years at Busbee Elementary School in Wagener before moving to East Aiken Elementary School of the Arts this week. They were warmly greeting their new fourth-grade students during registration  SEE SCHOOL, 16A  STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT  MEETING THIS YEAR'S TEACHERS:  Fou rth-g rade teachers Michael Truitt, left, and Vernon Williams meet new student Brandi Butler and her mother Lori during registration at East Aiken Elementary School of the Arts.  WANTA ? ?  SIGN UP AT DEALS.AIKENSAWYSHOPPER.COM.  ONE IMNNER WU BE NOnHB) VU BHAI.  I  UNTIL AUG. 22.  OPEN 7 DAYS  Suiltlì Siili lií iKK h  m .. \  Secuii^^ Federali^ Bank  641-3000^  ToU Free 866^1-3000   

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