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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 15, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 ■YOUR fJCALSÖ« SINCE 1867'  of property tax to be discussed  BY HALEY HUGHES  hhughes@ail<enstandard.com  The chair of.Aiken County's Administrative Committee invites those who may have concerns about their property tax reassessment  ■■IA mwm ^^^^ ^^  WANT TO GO? «  WHAT?: Aiken County's committee's  Administrative Committee  to discuss reassessment of jantzen.  property taxes Commit-  WljBI^5,m.Tuesday  WHERE?: 736 Richland Ave., invited Jantzen  to attend the  meeting to outline the details of reassessment after hearing from many constituents who are questioning the numbers - particularly that of fair market value - they're seeing on their reassessment notices.  "I have got some very serious questions and issues," Singer said.  Many people are having a hard time reconciling their home's purported fair market value as listed on the tax reassessment notice with the housing market slump, he added.  see taxes, 12a  IN THE NEWS  Tainted beef leads to recalls In grocery stores in Southeast  • DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP)—At least three niiajor grocery store chains have recalled some of their ground beef packages because they could be  v/uiiiuMMiiaicu vviui L. ouii uaoiciia. vviiiiruiAic  Stores Inc., Publix Super Markets Inc. and Kroger Co. said.the recalls stem from problems at the National Beef Packaging Co. of Dodge City, Kan. The recalls affect products sold mainly in Florida, Georgii Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee, but the meat was sent to several distributors and could have been repackaged for consumers and sold nationwide. At Kroger, he nation's largest traditional grocery store chain, the recalled products include ground chuck, ground beef patties, and meatballs and meat loaf made jn the stores. Packages have "sell by" dates of July 29 through Aug. T2. At Publix, the products Include meatballs, meat loaf, ground chuck patties, stuffed peppers, seasoned salisbury steak and others with "sell by" dates of July 25 through Aug. 12. Winn-Dixie products include ground chuck and patties with "sell-by" label dates from July 31 to Aug. 12. The companies said people should return the beef to their stores for a full refund.  BI40 GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY  Golding receives first gift card in Bi-Lo giveaway  • April Golding is the first winner of the Bi-Lo Gift Card Giveaway Golding will receive a $100 Bi-Lo gift card. Sign up tor your chance to win at deals, aikensavvyshopper. com. One winner will be notified via email each day until Aug. 22.  GOLDING  Ready to learn?  Students in county  BY ROB NOVIT  mo viWaikenstandard. com  About 24,000 Aiken County School District students will begin their first day this morning in a year of new programmatic and operational endeavors -along with some still worrisome long-term financial concerns.  The first day of school is always exciting," said Aiken County Superintendent Dr. Beth Everitt. "We're going to stay a course that's making a difference. We've got new teachers on board, and it's great to have them, along with our veteran teachers."  District administrators and schools will continue to focus on literacy initiatives. Two years ago, the Board of Education approved the use of federal stimulus funds to hire reading interventionists for all elementary schools and some middle schools.  vention-ists.  "When we  looked at,the  The stimulus funds ended in June, but the School Board agreed to take over funding of  Blessed backpacks checked off students'  back-to-school budget  lists. »SA this year,  one of  the first things we did is talk to teachers," Everitt said. "Many of them said we should keep our interventions, that they were making a difference. The additional instruction provided by these experts is moving our students forward."  The School Board also agreed to revamp the district's altema-tive education programs, focusing on both struggling and gifted students.  see school, 12a  STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT  MOVING IN: USC Aiken freshman Shannon Burton, right, and her mother, Penny Easiey, arrive at the Pacer Crossings residential facility Sunday Freshman Gonvocation is scheduled Wednesday, with classes for all students beginning Thursday See more photos on 4A.  New Pacers move in  BY ROB NOVIT  movit@aikenstandar(J. com  One might say that Google led Shannon Burton to USC Aiken this weekend. Not the search engine. Her horse. A fi^shman from Lexington, Burton moved into residential facility Pacer Crossings Sunday with nearly 300 other first-year students. Her family purchased Google in  Charleston about a year ago and moved him to Mary Ann Parma-lee's barn here for hunter jumper classes.  "I was coming down five days a week, and the gas was getting expensive," Burton said. "1 graduated from high school a year early so 1 could keep my horse down here and train with Mary Ann."  see USCA,12a  deaisaskensawyshoppercoiii Ex-Mifln. Gov. Tìiii Pawlciity cttds Wfaitc Housc bid  TODAY'S FORECAST  o  -4'  65  o  See weather, sc  ÀREA DEATHS  Cynthia McLeod, Aiken John Greene Shuler, Greenwood LevicleQ: Corley, Wagener ¡.ynette Johnson RInehart, Aiken Mattle Stevens Hannah, West Columbia Roberte. Nicosia, Aiken  SEE deaths and funerals, 6A  INSIDE  f  Ciatendar....................5C Movie Listings.:.........5C'  ei»slfieds.................5B Opinions..................IIA  Crossword...............4C Sports........................IB-  Cwnlcs.......................3C National News........10A  horoscopes..............4C TV Listings...............2C  Uvlng On The Go......1C Weather.....................8C  PAWLENTY  BY BRIAN BAKST  Associated Press  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination on Sunday, hours after finishing a disappointing third in the Iowa straw poll,  "I wish it would have been different. But obviously the pathway forward for me doesn't really exist, so we are going to end the campaign,"  Pawlenty said on ABC's "This Week" from Iowa shortly after disclosing his plans in a private conference call with supporters.  The low-key Mid-westerner and two-term governor struggled to gain traction in a state he said he must .win and never caught fire nationally with a Republican electorate seemingly craving a charismatic, nonestablishment, rabble-rouser to go up against President  GOP fact check •5A  Barack Obama.  Pawlenty tried to turn up the heat on Obama and his GOP rivals, but it often came across unnatural and he never was able to stoke the passions of voters.  "What 1 brought forward, I thought, was a rational, established, credible, strong record of results, based on experience governing - a two-term governor of a blue state. But I think the audience, so to speak, was locking for something different," he Said.  Family Caring For Family  Easy Living!  •AffoidobleSpodous Floor Plons «Cdendor Of Events,  »Componioftship OuiingsondAdMtles  »Locoly Owned end Opetoied «Excellent Dining Services >SpedQl Alzheimer's Cm  108 Gregg Avenue, Aiken 640.0300  Committed To Quality Care!  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