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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 15, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 r  Reassessment of property tax to be discussed  BY HALEY HUGHES  hhughes@aikenstandard. com  The chair of Aiken County's Administrative Committee invites those who may have concerns about their property tax reassessment ■■■AAI* va aaa figures to Tues-  WANT TO GO?  WHAT?: Aiken County’s    committee’s  Administrative Committee to discuss reassessment of j an t/,en. property taxes    Commit-  WHEN?: 5 p.m. Tuesday     cha,r S . C J*J  hi,,....    _    _     1     Singer said he  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  Committed To Quality Care!  PPPPFR Hill  , Nursing &    Center    LCC.  w  • Warm, Comfortable, Homelike Accommodations  • The Best In Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy  • A Well Trained, Caring and Listening Staff  3525 Augustus Road Aiken • 642.8376  TODAY’S FORECAST  -£ 165  SEE WEATHER 8C  AREA DEATHS  Cynthia McLeod, Aiken John Greene Shuler, Greenwood Levicie Q. Corley. Wagener Lynette Johnson Rinehart, Aiken Mattie Stevens Hannah, West Columbia Robert C. Nicosia, Aiken  SEE DEATHS AND FUNERALS 6A  Calendar   SC    Movie Listings..........SC  Classifieds.................SB    Opinions   UA  Crossword  .......  4C    Sports........................1B  Comics....  ...JC    National News   10A  Horoscopes ...........    AC    TV Listings    2C  Living On The Go......1C    Weather .......  BC  Ex-Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty ends White House bid  PAWLENTY  BY BRIAN BAKST  Associated Press  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the race for the G( )P 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 nnn    pl ans in a  private conferva (J r    ence cal I w ith supporters.  fart    The    low-key    Mid-  .    , westerner and two-term  CneCK governor struggled to gain •5A    traction in a state he said  he must w rn and never caught fire nationally with a Republican electorate seemingly craving a charismatic, nonestablishment, rabble-rouser to go up against President  Barack Obama.  Pawlenty tried to turn up the heat on Obama and his GOP rivals, bul it often came across unnatural and he never was able to stoke the passions of voters.  “What I 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 looking for something different,’’ he Said.  Tainted beef leads to recalls in grocery stores in Southeast  • DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP)—At least three major grocery store chains have recalled some of their ground beet packages because they could be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., PubHx Super Markets Inc. and Kroger Co. said the recalls stem from problems at the National Beef Packaging Co. of Dodge City, Kan. The recoils affect products sold mainly in Florida, Georgia 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, the 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. 12. At Publix, the products mc'ude meatballs, meat loaf, ground chuck patties, stuffed peppers, seasoned salisbury steak and others with "sen by” dates of July 25 through Aug. 12. Winn-Dixie products include ground chuck and patties with “seH-by" label dates from July 31 to Aug. 12. The companies said people should return the beef to their stores for a full refund.  BI-LO 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 for your chance to win at deals, aikensawyshopper. com. One winner will be notified via email GOLDING    each    day    until  Aug 22.  deals.aikafisavvyshopper.com  Students in county begin school today  BY ROB NOVIT  movit&aikenstandard. com  About 24,(XX) Aiken County School District students w ill begin their first day this morning in a year of new programmatic and operational endeavors -along with some still worrisome long-term financial concerns.  Tile first day of school is always exciting,” said Aiken County Superintendent Dr. Beth Eventt. “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 I xiucation approved the use of federal stimulus funds to hire reading interventionists for all elementary schools and some middle schools.  The stimulus funds ended in June, but Ute School Board agreed to take over funding of  Blessed    venuon-  backpacks  checked oft     we   K "  students’  back-to-school S5L lists.. 3A  tme of  the first things we did is talk to teachers,” Eventt said. “Many of them said we should keep our interventions, that they were making a difference. The additional instruction provided by these experts is nun mg our students forward ”  The School Board also agreed to revamp the distnct’s alternative education programs, loc using im both struggling and gifted students.  SEE SCHOOL 12A  STAFF PHOTO IV ROI NOVIT  MOVING IN: USC Aiken freshman Shannon Burton, right, and her mother, Penny Easley, arrive at the Pacer Crossings residential facility Sunday. Freshman Convocation is scheduled Wednesday, with classes for all students beginning Thursday See more photos on AA  New Pacers move in  BY ROB NOVIT  rnovitQaikenstandard com  One might say that Google led Shannon Burton to USG Aiken this weekend.  Not the search engine. Her horse. A freshman from Lexington, Burton moved into residential facility Racer C rossings Sunday w uh 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 dawn five days a week, and the gas was getting expensive,” Burton said. “I graduated from high school a year early so I could keep my horse dew n here and train w ith Mary Ann-**  SEE USCA 12A  Family Canny For Family  Easy LivingI  • Affordable Spoaoo$ Floor bons    • Catenae* CX Ev*nn  • Companionship    Outings    and Admires  • Locally Owned and Opiated • Exciton! Ornog Wvxes  • Spacial Alzheimer s Cav  108 Gregg Avenue, Aiken 640 0300   

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