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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 17, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina ■YOUR üiCiU ¿SINCE 1867 IN THE NEWS STAFF PHOTO BY AMY BANTON City repairing fountains at Hopeiands Gardens • The City of Aiken is worl<ing to repair the Iselin Fountains in Hopeiands Gardens. SEE LOCAL NEWS, 2A IWusculoslceletal Institute adds new imaging teclinology for ar^a • Carolina Musculoskeletal Institute has invested in a new MR! system that uses more advanced technology and has a wide opening to reduce the anxiety associated with having an MR! that some may experience. SEE LOCAL NEWS, 3A EltlAS Pa. 911 dispatcliers prep for Batman-fueled calls • PITTSBURGH (AP) — Emergency dispatchers in Pittsburgh are preparing to take calls from residents who may be unprepared for fake gun shots, explosions and other mayhem white the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" films at various city locations. The movie has received mammoth publicity in the local media. But Allegheny County Deputy Emergency Management Director Raymond DeMichiei told WTAE-TV that some folks, no doubt, may be puzzled by some sights and sounds. Tiiat's why DeMichiei is telling residents, "If you hear shots fired or a disturbance or gunfire... call 911 and report it and we'll figure it out." TfJGi- ijf K -J SEE WEATHER, 10C è> Ax 68° Thanks for fixing Banks Mill Road • Thanks to the men and women who worked to take care of the road repaving on Banks Mill Road. They did an excellent job with as little annoyance as possible. It is now a pleasure to drive down Banks Mill Road. SEE MORE TALKBACK 3A wim Rick Perry win the GOP nomination? ■ Yes: 42.31% ■ No: 57.69% *Taken from an online poll as of 8 p.m. Tuesday. Visit www.aikenstandard.com to vote in today's poll. AREA DEATHS Mattle Michelle Hannah, West Columbia Olln Owen Osbon, Aiken Willie Settles, Aiken SEE DEATHS AND FUNIERALS, 6A INSIDE Calendar....................50 Movie Listings...........60 Classifieds.................5B Opinions.................15A Crosswortl^..............40 Sports........................IB Comics.......................30 World News...........14A Horoscopes..............40 TV Listings................20 Living On The Go......10 Weather..................100 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2011 VOL 145, NO. 229 STAFF PHOTO BY HALEY HUGHES READY FOR DISCUSSION: Several hundred people showed up Tuesday nignt to AiKen County's Administrative Committee meeting to observe a discussion on property tax reassessment. The sheer number of people forced Council to hold two discussions on the issue - one at 5 p.m. and the other at 6 p.m. Hundreds assemble to assess tax reassessment BY HALEY HUGHES hhughes@ail<enstandaid.com Several hundred people packed Aiken County Council chambers Tuesday to observe a discussion on property tax reassessment, and, though the meeting was not originally intended to be a public hearing, several were pennitted to comment and took the opportunity to express their heated exasperation of perceived injustices with the results. The sheer number that attended the 5 p.m. Administrator Committee meeting forced Chaimian Scott Singer to advise those that spilled out the door to wait one hour for a second meeting so they could fit in council chambers and avoid a fire hazard. The 5 p.m. meeting was so full that people took to sittiwg on the floor. Several Council members and Administrative Clay Kjllian said no one anticipated the size of tlie crowd that was present. In addition to questions asked of Assessor Rick .lantzen and Council from the public at the podium, the crowd volleyed questions out of turn and appeared to have no qualms in expressing their disbelief and fiustration with fierce exclamations, "boos" and moans. JACKSON STAFF PHOTO BY HALEY HUGHES LINED UP TO WAIT: The line to get into Aiken County Council chambers Tuesday was out the door. People were anxious to listen to a discussion on propely tax reassessment. Jantzen explained that property tax reassessment is a state-mandated process that must take place every five years in an attempt to bring the value of each piece of property in Aiken County as close to market vaJue as possible. At least 26 counties in the state are currently under reassessment. SEETAX.16A Police link car break-in to theft at camera store BY KAREN DAILY kdaily@aikenstandard. com An Aiken man arrested for a car break-in was served with a burglary warrant in jail Tuesday on allegations he broke into a downtown camera shop last May and stole equipment. Charles Jackson, 43, of Colleton Avenue in Aiken, served several stints in prison and vvas most recently released from prison in December for a 2005 burglary in the City of Aiken, said officials. Security camera footage fi-om the Chris' Camera break-in shows a man throw a brick through the fi-ont window of the store and take the display items. Chris' Camera owner Chris Lydell said at the time of the burglary that a camera, a tripod and camera bag were stolen. Lydell released the surveillance video fi-om the break-in to local media outlets, and Aiken Public Safety disseminated footage, as well. SEE THEFT, 16A School Boarc nVr. OAyT Wiva ^l.Z.iVl capital project BY ROB NOVIT mo vit@ail<enstandard com The Aiken County Board of Education has tentatively agreed by consensus t6 move up a capital project to install new gym restrooms at the Busbee-Corbett Elementary/Middle School in Wagener at a cost of $ 1.2 million. In a special meeting on the implementation of school district's 5-year facilities plan, the board members discussed designating safety concerns as a priority. The Corbett gym situation fits that parameter, said trustee Dr. John Bass, whose District 1 includes the Wagener community. The existing restrooms are configured so that the public has access to the locker rooms, he said, creating safety and security issues. SEE SCHOOL, 16A Haley defends choices on spending cuts BY ROB NOVIT mo vit@aikenstandard com ' In a very real sense, the S.C. General Assembly's budget deliberations this summer ended with a clash. Speaking to Aiken County Republican Club members Tuesday, Gov. Nikki Haley readily agreed that she and legislators butted heads over some spending issues. She still isn't backing off. "This was a basic decision of do we spend more or do we spend less," she said following her appearance. "I asked them to spend less, and they spent more." Haley issued vetoes totaling $213 million, only to see House and Senate members override all but $800,000, mueh of the salvaged spending going to education and to facility needs at state colleges. Many lawmakers were angry, contending Haley had • reversed her own agreement with them over maintaining some ETV "When you see something wrong, you veto it out. When additional nnoney falls into your lap, you don't spend it. You use it to pare down debt, or you give it back to taxpayers." Nikki Haley S.C. governor funding. "I will stand by the fact that we should not be spending state funds on ETV and the (state) Arts Commission," Haley said. "I'm not looking to kill ETV. We told them it should be funded through fees for services. They took over the line item, but it made you think I was trying to get rid of it." She didn't support funding for higher education campus needs for the same reason. Haley wants the state to stop spending more STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT IN TOWN. FOR A VISIT: S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, left, greets Rosomund McDuffie and Aiken City Councilman Dick Dewar at an Aiken County Republican Club meeting Tuesday. than it has funds available. "The goal is that we're going to live by spending caps, or we'll turn into Washington, D.C.," she said. "When you see something wrong, you veto it out. When additional money falls into your lap, you don't spend it. You use it to pare down debt, or you give it back to taxpayers." SEE HALEY. 16A The Pain Center at Aiken Neurosciences, PC ' A JÄ
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