Aiken Standard, August 22, 2011

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 22, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina STAFF PHOTO BY HALEY HUGHES BREAKING GROUND: Representatives of Aiken County, the ABBE Regional Library System and the Town of Wagener break ground at the Npncy Bonnette Library.Libraries begin construction New Ellenton hopes to have building ready by Christmas. BY HALEY HUGHES [email protected] NEW ELLEN ION — The New Ellenton Branch Library is anticipates to be in its new building by Christmas. The slab has been poured, and the build- Dozens gather to mourn loss of 23-year-old BY AMY BANTON [email protected] •Friends of Doug Springfield w ill remember him as someone who was open-minded, had a good heart, loved golf and was a huge University of Tennessee fan. Dozens gathered to mourn the loss of their friend on Sunday evening on the side of S.C. Highway 19 where Springfield, 23, was involved in a fatal vehicle accident Wednes-. day. Orange flowers representing Tennessee’s colors were laid around a small wooden cross, also orange, and a photograph of Springfield, lits friends held candles, wept softly and hugged each other tightly as they shared stories of someone they Naid saw the world differently from others. "Dougie felt every thing,” said friend Dom Gordon. “Any hurt, any good feeling. Whatever the average person felt, he felt IO times more.” Springfield's dog. Judas, was also at the v tgil. Judas was in the truck with Springfield w hen he crossed into the path of a Mack truck and hit it head on. Judas sun iv cd and was seemingly uninjured, but he couldn’t be found for several days until Springfield’s roommate Andrew Culp discov ered the dog frantically running around the Aiken Memorial Cemetery. SEE SPRINGFIELD 12A TODAY’S FORECAST SEE WEATHER 8C ing’s new frame is up on Main Street next to Town Hall. Representatives of Aiken County, the ABBE Regional Library System, the City of New Ellenton and elected officials gathered Sunday for a ceremonial groundbreaking. The library will relocate from its current site across from Ashley’s on Main into the new building once it is complete. SEE NEW ELLENTON 12A Wagener facility to double in size; Bookmobile visits weekly while building is closed. BY HALEY HUGHES [email protected] WAGENER — The Nancy Bonnette Library is closed, but when it opens again, the public will have a facility' that is twice its current size. Representatives of Aiken County, the ABBE Regional Library System and the Town of Wagener gathered Sunday for a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site on Park Street which by Christmas will be home to the expanded and renew ated library. The current library is 1,170 square lect. It will be renovated, and an additional 1.449 square feet added tm. SEE WAGENER 12A Gamecocks coach releases red wine BY SUZANNE R. STONE [email protected] USC fans can wash down their game-day nuchos with a dry red wine, courtesy of Coach Steve Spurrier. The yearly v intage of commemorative w me from Spurrier Vineyards, “Gamecock Garnet," was released last week as a fundraiser for the Steve Spurrier Foundation and for USC’s golf programs. The wine is a blend of cabernet sauv ignon, petite sirah and barbera wines, according to Harvard’s Wine & Spirits manager Tony Suh, and retails for SI4.99 a bottle. "It’s a dry wine. You can taste black cherry and blackberry and plum, very fruity; it would probably go well w uh pasta or red meat,” Suh said. Harvard’s is carrying the w me, which Suh said is selling well. Customers have come in to the shop off Whiskey Road looking for the wine specifically, he said. Missie Boisv ert, owner of Palmetto Package on York Street, said she carried the • {JSC commemorative wine the first year it was available, hut the distributors have not offered it to her shop since then. She has been in touch with distributor Southern Wine & Spirits of South Carolina and hopes to hav e it rn the store by next week. Likewise, Wine World in North Augusta has put in a special order by customer request with the distributor and is likely to carry a stock in-store. Southern Wine & Spirits representative Tom Collins told the Associated Press that the wine is a way to honor Spurner and the football team for winning the Southeastern Conference Eastern Div ision last year, in addition to benefiting charity. Friends band together to fight against cancer BY ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON a [email protected] Next month is recognized as Ov arian Cancer Awareness Month, and September also marks the one-year anniversary of friendship between Jo Willing and Erica Brewer, two friends who can appreciate awareness of ovarian cancer more than most. Jo and Erica have been dose friends for less than a year, but the last year spent w ith Erica by her side has given Jo the most cherished memories of her life. It’s the most meaningful friendsiup she’s ever had the pm liege of experiencing, she said. The 26-year-old was diagnosed w uh ovarian cancer last September just weeks before she and Erica began hanging out. When Jo told Erica about her condition, Erica said one of the first things she told Jo was that if she ev er began to lose her hair. Erica would lose her hair, too. Jo’s condition remained at a plateau over the next sev era! months, and, rn May, Jo was pleasantly surprised to hear she had gone into remission. “I was rn remission for a month, and I was ecstatic, bitt I was also kind of leeryshe recalled while sitting down for an interview at the Aiken Standard. ”1 didn’t want to get too excited, hut, at the same time, I w as very excited. And then I found out that it came back.” On June 30, Jo’s birtliday, she received a phone call from the doctors. “That was my birthday present - they called to tell me they had found it again on the opposite side,” she said. “And actually when it came back this time, it came hack much more aggressive.” Hic subsequent increase lh radiation treatment and chemotherapy * doses ev entually took its toll on Jo’s hair. Enca was at a family gathering when she received a picture text message from Jo that showed a large gap in Jo’s hair. I nca quickly raveled lo where Jo was and agreed to shave Jo’s head for her. Tile next day. Erica shav ed hers, too. SEE FRIENDS 12A AREA DEATHS Margaret Elizabeth Patterson Smith, Beech Island* SEE DEATHS AND FUNERALS 6A INSIDE Calendar................ SC Movie Listings... ac Classifieds....... 4B Opinions..... 11A Crossword.............. SC Sports............. 1B Comics .............. 40 National News... 9-1 DA Horoscopes....... SC TV Listings ..... ft Living On The Go .. 1C Weather........... BC STAFF PHOTO ST ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON CLASSIC CHIVALRY: Jo Willing, left, calls her best friend Enca Brewer her “knight in shining armor" Buying Gold Since 1952. High Prices Are Being Paid In And Why We Were Voted Best Jewelry I Store In Aiken! Get Cash Today! We Buy All Gold, Scrap Gold, Diamonds, Silver, Broken Jewelry, Silver Coins, and Estate Jewelry. Jewelry _ )1 Whiskey Road • 649-0475 Family Owned and Operated Since 19S2 \ ;

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