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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 29, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 BY HALEY HUGHES   hf1ughes@aikenstand3rd.com   GA-SC Bulls Soccer Club Vice President Dean Van Pelt qualified this year’s Aiken Soccer Cup a success.  One hundred fifty teams from the Southeast competed Saturday and Sunday in hopes of leaving the fields as the champions in their age  Amo [Pam Of    brackets. About 25  rn ca icai 11 ui     teams were named   girls win event    ““L  undefeated • 1B     aftcrthe uv °- duy   tournament having played multiple games under sunny skies.  “It went very well,” Van Pelt said. “We were blessed with the weather. We got a break from  Hurricane Irene. We were real worried at the start of the week.”  I Ie heard from many parents, players and spectators this year how pleased they were with the condition of the playing fields and pleased with Aiken itself.  “I think we did impress a lot of people this weekend," he said. “I want to thank them for coming out.”  The Aiken Soccer Cup was established rn 1995 and began with only 35 teams. As evidenced this weekend at the heavily populated polo fields, the tournament has grown to noteworthy proportions. Organizers estimated that about 10,000 people were in Aiken this weekend for the tournament alone.  SEE SOCCER. 5A  BY HALEY HUGHES  hhughes@aikenstandard. com  IN THE NEWS  STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVI!  Athletes from USCA women’s hoops team teach children  • Members of the USO Aiken women’s  x  basketball squad conduct a clinic for more than 40 children at an event sponsored by Christ Central Ministries.  SEE LOCAL NEWS 3A  TODAY’S FORECAST  90  SEE WEATHER 6C  LOCAL POLL  Should Sam s Club come to Aiken?  ■ VIS: 74.30%  ■ NO: 14 79%  m I DON T CARE: 092%  ‘Taken from an online poH as of 8 p.m. Sunday. Visit  www.aikenstandard.com  to vote in today’s poll.  AREA DEATHS  Fannie Etheredge, Aiken Mary Settles, Trenton Sister Mary Clement Fine, Charleston  Boyd W. Tyler, Aiken  SEE DEATHS AND FUNERALS 6A  PHOTO COURTESY OF AIKEN DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY  Pictured is a Cadillac Escalade that was hit by a Ford Focus that executed an illegal U-turn, resulting in the Escalade knocking over a utility pole that landed on the roof of the vehicle.  Calendar.    SC    Movie listings..........5C  Classifieds  .......  5B    Obituaries    6A  Crossword 4C    Opinions    13A  Comics...............««,.    SC    Sports...,,,..,,............. 1B  Horoscopes 4C    TV Listings  2C  Living On The Go.....1C    Weather   BC  BY HALEY HUGHES   hhughes@aikenstandard.com   A tw tv vehicle accident cm Whiskey Road on Sunday downed a utility pole and knocked power end to the traffic signals at the intersection of Whiskey and Athol Avenue.  Around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the tim er of a ford Escort was traveling south tm Whiskey Road when the driver executed an illegal U-tum, according to Aiken Department of Public Safety Officer Beniamin Clark.  Hie hscoct struck a Cadillac Escalade traveling tm Whiskey and pushed it into a utility pole by Lowe’s Home Improvement, said Clark. Hie utility pole was knocked over and landed on the roof of the Escalade.  Clark said there were no sev ere injuries, but the timer of the Lscort w as transported to a  I Hospital as a safety precaution.  Traffic was diverted on Whiskey Road for roughly an hour while crews cleared the scene.  IT** traffic signal directing traffic from Athol Avenue (between Red Lobster and Bank of Amenea) to Whiskey Road was out as a result of the accident. Officials had to shut down the traffic signals directing northbound and southbound traffic on Whiskey Road as well as the signals directing traffic from Lowe’s in order lh repair the damage,  As of 7 pan. Sunday, public safety and SIC. Department of fraasportatum officials were still working to erect the utility pole and siring new traffic signal*.  Public Safety spokesperson! Sgt. Jake Mahoney said the driv er of the Escort was found at I auh at the collision scene tor failure to yield nght of way  A special meeting of Aiken Countv *s Administrative Committee has been called Tuesday following the open house on pri>pertv tax reassessment.  The Administrative Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Aiken Electric Cooperative to hear Assessor Kick Jant/cn speak abo nil the process of reassessment. Members of the public will be allowed to address the committee after Jantzen’s presentation.  An Administrative Committee meeting earlier this month drew several hundred people to County Council chambers. They packed into the room to obscrv e a discussion on reassessment between Jant/en and the committee, forcing chairman Scott Singer to adv ive those that spilled out the door to wait one hour for a second meeting so they amid fit in council chambers ami avoid a fire hazard.  (Mficiais did nut anticipate hav mg that man) people attend, and Singer pledged to schedule mote venue in which questions could be answered  Hie reassessment open I louse is scheduled from I to 5:30 p.m. At least six Aiken County appraisers will be available al Aiken Llcctnc Co-op on Wagener Road to talk with people and answer general questions concerning reassessment, a pneess that has bewildered many taxpayers in the area.  People are invited to attend at their leisure.  The appraisers w ill not have access to specific property tiles ut the Co-op, according to Jant/en. but will do their best to answer questions from the public on the process of reassessment, what documents can assist rn an appeal and ma) be able to ofter minor assistance rn filling out the appeal form.  C ourt) representatives are also looking at holding another open house rn North Augusta on Sept. 8. The time has not yet been set.  SEI MEETING 5A  68-year-old continues to run after 35K miles  8 !l »34609"0000ie |l v  BY KAREN DAILY   kdaily@aikenstandard.com   For the past three decades, nearly every time Leighton McLendon laced up his rubber-soled New Balance sneakers and hit the sand, soil or pavement, he has penciled in the number of miles he has logged.  In early July, the 68-year-old ticked off mile No. 35,000 - a tally he has kept since 1977 when he started training for his first marathon on the Isle of Palms.  Admittedly, many of the 35,(KH) miles were completed decades ago when he was running more races.  “Yeah, that is a little front loaded,” he joked.  But McLendon has continued to run, long after others his age and even younger have called it quits. No matter the personal issues he has faced, the weather or the terrain ahead of him, McLendon has laced up his sneakers and headed outdoors with frequency.  He has run with groups and alone He has tackled the heat and the cold, and through the ups and downs of life, McLendon has kept running.  Actually, McLendon said, running has been therapeutic during some of those though  “I worked out many things in my head while running. Many times I started a run and didn’t teel that good, then I got a clear view ot what I wanted to do.’  Leighton McLendon  68-year old runner  times.  “I worked out many things in my head while running," he reflected. "Many times I started a run and didn’t feel that good, then I got a clear view of what I wanted to do.”  The only thing that keeps McLendon from bitting the pavement when he is in the mood for a head-clearing run is lightning.  McLendon began running in the heyday of the sport, when author and runner Jim Fixx popularized jogging. At that time, community races began to spring up in towns across the nation, and organized running groups formed.  He with friends Ken Akin and Ken Cole started the Aiken Track Club, now the Aiken  SUBMITTED PHOTO  MAN ON THE RUN: Leighton McLendon logged 35,000 miles atter three decades of logging and still continues to run frequently.  Running Club, and on April 19, 1979, McLendon became the first club president.  A legacy McLendon, Akin, Cole and many of those early runners can boast is an idea that surfaced while they were train  ing for a race in Sav annah.  They em isioned a community path at Virginia Acres where runners and walkers could escape outdoors for a little exercise without fear of traffic.  The runners approached Aiken t it) Council and then-Mayor H (kiell Weeks w ith the idea for the track, and plans were quickly approved. The original plan called for a short track to run around the soccer fields at Virginia Acres, but McLendon said a quarter mile high-school length track wasn I nearly long enough.  He pushed to lengthen the plans for the track to w md a mile around the park. After working through a few hiccups, the mile track was paved at a cost of $7,000 to $9,000.  About three decades later, the track is still one of the most heavily used recreational areas in the city.  The track does McLendon’s heart good in more ways than just the obv ious benefit to his cardiovascular system. He said he is thrilled to see senior citizens walking along the path, young mothers with their children in strollers and all walks of life in between using the track.  SEE RUNNER SA  Wreck results in power outage at Whiskey Road intersection  Admin group to hear on process of reassessment   

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