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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 31, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 ^mmmmmm  YOUR  SINCE 1867  IN THE NEWS  AP PHOTO  Obama salutes 9/11 veterans for 'extraordinary burden'  Recalling "those awful attacks," President Barack Obama saluted the Sept. 11 generation of veterans Tuesday and publicly relished the prospect of U.S. forces getting out of both Iraq and Afghanistan.  SEE NATIONAL NEWS, 11A  LOCAL POLL  Should Sam's Club come to Aiken?  I Yes - It would be a great addition (78%)  ■ No - It will tiarm local businesses (12%)  ■ I don't care (10%)  *Taken from an online poll as of 7 p.m. Tuesday. Visit  www.aikenstandard.com  to vote in today's poll.  TODAY'S FORECAST  .r' "'s  r • ..-i- 1  SEE WEATHER, 16C  REMEMB^^^  Send in information about local Sept. 11 anniversary services  AP FMJ PHOTO  • Is your church or organization having a Sept. 11 remembrance event?  • Send in details about your event, and the Aiken Standard w\\ run a special listing  of services the Friday before the Sept. 11 anniversary.  • Send Sept. 11 anniversary announcements to editoriaKdalkenstandardxom.  AREA DEATHS  Bruce Eugene Collins Jr., Spartanburg Luclnda Williams. New York City Mary Maxine Siler, Corbin, Ky. Patricia McElmurray, North Augusta Thelma Reeves Cunningham White, Aiken  WEDNESDAY,  VOL. 145 NO. 243 • 500  PHOTO BY TRACY SECONI  ROAD WOES: A 12-ton Tyler Sanitation truck dropped to its axles into a sinkhole Tuesday.  Sinkhole ensnares truck on Southside  Residents concerned about tax increases  BY HALEY HU6HES   hhughes@aikenstandard.com   Person after person took to the microphone at an Administrative Committee meeting Tuesday and said they have difficulty imderstand-ing why their property's market value went up, according to ¿leir tax reassessment, when they hear and read every day that the real estate market is down.  Aiken County Council's Administrative Committee and Assessor Rick Jantzen worked together during the three-hour meeting in an attempt to answer each question asked by the audience. A good number of people were encouraged to file an appeal to address their specific concern.  Already, Jantzen reported, 866 appeals have been filed with the assessor's office.  The public comment session came after Jantzen gave a presentation on the process of property tax reassessment and outlined some specific data for Aiken County. For example, according to his figures, the median sales price in the area from 2005 to 2010 increased from $97,000 to $120,000. The market value tax base for the same period increased 11.3 percent.  SEE REASSESSMENT, 12A  Citv asking  J  Aikenites to  BY KAREN DAILY   kdaily@aikenstandard.com   Asphalt in a Southside neighborhood gave way to a 12-ton sanitation truck Tuesday morning.  The truck dropped to its axles into a sinkhole estimated to be 4 feet deep and 20 feet wide, said Tyler Sanitation Foreman Keith Gray. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident, but residents living where the incident occurred, on Emerald Ridge in South Meadows, said the roadway has been dug up and repaired a number of times over the past decade.  Residents said they even attempted to report the sinkhole Monday evening.  City Manager Richard Pearce said Tuesday that staflers have reviewed the call logs and have not found any record of after-hours calls. According to the City of Aiken's website, after-hours calls should be made to Aiken Public Safety at 642-7620.  "We are looking into where the disconnect was," Pearce said.  He said it is "very unusual" that "nothing  Do you have road issues? poTK^prvp w^tpr  ArrnrHinntnthp fiitvnf AiliPn'c\A/Ph<iiti> V/VJlllJwl V W W ClLwi  According to the City of Aiken's website, after-hours calls should be made to Aiken Public Safety at 642-7620.  would happen" when an after-hours or weekend call is placed for an emeigency repair.  Residents said they noticed the pavement beginning to sink Monday evening, and at least one of the residents.said she called the 800 number on her water bill. That number does not connect with the City's emergency number, which is directed to Aiken Public Safety.  Kyle Seconi, neighborhood association president, sent an email to the City of Aiken via its website requesting the road repair around 9 p.m.  The text of the email states that "Emerald Drive in South Meadows has a serious water leak in the roadway ... please address this serious matter."  SEE SINKHOLE, 12A  Three charged in meth bust  BY KAREN DAILY  kdaily@aikenstandard com  Three Hutto Pond Road residents have been jailed On drug charges after Aiken County Sheriff^s Office deputies found methamphet-amine labs at two residences and, in both cases, learned the suspects attempted to bum the evidence as law enforcement officers showed up, officials said.  The arrests were made late last week.  The suspects were selling and using metham-phetamine, said Capt. Troy Elwell, a spokesman for the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.  Ronald Jacob Hall, 31, of  BYAMYBANTQN  abanton@aikenstandard com  The City of Aiken is asking residents to help conserve water as the area continues to stay dry fix)m a lack of rainfell.  With the area currently seeing moderate drought conditions, the City is asking residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce unnecessary uses of water.  According to Public Works Director Larry Morris, the City is having to use the reserve water supply from the Mason Branch Reservoir.  Typically, the City receives its water s^)-ply from Shaw's Creek, Shiloh Springs, Town Creek Wells and Pine Log Wells. Shaw's Creek is the source that is experiencing low levels at this time, which is causing the City to pull water from the reservoir.  "Conservation of the City water supply is critical during periods of scant rainfall," Morris said in a press release.  One way to help is to only use irrigation systems every other day to soak lawns, Moijis said.  He suggested a system to help control the use of irrigation by having homes with odd house numbers water their lawns only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while homes with even house numbers should only water Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, leaving Sunday as an irrigation-free day.  Morris wamed that, if rainfall does not return to normal and voluntary conservation does not reduce water use, the City may have to issue mandatory irrigation restrictions.  R.HAU  T.HAU  765 Hutto Pond Road in Aiken, is charged with manufacturing methamphet-amine, unlawful disposal of methamphetamine waste, two counts of distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of controlled substances (pills).  Tonie Diane Hall, 33, of 765 Hutto Pond Road in Aiken, is charged with manufacturing methamphet-  MOORE  amine and unlawftal disposal of methamphetamine waste.  Elwell said a 13-year-old boy was also living at the residence. The Department of Social Services took the boy into protective custody.  Ricly Trey Moore, 31, of 785 Hutto Pond Road in Aiken, is also charged with  SEE METH,12A  When will it rain?  The forecast looks a bit grim when it comes to the possibility of precipitation. According to the National Weather Service, the next indication of rain will be a 30 percent chance on Monday, NWS Meteorologist Bruce Cheny said it looks like it will be relatively diy over the next several days but this is typical during the late summer months.  "That doesn't mean you couldn't see a stray shower or thunderstorm, but it will be veiy localized," Cheny said.  Cheny said, hopefully, the rain will return and occur more fiiequently in the fall.  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