Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 8, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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Clearwater woman to fight new law on dual positions
■ Haley lauds Rep. Smith for help with legislation
By ROB NOVIT
S.C. Rep. Roland Smith. R-Warren-ville. and other Aiken County I louse members joined S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday as she signed into law a relatively minor measure that will nevertheless have a statewide impact.
The measure could also affect Clearwater Water and Sewer District clerk Christy Coleman’s dual role as a commissioner for the district she works for -positions she still said on Thursday that she has no intention of giv ing up.
After Coleman was elected as a commis-
from creating a “master-servant” conflict by holding both positions simultaneously.
However, Haley vetoed the legislation, objecting to the traditional use of local legislation that she said v lolates the state constitution. Smith agreed to support the veto. He then helped the governor write a statewide bill that added to existing state law a ban on master-servant conflicts on any county board or commission.
shiner last November, Smith later filed
local legislation to prohibit Colman Please see CLEARWATER, page 5A
Masters draws Australians to Aiken annually
By AMY BANTON
A group ol Australian men traveled from the outback to over yonder in the southeastern United States to enjoy not only the Masters but also Aiken,
This is Craig Laundy s third visit to Aiken, and this time he brought 12 of his mates wIk> have never been . to the city before.
When not watching the Masters, whether in Augusta or from the TV at the house they rented from the owner of the ( arriage House Inn. they have spent the majority of their time in the downtown area and golf courses around Aiken.
The men have v isited several of the golf courses, including Woodside Plantation and Sage Valley They
also immensely enjoy the Holley House at Hotel Aiken.
Laundy said his friends place a lot of trust in him to plan this trip, which was put together by feed Up Golf Tours.
“Oley now understand why I love the town so much,” laiundy said. “We prefer this town. We like the
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Staff photo by Haley Hughes Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian and Building and Grounds Maintenance Supervisor Kip Gunter discuss the Coca-Cola property. Gunter said he is receiving bids for blinding material to be placed along the fence line to shield the residents from the flashing lights of an ambulance.
Repairs under way at future home of Aiken County EMS
Rory Mdlroy of Northern Ireland walks up the 15th fairway during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Mdlroy is tied for first at 65 with Alvaro Quiros.
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By HALEY HUGHES
There is still work to be done on the former Coca-Cola bottling plant before Aiken County LMS moves in.
Before any major renovations and modifications can take place, a decision has to be made: Where will the paramedics and LMTs sleep and shower while working their shifts?
A portion of the 4,000 square feet of shop and maintenance warehouse space could do the job, said County Administrator I lay Killian as he walked around the area Thursday. There is plenty of space to accommodate the living quarters, and the warehouse already has plumbing connections.
“This building will be very functional tor what we want to do,” he said.
In November, Aiken County Council approved a contract to purchase the York Street building and an adjoining lot for the future home of emergency medical sen ices. The contract was for SH 10,000 for the plant
and S140,000 for a vacant lot that sits behind the building beyond the fence line.
About half of the purchase price - or $400,000 - came from the current round of Capital Projects Sales Tax and the rest from a capital fund.
The plant sits on 2.6 fenced-in acres. There is 2,850 square feet of finished office space downstairs with 4,(HH) square feet of shop and maintenance area and four loading docks. There is also a detached warehouse of more than 8,000 square feet.
The second floor could be used as training classrooms or storage.
Aiken County LMS currently operates out of the basement of the County Complex.
Already, in-house staff’ has repaired and/or replaced all exterior lights, checked the building’s heating and air units ami connected it w uh brand new power sen ice.
The existing flooring containing asbestos was ripped out of the finished front office space, and, once it is replaced,
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area aaifliB CNTA exec: Nuclear industry safer than desk work
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Donald W. Cames,
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By ANNA DOLIANITIS
Citizens for Nuclear Technology Aw arencss hxeculiv e Director Clint Wolfe enlisted the help of musician Stevie Wonder Thursday morning to explain the basics of nuclear energy to the ladies of the Town St Country Club.
Many myth-* and misconceptions related to nuclear energy exist, Wolfe said, as Wonder’s voice sang the words “When you believe in things that you don’t under
stand, then you suffer ... ,
superstition ain’t the way."
“We’ve got to dissociate nuclear weaponry from nuclear energy,” Wolfe said. “They are not the same, and they do not deserve to cany each others* baggage"
Many believe that nuclear power plants are a significant source of Americans’
yearly exposure, Wolfe said, though the exposure from nuclear power plants is about .(JCS percent of the av erage American’s annual radiation exposure - comparable to the amount of radiation received from eating one banana per year.
Nuclear power plants do not pose a nsk to the surrounding community, have an exclusion /one of 1,1)00 feet per Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirements and do not pose safety risks the way that other forms of energy do,
"The nuclear industry is safer than working in a hank, in a real estate office or any other type of office job,” Wolfe said.
He said that nobody has been killed as a result of commercial nuclear power plants in the United States, but fossil fuel-related deaths have occurred from coal mine disasters and natural gas explosions.
Wolfe held up a small, mmt-sized fuel pellet and told tlv w omen that the single
pellet can satisfy an mdi-vidual’s energy needs for IO or 11 months. It the fuel pellet were to be recycled, four pellets would last a lifetime -something Wolfe said would result in IOO tons of waste if taken from coal burning “The materials we have now will all fit tai a football field,” he Naid. “It is best to get it disposed, but we can store it safely.”
Wolfe said that the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl and
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