Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 9, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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Vol. 145, No. 99
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50cSHUTDOWN AVERTEDI lth-hour deal keeps government running; shutdown would have little local impact regardless
By ANNA DOLIANITIS and ROB NOVITStaff writers
When a potential shutdown of the federal government looked imminent Friday night, federal agencies discussed how local services
would have been impacted, and the consensus appeared to be that the local impact would have been minimal, as long as the shutdown was short,
The Department of Energy’s Sav annah River Site and employees in the Aiken
For the full story on the budget deal in D.C., see page 10A.
County School District would not have been impacted in any immediate way,
IX)E announced that its federal employees, as well
as those who work for contractors, would have been expected to show up to work tm Monday.
The Aiken County School
City opens victims’ Memory Garden
By KAREN DAILY
(>niy a taw yards away from where children play at Eustis Park and families gather for afternoon picnics, a Memory Garden now grows in honor of area victims of violent
The South I arui ma Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and the City of Aiken dedicated the garden Friday to give the victims of crime and their families a place to reflect and meditate.
Joy Batchelor, who lost her three sons nearly nine years ago rn a motor vehicle crash on Belvedere/Clearwater Road, said the garden means her sons will not be forgotten.
In July 2002, the boys’ drunken father, Michael Batchelor, gave his vehicle keys to his eldest son,
Willie Crawford, Aiken Woodrow Frazier, Salley Ralph Earl “Pete" Herrick,
Dallas W. Raster, Salley Lenwood R. "Smitty" Smith, Aiken Curtis Watkins Sr,
Ridge Spring Myrtis M. Wfllliams,
Staff photo by Karen Daily
Department of Juvenile Justice Aiken County Director Kristin Bodle, from left Aiken City Councilman Don Wells and victim/witness advocate Angela Key attend the ribbon cutting of the Memory Garden on Friday morning.
“Ashton” Grooms, who had been drinking alcohol and was not a licensed driver. The teen lost control of the pickup arui
crashed head-on into another v chicle. Ashton died at the scene of the crash. Brandon Batchelor, 13, ami Drew
Batclielor, 11, died in the
days following the wreck
SM GARDEN, page 12A
Deaths and funerals
Astrict has been on spring break, and classes would have resumed as scheduled on Monday.
“We have funding that will allow us to operate for a specific period of time, and, hopefully by then, there w ould be a budget or some
thing that would continue to fund the government,” said DOE spokesperson Jim Giusti.
SRS has a total of 12,714 employees working on-site, including about 400 IX >1
See SHUTDOWN, page TOA
N1H gives $2.9M for area study on chlorine effects
By ANNA DOLIANITIS
The tragic train derailment and subsequent chlorine spill m Graniteville six years ago claimed the lives of nine and directly impacted more than 5,000 others when homes and businesses were doused in chlorine gas, the health implications of which are still largely unknown.
A $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will fund a study that will begin rn May to determine the long-term effects of chlorine gas exposure to the lung health of those who lived, worked or traveled through the former axion mill town at the tune of the disaster. The study w id take place ov er die course of five years, In the early hours of the morning on Jan. 6, 2005, a
Photo courtesy of the EPA Cars from the two derailed trains lie scattered in Graniteville following the Jan. 6,2005, collision.
42-car, three-engine Norfolk Southern train crashed into a parked two-car, one-engine Norfolk Soutiiem train, which caused the spill.
See GRANITEVILLE, page 12A
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Transplants who keep their out-of-state tags keep their money out of Aiken County’s coffers