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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 11, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Powderhouse plan revamped Smaller part will be widened, resurfaced due to funds By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer The widening and resurfacing of Powderhouse Road is anticipated to begin soon but with a different scope of work than was originally planned. Julie Barker, South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCLX)T) project manager, confirmed that bids on the work will be released next week with construction beginning this summer at the northern end off East Pine Log Road. Originally, the project called for the w idening and resurfacing of part of Powderhouse Road - 2.5 miles from East Pine Log to Whiskey - to address poor road conditions and safety concerns. But now, only a portion will be widened - the portion of Powderhouse from East Pine Log to Thoroughbred Run. Powderhouse will remain two lanes, but each lane will be widened with shoulders added and later resurfaced. The current lane w idth is IO feet on each side from the center line. Barker said construction will add one foot on each lane with paved shoulders two feet wide and four additional feet of earthen shoulder. “Hopefully these improvements will address the safety concerns in that area," she said. SCDOT believe the widening and addition of shoulders will ores ent many motorists Part of Powderhouse Road will be widened, repaved from running off the road and into ditches. The remainder of Powderhouse will be resur faced. Also, the intersection at Powderhouse and Old Powderhouse Road will be realigned. The changes were unanimously approved by Aiken City Council in February. The scope of work changed due to the availability of funds. “Really, it was up to the Aiken County Transportation Committee, and it was really because of funding. After looking at the accident history, we found the majority of accidents happened on the northern end, at that intersection. So, the transportation committee decided to focus on the northern end. There are still plans in the drawer for widening the southern See POWDERHOUSE. page 12A Vol. 145, No. 101    Monday,    April    11,2011    Mf ■ - i.n.nfti  .....—    hi—Chan Sclmanzel wins green jacket AP photoFormer champion Phil Mickelson, back, helps Chari Schwartzel of South Africa with his green Masters jacket. • Sports Editor Cam Huffman takes a look at ttie what ifs and Hidetd Matsuyama | IB • Notebook j 5B DRONING WILL SOON FILL AIR City wants ability to deny permits based on history 13-year cicada species set to return By AMY BANTON Staff writer Adon ( av ({huh;11 will conduct the second reeding of a change to an ordinance regarding peddling or soliciting permits and hold a public hearing Monday night. The first reading was unanimously approx cd fry ( tty ( ouncit on March 28. The amendment would allow Public Safety Director Pete Frummer to deny thrive permits to anyone with a criminal background, according to City officials. Aiken Public Safety has had the ability to run background checks on applicants but could mu deny them the permit. lf an applicant had been conv toted of a felony or has violated a law or ordinance im oh mg dishonesty, Public Safely would have the option Hi not issue the permit to that tndiv (dual Public Safety reguested ' the change to I tty Council lo ensure lilt* security o! residents and their homes by preventing convicted felons acc ess of private property, /2(?3D (OSSffilsf Eleanor "tie" Lybrand Cato, Aiken Lucille Kennedy, Aiken Vernon "Barry” K. Jones Jr„ Salley Deaths and Funerals 16A Calendar 5C Classifieds 5B Crossword AC Comics 3C Dear Abby 4C Horoscopes 4C Movie Listings SC NationAMorld 9A Obituaries 6A Opinions 11A Puzzles 4C Sports IB TV Listings 2C Want to go? ► What? City Council s pubic hearing on permits ► When? Today at 7 pm. ► Where? Council Chambers, 214 Park Ave. S.W according to a memorandum from City Manager Richard Pearce. According to Public Safety officials, no particular incident prompted the reguest for the change, but they wanted the ability to deny applicants with criminal pasts to prevent a problem from developing. After finding several applicants w ith criminal backgrounds, such as repeat larceny offenses, Public Safety wanted to take further action to av old hav mg an issue occur in the future The meeting will be held at 7 pan. in council chambers in the municipal building located at 214 Park Ave S.W, Cumul i Amy Bunton at ahunt on'a atkemtandard cum By AMY BANTON Staff writer Several sets of reddish orange eyes may be peering down upon you from the tree lops after crawling up from the depths of the earth in the coming weeks. It sounds like something straight out of a horror movie, but those eyes belong to the cicada, a plump, noisy insect averaging VA inches long with veined wings. This type of cicada is projected to return to Aiken after 13 years underground, according to the South Carolina Forestry Commission. The periodical species, which is often mistakenly classified as locusts, comes f rom the genus magic icada of brood 19 or “the great Southern brood " They are well-known for their distinct rust-colored eyes and their buzzing love song calling for a mate. The last lime this species of cicadas made an appearance in the Aiken area was in 1998. When they emerge, I a total of 20,000 to 30,000 can come up from under a single tree, according to the Forestry Commission. “When they come out, they come out in droves,'1 said Vicky E. Bertagnolli-I Idler, consumer horticulture extension agent with the I Clemson University Coop- BITS ABOUT A BUG Cicadas • Often mistakenly classified as locusts cicadas come from the genus maglclcada • The last time this species of | cicadas made an appearance in the Aiken area was in 1998. The life span of these cicadas are around 13 years and they spend most of it beneath the dirt • Dogwood, blueberry and azalea plants nay be in danger of damage as cicadas sometimes decide to lay their eggs on those plants. To protect ornamental plants, a light netting or cheese cloth can be used to cover them according to Clemson Cooperative c I; endive Extension office in Aiken. The life spun of these cicadas is around 13 years, and they spend most of it beneath the dirt. The life cycle begins when eggs are laid on tree branches which later hatch after six to seven weeks. The “nymphs" or young cicadas drop to the ground where they burrow into plant roots which they feed on, and the 13-year cycle restarts. The female cicada can lay up to 600 eggs, w hich can harm the branches, but mature trees do not suffer long-term damage, according to the Forestry Commission. “Cicadas are pretty large, so they have a very large egg-laying apparatus, and they can lear up the hark Didn’t I see these last year? There is an annual species of cicada that resides in me surrounding area They are larger than the 13-year periodicals and have a black and green body Rather than having the distinct reddish-orange eyes, the annual species have black eyes These cicadas usualy appear in the taler months of the summer. some," Bertagnolli-Heller said. Dogwood, blueberry and azalea plants may be rn danger of damage as cicadas sometimes choose to lay their eggs on those plants. I o protect ornamental plants, a light netting or cheese cloth can be used lo cover them, according to Clemson Cooperative E xtension Sen ice, Dr. Enc Benson, professor of entomology at Clemson University, is mostly amazed by how synchronized the cycle of the cicada is as they all come out at the same time, first shedding their skin and leav mg a crunchy gold exoskeleton of themselves. “Under the cloak of darkness, they pull out of their last skin and leave that shell that many people are lamiliar Please see CICADAS, page 12A Students, parents help clean up Aiken Elementary By ROB NOVIT Senior writer Thousands of Aiken County School District students enjoyed spring break last week But four kids - sisters j Shyla and Misty ICee, Deja Parker and Maggie Brown -j were happy to come out to Aiken Elementary one day for "That Spring Thing,” an outdoor cleanup session. Maggie and Misty helped i spread out new mulch for the school’s env ironmental classroom. “I love the outdoor classroom," said Maggie. "Every recess I always come out I here and have fun Teacher Beth Eberhard has I coordinated the outdoor educational program tor about j IO years. She was joined last week by several parents and about 10 employees of Home Depot. The project, Eber-• hard said, would not have occurred w ithout Shyla and Misty’s mom, Erlita Kee. “We have a dig in the dirt day each October,’ said Eberhard. “Erlita came to me afterward and said how she had worked f or Home Depot in Arizona on projects. She just wouldn’t let me say no to this. She’s the one with the vision, getting Home Depot and RCS Rentals involved.” ICee moved to Aiken with her family last June. She, Eberhard and several Home Depot employees worked on prov iding new paint for a large replica of the Lnited States map on a concrete play area. Several planter boxes were built around the school, w ith Home Depot donating the materials. Houndslake Country Club donated the mulch for the outdoor classroom. “I just like to cause a ruckus,” Kee said with a smile. “Mrs. Eherhart is an amazing teacher and is really challenging Shyla in science and math " Cliff Songer, Home Depot’s merchandising manager, said the company Staff photo by Rob Nova>g a spring break cleanup day, Aiken Elementary School students Maggie Brown, left Ality Kee spread out new mulch at the school's outdoor classroom area. rs working with schools    leered on their own time,    the Arts.    Ii s nice lot    our *ther organizations that    said Songer, who has two    associates to gel out of the hclp.    children of his own at East    store and    give back a    little ut employees volun-    Aiken Elementary School    of    bu. ;