Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 12, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 145, No. 102
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500ACSO warns about home intrudersAiken man charged in Friday break-in, another man still at-large
By KAREN DAILY
A home invasion Friday at a Gregg Avenue home has prompted local law enforcement officers to remind residents to respond to unidentified persons at the door by telling them to go away and
warning them that law enforcement is on the way.
Capt. Troy Elwell, Aiken County Sheriff's Office spokesperson, said investigators have charged Jonitavius O. Moseley, 20, of Elder Street, with second-degree burglary on allegations he is one of two men involved in
the home invasion. Another man is still at-large.
Friday's incident occurred around noon when two men went tp the door and knocked several times. The resident hid in a rear room when she saw one of the men was armed and refiised to answer the door, but investiga
tors said she gave the men no indication she was inside.
The men forced their way inside. Once inside, they saw the frightened woman, ran out of the home and took off in a vehicle.
Last summer, there were a handful of home invasions
reported in the afternoon hours that Elwell said iijvestigators learned were committed by thieves who wanted to steal but found themselves confronted by children home alone on summer vacation.
Please see BREAK-INS, page 5A Mosefey
Staff photo by Rob Novit
S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harreli, right, visiting the Aiken Rotary Club on Monday, talks with retired Aiken school superintendent Joe Brooks following the meeting.
House Speaker Harrell talks
BROTHERS AND SISTERS RECONNECTED
budget in Aiken
By ROB NOVIT
States have to balance their budgets, and that's why South Carolina's financial situation is different from Washington, D.C.'s, said S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell to Aiken Rotary Club members Monday.
There are two ways to deal with a difficult economy - cut the budget or raising revenue through lax increases, he said.
"We weren't going to raise revenue, so we have cut the budget to $5 billion," said Harrell. "Three years ago it was $7 billion. Raising taxes is not the way out of a bad economy. South Carolina has 8,000 fewer state employees than it had in 1994. In terms of people and dollars, we have reduced the size of state government, taking the more conservative approach."
Harrell's appearance brought out several Aiken legislators - Rotary members Reps. Tom Young and Bill Taylor, as well as Sen.
Edith HahnWade Anderson,
Elizabeth Owens Barnett
West Colunnbia .
Lottie Sanders Green,
Curtis Watklns Sr.,
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cut everything. ;
The alternative to •
cutting is raising :
taxes, and most of :
us don't support [
raising taxes." :S.C House Speaker Bobby Harrell .
Greg Ryberg and Reps. Bill Clybum and Roland Smith.
Earlier in the day, Harrell, a Charleston lawmaker, joined other officials in a visit to the Savannah River Site.
On his Facebook page Monday afternoon, Taylor posted a brief video of Harrell following the SRS briefing. Harrell was impressed with all of the
Please see HARRELL, page 5A
Staff photo by Haley Hughes
A gathering Saturday at Wyman Boyd's house marked the first time the surviving eight of nine siblings were able to be together. Beth Morrone, far right, was the last to find her biological brothers and sisters. Pictured, from left and oldest to youngest, are Freddie, Wallace, Millie Ann, Mark, the twins Donna and Phil, Wyman and Beth. Mark, Phil, Donna and Beth were adopted out to other families shortly after birth.
Siblings reunite after each other with social media
By HAL^Y HUGHES
Aiken resident Beth Morrone sent a private message in February via Facebook to a man she suspected was her brother. Among other things, she asked a very candid question: "Do you know me?"
The man who received that message; >\yman Boyd of New Ellenton, sure did. Beth was the sister he and the rest of his siblings had spent years searching for. Beth Was adopted by another family straight from the hospital almost immediately after she was bom. She had no knowledge or memoiy of her biological parents or of her eight brothers and sisters.
Until a few months ago.
"They (my adoptive parents) told me I was adopted, but 1 never knew anything about the family. My parents didn't choose to share anything about the family," Beth said.
She had her birth papers.
which listed her biological father as Otto Boyd. But it wasn't until the death of a friend earlier this year that she began her search.
Beth was hurt by the realization that her friend's death, an acquaintance from college, • meant she would only ever get to see a tombstone again. She reftised to let that happen with her biological family so she logged onto Ancestry.com, a genealogy search website, and entered Otto's name.
Numerous search results popped up but Beth was drawn to one.
"There was an Otto Boyd from New Ellenton, and 1 thought, 'This could be it,'" she said.
The obituary for Thelma Boyd Cooper Huff popped up, which tumed out to be Beth's older sister, naming Huff as Otto's daughter. The obituary also listed Huffs surviving siblings. Beth took those names and went to Facebook, where'7 woke up that morning an only child and went to bed one of eight living."Beth MorroneAiken resident
she found Wyman Boyd.
Beth and W^an had one mutual friend. She sent him a tiiend request, which he soon accepted. Then sh^ sent him the message that would change her life forever.
Beth wrote that she believed he was her brother. She did not intend to disturb his life nor did she expect to be welcomed with open arms at family reunions. Really, she was looking for family medical histoiy and would appreciate anything he could tell her.
Wyman read the message.
He got a beer and sat down, thinking. He then called his older sister. Donna, who lives in Colorado.
"He said, 'You got to sit down,'" Donna recounted. "I was bowled over. I am really just delighted. It is amazing to me. I never thought I would know where my family was."
Wyman wrote Beth back: "You're the missing link in our family chain."
Beth, as it turns out, is the youngest of nine children bom to Otto and her mother. She also has two half-siblings.
"I woke up that morning an only child and went to bed one of eight living," Beth said. "On my birthdays, I'd always wondered if someone knew about me. They had been looking for me. These people never forgot me."
Beth and Wyman both worked at Savannah River Site for years but do not believe
Please see SIBLINGS, page 5A
Residents give input at redistricting hearing
By ROB NOVIT
The S.C. House and Senate Districts and the state's congressional districts are going to look a lot different in 2012.
At a regional public hearing in Aiken on the State House and congressional districts Monday, several speaker^ offered a variety of opinions on how those districts should look.
S.C. Rep. Tom Young, R-Aiken, serves oti a House Judiciary sub-committee that is conducting a series of nine hearings throughout the state.
"We're one of 16 states under the Voting Rights Act of 1964," Young said. "Anything we do is subject to those requirements. Our challenge is to get a plan that passes the General Assembly by late August and be cleared by the (U.S) Justice Department in time for the 2012 elections."
The congr^sional districts will be especially complex this year, because South Carolina has increased in population sufQciently to get a seventh congressiohal seat. The problem, said Young, is where to
staff photo by Rob Novit
S.C. Rep. Tom Young, right R-Aiken, joins S.C. Rep. Alan Clem-mons, R-Myrtle Beach, at a regional hearing on re-districting.
put that district.
Aiken Republican Party Chairman E>ennis Saylor and another Republican, Jane Page Thompson, urged regulators to keep Aiken County in Districts 2 and 3, seats currently held by Republicans Jeff Duncan and Joe Wilson, respectively.
"Aiken County is better represented by two representatives, not one," said Saylor. The workload requires both congressinen, Hiompson add^.
Claude O'Donovan, however, is concerned that redistricting efforts might favor Wilson over Duncan in the Aiken County area. Duncan has been especially pro-active in sup
port of the Savannah River Site, O'Donovan said.
"He's very oriented," O'Donovan said of Duncan. "It's essential for us in Aiken to keep him here representing us."
But Aiken Democratic Pa^ Second Vice Chair Ann Willbrand said those districts are too large, and no candidate from either party has sufficient opportunities to connect with voters. One congressional district within the county is sufficient, she said, but Willbrand also wants boundaries drawn that don't favor one party.
The Democrats' first vice chair, Teresa Harper, suggested that Aiken County be moved
Staff photo by Rob Novit
Aiken resident Jane Page Thompson, who spoke at a regional state and Congressional re-dlstricting hearing Monday, talks with S.C. Rep. Seth Whipper, left, IKharleston, and S.C. Rep. Bill Clybum, D-Aiken.
into Congressional District 6, held by toe only congressional Democrat, Jim Clybum
"He was instrumental in securing $1.6 billion in stimulus funds," said Harper. "Wilson and (former congressman) Gresham Barrett rejected it. It should not be about political and personal prefa^nce."
Joe Nomian, a resident in the Perry and Salley areas,
said Wilson doesn't adequately represent an area that is largely Afiican-American.
"Hitler would represent us better," Norman said to murmurs of dismay from others in the audience. "Joe Wilson called the president a liar. Where is the democracy in that type of shenani^ns?* Contact Rob Novit at [email protected]