Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 17, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 145, No. 107
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By HALEY HUGHES
Several thousands of users have signed up to receive severe weather alerts through CodeRED, a telephone notification system, since it kicked off last year.
And it hits already proven to be useful, according to Aiken County Emergency Management Coordinator David Ruth.
I Us son was woken up by an alert recently for a severe weather warning in Trenton. Ruth said his son w as tempted to brush it off but heard his child cry ing in the other room. He brought the child into his own room, and, just minutes later, a tree was felled by the storm and shattered a w indow in the child's bedroom.
“It was pretty good he got aw akened,” Ruth said. "The system seems to be working out quite fine.
Code RIT), offered by Aiken County in partnership with Southern Nuclear and Plant Vogtle, went into use in November. It allows thi>se who register to receive free sev ere weather warnings on tornadoes, flash floods and thunderstorms specific to their area.
Alerts are issued for sev ere weather warnings only. A warning means weather conditions pose a threat to file or property .
Ruth said the weather notifications are actually a bonus to the system, as its primary function is to serve as an alert sy stem for Plant Vogtle emergencies.
Aiken County falls w ithin the emergency zone radius of the nuclear site, so it is required to provide an alert system for tins area.
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A user’s contact information will remain private and be used through CodeRED only. Businesses are encouraged to register, as well.
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Alima Kimkin and Fiheem Graham were talking avidly about their especially good stock market picks a few months ago - Netflix, Starbucks and Apple among them.
They threw about SI00,000 into their v entures and, in just six weeks, made just over SI6,000.
But it’s all virtual for these enterprising sixth-graders, who finished first among 88 middle school teams last fall in the statewide Stock Market Game, sponsored by the SjC. Council of Economic Education.
A trio of New Ellenton sixth-graders - I dgar Zambrano, Patrick Boatwnghi and Tnstan Watson - matched that effort this spring, laking first among 76 teams w uh a net gam of $10,216. Close behind were the New Ellenton team of Caroline Terry, Ryan Bing. Ash-leigh Yaun and Keannu Walker, who made $6,581 lo finish third overall. AII of the students are in Bonnie McNeill’s gifted and talented classes.
"They have to do enough research, deciding when to buy and when to sell,” she said. "They get charged fees and commissions, and those are good learning moments. The key is deciding w hen they can afford to make good investments and then make wise ones and leave the money there.”
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What Is CodeRED?
CodeRED allows those who register to receive free severe weather warnings on tornadoes, flash floods and thunderstorms specific to their area.
How do I register?
Visit www.aikencountysc.gov and click on the CodeRED box.
How much does It cost?
The service is*free of charge, and only those who register through the website will receive alerts.
How will I receive alerts? Users can receive alerts on their cell phone via text message and/or automatedfor storms that may affect area
trigs they wish to receive from the National Weather Sen ice.
A user’s contact information will remain pm ale ami be used through CodeRED only. Businesses mc encouraged to register, as well
The service is funded entirely through Southern Nuclear and Plant Vogtle.
“I certainly encourage ev eryone to sign up.” Ruth said.
lo register, visit www.aikencoun-ty sc.gov .aul click on the CodeRED box.
Those vv ithout Internet access may call Helpline 2-1-1 anytime for
only those who register through the website w ill receiv e alerts. Users can reeeiv e alerts on their cell phone via text message and/or automated recording on their landline phone. There is no way to temporarily opt out of the service it die user i> away on vacation or business, and alerts go out 24/7 as severe weather occurs.
“It’s a little inconvenient, but it s good to at least peek out your window,” Ruth said.
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Pups pull their weight in fitness competition
By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON
A total of nine contestants showed up at Aiken Pet Fitness ami Rehabilitation Saturday to find out the final results of the pet "Biggest Loser" contest celebration.
I "he center opened in December and in mid-January began a IO-week session of classes aimed at helping animals lose weight. Although a serious effort, it was made into a fun, pet’s "Biggest Loser” contest.
()n Saturday, four class participants, as well as five additional pet owners who were competing on their own accord, gathered at the center lo see who the biggest loser really was.
Roily, a 4-year-old dachshund belonging to ( aria Cnbb, earned first place in the contest w ith a total ol a 4.2 pound loss of body w eight, 3 inches lost from his waist and
a total of 17.4 percent of body weight lost.
Of the four class participants, I (Lyear-old Australian shepherd Maggie, owned by Ruth Masucct, tied for second place with Amber, one of the additional competitors. Birth dogs came in second place atter losing 9 percent of their body weight; Maggie lost 5.3 pounds and 2.5 inches oft her waist, while Amber lost 8 pounds and 2 inches oft her waist.
In third place was Maddie, a 2-year-old golden ret never who belongs to Leigh Parker. She lost 4.5 pounds, 5 percent of her body weight and 2 inches oft her waist.
Scout, a 3-year-old beagle owned by Elaine Covard, came in fourth place after losing 2 pounds and 4.6 percent of his body weight, along with 1.5 inches oft his waist.
Veterinarian Dr. Sybil jDav is said, over the last several months, classes have
been held each week lo help owners better understand weight management for their furry f riends and also help get the pets on a maintainable diet to help lose weight.
“We went over diet and exercise and worked the dogs in the gym. We talked about food, treats, whai additives you can use as far as green beans or fiber or soup,” she said. "And then ev cry week, we did different types of exercises. We did them on the treadmills, the bulb, outside obstacle courses.”
Hic center even worked some of the dogs out by pulling them on underwater treadmills.
“So basically they had IO weeks of classes, and each week we did a nutrition and exercise lecture and came up with different things that each animal would be successful at,” said Dav is.
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Carid Cribb sits with her dog, Roily, who won first place at Aiken Pet Fitness and Rehabilitation's 'Biggest Loser" con test. Since mid-January, the 4-year-old dachshund has lost 4.2 pounds and 17.4 percent of his body weight as well as 3 inches off his waist.
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