Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 19, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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Man kidnaps 71-year-old, still at-large
Store employee jumps from car she had been held captive in to escape
By KAREN DAILY
Investigators are probing a holdup that began in Trenton over the weekend and ended in the City of Aiken when a woman jumped from the car
she had been held captive in, officials said.
The victim, a 71-year-old woman who works at Storey’s Grocery and Tackle Shop at 2841 Edgefield Highway, said an unidentified white male entered her
store to rent videos and purchase a drink Saturday afternoon, around 2:30 p.m.
She told the man she didn’t sell alcohol. Ile then told her he had a gun and demanded money from the register.
She said he then forced her to leave the store with him and get into her car, a 1993 white Toyota Camry,
He order her to drive him to Aiken.
Once they traveled to Reynolds Pond Road, he
took control of the vehicle and threatened her life.
She said he drove to the 400 block of Fairfield Street where he stopped the vehicle.
She then jumped from the car and ran for help.
He left with her vehicle, which was entered into a national search computer database. At presstime, the suspect was still unidentified.
Contact Karen Doth at kduihia aikcnstandanl.com.
Father-and-son golfers speak Dewar denies at Sage Valley welcome dinner rumor he will
By CAM HUFFMAN
GRANITEVILLE — Multiple PGA Tour winners Jay and Bill Haas encouraged the 54 participants in this week s Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club to cherish this week’s fest iv ities as they addressed the group Monday night at the welcome dinner for the tournament that begins Wednesday w ith &n 8 a.m. opening ceremony. •
Hie dinner, held at the Sage Valley Gun Club, signaled the official start of the inaugural event, and it included formal introductions of each of the players, comments from tournament chairman Paul S. Simon and an impress^ e bullet. The highlight of the night, though, was a question-and-answer session w ith the father-and-son I laas duo.
During die 30-minute discussion, the golfers hit im various topics including some of their memorable moments on tour, stones of current .md former stars of the game and their paths to golfs highest level.
Jay, the elder Haas, encouraged the golfers, an ins itation-only field of the top-ranked junior players in the world, to dream big but to enjoy the process. Bill told the story about failing to quality tor the PGA Tour after his first Q-sehool ev ent before eventually reah/ing that time on the Nationwide Tour could be very beneficial
Staff photo by Cam Huffman GoK Channel play-by-play voice David Mare III, left moderates a question-and-answer session with PCA Tour goiters, left to right Jay and Bill Haas during the welcome dinner for the Junior Invitational Monday evening at Sage Valley Golf Club.
North Augusta’s Matt Nesmith discusses balancing school and golf in the second installment of his daily Junior Invitational diary 11B
to his game. and, as a result, never learned
Jay used Michelle Wie as how to w in.
an example of a golfer who “Winning is good, said
only played at the highest Jay, who went tm to talk
lev cl throughout her career about the advantages of play-Want to go?
* What? Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club
► Who? Top 54 junior golfers in the world
► When? Wednesday through Friday
Where? Sage Valley Golf Club
► Tickets: Three-day badges are avaiabte at the Aiken and Augusta branches cf Savannah River Banking Company for $20 Youth badges are $10. Daily badges can also be purchased at the gate for $15 on event days.
i For more information, visit wwwjunionnvrta-tionalcomASTV coverage
► ASTV wi be filming “On the Sports Front live from the Junior Invitational Thursday at 6 p m,
Tte Mr Central Game of the Week wi be coverage of the 18th hole during Friday’s final round.
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Pleat* see DINNER, page 5A
■ Councilman Dick Dewar says Facebook post claiming he would run against the Aiken City mayor is not true.
By AMY BANTON
A statement made through a popular Internet social -networking site claiming that Dick Dewar is considering running against the Aiken City mayor is not true, according to the councilman.
Around 11:45 a.m, on Monday, a Facebook page under die name '“Aiken. SC* posted, "It is not official yet but Dick Dewar is considering making a run for Mayor of Aiken against our Mayor Fred Cavanaugh in the upcoming I tty injections ’’
the Aiken Siaiulanl called the councilman to inquire about the statement shortly after it was posted.
Dewar said he believes Iv w ill run for re-election as a council member this year but has no intention of naming against C av anaugh, who has been mayor since 1992.
IX*war added that it is too soon to officially .innounce that he will seek reelection for his scat on council at
At this time, Dewar said he knows of no other person currently kicking to run for that seat “Aiken, SC’ is not the official City of Aiken Facebook page, which is clearly staled under its information; it has close to 6,(XK) followers.
Dewar said he was not sure from where the information of him running against the mayor originated.
Cavanaugh said he received a short email stating that the councilman was thinking of naming as a possible opponent but would not say who sere hun the message.
The Facebook page litter remov ed the statement and posted, "Dewar mn running for Mayor but for his City Council seat again,’ apologizing for the error.
As for the election in November, scats for Dewar, the reprcNentativ e of District
Please see DEWAR, page 5A
.teaassate ji-, ree zoning ordinance areas may be evaluated
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By AMY BANTON
Changes to the C ity ot Aiken zoning ordinance could be evaluated in the coming months.
Aiken C ity Council and the Planning Commission held its annual special meeting Monday evening to review the 2011 -12 fiscal year action agenda, w hich is a list of items that commissioners are to work on.
The big topic of discussion w as possible changes to the planned residential, planned commercial and planned institutional /ones. The Planning Commission may evaluate those three /ones and recommend amendments if Council approves the action items at its next meeting.
Changes to the plamied commercial and planned institutional zones would immediately be considered ii the action agenda is approved.
Considerations of amendments lo planned commercial include changes to the table which idtows the uses a business can apply for such as a grocery or hardware store.
At this tune, most planned commercial uses are permit ted by right, which means it cannot be prohibited. Planning Commission would review the use table and possibly alter it, allowing approval of a concept plan by City Council. The amendment would give
C ouncil more control in the decision-making process, said Planning Director Cd Evans. TTv change would also make the planned commercial more consistent with planned residential and planivd institutional zones, in which an applicant is allowed by approval of City Council after a rev iew of then concept plan.
Changes to be considered in planned institutional, which provides locations for schools, churches and other institution
al uses, w ould allow all other public projects or projects not being conducted by the city to be included in that zone At this time, all other public projects are not allowed and the prospective Aiken County C omplex, to be located im S.C. IIH, would best fit in the planned institutional /one it it decides to file for annexation. lf the county applies for city waler and sewage, they
Please see PLANNING, page SAJKUipillll
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Frederica von Stade
"One of America's finest artist and singers
Frederica von Stade is on her farewell tour to the world s opera and concert stage and will offer a performance, titled "Ah, Spring! '
For more information about the Thursday April 28,2011, Concert, the Mast** Class conducted by Miss von Stade, or an invitation to the dinner/reception in he» honor, Friday evening, April 29,2011, please cai* Mrs Cathy I raver at Aiken Performing Arts 1803) 643 - 4774 lf busy please leave name and telephone number
Proceeds to benefit the University of South Carolina Aiken's Musk Department and University of South Carolina's School of Music
Tickets may be purchased through the Etherredge Center box office at (803) 641 J30S
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