Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 29, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
Aiken spared worst of storms that ravaged Ala.
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Storms that leveled entire city blocks in Alabama, displaced thousands of residents and claimed more than 291 lives, weakened significantly before hitting the Palmetto State early Thursday.
The South Carolina Insurance News Service reported very few claims made locally as a result of the thunder storms that dropped about an inch and a half of rain in the Aiken
ATC ceremony honors student achievement
By ROB NOVIT
Lori Ross and Tiffany Howard didn’t enroll at Aiken Technical College to win awards, but they received them anyway.
At the college’s awards program Thursday, the two received Buck Grant awards for their contributions to the campus - Ross from a degree program and Howard from a non-degree program. It’s ATC’s highest academic honor, named for the late chairman of the Aiken County Legislative
Another top award w inner was basketball standout Ricky Jackson, named for his student sen ice efforts.
Outstanding student awards went to Susan Leseueur (business and public service), Ryne Paschal! (industry and skilled trades), Erika Klipa (Associate in Arts). Heather Kcown (Associate in Science), Mary Ann Clark (nursing), Erin Pawlak (allied health) and William Agee (computer and engineering technology).
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By KAREN DAILY
A few trees were knocked down in the City of Aiken, some minor Hooding occurred and South Carolina Electric and Gas reported approximately 400 outages in Aiken at the peak of the storm
Hardest hit was Alabama, where Gov. Robert Bentley activated National Guard troops to assist in the areas devastated by tornadoes.
Other emergency aid
organizations are also
deploy mg to the area, including the Red Cross.
Aiken Red Cross Chapter Executive Director Lindsay Findley said local volunteers are on standby, adding that she would not he surprised if they are requested.
Staff photo by Rob Novtt Lori Ross, right a Buck Grant award winner at Aiken Technical College's awards night celebrates with Erica Klipa, who received an outstanding student award.
A car sits badly damaged amidst other storm debris in Tuscaloosa, Ala.More storm coverage on 7A.
Two Aiken volunteers returned from North Carolina earlier this week where they assisted storm victims living in the Raleigh area.
Tornadoes ripped though North Carolina on April 16.
“Now the top priority in Alabama is food and shelter,” Findley said.
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Workers clear a downed tree on Colleton Street near Marion Avenue.
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Aiken to lose 3 magistrate judges if bill passes Senate
By KAREN DAILY
Aiken County will lose three magistrate judges if a South I arolma Senate bill to consolidate and redesignate the number, districts and location of magistrates in Aiken County becomes law.
The bill, said Sen. Shane Massey, R- Edgefield, would reduce the number of judges from nine to six, combining offices based on voting distnets while consolidating the workload, he said.
“It is a money and efficiency issue," he explained.
In the past two to three years, Aiken County has undergone a eta in the local government fund by about $2.5 million, Massey said
The annual budget for magistrates is currently $2 million.
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cage load in each of the nine Aiken County districts, Massey said he was convinced that six magistrate offices could do what nine are doing.
Lawmakers anticipate saving the three salaries, about $70,000 each, plus overhead costs that could add up to a savings of about $400,000.
Aiken County Administrator C lay Killian said that money goes into the county general fund and can be allocated elsewhere to offset shun falls.
Admittedly, the case load in the consolidated magis
trate offices would increase, Massey said, but added that the current case load is unbalanced.
The senator said he hopes to mitigate job losses by reassigning slat! from the offices that will close to offices where case load increases,
Magistrates are appointed by the Governor with Senate approval Those appointments are up on April 30; howev er, Chief Magistrate Roger Edmonds said the appointments can be delayed until the bill is law and the new appointments can be made.
Massey said they expect that Senate bill 764 should pass this week or next, adding that he doesn’t anticipate any hang ups along the way.
It wilt go to the House before going before the governor.
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Winners selected in Aiken PRT video competition
By HALEY HUGHES
Five v idcographers were honored for their filmmaking skills Thursday at the first Home Brew Video Competition awards presentation and screening
The competition, held by the Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, encouraged local students, film hobbyists and aspiring professionals to submit homemade v ideo* in one of four categories.
Entries were judged by Jenifer Granade with Atlantic Broadband, Aiken Technical College communications professor Thurmond Whatley, Aiken Standard Managing Editor Mike Gibbons and Aiken t enter for the Arts Executive Director Knstin Brown.
“21 Acres,” by Cole Nick
el!, won the hobbyist aspiring professional category arid also the Director’s Choice award, Nickel!*s friend and co-star Daniel Odell was present on his behalf Thursday.
The film was inspired by
a Biblical parable found in Matthew 13:44: "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a Held, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
In the film, Odell sells his house, his cars, nearly every possession he owns for the money to purchase land on Silver Bluff Road. He stumbles on something buried in the ground there, which the audience never sees, and is driven to acquire the property.
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