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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 2, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina YOUR LOCAL SOO -CE SINCE 1867 IN THE NEWS IT'n‘"” ll EE IOO EE EE 90 EE EE so EE 70 zzz EE to — _ SS ZZ 50 EE 40 •HE 30 EE 20 E lo * ap Jn -if ■rn ■rn h) - I V WJ How hot is it going to get? The temperatures that seemed to cool down a little bit on Monday aren’t going to last, according to the National Weather Service, and the next few davs will see scorching temperatures back in the triple digits. SEE THE STORY. LOCAL NEWS 2A President Obama turns 50 amid debate over debt It looks like President Barack Obama may get his 50th birthday bash after all. Obama turns 50 on Thursday, two days after the deadline for the White House, and Congress to agree on a plan to keep paying the natiQn's bills or risk a potentially calamitous financial default. SEE NATIONAL NEWS 8A Questions and answers about the debt-deficit deal An explanation, in questions and answers, of key features in the debt-reduction plan, how it would work and possible impacts on programs SEE NATIONAL NEWS 11A Graniteville native serves as media official on the PGA Tour Graniteville native John Bush, left, moderates a news conference with Tiger Woods at Charlotte’s Quail Hollow Championship. SEE SPORTS 1B TALKBACK Re-election Obama knows he's going to be defeated next year and wants to drag the United States down with him. SEE MORE. TALKBACK 3A AREA DEATHS Susit Mae Mackay Lloyd, Aiken SEE DEATHS AND FUNERALS 6A INSIDE Calendar    SC    Movie Listings..,.......SC Classifieds ......... 5B    Opinions   13A Crossword   AC    Sports  ..........1B Comics.   3C    World News...........12A Horoscopes .............AC    TV Listings ............ 2C Living On The Go......1C    Weather    BC 8*34009*0000 TUESDAY, AUGUST 2,2011 VOL. 145, HO. 214*500 AP PHOTO PEACHY EXPORT: A worker packs ripe peaches into boxes at the Titan Farms packing plant in Ridge Spring on July 29. The farm is benefiting from an agreement allowing U.S. farmers to sell peaches in Mexican grocery stores for the first time since 1994. S.C. peaches heading south of the border BY SEANNA ADCOX Associated Press RIDGE SPRING •—An agreement signed earlier this year by the U.S. and Mexican governments has allowed sweet, juicy Southern peaches to be sold in grocery stores south of the border for the first time in 17 years. Farmers in South Carolina and Georgia -the nation’s second- and third-largest peach producers now have access to markets closed to them since I994, w hen Mexico banned peach exports from the Southeast over concerns about invasive pests. The new deal involves strict protocols to keep fruit-eating lasects from being carried into Mexico. The restart of exports likely means better prices for farmers, particularly now - at the height of peach season when the largest quantities are being picked and sold, said Desmond Layne, a peach specialist at I lemson University. “It gives them more places to sell their product for profit,” said Layne, also known as “Dr. Peach.” "That’s a great thing for our growers. There are a lot of people in Mexico, and a lot of people who eat peaches.” While Georgia is known as the peach state, C alifornia and South Carolina produce AP PHOTO PRODUCT FOR PROFIT A worker carefully inspects a peach at the packing plant at Titan Farms in Ridge Spring. more The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimate>> South C arolina will produce 90,tMX) urns of peaches this year, compared to Georgia's 40,(KH). Both states 1% far behind C aliftwnia, expected to produce 815,000 tons. SEE PEACHES 5A AP PHOTO BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE: Rep Gabriel Giffords, D-Ariz., center, appears on th? floor of the House of Representatives on Monday in Washington, D C. | FULL STORY ON 10A House OKs debt, applauds Giffords BY DAVID ESPO Associated Press WASHINGTON, IXC. — emergency legislation to scrape past an economy-rattling national financial default sped through the House Monday night a scant day before the deadline for action. The moment was made all the more electric by Rep. Ciabrielle Giffords’ first appearance in C ongress since being shot in the head six months earlier. The vote was 269-161, hut all eyes were on Gifiords, who drew thunderous applause as she walked into the House chamber unannounced and cast her vote in favor of the bill. A final Senate sign-off for the measure is \ (dually assured today. “If the bill were presented to the president. he would sign it," the White House said, an understatement of enormous proportions. After months of fiercely pad isan struggle, the House’s top Republican and Democratic leaders swung behind the bill, ratifying a deal sealed Sunday night with a phone call from House Speaker John Blk;hoer [o President Barack Obama. “The legislation will solve this debt crisis and help get the American people back to work,” Boehner said at a news conference a few hours before the vote. The Democratic leader. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, was far less effusive. "I’m not happy with it, but I’m proud of some of the accomplishments in it. That’s why I’m Noting for it.” ’So, too, many of the first-term Republicans whose election in 2010 handed the GGP control of the House and set the federal government on a new, more censers alive course. "It’s about time that Congress come together and figure out a way to live w ithin our means," said one of them, Scan Duffy of Wisconsin. "This bill is going to stad that process although it doesn’t go far enough.” The measure would cut federal spending by at least $2,1 trillion over a decade - and possibly considerably more - and would not require tax increases. The U.S. debt limit would rise by at least $21 trillion, tiding the SEE DEAL SA Residents trying to save historic barn BY HALEY HUGHES [email protected] 9 Efforts are under way to ensure a Nick bam with ties to Aiken’s equine and Winter Colony history remains standing for years to come. The Gaston Livery Stable, sandwiched between Park and Richland avenues, is one of only five all-bnok bams in South Carolina and is one of the oldest, ha\ mg been built circa 1893, according to local historian Coleen Reed. Its carnage lift makes it one of possibly fixe bams rn the country w ith the unique feature, she said. "It’s 12,OOO-square-lect of beautiful, old, brick bam,” Reed said. “It’s not just an old building. It’s an old building that had a Ute. To me, it’s so exciting ” The carnage lift came rn handy when, beginning rn the 1800s, visitors vacationed rn Aiken during the w inter months to escape the harsh weather elsewhere. The seasonal visitors brought with them their horses, their carnages, their hounds and their money . Not every home Winter C olonists rented tor their stay had room to keep a horse carnage on tile premises, so many had be stored elsewhere. "Carriages came rn, were dropped off at the depot on Williamsburg Street and taken to the livery stable,” Reed said. “lf Mr. tiaston SEE BARN 5A STAFF PHOTO BY NALfY HUSHES NOW: The Gaston Livery Stable, circa 1893, is located at 1316 Park Ave.TODAY: NASA going green with solar-powered Jupiter p THEN: The Gaston Livery Stable is seen in this photo from 1968 SUBMITTED PHOTO ;