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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 8, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina YOUR LOCAL SOURCE SINCE 1867' Gov. Haley to speak at luncheon on Aug. 16 BY ANNA DOUANITIS [email protected] South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will be the featured speaker at the Aiken Republican Club's luncheon meeting on Aug. 16. Haley is expected to speak about the past legislative session, the current budget, redistricting, the job outlook for South Carolinians and give a snapshot of w hat 2012 is expected to look like. The Aiken Republican Club’s monthly luncheon meetings this year have featured presidential hopefuls Herman Cam, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pnwlenty, among others. The meeting will begin with social time at 11 a.m., and lunch will be served at 11:50 a.m. The cost of the luncheon is $ 15 for members and S20 for non-members. To RSVP for the August luncheon, contact Sue Collinsworth at 648-9542 or suecollins-worth(u)bel Isouth.nett. Reservations must be made or canceled by Friday at mxm. September’s featured speaker will be Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner and a Fox News contributor. IN THE NEWS Summer Concert Series continues with Ft. Gordon Jazz Ensemble • The 10-member group, whose primary mission is to maintain and promote jazz, pays tribute to the big bands of yesterday and will perform tonight at 7 p.m. at Hopelands Gardens. SEE LOCAL NEWS 4A Mom spends 5 years searching for adopted by U.S. couple • The Guatemalan woman now holds what's believed to be an unprecedented court order by her government declaring the child stolen and ordering the U.S. couple to give her back. SEE INTERNATIONAL NEWS 10A TODAY’S FORECAST 97° ^ SEC WEATHER 6C 74 LOCAL POLL Who will win the SEC football title this year? g Attent'413% LAU: 302% ■ Arkansas 1.51% ■ Miss. State; )% ■I Auburn: 163% Ole Mist: 121% ■ Florida: 453% ■ UK: 5801% ■ Georgia: 604% lamm ) 11% ItnltVvZKvvv. £. I I ■*v Kentucky 3% ■ Vanderbilt; I 51% ‘Taken from an online poll as of 8 p.m. Sunday. Visit to vote in today's poll. MONDAY, AUGUST 8,2011 VOL. 145 NO. 220 * 50(t STAFF PHOTO BY AMY BANTON HONORING SACRIFICES: Jimmy Bates and Don Skinner of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 2005 set a wreath down at Horse Creek Veterans Memorial Park. Aiken honors recipients of Purple Heart PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY RALPH TORNOW PIECE OF CAKE: Aiken cake artist Dianna Tornow, who was recently featured on a Food Network Cake Challenge, designed an Apache helicopter groom's cake tor a local military wedding last month. Cake decorator makes sweet helicopter replica BY ANNA DOLIANITIS [email protected] A local cake decorator, who just a few months ago appeared on a Food Network cake challenge episode, put her talents to work late last month, creating an Apache AH-64D Longbow helicopter as the groom’s cake for a local military wedding. Dianna Tomow, of Dianna Tomow t akes, created the nearly 4 foot-long cake, complete with motorized rotor blades and the pi Ms outline, for the wedding of ( apt. C tiarles Wesley Weiglc and veterinarian Dr. Jaunee Marie Floyd of Aiken. Wesley, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, is an Army Ranger and Apache helicopter pilot who returned from a dcpkiyment in Afghanistan on July 2. “We wanted something special for the groom, and Dianna came up w uh this idea since Wesley, is one of the very few Apache fighter pilots in the Army," said Chuck Weigle, the groom’s father. “Dianna said that these guys put their lives on the line every day for us, and she wanted to do something special.” Dianna, working w ith husband Ralph, studied photos of the Army’s Apache helicopters ami constructed the cake, a chocolate kahlua fudge filled w uh white chocolate mousse and frosted with chocolate butter cream. The outside of the cake was a while chocolate rolled fondant - given the effect of having been dipped in chocolate - and the outside was airbrushed to simulate military colors. ON THE WEB • See more of Tornow’s work at Of men honored Sunday, see page JUST MARRIED: Cap! Charles Wesley Weigle and Dr. Jaimee Mane Floyd were married in late July at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Augusta "It was absolutely fabulous," the groom’s mother, Janice, said. “I had the opportunity to once stand beside an Apache, and Dianna's level of detail was incredibly lifelike. The cake really kinked like the real thing. That said, we weren’t at all surprised when crowds of guests gathered to view and take photos of it" The cake was initially unveiled at the couple's rehearsal dinner at Newberry Hall, but the family' could not bear to destroy it. “It was such a beautiful work of art that we didn’t want to cut it there," Chuck said. SEE CAKES 12A School Board will discuss five-year improvement plan BY ROB NOVIT [email protected] The Aiken C ounty Board of Education will get a current five-year facility improvement plan summary at a board meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. The existing summary includes major capital projects through 2016-17 but continues to reflect a $14.5 million annual allocation for facility and general maintenance needs. In June, School Board members approved a millage increase to the district’s debt service budget. That action will allow the dis trict to pursue annual bond issues for facility and maintenance needs that will provide $16 million in revenue in the new fiscal year and $17.5 million by 2015-16 The first project cm the schedule will add a kitchen cafeteria to Jackson Middle School. In the next project, the seventh- and eighth-grade classes at aging Ridge Spring-Monetta elementary Middle School will move to a new wing on the Ridge Spring-Monetta High SehL>oI campus. Further projects in subsequent years will provide improvements to Aiken High, North SEI SCHOOL B0AR0 12A BY AMY BANTON [email protected] The medal of honor on Sunday is one that comes with sacrifice, one that thousands of veterans have pinned onto them or is placed into the hands of a recipient’s family member. Sunday was Purple Heart Day, a time to recognize those who have been given this combat award after being wounded IOT 3    or fetted ttoe enemy while at war. A prayer cer-nhntn nf    em°rty was held at Ilorse pi lULVJ UI    Creek Midland Valley oil mon    Veteran’s Park in Bath by all 11 lei I    members of the Military ()rder of the Purple Heart Chapter 2005. Members of the Patriot Guard Riders filed in before the ceremony began and surrounded the park while holding American Hags. a aa    ‘To    me, it’s just a guard I LH m    mission." said Patriot Guard Rider Willie Black, a Purple Heart recipient who traveled three hours from Valdosta, Ga., to be at the ceremony. “They needed support here.” A little bit of support was needed and certainly appreciated, according to the park s Fundraising Chairman Cody Anderson. The memorial park . was vandalized on July 27 after someone stole sev eral plaques which will cost around $10,000 to replace, Anderson said. Some of the plaques were recovered but damaged. “We’ve always had good support from the veteran’s park, and we were very heartbroken by the v andalism that happened here,” said I lar-ertee Palmer, local Purple Heart chapter commander. But nobody allowed the incident to dampen their spirits on a day set aside to honor those who were injured or lost their lives when lighting for this country . Chairman of the park and Korean War veteran Jack Scott spoke at the ceremony, stating that behind the Purple I lean stands men and w omen who did not fear the sound of battle but rather the idea of defeat. “Old Glory is still waving because of you who have given so much,” Scott said. “You faced the enemy and you have the scars to prove it and we thank you.” Purple nbbons were pinned onto recipients of the combat decoration, prayer was held, the Pledge of Allegiance w as recited and " Taps" played. Palmer also took time during the ceremony to mention the 30 service members killed in Afghanistan Saturday when their helicopter was said to have been shot down, reiterating the effect war is still ha\ mg on sen ice members and their loved ones. “It was a tragic kisshe said shaking his head. “That’s 30 families affected " Neal and Lucy Dillon, the parents of Cpl. Matthew Dillon who died on Dec. ll, 2006, while in combat in Iraq, were also at the eercmo ny. Both are members of the local Purple I lean chapter and understand the sacrifice behind the medal as their son was awarded posthumously. “It was a blessed ceremony I appreciate everyone coming (XU,” Lucy said, adding, I do wish more were hoe to understand the importance of our troops’ sacrifice ' was To make a donation to assist in repairs to the Horse Creek Mililani J Valley Veterans Cark, send them to PX) Box 205 Bath SC 208 J 6. AREA DEATHS William Erie Boxford, Long Branch Grant! Keller, North Augusta SEE DEATHS AND FUNERALS 6A INSIDE Calendar   5C    Movie Listings.........5C Classifieds.     5B    Opinions.......,...^...11A Crossword   4C    Sports  .......... Comics   3C    World News-----------9A Horoscopes..............AC    TV Listings...............2C Living On The Go 1C    Weather....................6C H11*009"0000l»"l9 SHU; i L’t ORT HOPI .ML V IMAI.INC RHI UN NHI ROI (KA    POI HA I RY    PAIN MA t ;