Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 10, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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A Police dog and its handler walk past a burning car during the second night of civil disturbances in central Birmingham, England.
London tries tripling police presence to end riots
Thousands more police officers flooded London streets Tuesday in a bid to end Britain’s worst rioting in a generation as nervous shopkeepers closed early and some residents stood guard to protect their neighborhoods.
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Girl Scouts Erin Drake, Mina Krohn-Vernon and Caroline Miller hold up a bucket of bottles they collected while cleaning up the Carolina Bay in February.
Girl Scout trio hopes to continue revitalizing bay
After collecting a ton of dirt-covered glass bottles from the Carolina Bay at a clean-up in February, three local Girl Scouts decided they needed to do more to beautify the natural area.
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST IO, 2011
VOL. 145, NO. 222 • 500
Man claims he was laid off due to Wackenhut discrimination lawsuit
BY ANNA DOLIANITIS
An Aiken County man who filed a 2010 civil suit against Wackenhut Services Inc., claiming that he was discriminated against because of his race and then retaliated against for filing the suit, is now alleging that he was targeted again during WSl's 65-employee layoffs last month.
Marvin Timothy Oerman, a white male who worked at WSI for more than 20 years, claimed in his initial complaint that he was demoted to a position with less pay and benefits, and a black male, who he said was less qualified, was selected over him for a management position with WSI’s training operations department.
(ferman alleged that WSI told him the contractor was “justified in using its affirmative
action guidelines as the ‘tiebreaker’... iii awarding the position to the black male,” according % to the initial complaint.
He claimed in a second complaint filed in July that, as a result of the suit, WSI retaliated against him, treating him hostilely in the workplace.
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STAFF PHOTO BY SUZANNE STONE
CLEANING UP: Erie Walker and Ryan Barrett, with 1-800-G0T-JUNK? Aiken franchise co-owner Deedee Vaughters, spent last weekend clearing out a house outside Macon, Ga., with the cast and crew of the TV show “Hoarders."
Local crew tackles hoard for TV show
BY SUZANNE R. STONE
A team from the Aiken franchise of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? spent last weekend clearing out a Georgia home with the team from the A&E TV show "I loardeiv”
Staffers Brie Walker and Ryan Barrett took a truck Friday to the worksite outside Macon, Cia., to meet the “Hoarders” staffers, professional organization consultant, psychologist and camera crew.
While the TV crew worked w ith the homeowner and her family , Walker, Barren and a 1-800-GOT-JUNK? team from the Atlanta franchise removed four decades worth of items from the tw obedroom, two-bath home.
The team worked from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 pm. Sunday, and returned to Aiken Monday.
“You couldn’t even step in to it,’ said Walker. “You couldn’t walk in the front door.”
“ll was from the floor to abt Hit a foot away
“It was from the floor to about a foot away from the ceiling stacked with trash."
from the wiling stacked with trash,” Barrett said.
“Angels and clown! were her thing, and she had a lot of books, a lot of romances and bird books," Walker said. “Some really old new spapers, I think we found one turn the 1930s that probably woukl’ve been worth money if it had been taken care of, bul it was just thrown out.”
The house Iud no running water, electricity or air conditioning and had been without
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marijuana plants; man charged
BY KAREN DAILY
A law enforcement flyover in Aiken earlier this week led state and local officials to the discovery of about 60 marijuana plants grow ing at a Warrenville residence, officials said.
Harry F. Bunn Jr., 60, of IO Leonard St. in Warrefiv die, is charged with manufacturing marijuana.
The Aiken County Sheriffs Office, w ith the assistance of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, conducted a routine marijuana eradication flight Monday and sported the plants growing throughout the property at IO Leonard St., said Capt. Troy Elwell, a sheriffs office spokesman.
Based on the size of the plants, they had likely been growing for about three to tour months, he added.
The sheriffs office sent investigators to the residence and found the plants, as well as marijuana that had already been processed and finished, inside the residence and in a vehicle belonging to Bunn, Elwell added.
The marijuana plants yielded about a pound and a half of finished marijuana, which was seized by investigators, police said.
The dings have a reported street value of $1,500.
Wilson promises he wont take Aiken County for granted
Watch video of South Aiken High School football practice
The T-Breds go through pass skeleton drills during an early practice.
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BY ROB N0VIT
Two weeks after an acrimonious battle over the debt ceiling crisis and, more recently, a U.S. credit rating downgrade, U.S Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., remains concerned about w here the country is today but has faith that the American people w ill overcome the crisis.
“We have a huge, sad problem with jobs,” the 2nd District congressman told North Augusta Rotaiy Club Rotariarts Tuesday. “In the communities I (currently) represent, there is Hilton Head, but there is also Allendale, the 10th poorest county in the U.S. Small businesses are closing everywhere, and unemployment is at 9.1 percent, although it s really more like 14 percent.”
President Barack Obama has failed to create jobs, Wilson said, contending that the stimulus funds in recent years cost the nation jobs.
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FAITH IN AMERICA: U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, center, talks with Ed Presnell, left, and S C Rep. Bill Hixon, R-North Augusta, at a North Augusta Rotary Club meeting Tuesday