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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 14, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina SUNOAY, AUGUST 14,2011 VOL. 145, NO. 226 • $1.00 FOLLOW HUGHES ONLINE A1 TWinER.COM/HALEYEAH Al* PHOTO RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, surrounded by his family, waves to the crowd atter announcing his run for president on Saturday ASSOCIATED PRESS CHARLES I ON - Texas Gov. Rick Perry (joined the Republican presidential field Saturday and told supporters he would make die federal government “as inconsequential m your lives as I can” by reducing taxes and easing regulations. Perry announced his plans before an overflow crowd at the conservative RedState Gathering in Smith C arolina, an important early primary state. His entry came hours before the release of results from a straw poll rn Iowa where the crowded field of candidates was competing. Perry’s name wasn’t on the ballot, though it could be written in. Shortly before the speech, Perry launched a campaign website and held a conference call with state activists. “I full well believe I’m going to win,” he told them. Perry used his speech to slam Washington and President Barack Obama for “rudderless” leadership and "an unbridled fixation on taking more money out of pockets” Perry said one in six work-eligible people in the country cannot find f ull-time work “That is not a recovery. That is an economic disaster.” He promoted his record of job creation in Texas and said he would have tile same success as president “Page one of any economic plan to get America working is to give a pink slip to the current resident in tile White ' House,” Perry said to loud cheers, Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt hit back, saying Perry’s policies were a “carbon copy” of Republicans’ in Washington. Polling shows the popularity of Congress, ami Republican lawmakers in particular, at record lows. “In a Republican field that has already pledged allegiance to the tea party and felled to present any plan dial will benefit the middle class or create the jobs America needs to win the figure, Gov. Perry offers more of the same,” LaBolt said in a statement. Perry did not mention any of his Republican rivals in his remarks. SEE PERRY, 4A See the results (or the Straw Poll • 12A TW AIKEN STANDARD ONLINE AT BOOK COM/AIKENSTANDARD LIM—»■ YOUR LOCAL SOURCE SINCE 1867 IN THE NEWS TOOAVS FORECAST 98 <~~I 70 SEE WEATHER 16C AREA DEATHS Clayton M. Manor, North Augusta Come Sue Cassaro, North Augusta Eugenia “Betty” Mitchell, Aiken Carl “Tank” Williams, Beech Island Phyllis Barton Friar, Warrenville lunette Johnson Rinehart, Aiken SEE DEATHS AND FUNERALS 6A INSIDE Announcements ...5-7C    Living On The Go......1C Calendar .....__________ 3C    Movie Listings— 3C Classifieds.................ID    Opinions 14-15A Crosswords............2C    Sports   1B Comics   INSIDE    TV Listings-... INSIDE l^oroscopes. .......  4C    Weather  ......  16C w 4009irono02« 6 STAFF PHOTO BY SUZANNE STONE STAFF PHOTO BY ROB N0VIT BACK IN TOWN TO VISIT: Erie Stallings is preparing for his senior year at College of Charleston and stopped by Brothers & Sisters to spend time with area children there. Texas Gov. Perry jumps into 2012 COP race Building team in Windsor completes green guest house • Joanie Schisler’s building team completed work on her low environmental impact guest house, and she is now in residence. SEE LOCAL NEWS 2A VOTE ONLINE Vote for the top performance by Aiken Community Playhouse • Visit and vote for your favorite theatrical rendition at Aiken Community Playhouse. The voting closes Thursday. REPORTER VIDEO College senior returns to give back to those who aided him ON FACEB00K ”100% agreed. It goes along with those that think a school is to blame for a child’s lack of success in the classroom. More parents need to take more personal responsibility for their children.” John P. Gray - in response lo Facebook post, ‘EDITORIAL McDonald s can’t do the parenting BY ROB NOVIT [email protected] com At a Brothers & Sisters event several years I ago, Kennedy Middle School eighth-grader Enc Stallings quietly demonstrated that he was one of the organization’s student leaders. He was unfailingly polite and helpful and always looking oui for the younger children. I “It’s home, "It always feels great to be here Eric Stallings fregarding Biuthws & SIM1 internal dnu* and )us ability to inspire the other children. “He’s able to say no when everybody else is saying yes,” Wesby said at the tune. It wouldn’t have been apparent then that | Stallings had a difficult childhood, one of five children in a single-parent home. The financial and emotional issues were substantial, and by the time Stallings arrived ai Kennedy as a sixth-grader, he was struggling academically, as well. Today, he’s a ricing senior at the College of Charleston, majoring in education and the Student of die Year in that department two years ago. He will spend next semester rn The Netherlands through a student exchange program. Earlier this month, Stallings could have been hanging out anywhere. Instead, he attended a Brothers Sc Sisters banquet and then stopped by the York Street facility the next day to visit director Charon!ca Pope and all of the kids. He chatted w ith the children and teenagers, dispensing encouraging words. “It’s home,” Stallings said. “It always feels great to be here.” He understands and cherishes his good fortune that some people he didn’t know emerged during his childhood. He was 8 when he started attending Brothers Sc Sisters, Pope would fuss at him, but Stallings didn’t care, comprehending thai the organization pro\ ided a stable, secure place for hun. During third grade, Ben Dangertield was a classmate, and Stallings met Ben’s parents, Anna and Tim Dangerfield. They raised Stallings, too, he said. Anna Dangerfield took him to and from baseball practice and, years later, drove him to C harleston to look at colleges. SEE STALLINGS, 4A In a 2004 interview, Donna Moore Wesby, a Brothers & Sisters hoard member and now an Aiken County School Board member, described Stallings' sir one SCREENSHOT See footage from Touch An Animal Day online • See what creatures were roaming around Saturday at the Savannah River Ecology Lab Visit aikenstandardco BY KAREN DAILY [email protected] State and local law enforcement officers aa* gearing up for the start of the school year ami r    a*mmdmg motor- Ff ne Rldei S Itelp    isis that it can be a kids opt fp.fdv    l,m?    ,of year excited children ami tor school • 4A harried parents w ho may not be paying close attention to tralfie. Lance C pl. Scot Edgeworth said motorists slxmld he espec ially mindful of reduced speeds in schtxil zones. Flashing amber lights should alert attentive motorists when they should slow down. If they don’t sec those lights, they may see the Hashing blue lights of few enforcement officers. Police are ramping up their enforcement efforts. The lines am been hefty and the points can add up, but at the end of the day, troopers said they would niftier see responsible drivers paying attention to the roadways than issue tickets. “Being a responsible driver makes the day a much more positive one for everyone involved,” luigeworth said. Aiken Public Safety Sgl. Aaron Dowdy said traffic is going to be snorted rn schtxil areas. Anyone who can avoid those areas early in the morning and mid-aftemoon should do so. “The first week or two is a little bit hairy.” he added. There s a lot of bus, parental and student traffic that wasn’t there a week ago, and it slows everyone down. “Leave early and plan ahead,” Dowdy said. Pine Log Road tends lo be one of the busiest roadways rn the area. The warning lights will start flashing around 7 a.m. and continue until 8:30 ara. The lights begin Hashing again at 2 p m. and will continue until about 3:30 p.m. Slate troopers remind drivers that there will be a number ofbuses on area roadways. BACK TO SCHOOL Hie Aiken Standard's baek-to-school coverage continues over the next few days. Saturday • WALKING SAFETY: Tips to Stay safe when walking to and from school Monday • BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS: Coverage of Grace United Methodist’s Blessing of the Backpacks on Sunday in North Augusta • WELCOME TO YOUR NEW HOMES: USC Aiken students move into the dorms. Tuesday •SCHOOL IS BACK IN: Complete coverage of the first day of Aiken County’s 2011-12 school year According to South Carolina Highway Patrol: • Orivers should be alert and ready to stop. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic. • Getting on and off the bus is the most dangerous part ot the school bus ride: The loading and unloading areas is called the "Danger Zone." This area extends 10 feet in front of the bus, 10 feet on each side of the bus and behind the bus. SEE TIPS 4A 0NTW1TTER “Still looking for someone who isn’t yet a Facebook user, but would like to be. Contact me at 644-2382 or hhughes®” Haley Hughes Aiken Standard staff writer ;