Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 15, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
Reassessment of property tax to be discussed
BY HALEY HUGHES
The chair of Aiken County's Administrative Committee invites those who may have concerns about their property tax reassessment ■■■AAI* va aaa figures to Tues-
WANT TO GO?
WHAT?: Aiken County’s committee’s
Administrative Committee to discuss reassessment of jant/,en. property taxes Commit-
WHEN?: 5 p.m. Tuesday cha,r S.CJ*J
hi,,.... _ _ 1 Singer said he
WHERE?: 736 Richland Ave. invited Jantzen
to attend the
meeting to outline the details of reassessment after hearing from many constituents who are questioning the numbers - particularly that of fair market value - they’re seeing on their reassessment notices.
“I have got some very serious questions and issues,” Singer said.
Many people are having a hard time reconciling their home’s purported fair market value as listed on the tax reassessment notice with the housing market slump, he added.
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Ex-Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty ends White House bid
BY BRIAN BAKST
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the race for the G( )P presidential nomination on Sunday, hours after finishing a disappointing third in the Iowa straw poll.
“I wish it would have been different. But obviously the pathway forward for me doesn’t really exist, so we are going to end the campaign,"
Pawlenty said on ABC’s “This Week” from Iowa shortly after disclosing his nnn plans in a private conferva (J r ence cal I w ith supporters.
fart The low-key Mid-
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CneCK governor struggled to gain •5A traction in a state he said
he must w rn and never caught fire nationally with a Republican electorate seemingly craving a charismatic, nonestablishment, rabble-rouser to go up against President
Pawlenty tried to turn up the heat on Obama and his GOP rivals, bul it often came across unnatural and he never was able to stoke the passions of voters.
“What I brought forward, I thought, was a rational, established, credible, strong record of results, based on experience governing a two-term governor of a blue state. But I think the audience, so to speak, was looking for something different,’’ he Said.
Tainted beef leads to recalls in grocery stores in Southeast
• DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP)—At least three major grocery store chains have recalled some of their ground beet packages because they could be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., PubHx Super Markets Inc. and Kroger Co. said the recalls stem from problems at the National Beef Packaging Co. of Dodge City, Kan. The recoils affect products sold mainly in Florida, Georgia Alabama. Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee, but the meat was sent to several distributors and could have been repackaged for consumers and sold nationwide At Kroger, the nation's largest traditional grocery store chain, the recalled products include ground chuck, ground beef patties, and meatballs and meat loaf made jn the stores. Packages have “sell by" dates of July 29 through Aug. 12. At Publix, the products mc'ude meatballs, meat loaf, ground chuck patties, stuffed peppers, seasoned salisbury steak and others with "sen by” dates of July 25 through Aug. 12. Winn-Dixie products include ground chuck and patties with “seH-by" label dates from July 31 to Aug. 12. The companies said people should return the beef to their stores for a full refund.
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Students in county begin school today
BY ROB NOVIT
About 24,(XX) Aiken County School District students w ill begin their first day this morning in a year of new programmatic and operational endeavors -along with some still worrisome long-term financial concerns.
Tile first day of school is always exciting,” said Aiken County Superintendent Dr. Beth Eventt. “We’re going to stay a course that’s making a difference. We’ve got new teachers on board, and it's great to have them, along with our veteran teachers.”
District administrators and schools will continue to focus on literacy initiatives. Two years ago, the Board of I xiucation approved the use of federal stimulus funds to hire reading interventionists for all elementary schools and some middle schools.
The stimulus funds ended in June, but Ute School Board agreed to take over funding of
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the first things we did is talk to teachers,” Eventt said. “Many of them said we should keep our interventions, that they were making a difference. The additional instruction provided by these experts is nun mg our students forward ”
The School Board also agreed to revamp the distnct’s alternative education programs, loc using im both struggling and gifted students.
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MOVING IN: USC Aiken freshman Shannon Burton, right, and her mother, Penny Easley, arrive at the Pacer Crossings residential facility Sunday. Freshman Convocation is scheduled Wednesday, with classes for all students beginning Thursday See more photos on AA
New Pacers move in
BY ROB NOVIT
One might say that Google led Shannon Burton to USG Aiken this weekend.
Not the search engine. Her horse. A freshman from Lexington, Burton moved into residential facility Racer C rossings Sunday w uh nearly 300 other first-year students. Her family purchased Google in
Charleston about a year ago and moved him to Mary Ann Parma-lee’s barn here for hunter jumper
"I was coming dawn five days a week, and the gas was getting expensive,” Burton said. “I graduated from high school a year early so I could keep my horse dew n here and train w ith Mary Ann-**
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