Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 17, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
IN THE NEWS
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City repairing fountains at Hopelands Gardens
• The City of Aiken is working to repair the Iselin Fountains in Hopelands Gardens.
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Musculoskeletal institute adds new imaging technology for area
• Carolina Musculoskeletal Institute has invested in a new MRl system that uses more advanced technology and has a wide opening to reduce the anxiety associated with having an MRl that some may experience.
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Pa. 911 dispatchers prep for Batman-fueled calls
• PITTSBURGH (AP) — Emergency dispatchers in Pittsburgh are preparing to take calls from
residents who may be unprepared for fake gun shots, explosions and other mayhem while the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises" films at various city locations. The movie has • received mammoth publicity in the local media. But Allegheny County Deputy Emergency Management Director Raymond DeMichiei told WTAE-TV that some folks, no doubt, may be puzzled by some sights and sounds. That's why DeMichiei is telling residents, “lf you hear shots fired or a disturbance or gunfire... call 911 and report it and well figure it out"
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Thanks for fixing Banks Mill Road
• Thanks to the men and women who worked to take care of the road repaving on Banks Mill Road. They did an excellent job with as little annoyance as possible. It is now a pleasure to drive down Banks Mill Road.
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Will Rick Perry win - the GOP nomination?
■ Yes: 42 31%
■ No: 57 59%
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assess tax reassessment
BY HALEY HUGHES
Several hundred people packed Aiken County Council chambers Tuesday to observe a discussion cm property tax reassessment, and, though the meeting was not originally intended to he a public hearing, several were permitted to comment and took the opportunity to express their heated exasperation of perceived injustices with the results.
The sheer number that attended the 5 p.m. Administrator Committee meeting forced Chairman Scott Singer to ad\ ise those that spilled out the door to wait one hour for a second meeting so they could lit in council chambers and avoid a lire ha/.ird. The 5 pjn. meeting was so full that people took to sitting on the IT HW.
Several Council members and Administrative Clay Killian said no erne anticipated the size of tile crow d tliat was present,
In addition to questmns asked of Assessor Kick Jant/en and Council from the public at foe podium, the crowd volley ed questions out of turn and appeared to have no qualms in expressing their disbelief and frustration with fierce exclamations, “boos” and moans.
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LINED UP TO WAIT: The line to get into Aiken County Council chambers Tuesday was out the door. People were anxious to listen to a discussion on property tax reassessment
Junt/cn explained that property tax reassessment is a state-mandated process that must take place every five years in an attempt to bring the v alue of each piece of property rn Aiken County as clote to market \ aine as possible. At least 26 counties in the state arc currently under reassessment.
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School Board OKs S1.2M
BY ROB NOVIT
The Aiken County Board of Education has tentatively agreed by consensus t6 move up a capital project to install new gym restrooms at the Busbee-Ciwbett Elementary Middle School in Wagener at a exist of SI 2 million.
In a special meeting on the implementation of school district's 5-year facilities plan, the board members discussed designating safety concerns as a priority. The Corbett gym situation tits that parameter, said trustee Dr. John Bass, w hose District I includes the Wagener community. The existing restrooms are* configured so that the public has access to the locker rooms, he said, creating safety and security' issues.
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Haley defends choices on spending cuts
BY ROB NOVIT
• In a very real sense, the S.C. General Assembly’s budget deliberations this summer ended w uh a clash.
Speaking to Aiken County Republican Club members Tuesday, Gov. Nikki Haley readily agreed thai she and legislators butted heads over some spending issues. She still isn’t backing off.
“This was a basic decision of do we spend more or do we spend less,” she said follow mg her appearance. “I asked them to spend less, and they spent more.”
Haley issued vetoes totaling $213 million, only to see House and Senate members override all but $800,000, much of the salvaged spending going lo education and to facility needs at state colleges. Many lawmakers were angry, contending flaky had < reversed her own agreement with them over maintaining some ETV
“When you see something wrong, you veto it out. When additional money falls into your lap, you don't spend it. You use it to pare down debt, or you give it back to taxpayers"
“I will stand by the fact that we should not be spending state funds on ETV and the Mate) Arts Commission,” Haley said. ‘ I’m not looking to kill ETV. We told them it should be f unded through fees for serv ices. They took mer the line item, but it made you think I was trying to get rid of it.”
She didn’t support funding for higher education campus needs for the same reason. Haley wants ilk; state to stop spending more
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IN TOWN FOR A VISIT: S.C Goy. Nikki Haley, left, greets Rosomund McDuffie and Aiken City Councilman Dick Dewar at an Aiken County Republican Club meeting Tuesday.
than it has funds availabk.
“The goal is that we’re going to live by spending caps, or we’ll turn into Washington, IXC.,” she said. “When you see something w rung, you veto it out. When
additional money falls into your lap. you don’t spend it. You use it to pare dew n debt, or you give it buck to taxpayers.”
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World News .
Living On The Go ..
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2011_VOL. 145, NO. 229 * 50C
An Aiken man arrested for a car break-in was served w ith a burglary warrant in jail Tuesday on allegations he broke into a downtow n camera shop last May and stole equipment.
Charles Jackson, 43, of Colleton Avenue in Aiken, served several stints in prison and was most recently released from prison in December for a 2005 burglary in the City of Aiken, said officials.
Security camera footage from the Chris’ C amera break-in shows a man throw a brick through the front w indow of the store and take the display items.
Chris' Camera ow ner Chris Lydell said at the time of the burglary that a camera, a tripod and camera hag were stolen.
Lydell released the surveillance video from the break-in to local media outlets, and Aiken Public Safety disseminated footage, as well.
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BY KAREN DAILY
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Police link car break-in to theft at camera store
READY FOR DISCUSSION: Several hundred people showed up Tuesday night to Aiken County’s Administrative Committee meeting to observe a discussion on property tax reassessment. The sheer number of people forced Council to hold two discussions on the issue - one at 5 p.m. and the other at 6 p.m.
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