Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 18, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
THURSDAY, AUGUST 18,2011
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MAJOR DAMAGE: The damage was extensive to the vehicle Douglas Springfield was driving when he collided head-on with a Mack truck.
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STAFF PHOTO BY HALEY HUGHESPit bull abandoned near downtown still needs home
• Baby Girl, the young female pit bull abandoned at a home near downtown one month ago, is still without a home. Though a forever home hasn’t yet come through,' a lot of good has happened to her since her story first appeared in the Aiken Standard in July.SEE LOCAL NEWS 2A
STAFF PHOTO BY JEREMY TIMMERMANComplete H.S. football coverage
• Just as the 10 area teams have been preparing on the practice field, the Aiken Standard has been gwtmg ready to bring you the best prep football coverage you can find, not only on Friday nights, but throughout the week, utilizing print, online and television formats.
SEE SPORTS 1BRemake of ‘Conan’ deemed a barbaric bore by critic
• No one ever turns into a giant snake in the new “Conan the Barbarian." That, in a nutshell, is what’s wrong with this remake: The knowing sense of big, ridiculous fun that marked the 1982 original is gone, and in its place we get a self-serious series of generic sword batties and expository conversations.SEE LIVING ON THE GO! IB
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SLOW DOWN: Temporary speed humps have been installed by the City ol Aiken on Whitemarsh * Drive in hopes of slowing traffic.
Traffic control humps meet mixed reviews
BY AMY [email protected]
Speed humps that appeared on Whitemarsh Drive in Hounds lake have some residents frustrated and others feeling a little hit safer.
The temporary yellow and black traffic control humps that were placed in the neigh-hortuxxi earlier this summer are due to a petition from individuals residing along the road, according to Aiken City Manager Richard Pearce. Those residents were concerned w ith the fact that the road was frequently being used as a cut-through for traffic traveling down Hitchcock Parkway Pearce said several of (hose residents have children and were a bit concerned with the number of vehicles speeding through the neighborhood.
Pearce, along w uh Public Safety Director Pete Frommer and Public Works Director Larry Moms, took time to observe the street and said they saw quite a tew vehicles zip through Whitemarsh Drive while they were there.
“We were made aw are of a situation that was potentially very dangerous,*' Pearce said. “We are trying to abate any potential danger.”
Bright green posts were also placed next to each speed hump. Those were installedHUMP VS. BUMP
A speed hump is a gradual raised area in the pavement and is only about three to four inches in height.
A speed bump is a more abrupt raised area in the pavement and is around four to six inches high.
A speed hump will typically slow a vehicle down to 15 mph while a speed bump will cause a driver to slow down to 5 mph or less to avoid alarge thump,
to keep v ehicles from going around to avoid hitting the hump and causing damage to residents’ yards.
Again, these speed humps are only temporary. Pearce said they will closely monitor foe road this fall. lf the speed humps are a success in slow mg or deterring cut-through traffic, they may become a permanent installation in foe neighborhood, Pearce said.
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SRS celebrating 60 years of environmental science
BY ANNA [email protected]
A 23-year-old Aiken motorist headed out of town to attend school in Knoxville, Tenn., died at a local hospital Wednesday after his pickup truck collided head-on with a Mack truck on S.C. Highway 19, officials say.
Douglas Springfield was rushed to Aiken Regional Medical Centers by ambulance.
He was later pronounced dead from multiple body trauma, said Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.
State troopers are still investigating foe $ a.m. crash and what may have caused Springfield’s northbound 2005 Ford Ranger to cross into foe path of an oncoming 2001 Mack dump truck operated by 44-year-old Michael Lester, of Belvedere.
Lester was not injured.
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HISTORIC LESSON: Dr. Eugene Odum, one of the ‘founders of environmental science worldwide, is pictured at the Savannah River site in 1951.
An all-day anniversary celebration to be held id DSC Aiken is unended to give community members of all ages a better understanding of the 60-year history of environmental science at foe Savannah River Site, as well as a glimpse into foe future of foe science discipline The 60th anniversary celebration organized by the SRS Heritage Foundation will be an informal symposium on Saturday w ith current and fumier SRS scientists talking about foe history of em lronmental science at SRS, the current work being performed and foe possibilities yet to come The free symposium will be held at USU A’s htherredge tenter from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., with a break from noon to 1:30 p.m.
SEE SRS 14A •Fresh Market in, Aaron’s out at South Park
BY HALEY [email protected]
The Fresh Market is to occupy more than 19,000 square feet in South Park Shopping Center, according to Haivorscn Holdings, and at least one other business in foe retail strip has reported it is relocating to accommodate the specialty grocer.
Halvorsen Holdings is the leasing organization for the several existing retail spaces in foe shopping strip, which currently holds a smattering of businesses, including an Aaron's, Fred’s and the now-vacant space once occupied by foe Goodw ill Emporium, which closed Saturday.
An Aaron’s store manager who asked not to be identified said the retailer is moving into an existing location “across from the mall.”
“We are hoping to be out by next month,” the manager said. “Fred’s is going, too, as far as I know.”
A manager who answered the phone at Fred's had no comment, and calls to Fred’s corporate marketing department were not returned.SEE MARKET 14A
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FRESH START: The Fresh Market will occupy more than 19,000 square feet in South Park Shopping Center, according to Halvorsen Real Estate Corporation.