Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 26, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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Construction begins on Cracker Barrel
BY AMY BANTON
Construction has begun for the new Aiken Cracker Barrel and the owner of Rick's Produce hopes to soon reopen at a new location.
Crews began dismantling the former Rick’s Produce store this week at the site where the new restaurant will be located on Whiskey Road. Cracker Barrel spokeswoman Julie Davis said it will take around 20 weeks to construct the restaurant and country store. Construction should be completed by early next year.
“We’re looking forward to being part of the Aiken community,"
As for Rick’s Produce, owner Rick Catts said he’s looking at a lot on Whiskey Road about a quarter of a mile or less from where he was located. His goal is to be open for business around Sept. 15. He plans to have fall items such as pumpkins, mums and Indian com along with some produce. He said he w ill most likely utilize a large tent-like structure he used back in the mid-1990s.
“I’m looking forward to it," Catts said. “It’s going to be exciting to get back in there and see the customers again.’’
Cracker Barrel is something many residents have wanted to see in Aiken
for several years and the restaurant chain has looked at the City as a potential area to locate for at least a decade.
The Cracker Barrel concept plan and the annexation of the 8.34 acres of land were each unanimously approved by Aiken City Council in December.
According to the concept plan, the building will be 8,960 square feet in size; 5,770 square feet for the restaurant and 3,190 square feet, for the gift shop. The one-story building will include a large porch and will be able to seat around 177 customers.
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STAFF PHOTO BY AMY BANTON
UNDER WAY: Construction of the new Cracker Barrel began this week. Crews remove debris atter disassembling the building that was once Rick's Produce.
ACP awards show honors
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best of 2010-11 season
By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON
Actors, directors, theater crew members and volunteers were recognized on Thursday evening at the Aiken Community Playhouse’s annual Awards Night, and nine seemed to be the lucky number around the board.
Four shows - “Frankenstein: A Npw Musical,’* “RENT,” “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” and the Youth Wing production of “Antigone” - earned nine awards each during the show, w ith "RENT’ receiving the Community Choice Award and “Frankenstein" walking away with Outstanding Show, Musical. “Antigone" received the award for Outstanding Show, Youth Wing, and “Picasso" grabbed the Outstanding Show of the Summer award.
Awards were given out for shows from the Summer of 2010 and the Youth Wing program had their own category, as well.
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AND THE WINNER IS: Youth Wing member Sarah Cushman, right, walked away with two awards on Thursday evening; one for Outstanding Female Newcomer, Youth Wing, and one for Outstanding Female Supporting, Youth Wing. Youth Wing members and presenters Gray Johnson, left, and Stephen Ateca look on.
For complete list of winners, see 5A
sotted included lighting and sound design, props and cos
tume design, and set design, choreography and music direction.
"RENT’ director Bradley Watts was happy for the individual awards picked up by various cast members
from his show, but he said he was pleasantly surprised to find out his show was chosen by the community to win the choice award.
SEE ACP, 16A
BY ANNA D0LIANITIS
Bond was denied in General Sessions Court Thursday morning for a 30-year-old man charged with the murder of a 31-year-old woman he allegedly strangled to death on the front lawn of her Aiken home last month.
James Conway Gray, of Hamilton Drive in Aiken, was charged with murder for the July 23 death of 31-year-old Helen Magee.
Magee, Gray and Magee’s roommate had been out at a Gloverville club, when Magee left in a car separate from the other two, for the purpose of picking up her two young children from her estranged husband’s home, solicitor J. Strom Thurmond Jr. said during the bond hearing.
Magee decided to spend the night at her estranged husband’s home w ith the children and informed her roommate, who was w ith Gray at the women’s Barton Brothers Lane home.
The roommate said that Gray was acting differently and threatening to go to the estranged husband’s home, at which time Magee took ha children and returned to the Barton Brothers Lane home.
An argument allegedly ensued between Gray and Magee after she arm ed.
Gray began to choke her. and the children called for help telling authorities that Gray was choking their mother, according to Thurmond. Deputies arrived around I a.m.
“Mrs. Magee was located deceased at that time,” Thurmond said.
An incident report tiled with the Aiken County Sheriffs Office indicates that Gray was Magee’s boyfriend at the time of the incident.
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IN THE NEWS Resident helps Salvation Army ready for Irene
Splash pad opens in North Augusta
• The long-awaited splash pad in North Augusta finally opens after numerous delays. 13A
BY AMY BANTON
A member of the Aiken Salvation Army is gearing up to help those in need as Hurricane Irene makes its way to the East ( oast.
Capt. Angela Repass has traveled to Charlotte to join the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services team for North and South Carolina that assembled in response to the hurricane.
Repass is acting as the social serv ices resource coordinator,r
which means she wilt determine areas of central or roaming social sen ices through a case management staff and what type of client assistance is needed in those areas, according to a press release.
“Because we’re in so many places, we are able to be there when the need arises and can stay until the need is met," Repass said.
A Category 3 hurricane as of Thursday, Irene may have little impact on South Carolina, according to forecasters. But could possibly hit parts of the North Carolina coast hard.
In case the storm wreaks havoc ort parts of the Carolinas, the Salvation Army is (rn standby ta assist those who are affected.
Repass said several mobile kitchen canteen units along the 1-95 corridor are on standby and have three days worth of food ready to serve. Each mobile unit
has the ability to serve around 1,500 meals per day. Shelters will also be made available immediately to those who may need hem.
Once the storm passes and the damage has been reported along with the needs of residents in an affected area, emergency teams will visit those spots to offa assistance by providing food, hydratum and emotional or spiritual support to residents.
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