Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 27, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27,2011_VOL. 145, NO. 239 » 50(S
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Churchill Commons apartments celebrates building opening
One year after a lightning strike destroyed a Southside apartment building, there is a new building in its place, and no sign of the destructive fire.
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Weekend food program will help keep area children full
Golden Harvest Food Bank lias provided the first month of food that children will receive each Friday during the school year.
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AIKEN COUNTY FOOTBALL
United Way starts fundraising with lowered goal
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BULLDOG VICTORY: Silver Bluff stopped Aiken Friday night at Hagood Stadium.
Silver Bluff 7 Aiken 6
North Augusta 25 Midland Valley 7
South Aiken 24 Richland Northeast 7
Barnwell 20 Williston-Elko 18
Swansea 48 Wagener-SalleyO
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IN THE NEWS -
Local businesses set and ready for Aiken Soccer Cup
layoffs to start on Monday
BY ANNA DOLIANITIS
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions* planned layoffs in the next week will claim 200 employees’ positions in addition to 75 layoffs planned in the fail, bringing the total to 270 fewer layoffs than originally planned before the end of the calendar year.
About ZOO employees will be notified about lost positions between Aug. 20 and Aug. 31,. SRNS president and CEO Garry Flowers said in a memo to employees earlier this week.
“Though we had pre\ icusly communicated the potential to reduce our workforce by 545 positions by the end of the calendar year. I have re\ used otff August projections to approximately 200 positions Flowers said. "In addition, I alw) expect there will be up to 75 positions reduced during the remainder of the calendar year as we complete Recovery Ad projects.**
Inituiily, SRNS announced plans to further reduce its workforce numbers by 545 employ ees during an August and an (Amber round of lay offs but the rex iscd pl,in calls for a total of 275 about 270 less than initially announced by die end of 2011.
The 75 employees to he let go as American Recov ay and Reinvestment Act pn>iects ixr.ir completion are not ARRA-funded positions, but fulltime employees working on Recovery Act projects, according lo SRNS spokesperson Hillburn Smoak
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SUCCESS IS IN THE CARDS: United Way campaign volunteers display the 2011 goal of lust over,$2 21 million.
BY ROB NOVIT
The United Way of Aiken County kicked off its annual fundraising campaign Friday, announcing a goal of just more than $2.21 million in support of more than 30 partnering social service agencies.
That’s more than $200,000 less than the 2010 goal, but United Way president Sharon Rodgers has reason to be encouraged. With a goal last year of less than $2.5 million, Aiken County business and
residents contributed more than $2.7 million.
The 2011 goal “does recognize that the community is having some struggles with reductions in force and the recession,” Rodgers said at the United Way kickoff luncheon. “But the need is still great in our community, and I feel optimistic that the goal will be surpassed.”
The organization has adopted an “Alice in Wonderland” theme this year, with “Queen” and campaign chair Liz Stewart and other volunteers dressed for the occasion.
"All the nidiv tduals who are members of the cabinet have a tremendous responsibility,” she said. “I hey inspire the community so we can have all the resources we need. With the current economic climate, the demand for scr\ ices has been dramatically increasing. Our partner agencies are striving to provide to our neighbors in need ” Those agencies include Helping Hands, Children’s Place, Hitchcock Healthcare, Mental Health America, Tri-Development and many more.
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BY ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON
Local restaurants and hotels are glad to see notable increases in sales this weekend thanks to the Aiken Soccer Cup Tournament.
The tournament -which brings in an estimated 8,(HK) people to the CSRA each year - kicks off today, and many hotels have no rooms to spare.
“Business increases significantly over normal weekends,” said Regena Brackett, general manager at Hampton Inn off Whiskey Road. “But this one is definitely one of the largest ball tournaments that takes place; it brings in the most people.”
Brackett said, as of Thursday, the hotel had only two vacant rooms for this weekend, and that
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BUSY WEEKEND AHEAD: Hampton Inn general manager Regena Brackett checks availability for rooms this weekend.
was only due to the fact that volunteer hurricane evacuees from Hilton Head Island had recently canceled reservations. But the chances that those rbtmis wouRTsfiJ! be available this weekend were slim.
“If there’s ... any kind of ball tournament going on, anytime there’s a significant event at Citizens Park, we do get sold out,” said Bracken.
At Outback by the Aiken
Mall, proprietor Ned Arbaugh said, while he does see an increase in sales each y ear during the Soccer Cup. it’s not the most lucrativ e time of the year.
“We see the most increase during baseball and softball tournaments,” he said hut added that the
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Hurricane Irene was poised for a catastrophic run up the East Coast. More than 2 million people sj§ were told to move to safety, and New York City ordered its subways shut down, j SAI I