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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 30, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina YOUR LOCAL SOURCE SINCE 186/ -TUESDAY, AUGUST 30,2011 VOL. 145. MO. 242 • 50e IMeetings on tax reassessment are today BY HALEY [email protected] com Those who want to know more about property tax reassessment are encouraged to attend the open house today at the Aiken Electric Cooperative to speak with an appraiser and, later, if they so wish, speak to the Aiken County Administrative Committee about the process. There is also a brief County Council meeting scheduled after the open house. • Property Tax Reassessment open house What: At least six Aiken County appraisers will be available to answer general questions about property tax reassessment. The appraisers will not have access to specific property files at the Co-op but will do their best to answer questions from the public on the process of reassessment, w hat documents can assist in an appeal and may be able to offer minor assistance in filling out the appeal form. The public is invited to attend at their leisure.SEE MEETINGS, 5AWANT TO GO? Those who want to know about property tax reassessment can attend three meetings today: WHAT? Property Tax Reassessment open house WHEN? Today from 1 to 5:30 p.m. WHERE? Aiken Electric Cooperative, 2790 Wagener Road WHAT? Aiken County Council meeting WHEN? Today at 6 p.m. WHERE? Aiken Electric Cooperative, 2790 Wagener Road WHAT? Administrative Committee meeting WHEN? Today at 6:30 p.m. WHERE? Aiken Electric Cooperative, 2790 Wagener Road Lottery winners headed for honeymoon BY HALEY HUGHES [email protected] com A Williston couple who won $200,000 on a lottery ticket has chosen to spend their winnings tm a honeymoon. lire couple, who asked not to be identified by the S.C. Education Lottery, married 26 years ago but never went on their honeymoon. It was the husband’s idea after his wife discovered she was a w inner from scratching off a Cash Inferno lottery ticket purchased at Greg’s Gas Plus No. 3 on Richland Avenue in Aiken. “I’ve always wanted to go to Alaska,” the winner told lottery officials when she arrived with the $200,000 scratch-off. The husband said he was thinking some place closer to home, but it was her decision. Winning has taken its toll on the woman, according to the S.C. Education Lottery. She cried uncontrollably at first. She lost her appetite, couldn’t concentrate to watch television and then couldn’t sleep. “I still don’t believe it,” she said. As of Monday, one top prize of $200,000 remained in the SIO $200,000 Cash Inferno game. The odds of w inning $200,000 are I in 504,000. Greg’s Gas Plus No. 3 received a commission of $2,000 for selling the ticket. Since the start of the lottery in 2002, more than 920,000 college scholarships and grants have been awarded to South Carolina's students, according to the education lottery. In all, more than $2.5 billion has been transferred to support educational programs. Haley Hughes would like to win the lottery .. even if its just $20 Follow (a hale}eah on Twitter or Haley Hughes Aiken Standard on Fate book TODAY S FORECAST rn 67 SEE WEATHER 6C STAFF PHOTO BY ROB N0VIT NEVER FORGET: Former New York firefighter Rick Doran, right, who was involved in rescue efforts on Sept. 11,2001, talks with Aiken Rotary Club member Allen Sorensen following Dorn’s speech Monday. t Resident recounts Sept. ll response AREA DEATHS Donald Ropp Columbia James P. Baker Aiken Janelle “Ma-Ma" Widener, Warrenville Maureen A. Dean, Aiken Nancy Louise Taylor Aiken Phyllis Brennan Carlisle, Aiken Theresa Wise Aiken SEE DEATHS AND FUNERALS 6A INSIDE Calendar    5C    Movie Listings......  BC Classifieds.................BB    Opinions  ............11A Crossword   4C    Sports   1B Comics.......................3C    World News...........TOA Horoscopes.............. 4C    TV listings ............2C Living On The Go......1C    Weather .....................SC BY ROB N0VIT [email protected],com On Sept. ll, 2001, Rick IX>ran and other off-duty New York firefighters had literally commandeered a public transit bus and headed frantically toward the World Trade Center towers in Lower Manhattan following the terrorist attacks. As Doran, now an Aiken resident, described it to Aiken Rotary Club members Monday, they were on the way when the second jet slammed into the south tower. The 13 firefighters on the bus reached the Midtown tunnel, which has tollgates. To their amazement, a tollbooth operator wouldn’t let them through Ute gate. Doran made it clear: They had already “kidnapped” the bus driv er and, if the tollbooth attendant continued to block their way, they would run him over and keep going, fire attendant let them through. “He kept us there five minutes and saved our lives,” IXrrun said. “We would have been in the first tower going down, but did get caught in the dust of the second tower going down.” Before becoming a firefighter, Doran worked as a public school teacher and was an assistant director of em ironmental health and safety in higher education. At the time of Sept. ll, Doran was serving with Rescue Company 4, prov ut mg combined rescue and firefighting services. Follow mg the tragedy, Doran had the honor of putting out the first U.S. flag on the site. He is pictured on a Time magazine cover. His own company lost nine men, while the entire battalion lost 92. With cellular serv ice out of commission, it took Doran’s wife two terrifying days before she learned that her husband was still alive. SEE SEPT. II 12A REMEMBER SEPT. 11 Send in information about local Sept. 11 anniversary services AFFILE PHOTO REMEMBER: Smoke from the burning towers of the World Trade Center is blown east behind the Empire State Building on Sept. 11, 2001, following the terrorist attacks • Is your church or organization having a Sept 11 remembrance event? • Send in details about your event, and the Aiken Standard will run a special listing of services the Friday before the Sept. 11 anniversary. • Send Sept. 11 anniversary announcements to [email protected] District names six teachers to honor council BY ROB N0VIT [email protected] BERRY C. EMERLING S. EMERLING GRIFFIS GUNN WRIGHT teachers here nology in the Sarah Emerling and her husband Chris have always enjoyed a friendly competitive streak in their leaching careers - like who scored the highest on the National Board Certification tests. Now they’re competing again, both of them among six teachers selected to the Aiken County School District’s Honor Council. AII six are the finalists for the District Teacher of the Year award that will be announced next month. Chris Emerling has taught English at North Augusta High School for the past decade, while Sarah is a 10-year special education teacher at Busbee Corbett Elementary Middle School in Wagener. The other Honor Council members are Amy Berry, Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary/Middle School; Uyen Griffis, Hammond Hill Elementary School; Janet Wright, North Augusta Middle School; and Suzanne Gunn, Mossy Creek Elementary School. The new Teacher of the Year will succeed Hammond Hill’s Nikki Mock. The banquet is scheduled Sept. 22, sponsored by Public Education Partners. The Emerlings, natives of upstate New York, decided to escape the brutal winters and, in 2001, lined up interviews in several South Carolina districts. By chance, Chris Emerling’s dad was in a Boston airport and overheard someone talking I about available jobs in Aiken County. The couple came in for interviews, landed the jobs they have now and have no interest in leav ing. Busbee Corbett ’’is a I community where I want to be,” Sarah said. ‘‘These are the kids I want to work with. We have incredible and some of the coolest tech-district.” SEE TEACHERS, 12A Southlawn Cemetery & Mausoleum Aiken ’s    Premier (emeterv Considering Cremation? For A Limited Time    Jleceive 'Two Cremation Sidles For The Price Of One! (V*M WM prearrange uNiiti) uni) Offer at*) estate nutter) Provide von ami a    rn Peace of Mind    through Pi*‘arrangement Sa ve Today? ('HOT) 641-6800 45 *4 W hiskey Road, Aiken, SC '*1*104 ;