Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 31, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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Obama salutes 9/11 veterans for ‘extraordinary burden’
Recalling “those awful attacks,” President Barack Obama saluted the Sept. 11 generation of veterans Tuesday and publicly relished the prospect of U.S. forces getting out of both Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Should Sam's Club come to Aiken?
| Yes - It would be a great addition (78%)
I No - It will harm local businesses (12%)
I I don't care (10%)
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Residents concerned about tax increases
BY HALEY HUGHES
Person after person took to the microphone at an Administrative Committee meeting Tuesday and said they have difficulty understanding why their property’s market value went up, according to their tax reassessment, when they hear and read every day that the real estate market is down.
Aiken County Council’s Administrative Committee and Assessor Rick Jantzen worked together during the three-hour meeting in an attempt to answer each question asked by the audience. A good number of people were encouraged to file an appeal to address their specific concern.
Already, Jantzen reported, 866 appeals have been filed w ith the assessor’s office.
The public comment session came after Jantzen gave a presentation on the process of property tax reassessment and outlined some specific data for Aiken County. For example, according td his figures, the median sales price in the area from 2005 to 2010 increased from $97,000 to $120,000. The market value tax base for the same period increased 11.3 percent.
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ROAD WOES: A 12-ton Tyler Sanitation truck dropped to its axles into a sinkhole Tuesday.
Sinkhole ensnares truck on Southside Clty dsking
BY KAREN DAILY
Asphalt in a Southside neighbortnxxl gave way to a 12-ton sanitation truck Tuesday morning.
The truck dropped to its axles into a sinkhole estimated to be 4 feel deep and 20 feet wide, said Tyler Sanitation Foreman Keith Gray. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident, but residents lh ing where the incident occurred, on Emerald Ridge rn South Meadow s, said the roadway has been dug up and repaired a number of times over the past decade.
Residents said they even attempted to report the sinkhole Monday evening.
City Manager Richard Pearce said Tuesday that staffers have rev lewed the call logs and have not found any record of after-hours calls. According to the City of Aiken’s website, after-hours calls should be made to Aiken Public Safety at 642-7620.
“We arc looking into where the disconnect was.” Pearce said.
He said it is “very unusual" that “nothing
Do you have road issues?
According to the City of Aiken's website, after-hours calls should be made to Aiken Public Safety at 642-7620.
would happen” w hen an after-hours or weekend call is placed for an emergency repair.
Residents said they noticed the pavement beginning to sink Monday ev ening, and at least one of the residents-sa id die called the 800 number on her water bill. That number does not connect with the C tty’s emergency number, which is directed to Aiken Public Safety.
Kyle Secotu, neighborhood association president, sent an email to the City of Aiken via its website requesting the road repair around 9 p.m.
The text of the email states that “Fmerald Drive in South Meadows has a serious water leak in the roadway ... please address this serious matter ”
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Three charged in meth bust
BY KAREN DAILY
Three Hutto Pond Road residents have been jailed on drug charges after Aiken County Sheriffs Office deputies found methamphetamine labs al two residences and, in both cases, learned the suspects attempted to bum the ev i deuce as law enforcement officers showed up, officials said.
The arrests were made late last week.
The suspects were selling and using methamphetamine, said I apt. Troy BlweU, a spokesman for the Aiken C ounty Shenff’s Office.
Ronald Jacob Hall, 31, of
765 Hutto Pond Road in Aiken, is charged w ith manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful disposal of methamphetamine waste, two counts of distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of controlled substanc4» (pills).
Tome Diane Hall, 33, of 765 Hutto Pond Road in Aiken, is charged with manufacturing methamphet-
amine and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine waste.
Bl well said a 13-year-old boy was also liv mg at the residence live Department of Social Serv ices took the boy into protective custody.
Ricly Trey Moore, 31, of 785 Hutto Pond Road in Aiken, is also charged with
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Aikenites to conserve water
BY AMY BANTON
The City of Aiken is asking residents to help conserve water as the area continues to stay dry from a lack of rainfall.
With the area currently seeing moderate drought conditions, the City Is asking residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce unnecessary uses of water.
According to Public Works Director Larry Moms, the City is having to use the reserve w ater supply from the Mason Branch Reservoir.
Typically, the City receives its water supply from Shaw’s Creek, Shiloh Springs, Town Creek Wells and Pine Log Wells. Shaw’s Creek is the source that is experiencing low levels at this time, which is causing the City to pull water from the reserv oir.
"Conservation of the City water supply is critical during periods of scant rainfall.” Morris said rn a press release.
One way to help is to only use irrigation systems every other day to soak lawns, Mom* **ud He suggested a system to help control the use of irrigation by hav mg homes with odd house numbers water their lawns only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while homes with even house numbers should only w ater Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, leaving Sunday as an irrigation-free day.
Moms warned that, if rainfall does not return to normal and voluntary conserv anon does not reduce water use, the City may have to issue mandatory irrigation restrict univ
When will it rain?
The forecast looks a bit grim when it conies to the possibility of precipitation. According to the National Weather Serv ice, the next indication of ram will be a 30 percent chance on Monday.
NWS Meteorologist Bruce Cherry said it looks like it w ill be relatively dry over the next several days but this is typical during the late summer months.
“That doesn’t mean you couldn’t see a stray shower or thunderstorm, but it will be very localized,” Cherry said.
Cheny said, hopefully, the ram will return and occur more frequently in the fall.
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