Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 4, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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Vol. 145, No. 35'lour Lo (‘ill Sourer Shire ===== www.aikenstandard.com ssThree charged with embezzling from DOE
By ANNA DOLIANITIS
Three Savannah River Site contract employees were charged by the U.S. attorneys office for embezzlement charges related to fraudulent per diem expenses to the Department of Energy during their employment at SRS.
George Alan Dick, 52, of Loveland, Ohio, and Gary Don Erwin, 53, of Clifton, Texas, were charged with submitting approximately $54,800 in fraudulent per diem expenses to DOE.
Debra Ann Schmidt, 54, of Pittsburgh, Pa., was charged in a one-count indictment with embezzling more than $1 .OOO of government
funds by unlawfully applying for and claiming per diem benefits paid by DOE.
In the two-count indictment. Dick and Erwin were charged with conspiracy to embezzle more than $ I .OOO belonging to the United States and embezzling more than $1,000 of gov-erhment funds by unlawfully applying
for and claiming per diem benefits paid by DOE.
The maximum penalty Dick and Erwin could receive for these offenses is 15 years in prison.
The maximum penalty Schmidt could receive is IO years in prison.
Dick and Erwin were employed on-site under the subcontractor Astrid
Contract Technical Serv ices, according to DOE spokesman Jim Giusti.
It is unclear whom Schmidt was employed under.
Both cases were investigated by agents of DOE's ()ffice of Inspector General - Office of Investigations. Mugshots were unavailable at presstime.
Offering a hand up
Homeless shelter helps men get on their feet
By ANNA DOLIANITIS
In a 5.OOO-square-fool building on Augusta Road in Gloverville, the Rev. Rob Lane and his team help men out of homelessness and into society as productive and self-sufficient individuals.
The Mi. Salem Outreach Mission began five years ago as a place to distribute 200 bagged lunches every Friday and has since turned into a 12-bcd men’s homeless shelter that had more than 1,700 beds were slept in 2010.
"The main focus here if for them to focus on what they need to focus on and, through the word of Iiod, become the godly, productive men society needs them to be.” said Lane.
lame and Associate Director Fletcher Singleton, both ordained ministers with experience ministering to the homeless, began the mission to help local men work toward changes to their spiritual, physical and financial
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Staff photo by Anna Doiiaretis The 12-bed men s overnight shelter on Augusta Road in Gloverville had more than 1,700 overnight visitors in 2010 and aided the homeless, hurting and hungry with the help of volunteers and support from the local community.
By HALEY HUGHES
Some area voters are sure to be represented by a different member of Aiken County Council by June 2012.
Changes in the county’s population, as ev idenced by preliminary results of the 2010 U.S. Census, call for the shifting of Council’s eight single-member districts. The map must be redrawn and affected voters notified by the June 2012 primaries.
Redistricting ensures that each member of Council represents approximately the same number of people, enforcing the “one man, one vote” concept.
‘it will be give and take.” County Administrator Clay Killian said of redistricting. “In redrawing the map, we will look at where did the population grow. Where did the population shrink?*’
Aiken County’s population has grown IO percent
since the last census, according to Bobby Bowers, exec-mmamm ut ive director
of the Office of Research and Statistics with the —State Budget and Control m Board.
Killian Once the
district map is reconfigured, each district will hold about 19,800 people, up from about 17.000 firom the previous census.
It appears that District 2, represented by Scott Singer, and District 7, represented by Gary Bunker, will have to be reduced as the population of registered voters in those areas has increased, according to preliminary numbers On the flipside, it appears District I, represented by Kathy Raw Is, and District 8, represented by Willur Hightower, will have to increase as the number of registered
SM DISTRICTS, page 11APreview party kicks off weekend of antiques
By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON
Two hundred fifty-one people made their way to the Aiken Center for the Arts Thursday evening to get a sneak peek at the merchandise on sale during the Antiques in the Head of Aiken Show & Sale, which will be held today through Sunday.
Ticket holders strolled through the arts center. In less than two days, the entire inv entory of the At A store was removed and replaced with 23 vendors’ stands presenting a plethora of antiques.
Guests enjoyed heavy hors d’oeuvrcs as they visited different vendors from all over the United Stales.
Antiques including fine English, ’ American and French silver, American brilliant cut glass, estate jewelry, rare books, botanical prints, oil paint
ings, clocks, militaria and English and French porcelain filled the building and offered Aiken a taste of the past.
Originally started as a fundraiser for the ACA more than a decade ago, the antiques show has grown into so much more than the original volunteers ever anticipated
“It is beautiful and just as lovely now as it was w hen we started," said Barbara Sue Brodie. “The quality has been maintained throughout the years, and I think it’s just as popular within the community as when we first started it. Ifs all very gratifying.”
ACA Board of Directors President Barry Doss said he is pleased with the outcome of the antiques show each year and said it only continues to grow.
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Staff photo by Ashkey Williamson
Anne Perry, Beth Townsend and Judith Burgess take a moment to chat during the preview party of the Antiques in the Heart of Aiken Show & Sale on Thursday at the Aiken Center for the Arts.
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