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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 5, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina COMING SUNDAYAs the nation readies for SUPER BOWL XLV, we offer our own previews and analysis, including a look at the big game's effect on area businesses. Saturday February 5,2011 Vol. 145, No. 36\our Local Source Since 18(>7 —— Today's Weather j^-%.    High *1    52° Low 38° Full forecast 16C SOC Open for governance Freshman representative Jeff Duncan now has an official presence in Aiken County By ROB NOVIT Senior writer To hear new U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan. R-S.C., describe it, his transition from the S.C. General Assembly to Congress is a lot of like moving from college football to the NFL. “It was like drinking water out of a fire hose; it's much bigger, faster and w ide open." he said to laughter Friday atter formally opening his Aiken office, located at the comer of Hayne Av enue and Linden Street. Billy Boylston will continue to serve as Duncan's field representative in Aiken. New U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lias produced a new schedule that should he beneficial in making Duncan more accessible for constituent opportunities. Instead of being back in the district each Monday and Friday, the congressional members will work full schedules in Washington for three weeks and can spend a week each month in their districts. Duncan has been assigned lo three committees. He w ill serve on the Energy and Minerals subcommittee of the Natural Resources Committee and wants to know the status of a moratorium thai is preventing permitting for deep water drilling. “We need to get those guys back to work," he said. “We’re working on energy independence and using Staff photo by Rob Novtt New 3rd Congressional District Congressman Jeff Duncan, center, cuts the traditional ribbon for his new Aiken field office. Joining him, from left are Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh, Aiken City Councilman Reggie Ebner, South Carolina Rep. Bill Taylor and Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce President and CEO J. David Jameson. American resources for that." The congressman is also assigned IO the Borders and Maritime subcommittee w ithin the Homeland Security Committee. The subcommittee has jurisdiction ov cr Immigration ami Customs Enforcement (ICE), customs and border patrol and the Transportation Security Administration. Duncan said he’s glad he’ll have a seat at the table to get a look at southern border security “// was like drinking water out of a fire hose; it s much bigger, faster and wide open. ”U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C.,on the transition from the state s General Assembly to the nation V Congress and an understanding of who is coming into the U.S. "I also want to bring in TSA and see why people are fly mg from one American city to another American city and hav mg to go through full body scanning.” Duncan said. That’s very invasive, and we should be focusing on overseas flights.** He will also serve on a subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Duncan expressed concern about the instability in Egypt and the Middle East. That situation, he said, ties into American energy independence and dependence on foreign oil. Republican efforts to repeal the health care reform legislaiion came up short when the Senate voted 51 -47 against repeal along party lines. “We passed repeal in the House as we pledged to do, and I w as pleased to cast that v iite,’’ Duncan said. Please set DUNCAN, page 12AStudents dance for children at MCG Helen M. Goninger, Blackcock Lynn MacHorek, North Augusta Pauline Hughes Jackowiak,Clearwater Raymond Odom,Bath Winifred "Winnie" Curry, Aiken Deaths and funerals I BA Mild Calendar SC Classifieds 2D Crossword 4C Comics SC Dear Abby 4C Horoscopes AC Markets UA Movie Listings SC Nation/World ha Puzzles AC Sports IB TV Listings 2C 9*0000 1*b9 By ASHUEEY WILLIAMSON Staff writer More than ISO CSC Aiken students hit the arena floor at USC Aiken’s Convocation Center Friday night to dance for children at the Medical College of Georgia’s Children’s Medical Center. From 6 p m. Friday until IO a.m. today, students and faculty from USL Aiken showed support for children by standing on their feet for 16 hours straight, taking part rn activities, playing games, enjoying refreshments and, of course, dancing. Each liour, the group of students lined up rn the middle of the arena flour and danced tor eight minutes to a mix of IO to 12 popular songs, some of the songs on the dance mix included Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair.” Staff photo by Rob Nov* USC Aiken student Ashley Ashford, a dance marathon committee member, helps lead a line dance at the all-night event - a benefit to raise funds for the Medical College of Georgia’s children's center. "There’s some old songs, there’s some new songs -just a mix of songs,” said Bethany Heyward, committee director. “Every time a new hour comes by, we’ll do this line dance at the top of every hour before the activities.” In between dances, students played basketball, threw Ned ibotballs and flying discs, and participated in crafts, karaoke and even Zumba lessons. Although monetary donations have been collected throughout the year by the teams, the biggest Please tee DANCE, page IGA TRAGEDY AVERTED Fire at SPCA contained; all animals evacuated, safe By ROB NOVIT Senior writer A laundry room fire at the Aiken SPCA facility forced the evacuation of nearly IOO animals Friday night and could keep the shelter closed for several days. All the dogs and cats appear to be safe, said SPCA board President Barbara Nelson and veterinarian Dr. Holly Woltz. Public Safety officers, SPCA and county staffers, and volunteers moved the animals to the city annex building on the same property and to the nearby Aiken County animal sheller. The laundry room fire set off an alarm about 7:30 p.m. that was picked up by SCE&G, which notified the Public Safety. Jeff Wilson, the City of Aiken’s animal control officer, said a water line in the SPCA building’s roof ruptured and allev lated the fire somewhat before firefighters got it out. Please see SPCA, page 10A North Augusta native named Fluor CEO By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer Fluor Corp., a parent company of Sav annah River Nuclear Solutions, announced Wednesday that Dav id T. Seaton, a North Augusta native, has been named to the positkm of CGO and company director. Seaton became Fluor s Seaton 12th chief executive in the company’s nearly 100-year history. He joined Fluor in 1984. Beton: his appointment as CEO, he sen cd as chief operating officer beginning in November 2009. Seaton has also sen cd as senior group president overseeing the company’s Energy & Chemicals, Power, and Government groups, as well as for Fluor’* activities in China and the Middle East. I Ie was also the managing director of Fluor Arabia Ltd., and led the company’s global sales function. Please see SEATON, page 10A DOE manager has high hopes for SRS By ANNA DOUANITIS Staff writer Looking a few years into die future, the Sav annah River Site will sustain a MfcfTWT "I ~i| workforce of approxi-IHI match 13,000, serve as an enabler in the country’s nuclear future and aid rn the nuclear security and energy independence of the nation, IX Dave Moody predicted as he spoke to members of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce Moody, die Department of Energy's site manager at the SRS Operations Office, was a featured speaker ai the chamber’s Fust Friday Means Business breakfast on Moody Fnday morning. "lf we don’t look toward the future and accept the fact that we are a cleanup site and concentrate just on the cleanup, then where will we be by 2015? We will reduce probably down from 13,000 to 8,000 or 9,000 (employees). I don’t believe that’s the right thing for this region. I don’t believe that’s the right thing tor this country,” said Moody. "We’re about doing the best job we possibly can w ith our current mission. We’re about reducing the footprint by 75 percent lo enable a future.” Reducing the site’s industrial footprint by 75 percent by the end of 2012, however, does not mean shrinking the site, Moody said. “That 75 percent footprint reduction is an enabler for a future mission, and that s PIMM ms SRS, page 12A ;