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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 16, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Where is Carolina Bay? Carolina Bay f tm* 2 Price Ave. I £ H. Odell Weeks Activites Center Agnes Altman Redd, Gloverville Augustus "Gussie" Smith Hollins, Augusta Bridget Oliphant, Gloverville Cynthia Diane Walrath, Aiken Donald Lee Lewis, North Dr. Frank E. Driggers, Aiken George Quinton Sessions, Williston Lore Nett Clarke, North Augusta Richard Allen, Clearwater Uoyd E. Scott Aiken Richard Joseph Norton, Aiken Deaths and Funerals 16-7A tosfttb Calendar IC Classifieds SB Crossword 7C Comics 6C Dear Abby 7C Horoscopes 7C Markets 4B Movie Listings 3C Nation/World 14A Obituaries 6-7A Opinions 15A [Puzzles 7C i Sports IB ITV Listings 2C Fox Creek shines in first state playoff game. | SPORTS, IB Lady Hornets overcome slow start. | SPORTS, IB Calling all Aikenites for Carolina Bay cleanup Sunday Buying Hold Since J 952. High Prices Are Being Paid In And te Why We Were Voted f Best Jewelry Store In Aiken! Gel Cash Today! We Buy AH Gold, Diamonds, Silver, Broken Jewelry, Silver Coins, and Estate Jewelry. y Road • 649-0475 Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 Wednesday February 16,2011 Vol. 145, No. 47 ^ oiir hora I Son rte Since* I 8f>7 r— ■- —- TmltMAf I ft In ntlinr Todays reamer High 65° Low 38° Full forecast | IOC 501 Witnessing Egypt unrest Aikenite observes protests, revolution in progress By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer Plan for County to fund background checks advances By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer There was little discussion Tuesday of the Aiken County Recreation Commission’s recommendation for the County to assume the lull cost of national criminal offense background checks conducted on those who volunteer as coaches and instructors with Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Aiken County Council unanimously approv ed first reading of the ordinance. Parks, Recreation and Tourism has run stale and national background checks on volunteer coaches and instructors for some years now. The cost of the screening per person is $18 - $8 is covered by registration fees and the remaining SIO is paid by each coach and volunteer. The Recreation Commission unanimously voted earlier this month to recommend the full cost now be paid from registration fees. Assistant Administrator Todd Glover confirmed to the Development Committee that the check is run on each person who applies to volunteer on a yearly basis. Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Brad Barnes said about IOO checks are completed each year. “There has been talk of raising the registration fee Please see COUNCIL, page 12A By AMY BANTON Staff writer Die Aiken Stamhud is looking to clean up the Carolina Bay Nature Reserve, On Sunday, around I pan., there will be a cleanup effort at the bay. Anyone who wants to come out and pick up a few cam is more than welcome to join. The bay is located on Price Av entre off Whiskey Road, adjacent from die Ii. Odell Weeks Activities Center. Last weekend, atter a vBit to the bay, it was ev idem that tillering was an issue as beer cans. Styrofoam trays and other bm ut trash were scattered around the reserv e. The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tour!Mn Direc Want to go? ► What? Carolina Bay cleanup ► When? Sunday at 2 pm. ► Where? The bay is located on Pnoe A venue • off Whiskey Road, adjacent from the H. Oden Weeks Activities Center tor Glenn Parker said thai City staff does walk the bay a couple of times a week to pick up brash, along w itll caring for the 46 acres of Virginia Acres Park Parker said several residents have made a personal effort to help by carrying garbage bags w ith them to collect trash dur- Amy Banton uses a grabber to pick up an empty beer can out of tile Carolina Bay. A cleanup for the bay will be Sunday. mg their visits to the bay. lie added that volunteers helping the City keep the area trash-free would only be ben-eficial to the nature reserve. “We would never turn that (volunteenng) down,” Parker said. “We would very much entertain a Friends of the Bay to help us keep it clean.” Even youths are getting involved as Eagle Scout Benjamin Rawls is working on a Platte tee CLEANUP, page 12A As Aikenite Ben ( onant sat on the rooftop of his apartment building in C airo on Feb. ll, lie watched a man run out onto a neighboring rooftop, shoot a revolver in the air and scream in excitement. Conant ran down to his own apartment, refreshed his Twitter feed and realized the reason behind the man's elation. “Mubarak stepped down! Praise God!” Twitter read. Conant 23, is a graduate of South Aiken I Ugh School studying al the American University of Cairn. I Ie has been there for three semesters and returned to C ain) after a holiday break tm Jan. 24 - the day before a national revolt ei\ipted, resulting in the Egyptian President llosni Mubarak stepping down. Conant had a basic understanding of polities in Egypt know ing that a tradition of protests dates back to the ousung of King Farouk rn 1952, and Ila: Bread Riots of 1977, Most recently. C onant said, pro-democracy activities have garnered support for their protests through social media such a* Face!** dntfitnwitter ' * The idea of using the Internet as a tool began last summer w ith the death of a 2 X-year-old Egyptian man, (dialed Said, who was brutally beaten to death after he captured images of police distributing money and seized drugs among tlicmselves. The 28-year-old ,i'tempted to post the v ideo to YouTube and was m tzed, brutalized and killed, A Eyehook group, “We are all (dialed Said,” has more than 84,(KH) supporters. Tliis Facebook page was used to organize the protests in the past weeks and, at first, C onant participated. Later, lie felt that his satety was in dan- Kidney Benefit run will help patients Submitted photo Ben Conant, an American studying in Cairo, takes a moment to observe the destruction following 18 days of protest leading to Egypt's President Mubarak stepping down. Muslim Brotherhood plans to form political party. 114A get and left the downtown area for a few day s. ()n Jan. 25, the first day of the protests, not troops were released throughout C airo to deal w ith w hat authorities believed would be a routine protest. I lowev cr, thousands of pm v testers turned out al the downtown square, Midan Al- iahnr. near Conant’s apartment. “There w as a lot of uncertainty on both sides, but the protesters were throw mg stones, w nhstanding tear gas and fighting hack harder than either side had seen before,” ( onant said in an e-mail to the Aiken Standard. Please tee EGYPT, page 16A Submitted photo Shotgun shells and tear gas canisters that police were using against protesters, both labeled "Made in U.SA* Warn# ta nrirli/innlA? TI Min WW |4t|s fiCI'OCIIw I • Event: SK Spotlight Heed Rat* et the K. Odell news Adm bn C anet Saturday fib. 26. • Sponsor: 'he Aiken Kidney Benefit, which h toning funds to assis} dialysis patients with non-medical expenses. • Time: Registration will begin et I a.m., with the 54 race beginning at 9 a m. A I -mile ‘Scene Stealer" race tor children under 12 will begin at IO em. • I—ii The preregistration cod tor the SK race is $20 per person, which includes a I shirt People ten register in advance at www.odrve com and dick on Aiken Kidney Benefit Registration on die (Joy of the rate b $25. Donations we reguested tor the kids' race, and the children will also get T-shirts By ROB NOVIT Senior writer The Aiken Kidney Benefit will not present its annual benefit musical production in 2011 but will return to the stage in the fall of 2012. However, the nonprofit organization still needs to raise funds this year to help dialysis patients with nonmedical needs, said AKB I‘resident Bobby Walker. “Unfortunately, the needs of the patients we serve can’t wait” she said. “We are adding a 5K road race to our fundraising efforts.” The event will be held at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center Saturday, Feb. 26, and also Please see RUN, page 16A ;