Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 20, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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Vol. 145, No. 51
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$1.00Drug investigation nets 7 arrests
By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON
The Aiken County Sheriffs Office arrested seven Aiken County residents after an anonymous tip led investigators to a Warrenville residence suspected of housing a methamphetamine drug ring.
The arrests wrap up a
two-monthlong investigation into the sale of crystal meth in the area, according to Capt. Troy Elwell, a sheriffs office spokesperson.
Investigators were able to gain enough information and evidence to obtain a search warrant for the Augusta Road residence, Elwell said. They discovered and seized several items including
approximately ll grams of crystal meth with an estimated street value of $1,650,
14 grams of marijuana with an estimated street value of $200 and numerous controlled
pills. Also seized were a 1990 Ford Pickup, a 9miB
semiautomatic pistol and $1,066 in cash.
Please see DRUGS, page 16Ac9$nntfa jSeaxefiRelatives of adopted woman find her long-lost biological family, answers
By ANNA DOLIANITIS
nna Albrecht Gillespie, a 79-year-old local woman adopted as a child, was always certain that her biological family never made an effort to find her.
Because they didn't try to find her, Gillespie told her family not to try to find her biological family, either, until after her death.
She rarely spoke of the few memories she had growing up in New Jersey during the Great Depression, and, when her daughter obtained her original birth certificate, which listed her real name as Dorothy Rose Larsen. Gillespie tucked it away.
“She always said, ‘They knew I existed, and no one ever looked for me,’” said her daughter, Kathy Baker of Barnwell.
Except Baker later found out that they had been looking for her all those years. And Gillespie, who passed away in Barnwell iii 2005, never knew it.
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Plantation educates on slaves during Civil War
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Andrew "Andy" K. Bentley,
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Pastor Timothy Tyrone Jackson Sr., Aiken
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Anna Albrecht Gillespie, left seen here as a young girt likely in the late 1930s or early 1940s, was always certain that her biological family never made an effort to find her. Little did she know that they had been looking for her for years, according to her sister, Anne Larsen Christian, right seen here as a 17-year-old in the early 1940s.
find the family in the years since her mother's death by researching at the library and even putting in calls to people with similar last names.
She knew from prodding for information that Gillespie had sisters who were twins and that she was bom in Hoboken in 1926, but it was not until Baker's granddaughter,
C atherine Gunnells of Aiken, typed Gillespie’s birth name into a genealogy website that answers began to surface,Finding answers
Gillespie’s family connected w Uh Maureen Veilers of Kivervale, N.J., who had posted in 2001 that she was looking for Dorothy, indicating that her name may have
been changed to Anna.
Veilers is the daughter of Anna’s 86-year-old biological sister, Anne Larsen C hnstian.
Through e-mail and over the phone, the long-lost family members in South Carolina and New Jersey pieced together their shared family history.
PIMM SM ADOPTED, page 7A
First Southern Episcopal female priest celebrated as a ‘trailblazer
By ROB NOVIT
The word that keeps emerging about the Rev. Mcl-lie Hickey is “trailblazer."
The Episcopal priest died in Aiken on Friday at the age of 94, leaving behind a remarkable legacy. When she was ordained as a priest at St. "thaddeus Episcopal Church, Hickey was the first woman in the South to attain that status.
She was 62 at that tune, and, over nearly three more decades, she worked in interim capacities at two churches.
Ihckcy was 74 when she and her husband, the late Rev. Howard Hickey, moved for two years to Smith Dakota, where she directed three churches on the Cheyenne indian River Reservation.
Even rn her 80s, Hickey spent about six years as the All Saults Episcopal Church rector rn Beech island In some ways, said son Howard M. Hickey, his mother’s spiritual tourney dial began in late middle age didn’t seem to fit her upbringing. She grew up in the small town of Tarboro, N.C., and attended a strict Presbyterian girls’college. *
“But mer tune and by being the wife of an Episcopal priest, she grew to love the church,” he said “She was fascinated with the theological aspects of it and felt that was definitely a place for women’s ministry. She was also very academic, always reading.”
In 1974, Hickey enrolled at die Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, close to her home of her daughter, also named Melhe, ut Washington, D.C,
“I was amazed,” Howard said. I thought she was just talking, that it was a pipe dream But my mother had a strong constitution and with-
Submittad photo The Rev. Mellie Hickey, who died Friday, was the first woman in the South to be ordained as an Episcopal priest She is shown in December 2009 with her portrait which was donated to the Aiken County Historical Museum.
stood a lot of criticism from her good friends, vet she had so much encouragement from tithers, loo.”
By 1976, the Episcopal Church approved the ordination of women. Stilt Hickey’s ordination as a deacon initially and then as a priest was resisted by some within her own church. Yet the occasion was so historic thai the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church attended the ceremony
She became an assistant there, where her husband was rector. Hickey was invaluable to hun, as he was losing his sight because of macular degeneration. He retired in 1980, and Hickey then took OB interim positions in Newberry andGattney The Rev. Grant Wiseman. the current St Thaddeus rector, noted that his own mother w as ordained as a priest late rn life ut the Cincinnati area several y ears ago bul without the struggles thai Hickey had
PIMM SM HICKEY, page 13A
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