Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 27, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
■ Event to conclude today rain or shine with final skirmish to begin at 2:30 p.m.
By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON
j» This year marks the m 146th anniversary of the plateful February 1865 barrage when Confederate troops battled Union troops in the heart of downtown Aiken.
Beginning Friday and Anding today, the Barnard I- Bec Camp, Sons of Con-’jffederatc Veterans Camp 1575. have brought mem-- “bm at the community, as m|Ba well as people from all -Jfp os cr the country, back to f j4:|Tev isit the Battle of Aiken.
I For nearly two decades, hundreds of sponsors, vol-jin leers and re-enactors has c come together to put an unforgettable event that recreates the sounds, smells, tastes and way of life during the Civil War in South Carolina, ft. ; Camps were set up throughout Confederate park with live (ires burning |t> cook chicken and dumpings, soup or frybrcad, all |p Summon dinner options for soldiers during the war,
I*:.I Authentic 19th-century no*uar> reproductions of medical facilities and sutler Shops also surrounded lite pmi where an estimated 15,000 people come out each year to witness the recreation tit life during die Ci\ ii War.
■ Saiurdu) ’s event covered «ait one of recreation, the Battle of While Pond, in winch Union troops* forced Confederate troops to »'•» Jamcat.
£rf|yll Morgan I ox iiavcled ft^reum Lexington to witne*-* the event, this was her lust
Staff photo by Michael Gibbons Civil War redactors shoot a cannon at the Battle of Aiken on Saturday.See more photos on 7,9A
time ever attending the Baltic of Aiken re-enactment.
**I saw the commercial about it on TV, so I decided to come,” Cox said, before suddenly jolting in place as a loud cannon went off several yards away on the battlefield.
”1 like this. CII probably come back again.”
Cox said she ventured through all of the sutler shops and found a few things she bought as souvenirs.
‘*1 got a couple of T-shirts and some jewelry,
I went in ail of the cutler shops and checked out the old stuff, but I only bought modern stuff,” she laughed.
Cox and the thousands of other attendees watched as Union and Confederate soldier re-enactors waged war on one another - the sounds of cannons blasting, guns shooting and swords
Staff photo by Ashley Williamson
At a reproduction of a field medical facility, Stephanie and Grant Stevens watch Harry Mays act as a surgeon amputating a wounded soldier s right hand.
clashing tilled the air on the battlefield. During some moments, all view was completely obstructed by smoke-tilled air after cannons were shot off back to back.
Wayne Jones, a member of the Sons of Confeder
ate Veterans and a reenactor who portrays Maj.. Lien. James Fwd) Brown (JFBI Stuart, said he can’t express enough thanks to all who make this event possible each year.
See eAHLE, page 13AIs fluoride in area’s water problematic?
By AMY BANTON
Fluoride has been a topic of discussion around the world, and it will soon be assessed by Aiken City Council.
Aiken City Councilman Dick Dew ar requested at a regular meeting held Feb. 14 that City officials assess the fluoridation of water after correspondence with various indiv iduals around the com munity w ho are concerned with the issue.
— Dewar, along with most of the Council members, expressed no stance either way on the issue.
Council wants more information and input before holding a discussion in the coming months.
According to the Department of Health and Fjiv iron-mental Control, fluoride is a naturally occurring compound which derives from the cie-men! fluorine.
The issue of fluoride has been debated since it was first adopted and put into water 60 years ago by Grand Rapids, Mich.
Recent studies have suggested vanoas health concerns from over-fluoridation, and some people just w ant a choice m what goes into their water.
Within Aiken I ounty, the larger municipalities such as Aiken and North Augusta
have fluoridated water while many of the smaller towns or cines do not Several of those municipalities said cost was the reason why they did nut fluoridate the w aler Other municipalities, such as New Ellenton, only have to make small adjustments to
MCC photo Council wants more information and input before discussing the fluoridation of the City's water.
meet the optimal level of fluoride to prevent dental decay as its water had a stronger natural supply of die compound compared to other cities.
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Juilliard returns to area for festival
By SUZANNE R. STONE
New York’s prestigious Juilliard School of Art has been building strong ties with Aiken over the last several years, which has resulted in the annual Jiulliard-ln-Aikcn Festival.
The school’s relatumship with Aiken began rn 1996, w hen Steve Naifeh and Greg Smith established a legacy bequeathing their property, Joye Cottage, to Juilliard for use as a student and faculty retreat. Chi learning of this bequest, Juilliard officials began working with the Aiken community to establish a presence here before the school comes into the Joye Cottage legacy.
In 2009, these efforts resulted in the founding of Juilliard In Aiken, a civic organizeSee full schedule on SA
non to create arui oversee the Juilliard-ln-Aiken Festival, according to Juilliard In Aiken president Sandra Field.
“We’re so fortunate to have this relationship with Juilliard. They don’t do this kind of evert with any other community in die world [bey have touring ensembles, but there’s no festival like this with Juilliard artists anywhere else rn the world,” Field said. “We’re so fortunate to be able to bring these world-class artists to Aiken, and we’re fortunate that they’re so passionate about and dedicated to their art that they’re willing to give as their time like this ”
At the fast Juilliard In-Aiken Festival, 20 of the school’s artists took part and the festival offered six public
concerts and involved about 600 local students in outreach programs. This year’s festival will include more than L000 area students in outreach programs arui w ill have a special outreach concert for the residents of Brandon Wilde Nursing I Ionic in Evans, Ga.
"We have a waiting list of schools wanting to attend these events. We try to schedule as many as we cut during the w eek, and, because w e can’t accommodate all those requests, we’ve started an initiativ e of artists’ residencies to occur throughout the year,” said Field. “So far we have had three Juilliard artists rn residence, ut August of 2010, October of 2010, and in January During these residencies, the visiting artist or ensemble also prov ides outreach and
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Artists from New York's Juilliard School of Art will present this year starting Saturday,
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\<>ur Local Source Since 1887 .....— www.aikenstandard.comPolice seek suspect in shooting
By ROB NOVIT
The Aiken County Sheriffs Office is seeking a Bath man in connection w ith a shooting incident in Graniteville on Saturday afternoon.
Capt. Troy Elwell, a sheriff’s office spokesman, identified the suspect as Raheem Demarcus
Robinson, 28, of 1180 Pine Grove Road, in Bath. He will be charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Dexter Labon Walker, 35, who lives on Wire Road in Aiken.
Tile incident took place at 224 Aiken Road in Graniteville, according to the sheriffs office report. About 3 p.m., deputies responded to a call and found the
victim at that residence with gunshot wounds to both legs. EMS staffers transported Walker to a hospital for medical attention.
His condition is not life-threatening, Elwell said Saturday night.
According to witnesses, both men had been drinking heavily. The incident report states that the suspect left the house and returned as the argument
resumed. The suspect then left again and returned w ith a firearm and fired at Walker multiple times, the report stated. Witnesses told deputies that the suspect then left the scene in a black Chevrolet Avalanche.
Robinson is a black male, 6 foot, 4 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds.
Anyone w ith information
about this crime is asked to contact the Aiken County Sheriffs Office at (800) 922-9709. Individuals also should call CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at (888) CRIME-SC. Calls can remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash award of $50 to $1,000.
Contact Rob Novit at numtifbctikemtandard com.