Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 28, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
This photo shows the courtyard of Richland before Janice and Russell Johnson renovated it.
Couple brings life to aged courtyard in downtown area
Suspect sought in N.A. shooting
Revamp on Richland
By HALEY HUGHES
Their daughter’s wish to have lier wedding reception at the*: house was what spurred Janice and Russell Johnson's-renov ation of an empty courtyard on Richland Av enue.
The partially paved courtyard, located beside City Billiards, was once home to an auto dealership and an auto repair business but sat vacant for quite a while, closed off to the street by a rusted chaining fence. An imposing white concrete wall lined the hack of the lot.
The Johnsons benight the property in 1998 on which to build a home for Janice’s mother. They opened their wholesale decorative art business in the • back and rented the space fronting Richland Av enue to The Curiosity Shop.
in 2006, the 2,800-square-foot house, which the Johnsons call Arbor House, was built. Its from door faces Arbor Terrace, a small dnvc off Newberry Street that runs directly behind The Curiosity Shop.
’I or years, I don’t think that people even noticed thai there was a space in this location," Janice said.
Although the house is relatively new, people comment often that they never knew an “old" house sat behind the shop. And, dial’s exactly what the Johnsons wanted.
“We wanted it to look like it’s always been here,” Janice said. *
A few yearn ago, their daughter, who was to be married al Aiken’s First Baptist Church, asked that her wedding reception be held at Arbor House.
The Johnsons jumped into action The asphalt was removed, and top soil was brought in. Flowers, grass and palmettos were planted, an
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A North Augusta man was struck in the head by a bullet Saturday night, and police are looking for the suspect.
The 39-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was taken to University Hospital in Augusta with injuries that are not life-thieatcning, according to a press release from North Augusta Public Safety.
The police report stated that his head was X-rayed, and a small metal fragment w as found embedded between his scalp and skull which could not be removed by doctors.
The shooting occurred Saturday around 9:15 p.m.
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These photos show the courtyard on Richland after renovations were made by Jan ice and Russell Johnson for their daughter's weeding.
irrigation system and exterior lighting was installed, along with a new iron fence anchored by bock columns.
The white concrete wall was stenciled to look like buck.
‘We did design it with the wedding in mind, and now we try to enjoy it as an oasis in the city. People say all the time what a great thing it is. It is really quite nice. It is just a nice space,” Russell said.
Recently, the Johnsons were given the Adaptive Use Award
by the Aiken Historical Foundation for their work, which they said came as a complete surprise. Ihe Adaptive Use Award is given in recognition of adaptive use fur a historic building iv home which adds value to the Aiken community “They fixed it up beautifully,” said Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh. “It is a great improvement to our downtown area. It is one of those things that catches your eye. That’s what it takes - everyone doing
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The Johnsons rent out the upstairs apartment to out-of-town guests in Aiken for business or pleasure. It features a private second-IU** balcony overlooking the downtown area.
Visitors have come from Texas, Alabama, t onnecticui and Washington.
“We have met the nicest people ’frying’ Aiken to see if they want to live here,” Jamee said.
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live late William Stanley Gov sard’s ring commemorating his Navy sen ice at the lice. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor is finally in the right hands.
Star) and Tem Gossard of Aiken, Gossard’s son and daughter-in-law, meant to pass the nng on to their nephew, an active (hay Navy man, when dosing up his parents’ Minneapolis house in 2006 after the deafri of his mother. Bul the nng had gone missing since Gossard’s death in 2003, and the couple wrote it off as lost forever.
“My lather was sav ing aboard the U S S California at the time of die attack, wluch was sunk at Pearl Harbor. Nm much was done tor the survivors at the time, no ribbons or medals,” Stan said. “A Peal 11 arbor Survivors Association was formed around 1958 and he joined that, and somewhere along the line, someone commissioned these commemorative rings to be designed.
Start photo by Suzanne Stone Terry and Stan Gossard presented an heirloom ring commemorating Stan's father's service ti the Peari Harbor massacre to his nephew Sander Gossard, who is serving in the Navy.
Dad got hold of (me, and he wore it all die time, which I found a little strange because he would never talk about the Pearl Harbor experience or even about the Pacific C araponga Bitt he was very proud of die ring.”
Last July, a Minneapolis woman went to the local media with a nng she found in a yard, designed with the phrase “Lest We Forget Minnesota Pearl Harbor Survivors
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at the victim’s home on the 200 block of Edisto Drive. The victim was shot in the rear of the head by a smallest i ber weapon while he was on his front porch grilling, the report said.
A witness stated that they saw a black Audi A4 in front-of the residence and heard a pop along with seeing a flash seconds before the victim was hit.
Police searched the area but were unable to find the vehicle in question.
Anyone has information regarding this incident is asked to call the North Augusta Department of Public Safety at 279-2121 or 1-800-CRIMK-SC (I -800-274-6372.) Anonymity is guaranteed.
Battle of Aiken
Staff photo by Amy Batton Spectators watch the Battle of Aiken unfold.
Warm weather helps turnout
By AMY BANTON
The Battle of Aiken ended Sunday w ith a bang.
Cannons echoed through Confederate Park as thousands of spectators were out to watch the second reenactment of the Battle of Aiken, marking 146 years since the C onfederate and Union troops collided in the City’s downtown area in 1865 ami the 17th anniversary of the re-enactment itself.
Saturday was the Battle of White Pond as the Confederates were trampled by the Union, leas mg the crowd w ith a bit of a cliffhanger.
On Sunday, Ute tables turned as the Confederates successfully drove back the Union.
Wayne Jones, portraying Maj. James El well Brown (JEB) Stuart and a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, was ecstatic w ith this year’s turnout. More than 1,000 re-enactors were involved rn this year’s event w uh around 500 of those nubs iduais on the battlefield A total of 15,000 spectators usually come to the event, and Jones said he’s quite certain that they came close to that number once again this year.
“It’s been phenomenal; it’s been a great success,” he said, adding that he’s received nothing hut positive feedback from both re-enactors and spectators.
Jones wanted to thank ail of the volunteers, including the Boy Scorns and Royal
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Rangers, re-enactors, spectators arui the community in genoa! for their support.
“We couldn’t do it without them,” Jones said. “The key to everything here is this community; they honored ow ancestors ’’
Vendors also were happy w ith the outcome of the event this year. Polly and Gene Moseley, who were running the Douglas Mercantile selling Civil War merchandise and refreshments, said that they’ve seat a lot of traffic Saturday and Sunday.
“We’re very pleased," Polly said “We had a leu of people admiring our setup."
The Front Porch Chum Old F ashioned Ice C ream also saw a lot of bus mess over the weekend.
“Ihii has been one of the best years because the weather’s been so nice.’’ said Sue Fulmer, who was working the ice cream stand.
The weather was quite fan tor the battle as the temperatures stayed in the 70s and the sun was out along with an occasional cool breeze.
Over the weekend Jones met people from all over the country and the world, including China and the United Kingdom who came to view the re-enactment, William Frueh Jr. traveled to Aiken from New York to participate rn the event by
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