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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 8, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina vJUiiv,,,BLUEBIRDS OF HAPPINESSThe Central Savannah River Bluebird Society is gearing up for a new season. Find out what they’re all about on PAGE IC. Saturday January 8,201 Vol. 145, No. 8 Today's Weather I High 51° Low 33° Full forecast 16C \ on r Loc*a I Source Since    m I sn: 504Surviving driver charged with felony DUIPolice: Salley man in head-on collision that killed two was ‘legally intoxicated’ By KAREN DAILY Staff writer A Salley man has been charged with two counts of felony DUI on allegations he was legally intoxicated when he attempted to pass another vehicle on a two-lane stretch of highway and caused a head-on collision that killed the occupants of an oncoming SUY. Stephen Corley, 38, of Jewelweed Road in Salley, was arrested Friday afternoon. State troopers said the suspect will be held at the Aiken County detention Corley center. A bond hearing is slated for the weekend, said Lance Cpl. Judd Jones, spokesman for the S.C. Highway Patrol. The charges indicate that Corley was over the .08 blood alcohol limit when the crash occurred on Dec. 29; however, troopers did not release what his levels were. He was hospitalized at MCO Health in Augusta after the crash, and his blood was taken at that time. Corley was arrested upon his release from the Georgia medical center where he was taken by ambulance the evening of the fatal collision. Katie Scott, 22, of Couchton, was also transported to the Georgia hospital that evening. She died Dec. 30 from injuries she SEEKING NUCLEAR SOLUTIONS Commissions open meeting focuses on Yucca, SRS By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer Nearly 200 people turned out at the Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites on Friday, each with an opinion on what the future of nuclear energy in the United States should look like. Members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, a group appointed by President Barack Obama to conduct a comprehensive review of policies for managing the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle, listened and asked questions of the meeting’s two dozen or so scheduled speakers. Yucca Mountain and a need to find a nuclear waste repository outside South Carolina to store the nation’s spenfnuclear fuel was the focus of the day’s discussion, coming from primarily economic and environmental perspectives. The Obama administration’s decision to halt efforts toward a national repository in Nevada, where spent nuclear fuel from the Savannah River Site was intended to be sent, had many of Friday’s speakers frustrated, especially since money for the specific purpose has already been spent “I think it was a very shortsighted decision that has devastating effects. We want our money back, or use the hole," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, referring to the repository. While SRS is good at many things, the site was not (03AlI)3 Helen Christine Hietpes Harmon/ Aiken Johnnie Wilma (Mama Jo) Heckman, Atlanta Melvin Lee Davenport Sr., Wagener Wanda Key Turner, Bath Deaths and funerals 1BA Staff photos by Anna Dolianitis Above: Aiken County Council Chairman Ronnie Young, left and SRS Community Reuse Organization Chairman J. David Jameson, center, were among those representing the county’s interests at Friday's public faceting of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future at the Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites. Right: Also in attendence were a number of people from Asheville, N.C., who came to Augusta to make their views known. designed to be a long-term storage facility for nuclear waste, he said. Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce President and CEO J. David Jameson, speaking in his capacity as the chairman of the SRS Community Reuse Organization, said thai SRS is a “goto” facility w ithin the Department of Energy complex for handling spent nuclear fuel, but the site cannot handle the w aste that would have gone to Yucca Mountain long-term. “We continue to believe that feilure to complete Yucca Mountain is a monumental mistake. If not Yucca Mountain, a permanent repository is needed somewhere for the federal government to fulfill its obligation to our community,” said Jameson “SRS was never em ironed as the sustained in the crash. Alex Bush, 24, of Aiken, the driv er of the vehicle that Corley hit. was pronounced dead the evening of the collision. Bush and Scott were traveling east on S.C. 302 in a 2001 Ford Explorer when the SUV was struck head-on by a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder, driven by Corley, officials said. Witnesses told Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton the Nissan had been traveling erratically, at speeds in excess of 80 mph, only moments before the fatal crash. If convicted, Corley faces a mandatory fine of $ 10,000 to $25,000 and imprisonment for one to 25 years. Contact Karen Daily at kckuly(2 aikenstandard. com Here it comes agairi: More snow could be on the way to Aiken permanent home tor the defense waste. We are not willing lo become the de facto permanent repository" Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness Executive Director Clint Wolfe emphasized the need to extract the maximum amount of energy possible from nuclear fuel. SM COMMISSION, page 10A By SUZANNE R. STONE Staff writer The Aiken area is bracing for a cold blast of w inter weather this wed*-end. “We have issued a vv inter storm watch for late Sunday night through Monday afternoon," said National Weather Serv ice meteorologist Dan Miller. “We are expecting a mixture of precipitation types, beginning in the form of snow late Sunday night and then transitioning during the day Monday to a mix of sleet and freezing rain ” As of Friday evening, the National Weather Serv ice was estimating a possible two to four inches of accumulated snow and a quarter-inch of ice, according to Miller The forecast calls for lows Sunday night in the upper 20s, a high temperature Monday afternoon in the low to mid-30s, and a low around 30 Monday night as the storm ends. “ rhere is still some uncertainty; as time progresses, we can refine our forecast. We’re just adv is-ing people to be aware ice and snow could be accumulating,’’ he said. The South C arolina Department of Public Safety spent Friday coordinating with the State Emergency Management Dis lsion and other agencies lo prepare an emergency plan f or the threat of ice, sleet and snow on the roads. Potential driving hazards include black ice, bridges and overpasses icing before roadways, drivers traveling too fest fix' condoTNE FORECAST SUNDAY: Mostly clear, with temperatures dropping rapidly. SUNDAY NIGHT: Low temperatures dip into the upper 20s; snow begins falling after midnight. MONDAY: Precipitation continues, first as snow, then as a freezing rain and sleet mixture as the high temperatures reach the mid-30s in the afternoon. MONDAY NIGHT: Storm rolls Wit, but low temperatures drop to around 30, meaning snow and rain on the ground freeze intg ice. TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS Two to four inches of snow, a quarter inch of ice. L bons and drivers losing control or skidding on the road. "In studying the weather models, we are more concerned with this situation because of the threat of ice mixed w ith snow. We w ant motorists to understand that this could be a very different scenario than the recent Chrisunas snow when temperatures prevented roads from icing in most locations. It will be colder going into this weather event and could Please see SNOW, page 10A 34009 000011 tas&b Calendar JC Classifieds 2D Crossword 4C Comics SC Dear Abby 4C Horoscopes 4C Markets 2B Movie listings SC Puzzles 4C Sports 19 TV Listings 2C COMING SUNDAY The decade has only just started but, like many teens, it s trying to figure out what it is and what it's all about. / ;