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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 10, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Monday January 10,2011 Today’s Weather Vol. 145, No. 10 'lour Local Source Since ===== m (S(> BRACING FOR A HIT Offrials around the county are ready for worst, hoping for best WEATHER Cancellations around INFORMATION area as of Sunday By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer Both SCIX )T offices in Aiken County - maintenance and construction - have been mobilized to ensure roadways are clear ot the expected ice and snow accumulation and safe for motorists to travel. SC IX)T Resident Coastruction Engineer JetTTerry said Sunday that nearly every employee anticipates to work the next few days on first plowing 1-20 and other major U.S. and SC. routes of snow then treating them with a salt and sand mixture to prevent any ice from forming. The fleet’s dump trucks have been mounted with snow plows and spreaders. The National Weather Service in Columbia is calling for one to three inches of snow then, as the atmosphere warms a fraction and the snow changes on cr to freezing rain, about up to half of an inch ol ice on top of that. “That’s about as had a forecast as you can get,” Terry said. “The best thing we can do is keep snow off the road and pretreat it before the ice starts lo stick.” On Sunday, the National Weather Service upgraded this area from a winter storm watch to a w inter storm warning, meaning that all indications pointed to significant winter weather. Meteorologist Al Moore reported forecast models showing snow and sleet tailing early this morning then clianguig over to freezing ram any time before 2 p.m. The surface temperature will remain at or below freezing into the aftermxm w ith an afternoon high of about 34 degrees, he said. Tonight’s low will drop back down to the mid-20s, and more freezing ram is expected lo fall intermittently, potentially creating a light glaze of ice on the ground. Aiken County Ihiblic Works crew's arc in constant contact w ith emergency management, public safety and the National Weather Sen ice to coordinate efforts, according to County Administrator Clay Killian. A conference call was scheduled Sunday afternoon to keep each entity abreast of the impending weather conditions. “We have to be ready, but hopefully we’ll miss (the bad weather),” he said. County road maintenance crews are primarily responsible for clearing Highway 302 ami Highway I between North Augusta and Aiken; the lleet’s motorgraders are • Today’s meeting of the Homebuilders Association has been pushed back to Monday, Jan. 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the Willcox Inn. • GlaxoSmithKline closed Sunday night at third shift. It will reopen on Tuesday at IO a.m. Expect word on Aiken County Public Schools by 5:30 a.m. To access our winter weather hotline, call Staff photo by Haley Hughes In anticipation of the winter weather mix forecast for this area, SCDOT has outfitted its dump trucks with shovels to plow the roads clear of snow and spreaders to distribute a mixture of sand and salt to keep the roadways from icing over. ready, and the County has several four-wheel drives at its disposal to transport employees to their posts as well as medical professionals to Aiken Regional. As of now, there are no plans to close die C ounty Complex, “As of right now, we’re staying open. We have a lot ol obligations as a public entity,” Killian said. “We arc not likely to close unless the roads are just treacherous ” City Manager Roger Lei Xx. said a decision will made on the opening or ck»sing of city offices this morning, though there is a good possibility employees will be notified they do mil have to report to work until 9 a.m. City Public Wi>rks employees are prepared as well with a mixture of sail and sand lo be spread on bridges and hills to prev en! hazardous road conditions. Moore said the precipitation will luve ended by Tuesday, bu! the sky will remain cloudy, preventing a significant warm up and melting of any ice and snow that has accumulated. Please see WEATHER, page TOA iken County residents are bracing for what could be a significant weather event overnight, and toe Aiken i Standard plans to make sure you stay in the know as it happens - with a lot of help from you, our readers, AS7V viewers and users. Tune in to ASTV channel 95 on Atlantic Broadband Cable starting at 7 a.m. today, and we’ll bring you live reports on the road conditions, area school closings and delays and all of the information you'll need to weather the anticipated storm. This video feed will also be available live at for those without access to the cable channel; the video stream can also be accessed from your smartphone and mobile devices at We ll stay on the air throughout the day and won’t sign off until the threat of ice and snow passes. Here’s how you can help. Call our winter weather hotline at 644-2396 and let His know lf your place of business is altering schedules or you need your employees to know they shouldn't venture out until dar^erous driving conditions have passed. Beyond that, call the hotline to let us know what you are seeing in your area. Are there accidents or trees down in your neighborhood1 What about a power outage? Give us a call to report any news tip related to the weather conditions, and well pass it along to everyone    We may even interview you live on the air. We also want to see and share your photos of everything from snow man building to crews out working to restore power and clear downed trees. Send those photos via email to editorial®, and we ll feature them on TV and the web as the day progresses. We look forward to all of your calls and emails and to sharing the valuable information they’ll bring to all of us. asTv High 33° Low V*-    »> Full forecast 16C 500 Kids learn business in virtual world Larry Cornell Gethers, Aiken William Edward Moseley Sr, Aiken Willie “Tug" Moore Jr„ Aiken Toni Marie Gessner, Johnston Joann Key Hancock Harden, Aiken Jean Seytot "Sloppy" Bryson, Aiken Deaths and Funerals 16A Calendar SC Classifieds 5B Crossword 4C Comics _ 3C Dear Abby AC Horoscopes_____ 4C Movie Listings 5C Opinions 9A Puzzles 4C Sports IB TV Listings 2C #■3 A OO 9" OO OO I By ROB NOVIT Senior writer Smack dab in the middle of Aiken High School, students will be selling cars, car accessories and insurance this semester on any given day. None of it is real, of course, but teacher Travis Phillips’ \ irtual enterprise class is linked to real-world business and personal finance, rhey’ll interact with scores ol other high schools on an online v irtual network, making their own purchases as needed. Phillips said the students voted on the business, named by them Free-bird, Inc., that they wanted to establish. They looked at a travel agency but decided the demand for those serv ices would be limited. They also considered an apartment building but dismissed that as too complex and cumbersome. The students felt the online car sales business was the best fit. Even the top executives in the business venture were chosen by real industry leaders in Aiken County* who Staff photo by Rob Novit TJ. Noyes, second from right is the new CEO for the virtual enterprise class of teacher Trews Phillips at Aiken High School. Other top executives are from left Jamal Harris, Brock McLeod and Wayne Russell. interv iewed candidates for each job. Senior TJ. Noyes, who served as chiel financial officer for a virtual grocery store last year, was selected as the CEO for the current project. “It was really eye-opening last year, learning how to run a business and dealing with people,” Noyes said. I he economic downturn will be reflected, and it will affect our prices and how much we make. With gas prices rising, we’ll put out a lot of ftiel-efficient cars.” Other key executives are Jamal Harris, president of Two die in crash on 278 By AMY BANTON Staff writer A two-vehicle accident took the lives of two Aiken County w omen Saturday evening. Brenda Adams, 47, and Sheila Roberts, 54, each of Aiken, were killed after the 2006 Toyota Corolla they were traveling in was struck by another car around 8 p.m. Saturday at the 1800 block of U.S. 278 near Beech Island, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton. Adams, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Roberts, who was in the back seat and not wearing a seat belt, w as later pronounced dead at the Medical College of (i corgi a. Please see DEATHS, page 10A A Desire to own breaks resolve I spoke too soon last week when I said I didn’t want any major changes to occur this year. Alas, I have the fever -the “I want a house really bad” syndrome infecting my daily thought processes. With the decision of Wanting to stay rn this Aiken ( ounty for while, Eve started to seriously think about buying a home. Ifs a big, intimidating step, bul I think ifs one I truly want to make. I don’t want anything fancy. A small starter home would suffice, but I find myself conlhcled. Do I want to purchase an old home or a newly built house? Eve seen them both. I ve seen the renovated homes in Crosland Park, the new houses built by Aiken County Habitat for Humanity, and Eve been in several freshly constructed homes of friends. When Eve walked in to each of them, immediate warmth or coolness, whatever w as opposite of the temperature outside, would embrace me. A nicely insulated home is key for comfort and lower electricity bills, w hich are two very important factors. Each of these houses are energy efficient and are modernized representations of today’s definition of a home. On a more aesthetic level, these homes bore me. I mean, I would adore living in one, and it would probably be in my best interest to look into a newer modeled home. What causes this internal predicament was, while living in Lumberton, I was Please see VIRTUAL, page 10A Please see HOME, page 10A ;