Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 12, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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Outages lower than expected
Power companies suggest recent tree trimming practices prevented a lot of power outages from occurring. | 2A
Did ice put peaches in danger?
Did this weeks cold and ^ freezing temperatures damage the local peach crop that will come into season this May? Find out. ( 2A
School makeup days
The first makeup day is scheduled on Presidents Day Monday, Feb. 21. The other will occur on a teacher workday Friday, March 4.
Road closures, trash pickup
Work on a new / \ water tap scheduled
ROAD for Tuesday on
CLOSED > Rutland Dove near
\ / York Street has been
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Due to the ice and snow, the work was pushed back to install a new water tap for a new laundry busi
ness near the BP at York Street and Rutland Drive, according to Aiken City Public Works Director Larry Moms.
Work will begin around 10 or 10:30 a.m. after students arrive at school. Westbound lanes on Rutland Dove will shut down, and all traffic will be delegated to the eastbound lanes.
Aiken City trash pickup is also one day behind due to inclement weather, Morris said.
AP file photo
Nikki Haley will become South Carolina's 90th governor and the nation's second Indian-American chief executive today.
Haley will be sworn in today, faces budget mess
By JIM DAVENPORT
COLUMBIA — Nikki Haley may downplay how much she’ll step into history Wednesday as the state's first woman | governor.
Bul Haley no doubt will leave an outsized mark as she becomes the state’s 90th governor and the nation’s second Indian-American chief execute e.
The 38-year-old Republican mother of two enters office as the (SOI* controls the House, Senate and all nine constitutional offices for the first time
And she’ll make key decisions on how the ■'tate deals wiih a gaping $829 million shortfall in the upcoming budget.
Haley knows pain is ahead for people and i the programs they depend on, and she’s ■ expected to talk about that in her inaugural I address.
In November, she appointed a fiscal crisis task force to come tip w uh plans to pare state spending for what she called the worst budget year the state has ever seen. “No one has ever said this isn’t going to hurt. This is going to hurt,” she said at the time. “I think we haw to be realistic v\ Uh the people of South Carol int: This is gonna hurt .”
The pain is likely to be felt by most South Carolinians with children in school or colleges or those who use Medicaid programs that care for the elderly, disabled and poor. Those programs account for a more than two-thirds of state spending and ! can’t be spared deep cuts without shutting ; down other state agencies, state budget : writers said
Her job vaults her into an immediate I budget problem.
I he state’s Medicaid agency, the
j Department of I lealth and 11 urn an Ser-! vices, will stop payments in February for adult dental, vision and hospice serv ices j ami slash home health v is its by a third for the state’s elderly and disabled.
And the financial oversight board Haley I w ill now chair w ill have to decide whether I to allow the agency to run a $22K million I deficit for the current fiscal year.
II that doesn't happen, the agency says it will shut oil Medicaid payments to all care prov iders in March
Haley isn’t caught up in the size of the financial problem. She’s interested instead in dealing with an overgrown government.
“ Hie soy; of the problem lor me is not in dollars. It is in what is the role of government,” Haley said in a recent interview.
“Finding savings is actually a passion of mine," she said. She said she’ll first look at how many state workers there are and what they’re being paid. Then she’ll move on to how many ears, cells phones and agencies there are and which agencies should be merged.
Grabbing the state’s financial reins comes after a rough election ride for Haley. A year ago, Haley was at the back of a five-way race for the CiOP nomination and badly behind in money and visibility.
Please see HALEY, page 14A
Wallace E. Brewer, Wagener John Chapman, Clearwater Grace Elizabeth Willis Cook, Aiken Marie Garrett, Trenton Larry Cornell Gethers,
Brenda Lee Jett Adams,
Marion M. Jones, Aiken Dorothy West Ledbetter,
Willie Moore "Tug" Jr.,
Lillian Downs Newman,
Shelia Ann Roberts, Aiken
Shirley A. Szabo,
Coolspring Township, Pa. Hilda Usry Whittle, Aiken
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The Aiken County public schools will re-open with a two-hour delay this morning after two days of snow and ice, but won’t mate up the missed days Cwarm ■•"♦ll February
The delay for each school is two hours after that school's regular starting time. Schools throughout the district have varying starting times. In mid afternoon Tuesday, district administrators onginally planned to open schools on a regular schedule, then later in the day decided on the delay.
District officials rejected any consideration of making up the two missed days dunng a teacher workday Friday or on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, said Superintendent Dr. Beth Everitt.
"Teachers are preparing for report cards Friday, and people have made plans for Monday,” she said. "lf we took one of those days, it could disrupt families."
The need to close school Monday and Tuesday dunng
Please see SCHOOLS, page 14A
Congratulations Drake Jennings!
Five-year-old Drake Jennings, grandson of Brenda Jennings of Aiken, is the winner of the Aiken Standard Advent Calendar Contest.
Jake is the winner of a $100 Walmart gift certificate courtesy of Wayne's Automotive for completing his advent calendar,
■ Local officials said they were prepared for the worst, but were pleased that the winter storm didn’t pack more of a punch.
SCHOOL IS IN
By KAREN DAILY
Weather forecasters are warning commuters headed out this morning to be careful - they are not out of the woods yet.
Ice was slow to melt Tuesday since temperatures climbed only slightly above freezing, and the sky remained overcast as moisture on the roadways re-firoze, resulting in black ice.
Black ice looks like wet pavement but is really a v cry thin layer of ice and can he “very dangerous,’’ police said.
Sunshine, warming temperatures and winds blowing in today are expected to dry out the roadways, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Shawn Smith, but, until then, the storm that kept residents inside for the early part of the week w ill have a few lasting effects.
The remainder of the week should be much safer for travel.
Local officials have praised area residents for using “common sense” earlier this week and staying inside and oft the roadways.
Municipal and Aiken County officials said they were prepared for the worst but were pleased that the storm didn’t pack more ol a punch.
“We were very fortunate,” said Aiken Public Safety Capt. Wendell Hall.
Staff photo by Michael Gibbons SRP Federal Credit Union employees worked to make their parking lot and sidewalks safe for their delayed opening Tuesday. Ann Burson shovels ice in the parking lot at the Rutland Drive business.
Winter storm that shut down South turns toward the,Northeast. 19A
Assistant City Manager Richard Pearce and Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian echoed Hall’s comments.
Manpower was stalled to minimize the amount of overtime needed by crews working to*clear the ice-laden roadways.
Crews used salt and 'and to make roads passable.
rhe City of Aiken’s Public Works Director Larry Moms praised his crews for the time and effort they put in to the winter
Please see STORM, page 14A