Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 15, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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Vol. 145, No. 15
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SNOW DAY CONTROVERSY
Civil rights leaders fear makeup days may lessen MLKs legacy
By MEG KINNARD
COLUMBIA — While Aiken County schools opted to have makeup days for the recent cinter weather on Feb. 21 (Presidents Day)and March 4 (a teacher work day), MMHMMMMj civ ii rights leader aul I|jE_ | Friday that
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the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to make up for snow days, calling the decision an insult to the civil rights icon’s legacy.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton, among others, said schools in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina should find other ways to make up days lost arter a winter storm coated the region in snow and ice, making roads treacherous. Hut educators, some facing mandatory furloughs, said they had scant options to make sure students were in classrooms for the number of days required by law.
In Rock Hill, Ila instance, three school days were canceled just a week arter students returned from Christmas break Some Georgia districts canceled class for an entire week Ordinarily, administrators would luive plucked teacher
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Deaths and funerals
The struggle for MLK Day
Thm year marks the 25th anniversary of the federal holiday honoring chs# rights leader Martin Luther King but the road to making the day a national holiday was rough
The march to honor King's memory
1998 Kittg assassinated in Memphis. Tenn . on April 4 four days later.
U S Rep John Conyers D Mich , introduces a MI to create the holiday but it never comes to a vote
J §71 Congress receives more that 8 minion signatures in support
of the holiday but takes no action
1979 Conyers* bin defeated in the House by five votes
1991 Benefit concert, rally and march in Washington, D C , on Jan 15. King s birthday. Stevie Wonder s 'Happy Birthday' song becomes
an anthem for the pro-holtday movement
1§93 Bill creating the holiday passes Congress despite opposition, .ispeoaiiv froht Sen Jesse Halms. R-N.C Prowdent Ronald
Reagan who opposes the Mi signs it into law. knowing Congress would override his veto
1996 Holiday goes into effect, only 27 states and the District of Columbia honor ll southern states start passing laws combining MLK Day with those honoring confederate generals
1997 Arizona Gov Even Mecham rescinds the holiday triggering tourism and business boycotts against toe state NFL subsequently votes
to move 1993 Super Bowl from Tempe, Aru . to Pasadena, Calif.
1992 Arizona votes to accept the holiday. NR- returns Super Bowl to Tempe m 1996 ,
1994 Congress designates MLK Day a national day of service
1999 New Hampshire adopts MLK Day as a paid holiday replacing
its optional Civil Rights Day
2000 Virginia splits Lee-Jackson Day, honoring confederate generals from MLK Day Utah renames to Human Rights Day as MLK Day becoming the lest SUM* lo recognize toe day by King s name South Carolina becomes the lest state to make toe day a paid holiday
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“work days” scheduled days for teachers bul not students - for makeup days. Biri in South I arolina - the last state to recognize King Day as a paid holiday Uh* state employees - officials said budget cuts meant many of those work days were already set aside tor unpaid furlough days.
“TTiere was no intent on anyone’s purl to devalue this
day in recognition of this American leader.” said Rock Hill schools spokeswoman f lame Baker, who said her district lost SIO million in funding last year. “We’re just mot mg ahead and doing the business that we always do, which is educating children.” I lowevcr, some civ ii rights leaders said it’s the educators who may need a lesson. The
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issue was especially sensitive in (ieorgi a K ing’s home state and a launching pad for the civil rights movement.
On Thursday, NAAt P leaders there called on two rural counties to cancel classes planned on the federal holiday. District superintendents said they had to make up for nine school days missed this year because of w inter weather but some called the decision an insult to King’s legacy.
King was assassinated in 1%8. The holiday was established in 1986.
“For that day, so many have died. For that day, so many have marched. So many have been martyred.” Jackson told ITie Associated Press.
I .^plaining their decision to hold school Monday, Charlotte- Mecklenburg school officials in North C arolina said teachers had been encouraged lo include information on King in the day’s lesson plans. The head of that state’s NAACP chapter said that’s not enough.
Please see MLK, page 10A
Personal trainer Kathy Rowland, left, stands with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" host Ty Pennington and two of her clients, Ahey Martin and Sonya Kindt.
Aiken woman to appear on
ABC TV show
By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON
“Move that bus!”
By now, most are familiar with the fact that “Lxtreme Makeover: Home Ldition” made its way to Augusta in December; the show ’s crew and local volunteers annihilated a McCann Way home before rebuilding a new home in its place in just one week.
But what many don't know is that the volunteers from the show were mainly women: big, bad women.
The show, which will premiere Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. on ABC, will feature women from the area who helped tear down the South Augusta home of Lames-tine Graham in an episode
themed “Girl Power.”
Softball players from the ASU softball team, as well as the Augusta roller derby team, worked with other Augusta and Aiken women including police women, firelighters, bikers and body builders, tach group of women contributed an effort relative to their profession or interest.
Softballs slammed into the windows, derby girls slammed each oilier into doors and the group of body builders were each equipped w uh a 25-pound weightlifting plate well, most of them were. Kathy Rowland, a personal trainer at Gold s Gym in Aiken, thought she d push the envelope.
See MAKEOVER, page 10A
Weekend warmth will melt lingering snow, ice
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50s for the first time since the snowfall last weekend and warm up enough to melt what little has been left on the ground, forecasters said.
The temperatures overnight have been well below freezing for much of the week, and daytime highs have rarely climbed out of the 40s, slowing the
Check out this month's Healthy U Calendar for information about University’s Smart Heart Expo and other special Heart Month programs and events.
By KAREN DAILY
The warm-up should continue throughout the weekend and extend into early next week, said National Weather Serv ice Meteorologist Kim Campbell.
Although daytime temperatures will continue to warm with a high on Tuesday near 60 degrees, overnight lows will still be
below freezing for much of the weekend.
The normal high for this time of year is 56 degrees, “so we will still be below the norm,” Campbell said. “Tuesday really is our best chance to get above normal.”
The warm-up may come with precipitation, she said.
Expect mostly cloudy
skies Monday with a chance of rain late in the day.
There is a 60 percent chance of showers late Monday and Tuesday.
Later in the work week, skies will clear.
Highs will remain in the 50s w uh lows continuing to fall below freezing.
Contact Karen Daily at kilaUy(u aikenstamkird com
By the end of the holiday weekend, those lingering patches of ice and snow that have hidden in the shade under trees and out of direct sunlight will likely be disappearing.
Today, expect temperatures to climb into the