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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 20, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Ronnie Ldward Cheatham, Warrenville Jerry I. Devine, Aiken Winifred Midlvried, North Augusta Tami Sue Reynolds, Williston Mary Louise • Weezy" Wade, Aiken Sarah M. Westmoreland, Aiken Henrietta Henri' W. Wilson, Belvedere Deaths and Funerals 16A Mite Calendar 5C Classifieds 5B Comics 3C Dear Abby 4C Horoscopes 4C Markets 4B Movie Listings SC Obituaries 6A Opinions UA Puzzles 4C TV Listings 2C Group says SRNS lacks licensing for reactors By ANNA DOL1ANITI8 Stall writer An environmental group is alleging that plans being pursued by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions to bring small modular reactor technology to the Savannah River Site without Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing is in violation of U.S. regulations. Memoranda of Understanding signed between SRNS and two companies in the fall to bring two separate modular reactor prototypes to a future energy complex at SRS state that the Department of Energy will assume responsibility for regulating the design, construction^ and operation of the prototypes “in advance of any design certification and licensing by the NRC.” “Construction of ‘small modular reactors’ that are not licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission would violate U S law as well as endanger the public, and we will strongly oppose any attempt to avoid required licensing of such reactors,” said Tom Clements, Southeastern nuclear campaign coordinator for Friends of the Earth. SRNS formed partnerships with Hyperion Power Inc. and GE Hitachi, and SRNS President and CEO Garry Flowers said in December that another announcement is expected early this year. Clements said that the MOUs violate the federal Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, which states that licensing is required when reactors are operated “in any other manner for the purpose of demonstrating the suitability for commercial application of such a reactor.” In order for the law to be adhered to and licensing to be avoided, Clements said, DOI would have to pursue the reactor projects without any private involvement. “In order to avoid required regulation, ii appears that the Savannah River Site is trying to manipulate things so that requirements of the Energy Reorganization Act are avoided, but that will he impossible to do,” said Clements. Please see SRNS, page 12A JiB3^Q69,r00Q01»,s9 Vol 145 No 20    ^    <) 11 I* Local Soil IMT Allice I S f > / Full forecast 16C 50# Pizza chain comes hack to Aiken Thursday January 20,2011 in Richland Ave. locationEncore for Sarah ‘Frankenstein cast to perform again as fundraiser By ROB NOVIT Senior writer ruled homicide Tile cast members of “Frankenstein” gathered at the URS Center for the Arts Monday night, reuniting to prepare for an encore of the popular and award-winning musical they presented last September. The bonus performance, scheduled at the center Thursday, Feb. 3, at S p.m., will serve as a fundraiser to assist the lamily of 11-year-old Sarah Bernard. The production captured four awards horn the S C. Theater Association. As a visitor took photographs at Sarah's home Tuesday, she was drawing a paste I wildlife setting, complete with an owl and wolf an impressive w ork of int she completed in just 20 minutes. Sarah readily admitted she doesn't ake to have her picture taken, “but my mom said I need to do it to draw attention to Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.” She glanced up from her pastel work. “Did you get that? ‘Draw ’ attention?” she said with a wry grin. A daughter of Vicki and Hilly Bernard. Sarah contracted IRA at the age of 2 and, after ongoing treatment, went into remission five yours later The disease returned in severe form last summer, affect mg her hands, feet and ankles. Sarah has had to leave her sixth-grade classmates at Schofield Middle School and is getting homebound instruction. Sarah has long been a promising alist, working with Aiken artist Gcorgianna ( ongcr and focusing im black and wiute pencil drawings. Her illness currently has left her wnsts too damaged tor detailed pencil work. Remarkably, she fotmd an old set of pastel crayons in her closet inst two montiis ago and hasn’t stopped draw mg since. “I don’t know what Ed do if I couldn’t draw,’’ Sarah said. “Through my art, I can express my feelings like a character who is stressed out like you’re stressed out. It relaxes you.” The URS Corporation is providing tile facility for the By KAREN DAILY Staff writer Local officials are searching for the murderer or murderers who gunned down an Aiken County man who went missing in early December and whose body was found riddled with bullet holes in a wooded area in Bath Tuesday. Investigators said they believe Ronnie Cheatham was shot several times sometime between Dec. 6, when he was last seen by his girlfriend, and this week, when the body was found. In December, the 25-year-old left his girlfriend’s home in a borrowed vehicle saying he was going to the store. He never returned, prompting her to call local law Cheatham enforcement officials who conducted an investigation and issued a press release asking for the public’s help locating him. Two individuals later returned the vehicle, but Cheatham was not with them. Investigators are talking with those men, said Copt. Troy Elwell, a sheriffs office spokesperson. ()n Tuesday, about 2 p.m., two individuals who were looking for scrap metal in the woods came across the remains of a human body near Anthony Drive. Please see MURDER, page 12A Haley focuses on Sarah Bernard, ll, shows off the pastel wildlife drawing she completed in about 20 minutes Tuesday. The cast of the musical "Frankenstein," which debuted in Aiken at the URS Center for the Arts last fall, will return for one show Feb. 3 as a fundraiser for Sarah, who has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. additional performance of “Frankenstein," while the east members aa* bringing back the play on their own. Billy Bernard portrays the father of Victor frankenstein. “These people have become family,” he said. “U humbles me how ti ley are thinking of 0 us” Jerry West plays The Creature, the minister created by Dr. frankenstein, and he was delighted at how much Sarah got immersed in the production and the music. Indeed, Sarah learned all Ok* stings before the actors did. “She hives the show, and it became a part of her,” West said. “Sarah is such an incredible young girl who has been diagnosed with a debilitating disease. It lakes so many things away lf mn her, the things we take for granted. There was no question that all of us wanted to do this for her ’’ Doctors arc still trying to find the right combination of medications for her. Hie $2,000 monthly ais! Ibr her present meds is covered by insurance, but not indefinitely. 11 cr bedroom also needs updating. “She’s hav mg trouble with door knobs and other regular things,” Vicki Bernard said. “We need to make her room more grown-up and as a place where she can do her artwork. An iPad would be helpful, loo.” PIMM see SARAH, page 7A Want to go? ► What? “Frankenstein” encore fundraiser performance ► When? Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. ► Where? URS Center for the Performing Arts, 124 Newberry St. N.W. ► Tickets cost $20 each as a minimum donation to benefit Sarah Bernard and Children’s Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance. For more information, call 648-1438. government cuts in State of State By JIM DAVENPORT Associated Press COLUMBIA Gov. Nikki Haley said Wednesday that South Carolina must stop funding arts programs, consolidate government and reduce dependence on federal cash. Haley pledged she will work to downsize gov ernment, invoking former President Ronald Reagan and taking a line from her own campaign speeches, saying gov eminent was “never intended to be all things to all people.” She said the state must pursue financial independence: Her Cabinet agencies will stop pursuing increases in federal funding because it too offen comes with requirements, limitations and unaccounted for costs. “The days are over when Washington tells South Carolina, ’lf you want the money? Jump.’ And South ( arolina responds, How high?”’ Haley said. “We cannot jump without first considering where we’re going to land. And South Carolina cannot afford to follow the federal government, which has thrown itself into a pit of Please SM HALEY, page 12A u BULL RIDING 1/1    -r    .    f    .    Tf NL ;