Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 26, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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www.aikenstandard.com ■Dog that killed 9-year-old girl euthanizedKristen Dutton, 9, died after a dog attacked her Saturday.
By KAREN DAILY
The dog that killed a 9-year-old Mem wether Elementary fourth-grader has been euthanized, state officials said.
The McCormick County SherifTs Office requested the Department of Health and Environmental Control
(DHEC) pick up the dog that attacked and killed Kristen Dutton while she was outside her grandfather’s McCormick home on Saturday.
A DHEC spokesman said the dog was tested for rabies and was negative.
McCormick County Coroner Faye Puckett said the 9-year-old was attacked by the family dog about 6:30
p.m. while visiting her grandfather’s home. He had reportedly bought the pet three weeks ago for his grandchildren.
On Saturday, the 98-pound Japanese Akita bit the girl in the neck while she was outside alone with the dog. She later died at the hospital, the coroner said.
Puckett said the girl had
walked the pet earlier that day.
Leah Abercrombie, Kristen’s mother, told News Channel 6 reporters that she isn’t sure what happened to make the dog attack.
The sen ice for Dutton will be held today in North Augasta.
Mourners continue to post messages of sympathy for the family on the memorial
wall established on the Posey Funeral Home website, www. poseyfuneraldirectors.com.
Sandra Friar, a spokeswoman for Edgefield County schools, said counselors would be available for the students and staff.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
Contact Karen Daily at kdaily(2 aikenstandard com.
Community supports Meredith Leggs fight against cancer
By ROB NOVIT
sixth-grader at Mead I tall in late 2009, Sarah (irate Heaton readily admitted she and her teammates were nervous when they learned Meredith Legg would become their basketball coach.
They knew she had been a standout player for DSC Aiken and, “we were scared ixfl of our minds and wouldn’t even talk to her the first couple of practices.... Now w e all love her,’’ Sarah Grace said.
The team has enjoyed basketball success and w ill play for un independent league championship later this week, but the middle schixil girts have learned some other important lessons from Legg, too.
They began to understand early in 2010 that their coach had been diagnosed with uveal melanoma in (lie spring of 2009 and had lost an eye.
Last May, they found out that Legg’s cancer had returned, this time rn the form of lesions on the right side of her liver.
“We all cried,” Sarah Chace said.
“It was awful, but we’re completely behind her. You would never know she has cancer. She just has a positive almude and inspires all of us everyday.”
Legg has been getting experimental
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Mead Hall basketball coach Meredith legg, center with glasses, is joined by her players at a doubleheader fundraiser for her battle against cancer. Legg is battling a second bout of uveal melanoma.
treatment, including radiation, from her specialist in Philadelphia.
All but one lesion have been shrinking, she said Tuesday, and the doctor is monitoring that one carefully. The good news is that she hasn’t
needed treatment since August, I .egg said. Her next visit U) her doctor w ill be Feb. 21.
Sarah C trace did much of the coordination tor a fundraiser in support of Legg at a basketball doubleheader at
Mead I tall Monday night.
Before foe girls’ game with C urtis Baptist of Augusta, Legg and foe graduating eighfo-grade players were
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Staff photo by Haley Hughes KJ. Jacobs, with McMillan Pazdan Smith, explains the conceptual plan.
location is a concern
By HALEY HUGHES
A conceptual plan of foe new Aiken County Complex unveiled al a public input session Tuesday is based on foe premise that foe current Richland Avenue structure he demolished and a new building constructed in us place.
It is just not tensible to rc-purposc any part of the existing building, and an attempt to do so would come at a premium of about $3 million as foe structure has “lived its useful hic, we think,” said C ounty Administrator Clay Killian “To reuse and reshape that design, it would still be an
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By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON
Not everyone planning on an early lax refund this year is going to get what they’re hoping for so soon; in fact, millions of taxpayers may have to wait until mid-February to see their refund.
Taxpayers who itemize deductions, as well as foo^e who claim foe I Uglier [education Tuition and Fees deduction, and teachers who claim foe Educator Expense deduction will have to wait a little bit longer than (mist for their tax refund this year.
Recent legislation passed by Congress in December is putting a delay on filing certain returns, and the delayed actual by Congress could result in a three-week backlog for foe rest of foe tax season, said David Snyder, a financial consultant at Snyder and Stewart, PC, an Aiken Financial and Tax Services firm
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Filers affected by foe delay must wait until mid-February lo file their return if doing it electronically, and if they try lo submit a paper return before then, that won't be processed until mid-February, either.
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islation late last year, foe IRS is still programming their computers tor tile changes. Refunds will be delayed for millions of tilers, all because of Congress’ delay tut action,” Snyder said.
Some of foe iienii/rd deductions on foe Schedule A John include home
modgagc interest, real estate taxes, car taxes and chantable von in bullous.
“From a taxpayer’s stand point, it is a little inconvenient,” said Greg Roberts, an enrolled agent at Life Solutions, a financial planning firm in Aiken. Roberts said the reasons the IRS is calling for the delay to update its computers is completely practical given foe situation.
“The reason they’re doing it is because of the belated passage of foe restoration of foe Bush tax cuts; they didn t really have tune to get all the forms rn older as foe new law would dictate,” Roberts said. “From a practical standpoint, it’s tlx; thing to do. It may be a little inconvenient, bitt it’s very important. In the absence of a wail you’d probably have to file twice in order to get it right and take advantage of everything that foe new law provides,” he said.
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