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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 27, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Thursday January 27,2011 Today's Weather Vol. 145, No. 27 Your Loral Sourer Shirr  —~ « I (S (; 7 »» -JV ■r.J Full forecast 16C 50^ 58° Low 28°Drug charges stem from N.A. traffic stop By KAREN DAILY Staff writer A traffic stop in North Augusta Wednesday led to the arrest of a 54-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man on drug trafficking and distribution charges. Keith A. Oui lier, 27, of Bradleyvdie Road in North Augusta, and Millicent Walker, 54, of Euclid Av enue in North Augusta, have each been charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, trafficking crack cocaine and possession of a controlled substance. Investigators estimate the marijuana to be about 60 grams, the crack around 14 grams and reported finding 25 tablets of OxyContin. An officer stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Buena Vista and West avenues in the City of North Augusta about 4 a.m. Wednesday. Inside the vehicle, police found an open bottle of Vodka and then followed up w ith a full inspection of the vehicle. Inside, the officer came across a purple Crown Royal bag with what was initially described as an “abundance" of a green leafy substance and a clear bag of a white substance suspected to be crack cocaine. Another bag contained pills, the officer reported. Police later processed the items and determined they were marijuana, crack and OxyContin. The two were arrested and taken to the Aiken County detention center. Quilter Walker Who’s on first? ► Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves talks about his upcoming rookie season on page 1B ton ifeiiiKJ Robert "Bobby" Jones, Apex, N.C. Geraldine “Jerry" Peel, North Augusta Shirley Grelder Wetzel, Aiken Deaths and Funerals 16A tosftOa Calendar 5C Classifieds SB Comics ______ 3C Dear Abby 4C Horoscopes 4C Markets _ 4B Movie Listings SC Obituaries 6A Opinions ha Puzzles 4C TV Listings 2C Funding cuts would stunt growth of arts school ci!»34009«000tn*"'v By ROB MOVIT Senior writer The newly-designated East Aiken Elementary School of the Arts is growing in enrollment and expanding its offerings, its arts instructors told Aiken County Board of Education members at a meeting Tuesday. But their excitement about the school has been tempered by the proposal of new Gov. Nikki Haley to eliminate funding of about $2.5 million for the S.C Arts Commission. “We know the state budget is in bad shape and that there have to be cuts," said longtime art teacher C arne Power Wednesday. “We’ll take cuts like anybody else, but why take it away completely'”’ The Aiken School Board authorized the inclusion of the “arts” status last summer in recognition of the school’s efforts in recent years to introduce cross-curricular instruction that incorporates the arts. Meeting with the board members were East Aiken principal Mary Robinson and three teachers - Power, Stall photo by Rob Novi! East Aiktn School of the Arts kindergarten students Faith Holcomb, left and Asia Stickman show off their latest works Wednesday.The school s arts teachers are worried about a proposal to eliminate all state funding for the S.C. Arts Commission. physical education teacher Kathy Linton and music teacher Megan Jensen. They described an enrollment gain of 60 students and the introduction of dance and strings after-school programs - for which parents are willingly paying fees, Robinson said. Disciplinary referrals during the first five months of school have dropped by 34 percent, Jensen said. A digital presentation by the teachers included a quote from 5th-grader Jillian Boyd; “To be a part of a school of the arts is very exciting and thrilling. The best part is being able to draw, dance, sing, paint and learn values of life in all subjects .” Please see FUNDING, page 12A Panel disagrees with Gov. Haley COLUMBIA (AP) — Members of a legislative budget-wri ting panel say they disagree w ith Gov. Nikki Haley’s call to eliminate state funding for the South Carolina Arts Commission. Commission executive director Ken May urged a House Ways and Means panel ai Wednesday not to follow the Republican governor's suggestion Rep. ( hip Liniehouse of ( harlequin chairs the panel and says ifs unfair to {ack old a couple of agencies to /ero-oui He notes the state would save just $2 million by not funding the arts commission, and he said that won't get far rn bridging the state's $829 million budget gap. Limehouse says the better option is to further cut the commission's budget. In ha State of the State address, I laky said funding should be eliminated for the Arts Commission and South Carolina fiducanunal Television QUITTING BUSINESS EVERYTHING MUSTf 1553 Whiskeyf anion (OCH) c.44- , Lawso GOING OUT OF BUSINESS? Furniture store’s closing date still not certain By AMY BANTON Staff writer A furniture store that announced its closure in November is still holding a quitting business sale, and many wonder if it is really shutting its doors. People holding signs advertising a “quitting business" sale at Lawsons Home Furnishings have had a presence on Whiskey Road for u couple of months. The manager of Lawsons, Krista Bostic, said they were definitely quitting business and that the lease for the building that houses the store in Mitchell Shopping Center on Whiskey Road ends Jan. 31. Lawsons opened its doors February of 2002. As for when Lawsons’ last day of business will be, Bostic could not give a specific date and said that the property owner would allow them to continue sales after the lease is over. Bostic said that they have been pulling their remaining merchandise from their main warehouse in Statesboro, Ga., and some advertisements state that “All must go immediately.” The property owner from whom Lawsons is leasing said they have extended their lease to the end of February but would not comment further on the matter. Calls to Randy Laster, the operations manager of Lawsons, or Wahlqutst Management Corp., which owns the furniture store, were unsuccessful or not relumed before press tune. City officials say that the business has followed all of Aiken’s mandates accordingly. The signage for the “quitting business sale" has been in accordance with the ordinance by having individuals hold signs, according to Staff photo by Amy Ban tonSeveral signs have spotted Whiskey Road to alert customers of the closing of Lawsons. The signs are legal as long as they are held and not stuck in the ground. C ity Zoning official Tommy Paradise, lf the temporary signs were stuck in the ground, that would be considered illegal unless it was a situation of bankruptcy and a federal judge restrains local jurisdiction. According to Carri Lybarker with the state Department of Consumer Affairs, there are no state laws that require a business to close its doors within a certain time period after announcing it is quitting business. Counties and cities must form an ordinance to set a standard for closing businesses. Please see CLOSING, page 12A What do you think? ► Does Aiken need an ordinance to standardize the length of “quitting business” sales? ► Write to Opinions, Aiken Standard, Box 456, Aiken, SC 29802 or e-mail editorial® aikenstandard com State of the Union positive for SRNL, nuclear community See analysis of the State of the Union address on page 9A. By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer Clean energy sources -including nuclear energy - are an investment that will strengthen security, protect the planet and create countless new jobs. President Barack (>bama said in his State of the Union address to the nation on Tuesday evening. Obama said that his budget to Congress in a few weeks w ill include investments in biomedical research, information technology and especially clean-energy technology. “So tonight, I challenge you to join me in setting a new goal; By 2035, 80 percent of America’s electricity will come from clean-energy sources,” he said. “Some folks want wind and solar, t Hhers want nuclear, clean coal, and natural gas. To meet this goal, we w ill need them all - and I urge Democrats and Republicans to work together to make it happen." l)r. Susan Woods, chair of the board of directors for Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness, said that CNTA is extremely pleased to hear the president articulate support of clean energy, which is very important to the community. “We applaud his statement. I think it’s the first or one of the first clear statements of support from President ()bama,” Woods said. “It is clear that the country needs to invest in science and technology that are related to energy production and energy distribution and anything that can help save the use of energy, so our expectation would be that this would open up opportunities in nuclear technology development.” Woods said she does not believe that Obama’s Woods    IM    of achieving 80 percent of the nation’s energy from clean-energy sources • not using oil, gas, or coal -by 2035 is feasible, and that the shift will take more than 24 more years. However, she said, the support will hopefully lead to assistance for initiatives like research and development of technology at the Sav annah River National Laboratory as well as the purposed energy complex at the Savannah River Site. Already making advances, the California Institute of Technology is turning sunlight into fuel and Oak Ridge National Laboratory is using supercomputers to get more power out of nuclear facilities, Obama said, and he urged American scientists and engineers to work ■ together to find clean energy solutions. “We need to get behind this innovation. And to help pay for it, I'm asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies," he said. “I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but they’re doing just fine on their own. So instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy, let’s invest in tomorrow’s.” Pieate see OBAMA, page 12A ;