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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 1, 2003, Aiken, South Carolina Tuesday july i 2003 2alocalnews to report a news tip or for Story ideas Call Michael Gibbons assignment editor at 648-2311 ext. 218 or email to read us online Page edited by Kimberley Kirkey staff reports eligible South Carolina residents can receive up to $73 per credit hour a up to $876 per semester for full time students a in lottery tuition assistance at Aiken technical College for the fall 2003 semester. For Many students said at president or. Susan Graham this assistance May help offset a tuition Graham increase that the College was forced to make in increasingly difficult economic times. Tuition will go up to $1,200 a semester for full time students who Are residents of Aiken county. This represents a $75 increase or approximately 6.6 percent per student. A that is considerably less than Many colleges have been forced to make across the state a said Graham a and aids our Effort to continue to provide a Quality but affordable education for the people of Aiken county. A regrettable As a tuition increase is in Many cases lottery tuition assistance will help minimize the Impact on our lottery funded tuition assistance will provide More than half the average full time technical College tuition for any participating student said or. James Hudgins executive director of the state Board for technical and comprehensive education. A this tuition assistance drastically cuts the Cost of earning a Post secondary degree a said Hudgins. Quot it helps students who otherwise could not afford College get the education and training needed to Advance their . Residents must qualify lottery tuition assistance is available at any of the states 16 technical colleges. To be eligible for lottery funded tuition students must a qualify for in state tuition rates and be a South Carolina resident for at least one year. A Complete a 2003-2004 free application for fed eral student Aid Hafsa. A be enrolled in a certificate diploma or associate degree program and maintain at least six credit hours each semester. A make Clear Progress toward completion of a certificate diploma or associate degree. A not be a recipient of a life scholarship award. A not be in default on any government student loan program. To Date the . Lottery tuition assistance program has helped about 43,500 students attending two year colleges. . Residents planning to attend at Are encouraged to file financial Aid forms As soon As possible said Graham. Hafsa May be completed online at . A completed Hafsa is required for any student receiving lot Tery tuition assistance. For More information Check the at web site at for links to lottery funding updates Eligi Bif Ity guidelines application rules and a list of frequently asked questions. Information is also available by contacting the at a the gift for All purposes. Thigh Batchelor behind bars until court time803-648-2508e-mail food available at acts to the woman who said that because of All the evil in Aiken she and her children Are without food or electricity please go to acts at 340 Park ave. You la get emergency food and help with Utility Bills and referral to other sources of Long term help. You la find Good people. God loves you by Kathy Jefcoats staff writer Michael Batchelor will sit in the county jail for the next couple of weeks awaiting his first court appearance since surrendering to authorities sunday. A we know where he is a said solicitor Barbara Morgan. A a he a not going anywhere. He a where he needs to authorities searched for Batchelor 35, since june 13 when he jumped bail to avoid pleading guilty to felony charges in connection with the vehicular deaths of his three sons july la. Morgan had Given Batchelor and his attorney James whittle until that Date to plead straight up to the charges a which Means no bargaining a or go to trial. It was through whittle that Batchelor surrendered sunday at 4 45 ., said Batchelor Aiken sheriff Michael Hunt. The two men met on Linder Lane and whittle drove him to the Aiken detention Center where they were met by a Deputy. That Deputy served warrants on Batchelor and took him into custody. Hunt said the investigation into whether or not anyone helped Batchelor during his 15 Days on the run continues. A we Are following up on who helped him and How but a lot of what we get will depend on the cooperation of the people that we interview a he said. When Batchelor failed to show for court circuit judge James Barber revoked his $100,000 Bond and issued a Bench warrant for his arrest. Batchelor is not eligible for Bond now and must appear in general sessions court to answer the Bench warrant. However general sessions court is not due to meet for several weeks. Until then. Batchelor will remain behind bars. J a a we re not in any hurry Togo to court a said Morgan. Contact Kathy Jefcoats at lottery funds May offset tuition increase 5-part knife _ Floyd of Green Aiken s Crown jeweler Centre South a a 649-6005 rms i a 070103 Mike Hunt takes credit for every arrest made every time an arrest is made by Aiken county Mike Hunt takes credit and claims that his restructuring is the reason for the Good arrest. It is so obvious to people in Law enforcement that this is just a Crock and the same names that have supported him in the past Are writing columns again. We know what a going on. Staff photos by Rob Novit close Call. Chris and David Needham look at the Pine tree from their Yard that fell on the truck after a lightning strike sunday night. The tree just missed truck owner Branson Wilson who was walking toward it at the time. Lightning causes damage scare ribbon intact. A Pine tree struck by lightning missed this Lamppost and its yellow ribbon placed in Honor of Iraq deployed National guardsman William Bryant by his wife Cathy. School system is a business i must take Issue with the person who says that the school system is not a business but a service. It is the second largest business in Aiken county next to sri. The product it produces is our doctors lawyers scientists computer experts cos White Collar workers and Blue Collar workers. The profit it makes is knowing that it has helped an individual to be an Independent person and to succeed in life. If that is not a business what is one of the to football coaches should coach has anyone noticed the last two South Aiken girls coaches have worked at sri is there no one at South Aiken who can coach girls basketball perhaps one of the to football coaches could do it. Highway patrol should be posted on . Hwy 39 i am just calling to complain about a traffic situation. Highway 39 runs from Wagener All the Way Back to Monetta. This is a terrible place for 18-wheelers. They get right on the Back of Peoples cars. They have no regard for safety. I am not saying that All 18 wheelers Are like that. I think Highway patrolmen should be posted before someone is killed. Mike Hunt has made definite changes to the person who said we need to give some examples of the new sheriffs great work thanks to sheriff Mike Hunt we have More deputies on the Road. He has also hired More competent people in higher positions and the attitudes of the dispatchers Are much better than they used to be. Call our Talback hotline at 803 64&2508 and leave your message or email it to us at . Com. Readers names Are not necessary to make a comment and will not be published in the newspaper. By Rob Novit staff writer Branson Wilson was just walking to his pick up truck sunday night. Moments later he was running for his life. A lightning struck Pine tree suddenly toppled hitting his truck and narrowly missing Wilson. He also had to Dodge a Power line from a blown transformer. A that scared me pretty bad a said Wilson who was visiting his Mother Cathy Bryant at her Summit drive Home in Aiken at the time of the incident. Wilson a Warrenville resident had brought his two Young children to swim in his mothers Pool sunday afternoon. When a storm threatened about 7 ., he sent the children indoors and walked to the front of the House to Roll up the windows in his truck. A i was Halfway up the sidewalk when i heard this big pop like a Bunch of rifles and realized the tree had been hit by lightning a Wilson said. A a in a never heard anything that loud before. Then the transformer blew and the tree just started falling Over. I started running and hollering and the biggest limbs landed about to feet away. The Power line fell right beside if he had reached his truck a few seconds earlier said Wilson a i would have been inside it when the tree the tree had fallen from the Lawn of Chris and David Needham Bryants next door neighbors. A we were watching television a said Chris Needham a and i had walked out to the Kitchen. I looked out and saw the tree lying limbs hit the truck but the tree trunk narrowly missed the vehicle. Its still in driving condition said Wilson but an appraisers repair estimate is about $3,500. Bryant still anxious about the incident monday morning expressed Relief that her son escaped injury. Remarkably a Lamppost in front of her House surrounded by limbs remained standing. That a significant because the Post is decorated with a yellow ribbon in Honor of Bryants husband William Bryant who is stationed in Iraq. A a he a a first sergeant with the National guard 122nd engineers out of Graniteville a said Cathy Bryant. A the has been deployed since february and has been in Iraq since april. He a in a combat engineering unit that is working on some Airport the yellow ribbon is still then a and that a something else a said Bryant. A that says a Contact Rob Novit at . A kids in colleges classes still open staff reports three Quot kids in colleges summer Camp programs scheduled at us Aiken still have openings available for two classes july 7-11 and another july 21-25. Sponsored by a scan a continuing education office kids in College offers a total of 20 Day Camp experiences throughout june and july. The programs scheduled next week Are a the great outdoors a and Quot getting physical with science a while a music makers is slated july 21-25. To Register or to obtain a Complete brochure Contact Laura Anderson at 641-3563 or Jean Haynes at 641-3288 or visit the website www.usca.edu/kids/. Elisabeth Schussler a program specialist at the Ruth Patrick science education Center will teach Quot the great rising fifth to seventh graders will meet from 9 . To noon and those in grades 2-4 will meet from i To 4 On the Musca Campus. Schussler will help the students discover habitats and habits of plants and animals through a variety of crafts and hands on activities. Each Day will be devoted to a topic in the outdoor world including plants insects spiders reptiles amphibians mammals and Birds. In a getting physical with science a students in grades 2-4 will take the morning class while those in grades 5-7 will meet in the afternoon. Catherine Rainsford an Edgefield county teacher will introduce the students to the world of physics. Campers will learn about electricity by constructing a variety of circuits learn about and observe changes in states of matters and file photo rewards. Cadie Deandria left and Ansley summer used these lollipops in a counting exercise and then got to eat them. They were participating in a math wonders a a kids in College Day Camp session held at us Aiken last week. Learn about magnetism through a variety of activities. Helen Church the music teacher at Aiken prep is offering a music makers for grades 3-5 on july 21-25 from 9 . To 4 Campers will work on developing singing skills and music appreciation and will learn to play the recorder. They will make their performance debut with a concert Friday july 25 at 2 30 $19.95 includes engraving i 7/8 in. Blade screwdriver Nail cleaner amp file bottle opener

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