Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 5, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
Staff photo by Ashleey William sotJazzmine Williams, IO, slides down the massive inflatable water slick at the Kenny Thomas Baseball Camp on Satur
day.Giant Slide offers fun for two weeks
By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON
Children ran. laughed and got soaking wet on Saturday at Citizen’s Park during the grand opening of the giant inflatable water slide, part of die Kenny I'humus Baseball Camp.
Hie slide, which stands 40 feet high and weighs more than 5,500 pounds, was brought to the camp by Big Event Slides, a I georgia-based
company owned by (Jordon Leopard of Aiken.
"There are over 80 of these slides out in the world. We connected with a manufacturing and distributing group and bought one, bin we’ve actually taken it to another level because most people don’t move these around,” Leopard said, adding that his company has three slides that travel around the country.
Please see SLIDE, page ISA
Between 12 and 18 storms are expected for this year's hurricane season, and the Aiken chapter of the American Red Cross is preparing to respond to the call for help.
By ANNA DOLIANITIS
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While hurricanes may not be a serious threat to Aiken County, the local chapter of the American Red Cross is nonetheless preparing to respond to the call for help should it arise.
Between 12 and 18 named storms are expected for the 2011 hurricane season - six to IO hurricanes and three to six major hurricanes, according to the NOAA.
"Knock on wood, we haven’t had a had disaster here in Aiken, but we always have to be prepared for it,” said Joey Hutto, the American Red Cross’ emergency serv ices coordinator in Aiken County.
Communities throughout the state have volunteer, mandatory and reserve shelters, and this year Aiken County’s two mandatory shelters are South Aiken High School and Silver Biufl High School, which could accommodate I,(KH) people each, Hutto said.
Annual walkthroughs have been conducted to ensure that the locations meet the requirements,HOW TO HELP
• In times of emergency, the Aiken County Red Cross needs trained volunteers. Three training sessions per month are held in an effort to give interested community members a chance to receive training before a disaster occurs.
• Spontaneous volunteers - those wtio are untrained but interested in helping - can also be used in the event of an evacuation to perform administrative and support tasks.
• Donations are always appreciate by the Red Cross. Out of every dollar donated, 91 cents goes directly to disaster services
• For more information about the Aiken County Red Cross, call 641-4152 or visit wwwaikencountyredcross.org.
and shelter kits containing the bare necessities needed to begin evacuation operations have been prepared, Hutto said. School officials, area emergency preparedness personnel and volunteer nurses have been consulted and are ready to assist, should the need arise.
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Join us this year for our community yard sale
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By AMY BANTON
The Aiken Standard is offering residents a chance to earn a little extra cash and to get some late spring cleaning in. as well.
The newspaper’s staff is holding a community yard sale June 18. Residents can set up tables in the front lawn of the Aiken Standard and sell those unw anted items that may be cluttcnng their homes, giving them an opportunity to free up
some space and make some money, too.
Aiken Standard Advertising Director Dee Taylor came up with the idea when brainstorming some creative ways to give back to the Aiken community.
"We want to be more involved in the community,” Taylor said. "We want the A iken Standard to have a face. We’re members of the community, and we want to help our advertisers arui subscribers.”
People w ho sell produce
are also welcome to come out and take adv anlage of the event, Taylor said.
This i'* the first time the Aiken Standard has held a community yard sale, and, if it’s successful. Taylor said she’d like to see it become an annual event ar maybe even hold it twice a year.
Space is tree if interests participants bring their owl
table To rent a table, it costs $ 10.
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