Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 7, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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AR MC breaks ground on expansion
By ANNA DOLIANITIS
Aiken Regional Medical ( enters broke ground Monday morning on the 10,000-square-foot expansion of Aurora Pavilion Behavioral Health Serv ices, ARMC’s acute care center for people suffering from depression, anxiety, substance abuse and other mental health issues.
Currently a 47-bcd facility, Aurora Pavilion will add 12 beds w ith the new wing expansion to be used for geriatric patients, thus aliev Kiting space in the existing facility for adults and children
The expulsion will prov ide eight additional pediatric beds and four more geriatric beds.
"This will give us the ability to treat more people more quickly,” said Aurora Pavilion Administrator Paige Johnson.
Members of the Aiken community, including Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce President and CEO
Please see AURORA, page 9A
Staff photo by Anna Doiiamtis
UHS Vice President for Behavioral Health John Willingham, Aurora Pavilion Administrator Paige johnson, Aiken Councilwoman Beverly Clyburn, ARMC CEO Carlos Milanes, Aiken Mayor Pro Tem Don Weils and Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce President and CEO J. David Jameson were among those who gathered Monday morning to break ground for Aurora Pavilion's planned 10,000-square-foot facility expansion.
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Despite state budget cuts and the loss^federal stimulus dollars, the general school budget would increase to its highest level since 2007 if the proposed tax increase is passed, topping $154 million.
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By KAREN DAILY
By ROB NOVIT
The Aiken County Board of Education will host a public heanng on its proposed 2011-12 budget at the distncl office today at 7 p.m.
School Board members tentatively are seeking a 3.8-mill increase in the district's operational budget and a 9-mill increase in the debt-serv ice budget.
The operational increase will in part help fund a small raise in salary for teachers and support personnel, along with some new initiatives - among them an expanded alternative education program.
The deN-serv ice millage increase will allow the district to provide addnnmal allocations annually for major school renov at ions and regular cyclical maintenance.
Bourd members are scheduled to approve the final budget document June 21.
In an inters »ew last week, Aiken County Superintendent Dr. Beth Everitt said the school district has few options to meet the capital and operational needs it has control over,
“We has e cut hick many areas in recent years,’’ she said.
In an amil sent out by Debbie Nix and Kathy Pale of , We The People Aiken, they contend that the budget is full of overfunded expenses and wasteful spending.
Board member IXmna Wesby encouraged people to come to the hearing tonight ‘‘and get the facts,’’ she said. “The school board is trying to do the best it can in looking at the larger picture.”
The district office is Rivaled at KMM) Brookhaven Drive.
A Granitevdie man who police said pretended his hand w as a gun when he attempted to hold up a Dunkin' Donuts in April has been identified and jailed.
Brent Lewis Biers, 25, of Fields Cemetery Road is charged with strong arm robbery and simple larceny.
Investigators said that, in addition to attempting to steal money from the Dunkin’ Donuts, he stole tip money from a jar on the counter at a neighboring Qui/nos in the same Richland Avenue shopping center.
Aiken Public Safety investigators said the man entered the Dunkin' Donuts about 8 p.m. on April 11.
He had one hand concealed behind his back and his other luuid in front of his body under his T-shirt acting “as if he had a weapon.”
Tile man then approached the cashier and demanded she give him all the money from the drawer. Another employee then walked into the store and the suspect led without receiving any of the money.
But, he reportedly said “he would return.”
Officers also spoke w ith employees at Qui/nos who said a man matching the same description was in the store minutes earlier.
The investigators later learned that the man took the money from the tip jar.
“The incident was captured on v ideo,” according to arrest warrants.
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Homeowners: The combined increase would cost $36 mote for each $100,000 in the value of your home. Businesses and personal property: Business owners, rental property and personal property such as cars would see an increase of $76.80 per $100,000 in value The increase in assessment on a $20,000 vehkle would be $15.36.
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Operations: The additional dollars would fund raises for teachers and staff, expand alternative education programs, expand existing freshman academy programs at Stiver Bluff and Midland Valley high schools and reinstate the program at Wagener-Salley High Debt ServRe: District officials say the increase would accelerate school renovation and new construction plans. See current facility plans, Page 9A
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► What? Public heanng on Aiken County Board of Education's proposed 2011-12 budget
► When? Today at 7 p.m. :
► Where? District office, 1000 Brookhaven Drive
Watch the public hearing live online at
Live coverage of the heanng will stream online beginning at 7 p.m.
General Operations: This levy is the one that pays the light bill, buys supplies and provides funds for teacher and staff salaries
Proposed increase of 3.8 mills would raise $1.2 million
Debt Service: This tax is used to pay back money the district has borrowed for construction and other purposes. Generally, these ate the funds used to maintain, update and build schools around the county.
Proposed increase of 9 mills would raise $2.8 million
TOTAL INCREASE: $4 million