Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 15, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 145, No. 166
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Large-scale ‘editorial cartoon’ sparks dialogue on tax increase
By ROB NOVIT
The large-scale “editorial cartoon" by artist Siva Aiken remains on her Edgefield Street property a proeducation dinosaur and likenesses of Jane Page Thompson and Debbie Nix, two residents who are spearheading efforts to stop the Aiken School Board from raising taxes in the next budget year.
Thompson cheerfully posed with the painting of her likeness Tuesday, telling Aiken, “You even got the glasses right."
Still, Thompson and Nix want Aiken to remove the artwork.
They initially discussed buying it from Aiken, who could then donate the proceeds to the school district.
At first, Aiken was receptive to that idea. but she told Thompson Tuesday she would not formally sell the artwork.
Aiken expressed concern that Thompson had filed a police report and that any “profit" Aiken might make on a transaction - even temporarily - could sublet her to possible legal action.
Thompson had specifically proposed a donation from ter and Nix of $300 each to finance a grant for a teacher through the foundation Public Education Partners. Aiken would be willing to consider that they do so after she removes her artwork.
Aiken has the right to express her opinion. Thompson said, and added she has no intention of seeking any civil action against Aiken.
Thompson acknow (edged she filed an incident report to document it and talked to her lawyer about the situation.
When she was in the entertainment industry, a biog would do "horrible things w uh my face ... and embarrassed me in the public domain," Thompson said. “That biog no longer exists, and my image and name are protected. When you have been a public figure, you have to protect yourself first"
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Staff photo by Rob Nova
Jane Page Thompson, a resident who is against the Aiken School Board raising taxes in the next budget year, poses with her likeness that is part of a large-scale "political cartoon" by artist Siva Aiken. The display illustrates her position in favor of the tax increase.
View full photos of the artworks at www aikenstandard.com.
The incident report cites Thompson its stating that Aiken did not have her permission to use her image in public in thai way. Thompson acknowledged in the report that the issue was not criminal. Ste is familiar with the civil process for handling such a complaint but wanted the incident report for documentation, according to the report.
Aiken said this situation is
one in which she has agreed
to disagree with the stance on public education and the proposed tax increases that Nix and Thompson have taken. She has no plans to keep the artwork up indefinitely, she said.
“Eve gotten almost all positive feedback on this,” Aiken said, ‘i've known Deb (Nix) and consider her a friend. I have respect for Jane and ter support for the
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7 ve gotten almost all positive feedback on this ... / 'rn not breaking any laws. I rn making a statement. Its just art. "
Scorching temperatures unusual for early June
By KAREN DAILY
National meteorologists have reported daytime highs in the Aiken area have topped MO degrees 22 of the last 23 days, and there’s no obv lous cool down in sight.
Daytime highs have been running about five to sex en degrees above normal for
this tune of year, explained National Weather Serv ice meteorologist Hunter Coleman.
Although it’s not unusual to have daytime highs above 90 degrees, Coleman said the consistent stretch of 90-plus temperatures is unusual for early June.
Expect daytime highs today to top 90 degrees.
There is a 20 percent chalice that showers or thunderstorms may move tnto the area late in the afternoon.
Coleman said humidity should remain low again today,
“We may see more moisture later on in the week,” lie said.
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The Citizens Advisory Committee prefers Option 4, which features a clock tower cupola, columns, a ground-level entrance and a second floor entrance accessed by a set of curving stairs on either side.
Option 4 design is favored choice for new Complex
By HALEY HUGHES
The Citizens Advisory Committee likes Option 4 for the design of the new Aiken County Complex with its curv ing stairs and clock tower cupola.
Nine committee members of the 11 in attendance at the meeting demonstrated by a show of hands their preference for Option 4 after McMillan Pa/dan Smith architect Kevin Hyslop presented the new schematics Tuesday.
The recommendation now goes to County Council, which is anticipating choosing a design at its June 21 meeting.
Their selection of a design will not lock Council in to the exact rendering.
At this point, they’re just choosing the new complex’s “envelope.” said County Administrator Clay Killian.
“We are trying to get the outside of the building to where everyone likes it,” Killian said. “We cpn’t get down to the nitty-gritty on design until we know what the envelope looks like.”
The majority of Council also appeared to favor (>ption 4 when its members saw the renderings last week.
The design features a clock tower cupola, columas, a ground-level entrance and a second floor entrance accessed by a set of curv mg stairs tm cither site.
Several C ouncil members remarked the stairs reminded them of those at the Park Avenue courthouse.
Option 4 has three stones.
Option S and Option 6 received one vote each.
No one voted for < >ption 7, with its more modem scheme and dome.
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Beth Burger has been named the winner of the Aiken Standard's My Favorite Loretta Lynn Song Poem/Essay Contest. She submitted an essay online explaining why "Coal Miner’s Daughter" was her favorite song. She won two tickets to the Loretta Lynn concert Saturday in Augusta. "It is going to be a special experience. I am taking my sister, but I haven't told her. I might just let her see it in the paper."
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