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18 Jun 2015

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 18, 2015, Aiken, South CarolinaCyan wooo Magenta Paoo yellow Poao Black 012908 local news aikenstandard.com2a thursday june 18, 2015 by Maayan Schechter one Aiken county Council member and two county elected officials Are requesting that specific funding be put Back into the $62.7 million 2015-16 Bud get after Council already agreed to Cut the budgets general fund by about $1 million. On tuesday Council agreed to Forward the budget with an amendment to its final vote expected next week. A portion of the general fund cuts included a Cut of $50,000 allocated toward the demolition of abandoned and vacant properties a Cut with which Council member Lawana Mckenzie took Issue. Mckenzie who represents the mid land Valley area where Many of the abandoned Homes Are located said it sur prised her that Council decided to Cut another $25,000 out of the already Cut demolition fund. I just found that out tonight in listening she said. But one of the things that concerns me is we took such a Strong stand on litter trying to clean up the county. We made this big stand in the newspaper. Litter does not just Start in cars. Usually litter begins in abandoned Homes where drug addicts might hang out and sleep Mckenzie said. She said its not just meth houses but also crack houses where people stay hang out sleep and some times set fires. Its scary we have a Genera Tion living that Way she said. I dont want us to waste Money in the budget. I know youve worked hard looking for cuts but the Money comes Back to you to improve neighbourhoods. Mckenzie said its not about the House specifically but that the Homes can be literally dangerous in several communities she said drug addicts could be inside the Homes making drugs falling asleep or accidentally catching the Home on fire. I personally dont know where were wasting Money its Well used and id like to see it put Back in the budget she said. Council member Chuck Smith echoed Mckenzie is sentiment asking Council to look Back at adding critical items to the budget. I dont think demolition is something weave got to pull out of there he said. Its a Good project that we need to put that $25,000 Back in. Council member Phil Napier responded that Council can always choose to Amend the budget later to add the Demoli Tion funds and that any funds the county can save should go toward any financial Impact by potential bad weather. We need a Cushion we cant spend everything Napier said. In other requests county treasurer Jason goings and county auditor Charles Barton asked for funding for each of their departments. Although both already made their requests to Council in february goings asked for an additional employee and $20,000 Worth of employee upgrades which increases those employees salaries. Barton requested one More employee for his department in addition to funding upgrades. Council is expected to hold the final vote on the 2015-16 budget at its 7 . Meeting tuesday in the Aiken county government centers Council Chambers 1930 University Parkway. Officials request More funding in county budget Justin r. Krueger the chief operating officer at Aiken regional medical centers has been appointed to the Aiken county commission for technical and comprehensive education the group which governs Aiken tech Nical College. A Florida native Krueger has held executive leadership roles at health care facilities throughout the Southeast. Before coming to Aiken he served As the chief operating officer at Crossgates River Oaks Hospital in Brandon Mississippi chief operating officer of Lehigh regional medical Center in Lehigh acres Florida and assistant administrator of Charlotte regional medical centers in Punta Gorda Florida. Krueger and his wife of six years Courtney have a 2-year-old daughter Olivia. Justin r. Krueger joins education commission submitted photo Justin Krueger was appointed to the Aiken county com Mission for technical and comprehensive education. Names & notes army pvt. Seth a. Thomas graduated from military police one station unit training at fort Leonard Wood mis Souri on june 11. During the 19 weeks of training the Soldier studied the army Mission history military customs and courtesies rules of engagement tradition and Core values. Proficiencies for graduating military police included physical fitness requirements Basic combat skills military weapons Rifle marksmanship land navigation army combative map Reading Field tactics military Justice system Basic first Aid and Field training exercises. Thomas earned a Sharpshooter marksmanship medal and scored in the top five of his platoon in physical test earning time at Home do ing Hometown recruiting. Thomas is the son of Gene and Vicki Thomas and brother to Denise All of Aiken. He is a 2014 graduate of Aiken High school. Thomas first my assignment will be in Germany. Thomas finishes military unit training submitted photo Seth Thomas graduated from military police one station unit training. Stephanie Ledford a Spe Cial education teacher was named teacher of the month for May at North Augusta Middle school. Ledford named name teacher of the month submitted photo Stephanie Ledford named a local teacher of the month. By Maayan Schechter major Road construction in Ai kens Crosland Park neighbor Hood is expected to be Complete by the end of october Accord ing to one City official. George Grinton the Cit yes engineering and utilities director met with at least 10 neighbor Hood residents tuesday night to share construction updates on the repairs and maintenance work done to the neighbor hoods water and sewer lines. The $1.6 million project affecting about 220 Homes is under round three of the Cit yes capital project sales tax projects and was started in May 2014. Grinton said the project is a major renovation to the sewer and water lines in the area which Are roughly 50 to 60 years old. This is really a Northside development Issue where were trying to improve the neighbor Hood and one of the issues is definitely the sanitary sewer lines Grinton said. This whole neighbourhood was built in the 1950s when Aiken was expanding. The Savannah River site came in and i think i was told those Homes were supposed to be considered temporary houses for the construction workers. So All of the sewer lines were put into the Back of the Home where today they Are usually More toward the front. Although the . Department of transportation has right of Way of Crosland Parks roads Grinton said the Only work the state will do on the roads is resurfacing. Sanitary and sewer work is typically done by the local municipalities. The Only thing we Are coordinating with them on is resurfacing of the Road Grin ton said. We help Dot direct which roads will be resurfaced and Dot has a resurfacing con tract for this fiscal year that ends in april 2016. Currently three streets in Crosland Park Are completed and approved by the . Department of health and environmental control and eight Homes Are connected with new water and sewer lines Grinton said. During tuesdays meeting Grinton said the residents were patient and understanding but asked for specific potholes and other Small items to be dealt with. It is very disruptive to have your Street torn up and we have been doing one Street at a time to minimize any rerouting and to minimize any inconvenience to a localized Point so neighbors can still get into their House he said. Grinton plans to update coun cil on the project and its associated costs at a july Council meeting. Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. City shares update on Crosland Park submitted photo on tuesday Crosland Park residents heard updates on the status of water and sewer line repairs in the neighbourhood. Staff photo by Dede Biles James Hawkins foreground right shows the self portrait that he created tuesday during the Fine arts Camp at Christ Central ministries Hope Center in Graniteville. By Dede Biles Graniteville Chil Dren attending the Fine arts Camp at Christ Central ministries Hope Center Learned about the basics of drama with the help of some plastic Dino Saurs and Palm Trees tuesday. I want you each to create what is called a scene their instructor Matt Thomason told them. Its a picture of an idea you have and youll use the dinosaurs and Trees to Tell a Story. Teryn Harris responded enthusiastically making a diorama in which a Mother triceratops was protecting her baby from the veloce raptors that wanted to eat it. Josh Shipes meanwhile put a tiny Dinosaur in the Mouth of a tyrannosaurus Rex. I dont have my Story yet Shipes replied when Thoma son asked him what was going on. It looks like t. Rex is having lunch Thomason said. Later in the session Shipes joined Thomason and James Hawkins in pretending to be involved in a hotly contested race Between a car and a motorcycle. Show me everything from what you need to put on to How you get in the car or get on the motorcycle Thomason told Shipes and Hawkins. I dont want to hear it i want to see it. The Campos participants also had an Opportunity to work on self portraits. After drawing pictures of themselves with Black Perma nent Marker pens they placed brightly coloured pieces of tissue paper on top and used paintbrushes to put water on them. The color from the tissues bleeds onto the paper below them said their Art instructor Amy Holland. When the tissues dry you Peel them off. The Fine arts Camp is for children who have completed the first second third fourth or fifth grades and Are involved in Christ centrals after school program. During other sessions they studied dance with students from the Atlanta based mov ing in the spirit youth development program and music. The three Day Camp ends today with a performance by its participants that begins at 6 30 . And is open to the Public. We have never done this before said Donna Paschal the Campos director. We wanted the children to get an introduction to All the Dif Ferent arts. I Hope they find something that interests them and want to do it in their spare time. But maybe this will take them to a whole other level where they will want to go off to College and major in Art. The Hope Center is on Hick Man Street. Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since january 2013. A native of Concord n.c., she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Summer Camp introduces local kids to the Fine arts staff photo by Dede Biles Josh Shipes left and teryn Harris learn about drama while creating scenes using toy dinosaurs tuesday during the Fine arts Camp at Christ Central ministries Hope Center in Graniteville. View our photo gallery see More photos at Mckenzie a s 35 -1 32 91 89 a s 35 -1 32 91 89 a s 35 -1 32 91 89 a s 35 -1 32 91 89 after All these years we still buy Gold. Porky Brad Berrys jewelry family owned & operated since 1952 1601 whiskey Road Aiken 803 649-0475 we will match or beat any legitimate advertised Price. Top Dollar paid on the spot for Over 62 years get Cash today

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