Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 20, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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Vol. 145, No. 171
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Higher temps are here to stay
By ANNA DOLIANITIS
With summer officially starting on Tuesday, the hotter than normal temperatures that the Aiken area has seen show no sign of cooling down much anytime soon, according to the National Weather Serv ice.
Normal highs during the first week of summer are typically around 90 degrees, and normal lows are around 69 degrees, according to lead forecaster Tenia Morrison, indicating that the arca is seeing temperatures about IO degrees hotter than usual.
“It looks like high temperatures continue, probably hitting triple digits Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and then cooling off tow ard the end of the week,” Morrison said.
The high today and Tuesday will be hotter than IOO degrees, w ith temperatures dropping to the high 90s later in the week. Lows all week will he in the low to mid 70s.
Like the bursts of thunderstorms that occurred a couple times last week, thunderstorms are also expected this week, with Thursday having the lowest chance of rain.
“Other than that, we should be getting those afternoon and evening scattered thunderstorms throughout the week,” said Morrison.
Morrison said that people spending time outside should be sure to stay hydrated, adding that heat advisories may be warranted this week, although it is too soon to tell. The heat may be dry enough that the heat index will stay down, she said.
Today will be mostly sunny and hot with a high near 101, and a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after I p.m. Tuesday will be sunny and hot with a high near 102.
Wednesday will have a high near 99, and Thursday’s high will be 96 degrees.
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If proposal holds, schools may see additional $2M
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■ Not all officials approve of the committee’s idea for fund allocation.
By ROB NOVIT
If a S.C. legislative budget conference committee deal holds up, school districts would get an additional S56 million to buist their per-pupil allocations, including more than $2 million for the Aiken ( minty Schud District.
The additional statewide funding is roughly half of the $105 million that the S.C'. Senate had insetted into its budget initially aller the Hoard of Economic Advisors protected another $210 million in
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The conference committee agreed to pros ide $ 146 million for paying hack some of the debt incurred when the state had to borrow from the federal government to maintain unemployment checks. That move will save businesses from unemployment tax collections by that amount.
(>n Tuesday, the School Hoard w ill v ole cm a 3.8-mill tax hike for operations.
“We’ll have to lake (the new funds) into consideration when vee talk about the budget, weighing all the options before we take a vote ” said board member
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■ QR codes provide users with new way to access information via smartphones.
By ANNA DOLIANITIS
Small, two-dimensional barcode-1 ike squares now frequently seen in newspaper advertisements, magazines and even cm consumer items arc a w indow to quickly accessing more information and, in some cases, great deals.
Quick Response codes, also known as “QR codes” allow smartphone users to simply download an application, scan a square QR code on an adv ertisemen! or item and instantly be directed to the corresponding website, Facebook page or other relevant resource.
“You can scan (the code), and the app detects it, and it automatically opens in your browser,” said Stacey Mosier, Aiken Standard web content manager. “You can get information instantly with your phone
Howto use a OR code
► 1 Download the app “OR reader” on your smartphone
► 2 Scan the QR code like the one above using the app The app win auto-forward you directly to content available only online.
at any time.”
A QR code can carry up to several hundred times the information earned by a traditional barcode. When the developer sets up the QR code and a smartphone user scans the code using the app, the page designated by the code developer will open in Ila: phone's browser.
Often, QR cocks will link directly to a business or brand's website, but other times, they link to coupons or deals offered for a specific product or service. Until the code is scanned, the user typically won’l know.
' Sometimes it is a surprise, and you don’t know what you’re going to get,” said Mosier.
In addition to finding QR codes in advertisements, QR codes can be seen tm consumer products, for example, a potted plant at a home improvement store, according to Aiken
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What local officials are saying
"We 'll have to take (the new funds) into consideration (on Tuesday) ... weighing all the options before we take a vote. "
Keith Liner, Sc hool Board
"We are paying down the debt and are fouling education. Its a considerable step in the right direction for public education. ”
S.C Rep. Bill Taylor, R-Aiken
“Its very dangerous to spend (all of the money coming in).
... I'd like to put it all into a reserve account, just in case..."
Sen. Shane Massey R~Edgefield
Aiken Standard is going mobile
By MICHAEL W. GIBBONS
The Aiken Standard is getting its mojo on.
In fact, more than a dozen Mojos.
Mojo mobile journalist -is a newspaper industry term summing up a new breed of journalist - always on the go and always connecting, reporting news, pictures and videos in real-time with a 24-hour news cycle and a deadline of right now.
That is w hy all of the Aiken Standard reporters are now equipped with iPhone
4s, They have immediacy at their fingertips. Working with our web stall', we are turning www.aikenstandard.com to the go-to destination for breaking new s.
“We are v cry excited about continuing to develop better ways to cover local news,” said Scott Hunter, Aiken Standard publisher and editor. “We have always been the best source tor local news in volume, variety and quality. Now we can provide very quick, if not immediate, cov erage w uh words, photos
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Some of the Aiken Standard Mojos are, from left back row: Ben Baugh, Cam Huffman, Jeremy Timmerman and Tim O'Briant; middle row, Ashkey Williamson, Anna Dolianitis, Stacey Mosier, Becky Dearden, Suzanne Stone and Michael Gibbons; front row: Haley Hughes and Amy Banton.
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