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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 22, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina IN THE NEWS STAFF PHOTO BY AMY BANTON TV host teaches Aikenites hay bale gardening • Amanda McNulty with "Making It Grow" and lead agent with Clemson Cooperative Extension, gets her hands dirty while doing a presentation on hay bale gardening. SEE LOCAL NEWS 2A TALKBACK Alien look-alikes • It’s not just the arrogance and officiousness of the DOT demonstrated by their uninvited installation of those gigantic, redundant traffic signs that offends me. it’s their complete lack of common sense in exacerbating their offensiveness by having the posts that support them painted the same garish colors, making them look like invading aliens marching down our streets. ITI bet there’s no way they’d even consider defacing Charleston with such atrocities. Why do we let them do it to Aiken? SEE MORE TALKBACK 3A rn HOW J IS IS IT? 97 TODAY COOL TIP: Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water to stay cool. SEE WEATHER 12C TOMORROW rn -♦Ct. LOCAL POU How are you beating the heat? IOO 75 50 I’m not. " I’m oat in it. - 37 46% Staying - inside 37 46% In the pool 1.27% ’Based on an online pol asci 830 pm Tuesday Visa www aihenstandard com lo vote rn today s pol AREA DEATHS Alvin Dewayne Norman, Bath Don E. Quilter, Beech Island Donald T. “Ducky” Kelly, Aiken Edgar Thomas Cato, Aiken Marguerite "Peggy” Bethmann, Aiken Lodi E. Ba—a, Aikee Marlene Reeves Morgan, Graniteville SEE DEATHS AND FUNERALS 6A INSIDE Calendar  3C Movie Listings... 3C Classifieds. 5B Opinions .......15A Crossword  SC Sports. Comics....... 1B 40    World News.......14A Horoscopes SC    TV Listings  2C Living On The Go 1C    Weather .......12C ^ SEE LOCAL PHOTOS ONLINE AT i IOCUSONYOU AKI NSTAADARO COM fPI!p!l»l|! • ■S4009"00001"|t SUBMITTED PHOTO The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigation team, SWAT and the warrants team arrested seven individuals and took 13 pounds of marijuana. 5 ounces of cocaine and several handguns off Aiken County streets, officials said. Big drug bust nets pot, guns BY KAREN DAILY [email protected] com The Aiken County SherifFs Office narcotics investigation learn. SWAT and the warrants learn arrested seven mdrvitfuafs and look 13 pounds of marijuana, 5 ounces of cocaine and several handguns ort Aiken County streets, officials said. Other arrests are pending, said (.'apt. Troy Elwell, spokesman for the sheriff's office. During the investigation, charges were made ranging from distribution of controlled prescription medicines and distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine, he said. “Some of the drugs were being sold while children were present in the home during the deals, tm several occasions in the same room," Elwell said. A number of children were taken into protective custody by the Department of Social Services, but Elwell did not know the ages or number of children. As a result of the investigation, search warrants were issued and served at 210 Chime Bell Park Drive, 1503 North Silverton Street. 42 llenley Drive and 156 Watkins Lane. SEI BUST. 11A Make someone’s day; volunteer this summer BY AMY BANTON abanton&aikenstandard com A group of highly-enthusiastic, earing middle school-aged children are taking time to deliver warm meals to the elderly this week. I spent Tuesday morning with youths from Millbrook Baptist Church, delivering meals and a little bu of happiness to the clients of Aiken County Council on Aging (ACCOA.) This volunteer work is part of Vacation Bible School for these 11 children. Millbrook Student Pastor Stephen McNeill said the neat thuig about the ACCOA meal program is the reaction the kids get from the people they are serv ing. “Just bringing a smile to their face, knowing that they ’re gettmg a hot meal, it’s pretty incredible,” McNeill said. The kids were all smiles during the trip around town to the various homes. At IO a.m., the Millbrook bus arrives and the kids STAFF PHOTO BV AMY BANTON HELPING OTHERS: Members of Millbrook Baptist Church spend a little time with Alma Huber atter delivering her a warm meal. hop off lo grab meals, bev erages, pet food, newspapers or whatever a senior resident may ask for or need. SEE VOLUNTEER 16A School Board raises taxes BY ROB NOVIT [email protected], com The Aiken C ounty Board of Education approved a 9-rmll tax increase for debt serv ice Tuesday, but unanimously agreed not to raise the operations millage by 3.X mills. The board will count on additional revenue that the S.C. General Assembly is currently debating. The debt service millage increase vote was 7-2, with hoard members Wesley Hightower and Dr. John Bass opposing it. Voting in fav or of the increase was Board C hair Rosemary English, Vice Chairman Ray Fleming. Levi Green, Richard Hazen, Keith Liner. IXmna Wesby and Dwight Smith. The increase will allow the schtxd district to provide mom funds to cyclic maintenance and major facility improvement projects. Homeowners will sax* a $36 increase in taxes per $1(X),(KK) value. Business owners and those w ith rental SEI SCHOOL BOARD 16A NEW COUNTY COMPLEX SUBMITTED PHOTO Aiken County Council chose Option 4 as the design ot the new office complex Council chooses design for new complex By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer Avid discussion lilied Aiken County Council chambers Tuesday as members debated first the proposed KY 2012 budget, which passed with a slew of amendments, liven the design of the new office complex with Council voting to choose I iption 4. Talk on the design of the complex took on a new angle, though, wlien several members of Council remarked that they may have voted to build on Richland Avenue had they not been fed “erroneous” information on the availability of new market tax credits. They believed the County would I ta vc been eligible to receive the tax credits when die decision was made to build the new complex on University Parkway, potentially saving several million dollars. However, the public teamed T uesday that the tax credits are not available as originally thought, since the 20 acres on University Parkway do not fall in a low - to nuddle-incomc tract as per the U.S. Census. SEE COUNCIL TIA WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22,2011 VOL. 145. NO. 173 • SOC YOUR.    SINCE    1867 13 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA CONFISCATED INSIDE TODAY: SOUTH CAROLINA IN ACTION AT COLLEGE WORLD SERIES 11B Buying Gold Since 1952. High Prices Are Being Paid Come In And See Win We Were Voted Best Jewelry Store In Aiken! Get Cash Today! We Buy All Gold, Scrap Gold, Diamonds, Silver, Broken Jewelry, Silver Coins, and Estate Jewelry. J ewelry 1601 Whiskey Road • 649-0475 Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 | I k ;