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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 4, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Wednesday May 4.201 Vol. 145, No. 124 OU I* Full forecast 114C oca I Son rec S i tier m « 500Missing tax bills put residents in bind ■ Taxpayers in N.A. and Aiken are delinquent on property taxes after bills were never delivered. By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer Numerous taxpayers in North Augusta and Aiken are delinquent on their property taxes because the bills were never delivered, according to Aiken County. The original bills were mailed, but something happened to the notices, and they never reached the taxpayers they were intended for, resulting in the delinquency of many in the area, said County Administrator Clay Killian. The original bills were not returned to the County' as undeliverable, either; they were just never delivered, he said. “The situation is beyond our control,” Killian said in work session Tuesday. “We know how many were delinquent, but we don’t know how many did not get their tax bills.” Councilmen Chuck Smith and Sandy Haskell were tipped off to the issue when constituents called them concerned about the delinquent notices they received in the mail. The list of those delinquent kept growing and growing, and a trend appeared. Fifteen percent of residents in the 29841 and 29803 zip codes have since been notified they are delinquent on their taxes, which were due by the middle of January. The delinquent notices appear to have been delivered without a hitch. Please see BILLS, page 13A Fifteen seniors left out of N.A. yearbook ■ School plans to insert page for all yearbooks through process provided by the publisher. By ROB NOVIT Senior writer The North Augusta High School yearbook, distributed recently to students, is missing the final page that includes 15 senior pictures. The school plans to insert the page for all yearbooks through a permanent process provided by the publisher. But parent Jennifer Windham Mud dial alternative is not satisfactory for her daughter or other students. “They should at least reprint it properly and print enough for all the seniors,” she said. “(inclosing the page is an afterthought or Band-Aid. These kids aa* no less important than the other kids.” In a press release. Principal Todd Bomscheuer apologized to the students and parents impacted by the mistake and to the senior class. An analysis of the mistake, Bomscheuer said, indicated a communication breakdown between the school and the publisher. Hie company will prov ide special inserts that the principal said can he permanently and seamlessly installed in all the yearbooks “We w ill train the yearbook stall to install these, and a special homeroom will be held where yearbook staff works with all yearbook recipients to complete the insert," Bomscheuer said in the press release. “The company has shown an example of this solution dial show s it to look like original work.” Bomscheuer and yearbook adviser Paige Day declined to be inters icwed. Day also declined to make a copy of the missing page available. For a yearbook in which her daughter does not Photo by Bill Bengtson This photo shows the cover of the 2011 yearbook for North Augusta High School. What do you think? * What do you think about the yearbook snafu? ► Comment on this story at, write to Opinions, Aiken Standard, Box 456, Aiken, S C. 29802 or email editorial® appear. Windham said her tinnily paid more than $100 tor the book and tor senior pictures that were required lo be taken at a professional studio. 1 (letting the yearbook "is supposed to be one of the greatest moments of her lite, one of the glory days,” Windham said. "It’s pretty battling how that page could be missing. No matter how they attempt to fix it, it’s not going to help the pain of thumbing through the yearbook and not seeing her picture there. It was very upsetting to her.” While mistakes in year- , hooks are not uncommon, I ionise he uer said, “the fact that this one impacts seniors is particularly distressing tor the administration, adviser ami yearbook Nlaff of North Augusta High School.” Contact Rob Nova at nun itUi aikensfu/kJanJ comTa Bra mm Aiken Prep wins SCIBA tennis title ► Akan Prep caps off memorable season. 11Btea (iteallfca Affine Loughlin Philipp,Aiken Roger L. Bolen,Leesville Emory H. Jones, Aiken Vera Mae Usry,Thomson, Ga. Catherine Evle Cato, Clearwater Ruthia P. McKenzie,Aiken Deaths and Funerals 16A Calendar SC Classifieds SB Crossword UC Comics 12C Dear Abby UC Horoscopes UC Markets 4B Movie Listings SC Nation/World 14A Obituaries 6A Opinions UA Puzzles UC Sports IB TV Listings 2C By AMY BANTON Staff writer Hummingbirds arc all the buzz. for some nature lovers in Aiken County. Ruby-throated hummingbirds have returned to South Carolina, and residents are setting up their feeders to attract the tiny, feathered creatures. The green, white and red birds are native to the United States and have traveled back from Central America, where they reside during the winter months, Ron Brenneman, co-owner of Birds & Butterflies rn downtown Aiken, said the hummingbirds are usually first sited in Aiken in mid- to late-March. When they arrive, some return to feeders that were set up during their last visit. Hummingbirds have access to a lot of natural resources when they first arrive. Blooming flower nectar gives hummingbirds their energy, and insects offer them protein and minerals. PIMM see HUMMINGBIRD, page 13A Fast facts about hummingbirds • A hummingbird’s heart can beat up to 21 times a second. • Though they have such a rapid heartbeat, they can live up to 5 years, longer than most songbirds. • General wing speed is 78 beats a second and can reach up to 200 beats a second. • Hummingbirds average Vio of an ounce in weight. • Sometimes they are confused with hummingbird moths, which closely resemble the bird in size and appearance. • Ron Brenneman, co-owner of Birds & Butterflies, said if you want to know how many hummingbirds frequent your yard, estimate the number you think you have and multiply it by 5. • The male hummingbirds usually head back to Central America during the first full moon in September. The females trave! back in the middle of October. Woman running from coast to coast 9*0000 1«*" I By HALBY HUGHES Staff writer Ax; Romano has made a from California to Blackville on her own two feet. The 23-year-old is running from Huntington Beach to Charleston to raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She ran from Grovetown, Ga., to Aiken Monday and spent Monday rn gilt at the home of Mel and Man Iou Knowles. Site left Tuesday morning tor Blacky die and was expected to spend the night there. Not a day has gone by that die regretted making the deci sion to do it Not ev en on the days she has to make it over hills and mountains or is so sore she is forced to walk instead of run. She started running in I lun-tington Beach Jan 8 and anticipates she’ll arrive in Charleston Saturday to be greeted by her parents and friends, members of a Charleston running clift) and representatives from the local Boys and Girls Club. “I think it’s going to be sad (that ITI have finished),” Romano said Tuesday mom ing before she headed on her way out of town. It feels like I have a lifetime ofmemories. Please se* RUN, page 12A What’s the buzz? Residents prepare feeders for return of hummingbirds Stat! photo by Haley Hughes Zoe Romano stayed at Mel and Marilou Knowles' house in Aiken Monday night. The couple saw her off from the Block* buster parking lot Tuesday morning. ;