Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 16, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
May 16, 2011
Aiken Standard file photo
Pictured are fireworks from last year's Fire Over Aiken •vent at Western Carolina State Fairgrounds.
Fireworks return for July 4th jamboree
By HALEY HUGHES
Fire Ova- Aiken is returning to die Western Carolina State Fairgrounds.
Event spokesperson Doug Wolf said Fire Over Aiken, an all-day. femily-friendly event to celebrate the Fourth of July, is scheduled for Saturday. June 25 with gates opening at 3 p m Tliere wtfl be fiddle ride' and games, food and merchandise vendors and "at least a band or two” playing live music. Fireworks are scheduled to start lighting up the sky once it has gotten (Jail.
“There will be lots of entertainment in the afternoon. It s an all-day event.” Wolf said.
The Western Carolina State Fair Foundation. Red Star Pyrotechnics and several corporate sponsors organized the event for the first time last year. Hundreds of people were in attendance, but a line of severe thunderstorms hit the area that evening and damaged the computers that were programmed to set off the fireworks.
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Want to go?
► What? Fire over Aiken
► When? Saturday, June 25
► Where? Western Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1566 Columbia Highway
» Cost? $5 to park * For more information, visit wwwwestemcarolmastate
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Local former Navy SEAL reflects on mission that eliminated al Qaida leader
Staff photo by Amy Benton
J.D. Pickett is commander of V.F.W. Post 5877 and retired member of the U.S. Navy's Underwater Demolition Team.
gruesome and graphic as the a1 Qaida leader was struck in the head and chest by SKAL Team Six. Concern about the images causing more violence in retaliation acts and being used as a sort of propaganda tool was addressed by Qbama vs hen he announced his decision, according to sev eral media outlets.
Pickett believes it was the right decision.
SEAL Team Six has been mentioned in the news a lot, probably more often than it should.
(hie reason Pickett said the photos of the body * and especially the v ideos of the actual killing should not be released is to protect the men involv ed in the operation.
He said the SKALs had cameras on their helmets, capturing every move they made, ll the v ideo was released, classified tactics could then be in the hands of insurgents.
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Pickett, whose lather was careen mHitary, joined the Navy in 1972 and became a member of the Underwater Demolition Team, now known as the N?vy SEALS. Pickett later re-enlisted, working with nuclear power and spent time in submarines, serving on active duty until 1984 He served in the Navy Reserves until 2000 Pickett spent time traveling al! over the world and served during the Vietnam, Coir)
War and Persian Gulf conflicts He retired as a commander
Several weeks ago. President Barack Obama decided not to release photos or \ idcos pertaining to bin Laden's death, which was announced on May I. The images have been described as
By AMY BANTON
ne local man has a special understanding and pride for a group of Navy SI.ALs who took down America’s most wanted man.
When J.D. Pickett, 55, a former member of the underwater demolition team now known as the Navy Sea, Air and Land (SEAL), first heard the news of < >sama bin Laden s demise, he said he was overwhelmed with pride.
"I was ecstatic,” Pickett said. "They picked the right people to do it.”
Originally from Chicago, Pickett is the commander of Veteran of F oreign Wars Post 5877 and is an engineer consultant. He quipped thai he wished he was 35 years younger so hie could have been involved in one of most profound moments since Hic Middle East conflict began.
John Benjamin Barnette,
Mary Ann Phillips Ferguson,
Betty D. Rucker,
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series on PBS up for third Emmy
By BEN BAUGH
"( quitrekking” has been rn amated for an Emmy Award tor the third consecutive year.
The award-winning Public Broadcasting System travel series on horseback hosted and produced by South Carolina nance Dailey Newman has been nominated far a Daytime Entertainment Emmy Aw aid for Outstand mg Special Writing. She co-wiotc the episode "Lquitrekking: Jordan: Wadi Rum, Aqaba & lettish” with executive producer and w riter Chip Ward
The 38th Annual Daytime Enter
tainment Emmy Aw ards ceremony wilt lake place im June 17 in Los Angeles The series won an l awny tor Outstanding Single Camera Photography in 200V "It’s huge,” Newman said in a phone mien lew Friday morning. “Our competition in the category is outstanding”
Other series that have been nominated in the category are "The Ellen DeCjpneres Show;" ‘Teen Kids News” on FT )X and Jon Stewart and Stephen t olbert’s landmark telev ised rally on the Washington D C. Mall " I he Rally to Restore Sanity And/
Or Fear," which aired cm Comedy
"We’re so excited to be nominated for a third year running alongside such an accomplished group of veteran writers anil television producers,” said Newman. "We have a small production team, and over the years we have taken on a variety o! production roles. Being recognized tor our hard work is truly an honor ”
Hie series gives viewers an opportunity to learn more about the locales featured cm the show, prov lding an in-depth look at die places, the people and their culture.
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