Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 20, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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500No raises in proposed County budget
By HALEY HUGHES
Funding has not been prov ided for the past three years in Aiken County’s budget for employee salary adjustments, and the proposed $51.6 million budget laid out this week is no different.
However, Administrator Clay Killian has recommended that the salary savings generated by the hiring freeze be looked at to provide some adjustment to current employees “who continue to be dedicated to our success.”
The hiring freeze was put into place as a cost-sav ing measure
by Council in 2009 when it became clear the state would cut millions from its annual aid to counties. The cuts have continued. The County has been advised that a reduction of more than $800,000 is coming down the pipeline as the state continues to make cuts in the Local Gov
ernment Fund. That fund revenue has dropped from $8.2 million four years ago to $5.1 million projected for FY 2012.
“It is absolutely critical that we include merit increases,” said County Councilman Scott Singer, insisting that employees who go above and beyond he rewarded
Aiken SPCA breaks ground
New facility is expected to open in 2012
in a satisfactory manner.
Chairman Ronnie Young and Councilwoman LaWana McKenzie agreed.
“I really hate the fact that our employees have to suffer w ith-out pay increases,” Young said.
Please see BUDGET, page 5A
By KAREN DAILY
In an emergency, seconds can mean the difference between life and death, and every moment counts.
(>n rhursday, Aiken County acttv ated Smarts 11, a tree and voluntary serv ice that allows residents to upload vital medical and demographic information online that will pop up on the computer screen rn front of the emergency operator as the resident is calling.
As cell phones become more prevalent, identifying a caller has become increasingly difficult. It can be done, bul when time is an issue, having caller and address information available is integral to dispatching a first responderWant to sign up?
► Visit Smart911. com All information is secure and confidential.
The personal data residents can input is more extensive tfian what has typically been available to 911 operators. Proponents of the serv ice say information, such as medication and pre-existing medical conditions, can he critical when someone is calling in a panic and can’t recall pertinent information or is unable to talk because of foe emergency.
Please see SMART, page 5A
7 p.m. — New edition of
“On the Sports Front.
Cam, Ed and Jeremy discuss Gamecock Fan
Fest with Steve Spurrier
and the end of playoffs.
Elizabeth B. Ponto,
Raymond Eugene Phillips,
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Relay For Life begins today at Aiken High
Staff photo by Haley Hughes
Aiken SPCA board members break ground on the new Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare.
By HALEY HUGHES
The Aiken SPCA broke ground Thursday on the Albrecht ( enter for Animal Welfare, its new animal adoption and welfare facility, which is expected to open in April 2012.
Dozens of people w ere on hand for the ceremony, many of them donors and longtime supporters of the SPCA.
Vlso present were the organization’s hoard of directors, members of the Junior Aiken SPC A group and representatives si the City,ut Aiken, which Has been a partner w uh the SPCA for more than 20 years.
“And, we will continue to be a partner because it’s the right thing to do,” said Mayor Fred Cavanaugh.
“We are very proud that Aiken is a community that cares about its pets.”
The new facility is located on W illow Run Road, next door to the SPC A’s two-acre dog park.
It will include the 17,000-square-foot Adoption Center and Regional Spay and Neuter Clinic, and the 2,560-square-foot Marr I due anon and Training Center, named for the parents of honorary chair Sharon Brown. There, classes on obedience training, therapy dog training, volunteer train
ing and adult rehabilitation will take place.
The Regional Spay and Neuter Clinic will have the capacity to sterilize 12,000 animals a year for all economic levels. Transport vans will pick up pets from sues up to 50 miles aw ay and bring them to the clinic for surgery where they will stay overnight and be returned the next day.
The facility as a whole will bring about a “remarkable change in how we care for animals,” said board member Dav id Stinson.
Gary Albrecht, who with his wilt Jenny gave their name to the new facility, said the wonderful people of Aiken rose to the challenge to make the center possible.
“Our board stood as one and said, ’It’s time that we
grow. It's time for a new shelter, a ne vs home for our pets. You may say it can’t be done, but it will be done. Yes, it w ill be done ihi Willow Run.’... And, lo and behold, the wonderful people of Aiken rose to the challenge and said, ’We will get it done. Yes, we will get it done on Willow Run.
Please see SPCA, page 5A
Staff photo by Karen Daily Aiken County Sheriff's Office dispatcher Jackie Spoon is working with the Smart911 system.
New service gives 911 dispatch info for faster response
By ANNA DOL1ANITIS
The Aiken Relay Tor Life event to benefit the American Cancer Society is almost here, and organizers are working hard to put the finishing touches on Friday’s all-night celebration and remembrance.
The Relay, which will take place at Aiken High School beginning at 7 p.m. today, will last until 7 a.m. Saturday and will include 69 teams and more than 500 participants.
The premise of Rela>
For Life, symbolic because cancer never sleeps, is that people form teams and raise funds before the event, as well as at the event. On the night of the Relay, each team is asked to have one person on the track at all times throughout the night. The event is also an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate survivors, remember those lost and fight for a cure,
PIMM SM RELAY, page 5A
Aiken Standard file photo Cancer survivors participate in the Survivors Lap at last year's Relay For Life.
Kids in College
A collection of tun aud educational camps offered nu the campus ut I S( Aiken
Sonic of tin* upcoming camps offered include
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• June 27th
• July lith
• July 18th
Battle Bots and Crazy Science Real World Solutions, Hands on Art Young Writers; CS! Chemistry
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