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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 25, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Wednesday May 25.2011 Vol. 145, No. 145 f 'lour Local Source Since I 8(>7 Today's Weather High sr Full forecast 114C 50CMan guilty of violating Clean Water Act■ Mart piped sludge into Little Horse Creek. By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer A Batesburg man, who pleaded guilty today in fed SCDOT to review large, yellow signs By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer South Carolina Department of Transportation crews plan to visit IO intersections in the next few weeks, many of which are in the downtown historic district, to determine if adjustments can and should be made to lessen the impact of the large, yellow traffic signs at those spots. SCIX)T met w ith several Aiken City officials Tuesday to discuss what compromise can be reached regarding the signs, erected at certain inter- , sections, which have drawn both criticism and praise from locals. Some residents allege the signs arc unattractive and do not complement the beauty of downtown, w hile others applaud their usefulness iii alerting motorists to upcoming intersections and traffic lights. The positive and negative feedback has reached * SC DOT, the City and local representatives. Rep. Tom Young recently sent a letter to SCDOT requesting that the signs at nine intersections downtown be removed. SCDOT official* said during Tuesday's meeting they' will review those intersections and see about lessening the impact of the signs, but, in a way, that won’t lessen the way the signs highlight safety concerns. They will also look at the intersection of Dibble Road and the 118 bypass, as suggested by Mayor Fred Cavanaugh, who said he does not see the need for there to be four signs at that spot. “We want to work with you,” said Traffic Safety eral court to contaminating Little Horse Creek by piping into it approximately 4 million gallons of industrial wastewater and sludge, could face a fine of up to $100,000 and one year in prison for violating the Clean Water Act. John Ashley Mabus, 44, owner of Mabus Brothers Construction Co. Inc., and his employees were digging a ditch for a sewer line near Clearwater Finishing Industrial Facility, an abandoned textile mill in North Augusta, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Please see GUILTY, page 7A Aiken Standard file photo SCDOT crews will visit Aiken to discuss what compromise can be reached regarding the large, yellow traffic signs, which have drawn criticism and praise from locals.SCDOT holding Silver Bluff Road info meeting. 12A I nginccr Brett Harrelson. The considerable road signs, with the image of a stop light and the road name or intersection symbol, are meant to alert motorists to an upcoming intersection so that they may take the necessary safety precautions on approach. SCDOT hopes the signs will reduce the statewide crash rate by 3 percent annually. “Your main goal is very noble,” said C ity Manager Richard Pearce. A total of $2.5 million in safety funds was approved to begin work on a priori ti/-cd list of 2,200 intersection safety improvement projects Please see SIGNS, page 7A TORNADO What to do when it happens here By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer The whole of Aiken C ounty has not been victim to tornadoes often, bid that certainly does not mewl this aam is immune Many eyes aa- on Joplin, Mo., this week as its residents begin to recover from the massively dev -astatmg 1-4 tornado that ripped through the small Midwestern town Sunday. A total of sa least 122 aa* confirmed dead, and 1,500 unaccounted for. Joplin was forecast to be Int with more severe thunderstorms with the threat of hnnadues Tuesday night. South Carolina has averaged 11 tornadoes each year since 1050, resulting in 47 lalalities and 1,057 injuries, according to the state Emergency Management Division. The state ranks 26th in the United Stales in the number of tornado strikes and 18th in the number of tornadoes per squaa* mile. Aiken County has been fortunate, though, over the years “The last two outbreaks seemed to weaken before they got here,” said Paul Matthews, assistant emergency management coordinator for Aiken County. Birt, he added, you have to be pn*paa*d all the tune.Where do they come from? Tomaikvs spawn from severe thunderstorms, or they can accompany hurricanes and tropical storms as they move miami It appears as a rotating, lunncl-shapcd ckmd that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground. Peak tornado season rn the South is March through May. SM TORNADO, page 16A .MomAiken Red Cross disaster resources stretched thin Matthew J. Hodges, Fort Bliss, Texas Freddie Lee Schofield Sr., Salley James Stephen "Steve" Ramsey, Graniteville Ray Rutherford, Pickens Mite Calendar 3C Classifieds SB Crossword SC Comics 4C Dear Abby SC Horoscopes sc Markets 14A Movie Listings 3C Nation/World 14A Obituaries 6A Opinions ISA Puzzles JSC Sports IB TV Listings 2C rn I i wa 1 rn O I o O t 0000 By JENNIFER MILLER Staff writer The local Red C ross has spent much of the past three months dealing with disasters around the world and is ready to send volunteers to Missouri, where a tornado wrecked havoc Sunday. “We stand ready to assist in the aftermath of the Missouri tornadoes,” said Lindsay Find ley, Red Cross Aiken chapter executive director. “We are still actively deploying disaster volunteers to respond to the April tornado outbreak that took place rn Alabama.” The national Red Cross hasn’t asked for Aiken volunteers to assist with the victims of Sunday’s tornado in Joplin, Mo., which killed at least 117 people and leveled much of the city, Findley said. It is the latest among several large-scale natural disasters this year, including tornadoes and floods along the Mississippi, throughout the Southeast. The scale and frequency of these di'asters has taxed the Red Cross sy stem. Five volunteers from Aiken have gone to three states to help tornado relief efforts, Findley said. These trained disaster relief volunteers often spend weeks at a site before returning home Some may be asked to go again, she said. “Since April I, our region has deployed 45 volunteers to eight separate disaster operations. Fight volunteers are still oid on deployment,” I indley said. SM RED CROSS, page 7A Want to give blood? ► What? Blood drive ► When? Today from 2 lo 7 pm. ► Where? Aiken Mal ► For more information, visit the Red Cross in Aiken al 1314 Pine Log Road or cai 641-4152. Yi I    •    "W FrT Best Prices In town Buying Gold Since 1952. High Prices Are Being Paid In And See Why 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. dbeny’s Jewelry 1601 Whiskey Road • 649-0475 Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 mu* •* ;