In case you missed it: Top stories from the weekend

  • Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2014 9:04 p.m.
    UPDATED: Monday, January 27, 2014 12:14 a.m.

Chamber celebrates the past, embraces the future

The 96th Annual Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce Dinner was a rocking night for many local businesses and leaders.

The 1950s-themed event held on Friday evening at USC Aiken’s Etherredge Center celebrated a year of great business and honored those who have made an incredible impact on the Aiken community.

The Mill at Park downtown project takes step forward

Plans formally have moved forward on The Mill on Park, a downtown Aiken office community now under renovation.

Signing a memorandum of understanding on Friday were Catie Rabun, president of Caradasa LLC, USC Aiken Chancellor Dr. Sandra Jordan and Laura DiSano, co-director of the Small Business Development Center, located on the USCA campus.

Film tells stories of officers who gave ultimate sacrifice

Soft cries and sniffles pierced the air of USC Aiken’s Etherredge Center on Thursday night as more than 100 people watched a screening of the police documentary “Heroes Behind the Badge.”

The 90-minute documentary, released in the fall of 2012, tells the stories of several men and women in law enforcement who put their lives on the line and survived, and the stories of those who didn’t survive as told by their family and friends.

School Board seeking sales tax option with legislators’ help

Aiken County Board of Education members are working hard to give county residents the opportunity next fall to vote in support of a penny sales tax referendum.

A new one-cent sales tax could provide funds for the construction of new schools or for additions to existing schools, they say.

At a meeting with the Aiken County Legislative Delegation earlier this month, School Board Chairman Rosemary English addressed the School District’s needs.

Hayden Baptist sets goals toward construction after fire

With blueprints finally approved, the Rev. Robert Heflin said Hayden Baptist Church might finally have the ball rolling for its construction in Willow Industrial Park.

Previously located on Hayden Road, Hayden Baptist Church served the Shaws Fork community in Aiken County since 1868. But during the summer of 2012, lightning struck the building and it burned down. With help and support, according to Heflin, Aiken County and the City of Aiken helped move the house of worship into city limits on about six acres off Beaufort Street.

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