In case you missed it: Top stories from the weekend

  • Posted: Monday, February 10, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Mead Hall art students lose their work in cottage fire

Devin Burtonís artistic tribute to singer-composer Tom Waits creates a persona of the talented, eccentric singer and songwriter as fascinating as Waits himself.

Burtonís three-dimensional work depicts three stages of Waits, all of them stuffed within a guitar case.

It looks great on his smartphone and sadly, nowhere else.

Advocate for homeless youth shares memories of first job

An investment in a child not only empowers families, but changes communities, said award-winning author, educator and advocate for children Stacey Bess.

Bess was the keynote speaker during the first Hearts for Hope & Homes event organized by Mental Health America Aiken County of United Way.

Hearts for Hope & Homes focuses on youth homelessness.

Mount Vintage Golf Club closed, future in quest

According to multiple reports, Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club closed on Friday. Also closed was Mount Vintageís community fitness center. Mount Vintage originally opened as an 18-hole course in 2000. Another nine-hole course was added in 2008.

City to hold vote to raise water and sewer rates

Due to a lack of water use by City of Aiken residents following last yearís rainy summer, Aiken City Council will hold the first reading of an ordinance to adjust water and sewer rates on Monday.

Water and sewer rates were a highlighted topic during Councilís Horizons Retreat last week. City staff reported to Council that due to a last summerís rain, and a lack of the same now, the Cityís water and sewer account revenues are projected to be 10 percent less than budgeted.

Area students excel in MathCounts competition

Frankie Reid and John Lu not only finished first and second place in the MathCounts competition, but duplicated that feat in the informal Countdown event.

The annual middle school contest brings teams together for a written test that determines the teams and individual students who qualify for a state tournament.

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