In case you missed it: Top stories from the weekend

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

Ice storm causes $24.4M in timber damage locally

Aiken County forests suffered an estimated $24.4 million in timber damage because of Februaryís ice storm, according to the S.C. Forestry Commission. A little more than 100,000 acres were affected locally.

State Forester Henry Kodama issued a Forest Disaster Declaration on March 5. He reported that 1.5 million acres in South Carolina suffered damage totaling $363.7 million.

Northside Bi-Lo not closing, moving to Reidís

Bi-Lo Holdingsí public relations agency has confirmed that Aikenís York Street Bi-Lo will not close, but instead will move into the York Street Reidís location.

It will be Reidís that will close instead of Bi-Lo, contrary to what a press release by the storesí parent company reported last month.

A look at Aikenís top five most dangerous intersections

Whiskey Road and Richland Avenue are home to a high number of businesses in the City of Aiken. They are also home to a high volume of traffic, and with that traffic comes collisions.

The Aiken Department of Public Safety provided collision analysis reports that rank the top 10 intersections by number of accidents in any given month, going back to July 2012 (the November 2013 report was not available). The monthly reports also note the number of injuries and the amount in damages caused by collisions at the intersections.

Deadline to enroll in health care coverage nears

If you want to sign up for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, time is running out.

That was the message on Saturday at the Margaret J. Weston Community Health Center in Clearwater, which hosted an enrollment in the new insurance program. Open enrollment for 2014 ends on March 31, and after that, anyone wanting to enroll will have to wait until October unless they have a qualifying situation.

City Council to again discuss water rake hike

Aiken City Council will again attempt to hold the first reading of an ordinance to raise water rates on Monday.

First reading of the ordinance was scheduled last month, but was tabled when some Council members requested the issue be discussed in a work session. The work session will start at 5:30 p.m. in room 204 on the second floor of the Municipal Building, located at 214 Park Ave.

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