Storm debris cleanup could extend through June

Aiken County residents may have to sit tight for a while before their storm debris is all picked up.

The Associated Press reported it could be June before all debris from last month's winter storm Pax is picked up from roads and highways across the state.

City crews are more than halfway done through their first of three passes through the City, according to City Manager Richard Pearce. County crews already picked up a little more than 35 percent of roadside debris thus far, according to County Public Works Director John Dyches.

Juilliard in Aiken ends with performance of 'Passion'

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street is joined by the Juilliard415 instrumental ensemble and a youth choir composed of local children to perform Johann Sebastian Bach's “Saint Matthew Passion” at Aiken's First Baptist Church on Friday.

The concert was the final performance of Juilliard in Aiken's sixth annual Performing Arts Festival and Outreach Program.

Thousands gather to cheer, tailgate at Aiken Trials

Thousands of spectators soaked in Saturday's sun, kicking off the Triple Crown by tailgating and cheering on their favorite horses in the 72nd Annual Aiken Trials. Many tailgaters enjoyed food spreads on decorative tables, some brought out their grills to barbecue.

Families played games like cornhole, and tossed back a few beverages while embracing the sun and the sport.

The Aiken Trials always bring back a little nostalgia for resident Brian Katonak.

MOX 101: The past, present and uncertain future

There's been a lot of back and forth between advocates and naysayers of the MOX facility under construction at the Savannah River Site, and both sides looking at the past and current facts of the facility to make their cases.

The most recent controversy sparks from President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal that suggests a “cold stand-by,” which would freeze the funding for the project.

'Criminal Minds' writer to appear at fundraiser for Child Advocacy Center

Jim Clemente was a supervisory special agent in the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit, and he also worked as a New York City prosecutor. As a teenager, he was a victim of sexual victimization.

When Clemente writes episodes for the CBS television show “Criminal Minds,” he draws from those experiences.

“Television is an amazingly important medium, and you can actually teach things while you are entertaining,” said Clemente, who also provides technical advice to the “Criminal Minds” team. “Yes, you have to make adjustments. There are rules you must follow, and you have only 43 minutes to tell a story, so you have to compress time. But with profiling, psychology and behavioral analysis, I try to stay very much with the absolute truth, so the lessons that I am teaching are true.”