In case you missed it: Top stories from the weekend

  • Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014 5:00 a.m.
    UPDATED: Monday, May 5, 2014 8:17 a.m.
STAFF PHOTO BY AMY BANTON
A little more than two dozen employees stood outside the AGY plant protesting a recent contract that they say is unfair, disregards seniority and possibly cuts wages. Pictured left to right: BR Tillman and Stevie Harrison.
STAFF PHOTO BY AMY BANTON A little more than two dozen employees stood outside the AGY plant protesting a recent contract that they say is unfair, disregards seniority and possibly cuts wages. Pictured left to right: BR Tillman and Stevie Harrison.

Aiken AGY workers strike over new labor contract

A little more than two dozen of Aiken's AGY plant employees stood in front of the Wagener Road facility, officially starting a strike against what they consider an unfair contract that went into effect on Friday.

Vehicles zipped by, some honking at the signs employees were waving that read, “Teamsters on strike against AGY For Unfair Labor Practices.” This strike is a response to a dispute between the plant workers' union and AGY's new labor contract, which reportedly involves issues with seniority, including doing away with plant seniority, laying off employees without regard to seniority and having job bids not based on seniority, according to a memo.

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South Carolina drops MOX lawsuit

The state of South Carolina announced on Friday that it is dismissing its lawsuit filed against the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration in support of the Savannah River Site's MOX program.

In an official statement, Attorney General Alan Wilson wrote that he is disappointed that the issue went to court, but hopeful about the future of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility.

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Signs banning guns have legal requirements

Fixed among the glowing neon signs for Michelob Ultra, Shock Top and Blue Moon is a new, albeit simpler sign in the front window of Playoffs Sports Bar & Grill: No concealable weapons allowed.

The sign in the downtown Aiken establishment is the result of a new law approved by Gov. Nikki Haley in February that allows concealed weapons permit holders to carry their concealed weapons into bars and places serving alcohol.

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Women Build celebrate eighth home built Saturday

More than 40 women and men came together early on Saturday morning to celebrate National Women Build Week by blessing the eighth home for the Aiken County Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

The home is not only the eighth for Women Build, but is also the 95th Habitat home built for a family in Aiken County since the Aiken County Habitat for Humanity affiliate was created in 1988.

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Annual Woofstock Festival howlin’ with good times

The new Aiken County Animal Shelter was howling with good times and competition during the annual Woofstock Festival on Saturday.

Hosted by the Friends of the Aiken County Animal Shelter, dozens of families with their prized pooches showed up to listen to live music from Jason of JRS Entertainment and Cats in the Dog House, as well as chow down on ice cream and take part in the beloved dog contests.

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