In case you missed it: Top stories for the weekend

  • Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 3:55 a.m.

Blood residue from ancient tools reveals clues about past

Blood residue on spear points and other ancient stone tools made by American Indians thousands of years ago is providing scientists based at the Savannah River Site with new clues about life in the Carolinas thousands of years in the past.

The research is producing interesting information that indicates what animals those early people hunted and when huge Pleistocene creatures such as mammoths and mastodons might have ceased to exist.

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Post 26 looking up despite loss

At the start of Friday’s American Legion game, the Aiken Post 26 team looked like a squad that had just clinched the league championship. Playing host to Greenwood Post 20, it got strong pitching from Luke Nichols, who was backed up well by the defenders in the field. And it stormed out to a big lead, as eight players had first-inning at-bats which resulted in a five-run lead.

But just when Greenwood was on the ropes and about to be knocked out, it gradually turned the tables on Aiken. It tightened up its defense and shut out the Post 26 boys the final six innings. While it kept the home team from pulling away, it methodically scored. Behind four multi-run innings, Post 20 rallied for a 9-5 victory in the League 7-finale for both teams.

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Storm, fireworks light up the sky

Mother Nature joined in on the fun on Saturday night, with lightning underscoring the glow of more than 1,100 fireworks shells as dazzled spectators stood below at the Western Carolina State Fairgrounds.

Thunderstorms rolled into the Aiken area late on Saturday afternoon, casting clouds and doubts over whether or not the show would go on – but it did.

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Tax cuts hit Aiken County future capital projects

The one-cent Capital Projects Sales Tax is one that Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian calls a “godsend.”

Aiken County is in the midst of its third one-cent sales tax initiative. It’s a voter-approved tax applied to the gross proceeds of all retail sales in Aiken County.

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Burned body found in North Augusta ruled suicide

NORTH AUGUSTA — The cause of death for a man whose burned, dead body was found on Friday in North Augusta has been ruled a suicide.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Saturday night that after an autopsy was performed, the cause of death is thermal injury and was a suicide.

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