AGY: Union raise proposal is ‘unacceptable’

AGY President and CEO Drew Walker shared with employees in a letter obtained by the Aiken Standard that the company and the Teamsters Local No. 509 still have not reached an agreement on a new contract.

The letter, dated July 1, came from an anonymous former employee of AGY and details 12 “facts” that attempt to explain the company’s belief that employees have been given misleading information about union negotiations.

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Wal-Mart now hiring for North Augusta location

Wal-Mart is accepting job applications for 300 sales associates positions at its new North Augusta store.

A temporary hiring center is open at 517 Edgefield Road, and applications are being accepted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Interested applicants may also apply online at

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The Alley could get a $1.25 million upgrade

The Alley in downtown Aiken could undergo a bit of a facelift if enough funding is available.

Conceptual improvements to The Alley, including underground power lines and additional light sources, comes to an estimate of about $1.25 million. That estimate includes SCE&G franchise funds and landscaping and stormwater funds from Capital Project Sales Tax Round Two.

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North Augusta native wins ‘Wipeout’ with competitive spirit

North Augusta’s Courtney Turner has had her fair share of major accomplishments over the past five years and can now add “Wipeout” champion to the list.

The 24-year-old was named Miss South Carolina in 2011. She finished in the top eight in the Miss USA Pageant in 2011, starred in Thomas Rhett’s music video, “It Goes like This,” and has been on the TV show “How I Met Your Mother.”

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Independent Republican running for S.C. governor

Former S.C. House Rep. Tom Ervin has recently announced his candidacy for governor, now making November’s election a three-person race.

Ervin said he was influenced to run after reading about the tragic cases coming out of the S.C. Department of Social Services. The department has come under fire recently for its overloaded case workers and the allegedly slow way it has dealt with law enforcement in investigating child deaths.

Ervin said children are dying under the department’s watch and that a major concern for him is the case load per worker.

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Construction begins on Colleton Cottages in downtown

Construction on a development at the intersection of Colleton Avenue and Williamsburg Street that prompted outcry from some downtown residents in 2006 is underway.

Crews began constructing Colleton Cottages on May 1, according to Karl McMillan, owner of RE/MAX Tattersall Group, which has been hired to market and develop the property. The development is seven residential lots located on 1.59 acres at the intersection of Colleton Avenue and Williamsburg Street.

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