SCDOT to give updates on Hitchcock Parkway

The S.C. Subcommittee of the Augusta Regional Transportation Study will receive an update on conceptual designs widening the Hitchcock Parkway next week.

The meeting is open to the public, and will be held on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 4 p.m. in the Sandlapper Room on the first floor of the new Aiken County Government Center.

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Man preserves family heritage, history by restoring old cabin

Ralph Scurry had two motives when he decided to move and restore a cabin that was built in the 1700s from hand-hewn pine logs. He wanted to protect a structure that was historically significant, and he also wanted to preserve something that was a part of his family’s heritage.

“I would rather not discuss how much I spent,” he said. “It was a significant amount, but it’s more valuable to me than what it cost.”

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Council answers what they want in next city manager

The search for Aiken’s next city manager is starting to pick up.

While the position has not yet been published, Council started the discussion this past week of what it wants to see in the next city manager and how to go about finding that person.

The city manager’s seat was vacated in June when former City Manager Richard Pearce resigned from the position. Council then unanimously voted to hire former City Manager Roger LeDuc as interim city manager. LeDuc’s contract says he will serve in that position for six months.

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Campbell: Palace Malice’s Whitney loss is a mystery

Palace Malice, undefeated in his first four races this year, had a bad afternoon at Saratoga Race Course. The heavily favored Dogwood Stable colt finished a disappointing sixth in the Grade I Whitney Handicap on Saturday in upstate New York.

“There is no explanation; it’s a mystery,” said Dogwood president Cot Campbell during a telephone interview about an hour after the $1.5-million race.

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Questions remain after talk with DOE Secretary Moniz

It’s been a week since Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz toured the Savannah River Site, but local and state leaders are hoping the significance of his visit will translate into funding current and future SRS missions.

Local leaders, members of the Legislative Delegation and local educators made up a room of more than 80 people who were able to ask him questions regarding the Site and the impact it has on the community.

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