Was it love? Palace Malice’s filly neighbor moved after loss

Was Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice thinking about a female acquaintance instead of concentrating on beating his rivals when he finished sixth in the Grade I Whitney Handicap on Aug. 2?

Nobody knows for sure, but just in case the bay colt was distracted, the stabling arrangements at trainer Todd Pletcher’s barn at Saratoga Race Course were changed two days following the disappointing loss.

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Lifelong resident Mike Gibbons headed to Charleston

Lifelong local resident Mike Gibbons said he couldn’t let fear hold him back from a great opportunity.

That is why he and his family are moving to Charleston, where he will take on a new role as the executive director of the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts.

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Downtown’s Tea Garden Gifts closes after 17 years

Downtown Aiken has lost another longtime business.

Tea Garden Gifts, known for its unique variety of wares aimed at wedding, hostess and corporate gift items, has closed its doors after 17 years in business. The store was located at 131 Laurens St.

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Authorities stress traffic safety as school begins

The bells will soon be ringing as Aiken County students head back to school. But in addition to packing book bags, lunches and other preparations for the new year, local authorities are urging motorists to be prepared for increased traffic on the roadways.

Students at more than three dozen Aiken County schools will hit the books again on Aug. 18. Lt. Jake Mahoney, a spokesman for the Aiken Department of Public Safety, said motorists should expect to encounter traffic delays for the first couple of weeks of the new year.

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Jail adding programs to fight recidivism

The steel doors of the Aiken County detention center swing open or closed to let people in or out – but for some inmates who keep getting arrested after they’ve left, that door is ever revolving.

Many inmates who have been arrested, or served a sentence in the detention center, leave the facility’s steel doors only to run into a brick wall when it comes to finding a job and getting back into society, according to Capt. Nick Gallam, jail administrator.

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