Stock Photo - Aiken Standard (Mobile Logo)

Here are Aiken Standard's top 10 stories from the month of September, including highlights like Hurricane Florence, royal visits, and retail development.

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered the closure of state offices and public schools in 26 counties – including Aiken County – ahead of Hurricane Florence's landfall.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety charged an Aiken woman Tuesday in connection to a fatal collision on Augusta Road in Warrenville.

The Aiken County Corner's Office announced Thursday afternoon the identity of the driver in the fatal single-vehicle wreck discovered in Wagener on Thursday morning as a local woman who was reported missing more than a month ago.

Aiken is preparing to receive evacuees as Hurricane Florence, now a Category 4 hurricane, approaches the Carolinas.

One man was in custody Friday night following a tense, nearly five-hour hostage situation along Jehossee Drive in Aiken.

The Aiken County Coroner's Office has identified the man whose body was found Monday afternoon in a building at the Southlawn Cemetery on Whiskey Road in Aiken.

An Aiken County man was charged Sunday following a shooting incident at his Wren Road residence in Windsor, which involved his 49-year-old roommate.

Hundreds and hundreds more people could be hired at Plant Vogtle within the next year and a half, according to Michael McCracken, a Southern Nuclear communications coordinator.

Many people may realize there is a huge problem with opiate addiction in America, and this includes Aiken County as the Aiken County Coroner's Office continues to see a high number of overdose deaths in the area.

A 5-acre corner lot along Rutland Drive is slated to become a Northside retail hub.