We join the nation and the world in the surreal reality, surreality, if you will, where active shooters are part of daily vernacular and the news cycle. Although we have a certain level of confidence that events in California, Texas, Ohio and even Charleston, have little influence on the inc…
We hope South Carolina's U.S. Sen. Tim Scott doesn't get battered and beaten for consorting with the enemy the way fellow U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has in past years, but Scott, a Republican, is to be commended for joining Delaware's Democratic Sen. Chris Coons and Colorado's Republican Sen. …
When we learned of the passing of 1993 Kentucky Derby winner Sea Hero last weekend it marked another of the greats from Aiken we have lost in recent months.
On Thursday night, the Aiken Standard honored the most recent class of Young Professionals 2 Follow. The fourth annual event honored these outstanding women and men who have made an impact in their chosen profession.
The nation has entered its 11th year of economic expansion, setting a record for duration. After two years of robust growth, the economy is slowing, but not as much as expected. The latest employment figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics showed a surprisingly strong job market in June and that the economy still has room to grow.
The Aiken Standard covered news and information in and around Aiken for 83 years before President Harry S. Truman asked DuPont for expertise in starting an atomic energy project in our neighborhood. For the last 70 years, the Savannah River Site has been a consistent and important topic for …
The Trump administration continued to nibble away Monday at the problem of high healthcare costs, unveiling a set of proposals to bring more transparency to the industry's byzantine pricing practices. But like just about everything else the administration has done on healthcare affordability…
The general public and readers of the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star, many who live within a few miles, as the crow flies, from the Savannah River Site have been invited to North Augusta this Thursday evening to participate in an important meeting regarding the future of the site.
Every U.S. nuclear warhead and bomb has a plutonium core, or “pit.” Not counting surplus pits, the U.S. has about 11,000 usable pits, which will remain serviceable until the 2060s or after, according to a 2008 joint DOE/Pentagon report.
The annual state budget is supposed to spell out how money is to be spent in the coming year. Indeed, the months-long budget debate is all about which programs will receive how much money, and often-detailed instructions on how those programs will spend that money. But it doesn’t work that way in all cases.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Energy announced it was reinterpreting the term “high-level radioactive waste.” That’s big news for the nation, and that’s even bigger news for the CSRA, no stranger to federal affairs and home to a historied nuclear workforce.
The Aiken region is unique in many ways – its charming downtown, countryside and rural roadways, and its university. News of a possible set of bike lanes connecting the USC Aiken campus to Aiken’s downtown is a breath of fresh air and reason to be proud. Value is added by slightly adjusting …
Aiken City Council member Dick Dewar is probably not too far off the mark when he says the prospective developer of the old hospital property will "ask for something."
We need to make some clarifications over the proposed Aiken Municipal Development Commission that was talked about at Monday's council meeting.
Graduates in the Aiken County Public School District's class of 2019 once again proved the value of an education in real dollars.
There’s a lot of disappointment about the Legislature’s failure to deliver this year on its promise of transformational reform of South Carolina’s education system, particularly but certainly not exclusively among teachers. It’s easy to view legislators’ pledges to make those major changes as a delay tactic, a promise of a next year that never comes.
When Adam Lippe crossed the finish line in just over 18 minutes – a blistering time compared to some his age and older – to claim his second straight Aiken Standard Kids Triathlon, he was beyond gracious afterward.
In preparation for the second Best of Prep Sports banquet on Friday, May 24, at USC Aiken Convocation Center, we compiled a collectible program for the event. Recapping some of the outstanding athletic performances from Aiken, Barnwell and Edgefield counties was a morale boost for the staff.…
When the Aiken Charity Horse Show wrapped up last Sunday after nearly two weeks at Bruce's Field, it produced more than jumps and winners in competition.
At this time of year, the days here in South Carolina and everywhere else in the Northern Hemisphere are about as long as they get. But that’s a perfectly appropriate time to think about ditching that biannual switch to and from daylight saving time.
I was recently elected Chairman of the Aiken County Republican Party. Why would a 69-year-old, retired Savannah River Site engineer, with a decent pension and a loving wife and family volunteer for such a time-consuming activity? Believe me, with a wife, four kids and four grandchildren and …
When Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian stood in front of the council Tuesday and announced the first reading of the 2019-2020 budget it came as a surprise to those in attendance and especially to those who read the Aiken Standard story.
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has designated May 6-11 as Economic Development Week. It was designed to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life of our community.
As an estimated 10,000 teachers and their supporters rallied outside the Statehouse on Wednesday in an unprecedented demonstration of commitment, House Speaker Jay Lucas worried aloud that the school-day gathering could have the opposite effect intended.
Teachers all across South Carolina walked out of their classrooms to come to Columbia to lobby the General Assembly to adopt meaningful education reforms.
Perhaps Aiken County School Superintendent Dr. Sean Alford nipped the situation in the bud two weeks ago when he proposed a 4% increase for not only teachers but all school employees as well.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in South Carolina and nationwide and, while the month is almost over, we need to raise awareness about this problem every month. I wanted to let you know what our office is doing, and what all of us can do, to raise awareness and reduce sexual assault.…
It’s not been often, if ever, in the last 32 years that Aiken City Council member Lessie Price has been rendered speechless during official proceedings.But last Monday, Lessie Price had a look of "What are you doing?" as Gail Diggs, mayor pro tem, read a proclamation for the council to name …
It wasn’t too many years ago that national marketing campaigns and health providers finally got the point across to humans that we are 60% water and dehydrated. Soon thereafter, we became obsessed with bottled water. Everywhere we went people were carrying bottles of water. Depending on the …
Many of us were transfixed and horrified to watch live coverage Monday of the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris as it literally burned before our eyes. Even with modern technology that allowed millions around the world to watch the tragedy from televisions and computers, we were all hel…
An important piece of bipartisan legislation is gaining momentum at the South Carolina State House. Senate Bill 298 seeks to establish something that has never before existed in our state: a dedicated and permanent source of funding for higher education. This game-changing legislation renews…
Approximately three years ago, we ran a front-page story entitled “USCA and developer chosen for new SRNL Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative.”
South Carolina can't attract enough teachers, prison workers and social workers, but in a state where people wait in line for years or decades to be allowed to serve on the bench, the Legislature plans to give its biggest pay raises to judges. This does not make sense.
State legislators have never thought voters were smart enough to decide how to run their own local governments. For decades, senators ran the counties. They eventually allowed county councils to do this, with significant restrictions. Ditto cities.
State law says public schools have to operate 180 days a year. Unless it snows. Or rains. Or gets too hot. Or too cold. Then, if the school district closes the schools for more than three days — those first three days off have to be made up — it can start lopping days off the calendar.
- National lab employee pulled from radiological work following quarterly check
- New species of prehistoric shark discovered in Aiken
- Police bookings for Aug. 17
- Man found hiding in teen’s closet with drugs faces sex assault charge
- Democrat Elizabeth Warren discusses purpose, policies at USC Aiken rally
- New Gregg-Graniteville Foundation executive director wants to make a difference in the community
- ENGAGEMENT: Sams — Decaux
- Football season returns with Aiken County Scrimmage
- Coroner's Office investigating death in North Augusta following possible electrocution
- Woman's Barbie collection goes on display at Aiken library
- First day of school in Aiken County 2019
- Most Wanted by Aiken County Sheriff's Office: Aug. 16
- Weekly top residence sales for Aiken County for Aug. 2 - Aug. 8
- True To Your SOLE STEM & Sneaker Extravaganza
- Football: 2019 Aiken County Scrimmage
- First Day of School with Dr Sean Alford
- Sunday Best: One Team
- Saluting the "Greatest Generation"
- Aiken County Animal Shelter pets for adoption for Aug. 17
- Region 3-A football jamboree