One of the more important local elections in recent memory takes place Tuesday when voters go to the polls to select three new Aiken County School Board members.
November's early blast of winter is forecast by some as the harbinger of colder temperatures ahead. With them will come the annual danger from fires caused by people trying to stay warm.
Opportunity zones, fees in lieu of taxes, historic credits and many other incentives are accessible to investors interested in repurposing underdeveloped areas, but none of them appear to burden taxpayers in quite the same way as the latest economic stimulation fad, the public-private partnership.
Dominion Energy sold SC customers' personal data to a third-party organization that's hawking "gas line" insurance most of us don't need. The solicitations arriving in mailboxes this month look like they're coming from the utility, which collects the monthly payments on your power bill and profits from any sales.
The fall foliage seems to have peaked at just the perfect time to paint a crimson and gold backdrop for Thanksgiving in Aiken this year.
South Carolina ranks 47th in the nation in providing resources to combat mental illness. That abysmal situation may be changing, but we have a long way to go.
History will be made Monday night when the Aiken City Council swears in Kay Biermann Brohl and Gail Diggs as members.
Colleton County Sheriff Andy Strickland’s domestic violence arrest means nearly a third of South Carolina’s sheriffs have been accused of committing crimes. The Legislature needs to take action to make it less tempting and more difficult for sheriffs to break the law.
South Carolina must improve how it cares for mentally ill prisoners, and it’s happening broadly under a court order that arose from a decade of class-action litigation.
Facebook is in the midst of its worst scandal since Cambridge Analytica. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been hammered by presidential candidates, Members of Congress, fellow tech moguls and virtually every major newspaper, magazine and television network. Hundreds of Facebook employees have signed …
The signs are common, mostly in residential neighborhoods where they call attention to speed: "Drive like your children live here." Perhaps it's time for signs on all roads expanding the message: "Drive like you want to keep living here" – meaning drive like you want to stay alive.
Cot Campbell once said that he “could not describe the appreciation that I have for horses, large four-legged animals, that changed your whole life.”
Aiken’s leadership once again has cowered to the pressure of a small but vocal group of citizens who have an irrational and obsessive opposition to parking garages. Ironically, many of these same people claim to love trees. It’s true that parking garages aren’t beautiful, but neither are eno…
The editorial “Start of a New Era,” published Monday, Sept. 29, 1969 on the front page of the Aiken Standard, announced the dedication of the newspaper plant on Rutland Drive after the offices moved from 100 Laurens St. and 213-215 Richland Ave. in downtown Aiken.
Tiny little school districts always say merging with their neighbors won’t save any money. And it’s true that consolidation doesn’t always save money. Sometimes, that’s because districts make sure it doesn't.
With the Sept. 5 resignation of the Aiken County Public School District superintendent, followed by the resignations of several school board members, we keep hearing the question "Why?" as in "Why did they resign?" But our question is this: How did we get here? The answer is very slowly, and…
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.
- Aiken man charged with entering USC Aiken dorm with firearm
- Aiken man purchases clothes and toys for local children in need
- Ridge Spring-Monetta can't keep up in Class A title game
- FOTAS: Christmas heartbreak at the county animal shelter
- Human remains found in Burnettown under investigation
- Parents of U.K. teen killed by South Aiken grad plan to return to U.S.
- Graniteville woman charged with burglary of Beech Island rental home
- GVW Fire Department celebrates 37th Christmas parade in Graniteville
- How did we get here? Aiken County School Board special election set for Tuesday
- Aiken family demands action after second animal attack this year
- Class A State Championship: Ridge Spring-Monetta vs. Green Sea Floyds
- Weekly top residence sales for Aiken County Nov. 19-26
- Aiken Christmas Tree Lighting
- GVW Christmas Parade celebration
- Aiken County Animal Shelter pets for adoption for Dec. 8
- Class AA State Championship: Barnwell vs. Saluda
- ACC Championship: Clemson v. Virginia
- Aiken Jaycees Christmas Parade