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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.

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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.

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.

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…

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. …

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 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 …

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