top story

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 …

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.

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.…

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 …

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.

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…

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 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.

If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here.

Friends2Follow