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City of Aiken Engineering & Utilities Department
05/28/2020

City of Aiken Engineering & Utilities Department

The City of Aiken Engineering and Utilities Department wants to let residents know that their contractor will be performing much-needed sewer maintenance on the dirt roads in the Horse District.

The contractor will be performing work with various equipment, which could cause anxiety for local horses. It is advised that keeping a safe distance from the work area would be more suitable for horses.

Below are the scheduled dates:
🔷June 8th – Grace Circle and Whiskey Road – End of Grace at Whiskey will be closed off during the day
🔷June 9th – Mead Avenue and Whiskey Road – End of Mead at Whiskey will be closed off during the day
🔷June 10-12th - South Boundary Avenue and Newberry Street - Traffic Controls and delays expected on South Boundary and Newberry Streets.

Aiken County Sheriff's Office arrests 2 suspects in break-in at Wagener businessOn Monday April 6, 2020 at around 2:07 a...
04/07/2020

Aiken County Sheriff's Office arrests 2 suspects in break-in at Wagener business

On Monday April 6, 2020 at around 2:07 am Aiken County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a burglar alarm at Tyler Brothers 116 Railroad Ave East, Wagener. When Deputies arrived they found the front glass door to be broken out. A witness told deputies that two suspects had ran from the location towards the woods. Investigators and the Aiken County Bloodhound Tracking Team responded to assist in locating the suspects.

The two suspects were located in a nearby shed and taken into custody without incident. The two suspects were
identified as Jakari Keishawn Earle, of Columbia, 20 yoa black male and a Juvenile white male. After further investigation Deputies arrested and transported Earle to the Aiken County Detention Center and the Juvenile to the Department of Juvenile Justice both are being charged with Burglary 2nd Degree. The investigation is still on going and information will be released as it becomes available.

Wagener Police Chief Scott Titus said deputies were working to identify an additional suspect. Titus thanked the witness for their quick thinking as it led to the apprehension of the suspects.

We ask that if anyone has any information on the case, we ask that they contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 648-6811.

Aiken County Public School District
03/21/2020

Aiken County Public School District

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G work, Team ACPSD! Thank you to our dedicated employees and volunteers for ensuring that learning and healthy nutrition is continuing despite a school closure! #OneTeamMagic #ThankYouACPSD

Mayor Rick Osbon has declared a state of emergency in Aiken in anticipation of the spread of the coronavirus.
03/16/2020
Mayor Osbon Declares A State of Emergency | City of Aiken, SC Government

Mayor Rick Osbon has declared a state of emergency in Aiken in anticipation of the spread of the coronavirus.

Mayor Osbon Declares A State of Emergency Monday, March 16, 2020 | News AIKEN, SC – Mayor Rick Osbon has declared a state of emergency as concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19 continue to escalate. Osbon signed a proclamation outlining the measures involved late Sunday and called for a ratif...

03/15/2020
Shane Massey

Shane Massey

At a 4:00 press conference today, Governor McMaster will announce the closure of all South Carolina schools - K-12, technical colleges, and universities - through March 31 to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

You should be able to watch the press conference live at www.wistv.com.

I will share more information when I have it.

SEC.gov | SEC Charges South Carolina Energy Companies, Former Executives With Defrauding Investors
02/27/2020
SEC.gov | SEC Charges South Carolina Energy Companies, Former Executives With Defrauding Investors

SEC.gov | SEC Charges South Carolina Energy Companies, Former Executives With Defrauding Investors

Press Release SEC Charges South Carolina Energy Companies, Former Executives With Defrauding Investors Charges Spring From Failed $9 Billion Nuclear Power Plant Expansion FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2020-44 Washington D.C., Feb. 27, 2020 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged SCANA Corp....

Groundbreaking for the elementary school and dedication for the new high school wing at the Ridge Spring-Monetta K-12 ca...
02/22/2020

Groundbreaking for the elementary school and dedication for the new high school wing at the Ridge Spring-Monetta K-12 campus on Trojan Rd Monday, 2/24 at 5:00.

Jason Crane - Aiken County Public Schools District 2 Trustee
02/19/2020

Jason Crane - Aiken County Public Schools District 2 Trustee

Following almost four hours of discussion in executive session, the Board voted 7-2 to hire King Laurence as the District Superintendent. King has operated as the interim superintendent over the last five months, and has spearheaded initiatives such as the current MOSAIC elementary behavior program during that time. The Board weighed the input garnered in last week’s two input sessions along with numerous emails, messages, and phone calls along with King’s performance. Given the vast majority of the input I received viewed King extremely positively, and having seen his work ethic and even-keeled approach to problem solving, I was happy to cast my vote in favor of him. King will bring over three decades of experience ranging from the classroom to school administration to District offices, 22 years of which have been served in Aiken County. Congratulations, King! I also want to thank everyone in the community who took time to contact me or other Board Members with your thoughts; I hope you will continue to be engaged with us!

02/06/2020

Early Dismissal for some Aiken County Schools Thursday, February 6.

Aiken Scholars Academy will dismiss at 1:00 p.m.

Ridge Spring-Monetta ES will dismiss at 12:45 p.m.

Ridge Spring-Monetta MS will dismiss at 1:05 p.m.

Ridge Spring-Monetta HS will dismiss at 1:15 p.m.

Busbee Elementary will dismiss at 12:55 p.m.

Corbett MS will dismiss at 12:52 p.m.

Wagener-Salley HS will dismiss at 1:10 p.m.

"SCHOOLS/OFFICES TO CLOSE EARLY FEBRUARY 6, 2020 DUE TO STORMS EXPECTED

Severe thunderstorms and high winds are expected to reach our area Thursday afternoon. In an effort to protect the safety of all students and families, as well as our staff, District administration has made the decision, in consultation with Emergency Management Professionals, to dismiss all students and staff members early on Thursday. Thursday, February 6, all Aiken County Public Schools will operate on our Early Dismissal Schedule and dismiss students two hours early.

Elementary Schools will dismiss at 12:30 p.m., Middle Schools at 1:10 p.m., and High Schools at 1:30 p.m. All afterschool activities, practices, games, Evening 4K, Adult Education Program, and our Extended Day offering through Quest Zone will be cancelled. We appreciate your cooperation and apologize for any inconvenience that tomorrow’s early dismissal will cause.

Dismissal times for schools Aiken Scholars Academy, as well as students in the Ridge Spring-Monetta and Wagener areas are as follows:

Aiken Scholars Academy will dismiss at 1:00 p.m.
Ridge Spring-Monetta ES will dismiss at 12:45 p.m.
Ridge Spring-Monetta MS will dismiss at 1:05 p.m.
Ridge Spring-Monetta HS will dismiss at 1:15 p.m.
Busbee Elementary will dismiss at 12:55 p.m.
Corbett MS will dismiss at 12:52 p.m.
Wagener-Salley HS will dismiss at 1:10 p.m."

11/30/2019

Congratulations to the Ridge Spring-Monetta Trojans on pulling out the 26-22 upset over the Wagener-Salley War Eagles. Both teams have had excellent seasons and represented Aiken County well.

RS-M(10-4) will face the Green Sea Floyds(12-1) next Friday at 8pm for the Class A championship.

The Aiken County Election Commission upheld the outcome of both the Salley Mayoral race and Salley Council District 4 ra...
11/11/2019

The Aiken County Election Commission upheld the outcome of both the Salley Mayoral race and Salley Council District 4 race ruling against challenges from Bob Salley and Leah Shackleford.

Burnettown, Monetta, and Aiken 3 unofficial results.
11/06/2019

Burnettown, Monetta, and Aiken 3 unofficial results.

Town of Wagener election end tape results.
11/06/2019

Town of Wagener election end tape results.

10/24/2017

Polls are open 7 am until 7 pm on October 24 for the Aiken County Council Chairman's Race. Please consider voting for Gary Bunker to this important office.

Dear Editor,

Webster’s definitions of mandate include “an authorization to act given to a representative”. Gary Bunker’s primary election victory for Aiken County Council Chairman fits the bill. Multiple letters to the editor have detailed Bunker’s attributes and one stands out. J. O’Donnell wrote “Gary Bunker's intricate knowledge of the budget is unmatched. He know’s the numbers”.

Mandate is synonymous with entrustment. Gary earned the voter’s trust and support with his character, his prior work on the council and his eloquent op-eds explaining the ins and outs of county government.

Let’s “Carry Gary” Bunker by giving him another victory in the October 24 general election for Aiken County Council Chairmen!

Dr. Mike Vasovski

Dear Editor,

This message is going out to all Aiken County Voters. There is a Special General Election for the purpose of electing our next Aiken County Council Chairman on Tuesday, October 24. This seat is too important for the results to be decided by just a few hundred people, the person elected to this position will guide the decisions for our County's future. I ask that each of you mark your calendar, set a reminder on your phone, what ever it takes and take the few minutes that it will require and vote for my friend, and in my humble opinion, the most qualified person to take on this enormous responsibility. Vote for Gary Bunker on October 24th.

Dennis Saylor

Aiken Driving Club at New Bridge
09/02/2017

Aiken Driving Club at New Bridge

Some great equestrian news in every week.....plus more
09/02/2017

Some great equestrian news in every week.....plus more

Y'all need to check out GoodLand! not too far out, just over the Aiken County line into O'Burg in Springfield, 648 Sprin...
08/30/2017

Y'all need to check out GoodLand! not too far out, just over the Aiken County line into O'Burg in Springfield, 648 Springfield Rd, 29146- 803-258-3511, Open TH 11-2, FRI & SAY 11-8, SUN 11-2, eat in and take out.

08/24/2017

Have added a few things, will be adding more up here this week on Thursday evening. But anyway, looking for a place to eat in the area? GoodLand BBQ at 648 Springfield Rd, Springfield. It has reopened starting 8/24. The restaurant is the same as the way back old crew when the food was really, really good (excellent pulled pork, chicken, hash and all the fixings)🐷. Buffet and take out. Hours are Th 11-3, Fri & Sat 11-8, Sun 11-2.... 803-258-3511.

08/23/2017

Results of Aiken County Council Chairman's Republican Primary are still coming in but with 86 of 89 precincts reporting Gary Bunker has 55.3%, Andrew Siders has 33.5%, and Chuck Smith has 11.6% out of 6,538 votes or 5.7% voter turnout.

MUSCADINES!!!!
08/22/2017

MUSCADINES!!!!

ECLIPSE WATCHING  IN WAGENER
08/21/2017

ECLIPSE WATCHING IN WAGENER

ECLIPSE WATCHING IN WAGENER

The Aiken Leader's cover photo
08/21/2017

The Aiken Leader's cover photo

08/21/2017

OK, been busy, Eclipse today in Wagener

01/29/2017

There is a reason we put the most wanted in the newspaper, it is kind of a clue to mothers and fathers who not to let your daughter or son go out with........This is an update to the missing case of Brittany Nicole Winburn.

She has been located with her estranged boyfriend Julio Ocampos Vargas. On 27 January 2017, at approximately 4:00pm, in Tom Green County, Texas Winburn was located by law enforcement unharmed. Vargas was taken into custody. Winburn’s family has been contacted by Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Investigators that she has been located. We will follow up further as this case progresses.

Like the your Kitchings girl who was killed by that Seawright guy, both these dudes have been in the Leader week after week after week, ,,,,

01/29/2017

Aiken School District's Town Hall Meetings
The schedule for the town hall meetings in each area is as follows:

Area 3: Thursday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Midland Valley High School
Area 1 (Southside): Monday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at South Aiken High School
Area 1: Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Aiken High School
Area 2: Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Mossy Creek Elementary School
Area 4: Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Calendonia Baptist Church
Area 5: Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Silver Bluff High School

01/29/2017

City of Aiken leaders issue statement on South Aiken High School shooting investigation
AIKEN ­– Following the shooting incident at South Aiken High School Friday evening, City of Aiken officials have been monitoring the situation and working in close coordination with law enforcement and school district leadership during the ongoing investigation.
Aiken Public Safety, the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and SLED are working tirelessly to apprehend the person who fired multiple shots, resulting in non-life-threatening injuries to three people. Anyone with information that might help solve the case should contact Aiken Public Safety at 803-642-7620 or Crime Stoppers of the Midlands at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon released the following statement early today:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and all those who were at the traumatic event that occurred as students and fans were leaving South Aiken High School after a basketball game Friday night. Actions like this will not and cannot be tolerated in our City. While we know individual acts of evil will always be a threat, the perpetrator of this crime must know that there will be consequences for this action. Chief Barranco and his staff have been keeping City Council and City Manager John Klimm fully updated on the ongoing investigation. We are extremely grateful to our dedicated Public Safety Officers who have been in the field following leads since the event occurred. We stand with the Chief and Aiken Public Safety as they work to bring the guilty person into custody and to bring justice to the victims and all those affected by this heinous crime.”

City Manager John Klimm said the safety and security of its citizens are the top priority for local government, and that he, City staff, the Mayor and members of Aiken City Council will not rest until it is assured in the City of Aiken.

“Recent incidents of violence like this one and the shooting at the Pacer’s Run Apartments are a challenge that we intend to meet head on,” Klimm said. “In the coming days and weeks, the City’s leaders and our Department of Public Safety will be working very closely with our community to address solutions to the problem quickly and aggressively.”

01/29/2017

Next of Kin Sought in Moped Fatality in Warrenville
The Aiken County Coroner’s Office along with the South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating an early morning crash that claimed the life of an individual. Mr. Thomas Joseph Armstrong sixty-one years of age with a last known address in Aiken was pronounced dead at the scene. This crash occurred on Augusta Rd (Hwy 421) near Pleasure Island Rd., Warrenville just before six o’clock this morning. Mr. Armstrong was riding his moped eastward on the sidewalk when he pulled into the path of an eastward pickup truck driven by Mr. Cleve Ard. Mr. Armstrong was ejected off the moped and died of blunt force injuries, Mr. Armstrong was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Anyone who may know Mr. Armstrong or have any information about his family is asked to contract the Aiken County Coroner’s Office at (803) 642-1740.

01/29/2017

Shooting Incident Following High School Basketball Game
Police Still Looking for Shooter and Weapon

January 28, 2017 (Aiken, SC) - South Aiken High School Basketball Team hosted Aiken High School this past Friday evening, January 27, 2017. The game was played at South Aiken High School, 232 East Pinelog Road, Aiken, SC. Following the game, at approximately 9:05 PM, a fight broke out outside in front of the school. During the fight, an individual, who is at this time still unidentified, fired several shots. Three individuals were struck by the gunfire. One victim, a forty-five-year-old female, was in front of the school during the fight and suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh. A short time later, Aiken Public Safety was notified of a second gunshot victim who’d left the incident and relocated to a nearby fast food restaurant on Whiskey Road. The second victim, a 13-year-old female was struck in the lower leg. The third victim, a 19-year-old male, was later treated at Aiken Regional Medical Centers for gunshot injuries to the hand and leg. None of the injuries presented appear to be life threatening.
In addition to the South Aiken faculty, coaches, and staff assigned to the game, the event was staffed with six (6) off-duty Aiken Public Safety Officers working security, an increase in law enforcement presence due to the expected large crowd. Nearly 1000 students, spectators, and guests attended the game.
Immediately following the shooting, several officers provided first-aid to injured persons on-the-scene while others, and additional officers who arrived minutes later, searched for the assailant. Officers and investigators followed numerous leads and suspect descriptions throughout the night as they attempted to locate the suspect(s) involved. At this time, investigators have been unable to identify the shooter and have not recovered the weapon.

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