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Posted: December 27, 2011 - 4:37pm  |  Updated: January 11, 2012 - 1:52pm

Governor throws backing to Romney

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has endorsed Mitt Romney for president.

Haley said Dec. 1 she is throwing her support behind Romney in the Republican primaries. She said jobs, the economy and spending are most important and the former Massachusetts governor is the best candidate to address those issues.

South Carolina is the first Southern state to hold a primary election leading up to the 2012 presidential election.

 

Christmas trees sought for lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Thurmond Project Office is encouraging people to recycle their Christmas trees.

Through Jan. 6, people may drop off trees at Riverside Middle School, 1095 Furys Ferry Road, Evans.

All decorations must be removed from trees before dropping them off. No artificial trees or household trash should be dropped off at the site.

The trees will be used as fish attracters in Thurmond Lake. Corps rangers and volunteers will submerge the trees around piers to improve the fishing habitat. Other trees will be placed at select ramps around the lake for public use.

For more information, call (800) 533-3478.

 

Corps completes Volunteer Village

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed a new campground for volunteers at Thurmond Dam and Lake called Volunteer Village.

The village features 12 campsites with water and electrical hook-ups, high speed Internet connection and a boat ramp on a peninsula near Modoc, S.C.

The village’s amenities are available for free for volunteers who work 20 hours or more a week. Volunteers often stay at the lake for several months while they work on projects or provide public services at the lake, according to a news release.

Volunteer arrangements will be made on a case-by-case basis depending on availability and staffing needs. The village will not be open to the general public.

Those interested in volunteer opportunities should call 1-800-VOL-TEER.

 

Holidays change hours at center

The Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum has announced special hours for the holidays.

Normal operating hours for the visitor center and museum, 406 Park Ave. SE, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

For the holidays, it will close on New Year’s Day.

It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, in addition to its normal operating hours.

The museum displays HO-scale dioramas depicting the railway from 1916 from Charleston, S.C., to Hamburg, interactive displays and a touch train.

Entry is free, but donations are accepted.

For more information, contact facilities assistant Valli Finney at (803) 644-1907.

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