Aiken County aims to clear warrant log
More than 2,000 people have the opportunity to get their slate wiped clean from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office this week.
Through Friday, Operation Clean Slate will allow anyone with a traffic-related bench warrant to pay the fines and not be taken to jail. The warrants will then be removed from the active-warrant file.
Bench warrants are issued to anyone with a traffic citation who fails to appear in court or pay the fines imposed by the presiding magistrate judge.
There are more than 2,800 active traffic-related bench warrants in the county. To take advantage of this opportunity, stop by Central Traffic Court, 420 Hampton Ave. NE, Aiken or call (803) 642-2133 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. through Friday.
Aiken County placed in severe drought category
Aiken County has joined six other counties in South Carolina that are suffering from severe drought conditions.
On April 25, the S.C. Drought Response Committee added Aiken to the already-dry counties, including Oconee, Pickens, Anderson, Abbeville, McCormick and Edgefield.
The severe drought designation is the third level of drought, just under “extreme,” which is the top designation. All other counties in the state remain at moderate drought status.
The decision to include Aiken County was based on support from all indicators that the drought was deteriorating in the central Savannah region, according to a release from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.
State climatologist Hope Mizzell pointed to the dry winter and early spring, along with most places receiving less than 65 percent of normal rainfall.
“Rainfall during this time of year is crucial for adequate recharge, which did not occur,” she said in a statement. “As we move into late spring and summer it takes normal rainfall just to keep up with evapo-transpiration and increased water demand.”
DNR hydrologist Scott Harder said well levels are lower than 25 percent of normal for parts of South Carolina. He said the Savannah Basin lakes have been the hardest hit, with lake levels in Hartwell and Thurmond ranging 7 feet to 8 feet below target for this time of year.
Blogger seeks Ga. and S.C.'s best breakfast
California-based blogger, Lee Rice, with Little Lee's Breakfast in America, is searching for Georgia and South Carolina's favorite breakfast spot.
Rice will visit Georgia on June 7 and South Carolina on June 8 and is seeking suggestions for restaurants to try.
To vote, visit facebook.com/leeeatsbreakfast and find the polls for each state. For more information, visit www.leeeatsbreakfast.com.
Pottery tour and sale
The Heritage Trail Pottery Tour & Sale will be held Friday-Sunday.
Receptions at The Museum in Greenwood and the Discovery Center in Edgefield will kickoff the weekend event being put on by Greenwood Area Studio Potters and the Edgefield Area Clay Guild.
Herlong Memorial recipient named
The Johnston Development Corporation recently named Taylor Nicole Paul as the Robert H. Herlong Memorial Scholarship Award winner for 2012.
The $500 scholarship is made possible by proceeds from the Peach Blossom Festival. It is awarded annually to a high school senior who is in the top third of his or her class.
Paul was also chosen for her community service that involves tutoring, volunteering at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab, being a team leader at the Edgefield County Relay for Life, volunteering with Girl Scouts and her participation at Red Hill Baptist Church.
She plans to attend University of South Carolina and study retail management.
She is the daughter of Bryan and Jill Paul.
Plant sale and swap
The Master Gardener Spring Education Day Plant Sale & Swap will be held at the Aiken County Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Free gardening lectures will be held as follows: 8:30 a.m., roses; 9 a.m., organic gardening; 9:30 a.m., air layering camellias; 10 a.m., beekeeping 101; 10:30 a.m., controlling fire ants; 11 a.m., bluebirds in South Carolina; and 11:30 a.m., controlling moles.
There will be gardening demonstrations on turfgrass selection, broadleaf spring weed samples and their control, composting, soil sampling, year-round planters and plant propagation.
Door prizes will be given along with items from a freebies table.
Admission is free. For more information, call (803) 649-6297, ext. 122. The Aiken County Farmers Market is located at the corner of Richland Avenue and Williamsburg Street.