Aiken County in extreme drought
Aiken County was recently moved from severe drought to extreme drought and the City of Aiken has implemented voluntary water restrictions.
On April 25, the S.C. Drought Response Committee added Aiken to the already-dry counties, including Oconee, Pickens, Anderson, Abbeville, McCormick and Edgefield.
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.
According to a news release, water restrictions are as follows: residents with an address ending in an odd number may water on odd number days, and residents with an address ending in an even number can water on even number days. Officials say if the drought becomes worse then restrictions may become mandatory.
Apply for 2013 Masters tickets
The Masters Tournament and Augusta National Golf Club has opened up the application process for 2013 Masters tickets.
All applications must be done online at www.masters.com and only one application per person or address will be accepted (one per household).
All applicants must be 21 years or older.
Practice round tickets for Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday will cost $50 each. The deadline to apply is July 30, and all applicants will be notified in mid-August.
The maximum allocation is four per person, and anyone can apply.
Daily tournament tickets also will be made available in very limited quantities, according to the club.
The cost is $75 each. Patrons who already receive series badges are not eligible for these tickets. Deadline to apply is June 30 and all applicants will be notified in mid-July.
Applicants, if selected, are eligible to win only one day.
Herlong Memorial recipient named
The Johnston Development Corp. 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.