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Carlos Milanes, CEO Aiken Regional Medical Centers


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Location: 100 Aurora Place, ARMC campus Location: 100 Aurora Place, ARMC campus

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Women’s LifeCare Center Women’s Center The Women’sLifeCare LifeCare Center is a source of knowledge, care and comfort for women of all ages.

The Women’s LifeCare Center iscare, a source ofsurgery, knowledge, care and comfort for and women of all ages. Services include gynecologic breast treatment of menopause osteoporosis, Services include gynecologic care, treatment of menopause and osteoporosis, estrogen replacement therapy andbreast more.surgery, The childbirth center gives newborns and their parents a estrogen replacement therapy and clinical more. The childbirth newborns and their parents a strong start in life, with advanced expertise andcenter warm, gives personal attention. strong start in life, with advanced clinical expertise and warm, personal attention.

Location: 2nd Floor, ARMC campus Location: 2nd Floor, ARMC campus

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Women’s LifeCare Diagnostic Services Women’s LifeCare Diagnostic Services A range of diagnostic services in one location can help make a woman’s healthcare more

Amanageable. range of diagnostic services one location can helpdensitometry, make a woman’s healthcare morebiopsy and Services includeinmammography, bone stereotactic breast manageable. Services include mammography, bone densitometry, stereotactic breast biopsy and routine X-rays. And we have all-digital mammography for faster, more comprehensive results. routine X-rays. And we have all-digital mammography for faster, more comprehensive results.

Location: 400 Medical Park Drive, ARMC campus Location: 400 Medical Park Drive, ARMC campus

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Physicians are on the medical staff of Aiken Regional Medical Centers, but, with limited exceptions, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Aiken hospital be liable for actions treatmentspractitioners provided by who physicians. Physicians are on the medical staffRegional of Aiken Medical RegionalCenters. MedicalThe Centers, but,shall withnot limited exceptions, are or independent are not employees or agents of Aiken Regional Medical Centers. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians.


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Location: Location: 420 420 Society Society Hill Hill Drive, Drive, Suite Suite 200, 200, Aiken Aiken

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Location: Location: 655 655 Medical Medical Park Park Drive, Drive, ARMC ARMC campus campus

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Location: Location: 3rd 3rd Floor, Floor, ARMC ARMC main main building building

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Location: Location: Emergency Emergency entrance, entrance, AMRC AMRC main main campus campus

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Location: Location: 60 60 Physician Physician Drive, Drive, AMRC AMRC campus campus

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Contents FEATURES

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from yesterday to today

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youth sports abound

For more than 175 years, people have been smitten with this gem of a Southern town called Aiken. Its universal appeal encompasses many qualities – a rich heritage, an impeccable beauty, a cosmopolitan flair, and a strong sense of community – all of which translate into an unparalleled quality of life. People simply cannot get enough of this special place nestled in the western part of South Carolina.

Baseball, softball, tennis, golf, soccer, basketball, football, swimming – almost all sports popular with the youth are available in Aiken and the surrounding area. Aiken City and County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism (PRT) departments, as well as local schools and numerous other entities, have literally stepped up to the plate to ensure strong, viable sports programs for youth at all levels.

by Monica Dutcher

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aiken’s makin’

This September, Aiken’s Makin’, the popular arts and crafts show held in downtown Aiken, will turn 35 years old. The two-day juried show has become an honored tradition in the Aiken community and to untold thousands who travel to the city every September. Perhaps what sets this show apart from others is its appeal as a time to gather with family and friends to shop, laugh, eat, share stories . . . and make memories. by Cindy Delaney

departme n ts about t h e co v er

28 Housing Options

46 Education

32 Quality of Life

50 Retirement

38 Healthcare

52 Relocation Information

42 Employment

57 Business Directory

The cover features photos of Aiken lifestyles and of an enchanting old-world chapel, nestled on the grounds of Rose Hill Estate in downtown Aiken. A preserved “Winter Colony” estate, Rose Hill is the first property in Aiken to be listed on the National Register.  It offers accommodations, numerous amenities, and provides an ideal setting for weddings, receptions, retreats, meetings, and other special events.  www.rosehillestate.com cover photography by Bob D u r a n d J r.



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Yesterdayto Today Aiken’s Enduring Appeal By Monica Dutcher My mother isn’t a fan of change and never envisioned moving away from her Maryland home of 40 years—not even if her daughter moved out of state for college. “If you choose USC Aiken,” she affirmed, “you’re staying in Pacer Downs (student housing).” Nevertheless, with parents in tow, I took a personal tour of USC Aiken; we puttered around town and strolled through Hopelands Gardens. And then things began to change. It looked more and more like I would be commuting to college from home—from a new home in Aiken, South Carolina.


fter our third day in the quaint,

“My world has become bigger from all the folks who

All-America City, my mom started crying. “What’s the

move here,” says lifelong resident and Aiken icon Sissy

matter? It’s not like you’re moving here,” I said.

Brodie. Brodie won the 2010 Pickens-Salley Southern

“Yes, we are. How can we not? What’s not to like

Woman of Distinction Award for the positive impact

about this place?”

she has made on the community

From its founding in the mid 1800s to the 21st century, people have become smitten with this gem of a Southern town, a golden enclave of natural beauty, culture, recreation, philanthropic opportunity and community. Beginning around 1870, wealthy Northerners, known as the Winter Colonists of the Gilded Age, flocked to Aiken to flee the Northeast’s bitter winters and to pursue their equestrian sports, including polo and riding with the hounds, on the area’s ideal sandy soil. Among those who wintered here were Winston Churchill, President Dwight Eisenhower, Bing Crosby,

Fred

Astaire, Elizabeth Arden, and the Vanderbilts, a significantly wealthy family credited with building the great

Fifth

Avenue

mansions,

through

“...People aren’t used to people smiling and saying good morning. Aiken is a genteel place, and genteel isn’t a word I use often, but I will use it to describe Aiken.” — Sissy Brodie

her

volunteerism

and

love of people. “Everybody’s got a story. People in Aiken just love life. And Southern hospitality has not died—the newcomers catch on and bring their own flair.” Though Brodie has seen the landscape change—from the building of the “bomb plant” at the Savannah River Site to Aiken Regional Medical Centers to upscale retirement communities, such as Woodside Plantation and Houndslake Country Club—the innovative spirit of Aiken has remained a constant over the decades. “There are two people who I must mention for their passion for Aiken and for what they’ve provided this community: Elliott Levy, executive director of the Aiken County Historical Museum, and Kristen King-

the summer cottages of Newport,

sland Brown, executive director

Rhode Island, and the Biltmore

of the Aiken Center for the Arts,”

House in Asheville, N.C.

says Brodie. “And I have to credit

But Aiken soon became more than a playground for

the University [USC Aiken]. The chancellors they’ve

the affluent. It became a place for fostering a sense

had over the years are such visionaries. To have a

of community, a community that prides itself on

college of that quality here is fabulous.”

preserving the area’s charming local flavor and robust

And, according to J. David Jameson, president of

history while celebrating new ideas, education, the

the Aiken Chamber of Commerce, Aiken continues

arts, and different cultures.

photos by Bob Durand Jr.

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to foster healthy, yet modest, growth, which is most impressive

within

the

internationally

“City planners say that every successful community

acclaimed

will have its ‘ocean’ and in Aiken that ocean is the

equine industry. In the works for Aiken County are an

horses. People love seeing animals, and horses are

expansive horse park/outdoor entertainment complex

massive, beautiful animals,” says Jameson. “The

and 1,000 miles of unified trails that will be open to

Triple Crown and the annual horse show in Hitchcock

a variety of recreationists, including horseback riders

Woods are wonderful and popular events. We have

and hikers.

horses in Aiken year round, so the list of equine events continues to grow.”

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“City planners say that every successful community will have its ‘ocean’ and in Aiken that ocean is the horses.” — J. David Jameson


“Aiken is the high end suburb of a major metropolitan city without being a major metropolitan area. Aiken is the easy part of the city.” — J. David Jameson

But even if you don’t consider yourself a member of

The arts are also woven through the backbone of

the horsey set, Aiken is a multi-faceted crown jewel

Aiken’s social and cultural scene, with the annual

attractive to an array of personalities. Just stroll

presentation of Julliard in Aiken, exciting seasons

down Laurens Street, lined with boutiques, unique

at the Aiken Community Playhouse, the Oswald

shops, cafes and galleries. “I can spot a newcomer on

Distinguished Writers Series at the USC-Aiken

Laurens right away,” says Brodie with a laugh. “I can’t

Etherredge Center, and whimsical performances by

help but talk to them. People aren’t used to people

the Aiken Civic Ballet.

smiling and saying good morning. Aiken is a genteel

“Aiken is the high end suburb of a major metropoli-

place, and genteel isn’t a word I use often, but I will

tan city without being a major metropolitan area,”

use it to describe Aiken.”

says Jameson. “Aiken is the easy part of the city.”

That gentility warmly permeates every aspect of Aiken

So easy, so charming, that it’s a destination that’s

lifestyle—you’ll feel and see it while playing a round of

nearly impossible to not fall in love with, to feel as if

golf at the historic Palmetto Golf Club, while attending

you’re visiting old friends who can’t wait to catch up

a colorful ice cream social in the grand hall of the

on your life.

Aiken County Historical Museum, or while enjoying an All-American breakfast at the Track Kitchen, an off-road hangout among jockeys, trainers, riders and non-riders alike.

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when it comes to

YOUTH SPORTS

Aiken Hits it

Out of the Park Over its 175-year history, Aiken has evolved from being a popular health resort and vibrant equestrian community to that of a contemporary community that offers an array of lifestyle activities and sports. Aikenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equine industry continues to grow with numerous sporting events showcasing the various equine disciplines throughout the area. Complementing this signature industry is a cadre of other popular sporting activities that meet the needs of Aikenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing community. This is particularly evident with the availability and variety of youth sports programs.

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Visit Aiken most weekends and you can witness

recognize this dedication to the youth.

firsthand the overwhelming presence of youth sports

Aiken resident, dad, and part time youth baseball

and activities. Baseball, softball, tennis, golf, soccer,

coach Rob Collins has lived in Aiken for 11 years. “We

swimming, and basketball are all available in Aiken.

have a very broad youth sports program that offers

The city is committed to providing a quality sporting

a wide variety of sports for all ages and abilities,” he

environment for kids, and citizens and visitors alike

says. Collins and his wife Mandy have two children

City of Aiken Parks, Recreation & Tourism (PRT) Department

Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) Department

The City’s PRT Department has a host of organized youth sports programs, camps, and classes. Most (except Leagues) serve children as young as five or six, up to age 18. You’ll find a lot of choices for summer camps and classes. There is League baseball, soccer, softball, basketball, volleyball, flag football, and All-Star programs. Some popular programs draw 800 or more children each season, but play is not limited. “We stress participation,” says Aiken’s PRT Director Glenn Parker, “and emphasize that coaches should give each player ample time on the field or court. Parker notes that coaches take relevant sports training and that the PRT conducts background checks.

Aiken County’s PRT Department is a busy hub for many sports and recreation activities for children and adults. Youth sports include after-school programs, summer sports skills camps, league sports, and lessons. “We are a full service parks and recreation department,” says Brad Barnes, director of the County’s PRT Department. “And we are growing and expanding into new programs and places in an effort to better serve residents in outlying areas.” For a complete listing of Aiken County PRT offerings, visit www.aikencounty.net/depts/prt or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

For a complete listing of Aiken County PRT offerings, visit www.aikencounty.net/depts/prt or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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who participate in local sports. Their son Mason, age 12, has been involved in city sponsored baseball, as well as USSSA baseball (travel ball) for eight years. Their daughter Haley, 14, played soccer during elementary school. “The Citizen’s Park facilities, where my son plays ball, are some of the best in the Southeast, and as a result, we attract many private sports associations and tournaments,” says Collins. “In recent years,

Equestrian Sports Equestrian sports for youth and adults are very popular in the Aiken area. Lessons, training, and recreational riding are available. Contact a local horse farm, stable, or freelance instructor. Options are found in the Aiken Chamber of Commerce member listings in this publication, as well as on the Internet.

Aiken has hosted many Cal Ripken state and regional baseball tournaments, as well as ASA (American Softball

Association),

ISA

(Independent

Softball

Association), USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association), US Club Soccer, and many more.” Richard Abney, a lifelong Aiken resident and local baseball icon, agrees. He has three children who have been involved in local sports since they were young. “I have traveled all over South Carolina, coaching and playing youth sports, and I place the city of Aiken’s facilities, leagues, and activities ‘up there’ with the best in the state. The City’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department has excellent facilities, and a fine group of volunteers, volunteer coaches, and staff.” Other sporting venues include H.O Weeks Recreation Center, which offers basketball and tennis facilities, as well as a three-mile walking/running track, a large outdoor playground, a skate park, two soccer fields,

Gregg Park Civic Center

Aiken County Family Y

Another nucleus for local youth sports is Gregg Park Civic Center in Graniteville, five miles west of Aiken. The Park is a modern recreation complex that provides an array of services to residents at a nominal charge. Gregg Park’s programs serve children as young as four.

Construction is underway for a new Family Y in Aiken. When completed, it will have a wellness center, indoor running/walking track, multipurpose gym, fitness rooms, and classrooms. The main building is expected to open this summer. A water park and outdoor pool are tentatively slated to open at a later date. Phase 2 of the Y is in development.

119-A Trolley Line Road, Graniteville, SC 29829 (803) 663-7552

The Family Y – Aiken County Branch (803) 349-8080 www.thefamilyy.org

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and a climbing wall. The Gregg Park Civic Center in

Football is another popular team sport among the

Graniteville, five miles west of Aiken, offers baseball

youth. Beginning in elementary school, kids can

and softball fields, tennis courts, swimming, walking

participate in the Aiken County Youth Football League,

track, and gym with basketball, racquetball, and

which provides an opportunity for athletes, ages 7

more. Gregg Park’s programs serve children as young

to 12, to learn the game of football in an organized

as four. Parents, volunteers, and coaches say that

and safety oriented environment. Aiken’s middle and

a community spirit fosters a “can do” attitude that

high schools also field teams that compete with other

brings out the best in each player.

schools in Aiken and the surrounding communities.

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As in many communities across

The economic health and popularity

For the young swimmer, there

the country, soccer is becoming

of Aiken’s youth sports is reflected in

are many private and school

more and more popular with

its impact on the local economy. Youth

sponsored swimming clubs. In

today’s young athletes. Another

tournament play at the City of Aiken

addition to Aiken High and South

advantage of Aiken’s equestrian

Citizen’s Park in 2009 alone generated

Aiken High, the Fermata Club,

presence is the many polo fields

the following:

Aiken-Augusta

which are made available to the city and clubs for soccer tournaments. The Aiken Cup has become one

Swim

League,

Woodside Plantation, Houndslake City of Aiken – Citizens Park Economic Impact

Country Club, and the YMCA all support swimming activities and

of the premier soccer events in

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the South, and this year attracted

# of teams playing...................................412 Total attendance.................................32,132 Event days..................................................38 Estimated Economic Impact.........$1,495,500

class indoor swimming facility.

(Events and related dollars generated by teams, coaches, and attendees)

skills, learn sportsmanship, and

9,000 participants and was played on seven local polo fields. The City also sponsors youth soccer for kids ages 6 to 18 and utilizes the large open spaces of Citizen’s Park.

2009

With its close proximity to Au-

meets. USC Aiken boasts a world Aiken also offers excellent programs to introduce kids to sports and help them develop athletic have fun. The City’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department

gusta, Georgia, and the annual Masters Tournament,

provides sports camps, clinics, and lessons in a va-

Aiken is a haven for future golfers. Many area golf

riety of sports. USC Aiken and the Family Y (YMCA)

courses offer youth programs. Houndslake Country

also participate in community athletics, providing

Club hosts The First Tee program. This is a program

summer camps for youth baseball, basketball, soccer,

that introduces kids to golf by providing facilities and

volleyball, and swimming.

instruction, as well as lessons in character and sports-

Overall, the quality and diversity of youth sports

manship. The Aiken Junior Sports Association is also

are strong benefits for Aiken residents. As Rob Col-

geared towards the youth golf experience. Youth tour-

lins says, “Aiken has made an investment in the long

naments in Aiken bring kids of all ages and skills to-

term growth of youth sports through the continued

gether to compete and practice their sport. Aiken and

development and improvement of sports facilities. The

the surrounding communities offer many world class

success of our youth sports is due to the businesses

courses to choose from.

that sponsor teams, to parent volunteers who coach, and to the community at large that keeps the sports programs strong and healthy.”

Thank you to the following who contributed to this article: Robby Bowles, Carriage Hills Living Center Brad Barnes, Aiken County Parks, Recreation & Tourism Glenn Parker and Jeff Metz, City of Aiken Parks, Recreation & Tourism Kenneth White and Mike Paradise, Gregg Park Civic Center Rob and Mandy Collins, Aiken Richard Abney, Aiken

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Makin’ memories at

Aiken’s Makin’

W h at boasts 2 0 , 0 0 0 art i st i c or i g i n als , 5 , 0 0 0 pou n ds of ed i ble del i g h ts , a n d draws more t h a n 3 0 , 0 0 0 enthusiastic visitors to downtown Aiken ever y year? The answer is Aiken’s Makin’, a two-day juried arts and crafts show that has become an honored tradition in the Aiken community and to untold thousands who travel to the city every September. By Cindy Delaney


ow in its 35th year, the

juried show features 200 artisans and crafters who

popular outdoor event fea-

travel from as far away as New York to sell their often

tures original art and hand-

one-of-a-kind creations.

made crafts, local and re-

Casual and serious shoppers find many unique

gional entertainment, and

pieces of art and handmade crafts. Selections range

more food choices than one

from pottery, glass art, paintings, and wood creations

can sample in a day.

to handmade quilts and clothing, metalwork, jewelry,

Local merchants welcome visitors with sidewalk displays of merchandise for sale, and restaurants gear up for the crowds who frequent their establishments in the evening.

and yard art. There are also many other unique handcrafted items from around the country. “The quality of the art and handmade crafts and the number of applicants increase every year,” says Dianne

“It’s just amazing to me the number of visitors who

Phillips, coordinator of the event for the Greater Aiken

come to Aiken the Friday and Saturday after Labor

Chamber of Commerce. “We have a limited number of

Day,” says John McMichael, the 2010 co-chair of

participants we can accept. This raises the bar for all

Aiken’s Makin’.

who apply and leads to a high quality show. The jury

“We had an absolutely terrific show this past year, and we’re going to have a bang up event when we celebrate

committee definitely has their work cut out for them each year.”

the 35th annual Aiken’s Makin’ this September 9th

The record number of applicants in 2010 spoke well

and 10th,” says McMichael, who works for Hutson-

of the event’s regional popularity and helped to ensure

Etherredge Companies just down the street from the

a quality mix of art and handmade crafts, according

show’s footprint.

to Shelia Taylor of First Citizens Bank, “The rigorous

Nearly 35 years ago, Aiken’s Makin’ began as a small sidewalk event that showcased products produced in Aiken County. The idea of expanding the exhibition caught on quickly, and today the

examination process of every application provides for a showcase of unique and diverse products,” says Taylor, who served with McMichael as cochair in 2010 and will do so again this year. Perhaps one of the things that sets Aiken’s Makin’ apart is the fact that it is more than just a

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show of art and handmade goods. It is an annual reunion, a time for those who travel to Aiken to meet old friends and make new memories. And for some, Aiken’s Makin’ provides a perfect opportunity to return to their Aiken roots. When Nancy Ferrara Zierenberg was performing at Aiken’s Makin’ with the Crosby School of Dance in the late 1970s, she never dreamed that one day she would be an actual artist at the show.

“It’s just amazing to me the number of visitors who come to Aiken the Friday and Saturday after Labor Day”

“Aiken’s Makin’ was a highlight of my teenage days every September,” says Zierenberg, who, along with her mother Sally and sister Susie, attended the event during her school years.

— John McMichael, the 2010 co-chair of Aiken’s Makin’

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That was in the late 1970s and early 80s. Then, after

“Today, I have a great sense of pride to have been

several years of corporate moves with her husband

brought up in this community of Aiken and appreciate

and raising a family, Zierenberg attended the 2010

– now more than ever – the positive influence it has

Aiken’s Makin’ – this time as a juried artisan with

had in my life,” she says.

uniquely designed handmade jewelry.

When the 2010 Aiken’s Makin’, and Zierenberg’s

“I was so excited to again be a part of Aiken’s

first time as a participant, came to a close, Zierenberg

Makin’,” says the 1981 graduate of Aiken High School

had this to say. “What a phenomenal experience! I’ve

and former elementary school teacher. “The show

enjoyed this show so much. I saw people I hadn’t

has grown tremendously since its inception, and it

seen in years – friends from my childhood and high

continues to showcase a broad spectrum of incredibly

school days, former neighbors, and so many others.

talented artists. I was thrilled to be a part of it.”

It was almost like there were no strangers at Aiken’s

For Zierenberg, Aiken’s Makin’ provided the perfect

Makin’ because there was so much camaraderie and

backdrop to recall the many fond memories of her

conversation going on all around me. It was like ‘mom

childhood in Aiken.

and pop’ and ‘American pie’ living, breathing, and

“Growing up in Aiken was similar to living in a large

thriving right here in downtown Aiken.”

family with special unique qualities and a huge sense

For Joanna Ormond, the “Soap Lady” in Aiken’s

of connection and closeness. It was safe, nurturing,

Makin’ booth number A-107, the show reminded

and it provided an environment for people to build

her of her dream for the future and ended on a

and develop a strong sense of community, as well as a

whimsical note. “Hopefully, one day we can move

respect for individuality,” Zierenberg said.

here to Aiken.”

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Great variety of es! architectural styl

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variety of housing

year with only a 2.8% drop

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in Aiken – historic

to $139,900. The number

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dropped by 8.4% to 188,

estates, new condomini-

more in line with what the

ums and townhouses,

area has seen in years past.

golfing communities with

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Housing Options

interest rates, combined

nature trails, and retire-

‘flipping’ frenzy has slowed,

with the small drop in

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the price of a median

endless amenities.

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home in Aiken especially

estate continues to be a

past president of the Aiken

attractive.

sound investment in Aiken.

Board of Realtors

The good news is that real

The availability of homes,

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LOCATION Aiken is ideally located

county has a variety of schools—public, charter,

and accessible to major

and private—that place a

interstate highways and

high priority on all aspects

airports. The beach and

of learning and that

the mountains are within

continually report strong

driving distance, and in

test scores and graduate

three hours, one can be

successes.

in Charlotte, Atlanta,

For the thirteenth

Charleston, or Savannah.

consecutive year, U.S.

Aiken’s residents have the

News & World Report’s

best of both worlds—they

guide, “America’s Best

can enjoy big city life

Colleges,” has ranked

without having to live in a

the University of South

large metropolitan area.

Carolina Aiken (USC

For those who enjoy

Aiken) one of the top three

history and culture,

public regional colleges

Aiken sits in the middle

in the South. USC Aiken

of the South Carolina

has been ranked first

Heritage Corridor—one

seven times: 2002, 2003,

of several corridors in

2006, 2007, 2009, 2010,

the United States. The

and 2011. For retirees

corridor was designed to

looking to continue their

encourage people to get off

education, USC Aiken

the interstates and onto

offers the Academy

the back roads of South

for Lifelong Learning.

Carolina, where they can

Associated with the

learn about the state’s

University’s Continuing

traditions and culture and

Education program, the

experience various festivals

Lifelong Learning program

and foods.

offers classes and events to

The climate is another plus; Aiken’s residents

those over 55 years of age. Aiken Technical

can enjoy the change of

College offers a variety of

seasons without prolonged

programs for students,

severe weather.

such as business, computer technology,

EDUCATION Education is extremely

engineering technology and nursing. It also

important to the citizens of

contributes significantly

Aiken and is a top priority

to the community’s work

in work force and economic

force. The college plays

development initiatives

a major role in training

throughout the area.

employees for new industry

Students in kindergarten

and adapts quickly to meet

through 12th grade

the needs of existing and

regularly receive

expanding industry.

recognition for academic achievement. The

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ART & CULTURE Aiken is passionate about

Community Playhouse,

The Etherredge Center,

which offers a variety of

located on the campus of

shows to meet everyone’s

the University of South Carolina Aiken, features

including the Cancer

art – all kinds of art – and

tastes, from drama to

Care Institute, the

residents and visitors alike

comedy and

Cardiovascular Institute,

support the arts with an

musicals. In

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enthusiasm that could

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County, including home

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a 687-seat theater known

area through art education

for its acoustical quality.

and enrichment classes.

Building, one of Aiken

The Immanuel Institute

exchange for a railroad stop, to the establishment

The center holds many

Both visual and performing

County’s most historic

of the “Winter Colony,”

cultural events open to

arts classes are available

landmarks, is the site

when wealthy northerners

the community, including

and give all citizens the

of the Center for African

traveled by way of personal

the annual cultural series

opportunity to learn a new

American History, Art

railway cars to spend their

featuring traveling theater

skill or enhance an exist-

& Culture (CAAHAC).

winters in Aiken.

companies and performers.

ing one.

The goal of the center is

Science enthusiasts

The University’s

History and culture

to preserve and present

will enjoy learning about

100,000-square-foot

play an important role

the cultural legacy of the

Aiken’s science and

Convocation Center, one

in the community, and

African-American Diaspora

engineering history. The

of the region’s premier

various historical sites and

and chronicle the many

SRS Heritage Foundation,

entertainment facilities,

museums offer memorable

contributions of African-

Inc. preserves the history

features everything from

of the Savannah River

internationally known

Site and interprets to

music stars to comedians,

the public the SRS’s

musicals, and even

role in winning the Cold

professional bull riding.

War. The Foundation

The University also

focuses on the SRS’s

brings in renowned

technical and scientific

writers each year during

achievements, sociological

its Distinguished Writers

impacts, and ecological

Series. Sponsored by the

accomplishments.

Department of English, the

When it comes to outdoor

event features free public

fun and entertainment,

readings by novelists, short

Aiken boasts a variety

story writers and poets.

of festivals, such as

Outdoor musical

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entertainment is also popular in the area. The Hopelands Gardens Summer Concert Series often attracts a large, enthusiastic crowd and features various musical entertainment from bands

Hall Strawberry Festival, and Aiken Bluegrass Festival. The Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce presents the Aiken’s Makin’

educational experiences. Banksia, currently home

Americans to Aiken and

Arts & Crafts Show every

neighboring regions.

September. This event

to ballet, bluegrass, and

to the Aiken County

clogging.

Historical Museum, once

and Railroad Museum is a

annually to Aiken’s historic downtown.

The Aiken Center for

The Aiken Visitors Center

attracts 30,000 people

served as the original

replica of Aiken’s historic

the Arts and numerous

campus of the University

railroad depot. Completed

galleries feature works

of South Carolina Aiken

last fall, it houses the

of local, as well as

and as the community’s

City of Aiken’s tourism

international and national,

library. The museum

department, as well as

offers exciting outdoor

artists. Artist shows

offers an exciting historical

displays depicting the

activities for visitors and

and receptions flourish

view of Aiken and features

relationship between the

residents of all ages.

throughout the year and

ongoing displays and

founding of Aiken and

offer a unique mix of art

shows that bring history

the history of the railroad

the diverse activities that

media.

to life. The grounds have

– from the popular legend

abound year round in

been developed into an

of a bride whose “hand

Aiken and surrounding

arboretum and nature trail.

was given in marriage” in

towns. One of the biggest

Participation in the arts is highly encouraged in the

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RECREATION Every season in Aiken

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draws for many is the

testify to the sports

numerous equestrian

popularity, and the area

activities and events. The

bustles with activity every

area boasts of international

year during the Masters

polo matches, foxhunting,

Golf Tournament in nearby

horse shows, and carriage

Augusta, Georgia.

and pleasure riding.

For many residents and

Busy horse farms and

visitors, tennis, softball,

stables dot the area, and

baseball, volleyball and

equestrian activities are

soccer play a close rival to

so popular that the City of

golf. Municipal and county

Aiken has unpaved streets

recreation departments

made of hard clay to

offer numerous competitive

protect the horsesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hooves.

sports opportunities for

Long known as a premier

people of all ages. Citizens

horse training center

Park in Aiken plays host to

that has produced such

local, regional and national

winners as Sea Hero,

sporting events that attract

Kelso, Summer Squall

thousands of people to the

and Good Time, Aiken is

area each year.

home to the Aiken Training

For those who enjoy

Track, the Steeplechase

nature and walking, the

Track, and numerous polo

area offers numerous

fields. Horse enthusiasts

public parks, walking trails

celebrate Aikenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rite of

and tranquil gardens.

spring every March with

Hopelands Gardens, a

the Triple Crown. The

14-acre public treasure,

popular three-weekend

features garden paths that

equestrian event, which

wind among 100-year-old

includes flat races,

magnolia and oak trees.

the national circuit

For the more adventurous,

Steeplechase and polo,

Hitchcock Woods, a

draws families, friends and

2,000-acre woodland

businesses together for

preserve nestled in the

fun, food and festivities.

heart of downtown Aiken,

Another popular activity

has numerous trails and

that thrives in Aiken is

paths that provide hours

golf, which is a major draw

of hiking, horseback riding

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and bird watching.

area. Simply stated, the

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With several private and

boating, and water sports

public courses available,

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golf enthusiasts take to

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chemotherapy treatment

Medical Center, the

and support services in one

MCGHealth Medical Office

location, opened in 2004.

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80 outpatient practice

a consolidated Intensive

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setting, the Specialized

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center and the 154-bed

to cardiopulmonary and

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respiratory services,

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outpatient surgery,

centers and units, such

dialysis treatments to pain

as the MCGHealth Sports

management, and much

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more. A sleep disorders

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diabetes and nutrition

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center, a behavioral health

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sciences center, plus the

hospital serving 25

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counties in Georgia and

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South Carolina. It has

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are among ARMC’s top-

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notch facilities.

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staff. The Health Care System also includes two nursing

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specialties. Routine

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screening and diagnostic

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procedures are also

Alzheimer’s patients. University has won

procedure suites at the

the National Research

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a row. It has also been

Georgia (MCG) system, a

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AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA

F

or more than 175

for nuclear defense and

years, Aiken and

environmental restoration,

Aiken County have

some of the most

progressed because they

advanced businesses and

have changed with the

industries call the Aiken

economic times . . . and

area home. The range

it shows. Two years ago,

and diversity of these

Aiken was named the

companies provide a stable

“Best Place in the South

working environment and

to Locate Your Company”

strengthen Aiken County’s

(small market). Many

economic base.

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Employment

Savannah River

distinguished honor,

Nuclear Solutions, LLC,

large employers in the

including the area’s strong,

the largest employer in

area, including Savannah

diverse economy.

Aiken County and one

River Remediation, LLC,

of the largest in South

at the Savannah River

such as over-the-counter

Carolina, plays a major

Site, Kimberly-Clark

medicines and paper

role in the area’s economy

Corporation, Shaw AREVA

products, to cotton cloth,

at the Savannah River

MOX Services, AGY, and

tires, automotive parts,

Site, which includes the

GlaxoSmithKline have

diesel engines, vending

Savannah River National

invested heavily in Aiken

machines and materials

Laboratory. Several other

County and contribute

From everyday products,

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significantly to economic

Kingdom), and Shinsho

environment, the Aiken

two commercial airports,

prosperity.

American Corporation

area offers a diverse, well

Augusta Regional Airport

(Japan).

trained work force and

in Augusta, Georgia, and

numerous incentives to

Columbia Metropolitan

Kimberly-Clark Corporation is a Fortune

Aiken County recognizes

500 company as are

the value of its economic

potential business and

Airport in Columbia, South

Carlisle Tire and Wheel,

base and works closely with

industry. Aiken Technical

Carolina, the Aiken area

ASCO (Emerson Electric),

existing industries to help

College and the University

is blessed with excellent

Pepperidge Farm, and

ensure their success and

of South Carolina Aiken

transportation access.

Owens Corning.

longevity. The testament

are instrumental in

of these efforts shows

preparing students

Municipal Airport

strong global presence

â&#x20AC;&#x201C; several existing industries

for the business and

accommodates corporate

with several international

have significantly expanded

technical needs of local

jet service, and the

companies, such as

their operations in recent

employers. In addition,

area offers two railway

Bridgestone (Japan),

years.

their Continuing Education

companies, bus lines, and

The area also enjoys a

programs support new

motor freight lines that

Kingdom), MTU Diesel

boosts the economic base

technological needs

provide transportation

(Germany), Rieter

and draws considerable

brought on by an ever

services. Add to this the

Automotive Systems North

community support is the

changing market.

fact that the major ports of

America (Switzerland),

equestrian industry, which

Metso Paper USA (Finland),

contributes more than $72

location and accessibility

and Savannah, Georgia are

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million annually to the

also make it attractive

only 2 ½ hours away, and

(Japan), BAE Systems

local economy.

for many different kinds

business transportation

of businesses. With its

needs are easily met in the

proximity to I-20 and to

Aiken area.

GlaxoSmithKline (United

(United Kingdom), and BOC Gases (United

Another industry that

In addition, the Aiken

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Aiken

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EMPLOYMENT BY SECTOR

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1. Professional and Business Services – 27% 2. Manufacturing – 15% 3. Wholesale and Retail – 13% 4. Government – 13% 5. Education and Health Services – 8% 6. Leisure and Hospitality – 8% 7. Construction – 8% 8. Financial Activities – 4% 9. Transportation and Warehousing – 2% 10. Other – 2%

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Aiken County major employers

20........................... Elementary 10..................................Middle

Company

Description

7........................... High School

Employees

1.....Career & Technology Center 3............. Colleges/Universities

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC....................Nuclear Processing.....................................................6,000+ Aiken County Public Schools....................................Education......................................................................3,303 Savannah River Remediation, LLC ...........................Design and Construction..............................................2,000 Savannah River Site

% Population By Age Group

Shaw AREVA MOX Services......................................Nuclear Design.............................................................1,800 Savannah River Site Kimberly-Clark Corporation......................................Consumer Paper Products............................................1,475

0-18 years old...............26.2%

Aiken Regional Medical Centers...............................Health care.......................................................................992

18-24 years old...............6.3%

Bridgestone SC.........................................................Car and Truck Tires..........................................................930

25-44 years old.............25.3%

County of Aiken........................................................Government.....................................................................881 WSI-SRS Team..........................................................Security Services.............................................................786 Savannah River Site

45-64 years old.............27.4% 65 and over...................14.8%

AGY..........................................................................Glass Fiber & Circuit Boards...........................................770 Crane Merchandising Services.................................Vending Machines...........................................................700 Wal-Mart Associates Inc...........................................Retail................................................................................613 Shaw Industries........................................................Carpet Yarns....................................................................600 University of South Carolina Aiken...........................Education.........................................................................508 City of Aiken.............................................................Government ....................................................................482 UPS Supply Chain Solutions....................................Transportation & Logistics...............................................436 ASCO Valve Mfg. Inc.................................................Industrial Solenoid Valves...............................................416 Carlisle Tire & Wheel Co...........................................Steel Rims........................................................................400 Hubbell Power Systems............................................High Voltage Insulators....................................................340

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Education T

he Aiken area places

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learning â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from pre-

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kindergarten to college and beyond. With public,

awards. In addition, several

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based schools available,

are recognized statewide

educational opportunities

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are plentiful for all

implementing model

students, where academic,

programs in the arts,

as well as physical and

middle school education,

emotional, development are

physical education, science

stressed.

education, athletics,

In addition, district-wide

and community service

grants totaled almost

have been recognized

initiatives. These honors

$14 million last year, and

statewide and nationally

are attributed to the hard

Class of 2009 scholarships

for academic excellence.

work of accomplished

nearly $34 million.

Last year 20 Aiken

school administrators,

County public schools

teachers, students, and

schools are technologically

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parents.

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AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS An Award Winning School System with a Focus on Academic Achievement and Preparing Children for the Future

have internet capability,

NEW STUDENTS All new students entering

and, except for the

school for the first time

charter schools, are fully

in Aiken County are

accredited by the Southern

requested to provide the

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Schools.

AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AT A GLANCE: K-12

• Birth Certificate • Social Security Number • Immunization Card/Form • Proof of residency

Aiken County is South Carolina’s sixth

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731 Number of Schools: 41 • 7 High Schools

HIGHER EDUCATION Aiken County’s

• 10 Middle Schools

institutions of higher

• 20 Elementary Schools

education, Aiken Technical

• 1 Career and

College (ATC) and the

Technology Center

University of South

• 3 Charter School

Carolina Aiken (USC

Programs

Aiken), offer outstanding opportunities for area

Average Teacher Salary: $48,730

citizens. As the #1 public

Number of Teachers:

baccalaureate college in

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the South in the 2011

Total Number of

edition of U.S. News &

Employees: 3,303

World Report’s guide,

Ethnic Composition:

America’s Best Colleges,

• 58.0% Caucasian

the University of South

• 33.8% African-American

Carolina Aiken offers 30

• 5.2% Hispanic/ESL

undergraduate degrees

• 3.0% Asian/Other

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consecutive year that USC

Three other institutions

Aiken has placed in the

of higher education offer

top three in Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best

services in the area.

Colleges. As a multi-service,

Limestone College is an accredited, four-year

two-year comprehensive

liberal arts institution

college, Aiken Technical

chartered by the State of

College works closely with

South Carolina. The college

area business and industry

offers degree programs

in meeting their work force

throughout the state and

needs. The college offers

by way of the Internet. Visit

numerous educational

www.limestone.edu.

opportunities in the fields

allows citizens to earn

business, industrial,

degrees online or at a local

engineering technology and

campus. The university

computer technology. In

has a campus in Augusta,

addition, ATC offers college

Georgia, and offers a

transfer programs for

challenging curriculum

those students desiring to

and supportive learning

continue their education at

environment. Visit

a four-year institution.

www.phoenix.edu.

The education in Aiken

Webster University

County does not stop with

operates as a private,

higher education, though.

nonprofit, accredited

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university offering

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undergraduate and

in USC Aikenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exciting

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programs for seniors.

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www.usca.edu

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from educators, business

the Ruth Patrick Science

and community leaders,

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and area citizens. This

offers a hands-on approach

powerful commitment has

to science and math.

forged strong partnerships

Established in 1987 as

between education and

a cooperative effort with

the business community,

business and industry, the

and spelled success and

center has enriched the

an enhanced quality of life

educational lives of more

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AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA

Retirement A

iken is the perfect

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retirement years. It

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offers quality health care,

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a pleasant climate, friendly

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people, educational and

everything from historic

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and a relaxed lifestyle. It

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also offers a number of

seniors. In short, settling

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Education: The University of South

Medical College of Georgia, University Health Care

Carolina Aiken (USC

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Aiken) and Aiken Technical

living facilities, and more

College (ATC) are located in

than 25,000 health care

Aiken County. Both offer

professionals.

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shops, national retail

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stores, and the Aiken Mall

is home to nine hospitals,

with a mix of shopping

including Aiken Regional

choices.

Medical Centers, the

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AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA

Relocation Information DRIVING If you come into South Carolina from another state and establish a permanent residence, you must apply for a South Carolina driver license. If you own any vehicles they must also be registered in our state.

For New Residents Licensed in Another State • If you are a new resident, you may use a valid driver’s license from your former state for up to 90 days. However, you must convert to a South Carolina driver’s license before the end of the 90-day period. If your name has changed since birth, you must provide all legal documents (adoption records, marriage certificate, certificate of naturalization, court ordered name change) supporting all name changes from birth to present. • Each qualified driver can have only one driver’s license. You may not have a valid license from South Carolina and another state. To qualify for a SC driver’s license, you must pass the eye exam given at all DMV offices or submit a statement of visual acuity from an eye specialist. A South Carolina license is valid for ten years and must be renewed by your birthday in the tenth year. • Military Personnel (and their dependents) and students temporarily in South Carolina are not required to obtain a South Carolina Driver’s license. However, you must have a driver’s license from your home state to operate in South Carolina.

Transferring Your Out of State Vehicle License If you move to South Carolina from another state, you have 45 days to transfer your vehicle title and registration. You may apply for the title and registration by mail. The first time you register your vehicle in South Carolina, you must provide the name of your insurance company. SCDMV will verify your coverage electronically. If the insurance policy cannot be verified, your driver’s license and vehicle registration may be suspended. You must have the following to transfer your out-of-state vehicle title and registration: • Your out-of-state vehicle title and registration. If there is a lien on your vehicle, you must bring the name and address of the company that holds the lien. • Liability Insurance information You must provide the name of your automobile liability insurance company, not the name of the agent. If you are a new resident in South Carolina and have an automobile policy with a national insurance company, be sure to change your address with your insurance company before you register your vehicle in South Carolina. • Completed Form 400, Application for Certificate of Title/Registration available at www. scdmvonline.com or at the DMV office. To complete the form, you must have your vehicle odometer mileage reading and any current lien information. Make sure the odometer mileage reading is exact. This cannot be changed in the future. • Paid Vehicle Property Tax Receipt Before you can register your vehicle in South Carolina, you must first pay the vehicle property taxes that are required in the county in which you reside. These are paid at the Aiken County Tax Office, 828 Richland Ave. W, Aiken SC NOT at the DMV. • Title and Registration Fees: Title - $15 fee • Passenger cars - $24 fee Persons 64 years of age $22 fee • 65 or older or disabled $20 fee (If disabled, a statement from a medical doctor as to the permanency of the disability must be submitted) Motorcycles - $10 fee • Utility or Camper Trailers - $10 fee Trailers with empty weight in excess of 2,500 lbs. - $20 fee

South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle Office Information:

Aiken DMV, 1755 Richland Avenue East, Aiken, SC 29801 Phone: (803) 641-7752 Monday through Friday (except on state holidays) from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM North Augusta DMV, 1913 Ascauga Lake Road, North Augusta, SC 29841 Phone: (803) 279-6659 Monday through Friday (except on state holidays) from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Not open on Saturdays. Most questions may be answered by the customer service representatives of the DMV Call Center at (803) 896-5000. The Call Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Information is also available at www.scdmvoline.com

Rules of the Road – Traffic Regulations • South Carolina utilizes a point system to penalize traffic law violators. This system is designed to encourage violators to improve driving habits or risk losing their license. Each traffic violation carries an assigned number of points, and when the total reaches a maximum of 12, the driver’s license is suspended. • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs carry severe penalties, including imprisonment. • In South Carolina, if windshield wipers are being used because of weather conditions, then headlights must be used as well. • Seat belts are required for the driver and front seat and back seat passengers when the vehicle is equipped with a shoulder harness in addition to a lap belt. • State law mandates the use of child safety seats that meet National Safety Commission standards (buses are the only exception). Children under the age of six must be restrained in the front or back seat as provided by South Carolina’s child restraint law. Four out of five children in safety seats are improperly restrained. Parents should have their children’s safety seats inspected for proper installation. The Department of Public Safety, Office of Highway Safety, maintains child passenger safety seat fitting stations. For more information, call (803) 896-9950 or 1-877-349-7187. You can also visit their web site at www.buckleupsc.com

ELECTRICITY AND GAS Aiken County is served by two electrical utilities. Aiken Electric Co-op primarily serves the rural areas of Aiken County. The Co-op’s headquarters are located at 2790 Wagener Road (SC 4 east) in Aiken. You may contact them by phone at (803) 649-6245 or (800) 922-1262. More information is available at their website: www.aikenco-op.org. South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) primarily serves the incorporated areas of Aiken County. SCE&G has offices in Aiken and North Augusta. You may contact them by phone at (800) 251-7234. More information is available at their website: www.sceg.com. Natural gas is available in certain areas of Aiken County. South Carolina Electric & Gas provides natural gas in selected areas of Aiken County. SCE&G has offices in Aiken and North Augusta. You may contact them by phone at (800) 251-7234. More information is available at their website: www.sceg.com.

GARBAGE REMOVAL City of Aiken Public Service Department, (803) 642-7610 • City of Aiken provides garbage disposal to homes in the city limits. • The cost of disposal is levied in your taxes or included in water and sewer service fees. • Several isolated rural areas depend on private garbage collection services.

Open on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month (unless otherwise announced by SCDMV). The offices are open from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. All services are available on Saturday except CDL testing and Non-United States citizen credentials.

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GOVERNMENT

Broadcast Television

State Government

WAGT Television, Inc., NBC.............................................................................(706) 826-0026 WFXG-TV 54, FOX...........................................................................................(706) 650-5400 WJBF-TV 6, ABC.............................................................................................(706) 828-7315 WRDW-TV, Inc., CBS.......................................................................................(803) 278-1212

• The capital of South Carolina is Columbia, located approximately 60 miles northeast of Aiken. • South Carolina is governed under a constitution ratified in 1895. State legislators and members of the state’s executive branch can be contacted by calling the following numbers: Governor..........................................................................................................(803) 734-2100 Lt. Governor.....................................................................................................(803) 734-2080 State Senate.....................................................................................................(803) 734-2080 House of Representatives.................................................................................(803) 734-2402

Aiken County Phone: (803) 642-2012 Location: 828 Richland Avenue, W, Aiken, SC 29801 Website: www.aikencountysc.gov The county is governed by the County Council, comprised of an elected-at-large Council Chairman and 8 members elected from single-member districts. • Council-administrator form of government • Council members are elected at large to four-year terms. • A county administrator is appointed by the county council to manage the day-to-day activities of the county.

City of Aiken Phone: (803) 642-7654 Location: 214 Park Avenue, SW, Aiken, SC 29801 Website: www.cityofaikensc.gov The City of Aiken operates under the Council-Manager form of government. Under the Council-Manager Plan, the City Council sets policy guiding the city’s growth, development, and future. The City Manager serves as the Chief Administrative Officer, much like the President of a corporation. Under this role, the City Manager is responsible for daily operations, including hiring and firing of all employees, as well as the efficient and effective use of funds approved by the City Council through the annual budget. Other Aiken County Cities and Towns: Burnettown.......................................................................................................(803) 593-2676 Jackson............................................................................................................(803) 471-2228 Monetta/Ridge Spring......................................................................................(803) 685-5258 New Ellenton....................................................................................................(803) 652-2214 North Augusta..................................................................................................(803) 441-4202 Perry................................................................................................................(803) 564-5756 Salley...............................................................................................................(803) 258-3485 Wagener...........................................................................................................(803) 564-3412 Windsor...........................................................................................................(803) 648-4355

LIBRARIES Aiken County Public........................................................................................(803) 642-2020 Jackson Branch................................................................................................(803) 471-3811 Midland Valley Branch.....................................................................................(803) 593-7379 Nancy Bonnette (Wagener) Branch Library.......................................................(803) 564-5396 Nancy Carson (North Augusta) Library............................................................(803) 279-5767 New Ellenton Branch Library............................................................................(803) 652-7845

MEDIA Newspapers The Aiken Standard .........................................................................................(803) 648-2311 Local/Aiken County, published daily The Augusta Chronicle.....................................................................................(803) 648-1395 Augusta-Aiken MSA, published daily

Cable Television

Radio Station 88.3 WAFJ Radio, Contemporary Christian......................................................(803) 819-3125 92.7 Oldies WKSX, Oldies.............................................................................. (803) 275-4444 Beasley Broadcasting.......................................................................................(706) 396-7000 WCHZ 95.1 FM – Active Rock WGAC 580 AM – News/Talk WGUS 1480 AM – Southern Gospel WHHD 99 FM – Top 40

WDRR 93.9 FM – Classic Hits WGAC 93.1 FM – News/ Talk WGUS 102.7 FM – Southern Gospel WKXC 99.5 FM – Country

Clear Channel Broadcasting.............................................................................(706) 396-6000 WBBQ 104.3 FM – Adult Contemporary WIBL 102.3 FM – Country WPRW 107 FM – Urban WYNF 1380 AM – Sports Talk

WEKL 105.7 FM – Classic Rock WKSP 96.3 FM – Urban Adult Contemporary WSGF 1340 AM – Southern Gospel WKCG 101.3 FM – Adult Contemporary

Radio One, Inc.................................................................................................(803) 279-2330 WAEG 92.3 FM – Alternative Rock WFXA 103.1 FM – Mainstream/Urban WTHB 100.9 FM – Gospel

WAKB 96.9 FM – Urban/Adult Contemporary WTHB 1550 AM – Gospel

POSTAL SERVICE U.S. Post Office................................................................................................(803) 649-9211 Main Branch located at 307 Laurens Street, NW, Aiken, SC 29801

TAXES State Income Tax • South Carolina levies taxes on the net income of individuals, trusts and estates • South Carolina’s individual income tax is a graduated tax with a maximum rate of 7%. The rate is the same regardless of filing status. Various tax credits are available. • Residents and non-residents earning income from South Carolina-based sources are subject to this tax • Income NOT taxable to SC residents – Income or loss from real estate property not located in South Carolina – Interest from U.S. obligations – Military reserve income and National Guard pay – Qualifying disability income – Social Security and/or railroad retirement income – 44% of long-term capital gains – Up to $10,000 annual retirement income for taxpayers age 65 and older – Up to $3,000 annual retirement income for taxpayers under 65 years of age – $15,000 annual deduction of income from any source for taxpayers 65 or older; however, if taking the $10,000 retirement deduction, the $15,000 is reduced by that amount – State income tax refunds

Aiken County The South Carolina Constitution provides for the following ratios to be applied to the market value or use value of property to arrive at the assessed value: • Your home (legal residence) 4.0% • Second home (or any residential property where you do not live) 6.0% • Agriculture real property (privately owned) 4.0% • Agricultural property (corporate owned) 6.0% • Commercial real property 6.0% • Manufacturing real and personal property 10.5% • Utility real and personal property 10.5% • Personal property 10.5% • Railroads, airlines, pipelines (real and personal property) 9.5% • Personal passenger motor vehicles 6.0% • Business motor vehicles 10.5%

Atlantic Broadband...........................................................................................(803) 648-8361

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How do I get the best tax rate for my home?

For more information contact:

If you own a home, you want to be sure to obtain the 4% assessment rate if you live in the home and claim it as your legal residence. Otherwise, your tax rate will be 6%. To obtain the lower rate, you will need to complete an application with the County Assessor. This should be done as soon as you move into your home, but may be filed anytime before January 15, when taxes are due. Once you have filed this application, you will not need to complete another one, unless there is a deed name change, or use of the property changes.

S.C. Dept. of Revenue......................................................................................(803) 898-5000 301 Gervais Street Columbia, SC 29214

Call (803) 642-1583 for information.

Are there any available tax breaks? For all homeowners - Each homeowner is allowed an exemption up to $100,000 of the home’s fair market value from property taxes for school operating costs based on the 1995 millage (81.8). This exemption applies only to your legal residence, not to second homes, vacation homes or rental homes. No application is needed for this exemption; it will automatically be reflected in your tax bill. Homestead exemption - If as of December 31 you were 65 years of age or older, or if you were totally disabled or legally blind, and lived in South Carolina for at least one year as of December 31, you may qualify for the homestead exemption. The homestead exemption excludes the first $50,000 from the fair market value of your legal residence. Application for the homestead exemption should be made at the County Auditor’s office. Call (803) 642-1510 for information. Senior Tax Work-off Program- This program allows citizens 60 years or older to work for Aiken County Departments to earn an amount equal to the Aiken County portion of their property taxes on their personal residence (school taxes are not included). This program applies only to the taxes on residential properties and does not apply to commercial properties. Please call the County Administrator’s Office at 642-2012 to obtain more information or an application to participate in the program. For certain military veterans that are 100% disabled service connected, or law enforcement officers and servicemen killed in the line of duty, paraplegics, quadriplegics and hemiplegics - A house and one acre of land on which the house is located is exempt from property tax for veterans who are totally disabled from a service-related disability or for their surviving spouse, for the surviving spouse of a military person or law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty, and for paraplegics, hemiplegics, quadriplegics or their surviving spouses. Application should be made through the South Carolina Department of Revenue. Call (803) 898-5482 for information.

City of Aiken To calculate your taxes on Real Property, you must have the appraised value from the Aiken County Assessor’s Office. Real property is taxed at 4% for home-owner occupied and 6% for commercial and non-occupied/rental property. Your appraisal times the correct tax rate gives you your assessment on the property. Please note the assessment is always rounded to the nearest tenth. The assessment times the millage rate (66 mills would be multiplied by .066, 120 mills would be multiplied by .120, etc.) gives you the annual property tax due. See the following example: This example will appraise a home owner occupied property at $100,000. With this amount we will multiply the Real property percentage which is set to 4%. By doing so, this will give us a Equals Assessment amount of $4000. Now take the Equals Assessment amount and multiply that amount with the current millage rate which is currently at 66 mills. Our Equals Taxes Due will come to $264. $100,000 X 4% = $4000.00 x .066 = $264.00 If you do not have the official assessment, you may use this same formula to estimate taxes due based on the data you have access to such as selling price, other appraisals, etc,.

Sales Tax • There is a 6% state sales tax imposed in Aiken County on the purchase of food, personal effects and other items. • There is a 1% local tax

Aiken County Treasurer’s Office........................................................................(803) 642-2092 828 Richland Avenue, W., Aiken, SC 29801 City of Aiken Finance Department....................................................................(803) 642-7603 214 Park Ave SW, Aiken, SC 29802 City Municipal Building - Room 102

TELEPHONE SERVICE • AT&T and Atlantic Broadband provide telephone service to customers in most of Aiken County. • Deposits for home telephone services can vary depending on your individual credit rating and type of services ordered. Often deposits are waived for customers with an excellent payment record with a previous phone carrier. • To place an order for residential service with AT&T, contact (888) 516-8483 • To place an order for residential service with Atlantic Broadband, contact (803) 648-8361

TRANSPORTATION Aiken Limousine & Transportation...................................................................(803) 648-9977 Best Friend Express.........................................................................................(803) 648-6493 Best Friend Express is Aiken County’s public transit service. The green and white buses operate throughout 170 miles of the Aiken urbanized area every Monday through Saturday. The routes begin at approximately 5:00 a.m. and run until 7:30 p.m. The buses themselves are comfortable “cut-aways” that can carry up to 20 passengers. Also, all of the vehicles are ADA compliant, including wheelchair lifts. • The Aiken route travels through the northeast side of Aiken, past Aiken Regional Medical Center and USCA. From there it goes out to Crosland Park, through the Downtown area, by DSS and the Dept. of Employment, and then down Whiskey Road to Aiken Mall. • The North Augusta route travels past USCA and Aiken Regional Medical Center, and on through Graniteville. It follows HWY 421 through Midland Valley, including a stop at Aiken Tech. The bus proceeds to Clearwater-Belvedere Road, to travel to North Augusta Plaza, to Wal-Mart, to DSS, past the NA City Municipal Building, turning onto Bluff Avenue. At Bluff Avenue the bus connects with Augusta Public Transit. Riders can transfer to Augusta or stay on the bus and proceed up West Avenue and return to Aiken. • One of the best customer benefits for a line as small as Aiken County’s is the ability to flag down the bus anywhere along the route, not necessarily at bus stop signs. Passengers can also disembark anywhere that the driver deems safe to stop. Fares: Adults - $1.50 Students w/ID - $1.00 Seniors/Disabled - 0.75 cents Medicare Card Holders - 0.75 cents Greyhound Bus Lines.......................................................................................(800) 231-2222 South Carolina Department of Transportation...................................................(803) 737-2314 Augusta Regional Airport.................................................................................(706) 798-3236 • Is served by two airlines: Delta and US Air • Two private airports are located in the region Aiken Municipal Airport...................................................................................(803) 648-7803 • Private airport located in Aiken

Highways and Rail Service • The Metro area has access to interstate highways: I-20 and I-520. • The area is serviced by three major U.S. highways and nearly 20 state highways. • Main line railroads serving the area include the CSX System and Norfolk Southern • Amtrak connects the region with other cities through out the nation via rail. For more information about AMTRAK: Reservations ....................................(800) 872-7245

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VOTER REGISTRATION In order to vote, South Carolina law requires one must first register to vote at least 30 days prior to the election. To be eligible to register in South Carolina you MUST: • Be a United States citizen • Be at least eighteen years old on or before the next election • Be a resident of South Carolina, this county and precinct • Not be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent • Not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime • Have never been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws or if previously convicted, have served the entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction. A citizen who wishes to register to vote can complete a voter registration application at their county board of voter registration. Aiken County Voter Registration.......................................................................(803) 642-2030 916 Vaucluse Road, Aiken, SC 29801

Motor Voter Law

index of advertisers Aiken Center for the Arts.. .......................................................34 Aiken County Public Schools..................................................48 Aiken Electric Cooperative......................................................51 Aiken Ophthalmology.............................................................41 Aiken Preparatory School.. ......................................................49 Aiken Regional Medical Centers................. Inside Front Cover, 39 Aiken Technical College.. ........................................................47 Atlantic Broadband.................................................................61 BK All American Co... .............................................................22

If you are a United States citizens and 18 years of age or older, you may register to vote when you have a driver’s license issued or renewed. Your registration application will be forwarded to the registrar in your county of residence. You must present acceptable proof of your social security number.

Bridgestone.............................................................................4

WATER

Cedar Creek Development Corporation.. ...................................31

Aiken (City of)..................................................................................................(803) 642-7603

Donna Taylor - Meybohm Realtors.............................................1

Bath Water & Sewer District.............................................................................(803) 593-3221

Economic Development Partnership.........................................22

Beech Island Rural Community Water District..................................................(803) 827-1004 Breezy Hill Water & Sewer Company................................................................(803) 663-6455 Clearwater Water & Sewer District...................................................................(803) 593-3509

Carolina Musculoskeletal Institute, PA.. ...................................41 Carriage House Inn................................................................51

ERA Real Estate One - Sally Brodie..........................................37 Family MedCenters................................................................40

College Acres Public Works District.................................................................(803) 649-5619

Guest House at Houndslake.. ............................ Inside Back Cover

Edgefield County Water & Sewer Authority......................................................(803) 279-1503

Hitchcock Healthcare.. ............................................................40

Jackson Water Department...............................................................................(803) 471-2229

Home Medical, Inc.................................................................40

Langley Water & Sewer Department.................................................................(803) 593-3404

Hotel Aiken.. ..........................................................................30

Monetta Water Department...............................................................................(803) 685-5258 Montmorenci/Couchton Water District.............................................................(803) 648-9920 New Ellenton Public Works Commission.........................................................(803) 652-2862 North Augusta (City of)....................................................................................(803) 441-4219 Perry Town Hall................................................................................................(803) 564-5756

Houndslake Country Club.......................................................33 Laissez Faire Sotheby’s International Realty.. ..............................3 Laurel Mountain Spring Water:.. ..............................................34 Distributed by Augusta Coca Cola Bottling Co.

Talatha Rural Water District................................................(803) 652-1381 or (803) 652-1390

Lower Savannah Council of Governments.. ...............................31

Valley Public Service Authority........................................................................(803) 593-2053

Meybohm Realtors...................................................................9

Wagener Water Department..............................................................................(803) 564-3412

Nancy Cerra - Meybohm / Cerra Homes...................................29 Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC...................... Back Cover SCE&G.. ..................................................................................2 Southern Bank & Trust.. ..........................................................35 SRP Federal Credit Union.......................................................30 St. John’s UMC......................................................................40 St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church...............................................47 The Family Y.. ........................................................................51 Three Runs Plantation..............................................................5 USC Aiken.............................................................................49 VistaBank..............................................................................45 W.R. Toole Engineers, Inc.......................................................43

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Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce 2011 Board of Directors Board of Directors:

Officers (Executive Committee):

Bart Blackwell, B & S Machine Tool, Inc. Sally Brodie, ERA Real Estate One Samantha Charles, Sidelines/Barn Book and Hatchaway Bridge Farms Robert Freitas, Smith Financial and Tax Advisory Group Dr. Gemma K. Frock, Aiken Technical College Carl Henson, MAU John Lindsay, Savannah River Remediation LLC Dr. Deidre Martin, USC Aiken John McMichael, Hutson-Etherredge Companies Carlos Milanes, Aiken Regional Medical Centers Liz Neal, The Hills of Cumberland Village Andrew Siders, ACHS Insurance R. Clif Webb, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC Gary Williamson, Bridgestone

Frank Thomas, Chair; Security Federal Bank Arthur (Buzz) Rich, Chair-elect, Attorney Brenda Stein, Secretary/Treasurer; Veracity Payment Solutions, Inc. Carl Smith, Vice Chair Public Affairs, Smith Financial and Tax Advisory Group Steve Wilson, Vice Chair Business and Community Development; SRP Federal Credit Union Dr. Liz Stewart, Immediate Past Chair; Stewart and Associates, Inc. J. David Jameson, President/CEO

Ex-Officio: Dr. Elizabeth Everitt, Aiken County Public Schools Fred E. Humes, Economic Development Partnership J. Clay Killian, County of Aiken Richard Pearce, City of Aiken Tom Young, Jr., Attorney


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