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People you know. Healthcare you trust.

When you’re healthy, we’re happy. At Aiken Regional Medical Centers, the people we care for are more than our patients. They’re also our friends and neighbors. It’s the reason we work so hard to provide top-rated care in cardiovascular, oncology, orthopedic, radiology and women’s health — with a team of experienced, compassionate physicians and nurses who are truly invested in the well-being of our patients and their families. At Aiken Regional, we recognize that by providing quality healthcare to our patients and support to our neighbors, we’re enriching the lives and future of our community. And when the community thrives, we all benefit.

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302 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801 803-641-5000 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 Regional Medical Centers. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians. 151471

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People you know. Healthcare you trust.

When you’re healthy, we’re happy. At Aiken Regional Medical Centers, the people we care for are more than our patients. They’re also our friends and neighbors. It’s the reason we work so hard to provide top-rated care in cardiovascular, oncology, orthopedic, radiology and women’s health — with a team of experienced, compassionate physicians and nurses who are truly invested in the well-being of our patients and their families. At Aiken Regional, we recognize that by providing quality healthcare to our patients and support to our neighbors, we’re enriching the lives and future of our community. And when the community thrives, we all benefit.

Want to know more? REAL.

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Get to know the Family. Aiken Regional page. Just open the

H E A LT H

CARE.

Get a free brochure with our complete list of services, specialties and wellness programs. Call 803-641-5926 or visit www.aikenregional.com

302 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801 803-641-5000 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 Regional Medical Centers. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians. 151471

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2016 Welcome Aiken

Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce PHYSICAL ADDRESS 121 Richland Avenue, East Aiken, SC 29801 MAILING ADDRESS P.O. Box 892 Aiken, SC 29802 Phone: (803) 641-1111 Fax: (803) 641-4174 www.aikenchamber.net

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Contents FEATURE Foxhunting is a historic tradition in Aiken dating back to the early 1900’s. From October through March groups participate in drag hunts in Hitchock Woods, one of the largest urban forests in the nation.

10 An Aiken State of Mind Home, Family, Community, Friends - just a few words that come to mind when you think of Aiken. Enjoy exploring the unique essence that is Aiken through the photography of local artists and perspectives from engaged members of our community.

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DEPAR TMENTS 32 Housing

54 Education

36 Quality of Life

58 Retirement

42 Health Care

60 Relocation Information

48 Economy & Employment

65 Business

52 Aiken by the Numbers

18 Corporate Profiles

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ON THE FRONT COVER Begun in 1942 as a way to give young horses in training the opportunity to experience every aspect of live racing, the Aiken Trials is now a time honored tradition and is the first leg of Aiken’s Triple Crown events, held annually in March. Jockeys are typically the local exercise riders who enjoy an afternoon in the spotlight after paying their dues exercising the young horses each morning throughout the year, regardless of the weather, at the Aiken Training Track. The facility has had 39 Thoroughbred Champions call it home at one time or another. Learn more at www.aikentrainingtrack.com. photo by AP Gouge

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I feel that Aiken State of Mind when I’m waving to smiling friends coming out of shops on Laurens Street ... I feel that Aiken State of Mind when Angie and I are walking in Hitchcock Woods ... I get that special Aiken feeling watching the kids playing at Citizens Park ... Sunday at polo ... Thanksgiving at One Table and The Blessing of the Hounds ... It’s a feeling we all get when we enjoy our special place ... ... In an Aiken State of Mind! Rick Osbon Mayor, City of Aiken

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From the historical homes of the Winter Colony to the beauty of the live oaks on South Boundary, Aiken’s landscape provides a beautiful backdrop for a collection of people that are excited about the future possibilities for our town. To be in an “Aiken State of Mind” one simply has to stroll down Laurens Street talking to the local patrons about the possibilities for all of our citizens to focus on the positive attributes of our community. Fran Jones Chair, Aiken Chamber of Commerce

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Individuals with an Aiken State of Mind are continually striving to make Aiken a premier location for living, working, socializing and helping others. The friendly people of Aiken are its greatest asset and make the quality of life in Aiken truly unique and wonderful. John Wesley Hightower Chair, United Way of Aiken County photo by

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A person with an Aiken State of Mind wakes up every day committed to making a positive impact on the lives of our community through the use of their time, talent, and treasure. Carmen Landy Executive Director, Helping Hands, Inc.

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An Aiken State of Mind: A collaboratively devoted commitment to a premier educational system, continuous business and economic development, civic and social growth, and both diversity and respect for all mankind. All of these in partnership together cultivate and maintain a very healthy Aiken State of Mind. Rosemary English Chair, Aiken County Board of Education

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Aiken is such a charming town filled with some of the nicest people. It is a vibrant community that grows and changes while maintaining its old fashioned values. It is a place where an individual can dream big, start a career and be a part of a thriving community.

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Aiken Regional Medical Centers

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iken Regional Medical Centers is a 245-bed acute care hospital that serves Aiken and the surrounding counties. The year 2016 marks the hospital’s 40th anniversary at 302 University Parkway in Aiken. Aiken Regional Medical Centers is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS), one of the nation’s largest hospital management companies. More than 145 physicians representing 40plus specialties are on the medical staff at Aiken Regional. Aiken Regional offers a comprehensive range of medical services and specialty programs including a cardiovascular institute; a cancer care institute; a 24/7 emergency department with 100% Emergency Medicine boardcertified physicians; a neuroscience center; a women’s center; a wound healing institute; a pediatric center; a behavioral health center; bariatric surgery; joint replacement surgery; and physical therapy. Community outreach is a top priority at Aiken Regional In addition to providing high quality healthcare to our communities, Aiken Regional has a long history of promoting health and wellness, and caring for people in the community by providing them with the education and tools they need to achieve and maintain the healthiest life possible. For the past 25 years, Aiken Regional’s dedicated Community Outreach department has provided free and low-cost health screenings, education and support programs to Aiken-area residents. Classes include CPR,

childbirth preparation, babysitting training and grief support. Weight-loss and a variety of educational seminars are held regularly at the hospital and throughout the community. Aiken Regional offers Senior Wellness, a health program dedicated to the 50-plus population. Senior Wellness offers interesting and informative presentations to its nearly 8,000 members at the quarterly event called “The Breakfast Club.” In addition to health and wellness education, members have access to social activities and travel opportunities. Women Enlightened for Better Health (WE) launched in 2012 as a women’s health initiative dedicated to providing women with the tools they need to live a healthy life. WE’s nearly 2,000 members have access to nurse

navigators who assist them with making appointments, answer questions about health concerns and provide them with educational materials on health issues. WE is considered “the premier” womens health program in the CSRA.

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 Regional Medical Centers. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians.

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Aiken Technical College

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iken Technical College is a public, open-door two-year institution established to provide Aiken County citizens opportunities for educational, economic, professional, social and personal development. ATC educates and trains students to provide an effective workforce to support economic growth and community development through its focus on teaching and service. ATC students pursue degrees, diplomas and certificates in a wide variety of highdemand fields, including business, education, engineering, finance, health sciences, information technology, manufacturing, marketing, nuclear, public safety, technology, university transfer and more. This fall, ATC launched the Aiken Early College dual enrollment program developed in partnership with Aiken County Public Schools. Aiken Early College offers motivated high

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school students the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school through a PreEngineering or General Education pathway. Students enrolled in the program earn both high school and college credits simultaneously. Aiken Technical College’s first two fully online degree programs also launched in the fall, allowing students to earn an Associate of Arts degree or an Associate in Network Systems Management degree completely online, from the comfort and convenience of their own computers. Credentials in a dozen health care fields are offered in ATC’s Health and Sciences building, including: nursing, medical coding, medical assisting, dental assisting, pharmacy technician, patient care assistant, electronic health records, surgical technology, radiologic technology, and paramedic. Construction is currently underway on campus for the future Center for Energy and

Advanced Manufacturing, a state-of-the-art facility that will house the College’s welding, mechatronics, radiation protection technology and nuclear quality systems programs. The 36,000 square foot facility will provide citizens with the highest quality nuclear and manufacturing training to fill the high-demand jobs available in the region. ATC is also involved in a number of initiatives to support the College’s almost 200 veterans and military family members on campus, and offers opportunities for students to engage and develop through leadership experiences. For more than 40 years, ATC has trained citizens of greater Aiken County with the skills needed to reach their educational and career objectives and contribute to their communities. In the coming years, the College will continue to help citizens “start here, succeed anywhere.”

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ASCO Valve, Inc.

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or ultra-reliable performance and delivery, turn to ASCO: the world leader in solenoid valve technology. Our fluid automation offerings control flows of air, gas, water, oil, and steam across the globe. Recent innovations include miniature designs, lowpower solenoid valves, and redundant control systems for functional safety requirements. With tens of thousands of models available, you’ll find just the right solutions for your demanding application. ASCO makes the world’s most reliable flow control solutions — delivered and serviced with exceptional speed and responsiveness. Some last up to 500 million cycles; many are shipped within one day with our ASCO Today program. When you need help, we respond — fast. We can send a skilled technician onsite within 24 hours. As part Emerson, the planet’s largest process automation supplier, our experienced representatives provide the industry’s best technical support and service, around the clock — and around the globe. With our deep applications expertise and global service, ASCO is the fluid automation supplier of choice for customers desiring the lowest cost of ownership, greatest asset availability, and highest productivity.

1-800-972-ASCO (2726) info-valve@asco.com www.ascovalve.com

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ASCO NUCLEAR PRODUCTS ASCO, the pioneer and leader in the design and development of solenoid operated valves for the nuclear industry, offers a complete line of qualified nuclear products. Our engineering expertise and stringent quality standards make every ASCO valve a high quality engineered product. ASCO nuclear products are 100% inspected and functionally tested prior to shipment in order to ensure that they meet the rigorous demands and high expectations of the nuclear industry. ASCO’S PRODUCT LINES INCLUDE: RedHat Solenoid Valves: largest selection of 2-, 3-, and 4-way solenoid valves, designed to handle the most demanding fluid control applications

Miniature Valves: highest-quality miniature solenoid valves and accessories for medical equipment, analytical instrumentation, and industrial applications. Process Automation: pilot valves and control accessories for reliable process solutions Fuel Gas and Oil Products: broadest line of solenoid & motorized shutoff valves designed to control the flow of fuel gas, liquid propane and all grades of fuel oil used in combustion applications such as: industrial furnaces, ovens, kilns, incinerators, burners and boilers. Navy & Marine Valves: solenoid and air operated valves designed to meet the exacting standards of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. Pressure/Temperature Switches & Sensors: devices for pressure and temperature monitoring.


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Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC

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ridgestone Americas came to Aiken County in 1997, and was the largest capital investment ever made in South Carolina. Bridgestone has continued to grow, and in 2011, they announced plans for a $1.2 billion investment, which consisted of expanding the existing Passenger Tire Plant and constructing a new Off-Road Radial tire production plant. This is Bridgestone’s largest single investment in U.S. manufacturing, and it is the largest capital investment ever made in South Carolina. The Off-Road Radial tire plant officially opened in November 2014, bringing the total number of people working for Bridgestone in Aiken County to approximately 2,000. The passenger and light truck plant sits on 585 acres and the Off-Road Radial plant sits on 545 acres, both sites have been certified as Wildlife Habitats by the Wildlife Habitat Council. The passenger and light truck plant is also recognized as an OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Star site. The VPP Star is awarded to plants that have excellent safety and health management systems, and injury rates below the industry’s national average.

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Carolina Musculoskeletal Institute

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arolina Musculoskeletal Institute (CMI) has been changing lives in Aiken County since 1979. With advanced systems and a new location on Aiken’s Southside, CMI provides the highest degree of professional orthopaedic healthcare available in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). The Institute is a multi-specialty medical practice specializing in complete musculoskeletal care. CMI’s world-class doctors are leading joint replacement and spine specialists as well as experts in treating sports injuries and other conditions such as arthritis, migraines, feet and ankle pain and nerve pain. CMI also treats emergencies involving cuts, sprains and fractures. CMI’s staff includes 10 board-certified physicians right here in Aiken’s backyard, each highly trained and renowned in their fields of expertise. CMI excels both medically and administratively in healthcare technology. With complementary specialties in our practice, CMI can uniquely treat patients across a variety of symptoms. CMI

CMI Main Office (Aiken Medical Center) 410 University Parkway, Suite 1000 The Sports and Spine Center (Southside) 399 Silver Bluff Road Corner of Silver Bluff Road and Pine Log Road 803.644.4CMI (264) | www.CMI.md

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delivers best-in-class care at both of its Aiken locations. We also provide patient portals on our website that allows for the upmost efficiency in customer service for our patients. CMI is equipped to provide comprehensive care in-house, including podiatry, within the following full-service medical divisions: • Orthopaedics Division • Podiatry Division • Neurology Division • Rheumatology Division • Pain Management Division • Imaging Division Patients can expect to receive the most advanced procedures available for joint replacements, sports injuries, spine and disc surgery, hand and foot surgery and treatment of rheumatology conditions. Full treatment services are offered in orthopaedics (bones

& joints), sports medicine (athletes & athletic conditions), neurology (headaches, nerve issues, nerve disease), arthritis (painful joints), podiatry (diseases and surgery of feet), imaging (X-rays, CT scans, MRI studies) and pain management. CMI is committed to providing the highest level of medical care as conveniently as possible. To better meet the needs of our patients, we are pleased to offer two Aiken locations. CMI’s Main Office is located adjacent to Aiken Regional Medical Centers, 410 University Parkway, Suite 1000. The Sports and Spine Center is located on Aiken’s Southside, 399 Silver Bluff Road, at the corner of Pine Log Road and Silver Bluff Road. To learn more about CMI’s suite of services, visit www.CMI.md or call us anytime at (803) 644-4264 (803.644.4CMI).


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CareSouth Health System, Inc.

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o you need help caring for a loved one? Aging isn’t easy. Not for the person who is feeling the effects of the years. Not for the family members. As a person begins to age, family members often feel the need to help with everyday tasks that are now challenging. This can include things like meal preparation, laundry and housekeeping. Eventually, many people find themselves assisting in ways the never expected, like hygiene and grooming. They may even find themselves dealing with the effects of diseases and disorders they hadn’t anticipated. Caregiving for a loved one can take it’s toll and change the family dynamics. Trying to provide care for a loved one can become highly stressful whether you live next door or thousands of miles away. If you need help, you are not alone. CareSouth an Encompass company provides caregiving services for families in Aiken and Augusta just like yours. We can help you, too. Starting a plan that will benefit your loved one begins with a in-home visit with the family, including your loved one who will ultimately receive

CareSouth an Encompass Company 410 University Parkway Suite 2000 Aiken, SC 29801 803-335-0974

our care. The visit enables us to gather even more information, answer questions and help your family understand how CareSouth an Encompass company can help. We then develop a custom care plan, respite services, caregiver matching and care supervision specific to your loved ones needs. Throughout our care a local CareSouth/Encompass team member stays in touch with the caregivers and family to make sure things are going well. We want to be a resource to help your loved one age in place! We can make that a possibility. Call us today for more information or to set up a visit.

Contact Paige Norwood your local Care Coordinator at 803-335-0974.

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Cat Deegan, Realtor®

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ew technologies are ever changing the role of a Real Estate Agent. No longer are they standing guard of the market; rather, they have become trusted real estate advisors. They are relied on as experts with deep knowledge of the local market, are experienced negotiators, and above all, are putting their client’s needs before anything else. Cat provides an incredible service to her clients through a full-service, conciergestyle approach. She listens and provides an action plan based around her client’s goals. Cat works with Meybohm, Realtors®

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at the Southside office. Meybohm, Realtors® is the prominent real estate brokerage in Aiken County. They are part of the international Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® organization, with a strong network and commitment to our community. Cat works with new and seasoned home buyers, relocating professionals and families, and savvy investors. They value her proactive approach and dedication to their needs. Sellers appreciate her “detailed and prepared” attitude. She presents her action plans based on facts and stats. Her goal is Your goal…to meet or exceed your financial and timeline goals. Give her a call!


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Greater Aiken SCORE

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CORE is the nation’s largest organization offering free small business advice. Mentoring services are provided through a network of experienced volunteers who want to help entrepreneurs in their hometown area. Have you been dreaming about starting a business? We can assist you in thinking through your ideas with the right questions, guidance, and help in building the business plan you will need to be successful! Already own a business? We can help! With a SCORE advisory team, you can have honest, confidential conversations about marketing, finance, or whatever’s on your mind. At no charge! We are a nonprofit organization affiliated with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and have offices at both the Aiken and North Augusta Chambers of Commerce.

We Are Delivering Results • We have met with over 1,000 clients during our 11 year history; adding 165 in the last twelve months alone

In Aiken: 803-641-1111 121 Richland Ave E In North Augusta: 803-279-2323 406 West Ave greateraiken.score.org Scan this code with your phone or tablet and reach our web site.

• Over the last year 482 people attended the seminars we held in Aiken and North Augusta • Of six SCORE organizations in South Carolina, we were recognized as the only ‘Platinum Chapter’ in 2015. •

Partnering with leading edge Chambers of Commerce help us stay tied to those driving the economic vitality of our service area. The Aiken Chamber for example, was the 2014 Outstanding Chamber of the Year in the Carolinas…. among 150 Chamber organizations

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Hubbell Power Systems

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ubbell Incorporated is a multibillion dollar global manufacturer of electrical and electronic products for a broad range of non-residential and residential construction, industrial and utility applications. It was founded in 1888 by Harvey Hubbell. Three divisions make up the Hubbell family: Hubbell Lighting, Hubbell Electrical Systems, and Hubbell Power Systems. Hubbell Power Systems, headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, is a global enterprise growing through acquisitions, investing in people, offering value-added services and assuring financial viability through conservative fiscal policy. HPS manufactures a wide variety of transmission, distribution, substation, OEM and telecommunications products used by power utilities. In addition, HPS products are used in the civil construction, transportation, gas and water industries. Products include construction and switching products, tools, insulators, arresters, pole line hardware, cable accessories, test equipment, transformer bushings and polymer precast enclosures and equipment pads. The 357,000 square foot Aiken, SC plant manufactures Ohio Brass Insulators, Arresters and blocks, as well as Cable Accessories. It has approximately 350 employees. HPS has a commitment to quality by building products that provide mission-critical infrastructure and products that deliver SCAN THIS CODE WITH YOUR PHONE OR TABLET TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE

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power to millions of people worldwide. This uncompromising integrity starts with the Hubbell employees. Hubbell employees are active supporters of their community. This year the Aiken plant raised almost $15,000 to contribute to the local United Way, a non-profit organization that works with more than 1,200 local United Way offices throughout the country. United Way’s vision is a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives.


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Nuclear Care Partners

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he Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA), first implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in July 2001, provides compensation and free medical benefits to former Department of Energy (DOE) employees who became ill as a result of working in the atomic weapons industry. The program compensates those suffering from any of more than 20 types of cancers or other ailments including beryllium, asbestos-related ailments and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Nuclear Care Partners (NCP), an authorized provider of skilled home health care under the DOL, doesn’t file claims but can help chronically ill individuals navigate this process. NCP works exclusively with former DOE workers who’ve been diagnosed with workrelated illnesses and who’ve qualified for no cost in-home medical benefits under the DOL EEOICPA program. They provide superior, patient-centered care and their goal is to support individuals in maintaining independence while living in the comfort of their own homes. Company spokesperson Stacy Todd states “Nuclear Care Partners is committed to serving the atomic heroes who’ve sacrificed so much to ensure the independence of our great nation.”

Many in this area have seen this type of service before and Nuclear Care Partners is not the only company that provides this type of care, however, it is their care that sets them apart. Since its inception, NCP’s focus has been and will always be ‘not to be the biggest DOL homecare provider, but to be the best’. This philosophy has taken NCP from two nurses who started the company to a nationwide company that is helping former atomic workers who suffer from exposure. Lisa Gibert, South Carolina native and branch director, states, “We always focus on being local.” She continues, “It is imperative we work with the local community to find great nurses and staff to care for our patients. We couldn’t provide the care we provide without our local community”.

Nuclear Care Partners is located at 237 Park Ave SW, Ste 211 in Aiken. If you would like more information regarding the EEOICPA program or know someone that would benefit – please contact Stacy Todd at (864) 396-0357.

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Prestige Appliance

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ne of the largest independent appliance dealers in South Carolina, Prestige Appliance is the area’s only full service appliance dealer. Locally owned and operated, it’s a virtual one-stop-shop for appliance sales, as well as award winning factory certified installation and service. At Prestige, our experienced appliance specialists are on hand to help with the selection of the right appliance for every budget from top quality brands such as Whirlpool, Maytag, Jenn-Air, Bosch, Sub Zero, Viking and more. The first Prestige Appliance store opened in Historic downtown Aiken in 2007. Extraordinary customer service and shopping options were soon attracting consumers from across the Midlands. To better serve them, Prestige relocated in 2010 to 2575 Whiskey Road.

2575 Whiskey Road Aiken, SC 29803 (803) 644-6113 3905 Fernandina Road Columbia, SC 29210 803-772-5721 www.prestigeappliance.net

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In 2011, a second store opened to serve the Columbia market. In early 2016, Prestige will open a third location to serve the Augusta market on Riverwatch Parkway. Each store is approximately 5,000 square feet with kitchen and laundry vignettes set up to help consumers select appliance brands and models. Prestige maintains the best-trained and most knowledgeable appliance salespeople, certified installers and service people in the area. Its factory-trained service department includes installation, service and repair technicians for all appliances they sell. Visit a Prestige Appliance location and see why if you “shop anywhere else, you’ll pay too much!”


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The RE/MAX Tattersall Group

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rom a single office that opened in 1973 in Denver, Colorado, RE/MAX has grown into a global real estate network of franchisee-owned and operated offices with more than 90,000 Sales Associates. Today, RE/MAX agents constitute the world’s most productive real estate force. Through their efforts, they’ve made it possible to say that “Nobody in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX.” Local experts with a global network, the RE/MAX Tattersall Group is the only international, full-service real estate company in Aiken. Established in the spring of 2014, the RE/MAX Tattersall Group has grown from an office of three agents and a single listing to become the number two listing office in the Aiken Multiple Listing Service. The RE/MAX Tattersall Group is the only RE/MAX office in the country that is branded with both the Collection and Commercial

120 Laurens Street NW Aiken, South Carolina 29801 (803)226-0036 www.tattersallgroup.com

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As a member of the Aiken community, USC Aiken offers many services to business and industry in the community, including faculty consulting services, and meeting and banqueting facilities that can accommodate your next business seminar or special event. Continuing Education provides quality educational and training experiences, and our students make excellent interns for your businesses and non-profit organizations. The university welcomes seniors and those needing cardiac patients to our Wellness Center, and our Ruth Patrick Science Education Center has hosted close to 1,500,000 visits from school children and families since its inception. The DuPont Planetarium is open to all community members twice a week, and the Etherredge Center offers a variety of cultural series for the community. Want to learn more? Visit www.usca.edu.

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families, and retirees.

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(July 2015 statistics

equestrian estates, golf

available homes, 90

provided by Aiken Board

mix of both resale

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trails, and retirement

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equestrian element in

1.6% to 179 days. (July

movement in Aiken’s

homes over last year.

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AIKEN COST OF LIVING INDEX

Augusta-Aiken GA/SC MSA 2015

(100% Composite Index)

SECOND QUARTER 2015

89.3

Grocery

(13.96%) 96.6

Housing

(27.8%) 74.8

Utilities

(10.23%) 90.4

Transportation

(12.12%) 82.0

Health Care

(4.41%)

91.8

Misc. Goods & Services

(31.48%)

101.0

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98.5

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ition The absolute defin ! of southern charm

AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA

Quality of Life

I

f you are looking for

unheard of in today’s

a place that offers all

world, where affordable

the amenities you’ll

housing, award-

photo by Moose ProF

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ever need, a place that

winning schools, diverse

professionals, parents and

offers a perfect balance

recreational opportunities,

students is the foundation

between the charm and

and a progressive

upon which Aiken draws

to come and visit or to

grace of yesterday and the

approach to business go

its strength.

live here, you will find

promise of tomorrow, you

hand-in-hand to offer

will find it in Aiken, South

something for almost

public and private

expectations and offers

Carolina.

every lifestyle.

entities have successfully

more than you ever

implemented numerous

imagined.

With its rich heritage,

One of Aiken’s greatest

By working together,

So, whether you plan

that Aiken exceeds your

impeccable beauty,

assets is its people –

programs that have

cosmopolitan flair, and

individuals from diverse

improved infrastructure,

you find unique

unparalleled quality of

backgrounds who are

attracted business, saved

combinations that mesh

life, Aiken is the ideal

dedicated to the economic

money, supported health

so incredibly well?

place to come and spend a

and overall well-being

care and education,

day, a week, or a lifetime.

of the community. This

and ultimately, created

strong commitment from

a thriving, vibrant

place for all ages and

business people, public

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LOCATION Aiken is ideally located

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meticulously preserved

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• A contemporary,

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and lifestyles, while

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showcasing local, national

taught daily. Aiken Choral Sociey

and international talent.

is a community chorus

Participation in the arts

dedicated to providing the

is highly encouraged

best singing experience

in the area through art

to interested and talented

education and enrichment

singers throughout the

classes. Both visual and

Aiken area. Repertoire is

performing arts classes

wide – from early music

are available and give all

to last year’s hit movie

and experience various

citizens the opportunity

theme. They include

festivals and foods.

to learn a new skill or

Brahms in German,

enhance an existing one.

Puccini in Italian, or

corridor was designed to encourage people to get off the interstates and onto the back roads of South Carolina, where they can learn about the state’s traditions and culture

The climate is another plus; Aiken’s residents

Rainfall (in.) Snowfall (in.) Precipitation Days Sunny Days Avg. July High Avg. Jan. Low Elevation ft.

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ART & CULTURE The Aiken community

Aiken Center for

John Williams in English

is passionate about art

the Arts features

– celebrating the best in

seasons without prolonged

– all kinds of art – and

works of local, as well

composition.

severe weather.

residents and visitors

as international and

alike support the arts with

national, artists. Artist

South Carolina’s longest

an enthusiasm that could

shows and receptions

continuously operating

rival most any large city.

flourish throughout the

dance company. Founded

Visual and performing

year and offer a unique

by the late Carl Crosby,

arts thrive year round

mix of art media. Classes

the company has been

and touch many cultures

for children and adults are

in existence for over 36

can enjoy the change of

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Aiken Civic Ballet is


years. Under the Artistic

Competition for students

Direction of Diane Toole

eighteen years of age and

Miller, the company

younger.

produces original ballets

The Etherredge

and contemporary dance

Center for the Fine

works.

and Performing Arts is

Aiken Community

located on the campus

Playhouse offers seven

of the University of

main stage productions

South Carolina Aiken

each season, several Black

and hosts many cultural

Box events, Coffeehouse

events open to the

Productions, workshops

community, including

and a Youth Wing

the annual Cultural

Program. Shows range

Series featuring traveling

from drama to comedy

theater companies and

and musicals.

performers, the University

Aiken Performing Arts

Theater, the Oswald

Group (APAG) presents

Writers Series, University

quality professional artists

faculty music recitals

live in Aiken – including

and performances by the

classical, jazz, brass,

University Choir.

chamber, bluegrass, big

Hopelands Gardens

band, Broadway and

Summer Concert

ethnic music performed

Series features various

by individual vocalists and

musical entertainment,

instrumentalists, bands

including bands, ballet,

and full orchestras - plus

bluegrass, and clogging.

dance, comedy, satire and

Performances are

variety programs. APAG

Monday evenings from

also provides Educational

May through August at

Outreach programs to

the Windam Performing

the student population

Arts Stage at Hopelands

of the greater Aiken area

Gardens, an outdoor

and Community Outreach

public park with winding

programs to military

paths through 100 year-

personnel and other

old oak trees.

special groups. The Aiken Symphony

Joye in Aiken was founded in 2009 under

Guild’s mission is to

the name Juilliard in

bring exceptional music

Aiken and is dedicated

to our community. The

to making the very best

Guild presents the Aiken

in the performing arts

Symphony Orchestra

available to as many of

(ASO) and the Youth

our citizens as possible,

Concert Series for all

especially students. The

fifth grade students in

Joye in Aiken Festival

Aiken and Edgefield

(held for one week each

counties and the Concerto

March) and the Education

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of the African-American Diaspora and chronicle

Equestrian activities

the many contributions

and events are one of

of African-Americans to

the biggest draws to

Aiken and neighboring

Aiken and surrounding

regions.

towns. The area boasts

The Aiken Train

photo by Moose ProFoto

surrounding towns.

of international polo

Museum is a replica of

matches, foxhunting,

Aiken’s historic railroad

horse shows, and carriage

depot. It houses the

and pleasure riding.

City of Aiken’s Visitors

Busy horse farms and

Center, as well as displays

stables dot the area, and

depicting the relationship

equestrian activities are

between the founding of

so popular that the City of

Aiken and the history of

Aiken has unpaved streets

the railroad – from the

made of hard clay to protect the horses’ hooves.

Outreach Program

historical sites and

popular legend of a bride

(conducted during the

museums offer memorable

whose “hand was given

Festival but also at other

educational experiences.

in marriage” in exchange

horse training center,

for a railroad stop, to

Aiken has produced

times of the year) bring

Aiken County

Long known as a premier

the world’s finest young

Historical Museum

the establishment of the

such winners as Sea

musicians, actors and

at Banksia, a former

“Winter Colony,” when

Hero, Kelso, Summer

dancers to Aiken for

winter colony estate, once

wealthy northerners

Squall, Good Time and

public performances,

served as the original

traveled by way of

most recently, Palace

chamber concerts, master

campus of the University

personal railway cars to

Malice who won the 2013

classes, and outreach

of South Carolina Aiken

spend their winters in

Belmont Stakes, the third

programs in area schools.

and as the community’s

Aiken.

leg of the Triple Crown.

Aiken is the first and only

public library. The

The SRS Heritage

community in the world

museum offers an

Museum preserves the

Aiken Training Track,

with which Juilliard has

exciting historical view

history of the Savannah

the Aiken Horse Park,

partnered to create a

of Aiken and features

River Site (SRS) and

Highfields Event Center

festival of this magnitude

ongoing displays and

interprets to the public

and numerous polo fields.

and importance.

shows that bring history

the Site’s role in winning

to life. The grounds have

the Cold War. The

Center is one of the

been developed into an

museum focuses on SRS’s

region’s premier

arboretum and nature

technical and scientific

entertainment facilities

trail.

achievements, sociological

and features everything

The Center for African-

impacts and ecological

from internationally

American History, Art

known music stars to

& Culture is located in

comedians, musicals, and

the Immanuel Institute

even professional bull

Building, one of the

riding.

county’s most historic

offers exciting outdoor

landmarks. The goal

activities for visitors and

of the center, which is

residents of all ages.

HISTORY History and culture play

scheduled to open in

accomplishments.

RECREATION Every season in Aiken

Fun and diverse

an important role in the

2016, is to preserve and

activities abound year

community, and various

present the cultural legacy

round in Aiken and

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USCA Convocation

Aiken is home to the


Horse enthusiasts

national sporting events

celebrate Aiken’s rite

that attract thousands of

of spring every March

people to the area each

with the Triple Crown.

year.

The popular three-

Nature and walking

weekend equestrian

opportunities are plentiful

event, which includes

for those that enjoy

flat races, the national-

the outdoors, The area

circuit Steeplechase and

offers numerous public

polo, draws families,

parks, walking trails

friends and businesses

and tranquil gardens.

together for fun, food and

Hopelands Gardens, a

festivities.

14-acre public treasure,

Golf is another popular

features garden paths that

activity that thrives in

wind among 100-year-old

Aiken and is a major draw

magnolia and oak trees.

for many who move to the

For the more adventurous,

area. Simply stated, the

Hitchcock Woods, a

area is a golfer’s paradise!

2,000-acre woodland

With several private and

preserve nestled in the

public courses available,

heart of downtown Aiken,

golf enthusiasts take to

has numerous trails and

the links year round.

paths that provide hours

Golf tournaments

riding, and bird watching

the year and cater to

activities for many.

as the annual St. Mary’s

with activity every year

Chocolate Festival, Aiken

during the Masters Golf

Bluegrass Festival and the

Tournament in nearby

annual Oktoberfest. The of Commerce presents

tennis, softball, baseball,

the Aiken’s Makin’ juried

volleyball and soccer

arts and crafts show every

play a close rival to

September on the Friday

golf for many residents

and Saturday after Labor

and visitors. Municipal

Day. The popular event

and county recreation

attracts more than 10,000

departments offer

people annually to Aiken’s

numerous competitive

historic downtown.

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injury or illness that

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Regional has many

locally physician owned

does not require a trip

emergency department

educational programs

and operated same-day

to the emergency room.

to cardiopulmonary and

designed to help you live

multi-specialty outpatient

The facility is affiliated

respiratory services,

a healthier life. Their

surgical facility in Aiken.

with Augusta, Georgia,

Computerized Tomography

premier program is

The Surgery Center

based University Health

Scanning, same-day

Women Enlightened for

of Aiken is a specially

Care System, a 581-bed,

outpatient surgery,

Better Health, or WE for

designed facility providing

not-for-profit hospital

dialysis treatments, pain

short. The WE health

patients with personal and

which serves 25 counties

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In addition, Aiken


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YOUR HOSPITAL of CHOICE Based on an independent survey conducted by the National Research Corporation, area residents have selected University as the Hospital of Choice for Overall Quality and Image for the 17th consecutive year. We are honored and humbled. After all, we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for continuing to Insist on University.


in Georgia and South

that include digestive,

Carolina. Over the years,

neuro, cancer and heart

University’s downtown

health. The health system

campus has expanded

also includes a variety

to include the Heart &

of dedicated centers and

Vascular Institute and

units for specific medical

office buildings that house

treatment, such as sports

more than 600 employed

medicine.

and private practice

and physician care, a

various treatment centers.

comprehensive range

University Hospital offers

of health care services

diagnoses, treatment and

can be found in Aiken

rehabilitation of a wide

County, including

variety of illnesses and

home health, physical

conditions covering most

therapy, occupational

all specialties at multiple

therapy, sports medicine,

campuses.

behavioral health and

Also serving the area in

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exercise programs to name

nearby Augusta, Georgia,

a few. Special interest

is the Georgia Regents

programs and support

Health System, which

groups are also available,

includes the Georgia

as well as educational

Regents Medical Center,

programs.

a teaching- and research-

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In addition to hospital

physicians as well as

Comprehensive care

based hospital with 478

facilities, adult day

beds, and the Children’s

services and assisted-

Hospital of Georgia, a 154-

living communities

bed pediatric hospital.

complement the many

The hospitals are the

medical services available

region’s Level 1 adult

and support the diverse

and pediatric trauma

health care needs of area

centers with service lines

citizens.


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Lots of career opportunities!

AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA

Economy & Employment strengthen Aiken County’s

strength of Aiken

economic base.

and Aiken County

Savannah River Nuclear

lies in the ability to

Solutions, LLC, the largest

change with the times

employer in Aiken County

and to embrace a global

and one of the largest in

marketplace.

South Carolina, plays a

From everyday products,

major role in the area’s

such as pharmaceuti-

economy at the Savannah

cal and consumer health

River Site, which includes

products, to tires, automo-

the Savannah River

tive parts, diesel engines,

National Laboratory.

vending machines, and

SRNL provides intellectual

materials for nuclear

leadership, innovative

defense and environmen-

solutions, and research

tal restoration, many

and technology necessary

advanced businesses and

to address the nation’s

industries call the Aiken

most complex nuclear

area home. The range and

materials processing and

diversity of these com-

environmental challenges.

panies provide a stable working environment and

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including Savannah

BAE Systems (United

business and industry.

Airport in Columbia,

River Remediation, LLC,

Kingdom), BOC Gases

Aiken Technical College

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and the University of

area is blessed with

Site, Kimberly-Clark

Shinsho American

South Carolina Aiken are

excellent transportation

Corporation, CB&I AREVA

Corporation (Japan).

instrumental in preparing

access.

MOX Services, and

Aiken County recognizes

students for the business

In addition, the Aiken

Bridgestone Americas

the value of its economic

and technical needs

Municipal Airport

Tire Operations have

base and works closely

of local employers. In

accommodates corporate

invested heavily in Aiken

with existing industries

addition, their continuing

jet service, and the

County and contribute

to help ensure their

education programs

area offers two railway

significantly to economic

success and longevity.

support new technological

companies, bus lines, and

prosperity.

The testament of these

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efforts shows – several

ever changing market.

provide transportation

The area also enjoys a strong global presence

existing industries have

with several international

significantly expanded

location and accessibility

fact that the major ports

companies, such as

their operations in recent

also make it attractive

of Charleston, South

Bridgestone Americas Tire

years.

for many different kinds

Carolina and Savannah,

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With its friendly,

Aiken’s convenient

services. Add to this the

of businesses. With its

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America Inc. (Germany),

progressive business

proximity to I-20 and

hours away, and one

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environment, the Aiken

two commercial airports,

can see that business

(Switzerland), Valmet,

area offers a diverse, well

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transportation needs are

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trained work force and

in Augusta, Georgia, and

easily met in the Aiken

Technology SC (Japan),

incentives to potential

Columbia Metropolitan

area.

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Aiken by the Numbers AIKEN COUNTY MAJOR EMPLOYERS

471 City of Aiken

5388 Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC

1200 Aiken Regional Medical Centers

453 Parsons

3300 Aiken County Public School District

890 Aiken County

450 UPS Supply Chain Solutions

2115 Savannah River Remediation, LLC

770 AGY

444 U.S. Department of Energy

1961 CB&I AREVA MOX Services, LLC

685 Centerra-Savannah River Site

395 ASCO Valve Manufacturing, Inc.

1830 Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations

600 Shaw Industries

370 Hubbell Power Systems

1250 Kimberly-Clark Corporation

534 University of South Carolina Aiken

340 Tri-Development Center of Aiken County, Inc.

Occupations

33.9%

23.2

%

Management, Business, Science and Arts

Sales and Office

16.1

%

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT 9.74%.....................................9th to 12th 7.39%........................ Associate’s Degree 14.93%........................Bachelor’s Degree 9.10%............................Graduate Degree 31.57%................. High School Graduate 5.42%..................... Less Than 9th Grade 21.86%.................................No Diploma Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey - 2013 5-Year Estimates

Service

15.5% Production, Transportation and Material Moving

11.3% Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance

Source: Economic Development Partnership

White.........................................................................112,436 ...........................69.5% Black............................................................................40,272 ...........................24.9% American Indian/Alaskan Native........................................269 .............................0.2% Asian..............................................................................1,181 .............................0.7% Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander................................21 .............................0.0% 2 or more races..............................................................5,464 .............................3.4% Other..............................................................................4,799 .............................3.0% (U.S. Census Bureau)

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% POPULATION BY AGE GROUP 9 and under ..........20,010 ............. 12% 10-19....................20,413............... 12% 20-29....................21,024............... 13% 30-39....................19,279............... 12% 40-49....................20,710............... 13% 50-59....................24,141............... 15% 60-69....................20,269............... 12% 70-79....................11,771................. 7% 80 and over........... 6,559................. 4%

COMMUNITIES (INCORPORATED) IN AIKEN COUNTY WITH POPULATIONS

Aiken.............................................. 30,258 Burnettown.......................................2,764 Jackson............................................1,753 Monetta...............................................233 New Ellenton....................................2,110 North Augusta................................22,300 Perry.................................................. 236 Salley..................................................415 Wagener..............................................817 Windsor..............................................122


Aiken

Total Area of County – 1,080.66 square miles Land – 1071.03 square miles • Water – 8 square miles

County Population Estimate (2014) – 164,753 64,253 Households (U.S. Census Bureau)

Growth Rate + 2.9% (2010-2014) (U.S. Census Bureau)

Estimated Total Civilian Labor Force – 75,078 (07/2015) (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Unemployment Rate (July) 2015 – 6.3% (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

DISTANCE TO OTHER CITIES Atlanta, GA........................................................................ 163 miles

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Photo courtesy of Aiken County Public School District

AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA

Education

W

ith engaged

The District’s merit is

and capable

evidenced by AdvanceEd

teachers and

accreditation, an

staff, a shared vision

“Excellent” Report Card

to nurture and support

rating and many schools

students, and community

listed among U.S. News &

partnerships that enhance

World Reports’ Best High

the academic, career

Schools, including a silver

and extra-curricular

award-winner.

opportunities for all, Aiken

ur te sy ph ot o co

Aiken’s schools are high-

ke n of US C Ai

County Public School

performing. Eleven are

District is THE choice for

recognized as Palmetto’s

public school education

Finest; all are staffed with

in the Central Savannah

highly-qualified teachers,

Award-winning Math and

both the state and

River Area.

staff and administrators,

Science Teacher. Aiken’s

national average on the ACT.

including South Carolina’s

SAT scores topped the

to be a distinguished

Arts Teacher of the

state average and District

public school system.

Year and a Presidential

students outperformed

Aiken County is proud

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While ratings, rankings and awards are valued,


it’s the preparation of

with MTU America

each student to be a

Inc. to networking/

fully-productive citizen,

cyber security, welding,

capable of securing and

emergency/fire

maintaining gainful

management, fashion,

employment following

health science, electricity

graduation or possessing

and media technology.

the skills necessary to

Artistic talent is

pursue post-secondary

celebrated in Aiken

opportunities before

County Schools. The

excelling in a chosen

District has an elementary

career, that’s of greatest

school with magnet

importance. Advanced

designation and middle

studies curricula and

schools infuse science,

partnerships with The

technology, engineering

University of South

and math, STEM, or

Carolina Aiken and

STEAM (STEM + art),

Aiken Technical College

across all subject areas.

encourage high school

Aiken County educators

students to pursue

have long benefited

college, while providing a

from collaboration with

head start on coursework

Savannah River Site

at a fraction of the cost.

(SRS); engineers at SRS

An impressive 90% of the

ensure cutting-edge

Class of 2016 are certified

educational opportunities

work-ready, having earned

for students and are

National Career Readiness

particularly engaged at

Certificates. Beginning

designated STEM and

in elementary school and

STEAM schools. Joye in

extending throughout

Aiken (formerly known

middle and high school,

as Juilliard in Aiken) and

professionalism and

Aiken Performing Arts

character building

partner with the District

are incorporated into

to inspire and enhance

Aiken County Schools’

arts education through

instruction and are

on-campus residencies,

complimented by

workshops, concerts and

volunteerism, mentorships

outreaches.

and apprenticeship

Last year’s graduating

AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AT A GLANCE: K-12 The Consolidated School District of Aiken County is South Carolina’s sixth largest school district in population. Address: 1000 Brookhaven Drive, Aiken, SC 29803 Phone: (803) 641-2428 Web: www.acpsd.net K-12 Student Population: 24,829 (2015-2016) Number of Schools: 42 - 7 High Schools - 11 Middle Schools - 20 Elementary Schools - 1 Career and Technology Center - 3 Charter Schools Average Teacher Salary: $49,914 Number of Teachers: 1,552 Number of 4-year-olds: 567 Total Number of Employees: 3,254 Teacher and Administrator Quality: (measured by highest degree attained) • 45% Master’s Degree • 13% Master’s Degree + 30 • 1% Doctorate

New Students All new students entering school for the first time in Aiken County are requested to provide the following documents: • Birth Certificate • Immunization Card/Form • Proof of residency

Immunization For complete immunization requirements, call (800) 27-SHOTS or visit www.scdhec.net.

programs with business,

class amassed a record-

manufacturing and

breaking $65,182,299 in

Age Requirements

industry professionals.

scholarship offerings and

The Aiken County

included a student who

Career and Technology

never missed a single day

Child Development (4K): 4 years old by September 1 Kindergarten (5K): 5 years old by September 1 First Grade: 6 years old by September 1

Center offers a multitude

of school, a well-adjusted

of award-winning

and respected blind-

programs, from its highly-

student, and a math whiz

publicized collaboration

that won the International

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with top honors for

campus as contributing to

collaborative governance

their knowledge, skills and

and confidence in senior

personal development at

leadership. It is a military

rates significantly higher

friendly university and

than other institutions

ranked as #1 top public

that participate in the

regional college for

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As a multi-service,

In addition, USC Aiken

two-year comprehensive

received its third Military

college, Aiken Technical

Friendly designation,

College works closely

and its second Military

with area business and

Advanced Education

industry to meet local

(MAE) designation

work force needs. ATC

as a Top College and

is one of the 16 schools

University. The University

in the South Carolina

holds the distinction

Technical College System

of being one of only 29

and has been serving

COPLAC institutions

the community for 40

nationwide, which serve

years. Its rich history,

as model institutions for

commitment to quality

public liberal arts and

education and state-of-

sciences universities.

the-art facilities combine

Founded in 1961

to provide individuals with

with the generous and

a way to enjoy a first-

Math Olympiad for Team

four-year institution

enthusiastic support from

class, affordable education

USA, the first victory

that offers more than 45

the local community, USC

that’s close to home. The

for our country in 21

undergraduate majors

Aiken has grown to serve

College offers numerous

years. Additionally, the

and concentrations,

more than 3,300 students

educational opportunities

District had a state-award

and Master’s degrees in

on its beautiful 453-acre

in health, public service,

winning basketball team

Business Administration,

campus. USC Aiken has a

business, industrial

and a robotics team that

Education and Applied

talented faculty committed

engineering, nuclear and

competed at the national

Clinical Psychology. USC

to active learning

computer technology

level.

Aiken has recently been

through excellence in

programs. In addition,

ranked #1 in 2016 U.S.

teaching, undergraduate

ATC offers college transfer

News & World Report’s

research, scholarship,

programs for those

annual “America’s Best

and civic engagement.

students desiring to

institutions of higher

Colleges� guide, for

A 15:1 student-faculty

continue their education

education, Aiken

Southern Public Regional

ratio allows for highly

at a four-year institution.

Technical College (ATC)

Universities. It has held

engaged pedagogies with

and the University of

this #1 distinction for

USC Aiken selected as

South Carolina Aiken

eleven of the past eighteen

the “College of Choice�

(USC Aiken), offer

years.

by students from 29

HIGHER EDUCATION Aiken County’s

OTHER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES The education in Aiken

USC Aiken has been

states and 20 countries.

County does not stop

a past recipient of The

According to the National

with higher education.

Chronicle of Higher

Survey of Student

The McGrath Computer

Carolina Aiken, (USC

Education’s “Best Place

Engagement (NSSE), USC

Learning Center serves

Aiken) is a comprehensive

to Work� designation,

Aiken seniors rank the

adults, regardless of

outstanding opportunities for area citizens. The University of South

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experience level, who

Learning Center holds

cooperative effort by USC

wish to learn how to

open lab time where

Aiken, local industry and

successes in Aiken

use a computer or

registered students can

the public school districts

County come down to one

tablet. The Learning

use computers to practice

in the Central Savannah

thing - an unparalleled

Center is managed by

their skills or to work

River Area, its hands-on

commitment to learning

local volunteers, and

on individual projects.

approach to teaching is

from educators, business

classes are taught and

Teaching is primarily

designed to help people

and community leaders,

coached by experienced

hands-on, with the

experience the beauty, the

and area citizens. This

instructors. The Learning

student learning from

order and the power of

powerful commitment has

Center offers a low-cost,

challenging exercises.

science and mathematics,

forged strong partnerships

friendly introduction to

Coaches, usually 2 or 3

as well as the interest and

between education and

using computers. The

per class, provide one-on-

fun of discovery. A visit

the business community

basic curriculum features

one help for each student

to the RPSEC enables

– and spelled success and

courses on a general

at his or her computer.

students, teachers and

an enhanced quality of life

the public to experience

for all.

introduction to computers,

Also located on the

word processing, and use

campus of USC Aiken

science and mathematics

of the internet and email.

is the Ruth Patrick

in a challenging yet

More advanced courses

Science Education Center

exciting way. The

cover genealogy, graphics,

(RPSEC), which offers

center has enriched the

digital photography and

a hands-on approach

educational lives of more

photograph enhancement,

to science, technology,

than 250,000 students,

and financial management

engineering, and math.

teachers and citizens

using a computer. The

Established in 1987 as a

since it opened.

The many educational

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Photo courtesy of Woodside Plantation Country Club

A beautiful area to e! relax and enjoy lif

AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA

Retirement

A

iken is the perfect

Boomers” by Best Boomer

place to spend

Towns™ and “One of

retirement years. It

10 terrific, affordable

offers quality health care,

retirement towns,” and

a pleasant climate, friendly

“One of 10 places to retire

people, educational and

on a budget” by Where to

work opportunities, the

Retire magazine.

perfect balance of activi-

Aiken’s accessible

ties, and a relaxed lifestyle.

location and proximity to

It also offers a number of

everything from historic

housing options at a range

Charleston, SC to bustling

of pleasing price points. It is the combination

Charlotte, NC make it a perfect destination for

of these items that

seniors. In short, settling

have earned Aiken the

in Aiken affords retirees

Items of specific interest to retirees:

Housing: The median home

Aiken is very affordable. Kalmia Landing, a gated community of privately owned homes and condominiums,

reputation as the “No.

the opportunity to be

price in July 2015 was

1 place to retire,” by

as active, or equally as

$156,075; combined with

for active folks 55 years

Century 21, the “One

relaxed, as they want

a low cost of living and a

and older. Cumberland

of 21 Best Towns for

to be.

variety of housing options,

Village is also a senior

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offers gracious living


only community offering

Doctors Hospital, Trinity

a variety of housing

Hospital, the VA Medical

options in its patio homes,

Center, and Eisenhower

apartments, and assisted

Army Medical Center

living facility. While not

located at Fort Gordon.

restricted to those 55 and

In addition there are

older, Woodside Plantation

numerous assisted living

and Cedar Creek are

facilities, skilled nursing

neighborhoods that cater

facilities, and thousands

to retirees with plentiful

of health care providers.

activities and club

Adult day care, medical

amenities, including golf,

and non-medical, is also

tennis, swimming, and

available.

social clubs.

Education: Retirees enjoy continuing

Activities: No matter what one likes to do for fun, Aiken has

education programs at

a little bit of everything:

USC Aiken and Aiken

golf, tennis, equestrian

Technical College. In

activities, tennis,

addition, numerous art

pickleball, walking trails,

classes are available at the

senior basketball league,

Aiken Center for the Arts.

theater, art, music, and numerous volunteer

Health care: The Aiken area is home

opportunities. The list is endless.

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Relocation Information DRIVING Registering your vehicle (You have 45 days to transfer your vehicle title and registration) 1. Start at the Aiken County Government Center with your out of state title or previous car registration form. At the Center you will be directed to the Auditor’s Office to calculate your tax bill. The tax rate for personal vehicles in Aiken County is 6%. This is paid at the Treasurer’s Office. Both offices are located at 1930 University Parkway in Aiken. You will be issued a paid property tax receipt. 2. Next go to a South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles office www.scdmvonline.com Aiken DMV Office: 1711 Richland Avenue East, Aiken, SC 29801 Phone: (803) 641-7752 Mon. – Tues., Thurs. – Fri. Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (closed on state holidays) Wed. Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. two weekends a month Road Test Appointments: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. CDL testing and International Services are not available at this location. North Augusta DMV Office: 1913 Ascauga Lake Road, North Augusta, SC 29841 Phone: (803) 279-6659 Mon. – Tues., Thurs. – Fri. Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (closed on state holidays) Wed. Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Not open on Saturdays CDL testing and International Services are available.

You will need the following to complete your registration • The paid property tax receipt you received at the Aiken County Government Center • 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 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. DMV will verify your coverage electronically. If the insurance policy cannot be verified, your driver’s license and vehicle registration may be suspended. • Odometer mileage reading This information is used to complete Form 400, Certificate of Title/Registration. The form is available at the DMV office or may be downloaded and completed in advance at www.scdmvonline.com. • Personal Identification A valid/unexpired out of state driver’s license or a new South Carolina driver’s license are acceptable forms of identification. • Title and Registration Fees • Title - $15 fee • Passenger cars and RV’s - $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

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Obtaining a South Carolina Driver’s License (You have 90 days to obtain your license) • If your out of state license is valid/unexpired, you do not have to pass the knowledge test or road test. • An eye exam will be given at all SC Department of Motor Vehicles offices or you may submit a statement of visual acuity from an eye specialist. • 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. • 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. 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 (877) 349-7187. You can also visit their website at www.buckleupsc.com

ELECTRICITY AND GAS Aiken County is served by two electrical utilities. Aiken Electric Cooperative 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 (SCE&G) 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) 642-7613 Provides garbage disposal services to homes in the city limits, as well as curbside recycling. Rolling carts are available to all city residents. Tyler’s Sanitation, Inc....................................................................................... (803) 648-6714 Provides residential garbage disposal to unincorporated areas of Aiken County, as well as commercial rolloff and front load containers.


GOVERNMENT State Government • 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: 1930 University Parkway, 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: 135 Laurens Street, 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 www.abbe-lib.org Aiken County Public Library............................................................................ (803) 642-2020 Jackson Branch Library.................................................................................... (803) 471-3811 Midland Valley Branch Library......................................................................... (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

The Augusta Chronicle..................................................................................... (803) 648-1395 Augusta-Aiken MSA www.chronicle.augusta.com

Cable Television Atlantic Broadband........................................................................................... (803) 641-2144 www.atlanticbb.com

Broadcast Television WAGT - TV 26, NBC......................................................................................... (706) 826-0026 WFXG - TV 54, FOX......................................................................................... (706) 650-5400 WJBF - TV 6, ABC........................................................................................... (706) 722-6664 WRDW - TV 12, CBS....................................................................................... (803) 278-1212

Radio Station 88.3 WAFJ Radio - Contemporary Christian.................................................... (803) 819-3125 92.7 Oldies WKSX........................................................................................... (803) 275-4444 Beasley Broadcasting....................................................................................... (706) 396-7000 WCHZ 95.5 FM - Rock WDRR 93.9 FM - Variety Music WGAC 580 AM - News/Talk WGAC 95.1 FM - News/ Talk WGUS 102.7 FM - Religious WHHD 98.3 FM - Top 40 WKXC 99.5 FM - Country WRDW 1630 AM - Sports/Talk Clear Channel Broadcasting............................................................................. (706) 396-6000 WBBQ 104.3 FM - Yesterday & Today WSCG G105.7 FM - Today’s Country WEKL 102.3 FM - Classic Rock WKSP 96.3 FM - Today’s R&B and Old School WPRW 107.7 FM - Hip-Hop and R&B WYNF AM - Sports

POSTAL SERVICE U.S. Post Office................................................................................................ (803) 649-9211 www.usps.com Main Branch located at 307 Laurens Street, NW, Aiken, SC 29801 Other locations may be found by calling (800) 275-8777

TAXES State Income Tax South Carolina has a simplified income tax structure which follows the federal income tax laws. South Carolina accepts the adjustments, exemptions and deductions allowed on your federal tax return with few modifications. Your federal taxable income is the starting point in determining your state income tax liability. • www.sctax.org/Tax+Information • For more information, contact the Department of Revenue Publications Line at (803) 898-5405 and ask for a free copy of the “Moving to South Carolina” brochure.

Tax Rates Individual income tax rates range from 0% to a top rate of 7% on taxable income. Tax brackets are adjusted annually for inflation.

MEDIA Newspapers Daily: The Aiken Standard......................................................................................... (803) 648-2311 Local/Aiken County www.aikenstandard.com

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Credits

Are there any available tax breaks?

Listed below are some of the individual income tax credits which may lower your South Carolina tax liability. • A refundable tuition tax credit of up to 25% for tuition paid to South Carolina public and private colleges may be available for qualifying individuals. The maximum credit is $850 per year for four-year schools and $350 per year for two-year schools. • A two-wage earner credit allows married couples to take a maximum credit of $210 if both spouses work. • A maximum credit of $300 is available for payments made for nursing home care or intermediate nursing care provided in the home for yourself or another individual. • A credit is allowed for income taxes paid to another state on income which is taxable in both states. • A child and dependent care credit allows you to claim 7% of your federal allowable expenses for the care.

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.

Other credits include - exceptional needs children educational credit, plug-in hybrid vehicle credit, Angel Investor Credit.

Deductions to Income • You do not pay a tax in this state on property sold in another state. • A deduction of 44% is allowed on net long-term capital gains; the South Carolina holding period is the same as the federal. • Beginning with the first year you receive qualified retirement income and until you reach age 65, you can take a deduction of up to $3,000. You can take this deduction for income received from any qualified retirement plan. If both spouses receive retirement income, each spouse is entitled to a deduction. • At age 65, all residents are eligible for a deduction of up to $15,000 from income, regardless of the source. A surviving spouse may continue to take a retirement deduction on behalf of a deceased spouse. • Reserve pay income received from the National Guard or armed forces for the 39 days of annual training and weekend drills is exempt from tax. • Disability income from a permanent and total disability is deductible. • South Carolina does not tax Social Security benefits or railroad retirement. • Interest you receive from federal obligations is deductible. • A deduction is allowed for each child under 6. The deduction is 100% of the federal personal exemption, which is adjusted each year for inflation. • A deduction is allowed for a special needs adopted child.

Additions to Income Certain items of income must be added back to your federal taxable income. • If any out-of-state losses were subtracted on your federal income tax return, they must be added back to your taxable income on your state return. • The deduction on your federal return for state income tax paid must be added back to your taxable income on your state income tax return. However, it is offset by your state refund amount if you claimed it as income on your federal return.

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: Agriculture real property (privately owned) ......................................................................4.0% Commercial real property .................................................................................................6.0% Home (legal residence) ....................................................................................................4.0% Home, second (or any residential property where you do not live) ...................................6.0% Motor vehicles, personal passenger .................................................................................6.0% Personal property ...........................................................................................................10.5%

How do I get the best tax rate for my home? 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. Call (803) 642-1583 for information.

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Homestead exemption - If as of December 31 preceding the tax year of the exemption 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) 642.1514 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 (803) 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 or for their surviving spouse. 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 homeowner occupied and 6% for commercial and non-occupied/rental property. The appraisal amount multiplied by the correct tax rate provides the assessment on the property. Please note the assessment is always rounded to the nearest tenth. The assessment multiplied by the millage rate (62 mills would be multiplied by .062, 120 mills would be multiplied by .120, etc.) provides the annual property tax due. See the following example for a homeowner occupied property assessed at $100,000: Take the assessed amount of $100,000 and multiply it by the Real Property percentage of 4%. This amount of $4,000 is the Equals Assessment amount. Take the Equals Assessment amount and multiply that amount by the millage rate, which is currently at 62 mills. The Equals Taxes due is $248. $100,000 X 4% = $4,000 x .062 = $248 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 • The South Carolina state sales tax rate is currently 6%. • There is a 1% Capital Projects Tax and a 1% Education Capital Improvement Tax in Aiken County. • An additional 1% Hospitality Tax applies to prepared food in the City of Aiken. For more information contact: S.C. Department of Revenue............................................................................ (803) 898-5000 301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29214 Aiken County Treasurer’s Office........................................................................ (803) 642-2092 1930 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801 City of Aiken Finance Department.................................................................... (803) 642-7603 135 Laurens Street, SW, Aiken, SC 29801


TELEPHONE AND INTERNET SERVICE • AT&T and Atlantic Broadband provide telephone and internet 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 (800) 288-2020. • To place an order for residential service with Atlantic Broadband, contact (888) 301-8649.

TRANSPORTATION Aiken Taxi Transport .................................................................................. (803) 642-9910 SC Express Transportation (private transit service).................................... (803) 648-9977

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Best Friend Express (public transit service).................. (803) 262-5305 or (803) 508-7033 www.bestfriendexpress.com Fares: Adults - $2.00 Seniors/Disabled - $1.00

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Aiken Bus Station........................................................................................ (803) 648-6894 South Carolina Department of Transportation...................................... (855) 467-2368

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Augusta Regional Airport (24 miles from Aiken)....................................... (706) 798-3236 • Is served by two airlines: Delta and US Airways. www.flyags.com Aiken Municipal Airport............................................................................. (803) 648-7803 • Private airport located in Aiken. www.aikenaviation.com Highways • The Metro area has access to interstate highways: I-20 and I-520.

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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 18-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.

Motor Voter Law 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.

WATER Aiken (City of).................................................................................................. (803) 642-7603 Bath Water & Sewer District............................................................................. (803) 593-3221 Beech Island Rural Community Water District.................................................. (803) 827-1004 Breezy Hill Water & Sewer Company................................................................ (803) 663-6455 Clearwater Water & Sewer District................................................................... (803) 593-3509

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) 642-2028 1930 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801 When voting, you will be asked to show one of the following photo IDs at your polling place: • SC Driver’s License • ID card issued by SC Department of Motor Vehicles • SC Voter Registration Card with Photo • Federal Military ID • U.S. Passport Further information including district maps and polling locations may be found at www.scvotes.org

College Acres Public Works District................................................................. (803) 649-5619 Edgefield County Water & Sewer Authority...................................................... (803) 637-3011 Jackson Water Department............................................................................... (803) 471-2229 Langley Water & Sewer Department................................................................. (803) 593-3404 Monetta Water Works....................................................................................... (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 Talatha Rural Community Water District........................................................... (803) 652-1381 Valley Public Service Authority........................................................................ (803) 593-2053 Wagener Water Department.............................................................................. (803) 564-3412

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