German group against shipping fuel to U.S.

A German legislative body is against the shipment of German fuel to the U.S., and possibly to the Savannah River Site, for several reasons, including that the U.S. has not secured a repository for radioactive waste.

In a letter dated July 22, Sylvia Kotting-Uhl, a member of the German legislative body, Bundestag, wrote that the plan to send highly-enriched uranium, or HEU, to the U.S. is “neither understandable nor acceptable.”

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Horse Creek Academy dedicates new facility

Even before Patti Strom could begin a dedication ceremony for the new Horse Creek Academy, her voice broke. The executive director needed a minute or so to compose herself.

After 14 years as Midland Valley Prep, the public charter school has a new name, a new facility and an anticipated enrollment of 345 students – almost doubling the students from 2013-14.

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Guest House to air on ‘Hotel Impossible’

“Hotel Impossible” host Anthony Melchiorri said renovating the Guest House at Houndslake and working with the staff has been one of the most emotional experiences he's ever had in more than four seasons of hosting the show.

“This has been, for me, one of the most emotional shows I've done, because there have been some things that have been hard to deal with,” he said. “And we're not there yet. I'm hoping we can finish strong and help out the hotel, but we're not done yet.”

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Local resident talks past dairy farms

Local resident Bill Baab's belief that Haskell's Dairy was the premiere dairy farm in Aiken is jokingly validated by a poem dedicated to the farm.

“When the Lord found babies coming, he knew that they must eat. He made them milk like Haskell's – results could not be beat,” the poem reads.

Baab spoke Saturday at the Aiken County Historical Museum about Haskell's and the 15 other dairy farms that are featured in his newest book, “The Retail Dairies of Aiken, Columbia & Richmond Counties.”

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New method for meth

In today's pop culture, the term “meth lab” likely conjures up images from the TV show “Breaking Bad” – A room, home or large, mobile vehicle filled with vats, jars, open flames and other supplies. But law enforcement officers say newer methods of manufacturing methamphetamine are easier and more compact – and also dirtier.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office has busted six meth labs since Jan. 1, and they all have been what officers call “one-pot” or “shake-and-bake” labs, according to Sgt. Jason Feemster, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

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