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Increase on water bills moves forward in Aiken

The Aiken City Council took the first step Monday toward raising residents' water and sewer rates by 5 percent.

An ordinance that would add $1.65 per month to the average bill was approved by the council on first reading. Aiken would still have the second-lowest water and sewer rate in the state, City Manager Roger LeDuc told the council.

Since 1997, the city's yearly water and sewer expenses have increased 5.7 percent, but revenues have increased only 2.7 percent, the city manager said in a memo.

Council member Beverly Clyburn recommended a tiered fee structure for residents.

"I feel it should be structured so that those who use very little water don't bear the brunt of the increase," she said.

The council will have an opportunity to decide on a tiered fee structure on second reading.

Two men charged with sex with 15-year-old

Two men have been arrested and charged with molesting a 15-year-old girl.

Cornelius Alexander Griffin, 25, of the 3500 block of Jonathan Circle; and Leon Alexander Jr., 27, of the 2700 block of Tobacco Road, are each charged with one count of child molestation, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's report. Mr. Griffin is accused of having sex with the juvenile and photographing her nude inside EF Recording Studios at 2450 Windsor Spring Road on Friday, the report said.

He is also charged with sexual exploitation of children. Investigators said the victim left the scene with Mr. Alexander and had sex with him at his home. Both men were arrested Saturday.

Sugar mill burn patient is upgraded to serious

The condition of an Imperial Sugar employee who has been treated in the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital has been upgraded, spokeswoman Beth Frits said Monday.

Paul Seckinger, one of 20 patients admitted to the burn center from the Feb. 7 sugar refinery explosion, was upgraded to serious condition. Another Imperial Sugar patient, who was being treated in the Doctors Hospital Rehabilitation Unit, was discharged over the weekend, Ms. Frits said.

Two patients remain in critical condition in the burn center, and one is listed in good condition in the Doctors rehab unit, she said.

Deadline for March storm aid is near

Applications for loans to cover property damage resulting from the severe storms and tornadoes that struck Burke and Jefferson counties March 14-16 must be filed by Monday.

To date, the U.S. Small Business Administration has issued 781 disaster home and 244 disaster business loan applications to residents and business owners in seven affected counties. Only 95 home and 23 business loan applications have been returned.

Applications may be obtained by calling (800) 659-2955 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. weekdays, or (800) 877-8339 for the hearing-impaired. Business loan applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov.

The deadline to return applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is Dec. 22. Small businesses in Richmond, Jenkins, McDuffie, Screven, Warren, Washington and Glascock counties are among those eligible to apply for those loans.

-- From staff reports

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/13/08 - 05:59 am
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Cornelius and Leon are both

Cornelius and Leon are both old enough to know better then to make use of a 15 year old. Just because she's willing doesn't make it all right. Foolish decision making has consequences.

Newsreader
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Newsreader 05/13/08 - 08:09 am
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Her parents should be charged

Her parents should be charged with child abandonment. I am sure they have allowed her to be in this situation before, and if not protected she will get into some similar situations in the future.

peonynut
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peonynut 05/13/08 - 08:17 am
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Hum. Recording studio,

Hum. Recording studio, Beyonce want to be, using sex to get what she wants.

christian134
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christian134 05/13/08 - 08:24 am
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These scum need to be taken

These scum need to be taken out and horsewhipped then put in cages in town square with little food and water....As far as the 15 year old she may have been molested in early years...Studies show a lack of morals on the part of the victim is due to abuse in early years...The victim misconstrues sex for love and acceptance....

witness
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witness 05/13/08 - 09:14 am
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Does anyone know if this

Does anyone know if this young lady was charged with fornication because there was no rape involved everything was consensual. Why would a parent allow their child to be around older men. Maybe the parents should be charged with permitting their child to violate the city's curfew law.

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 05/13/08 - 12:25 pm
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sad to say, this is becoming

sad to say, this is becoming more typical: parents who do not care where their children are, men who want to exploit young girls, and girls who believe that their worth is based on having sex with an older man. Sad story, but the reality of the society we live in.

Armywife
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Armywife 05/13/08 - 03:46 pm
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It doesn't matter if the sex

It doesn't matter if the sex was consensual. She was a minor, so as far as the law is concerned, it's rape.

MyOpinion1
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MyOpinion1 05/13/08 - 08:40 pm
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One day these older men are

One day these older men are going to learn to leave those teenagers alone. That is nothing but trouble. Just because she was willing does not make it right. It isn't right. You can't do that these days. Parents, keep a tight hold on your daughters. These older men out here don't care what they do. They better start caring or more of them are going to end up in prison for having sex with minors. A BUNCH OF DUMMIES!!!!!

witness
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witness 05/14/08 - 11:16 am
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Armywife, as far as the law

Armywife, as far as the law is concern, it was not rape because it was consensual and she was a willing participant with both men, leaving one to go and have sex with another man. By law she, can be charged with fornication. I am not dismissing what the two men did because they should have used the head on their shoulder instead of the one they used. It is sad that this happen but I believe that a parent(s) should know where and what their 15-year-old daughter is doing and who she is doing it with.

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