City crews were busy yesterday at Aiken’s Virginia Acres Park making improvements to the parking area at the Carolina Bay Nature Reserve. Wood chips were brought in and spread on the parking area providing a softer, gentler surface for our car tires to negotiate and park on when we arrive to make use of this unique city park feature. A bobcat was being used removing remnants of a tree that had blocked the walking trail briefly following its dropping and dismemberment by a previous crew of workers (it was diseased and the procedure was required to prevent the spread of the borers it harbored.) The work was substantially complete at the end of the day (i.e., “at the end of the day”–for real) permitting use by all wishing to exercise their dogs–or their dogs’ dogs, as the case may be–without unnecessary delay.
Yesterday also was the day when the counting was complete and the Republican Mayoral candidate selection was announced in our local traditional paper, the Aiken Standard. According to Amy Blanton, staff reporter at the Standard, “The unofficial results from the Aiken County Registration and Elections Commission shows Cavanaugh winning with 1,524 of the votes and his opponent Jet Beckum with 278 votes….” While the results are not indicative, Mr. Beckum was a credible opponent, well known to area voters, who often provides his opinions to the public in area media. By running, he gave area Republicans the opportunity to reaffirm their backing of the perennially popular Mayor Fred Cavanaugh, who plans to make the upcoming term his last.
AS FOR “OTHER BREAKING NEWS,” this reporter wishes to announce an initiative to upgrade the collection and reporting of environmental issues in this web slot. While thanking those of you who have faithfully followed reports of things going on at Aiken’s Carolina Bay and other environmental issues (heavy on the Bay reports, not so heavy on the “other” issues,) he wishes to acknowledge the fact that reports on Carolina Bay issues have been emphasized, perhaps to the detriment of more important issues. This has not been done totally without forethought, however, since Examiner prides itself on being your source for issues of local concern, and since your reporter feels spending an hour a day at the bay (exercising both his and his dog’s dogs, so to speak) makes him a qualified local expert on matters happening at the Bay. Still, “local” for Augusta and the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) is a bit much for one person, no matter how perspicacious (a Bill O’Reilly word of the day) he might be with his reporting.
In an effort to correct this situation, your reporter would like to invite all who may wish to join in the fray to submit articles having environmental relevance to him for consideration for inclusion in his “Environmental News in Augusta” reports. He will, of course, fact-check articles so submitted and, as much as possible, present the reports word-for-word in the column, with total credit going to you, the submitting writer.
It is this reporter’s hope that, having seen their work in print in knotmove.com, submitting writers will want to write even more–a situation he will be happy to assist them with. In any case, your submissions just might make this column live up to its stated purpose of becoming and being “Your source of Environmental News in Augusta and the CSRA.”
Anyone wishing to join in this initiative is invited to send their work, or questions, to me, Stephen Geddes, at the email address found in my Examiner biography, [email protected], and thanks for reading knotmove.com.