Aiken Area Progressive

Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

Month: September, 2017

Baristas sue Seattle suburb over discriminatory ordinance

Everett, Wash. — A group of baristas are filing a lawsuit against this Seattle suburb after it passed an ordinance designed to discriminate against women and force the baristas to the unemployment line.

Everett recently passed one of the most anti-woman, anti-business measures the Seattle area has ever seen when they adopted an ordinance requiring any article of clothing they wear to be a minimum of three inches below the ass. Read the rest of this entry »

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Irma closings for Monday and Tuesday

Here’s the list of closings for Monday and Tuesday:

• Aiken County – government, schools (Monday only) and Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health (Main and Hartzog centers)
• Allendale County – government and schools
• Augusta University
• Bamberg County – government and schools
• Barnwell County: Polly Best Center
• Barnwell County Government
• Barnwell School District 45
• Blackville School District 19
• Williston-Elko School District 29
• Bulloch County – government and schools
• Burke County – government and schools
• Claflin University
• Columbia County – government and schools
• East Georgia State College (all campuses)
• Edgefield County School District (Monday only)
• Emanuel County – government and schools
• Georgia Southern University
• Glascock County – government and schools
• Hampton County – government and schools
• Jefferson County – government and schools
• Jenkins County – government and schools
• Lincoln County Government
• McDuffie County – government and schools
• Orangeburg County – government and schools
• Paine College
• Augusta-Richmond County – government and schools
• Screven County – government and schools
• South Carolina-Aiken
• South Carolina-Salkehatchie (both campuses)
• South Carolina State University
• Taliaferro County – government and schools
• Voorhees College
• Warren County Government
• Wilkes County Government

Note: Government offices in all 159 Georgia counties are closed on Monday and Tuesday under the order of Nathan Deal

Tropical Storm Warning in effect for the whole Aiken Area

 

Hurricane-Irma-update-Barbuda-Saint-Barthelemy-and-Saint-Martin-battered-by-near-200mph-windsA Tropical Storm Warning is now active for all 22 Aiken Area counties. This includes cities such as Aiken; Allendale; Augusta, Ga.; Bamberg; Branchville; Crawfordville, Ga.; Gibson, Ga.; Girard, Ga.; Grovetown, Ga.; Jackson; Lincolnton, Ga.; Louisville, Ga.; Midville, Ga.; Millen; Monetta; Mount Carmel; Orangeburg; Springfield; Statesboro; Swainsboro, Ga.; Sylvania; Thomson, Ga.; Trenton; Washington, Ga.; Warrenton, Ga.; Waynesboro; Williston; and Yemassee.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that sustained winds of 40 mph or greater from a tropical system are expected. High Wind Warnings were issued for the Midlands and Central Georgia for such situations prior to 2016.

Wind speeds in Williston could gust as high as 60 mph throughout the 24-hour period Monday.

The maximum temperature in Williston on Monday is projected to be 64°f. Rainfall is expected to be at 3 to 4 inches from Irma.

Tornados are also a big threat.

The Tropical Storm Warning is active right now in Allendale, Bulloch, Emanuel, Hampton, Jenkins and Screven counties. The Tropical Storm Warning will be active for the remaining 16 local counties beginning at 17:00.

Irma will likely make its second landfall in the Lowcountry. Hurricane conditions expected in Williston and surrounding areas Monday night.

Looks like the absolutely worst possible outcome will come to fruition.

On Monday night, either Bryan, Chatham or Liberty County in Georgia, or Jasper or Beaufort County in South Carolina, will experience Hurricane Irma’s second landfall. From there, the storm is expected to head northwest or north-northwest – cutting into much of the eastern half of the Aiken area. Irma will not be downgraded to a tropical storm until it is north of Asheville, long out of Georgia and South Carolina. Read the rest of this entry »

#Surfacegate: Aiken Area Progressive is no longer recommending any Microsoft or Windows non-phone product

Redmond, Wash. – If you are among the few who have been living under a rock, you should know why this post is happening.

In August, Consumer Reports basically de-recommended all of Microsoft’s non-phone products, saying that almost one in every four Surface computers were returned because of various issues that popped up during the second year, usually right after the warranty ended.

We at Aiken Area Progressive agree with Consumer Reports magazine here.

In fact, we are going to go one step further: Simply do not buy any Windows PCs, Surface PCs or Xbox Ones.

Instead, buy these alternatives: Read the rest of this entry »

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