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March 26, 2014 Storm Clean-up Work May Be Completed by End of April
  Status reports released March 31 indicate an estimated 92% of storm debris has been collected from County roads. The projected completion date of storm cleanup is the end of April.
March 20, 2014 Filing Period Open for Many Positions
  Any candidate seeking a political party’s nomination for any office in the 2014 General Election must file with the appropriate election commission during the upcoming filing period.
March 3, 2014 PRT Looking for Hospitality Grant Applications
  The Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department is inviting local groups to submit grant applications for tourism purposes.
October 21, 2013 2013 Tax Bills Now Due
  Aiken County Treasurer Jason Goings has opened the 2013 tax books for payment of real estate and other annual taxes.
October 18, 2013 Construction of Government Center Passes Another Milestone
  The clock and cupola were installed October 18 on the new Aiken County Government Center as construction passed another significant milestone.
September 13, 2013 Ambulance Service Payments Should Be Sent To County Complex
  Payments for the County's ambulance service should be brought to or mailed to the Collections Division on the second floor of the County Complex.
September 12, 2013 Edgefield Highway (SC 19 North) Corridor Study UPDATED
  The first Steering Committee meeting for studying future improvements to approximately 11 miles of Edgefield Highway (SC 19) between Hampton Avenue in Aiken and the Edgefield County line was held in early October and turned out to be very successful.
September 3, 2013 Online Property & Tax Payments Unavailable TODAY (Saturday, September 14)
  The eGov Services functions offered on this website will be unavailable beginning at 7:00 AM on Saturday, September 14. These Services will again be available no later than Sunday, September 15.
August 30, 2013 Van der Linden new PRT Director
  Mark van der Linden has been selected as Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Director.
July 30, 2013 Forfeited Land Commission Offers Property For Sale
  The Aiken County Forfeited Land Commission offers several parcels of property for sale.
July 8, 2013 Aiken County Historical Museum Announces Latest Exhibit
  The Aiken County Historical Museum is proud to announce its latest exhibit. This exhibit honors our men and women who have served our country. The idea started out to recognize the three marines from North Augusta. They (Ambassador Theodore R. Britton, Jr., Calvin Jones and the late Willine Stewart) were members of the Montford Point Marines of WWII. Brenda Baratto, Assistant Director at the Museum and president of the Heritage Council of North Augusta had featured the veterans at the Heritage Council’s February meeting. What a story!!
June 27, 2013 Hurricane Season is June 1 to November 30
- Are you prepared?
June 26, 2013 Holiday Office Closing
  County offices, landfills, and convenience (recycling) centers will be closed on Monday, January 20, to honor the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Offices and facilities will resume regular schedule on January 21.
June 24, 2013 Sheriff’s Office Plans To Purchase Equipment With 2013 Justice Assistance Grant
June 20, 2013 Forfeited Land Commission Offers Property For Sale
  The Aiken County Forfeited Land Commission will be offering the following properties for sale through sealed bid beginning 8:30 AM June 17 and ending at 5:00 PM EDT June 25. The property is listed by tax parcel number, location, and the minimum bid that will be accepted. Sealed bids for specific property (must list ID number) may be submitted to the Commission at Room 118 of the County Complex or mailed to Aiken County Forfeited Land Commission, PO Box 636, Aiken SC 29802. Bids will be opened at 10:00 AM in the auditorium of the County Council chambers on June 26th. Bid forms may be found on the county’s website at or may be picked up from the ServiceCenter at the County Complex at 828 Richland Ave. W., Aiken, SC. Recording fees will be added to the sale price at closing. Payments must be cash or cashier’s check. Properties not paid for within 72 hours will be offered to the next highest bidder.
June 17, 2013 Dougherty Road Corridor Study Draft Available and Public Meeting Scheduled
May 22, 2013 Tammy Strange Selected As Finance Director
May 15, 2013 Holiday Office Closing
  County offices will be closed Monday, May 27th for the Memorial Day Holiday. Aiken County Landfills and Convenience Centers will also be closed on May 27th. County offices, landfills and Convenience Centers will return to regular schedules on Tuesday, May 28th.
May 10, 2013 Rec Center Swimming Pool To Open June 8
May 10, 2013 Coroner’s Office Plans Pauper Burial Ceremony
April 26, 2013 SC Subcommittee of the ARTS Policy Committee To Hold Meeting May 2
April 4, 2013 Michael Dennis Awarded SC Jail Administrator's Association Correctional Officer of the Year
March 27, 2013 County Council District 6 Unofficial Results
March 25, 2013 Holiday Office Closing
  County offices will be closed for Good Friday on Friday, March 29th. Barden landfill and Convenience Centers will also be closed on Good Friday but will reopen on Saturday, March 30th at normal hours.
March 20, 2013 Emergency Services Department Awarded Emergency Management Agency of the Year
March 14, 2013 Ruth Gordy Awarded SC PRIMA Risk Professional of the Year
March 4, 2013 County Breaks Ground for New Animal Shelter
February 27, 2013 Spring Conservation and Recycling Day Event in Aiken - Sat. March 2, 2013
February 19, 2013 Aiken County Recreation Center Holding
KIDS Yard Sale
  Aiken County Recreation Center will hold its first Community-Wide KIDS Yard Sale on Saturday, March 9 from 7 am to 12 noon (Rain Date Saturday, March 23).

The public will have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to sell various items that relate to KIDS.  $5/table or space.  Please RSVP by Thursday, March 7.

The Aiken County Recreation Center is located at 917 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville, SC.  For more information or to reserve a table, please contact Tandra Cooks at (803) 663-6142.

February 15, 2013 Aiken County Historical Museum to Host Aiken Hickory Classic Golf Tournament
February 11, 2013 Aiken Environmental Health Office Has Moved To New Location
February 4, 2013 SC Subcommittee of the ARTS Policy Committee – 1st Quarterly Meeting
January 18, 2013 Holiday Office Closing
  County offices, Landfills, and Convenience Centers will be closed on Monday, January 21st for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
January 9, 2013 Historical Museum to Host "Music's Many Moods" Piano Recital
January 7, 2013 New Voter Photo ID Requirements
January 4, 2013 Historical Museum Announces Lecture Series
January 2, 2013 Available for Free Download -
2013 Edition Of The Aiken County Official Map Atlas
December 17, 2012 Holiday Office Closings
December 3, 2012 $113,671.61 In Child Support Processed After Thanksgiving Holidays
December 3, 2012 Weapons found at Judicial Center
November 27, 2012 Dougherty Road Corridor Study Survey
November 27, 2012 Historical Museum Has Your Perfect
Aiken County Gifts
November 21, 2012 November Vehicle Bills Barcoding Error
November 14, 2012 Joint Study Begins For Dougherty Road Improvements
  Aiken County Planning & Development Department and the City of Aiken have jointly kicked off a study to improve Dougherty Road (S-419). A one-mile road that presents big challenges, Dougherty connects two major highways (Whiskey Road and Silver Bluff Road), has a narrow 60-foot right-of-way, and is lined with several small businesses and homes. This road is already estimated to be at 94% of its design capacity, and traffic is expected to increase as Aiken continues to grow.
November 14, 2012 Thanksgiving Holiday Office Closing
November 8, 2012 General Election Results
November 8, 2012 Real Property Tax Bills Have Been Mailed
November 6, 2012 Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum Sponsoring Gingerbread Contest
November 5, 2012 Write-In Votes Still Being Tallied
November 2, 2012 Treasurer Accepting 2012 Tax Payments
November 1, 2012 EMS Payments Still Made At Collections, 828 Richland Ave. W
October 30, 2012 Woofstock Mutts and Music Festival Planned for November 10
October 17, 2012 Public Input Session Planned for Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Master Plan Discussion
October 16, 2012 Absentee Voting Hours and Locations
October 12, 2012 2012 General Election Sample Ballots and Polling Locations
September 25, 2012 Reminder: October 6 is the deadline to register to vote in November General Election
September 13, 2012 Court Case Public Index Web Address Change
  The Court Case Public Index web address has changed. If you have the old address bookmarked, you will receive "server not found". Please update your bookmarked address with the new web address:
September 12, 2012 Register for the Mutt Strut and Help Raise Money for Homeless Pets
September 12, 2012 Planning and Development Makes Flood Maps and Profiles Available
  Flood hazard maps, or "Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs)" are used to determine the flood risk to your home or business. These maps are important tools in the effort to protect structures in Aiken County as they indicate the risk for flooding throughout Aiken County.

Planning and Development has made the Flood Maps and Profiles available online. View the maps here.

September 11, 2012 Calls Probably Not Coming From County Government
September 7, 2012 Delinquent Tax Sale To Be Held November 5
August 31, 2012 Help Our Youth Learn from Their Mistakes
Become a Juvenile Arbitration Volunteer
  In less than an hour, you could change the future of a child. It wouldn’t cost you a dime, and you could do this for as many children as you want.
August 31, 2012 Labor Day Holiday Office Closing
  County offices will be closed on Monday, September 3rd for the Labor Day holiday. Also, Aiken County Landfills and Convenience Centers will be closed on September 3rd. County offices, landfills and Convenience Centers will return to regular schedules on Tuesday, September 4th.
August 30, 2012 Historical Museum To Host 3rd Annual Ladies-Only Hickory Shafted Golf Tournament
August 23, 2012 Volunteer at the Animal Shelter: Get Involved
  Do you love working with animals? Caring for cats? Walking dogs? Interacting with the public?  The Aiken County Animal Shelter and FOTAS (Friends of the Aiken County Animal Shelter) would love you have you on our team of volunteers!  Our volunteers are our most important asset and they help save the lives of thousands of animals each year by assisting in the direct care of animals, fundraising, reaching out to the community and fostering animals in their homes.  
August 20, 2012 County Breaks Ground For New Government Center
August 20, 2012 Woofstock Mutts and Music Festival Planned for November 10, 2012
August 14, 2012 Health Department Has Moved To New Location
  The Health Department has opened at its new location, 222 Beaufort Street NE. If you have questions please call 803-642-7543.
August 1, 2012 Ground Breaking For New Government Center Announced
  Aiken County Council will break ground for the new Aiken County Government Center on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM at the site, 1928 University Parkway, Aiken. The target completion date for the new Government Center is early 2014.
July 27, 2012 Beware Misleading Letter For Deed Retrieval Service
July 25, 2012 Aiken County Fall 5K Series Kicks Off Its Third Year With Some Big Changes
July 19, 2012 Tommy Thompson, Sr. Selected as New Emergency Services Director
June 29, 2012 New Political Map Viewer Available
June 29, 2012 Health Department Moving To New Location
June 26, 2012 Aiken County HAZMAT Team is Recruiting Members
June 25, 2012 Independence Day Holiday Office Closing
  County offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th for the Independence Day holiday. Also, Aiken County Landfills and Convenience Centers will be closed on July 4th. County offices, landfills and Convenience Centers will return to regular schedules on July 5th.
June 8, 2012 Aiken County Recreation Center Now Open After Remodeling
June 5, 2012 2012 Primary Sample Ballots
May 31, 2012 Andrew Merriman Named New Assistant County Administrator
May 25, 2012 Hurricane Season is June 1 to November 30
- Are you prepared?
May 21, 2012 Available for Free Download -
2012 Edition Of The Aiken County Official Map Atlas
May 16, 2012 Coroner's Office Plans Pauper Burial
  Six deceased Aiken County residents whose bodies have gone unclaimed or funds were not available, will be laid to rest on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM at the Calvary Cemetery on Gregg Highway as part of a pauper burial.

Friends and family of the deceased who could be found were notified, but some had no one to claim them.
May 16, 2012 Holiday Office Closing
  County offices will be closed Monday, May 27th for the Memorial Day Holiday. All Convenience Centers and Barden landfill will also be closed on Monday, May 27th. They will return to regular schedule on Tuesday, May 28th.
April 30, 2012 Photo Contest Open For Entries
  Aiken County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism wants your best Aiken County photograph! Photographs will be judged and the winning entries will be used for a 2013 Aiken County Calendar. An art show and unveiling will be held in October to showcase the winners.
April 27, 2012 Historical Museum Hosting Piano Recital
  Miss Helga Hulse will be performing a piano recital at the Aiken County Historical Museum on Sunday, May 6th, at 4:00 p.m. Miss Helga, who taught pupils with challenging and troubled backgrounds for many years, recently moved to Aiken where she now has the joy to play for her own pleasure and that of others.
April 12, 2012 Reminder: May 12 is deadline to register to vote in June 12 Primary
  Reminder: May 12 is the deadline to register to vote in the June 12 Primary. For more information on registering to vote, visit the SC Voter Registration page.

For more information, download the list of Polling Places.
April 11, 2012 2012 Justice Assistance Grant Notice
  The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office plans to purchase the following equipment with funding from the 2012 Justice Assistance Grant.
April 11, 2012 Historical Museum Announces
Civil War Lecture Series
  The 2012 Civil War Lecture Series will return on Tuesday, April 17th and run on concurrent Tuesdays through May 8th at the Aiken County Historical Museum, located at 433 Newberry St., SW in Aiken.  The Series will begin at 10:30 a.m.  The cost is $5.00 per person/per lecture. 
April 9, 2012 Home Brew's 2012 Entry Deadline Extended to Monday, April 16th
March 26, 2012 County Office Closing
  Aiken County Government offices will be closed Friday, April 6 for the Good Friday Holiday. Convenience Centers and the landfill will also be closed Friday, April 6.
March 13, 2012 Sheriff's Office Holding A Sealed Bid Sale of Seized Equipment - Vehicles
  Public viewing will be held at the Sheriff’s Office, 420 Hampton Avenue, Aiken on, Tuesday, March 27, 2012 from 9am-Noon;  All Equipment will be sold as is.

Sealed bids are to be submitted to: Aiken County Sheriff’s Office,
Attn:  Tammy Blackshire; 420 Hampton Avenue, NE, Aiken, SC  29801 by 9 am, March 30, 2012.  Envelopes are to be marked Sealed Equipment Bid #3-12.  Bids will be opened at the Sheriff’s Office at 10:00 am, on March 30, 2012.
March 13, 2012 Sheriff's Office Holding A Sealed Bid Sale of Seized Equipment - Mobile Home
  Public viewing will be held at 155 Kip Road, North Augusta, on Monday, March 26, 2012 from 9am-Noon; Equipment will be sold as is.
March 12, 2012 Aiken County Website Wins 2012 Sunny Award

The Aiken County Government website has won a 2012 "Sunny Award" from the non-profit Sunshine Review organization. The Sunny Award is presented by the Editors of Sunshine Review to honor the most transparent government websites in America. These websites have scored an "A" transparency grade on Sunshine Review's Transparency Checklist. Since beginning the Sunny Awards in 2010, Sunshine Review has given 365 Sunny Awards to local and state governments.

March 6, 2012 Final Public Meeting for the Aiken County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

(Draft Recommendations To Be Unveiled!)

February 3, 2012 Notice of Submission to Attorney General
Aiken County 2012 Redistricting Plan
  Election district boundaries for members of Aiken County Council are being adjusted as a result of population increases and shifts in the county reflected in the 2010 census.  Redistricting is required by South Carolina law.  County Council adopted a plan for the redistricting on January 17, 2012.
January 23, 2012 Reminder - All Businesses Must Register With The Tax Collector's Office Each Year
January 21, 2012 Republican Primary Results

(Official Results)


January 12, 2012 Planning and Development Now Accepting Credit Card Payments For Fees
January 4, 2012 Final Public Meeting for US 1 / US78 Corridor Study Scheduled for January 19
  Aiken County Planning and Development Department is completing the US 1/ US 78 corridor study between the Savannah River and Highway SC 118 (Hitchcock Parkway/ Robert M. Bell Parkway). During the past year, the study team has evaluated many aspects of the corridor including land use, traffic operations, crash history, access management, environmental issues, and pedestrian/bicycle facilities. A final public meeting has been scheduled to present and receive comments on the study recommendations. 
January 3, 2012 Maps Showing Proposed New Council Districts
December 9, 2011 Republican Presidential Preference Primary Voting Information
December 7, 2011 Historical Museum Announces 2012 Lecture Series
  The annual Friends of the Museum Lecture Series entitled,   "History of Aiken--A Beautiful Story," is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. and continue for the next four consecutive Tuesdays ending on February 14, 2012.  All sessions will be presented at the Aiken County Historical Museum.
November 30, 2011 Noise Permit Application Available Online
  Individuals and organizations who desire to hold special events that would require an exception to the time limitations placed on certain activities by the Noise Restriction provisions of the Aiken County Nuisance Ordinance can now apply for a Noise Permit online.
November 22, 2011 Sign Up for Property Notifications
November 21, 2011 E-Waste Recycling Now Offered at 6 Convenience Centers
  Aiken County Solid Waste is pleased to announce that electronic e-waste will be accepted at the following convenience centers in Aiken County for recycling:
November 17, 2011 Holiday Office Closing
  County offices will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

2011 Holiday Landfill and Convenience Center Operation Schedule
November 14, 2011 GIS Mapping Website Now In Beta Version
  A beta version of the new GIS Mapping website is now operational. The site is still an “Under Development” type of site and will continue to change in the weeks ahead and could be off line from time to time to make some of the changes. Please let us know what you think as you use the new site.

E- mail:
November 14, 2011 Aiken County PRT is looking for volunteers to help with some exciting new projects!
November 4, 2011 Real Property Tax Bills Have Been Mailed
October 27, 2011 Aiken County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism To Host Wild Game Cook-Off
October 7, 2011 Historical Museum to Host Aiken County Antique Road Show
  The Aiken County Historical Museum will once again host an Aiken County Antique Road Show on Saturday, October 15th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  As we have done in the past, we will have a panel of experts available to inform you about the history and “ballpark” value of the curious item(s) you possess.  Is it the special treasure that will pay for your child’s (or grandchild’s) college education or is it more like the value of a “Happy Meal”?
October 4, 2011 Historical Museum To Host 2nd Annual Ladies-Only Hickory Shafted Golf Tournament
October 3, 2011 Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum Sponsoring Gingerbread Contest
  The Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum will be sponsoring an Aiken County Historic Gingerbread Contest from December 8th-11th at the Museum.  Entries must be featured after an Aiken County historic home and/or site.  Download a registration form here.
September 30, 2011 Victim/Witness Assistance Office Recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  The Solicitor’s Victim/Witness Assistance Program is among many organizations recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

  • Domestic Violence affects people of all ages, races, nationalities, religions, and economic levels.
  • A woman is beaten every 15 seconds.  One out of every 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.    The most dangerous place for a woman is her home.
  • 3 million children are exposed to domestic violence in their homes each year.
  • In Aiken County, during the Month of July 2011, five women were murdered during domestic violence incidents in the presence of four children.
September 27, 2011 Historical Museum to Host Chopin Piano Recital
  The Aiken County Historical Museum will present "Just Chopin" featuring Robert Gerstenberg, Classical Pianist, on Sunday, October 2nd at 3:00 p.m.
September 27, 2011 Bike Walk the Augusta-Aiken Region!
Join in Public Workshops October 3rd and 4th
September 26, 2011 eGov Subscription Service Now Available At No Charge
  The eGov subscription service, including property record search by name, comparable sales, and RMC documents, is now available at no charge. For more information, or to use eGov Public Access or to subscribe to eGov, please read the disclaimer and follow the instructions here.
September 21, 2011 Heritage Council of North Augusta invites you to a showing of "Horse Creek Valley"
September 21, 2011 Bridgestone Announces Largest Investment
in SC History
September 8, 2011 Are You Searching for Property Information?
  Some of our eGov property information is available online without a subscription.  For example, you can search real property information by address and parcel number without a subscription.  If you wish to search by name, however, a subscription would be required.  For more information about what is freely available on the eGov website without a subscription click here.
September 2, 2011 New Ellenton Magistrate Office Has Moved
  As of September 12, the New Ellenton Magistrate Office has moved to the Jackson Magistrate location, 227 Gateway Drive, Suite 133, Aiken SC 29803.
August 31, 2011 Aiken County 2010 Reassessment
Questions & Answers
August 26, 2011 Aiken County Public Library Begins New Operating Schedule on September 6
  The Aiken County Public Library, member of the Aiken-Bamberg-Barnwell-Edgefield Regional Library System, will alter its hours of operation beginning September 6.
August 26, 2011 Museum Announces Civil War Lecture Series
August 25, 2011 Groundbreaking Ceremonies Held for New Ellenton and Wagener Branch Libraries
  County council members, local and state dignitaries, and library patrons were among the citizens who gathered for groundbreaking ceremonies at library building sites on Sunday, August 21.
August 22, 2011 Got Old, Broken, or Unused Electronic Equipment?
Don’t trash it! Recycle it!
  Aiken County Solid Waste is offering residents the opportunity to dispose of their broken computers and other electronic goods on Saturday, September 17 from 9am - 12pm at 163 Earle Street S. in Wagener. This is a free event.

They may include such items as computers, monitors, hard drives, scanners, printers, televisions, fax machines, computer cables, phones, video games other goods. Download the E-waste recycling event flyer.

For more information, call Aiken County Solid Waste at 803-642-1533.
August 22, 2011 US 1 / US 78 Public Meeting Announcement - Meeting Rescheduled
  Aiken County Planning and Development Department is studying the US 1/ US 78 corridor between the Savannah River and Highway SC 118 (Hitchcock Parkway/ Robert M. Bell Parkway).
August 18, 2011 Poll Workers Needed
August 5, 2011 Ground Breaking Planned for Two Aiken County Branch Libraries
  The public is invited to join the Aiken County Council and the Town of Wagener as they break ground for the new Nancy Bonnette Branch Library on Sunday, August 21 beginning at 2:00 PM at the new library site, 204 Park Street NE, Wagener. The ground breaking for the New Ellenton Branch Library will be on Sunday, August 21 at 4:30 PM at 200 Main Street, New Ellenton. The New Ellenton Branch Library is being constructed on a site adjacent to New Ellenton Town Hall.
July 29, 2011 Understanding your 2010
Property Reassessment Notice
  On Thursday, July 28, the Aiken County Assessor’s Office mailed out approximately 101,000 real property notices to implement a required, countywide real property reassessment. Below are some facts about reassessment. More information is also available in our Property Reassessment Guide.
June 29, 2011 Sheriff's Office plans to purchase mobile data terminals for patrol vehicles
  The Aiken County Sheriff's Office plans to purchase the following equipment with funding from the 2011 Justice Assistance Grant.
June 29, 2011 M. Anderson Griffith Appointed Master-In-Equity
  M. Anderson Griffith has been appointed as the Aiken County Master-in-Equity, filling the position held for twenty-five years by Robert A. Smoak, who retired on June 10, 2011. Mr. Griffith was in private practice in Aiken County from 1988-2011. Mr. Griffith's appointment, announced by Gov. Nikki Haley, will run through June 30, 2013.
June 23, 2011 Council Approves New Complex Design
  The exterior design of the new Complex has been approved by County Council after endorsement by the public review committee. The design features a clock tower cupola, stately columns, a ground-level entrance and two curving stairways leading up to an upper-level entrance.
June 22, 2011 Reminder - The Deadline to Register
a Business is July 1
  According to County Ordinance No. 06-10-31, all Businesses are to be registered with the Tax Collector's Office no later than July 1st of each year. 
June 13, 2011 Darryl Ables Named Deputy Coroner of the Year
  Chief Deputy Coroner Darryl Ables of the Aiken County Coroner's Office was selected Deputy Coroner of the Year for the state of South Carolina. He received this award on June 8, 2011 at the Annual Coroner's Training Conference in Pawleys Island SC. Darryl distinguished himself from over 200 other Deputy Coroners in the state.
June 7, 2011 Woofstock "Mutts & Music" Festival Will Benefit Aiken County Animal Shelter
  The Friends of the Aiken County Animal Shelter (FOTAS) is planning the Woofstock "Mutts & Music" Festival for Saturday, June 18th at the Highfields Event Center (198 Gaston Rd) in Aiken. The all-day festival with be complete with dog show classes, live music, food vendors, and more. The Aiken Bloodhound Tracking Team will be on hand as well as Aiken Pet Fitness & Rehabilitation. Onsite pet adoptions will also be available. The dog show includes Best Toy Trick, Macho Mutt, Mighty Midget, Owner Look-a-likes, Best Lotsa Spots and Original Costume. Class registration starts at 9 a.m. and the show starts at 11 a.m.
June 6, 2011 Film Explores the Rich and Complex History of Horse Creek Valley
  The Aiken County Historical Museum and Storyline Media have recently completed a broadcast-length documentary film tracing the history of Horse Creek Valley.  The area stretches roughly from the headwaters of Horse Creek at the Edgefield County line to the Savannah River and from the city of Aiken to the town of North Augusta, SC.  A gala premier of Horse Creek Valley:  A Tale Worth the Telling will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 9th, at the Museum.  The event will be a fundraiser for the Museum and refreshments will be served.  The cost is $40 per person or $55 for a couple (with the DVD included).
June 2, 2011 Aiken County Partners with GovDeals
to Auction Surplus
  Throughout the year, the County will be auctioning various items at GovDeals, an online auction service that allows government agencies to offer surplus or salvaged items to the public. Bidders can register free of charge at GovDeals, and once registered can bid on any items listed. All items are sold "as is", include no warranty, and all sales are final.
June 1, 2011 Hurricane Season is June 1 to November 30
- Are you prepared?
May 19, 2011 Smart 911 - Are You Ready For Emergencies? 
  Aiken County residents can now sign up for a free service called Smart 911 that provides vital information to emergency responders when you call 911. Smart 911 is a free service that allows residents to provide critical information, such as emergency contacts, children's photos or medical conditions, on a secure website for access by emergency responders.
May 18, 2011 Design of New Complex Progressing
  The design of the County’s new main administrative complex continues to progress. During the week of May 16, County Council and the citizens advisory committee reviewed three concepts for the exterior look of this major facility. The design shown below appeared to have the most desirable features. The final design will probably be somewhat different from this design, as this effort moves forward.
May 11, 2011 Homebrew Video Competition Winners Announced
  The Awards Presentation and Screening was held at the Aiken Center for the Arts on April 28.  With five submitted entries, we were able to format the awards and screening program to have a feel of the Inside Actors Studio.  Our moderator for the evening was the Honorable Bill Taylor (local S.C. House of Representatives).  Representative Taylor interviewed each participant with a question or two regarding the submitted short prior to screening the piece to the audience.  After viewing the short, Representative Taylor ask the panel of judges to comment or remark on piece and questions were also taken from the audience.  In using this informal interview format, the participants were able to express, on and individual basis to the audience, their inspirations, motivations, interests in the genre chosen, and future aspirations.
May 10, 2011 Aiken County Visitor Center Hosting Book Signing
  "The Secret Child" book signing by Marti Healy will take place on May 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Aiken County Visitor Center.  Healy is a well known author and columnist residing in Aiken, SC.  Other books by Healy available in the Aiken County Visitor Center's Gift Shop are the novel "The Rhythm of Selby," based on her experiences upon moving to Aiken (interweaving a light fictional mystery throughout it) and "The God Dog Connection," a collection of faith-based, animal-oriented vignettes.
May 6, 2011 SCARE Seeking Entries for T-Shirt Design Contest
  The South Carolina Association of Registration and Election Officials (SCARE) is seeking entries to their T-shirt design contest. The contest is open to all participants. The winning entry will receive a $50 cash award and their design will be used for this year's SCARE conference T-shirts. For more information, visit
May 5, 2011 Coroner's Office Plans Pauper Burial
  Five deceased Aiken County men and one woman whose bodies have gone unclaimed will be laid to rest on June 3, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Calvary Cemetery on Gregg Highway. If you need any further information you may contact the Aiken County Coroner's Office at 803-642-1740.

The Coroner's Office has made every effort to contact their families, but some didn't have the financial resources to properly bury an extended family member and some couldn't be found.
May 3, 2011 Leadership Aiken County Planning a "Stuff the Bus to Stop Hunger" Event
April 14, 2011 Aiken County Government wins 2010 Stanley A. Quarles Memorial Community Spirit Award
April 13, 2011 Law Enforcement Officers Participate in Events to Benefit Special Olympics
April 13, 2011 Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum unveils new website
April 6, 2011 Events Set for National Crime Victims' Rights Week (April 10 - 16)
April 1, 2011 Members of Community Invited to Public Planning and Design Charrette for the US 1/78 Corridor Study
  Members of the community interested in the future of the US 1/ US 78 corridor (Aiken-Augusta Hwy) are invited to stop by the design studio during the week of April 18th at Aiken Technical College. 
March 24, 2011 Storm Water Credit Listing Has Been Updated
March 16, 2011 Share Your Ideas and Concerns at Meeting to Discuss US 1/78 Corridor Study
  Aiken County Planning and Development Department has initiated efforts to study the US 1/ US 78 corridor between the Savannah River (GA/SC State line) and SC 118 (Hitchcock Parkway). Managing the projected growth along the existing US 1/US 78 four-lane facility requires an integrated approach that identifies land use, safety, traffic flow & capacity, aesthetics, and access management improvements and supports viable multimodal transportation options.
March 10, 2011 Build-A-Box Workshop to be held at Boyd Pond Park
March 9, 2011 Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Hosting Trash or Treasure Appraisal Fair
March 9, 2011 Report Vehicle Property Tax Evaders
  The Out of State / Expired Vehicle Tag Reporting Program enables citizens to report vehicle owners that may be evading personal property tax laws. If you suspect that a vehicle owner is evading personal property tax, use this system to report this information to the Auditor's office. This system can be used to report possible tax evader tips and to check on the status of previous reports. You are not required to enter any personal information to use this system. Both expired SC tags and out of state tags may be reported using this form.
March 7, 2011 Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Announces Video Competition
  Are you an aspiring videographer? Check out Aiken County PRT's HomeBrew Competition.
February 24, 2011 Citizens Advisory Committee Formed to Advise Council on Design Issues
  An 18-member ad hoc citizen’s advisory committee has been formed to advise Aiken County Council on design issues concerning the new County Complex and provide a mechanism for public input. The committee will meet Monday, February 28 at 6pm in the Council Building auditorium to review questions that surfaced during the six public input sessions and review notes from architectural firm McMillan Pazdan Smith. The meeting is open to the public.

The following committee members were appointed:

Todd Etheredge, Ed Giobbe, Hubert Fox, Bob Salley, Tony Sealy, Camille Furgiuele, Carlus Kight, Louise Green, Gene Fox, Hap Greenway, Diane Giddings, David Loper, W J Callaham, Buddy Turner, Rick Osbon, Kathy Pate, Clifton Key, and William McGhee.
February 21, 2011 Historical Museum Moves Gift Shop & Creates New Room for Maps and Documents
  The Aiken County Historical Museum has rearranged its floor plan to create a new room for maps and documents.
February 4, 2011 Additional Public Input Sessions Scheduled to Discuss New County Complex
January 20, 2011 Aiken County Launches New Web Page Featuring Sales Tax Projects
  Aiken County has unveiled a new web page dedicated to keeping citizens informed about the progress of road construction projects and other improvement projects being funded as a direct result of the one-cent local option sales tax. The web page features user-friendly interactive maps describing each project, their status, and final cost.

January 18, 2011 Aiken County Recreation Center Master Plan Meeting Scheduled for Jan. 20

Aiken County has hired an architectural firm from Columbia, LS3P, to perform in-depth research into the needs of the community and the county and develop a Master Plan for the future development of the Aiken County Recreation Center.

December 16, 2010 Historical Museum Has Your Perfect "Aiken County" Gifts
  Looking for the perfect "Aiken County" gifts?  Of course you are!  The Aiken County Historical Museum Gift Shop has everything you are looking for, and, every purchase helps support the Museum (plus there is no sales tax!!!).  Come visit the store and find your Aiken County gift or one with South Carolina ties.  We have Aiken hats and bags, Christmas cards, pins, local jams, salsa, pottery AND chocolates!  DVDs and CDs that depict Aiken County history plus books galore on every facet of local history and regional interest.  Please support our local artists who feature their products at the Museum Store.
December 14, 2010 Request for Qualifications Issued for ARTS Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

The Augusta Richmond County Planning Commission in partnership with Aiken County Planning and Development has issued a Request For Qualifications (RFQ) for the Augusta Regional Transportation Study (ARTS) area Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update. Parties interested in submitting their qualifications should review the complete RFQ document for the required submittal information and deadline.

December 10, 2010 Museum Announces 2011 Friends of the Museum Lecture Series

The 2011 Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum Lecture Series, "Snapshots of Aiken County," begins on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, and continues for the following four Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at Banksia. The lecture series fee for current members (and spouses) of the Friends is $25 and $30 for non-members (includes a one-year membership). All proceeds will be used for Museum projects.

December 9, 2010 Holiday Operating Schedule for Convenience Centers and Barden Landfill

Aiken County’s Solid Waste operations will observe the following schedule changes during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays:

November 16, 2010 Sign Up to Receive Emergency Notifications

Aiken County Emergency Management has announced the new CodeRED Emergency Notification System. Sign up to receive severe weather related warnings and other important warnings.

November 1, 2010 Thursday / Friday Tours to Resume at Historical Museum
  The Thursday/Friday tours are back at the Aiken County Historical Museum starting November 18th & 19th!
October 1, 2010 Historical Museum To Host Ladies-Only Hickory Shafted Golf Tournament

On Saturday, November 6th Aiken will be the site of a special, one-of-a-kind in the world event!  An exclusive LADIES ONLY hickory-shafted golf tournament.  Not since the introduction of the metal-shafted golf club has there been such an event.  It will be held at the Aiken Golf Club, the 1st golf course to have ladies tees built in (designed by the great Donald Ross). What a natural fit!  What a special event!  Be part of this inaugural event!

Join us for this event.  Call the Aiken County Historical Museum at 803-642-2015 for more information.

September 24, 2010 Delinquent Tax Sale To Be Held November 1

The delinquent tax sale auction will be held November 1 at the County Council Building (736 Richland Ave. W, Aiken). The sale will start at 10 am and end at 4 pm. Anyone interested in bidding on property should register with the Delinquent Tax Collector’s office beginning October 1. A listing of properties being offered will be available on a printed listing as of October 1 for a cost of $25.00.

For more information and bidding instructions, please download the delinquent tax sale information and instruction sheet.

September 22, 2010 Aiken County PRT BirdCaching program recognized by South Carolina Recreation and Park Association

On Sunday, September 12, the Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department was honored by the Recreation Arts and Programming Branch of the South Carolina Recreation and Park Association.  The Birdcaching program at Boyd Pond Park was awarded the Innovative Programming Award for 2010.  The program was developed and implemented by Vincent DiPietro, the Park Supervisor at Boyd Pond Park.  Vincent has been with Aiken County PRT for almost 3 years and prior to that served the National Park Service at Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty National Monument at Liberty Island for 16 years.

September 14, 2010 Print Vehicle and Real Property Tax Receipts
  Vehicle and Real Property Tax Receipt inquiry and printing is now available on our website.  Real Property receipts are available from 1991 to present, and vehicle receipts are available from 1994 to present.  Receipts are searchable by owner-name, receipt number, or property number. 
September 13, 2010 Help Our Youth Learn from Their Mistakes
Become a Juvenile Arbitration Volunteer
  In less than an hour, you could change the future of a child. It wouldn’t cost you a dime, and you could do this for as many children as you want.
September 9, 2010 Historical Museum to Host Chopin Piano Recital

In celebration of Aiken’s 175th Birthday and Frederic Chopin’s 200th Birthday, pianist Robert Gerstenberg will present an all-Chopin piano recital on Sunday, September 26th, at 3:00 p.m. at the Aiken County Historical Museum. The Museum is located at 433 Newberry St., SW in Aiken. Tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased at the door. All proceeds go to the Museum.

For more information, please call the Museum at 803-642-2015.

September 2, 2010 Aiken County PRT releases first four dates for the Starlight Cinema
  After much anticipation, the staff of the Aiken County PRT department has released the first four dates for their newest program, the Starlight Cinema.  The Starlight cinema is a portable outdoor movie system that was recently purchased from Open Air Cinema of Lindon, Utah.  "Don't be mislead when you hear the term 'portable' because this screen is pretty massive and the sound quality is impressive" says Brad Barnes, Aiken County PRT's Director.
September 2, 2010 November General Election Ballot

Registration & Elections has posted the November General Election Ballot.

Reminder: October 2 is the deadline to register to vote in the November General Election. For more information, visit the SC Voter Registration page.

September 2, 2010 Aiken County Launches New Mobile Website for Smartphones
  Aiken County has launched a new mobile website, which makes it easier to access Aiken County Government information and resources on a smartphone. Simply visit with your smartphone and you will be automatically redirected to the optimized site.
August 18, 2010 New Ellenton Magistrate's Office Temporarily Relocated to Aiken Magistrate's Office
  The New Ellenton Magistrate's Office has been temporarily relocated to the Aiken Magistrate's Office at 1680 Richland Avenue West in Aiken.
August 16, 2010 Project List Released for Local Sales Tax Renewal
August 3, 2010 Baseball comes to the Historical Museum

The "Georgia Peach" will be at the Aiken County Historical Museum on Sunday, August 8th, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. The Hall of Fame Detroit "Ty-ger" will be here to regale you about a storied career. The hour-long performance entitled "The Greatest Player That Ever Played the Game," (Ty never was very shy) will be in the "Ball" Room of the Museum.

August 3, 2010 Graniteville Recreation Center Pool now OPEN

The Aiken County PRT staff has finished the repairs that were required to open the pool at the Graniteville Recreation Center. A representative from DHEC performed an inspection Tuesday morning, August 3 and the pool opened to the public after a rainstorm passed through town, just past 3 p.m.

August 2, 2010 Boards & Commission Meeting Minutes Added To Online Archive

The following County boards & commission meeting minutes have been added to the online archive: Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee, Animal Control Advisory Committee, Election Commission, Historical Commission, and Recreation Commission. New minutes will be added on an ongoing basis.

View the Board & Commission Meeting Minute Database

July 9, 2010 Solicitor's Victim-Witness Assistance Program Office Creates Children’s Corner
  The Solicitor's Victim-Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) office has added a “Children’s Corner”, a cheerfully decorated, child-friendly area where children are invited to play while they or their parents await assistance in the VWAP office. With donations from The Women of Woodside, the Victim-Witness Assistance Office was able to purchase items needed to create the Children’s Corner. “This was our way of providing a small measure of comfort to children who have suffered losses as the result of a crime”, explains Angela Key, Victim/Witness Coordinator. For additional information, please call Carla Deering or Felicia Mims at 803-642-1557 ext. 351.
July 9, 2010 FOTAS Provides Shelter Cats with a Better Home
May 27, 2010 Aiken County PRT offers innovative program with Run Till Fall 5K Race Series
  The Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department offers residents from across the county the opportunity to participate in a recreational 5K racing series beginning June 12.
May 19, 2010 ServiceCenter Now Helping Citizens
May 6, 2010 Coroner's Office Plans Pauper Burial
  Ten deceased Aiken County men and woman whose bodies have gone unclaimed will be laid to rest on Friday May 28, 2010 at 9:30 AM at the Calvary Cemetery on Gregg Highway as part of a pauper burial.
April 26, 2010 Aiken County Website Receives Sunny Award

The Aiken County Government website has won a 2010 "Sunny Award" from the non-profit Sunshine Review organization. The Sunny Award is presented by the Editors of Sunshine Review to honor the most transparent government websites in America. These websites have scored an “A” transparency grade on Sunshine Review’s Transparency Checklist. This year, only one percent of the 5,000 government websites ranked by Sunshine Review earned a Sunny Award.

April 7, 2010 Online Document Archive Makes Meeting Minutes, Agendas, Resolutions, and More Conveniently Available
  In an effort to increase efficiency and improve services for residents, Aiken County has made an online document archive available which contains documents such as Council Minutes, County Resolutions & Ordinances, Planning Commission Minutes, and Financial Reports.
March 23, 2010 Transportation Survey

The Aiken County Planning & Development Office, which serves as the Augusta Regional Transportation Study Metropolitan Planning Organization (ARTS MPO) for the S.C. side, is in the process of helping the Augusta-Richmond County Planning Commission develop the 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan. Your comments matter. Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey. (The ARTS study area includes portions of Aiken and Edgefield Counties.)

Augusta Regional Transportation Survey (ARTS)

For more information please contact Marya Moultrie at Augusta-Richmond Planning Commission 706.821.1796 ( or Wilbur Smith Associates project manager, Jeff Carroll at 803.251.2189 (

March 3, 2010 Master-In-Equity Provides New Judicial Sale Listing Page
March 1, 2010 New Business Registration Form Makes Registering Easier
March 1, 2010 Aiken County's Emergency Management Division Now Using Twitter & Facebook

Disaster relief and emergency management agencies at all levels of government are beginning to use social media to communicate emergency management related information to citizens. Aiken County Emergency Management will also utilize this technology to help citizens prepare for emergencies.

February 23, 2010 Aiken County Receives CAFR Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting
  The Government Finance Officers Association has awarded Aiken County with the 2008 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This certificate is awarded to state and local governments whose reports achieve the highest standards in accounting and financial reporting. More than 3,500 governments participate in the program each year.
February 10, 2010 Aiken County Honors Retirees with Annual Retirement Reception
  Fun was had by all on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at the annual County Council Employee Retirement Reception. The reception was held at Newberry Hall in Aiken where retirees, guests, county council members, administrative staff and department heads were in attendance.
January 6, 2010 Lawrence Brown Hired as County Attorney
January 4, 2010 Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum Hosts 2010 Lecture Series

The Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum 2010 Lecture Series: "‘Aiken County History '101' - The Many Facets of Aiken"’ starts on Tuesday, January 19th and continues for the following four Tuesdays, at 10:30 am at the Aiken County Historical Museum. The five one-hour lectures will provide a look into Aiken County’s past - distant to recent.

December 17, 2009 2010 Historical Museum Events
December 14, 2009 At Your Request System Offers Citizens Convenience When Requesting Services

To expedite requests for County services, we have instituted a citizen request feature on our website. This service, called the At Your Request System, allows you to create and submit online requests, such as a pot hole in the street or a dead animal pickup.

Request Services

December 1, 2009 County Convenience Center Holiday Schedule
November 7, 2009 Vehicle Tax History Search Is Available on eGov
November 1, 2009 Help the Aiken County Animal Shelter by Joining FOTAS
November 1, 2009 County Creates Transparency By Posting Financial Transactions Online

With Aiken County's ongoing commitment to creating open government and transparency, we are providing citizens with information regarding County financial transactions. Various financial reports are now available on our website on our Financial Reporting page.

October 5, 2009 Voter Registration Receives Ballot Call Devices to Assist Voters with Disabilities

In conjunction with the State Election Commission, the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), and the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Aiken County Registration & Elections has received additional voting access for individuals with disabilities.

October 1, 2009 Delinquent Tax Sale To Be Held November 2
October 1, 2009 Patient Survey provides EMS With Essential Feedback
September 22, 2009 Johnny Walton Elected to GMIS International Board
September 1, 2009 Pay Your Traffic Ticket Online
  If you have received a traffic ticket in the unincorporated area of Aiken County, you can now pay your ticket online by visiting Credit cards are accepted for payment online and at all Magistrate offices in Aiken County; a convenience fee is added by the credit card processor to defer the cost of handling the credit card payments.

Traffic ticket payments will still be accepted by cash or other approved methods at Central Traffic Court on Hampton Avenue.
August 21, 2009 County Mourns Death of Former County Attorney - Robert "Bob" Bell
August 6, 2009 Aiken County's 2009 J. Mitchell Graham Presentation

Aiken County participated in the Annual J. Mitchell Graham Contest which was held Thursday, July 30th during the South Carolina Association of Counties Annual Conference in Hilton Head, SC. This competition is an effort to recognize outstanding achievements by county governments in South Carolina.

July 1, 2009 Historic horse trough moved to Historical Museum
June 22, 2009 Sheriff's Office plans to purchase mobile data terminals for patrol vehicles
May 5, 2009 Aiken County Celebrates National County Government Week May 3 - 9

Aiken County is taking part in celebrating National County Government Week to bring awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of County Government. Aiken County operates public libraries, jails, and the court systems, just to name a few. They also maintain county roads, bridges, parks and recreational facilities.

April 24, 2009 Storm Water - It's up to us
  Aiken County has 2 drainage systems - the sewers and the storm drains. The storm drain system was designed to prevent flooding by carrying excess rainwater away from city streets out to the river and lakes. However, during storms in urban areas, rain water may mix with pollutants in industrial and household runoff, creating storm water pollution.
April 17, 2009 New Ellenton Magistrate Temporary Office
  The New Ellenton Magistrate's Office has been temporarily located at 227 Gateway Drive, Ste. 133, Aiken, South Carolina (Hwy. 278- Savannah River Research Campus). You may reach this office at 803-652-3609.
April 17, 2009 2009 Events at the Historical Museum

April: GOLF
The Masters is about Aiken as well as Augusta. The tradition of the best golfers coming to Aiken to prepare for the Masters meant that Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Bobby Jones, Sam Snead all came to our Palmetto Golf Club. The Aiken Golf Club was the site of play for some of the best lady golfers such as Patty Berg and the Babe (Didrikson). The courses of Aiken County today are spectacular: Woodside, Houndslake, Sage Valley, the River Club, Cedar Creek and so many more! A golfer’s paradise!

May and June: The Gardens of Aiken County
Don’t miss this beautiful show. Gardens of the past and present will be spectacular! These will get a response of “oooh” and “aaah.” The Aiken Garden Show is May 8th & 9th featuring lectures, garden tours, exhibition gardens and garden vendors, so mark your calendars for this one.

April 6, 2009 Martin Posey Receives the L. H. Sonny Siau Award of Excellence
  Martin Posey, Tax Collector for Aiken County, was presented the most coveted L. H. Sonny Siau Award of Excellence on February 6, 2009 at the annual meeting of the Auditors, Treasurers, and Tax Collectors Academy.
March 18, 2009 Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department is now on Twitter

The Aiken County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism department is using Twitter to inform residents about local events and recreational activities. Twitter is a micro-blogging service used to send out short updates, or "tweets" to friends or subscribers.

February 23, 2009 Treasurer Provides List of Unclaimed Storm Water Refund Checks
February 17, 2009 Welcome to our New Assistant County Administrator - Mr. Todd Glover
January 30, 2009 Magistrate Case Info Now Online
January 23, 2009 Retirement reception held for 21 former employees

On Saturday, January 10, 2009, twenty-one former county employees were honored at the Annual Retirement Reception held at Newberry Hall in Aiken. This group of people totaled 333 years of service and experience to Aiken County Government and will certainly be missed.

January 7, 2009 Welcome to All New Hires

On behalf of the Aiken County Council, Aiken County Administrator, and Aiken County Employees, we would like to welcome all new hires for the 4th quarter 2008. We hope that your transition is a success.

November 24, 2008 Annual Ownership Certificates Mailed

The Aiken County Assessor's Office mailed Annual Ownership Certificates on Friday, November 21, to certain property owners.

October 8, 2008 Public Service Authority Reaches Safety Milestone
  Aiken County PSA has reached a remarkable 4,000 days without a lost time accident. That means no accident that required time away from work since July 1997. Reaching this milestone means that employees at PSA know that the job of safety does not belong to one person, instead everyone's job is safety.
September 1, 2008 Aiken County Competes for J. Mitchell Graham Memorial Award
  Aiken County along with 11 other counties competed for the coveted J. Mitchell Graham Memorial Award. Each year the competition is held during the Annual South Carolina Association of Counties Conference which is held at Hilton Head Island.
September 1, 2008 2008 Road Map Atlases have arrived!
September 1, 2008 Sheriff's Office to Purchase Equipment with Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Grant

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office plans to purchase In-Car Camera equipment with funding from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.

Download the Public Notice for more information.

August 7, 2008 Aiken County Competes for J. Mitchell Graham Memorial Award
  Aiken County along with 11 other counties competed for the coveted J. Mitchell Graham Memorial Award. Each year the competition is held during the Annual South Carolina Association of Counties Conference which is held at Hilton Head Island.
August 7, 2008 Treasurer's Office Announces Unclaimed Property Program
  Aiken County Treasurer, Linda Sharpe announced today that she has begun an unclaimed property program for Aiken County taxpayers. The first phase will contain business accounts that have credit balances that have not been claimed.
July 1, 2008 Sheriff's Office Launches Offender Watch
July 1, 2008 Historical Museum Announces 2008 Events Calendar
July 1, 2008 Council Chamber Renovations Completed
December 10, 2007 Business Registrations

In 2006, Aiken County Council approved Ordinance No. 06-10-31 which authorizes the establishment of a Business Registration System for businesses located within Aiken County, including those businesses located within the corporate boundaries of municipalities within the County.

November 26, 2007 ACSO Using Color Coded Handcuffs to Classify Offenders and Improve Accountability

The hot pink handcuffs, belly chains and leg irons are not intended to be a fashion statement, but the sight of a teenage offender dressed in brightly colored restraints attracts attention from officers at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice.

“They thought it was a unique idea,” said Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Investigator David Blevins, who routinely transports juvenile offenders to DJJ.

Since late summer, the ACSO juvenile section has used the brightly colored restraints. Lt. Vicky Gaskins came up with the idea.

November 12, 2007 Treasurer Improving Service With Lock Box
  Real Estate tax bills now have a Charlotte, NC address to where all payments will be sent. The Charlotte address is printed on all real estate tax payment coupons. Payments are mailed directly to the processing center in Charlotte, reducing back-log in the Treasurer's office and resulting in a quicker turn around time.
July 18, 2007 Something is Always Changing at the Museum

The exhibits at the Aiken County Historical Museum are changing! The updated exhibits, designed to delight visitors of all ages and interests include: a golf exhibit, nature room, architectural hall, the pottery exhibit and the equine exhibit. The Golf Exhibit highlights signature holes from some of the courses throughout the county. The Nature Room features the very special urban forest Hitchcock Woods, with photographs provided by the great Ken Perrine. The Architectural Hall showcases many old homes, and the works of Willis Irvin and Julian Peabody. In the Equine Exhibit, there will be a changing exhibit about the equine community, while the Pottery Exhibit has sherds from Lewis Miles Site and several broken pieces of Dave the Potters works.

July 18, 2007 Grease and Water Don't Mix

Pouring grease down your kitchen sink is more costly than you would imagine.

July 1, 2007 Open Mic Nite


May 31, 2007 County Smoking Regulation Press Release

Major studies have found tobacco smoke is a major contributor to indoor air pollution, and that breathing secondhand smoke (also known as environmental tobacco smoke) is a cause of disease in healthy nonsmokers. Some of these diseases are heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and lung cancer.

May 22, 2007 Aiken County Awarded EPA Grants for Seminole and Clearwater Mills

Aiken County has been awarded two grants of $200,000 each from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). One grant is for the cleanup of the Seminole Mill property and the other is for further assessment of the Clearwater Mill property, both in Clearwater, South Carolina.

April 1, 2007 Vanna Recycles. Why don't you?

Vanna White Gives Recycling A SpinEveryone knows Vanna White. But not everyone knows that Vanna is a big recycler. Vanna spells that out clearly in a new public service announcement that recently began airing statewide. White, who grew up in North Myrtle Beach and is now an international household name as co-host of "Wheel of Fortune," stars in a 30-second public service announcement encouraging South Carolinians to recycle. The television spot is part of an outreach campaign developed in partnership with SCDHEC. The campaign also features a color poster of White standing by the television game show's famous puzzle board with the message "Recycle South Carolina."

You can download SCDHEC's poster here.

January 18, 2007 Public Invited to Participate in Clearwater Community Design Charrette
  The public is invited to attend a Public Input Session on Monday, January 22 at 11am and 6 pm at Harrison Caver park. All comments, suggestions and thoughts are welcome. There will also be a History Harvesting at 2PM on January 22. You are invited to bring your mementos from Clearwater Mill and share your stories.
December 8, 2006 ACSO Deputy Dies After Being Struck by Vehicle

Sergeant Jason L. Sheppard of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office died December 7 after being struck by a vhicle while he directed traffic at an industrial fire. Click here for ACSO press release.

November 14, 2006 Adopt-A-Highway Program is Seeking Volunteers

Aiken county is seeking volunteers for the Adopt-A-Highway program. Program volunteers are assigned a 2-mile section of an adopted highway or county road in Aiken County.

If you or your group are interested in participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program, contact the Adopt-A-Highway Coordinator at 803-642-1533 or email at You can download a copy of the Aiken County Adopt-A-Highway agreement form.

November 8, 2006 Residents to Receive New Stormwater Fee on Tax Bill

Under new federal regulations, unincorporated county areas and municipalities must provide stormwater management to regulate runoff from all properties and activities that have the potential to pollute local water systems.

To fund this new, federally required program, property owners will be charged a yearly stormwater fee.  Property owners will receive a fee included in their tax bill beginning in 2006 and continuing each year thereafter.

Residential, commercial, and agricultural parcels with improvements will be billed a flat rate of $24 annually. Manufacturing properties, fees will be calculated using the commonly accepted rate for stormwater fees known as the Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU). This is a descriptive value based on the property’s size and the amount of solid surfaces on it, such as parking lots. 

November 6, 2006 County Reaches Agreement on the Purchase of the ORA Complex

by Brian Sanders, Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Last month, the Aiken County Council and the Operations Recreation Association (ORA) reached an agreement that will transfer ownership of the ORA Complex to the Aiken County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism (PRT) Department. This acquisition will open up the 210 acre parcel for full use by all citizens of Aiken County and will enable an influx of sorely needed funds for immediate maintenance needs for the developed portion of the park.

October 25, 2006 Friends of The Aiken County Museum to hold annual meeting on October 29

On Sunday, October 29 from 3pm - 5pm, the Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum will hold their Annual Meeting at the Aiken County Historical Museum located at 433 Newberry Street in Aiken. For more information, please call 803-642-2015.

October 23, 2006 Microchipping Available through Aiken County Animal Shelter

We are all aware that Aiken County’s pet population is growing by leaps and bounds. We also know if a family pet is lost without permanent identification, he may be lost forever. Losing a pet can be heartbreaking; however, an unsuccessful search to locate your pet is even more heartbreaking. Over the years many different methods of keeping track of pets have been developed including license tags for local identification and tattooing for nationwide identification. But, these options are not permanent.

Pet microchips have been useful in the return of lost pets. Microchipping is permanent and is offered by Aiken County Animal Control for a nominal fee.

October 1, 2006 Tax Evaders Cost You Money! Report Unregistered Vehicles!
October 1, 2006 Animal Shelter Partners with

The Aiken County Animal Shelter has many adorable stray and unclaimed pets who are seeking responsible owners. You can visit Aiken County Animal Shelter’s list of adoptable pets on or come in for a visit! We are located at 411 Wire Road, just north of the Aiken SPCA.

September 26, 2006 Judge Rodger E. Edmonds Elected President of The SCSCJA
  Judge Edmonds, the Chief Summary Court Judge of Aiken County, was elected on September 16th at the Annual Summary Court Judges Convention in Myrtle Beach as the new President of the Judges Association. Judge Edmonds has served as an Officer of the Association for the past eleven years, working his way up from Treasurer, to Magistrate Vice-President and now to the Office of President. Judge Edmonds has served as the North Augusta / Belvedere Magistrate for over eighteen years and as Chief Judge for the past six years.
September 25, 2006 Sheriff Partners With Crimestoppers and Community to Dime Out Drug Dealers

During a news conference in Aiken on June 21 Sheriff Michael Hunt unveiled the newest initiative to encourage citizens to report drug activity and other crime throughout Aiken County.

September 25, 2006 Aiken County Silent Auction to Benefit the United Way
August 30, 2006 Treasurer's Office Now Offers One Stop Tag Renewal
  The long awaited One Stop Tag Renewal is finally a reality. Beginning on June 1 all regular tag renewals will be handled in one location, the Aiken County Complex Treasurer's Office. This means when paying your vehicle taxes, your receipt as well as your tag decal and registration card will be issued at that moment. For regular tag renewals, there is no need to drive from one office to another to take care of this very important business.
August 23, 2006 Donations Being Accepted for the Aiken County Employee Yard Sale
  The Aiken County United Way Committee will be accepting donations for the Aiken County Employee Yard Sale, which will be held on Thursday, October 25 from 10 am until 3 pm during the Aiken County Fall Festival. All proceeds will be donated to the Aiken County United Way.
August 18, 2006 TDD (Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf) Installed in County Complex and Judicial Center
August 18, 2006 New Human Services Building To Open in Wagener
June 6, 2006 Sheriff Michael Hunt Named 2006 South Carolina Sheriff of the Year

Sheriff Michael Hunt of Aiken County has been selected by the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association as the organization’s 2006 South Carolina Sheriff of the Year.

June 2, 2006 Identity Thieves Posing as Court Officials
  The Aiken County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with Aiken County Clerk of Court, reminds citizens to never give out their Social Security number, credit card numbers or other personal information when they receive a telephone call.
May 30, 2006 2006 Aiken County-City Safety Fair

The fourth annual County of Aiken/City of Aiken Employee Safety Fair, held on April 27, 2006 at Odell Weeks Activity Center was a huge success.  303 County and 182 City employees came over and enjoyed the free hot dogs & hamburgers cooked by department and division heads as well as going through the various safety related exhibits.  The slogan for this year’s event was “Safety Isn’t Expensive, It’s Priceless” and the slogan winner was Brian Key from the City of Aiken’s Public Safety Department.  Heyward Cotton from the County’s Public Works & Engineering department won the grand prize – a $300 check.  We also had many other winners of door prizes which included restaurant and store gift certificates from places such as Outback Steakhouses, Fatz Café, Applebee’s, and Ruby Tuesday’s, just to name a few.

April 28, 2006 Aiken County Government Week Flyer
(April 16 - April 22)
April 28, 2006 Whiskey-Powderhouse Connector Road Meeting Announcement
  The Whiskey-Powderhouse Connector Road Ad Hoc Committee will be holding a Public Information Meeting on Thursday, April 27, 2006 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the Aiken City Conference Center located at 214 Park Avenue, SW, Aiken, South Carolina.
February 1, 2006 County Retirees Honored at Retirement Reception
  On December 18, 1995, the First Annual Retirement Reception was held to honor the hard working employees of Aiken County Government. Now, more than 10 years later, County Council is still honoring its retiring employees.
October 5, 2005 New Online Request System now Available

Aiken County’s new online service request system, "At Your Request", offers citizens 24 hour access to County services and information.

Request Services
August 22, 2005 Investigator Award Benefits United Way of Aiken County
  The International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) and Associated General Contractors of America this month at their national conference in New Orleans presented Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Investigator, Lynn Ghant, with their Award of Merit and a $1500 contribution to a favorite charity.
June 14, 2005 Registration & Elections Using New Document Imaging System

The Aiken County Registration & Elections office has begun using a records imaging system to reduce the need to maintain paper records of voter registration forms. Approximately 90,000 voter registration records will be scanned using a high-speed scanner and stored as digital images. These images will be indexed so the records can be rapidly retrieved for reference.

June 14, 2005 RMC Implements New Indexing and Scanning System

Aiken County's Register of Mesne Conveyance (RMC) office has implemented a new document indexing and imaging system. The new system offers many benefits, including cost savings, reduced need for physical storage space, increased accuracy, and increased document security.

May 3, 2005 2005 Aiken County-City Safety Fair
  Aiken County-City Employees Know "Safety Never Takes A Shortcut"
January 15, 2005 2004 Retirees Honored January 15
  On Saturday, January 15, County Council honored the employees with a retirement dinner held at Newberry Hall in Aiken. Each retiree was given a signed, framed certificate and an engraved watch.
November 2, 2004 Local Sales Tax Renewed
November 2, 2004 Election Results for November 2, 2004
  Unofficial results for 2004 General Election
September 15, 2004 DRAFT Land Management Ordinance
  The following is the current DRAFT of Aiken County's proposed new Land Management Ordinance.
September 10, 2004 DropBox Now Available for Child Support & Fine Payments
  To provide a more convenient method of paying child support, criminal fines, or other court obligations, the Clerk of Court's office has installed a DropBox at the back of the Judicial Center, near Chesterfield Street.
September 7, 2004 Voters To Use Electronic System In Election
  Aiken County residents will use electronic devices to cast their vote in Tuesday's election. Aiken is one of 15 South Carolina counties to receive new ES&S electronic voting machines in August.
August 18, 2004 County Administrator Receives 2004 Palmetto Public Management Award from SCCCMA
  Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian was presented with the Palmetto Public Management Award for 2004 at the recent South Carolina City and County Management Association (SCCCMA) annual meeting.
August 10, 2004 Augusta Regional Transportation Study Meeting Planned for August 18
  The public is invited to a meeting Wednesday, August 18, in the Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building to learn more about ARTS and to talk directly with Federal Highway and Transit personnel about the regional transportation planning process.
July 20, 2004 Alton Johnson Honored for Efforts
  Mr. Alton Johnson was recognized by County Council for his tireless efforts on behalf of the citizens of Aiken County and congratulating him for receiving the "Real Fathers/Real Men -- Man of the Year Award" sponsored by the Men's Advisory Board of the Aiken Center.
July 16, 2004 National Weather Service to Provide SkyWarn Training
July 5, 2004 County Population Up 2.9% Since 2000
  The US Census Bureau estimates that Aiken County's population grew from 142,552 to 146,736 as of July 1, 2003. That increase of 4,184 persons moved Aiken County ahead of Berkeley County to be South Carolina's ninth largest county in population.
July 1, 2004 Fiber Network Construction Completed
July 1, 2004 County Locations Using High-Speed Fiber Network
  Four Aiken County Government locations are now using a new high-speed fiber computer network to improve information sharing between County offices.
June 29, 2004 FY05 Budget Approved
  FY05 County Budget was approved June 29 by the Aiken County Council..
June 22, 2004 I-520 Palmetto Parkway Now Open
  The first section of the Palmetto Parkway, connecting US 1 in North Augusta to Bobby Jones Expressway, opened to traffic today.
June 2, 2004 Jim Harris Named New Veterans Affairs Officer
  James H. (Jim) Harris began his new duties as the Aiken County Veterans Affairs Officer on June 2.
May 29, 2004 County-City Safety Fair Improves Employee Working Environment
  The Joint County-City Safety Fair provided useful health and job safety information to several hundred employees.
May 26, 2004 Mobile Command Unit to Aid in Major Incidents
  Using Homeland Security grant funds, public safety agencies in Aiken County will now benefit from the Sheriff's Department's new Mobile Command Unit (MCU).
May 10, 2004 County Constables Better Equipped
  Aiken County's six Constables are now better equipped after County Council authorized the purchase of uniforms, radios, weapons, and bullet-proof vests.
May 1, 2004 Sample Primary Ballots Released
  The Registration & Elections Department has released the sample ballots for the primaries scheduled for June 8:

April 29, 2004 2004 County-City Safety Fair Well Attended
  The Joint County-City Safety Fair provided useful health and job safety information to several hundred employees. The Fair, held at the City's O'dell Weeks Recreation Center, helps to reduce employee injuries and improve their overall health.
April 24, 2004 Sheriff Opens New Substation
  Sheriff Michael Hunt joined Aiken County Councilman Willar Hightower Jr. and Leonard Harrison, (president of J.W. Nicholson Community Park) this morning to formally mark the opening of an Aiken County Sheriff's Office substation in Aiken.
April 24, 2004 Nicholson Park to Serve Community
  The residents of Nicholson Village now have a community facility that will assist the recreational needs of that portion of Aiken County. The Park, located on Main Drive near Highway 302, features a basketball court and a walking track.
March 24, 2004 Sheriff's Reserves & Posse Volunteers Improve Safety
  The volunteer service of citizens, like those shown above with Sheriff Mike Hunt, in the Sheriff's Office's Reserve Deputy and Posse programs continues to improve public safety in Aiken County.
March 3, 2004 County Receives Anti-Litter Grant
  Palmetto Pride has awarded Aiken County Litter Control a $2,500 Community Pride Grant to enhance the County's anti-litter efforts. Litter Control is a part of the Public Works & Engineering Department.
February 21, 2004 SCEMA Conducts Storm Assistance Briefing
  The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) conducted a series of briefings to help officials in South Carolina's 17 storm disaster counties (including Aiken) with their requests for federal assistance in recovering from the damage they sustained during a January 26-30 ice storm.
February 20, 2004 Robert Haythorn Named Interim Coroner
  Aiken resident Robert Haythorn has been named by Governor Mark Sanford to be Aiken County's Interim Coroner until this fall's election.
February 16, 2004 Renovations Improve Work Area at Planning & Development
  Renovations continuing at the County's Planning & Development office (at the Kalmia Mall Annex) will improve service to those needing building permits, addresses assigned, and maps.
February 3, 2004 Coroner Sue Townsend passed away at her home after a four-year battle with cancer.
  Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend passed away at her home after a four-year battle with cancer. She had previously announced her plans to retire effective June 30, 2004, after over two decades of service. ... Deputy Coroners Tim Carlton and Daryl Ables are continuing the operations in the Coroner's Office. The Governor is expected to appoint an interim Coroner that will serve until a new Coroner is elected this fall.
January 31, 2004 Retirees Honored with Dinner
  Eleven employees retired from Aiken County Government during 2003.
December 19, 2003 Aiken County Fiber Optic Network Now Under Construction
  Aiken County Fiber Optic Network is now under construction. Aiken County & SCANA Communications have entered into a $2.3 million partnership to provide high-speed communications to select locations.
October 31, 2003 County Employees Exceed 2003 United Way Goal
  The County's United Way employee fundraising campaign raised $20,068.86, exceeding its 2003 goal.
August 28, 2003 2003 County Country Fair Red Hot Success!
  The first Aiken County Country Fair was a big success on a red hot August day. Proceeds benefitted the Aiken County United Way.
July 31, 2003 Best Friend Express First to Use Bio-Diesel Fuel Fleetwide
  Aiken County Transit's Best Friend Express became the first system in the United States to convert its entire fleet to bio-diesel fuel.
In-Car Camera System for Patrol Vehicles

Sheriff's Office to Purchase In-Car Camera Systems for Patrol Vehicles

Treasurer Accepting 2012 Tax Payments
Aiken County PRT Hosts 2013 Happy Places Calendar Silent and Live Auction
June Primary Unofficial Results

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Circuit Case Info Now Online
  Circuit Case information, including civil and criminal cases and judgments, is available online. Additionally, court dockets and rosters are also available online. Use our Public Index website and when prompted, click on Circuit Court for the Circuit case search page. Information provided is in accordance with policies of the South Carolina Judicial Department, which provided the software for this new online service.
Aiken County Awarded EPA Grants

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Grant Funds Wagener Human Services Building
  Citizens living in eastern Aiken County will begin receiving improved services after the completion in late 2005 of a new human services building.
Aiken County Sheriff's Office Auction!!

Public viewing will be held at the Sheriff’s Office, 420 Hampton Avenue, Aiken on, Wednesday, February 18, 2009 from 9am-2pm; All Equipment will be sold as is.

Sealed bids are to be submitted to: Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, Attn: Dwayne Courtney; 420 Hampton Avenue, NE, Aiken, SC 29801 by February 24, 2009. Envelopes are to be marked Sealed Equipment Bid. Bids will be opened at the Sheriff’s Office @ 10:00 am, on Tuesday, February 24, 2009.

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