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Illll! NIlIII U UlIIINIIIIIINININIHINIIIIIMIIIBIIIIIIKIBIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINIIN www.The( )olumbiaStar.com Wounded Warriors share stories See pages 2, 5 See page 3 See pages 4 See pages 6, 7 See page 8 See page 9 See page B1 I Coltlnlbia Star Co umbia's loca owned week 3' newspaper since 965 Vol. 46 No. 49 South Carolina September 18, 2009 Breaking Away i tconfirmedNile V!ruSln Aaron Trent is not letting cerebral palsy slow him down as he heads to Colorado to train for Paracycling Track World Championships By Pamela Edwards Aaron Trent is on his way to Colorado Springs to train at the Olympic Training Center. In July, the 23-year-old cyclist won first place in the 1K event in the US Paracy- cling Track National Championships. He will be training in Colorado beginning September 23 to compete in the Paracy- cling Track World Cham- pionships in Manchester, England, in November. His ultimate goal is to ride in the 2012 Paralympics. lust a few short years ago, these races would not have been pos- sible for Aaron. When he was four months old, Aaron had a severe aller- gic reaction to penicillin that caused him to suffer a stroke ]ang him with hemipleg; palsy, a type of cerebral palsy that affects one side of the body -- in Aaron's case, his left side. His left leg is smaller and weaker than his right, and his left arm and hand were affected the most. A muscle release surgery and two tendon transfers at the Shriner's Hospital in Greenville when he was 12 tremendously increased the functionali- ty in Aaron's left hand. A botox injection a few years later relaxed the spastic muscles in his arm. In 2007, Aaron bought a bike and began riding. He entered his first race just five months later. Aaron says that although cerebral palsy has made his body weak- er in some ways, it has turned him into a hard worker with a knack for overcoming challenges. He trains 15 to 25 hours a week riding nearly 300 miles. He does extra exer- cises to strengthen his left leg and arm to give him a faster start in cycling races. The oldest of eight children, Aaron was home schooled, then attended the University of-South Carolina for four years before deciding to take some time off to train for the Paracycling Champi- onships. He studied eco- nomics at USC but is thinking about changing his focus to sports thera- py. He says he would lil(e to encourage people with disabilities to get involved in sports. Shandon area By Cathy Cobbs With a Shandon-area man's confirmed, serious case of West Nile Virus and the discovery of a dead bird in the area also infected with the disease, city and county offi- cials are getting serious about taking the steps they can to contain its spread. Chris Evans, a medical entomologist for the Department of Health and Environmental Control, said a man in his 60s, whom he would not identify, was hospital- ized early last month after suffering severe flu-like symp- toms. "I don't know what has happened to him since, but he was hospitalized in pretty bad shape," Evans said. ' neighbor got on his bicycle and drove around and found a dead bird within a mile of the area, which also turned out to have a confirmed case of West Nile Virus." Since then, working with several government agen- cies, DHEC has put out traps in the Shandon area within a two-mile radius of the confirmed cases to collect mosqui- toes for testing. WNV is transmitted by several types of mosquitoes capable of carrying and transmitting the virus up to 14 days after feeding on an infected bird. See West Nile. page 3 Krissy and Charlie ...... have a new baby Photo by Ron Brasington I have a perfect profile but no name. Help name me at Riverbanks ZOOfari, Oct. 3. Contributed by Riverbanks Zoo and Garden The giraffe herd at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is 6 feet taller after the birth of a female cai The leggy little girl was born overnight and was standing and alert when the keepers entered the giraffe barn on the morning of August 15. At birth, the calf was R approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall and 119 pounds. Now, at 1 month, she is nearly 6 feet tall and 177pounds. See Knssv.- page 3 Watch Jean's Journal  -- Eastover South '. |' T@pCOS Carolina is home to  the Kensington Mansion, an architec- I  tural and historical state gem. To see how to take a tour of this POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The beautiful house, visit Columbia Star, P. O. Box 5955, Columbia, SC z9zSo Tel, 8o3-77t-oz O www.thecolumbias- tar.com for the rest of the story. lean Montgomery SECTION A Your Paper 2 News 3 Government/Neighborhood 4 The Columbia Star Commentary 5 Events 9 Sports 6, 7 [ Society 10,I1 Arts/Entertainment 8 [ Education 12 803-771-0219 PO Box 5955 Columbia, SC 29250 News/puzzle 13 Public Notices 14. 15 Travel 16 www.TheColumbiaStar.com