Garden Club of Aiken’s holiday greenery sale is underway | Home and Garden

Looking for some festive holiday decorations?

The Garden Club of Aiken is conducting a greenery sale for the second year in a row.

Plans call for $5,000 from the proceeds to be donated to the Friends of the Aiken County Public Library.

The money will be used to help fund new landscaping on the grounds of the library, which is undergoing a major renovation at 314 Chesterfield St. S.W.

The garden club has maintained the landscaping near the facility’s entrance for many years.

“The Friends of the Library are deeply grateful that Aiken’s oldest garden club will continue its historical connection by funding new landscaping through their Christmas greens sale,” said Friends President Bill Reynolds.

The rest of funds raised by the 2020 greenery sale will be returned to the community through the club’s various outreach programs.

Available for purchase from the club are small, medium and large wreaths, garlands, kissing balls, tabletop trees, table runners and hand-tied deep red velvet bows.

For more information about the holiday greenery sale or to place an order online, visit thegardenclubofaiken.com.

The deadline for orders is Oct. 24.

In addition, special order services are being offered for extra large wreaths, custom garlands and mailbox saddles.

To purchase those decorations, contact an Aiken Garden Club member or call Bonnie Coward at 803 215-1956 before Oct. 17.

Orders can be picked up from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 1 at 1022 South Boundary Ave. S.E.

Claudia Lea Phelps, a member of Aiken’s Winter Colony, founded the Garden Club of Aiken in 1924.

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WATCH NOW: Big expansion underway at food incubator Hatch Kitchen RVA | Business News

From its initial space in one of the Clopton Siteworks buildings, Hatch Kitchen is now expanding into two other buildings next door to the first one. It will have a total of about 50,000 square feet with the expansion.

Besides opening a new cafe’ in its first building at 2600 Maury St., Hatch also has opened six new, private kitchen suites, along with a new kitchen space designed specifically for bakery operations. The site also includes private offices and a conference room.

Next door to the first Hatch Kitchen building, construction crews are putting the final touches on renovations of the second building, which houses a new temperature-controlled butchery area, a USDA certified facility to process meat-based food products that will be sold in stores.

Currently, the closest short-term rental for small producers in the meat business is in Maryland, according to Lynx Ventures.

The new facility also has a commercial wood smoker for meats. 

“We have a client that is very serious about their barbecue and wood smoking, so we decided to get this for them to use,” Green said. “You can smoke something like 250 pounds of meat in here at a time. A lot of the indoor smokers that you see use pellets or sawdust, but not this guy. This is the real deal.”

Another room in the second building includes a new bottling and labeling operation for Hatch’s subsidiary business, Hatch Packaging. That room also includes a 150-gallon kettle for cooking, with room for additional kettles in future expansions.

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Woman Found Dead In McDonald’s Bathroom, Investigation Underway

Police have launched an investigation after a woman was found dead inside a bathroom at a McDonald’s restaurant in North Carolina.

Officers responded to the fast food restaurant in Huffman Mill Road, in Burlington, on Monday after the discovery was reported at around 3 p.m., according to local news station WFMY.

The woman is around 50 years old, rival station WXII reported, but no other details about her were immediately released.

The cause of death remains unknown, but according to Fox8, officers at the scene reported no signs of foul play nor any obvious signs of drug use.

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The situation was described as medical, the station reported. The investigation is ongoing.

It is not clear if the woman’s death may have been linked to coronavirus, but Alamance and Guilford counties—where Burlington is located—have some of the highest numbers of infections in the state.

Alamance County has 3,950 confirmed cases of COVID-19—the disease caused by the novel coronavirus—and 54 deaths, while Guildford County has 8,635 cases and 180 deaths, according to the latest figures from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

The Burlington Police Department and McDonald’s have been contacted for additional comment.

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The incident in Burlington is not the first time a body has been discovered at a McDonald’s restaurant this year.

A man was found dead and wrapped in plastic on top of a McDonald’s restaurant in The Bronx borough of New York City in July.

Police officers found 65-year-old Richard Hamlet’s body after receiving a 911 call from the restaurant’s staff about an unconscious man on the roof of the building located at 279 East 149 Street in July, according to reports. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three people have since been arrested for allegedly