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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 10, 1997, Aiken, South Carolina                                Nobel Peace Prize awarded Page 2A Alkm 1997 A I K E N tanbarb Bus service Looking to pick up speed Page 1B Game 3 Braves hope to take lead over Marlins Page 5A Vol 128 No 283 Aiken South Carolina Friday October 10 1997 25t Gibson calls for 6new dignity By SHARON TAYLOR The announcement that many thought would come at Thursday nights State NAACP Conference in Aiken did not Dr WF Gibson president of the SC Conference of the NAACP did not step down as state leader as some thought he would Dr Gibson has laced accusations of misspending the organiza tions funds Instead the 20year state leader called for black people across the state to have a new dignity We are a nation within a nation he said We need a new sense of dignity A higher resolu tion to erase to permanently erase that color line The Greenville dentist com pared the black population in South Carolina to the Israelites NAACP convention and said just as that nation had enemies the NAACP has modern day enemies in Sen Fritz Rollings DSC Sen Strom Thurmond RSC and newspa pers Referring to characters in the television miniseries Roots Dr Gibson said he identified with the warrior Kunta rather than the slave Toby As long as I live I will be Kunta I will never be Toby he said Dignity is a state of mind Its not what you own or what youve got Its feeling good about yourself Not coveting what some one else has got Its the capacity to love your God your fellow man and yourself Aiken City Councilwoman Lessie Price alluded to the contro versy that has been brewing in her greeting to the convention She said it will take courage to tackle greed and addressed Dr Nelson Rivers director of the Southeast Region of the NAACP Change will always come with a struggle always with opposi tion she said Change comes Please see GIBSON page 3A Today pm Freedom Awards Banquet Aiken Technical College gymnasium Tomorrow am5 pm Vendors displays youth events workshop 11 am Election of offi cers pm Youth Awards Luncheon Teacher of the year Staff photo by Scott Webster Dianne L Hadden Aiken Countys teacher of the year gets a hug from her husband Arthur E Hadden At left is school superintendent Dr Linda Eldridge Hadden is top teacher By BILL BENGTSON Oianne L Madden had plenty of good company Thursday evening as one of Aiken Countys top teachers selected by their peers throughout the district As the evening moved on she moved to the head of the class recognized as the Aiken County School District Teacher of the Year for 199798 She described herself as walking on air after recervii ilic award given during a recognition cei emnny he Aiken Conference Center It was a total surprise she said When I look around Die ronm I have former students here who are teachers of the year It makes me feel old she chuckled but its very very gratifying A native of Dublin Ga she has been at Silver Bluff High School teaching mathematics and computer science to grades 912 since 1986 and also served locally at Jackson Middle from 1983 86 in algebra general math and computer sci ence She started her career in Evans Ga teach ing algebra and eighthgrade math at Bel Air Junior High from 197074 Mrs Hadden won honors as her schools Please see HADDEN page 3A Science art join hands to identify murder victim By RODD1E BURRIS Do you recognize this woman Look closely authorities hope theres something familiar enough about her to stir a memo ry in someone who might have seen her Even if they think its a remote chance its somebody they recognize we ask them to please contact us Aiken County Coro ner Sue Townsend said The skeletal remains of this unidentified black woman were found Jan 25 1993 in the Shaws Creek area of Aiken County off SC 191 Her death was ruled a homi cide Mrs Townsend said After years of detailed work forensic experts have created a facial reconstruction of the vic tim and they said they believe the rendition looks very much like the woman did Now only public assistance will help Dr Ted Rathbun a forensic anthropologist at the University of South Carolina said that a bio logical profile completed on the victim yielded some basic though vital information about her including sex age ancestry and stature Anything that links the deceased with something about the time they were living Rath bun said The biological profile is first After that a forensic artist takes over where art and science mixes to create a like ness he said The victim is described as female 5 feet 5 to 5 feet 6 inches tall and 25 to 32 years old at the time of her death Thats very important said special agent Billy Aiken a SLED forensic artist Even that information is remarkable it seems considering the circumstances For instance the woman could have been dead for up to 2 to 5 years before being discovered Mrs Townsend said and the area in which her body was found had been disturbed by fire probably a controlled one she said In addi tion a few bones were missing She was one of three black women whose skeletons were found in that same general Shaws Creek area from 1987 to 1993 according to Aiken County Sheriffs Office investigator Robert Johnson At this point this is the first opportunity weve had to bring forth the features of this person to the general area he said A set of skeletal remains was first discovered in November 1987 followed by a similar discov ery in March 1991 Only one of the remains has been identified Mrs Townsend said and a reconstruction Staff photo by Scott Webster This is the reconstruction of the head of the woman whose remains were found in 1993 process that normally takes 40 to 50 hours to complete stretched into years The deaths remain unsolved To report information if you think you recognize this woman call the coroner at 6421740 or the Sheriffs Office at 6421790 One of the common denomi nators in these deaths is that nothing was found Johnson said No snaps no zippers no buttons none of the usual things a woman would carry in her purse Indcr 7C Classifieds 3C Omks 2C 8C lvar Ahhy 2C Movies TR 4A Sjjorts 5A iifin 2C Weather 2A Deaths Harrison Kllioli Warrenville Ohiliiarv notices on 2B Ga lottery Thin winnmt numbers Cbli I I sit I IS I I II is On the sidelines Cheerleaders more than pretty faces Strom Thurmond High opponents tonight Staff photo by Scott Webster Schools cheerleaders hope the rebels blast their By LIZ VICTOR JOHNSTON When Strom Thur mond High School hits the gridiron on Friday nights they send two well trained athletic teams One is the Strom Thurmond Rebels football team The other is the Strom Thurmond Varsity Cheerleaders The team works out competes in its own arena and balances athletics school work and other activities just like the guys Cheerleaders are athletes not just cute little pretty girls any more said Coach Susie Brown Ms Brown leads an enthusiastic squad of 16 girls ranging from ninth to 12th grade Ms Brown teaches at the school as a vocational assistant tutoring students in all subjects She first became interested in cheerlead ing when her daughters squad was left with no coach This summer we realized that there was no one to do it so I became certified and took them to camp she explained The team attended an accredited camp at Furman University where they were awarded with a spirit stick each day and left with a superior rat ing Jenny Brown and Sherita Williams both in their junior year Sec CHEKRLEADERS page 3A A 1909 Whiskey Rd Tonight 6495371   

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