Aiken Standard, January 19, 2011

Aiken Standard

January 19, 2011

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 19, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Remains ID'd as missing Warrenville man Cheatham Jr. Staff reports The remains of a body that were foiuid in a wooded area in Bath Tuesday are tentatively being identified as a Warrenville man who has been missing since December. At this time, the remains are believed to be those of 25-yeat-old Ronnie Cheatham Jr. of Warrenville, according to Tim Carlton of the Aiken Cofunty Coroner's Office in a statement released Tuesday night. An autopsy is scheduled in Newberry this morning. Carlton said that latent finger prints led to the preliminary identification. Carlton added that the de^ is being considered as suspicious. The remains were found kbout 2 p.m, in a wooded area near Anthony Drive and Horse Creek in Bath, according to Lt. Troy Elwell of the Aiken County Sheriffs Office. The remains were discovered by two people looking fbr scrap metal. The Bumettown Police Department, SherifTs Office, the Aiken County Coroner's Office and the Solicitor's Office responded to the scene. Cheatham was last seen Dec. 6 by his girifiiend at 223 Glenwood Drive. Investigators said Cheatham left the residence for the store and was not heard fi-om or seen since. Aiken County Sheriffs Office and Coroner's Office are working on the ongoing investigation.WeHnesday January 19,201 Vol. 145, No. 19 XWJIcmJIO lain iMilanw- Tooays WBflDier Full forecast 18CYour Local Source SinCo KSfiy ¿ 50^ toiïîô news AHS boys'basketball gets big win over NJV. ► The Aiken High men's baskiGtt>all team burst out of the gates on Tuesday, scoring 25 points in the first quarter, en route to a 79-71 win over North Augusta. | IB ChHIy weather means Ifsdiiri weather ^ the great thing alxxjt GhWisthatBoniieJikeithot sonfie like it mild, but almost everyone likes it And you can put together toda/s pork and bean chili in just 20 minutes. 11CPump prices U.S.weeUy average retail price for one gallon of regular unleaded gaat^tne: • aOIIMCT Souro*: U.S. Energy Intormation AcMnMration Ang«la M. Prather, Bumettown BritanlR. Williams, Springfield Jim Spance, Batesburg Justina Odom Hickson, Aiken Laimi Nidiola Cumbaar Ridge Spring IMkhaalSoll«, Aiken EvlMwttaBakanBath ThaddaufMaaall Aiken Deaths and Funerals iSA Calendar 3C Classifieds SB Crossword 5C Comics 4C DearAbby SC Horoscopes K Markets 4B Movie Listings SC Natlon/Wbrid m Obituaries - «A Opinions ISA Nzzles K Sriorts 11 TVlyi^ • 2C ' Bjuun H i> Residents give input on revitalization ByAIMYBANTON Staff writer Consultants addressed residents with possible improvements that could be made to revitalize the Union Street area Tuesday evening. Around 35 residents showed up at the Aiken City Visitor's Center and Train Museum to listen and offer feedback to landscape architect Laura Dukes of Allees and plan ner Aaron Amett of Amett Muldrow & Associates as they presented the concept plan. The study area is around 32 acres, bounded by the southern raih-oad line, the west side of Fairfield Street, the north side of Richland Avenue and the east side of Kershaw Street, Amett said that their job is to offer the City a plan that includes potential land uses and possible improvements to Gyles Park and other public Please see PI^N, page 14A entities in the area, and to find ways to encourage or ensure that the plan meets goals of the Old Aiken Overlay District. ¡NAMELESS IDECADE? LISCA professor: Odd-sounding names not generally accepted By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer Just over a decade ago, Americans found tiiemselvfô in a bit of a bind. After preparing for the turn of the centmy and dodging the feared Y2K catastrophe, the realization set in that the first decade of the century never really got a name. The 1990s were securely known as the '90s and before then, the '80s, '70s, '60s, '50s, '40s and so on, but the decade beginning in 2000 had no obvious term by which to be identified. Retired USCA En^ish professor Dr. Stanley Rich called the issue a "linguistic gray or 'empty' area," as no real answer exists yet. In 1999, publishing industiy professional and linguists felt confident that not only would an ^ropriate temi emerge but that tile emergence was a necessity. A1999 Knight fthBWWMii fty tlw 2D00S Alights Zeros Double Ohs Aughtlfs Noughtles llaiauf fm- ili iliMnos lor nw 2010s > Teens > TWeens ► Tens ► '10s 7 drew the conclusion that a new word will succeed only if it seems familiar " Dr. Allan Metcalf, American Dialect Society Ridder article tiiat ran in the Aiken Standard quoted Dr. Robert Thompson, then--pres-ident of tiie Popul^ Culture Association, as saying that by the time 2000 came ^ut, a word would be in place. "It's a word we desperately need. Among maiketers, feature writers and trend makers, the demand is so powerfiil thk some siq)ply will have to come about it's going to be, I wouldn't guess," Thompson said in the article. Possible words were tiirown around - the zeros, the 2000s, the aughts, the aunties, the double ohs and even the noughties, but it is safe to say Please see DECADES, page 14A % á staff nhotn by ARhioey Williamson Meybohm Realtor Mary Mayer receives a bandage for her finger after Darlene Rabon, an RN at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, pricked her finger for a glucose test Tuesday during Realtor Appreciation Day. Realtors gather for day of appreciation By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON Staff writer Some 90 real estate agents showed at the USC y^en Convocation CentCT's VIP Room Tuesday for the sixth annual Realtor Appreciation Day, sponsored by the Aiken Board of Realtors, Members of the organization gathered from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. for a fun drop in event, which consisted of exciting games, catered lunch, information services and even massages. Aiken Board of Realtors Director Laraine Clark said the board holds this event every year to express gratitude to the Aiken's Realtors. "We do this to show our appreciation to all of the Realtors on the Aiken Board," she said. 'To everybody who gives their time for the betterment of the Aiken community and for the ben efit of all the Realtors." Before and after lunch, many ventured to different parts of the room, where tables were set up to offer information and advice from different organizations. Representatives from Aiken Regional Medical Centers were present offering pamphlets and brochures on women's health, diabetes and imaging and stations where one could have different blood levels checked. "Not only are we promoting some of our outpatient services we have, such as imaging services at our Southside Imaging Center, but we also have a health screening going on from our diabetes and nutrition center," explained Lisa Davis, radiology director at ARMC. Two massage stations were set up for Realtors to enjoy Please see REALTOR, page 14AHallman impressed Haley willing to work with colleges BySEANNAADCOX Associated Press COLUMBIA —After hearing about S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley's statements on higher education Tuesday, USC Aiken'Chancellor Dr. Tom Haliman said he was impressed with her willingness to work with the state's four-year colleges. Iliat diwt happen with Gov. Mark Sanford over his eight yeais in office, Hallman said. Haley met winsome top college leaders Tliesd^ and held a press conference after- M Halty Hallman ward. "It sounded like a productive and positive meeting," Hallman said. Gov. Nikki Haley said IXies-day that South Carolina's pub« lie colleges should be judged on their graduation rate^ how many of their studlents come from outside of the state and their contributions to the economy. The Republican govemor said she has asked college leaders to help develop a new, data-driven way to fund higher education. Their homework over the next month includes providing her office with date on the percentages of students who gi^uate within sw years and get jobs after graduation. Exactly how colleges' economic development contributions will be measured is yet to be determined. The state's 33 publicly si^ poited colleges vary widely in Legislators: Haley needs to offer agenda details. 17A size and mission. They include research universities, other four-year universities, regional two-year campuses and technical colleges. Hallman emphasizes that one size doesn't fit all when it comes to state's public colleges. USCA has a graduation rate of about 42 percent within six years, and j^t's close to the mean nationally in its category, he said. Clemson University and the University of South Caro lina are far more selective in admissions and have a graduation rate of about 80 percent, Halhnan said. Further, students who transfer into USCA and graduate don't count in the percentages. That kind of situation needs to be addressed, Hallman said. "Some statistics are b^ond graduation rates and show some productive things that are encouraging," he said. Please set HALEY, page 7A ...We. Voted 'Jewelry ire In Aiken! <i m úd, m Je' ....J ;