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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 13, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 LADY RACERS DEFEAT GEORGIA COLLEGE I IB  Tragic tale of Christina Mavris  'After a 10-year nightmare, the tunnel of light shines thro^'  By ANNA DOLIANIJiS  Staff writer  Madalyn Mavris of Charleston lost her mother, Dana Davis, in the May ,2007 murder for which charges against her younger sister, Christina Mavris, were recently dismissed, but she said the "nightmare" started long before.  In fact, she said, the possibility of something tragic happening to Davis was something that Madalyn •and her mother discussed as recently as the week before her death.  "For me, it was something my mother said before her untimely death that Wednesday. 'If soifiething happens to me, promise you will make sure Christina gets help.' 'I promise. Mom' was all I said. It was the last conversation 1 ♦ had with her," Madalyn said. "Every conversation I had with my mother that week revolved around Christina, my mother's frustration and anguish and how we were going to save Christina from the path she was going down. It wasn't the first time we had discussions like that one or even about what I would do if I lost my mother. I do not deny that the gruesome way my mother died is not in my innermost thoughts sometimes or that I am not angry about what happened, but when you look at what my mother and I went through, how we lived ... for 10 years, that was the nightmare."  Christina, who was ordered by the court to receive treatment with the South Caro-  Wireless advances couM mean no more eel towers  ► The wireless industry is planning a future without cell phone towers, or at least without many more of them. 18A  /toSKÌMB  CorrieCorley, Aiken Ellen Autry, Augusta Henry Arthur Reedy, Aiken John B. Girver, New Holland Lounette B. Summer, Cayce Mary Minor Moody, t^ngley Michael C Jones, Aiken Richard Allen, Clean/vater Martha L Seiersen, Aiken  Deaths and Funerals 16A     Announcenfients    5-6C      Calendar    3C      Classifieds    ID      Crossword    2C      Comics    INSIDE      Dear Abby    4C      Horoscopes    4C      Movie Listings    3C      Opinions    14-1 SA      Sports    IB      TV Listings,    INSIDE     Mental health services in Aiken County  1 Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center, 1135 Gregg Highway, Aiken, 641-7700. Also has locations at 431 West Martintown Road, North Augusta, 278^880; and 916 Reynolds Road, Barnwell, (803) 259-7170.  2 Aurora Pavilion Behavioral Health Sendees at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, 641-5900 or (800) 273-7911.  3 National Alliance on Mental Illness, Aiken, 648-4178 or 270-5221  4 Mental Health America of Aikep County, 6414164  Note: There may also be other  health services in Aiken County.  Una Department of Mental Health, was diagnosed with disorganized schizophrenia, which is considered to be a more severe type of schizophrenia characterized by thoughts, speech and behavior that may be inappropriate and not make sense. It also makes it difficult to carry out routine activities, and frustration and agitation may cause those diagnosed to "lash out," according to the Mayo Clinic.  Davis vyrote to her elected officials and spoke with lawyers, colleagues and counselors about what she believed were problems with the mental health system but to no . avail, Madalyn said.  Please see MAVRIS, page 12A  .............' Submitted p^oto  tinainthis 1999 photo.  What's in the cards for younger Mavris sister?  By ANNA DOLIANITIS  Staff writer  Indictments for murder against 25-year-old Christina Mavris have been "dismissed with leave to restore" if she regains competency, according to Second Judicial Circuit Solicitor Strom Thurmond Jr.  Christina Mavris allegedly fatally stabbed her mother, Schofield Middle School teacher Daiia Davis,  55; and then set fire to the house on May 3, 2007. She was foimd incompetent to stand trial and unlikely to become competent in the foreseeable future by Circuit Court Judge Doyet "Jack" Early following a Nov, 9 competency hear-ing.  ' Thurmond said that the solicitor's office reserves the right to charge an individual previously deemed incompetent and ordered to  receive mental health treatment if they later reach a functional level of competency and are released.  "If people regain their competency and are released from the Department of Mental Health, they are certainly in a position for us to recharge the case and let the prosecution go forward," said Thurmond.  Please see NEXT, page 12A  staff photo by Rob Novit  David Stoner, a St. Mary Help of Christians eighth-grader, won his third straight Math-counts competition Saturday.  Stoner solves way to 3rd win  By ROB NOVIT  Senior writer  . For the third straight year, David Stoner captured the individual Mathcounts title, but he got a lot of help from > his St. Mary Help of Christians School friends in winning th®'' regional team championship at Aiken Technical College on Saturday.  Stoner bested the field of students from 10 area middle schools with his score on the individual batteiy of tests. Teammates Peyton Crosby and Bradley Brodie took second and third, and Ashlee Kay finished a solid 11th overall.  As a team, St. Maiy qualified for the state Mathcounts, scheduled at Coastal Carolina University on March 12. Also qualifying for the state event is Merriwether Middle School, along with Jeffrey Chen of Schofield Middle School and Stefan Zotovic of Mead Hall. The two boys finished fourth and fifth on the individual competition and qualified as the highest performers not on one of the winning teams.  Please see STONER, page 16A  Area schools compete in Science Bowl  By ROB NOVIT  Senior writer  Dorman High School of Spartanburg captured the DOE Savannah River Regional Science Bowl Saturday, qualifying the team for the national event in Washington, D.C., in late April.  The regionals were held at use Aiken, with Spartanbing High School taking second and Lakeside High School of Evans finishing ^d.  South Aiken High School's squad won a "Brainteasers" challenge that focused on chemistry, earning $100 for the school.  The North Augusta High School No. 2 squad got through the preliminary rounds to the eight-team,.double-elim-ination finals. Also competing were North Augusta No. 1 and a team from Fox Creek High School.  Joshua HufiBnes served as the South Aiken c^tain, joined by teammates Sara Snyder, Matthew Barclay, Rob^ Gunter and Matt Bickford. The format is "Jeopardy" style, with contestants having to ring in with the answers on the toss-iq) questions. Team members fisk losing four points to their opponents if they ring in before the question is read in entirety.  "They were a little more daring," HufBnes said of the always-strong Lakeside team that captured their opening match. "But we have a lot of^ fim."  The Soufli Aiken coach, Beth Beckham, was delighted to see one of her former students, Travis Deason, who was coaching the Andrew Jackson High School team. A 2003 South Aiken graduate, Deason earned a chemistry degree at the University of South Carolina and spent three years with a pharmaceutical firm in Florence.  See SCIENCE, page 16A  Staff photo by. Rob Novit  The South Aiken High science t^am, which won a''Brainteasers" event at the regional Science Bowl Saturday, includes, from left, Sara Snyder, IMatthew Barclay, Robert Gunter and Joshua Huffines. Seated behind Snyder is teammate Matt Bickford.   

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