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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 20, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina -tow is your mom awesome? MOTHER’S DAY CONTEST INSIDE TODAY Wednesday April 20,2011 Vol. 145, No. 110 Today's Weather I High 88° > Low Full forecast 112C Nom* Loc al Source* Since* I 8(i7 —— www.aikenstandard.com 500 Man gets $275K after Graniteville wreck Lawyer: Client opted out of Norfolk Southern class-action settlement Associated Press lung injuries from a deadly South Carolina train wreck and An Aiken County jury has chemical spill, awarded $275,000 to a man Attorney Paul Dominick said who claims to suffer pcnnanent Tuesday the case is the first resulting from the Jan. 6, 2005, crash to be decided by a jury. IXiminick said his client, David Anderson, opted out of a class-action settlement between Norfolk Southern and a pool of hundreds w ho claimed they suffered serious crash-related injuries. Nine people died and 250 were injured after a Norfolk Southern train veered off the main track, rear-ending a parked tram whose crew had failed to switch the tracks back to the main rail. The wreck ruptured a car carrying chlorine and released a poisonous cloud over the town. Some 5,400 people were c\adiated. lignite (fexifefy Summer Fun Guide is in today’s edition * Find cx/t all the fun activities for famtkes happening in the Aiken area this summer I INSIDE at ii ijfemaa New Alzheimer’s guidelines Now diagnostic anana reieasod by th* U S National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer s Ass** mtion Three stages of Alzheimer'% disease 1 Preclinical • Clumps of a protein catted amyloid begin to form rn the brain, the ear it#*! sign of the disease • Can be seen with brain imaging spinal lap* and other tests • Starts about 10 yews before dementia aet* rn • Clinical n agnostic criteria tor this stage to be developed S Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) • Milo changes rn memory and thinking ability enough to be noticed and measured but not enough to compromise daily activities and functioning t Dementia • Memory thinking and behavonai change* that impair a person's ability to function Sou>ui mammal ttmaoeOB* UC. I •• .>■. man nm* rsmh* i'*' cae elan ucr Aim Joseph “Joe" Davis, Aiken James "Dewey" Hill, Aiken Bonnie Lucite James, Aiken Christopher C. "Chris" Moseley, Aiken Carolyn D. Seepy, Warrenville William C. Tyrrell. Aiken Gerald Ray Williams, North Augusta Deaths and Funerals IBA likJlde Calendar 3C Classifieds SB Comics IOC Dear Abby ne Horoscopes ne Markets 4B Movie Listings SC Nation/Wjprld 14A Opinions ISA Puzzles IIC TV Listings 2C AIKEN COUNTY PROWL AND GROWL Clemson’s Dabo Swinney fired up for new season By CAM HUFFMAN Sports editor The overwhelming feeling throughout much of the fall for Clemson fans was one of disappointment. Following a 2000 campaign where the Tigers played for the ACC title, the 2010 Clemson squad struggled to a 6-7 season that concluded with a loss to South Florida in the Meineke (’ar Care Bowl. But Tuesday night at the Aiken County Clemson Club’s Prow l and Growl meetmf the first rn a series of spring stops, there was nothing but excitement in the air. “To me, this is what Clemson is all about," said Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney as he looked out at the hundreds of orange clad fans at the USG Aiken Convocation Center. “I love to get out and thank folks for their support and create some excitement in the fan base. We’re coming off a very disappointing season for everybody. But our future is now, and our future is bright ” Ex-teacher gets 12 years for sex with student SUdf photo by Cam Huffman Carolin* Bland, left and Christian Haskins meet Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney at Tuesday's Aiken County Prowl and Growl meeting at the USC Aiken Convocation Center. Clemson head basketball coach Brad Brownell: It’s evident the fans care about the Tigers’ success on the hardwood. 11B Much of that excitement comes from a new off ense put in by new offensive coordinator Chad Moms, who joined the Clemson staff after spending last season at I uLsa, where he led the Golden I lur* ricanes to 505.6 yards ol total offense per game, a number that ranked fifth in the nation. Swinney said the T igers installed about 60 percent ot Please see CLEMSON, page 13A ■ Former Leavelle McCampbell teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl pleaded guilty Tuesday. By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer After a jury was selected for his trial on Tuesday morning, a 29-ycar-old former Leavelle McCampbell Middle School history teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years in prison for criminal sexual conduct w ith a minor and committing lewd acts im a child. Joseph J. Magm Jr. was sentenced to 12 years each for four counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second Magm degree and 12 years each for four counts of lewd act on a child in Aiken County. I Ic also waived jurisdiction for one count of cnmtnal sexual conduct with a minor in Richland County and was sentenced to 12 years for it on Tuesday. The sentences will all mr concurrently Magm admitted to engaging in sexual activity' with a 14-year-old female student on multiple occasions # iii May and June of 2tXf9, which was reported after the v ictim’s family member discos ered telephone records show mg more than I OO text messages and phone call* per day between Magm and the victim and contacted authorities Magm and the student Please see PLEA, page ISA School budget draft guardedly optimistic Police: Body presumptively that of missing Aiken woman By ROB NOVIT Senior writer No one would claim an economic recovery tn South Carolina just yet; nevertheless, the Aiken County Board of Education's 2011-12 budget outlook is looking considerably brighter than in the past three years. The preliminary operation budget announced at a board meeting Tuesday is $ 151,2 million - nearly $6 million higher than a previous budget projection in March. fhat’s still million* less than just a few ears ago. Still, things do look considerably better despite the economic situation, said Board Chair Rosemary English. While the legislative session is not yet complete, said Vice Chairman Ray Fleming, “I do feel cautiously optimistic.” Additional state allocations plus funding flexibility and carryover funds will enable the school district to retain its reading interventionists - a big component of the district’s literacy focus in recent years. Those teachers were paid the past two years with federal stimulus funds that will run out in June. The budget at the moment calls for rn) tax increase tor operations and a modest 1.9-mill increase for the debt service budget. However, the Please see BUDGET, page 16A By KAREN DAILY Staff writer Officials are awaiting the arriv al of 69-y ear-old Manic Coleman’s two sons from New York to cross reference DNA taken from the remains of a body found Monday. Aiken County Coroner Tun C arlton saki the body is “presumptively that of Marne Coleman;” however, officials will not be sure until the DNA tests are complete. “We are land of iii a holding pattern right now,” he said, adding thai he expects the family will arrive shortly rho DNA samples will be sent for analysts, which can take anywhere from several days to weeks before tested and returned The body was discov ered around 2:30 p.m. Monday near Coleman’s 589 Union Churel! Road in Aiken She di*appeared from her resilience on March 30. Carlton said titere arc a number of tactor* w bch lead officials to believe the woman’s death was suspicion* howev er, he would only indicate there were some inconstancies and said he could nix discuss the details of the case Coleman More te*i* an? also still pending, he added Due to the dec*imp- aition of the body, Newberry pathologists will pert* mn mien acopic tests on the remains rn an effort to determine how and when the woman found dead Monday died Officials hav e also scheduled a meeting tor today to disc uss the case, I adion said. According to deputies who searched the woman s residence atter she disappeared, there was nothing in Coleman’s home to uultcale a crime had been committed “Even looking back now, we don’t have anything Please see BODY, page 16A I riGPS ii I own — VkJi M, JL JI xk. U m rn rn rn. / Buying Gold Since 1952. High Prices Are Being Paid b ' *■ 54009*0000 i ,,n v 'ame In And Set Why We Were Voted Best Jewelry Store In Aiken! I Get Cash Today! 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