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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 20, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 How is your mom awesome?  MOTHER'S DAY CONTEST INSIDE TODAY  fi'  C ' ''.  Wednesday  April 20,2011  Vol. 145, No. 110  Today^ WBather  t:  High  ar  Low 62»  Full forecast n2C  V o 11 r I. o c a I S o u r' c c Si i ì ( : c I 8 ( i 7  www.aikenstandard.com  =====  500  Man gets $275K after Graniteyille wreck  Lawyer: Client opted out of Norfolk Southern class-action settlement  Associated Press  An Aiken County jury has awarded $275,000 to a man who claims to suffer permanent  Summer Fun Guide is in today's edition  ^ Find out all the fun activities for families happening in the Aiken area this summer. I INSIDE  New Alzheimer's guidelines  New diagnostic criteria released by the U.S. National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association:  Three stages of Alzheimer^ disease  Ü Preclinical  ' Clumps of a protein called amyioid begin to form in the brain, the earliest sign of the disease  • Can be seen with brain imaging, spinal taps and other tests  • Starts about 10 years before dementia sets in  • Clinical diagnostic criteria for this stage to be developed  S Miucognime impalntiettt(mif  • f\/lild changes in memory and thinking ability, enough to be noticed and measured but not enough to compromise daily activities and functioning  I Itomentia  • Memory, thinking and behavorial changes that impair a person's ability to function  Source: Alzheimer's Association, MCT llluslralion Banli  Graphic; Pat Carr ® 2011 MCT  /¿ìooskìMÌIS  Joseph'Ooe" Davis,  Aiken  James "Dewey" Hill,  Aiken  Bonnie Lucile James,  Aiken  Christopher C. "Chris" Moseley,  Aiken  Carolyn D. Seeby,  Warrenville William C. Tyrrell,  Aiken  Gerald Ray Williams,  North Augusta  Deaths and Funerals 16A  Calendar  3C  Calendar     Classifieds    5B      Comics    IOC      Dear Abby    nc      Horoscopes    lie      Markets    4B      Movie Listings    3C      Nation/W^rld    14A      Opinions    ISA      Puzzles    lie      TV Listings    2C     lung injuries from a deadly resulting from the Jan. 6,2005,  South Carolina train wreck and crash to be decided by a jury, chemical spill. Dominick said his client.  Attorney Paul Dominick said David Anderson, opted out of a  Tuesday the case is the first class-action settlement between  Norfolk Southem and a pool of hundreds who claimed they suffered serious crash-related injuries.  Nine people died and 250  were injured after a Norfolk Southem train veered off the main track, rear-ending a parked train 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 evacuated.  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  disappointmfnt  Following a 2009 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 Car Care Bowl.  But Tuesday night at the Aiken County Clemson Club's Prov^l and Growl meeting; the first in aperies 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 himdreds of orange clad fans at the USC 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."  Staff photo by Cam Huffman  Caroline 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. I IB  Much of that excitement comes from a new offense put in by new offensive coordinator Chad Morris, who joined the Clemson staff after spending last season at Tulsa, where he led the Golden Hur  ricanes to 505.6 yards of total offense per game, a number that ranked tifth in the nation.  Swinney said the Tigers installed about 60 percent of  Please see CLEMSON, page 13A  Ex-teacher gets 12 years for sex with student  ■ Former Leavelle McCampbell teacher accused of iiaving a ssxual relationship with a 14-year-old girl pleaded guilty Tuesday.  By ANNA DOLIANITIS  Staff writer  After a juiy was selected for his trial on Tuesday morning, a 29-year-old former Leavelle McCampbell Middle School history teacher accused of having a sexual relationship ^th a 14-year-old student pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years in prison for criminal sexual conduct with a minor and conunitting lewd acts on a child.  Joseph J. Magni Jr. was sentenced to 12 years each for four counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second  Magni  degree and ) 2 years each for four counts of lewd act  Uil U «.llllU  in Aiken County.  He also waived jurisdiction for one count of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in Richland County and was sentenced to 12 years for it on Tuesday.  The sentences will all run concurrently.  Magni admitted to engaging in sexual activity with a 14-year-old female student on multiple occasions in May and June of 2009, which was reported after the victim's family member discovered telephone records showing more than 100 text messages and phone calls per day between Magni and the victim and contacted authorities.  Magni and the student  Please see PLEA, page 16A  School budget draft guardedly optimistic  By ROB NOVIT  Senior writer  No one would claim an economic recovery in 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.  That's still millions 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 fimding flexibility and carryover fimds 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 no tax increase for operations and a modest 1.9-mill increase for the debt service budget. However, the  Please see BUDGET, page 16A  Police: Body presumptively that of missing Aiken woman  By KAREN DAILY  Staff writer  Officials are awaiting the arrival of 69-year-old Mattie Coleman's two sons from New York to cross reference DNA taken from the remains of a body found Monday.  Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said the body is "presumptively thai of Mattie Coleman;" however, officials will not be sure until the DNA tests are complete.  "We are kind of in a holding pattern right now," he said,' addmg that he expects the family will airive shortly.  The DNA samples will be sent for analysis, which can take anywhere from several  days to weeks before tested and returned.  The body was discovered around 2:30 p.m. Monday near Coleman's 589 Union Church Road in Aiken. She disappeared from her residence on March 30.  Carlton said there are a. number of factors which lead officials to beheve the woman's death was suspicious; however, he would only indicate there were some inconstancies and said he could not discuss the details of the case.  Coleman  More tests are also still pending, he added.  Due to the decomposition of the body, Newberry pathologists will perform microscopic tests on the remains in an effort to determine how and when the woman found dead Monday died.  Officials have also scheduled a meeting for today to discuss the case, Carlton said.  According to deputies who searched the woman's residence after she disappeared, there was nothing in Coleman's home to indicate a crime had been committed.  "Even looking back now, we don't have anything  Please see BODY, page 16A  Buying Gold Since 1952, High Prices Are Being Paid  vMd We  m Voted *';Best Jewelry Store In Aiken!  Get Cash Today! We Buy All Gold, Scrap Gold, Diamonds, Silver, Broken Jewelry, Silver Coins, and Estate Jewelry.  1601 Whiskey Road • 649-0475  _Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 j   

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