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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 21, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 JUNIOR INVITATIONAL LEADERBOARD  1st -IO Tied-2nd -5 Tied-2nd -5 Tied-4th -4 Tied-4th -4 6th    -3    Tied-7th    -2    Tied-7th    2    Tied-7th    2    Tied-7th    -2  N. Reach M. Nesmith P. Rodgers E.Grillo    N.Kimsey    JD    Tomlinson    T.    Moore    M.    Bernard    B.    Connolly    M.Puyat  INSIDE Coverage, Staying on Par with Matt Nesmith’  • Full leaderboard, tee times  48  Thursday  April 21,2011  Today's Weather  Sib.    High  82°  Vol. 145, No. 111  ^ our Local Son rec Since I 807  SSS*——  www.aikenstandard.com  mmmbm  Full forecast 1 6C  50C  PTO president charged with stealing $20K  By KAREN DAILY and ROB NOVIT  Staff writers  A former Jefferson Elementary PTO president has been arrested on allegations she has been bilking the organization’s account since she was first issued a PTO debit card in April 2009, officials said.  Dawn B. Gresham, 38, of Chaffee Street in Warrenville,  is charged with breach of trust w ith fraudulent intent, value $5,000 or more.  Burnettown Police Chief David Paul Smith said she surrendered Tuesday.  Another PTO member, the treasurer.  Gresham  first found account discrepancies on April ll.  Smith said the treasurer never received the statements from Gresham’s debit card. That paperwork was sent to the school, but Gresham was the only person who opened it, the police chief explained.  When the treasurer did look over the statement, in addition to charges (see chart), she also noticed several ATM  cash withdrawals, Smith said.  The treasurer then obtained statements from the Regions Bank account dating back to April 2009, when the card was issued to Gresham, and found the transactions had been ongoing since it was firs! issued to Gresham.  The total amount stolen is reported to be $20,500.  Please see PTO, page 5A  Some of the questionable charges include:  SCE&G payment Valley Pubic Service Utility ATM withdrawals Wireless phone bill Mortgage payments Payments to South Carolina government Auto parts purchases Department store purchases  DirecTV payments Fuel purchases Sanitation service payments GPS charges Bowling lane fees Hotel room fees Electronic game cards for cellular phones/internet Restaurant charges  Graniteville suit likely not the last  By ANNA DOLIANITIS  Staff writer  The first civil law-urt-feinted to-thc 2005 Granite ilk train derailment to be decided by a jury resulted in a $275,000 award to a Granitev tile couple this week, and close to 200 more cases could end in a similar way.  David Anderson and his wife, Robin, were granted $230,000 in personal injury compensation and $45,000 in property damage compensation when an Aiken O'linty jury decided that Norfolk Southern C orporation was at fault for the injuries and economic Ionscn the Anderson** incurred as a result of the 2005 derailment and chlorine gas exposure that killed nine and displaced about 5,400 people.  The vast majority of victims of the crash were represented through a class-action  lawsuit, but Anderson opted OIA, said attorney for the plaintiff, Cheryl Shorn!.  Many of the cases have been disposed along the way, cither through settlements, dismissals or a change of heart by the v ictims, Shoun said.  Shoun said there arc approx unately 180 cases that have yet to be heard in the matter, but she said her client is happy with the settlement he received.  * My client is very pleased. Ile opted out of the class actions that were initiated fairly early on atter lite wTeck, arui he’s quite pleased with tfa; verdict. He’s quite pleased that he has had his day in court," said Shoun.  Both Anderson and his wife suffered damages from the train wreck and gas exposure.  Please see SUIT, page 14A  ^ to ama 11 IST /Vik en  pitcher fans ‘Sports Front’ team  ► New movie full of adventures under the tag top Review 11C  Cynthia C McGuigan,  Aiken  Henry Mosley,  Aiken  Shirley A. Jackson,  Augusta  Mary M. Merriweather,  Graniteville Deaths and Funerals 16A     32083d  Calendar    5C      Classifieds    5B      Comics    3C      Dear Abby    4C      Horoscopes    4C      Markets    12A      Movie Listings    SC      Nation/World    12A      Opinions    13A      Puzzles    4C      Sports    IB      TV Listings    2C     NAHS students pledge to  By SUZANNE R. STONE  Staff writer  NORTH AUGUSTA North Augusta I ligh School juniors and seniors took the pledge and sealed it w uh a thumbprint Wednesday at an “X the TXT’ presentation on the danger* of texting while dm mg.  The presentation was given by Allstate agent Allen Simmons, Steve Deibel of the South Carolina chapter of the National Safety ( ouncil and Ll. Verne Sadler of the North Augusta Department of Public Safety. Atter the speakers were through, the students were asked to recite a np-tcxting* while-dnv mg pledge, placed their thumbpt ints on a “Txtng Kl Is” banner on the gymnasium wall and received “Txtng Klls” thumb rings to remind them not to text while dm mg.  “Distracted driving is the No. I killer of young people in the country. I know you probably thought it was alcohol-related deaths, and there are a kit of  Please tee TXT, page 5A  North Augusta High School students “X the TXT" presentation Wednesday  Staff photo by Suzanne Stone leave their thumbprints on a "Txtng KIU' banner at an  By AMY BANTON  Staff writer  Anyone who stands on ; plate with bat in hand front of USG Aiken soffit pitcher India Komegay ould be warned.  This woman can pitch high velocity, so be pre-red to strike out or at ist have ^ore wrists from (ting a softball which nd of resembles a blazing »met after she releases it un her hand.  I w itnessed the Peach sit Conference Freshman  “On the Sports Front* airs Friday at 7 p.m. on ASTV.  of the Year pitch a softball at a whopping 60-some-  i - ,    thing miles  I per hour r    at some of  rn » my brave rn    a    co-workers  IL I > J Tuesday ll    ■    afternoon.  L Ty 1 1  s P orts   Komegay    f 1  dl ‘“ r 1 J,n   Hull man,  copy editor Jeremy  Timmerman and ASTV  sports commentator Ed  Girardeau all attempted to hit one of her pitches. Though bat and ball barely met, each of them had some kind of contact. Jeremy and Ed made definite hits. Cam’s hit was undetermined to be fair or foul -the debate continues.  “I sort of knew what to expect going in try ing to hit against India,” said Huffman.  Please see SOFTBALL page SA  -    »■-*     J  Staff photo by Amy Benton  Copy editor Jeremy Timmerman attempts to get a hit off USC Aiken star pitcher India Kornegay.  TAKE AN ADDITIONAL  s 500 OFF TOWARDS GORI^iN  MI lf Mi IMM! I « Mf AA * AAJ    J APII MB CtXCVTOlCt  2031 Gordon Highway, Augusta | "Just 1-Mile East of    .  the Bobby Jones Expressway’*  706-733-9411  gordonaugusta.com  Must present coupon upon arrival at ifcdierstop Cannot be combined with any ottw otters   

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