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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 28, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 YOUR iJl^lAl SINCE !867  Reader's Choice Awards to debut Wednesday  • See the best of the best in Aiken.  DNA identifies body as that df missing woman Mattie Coleman  SUBMITTED  Mattia Coleman  • A body found in April, which the Aiken County Coroner's Office "presumptively" identified as that of missing Mattie Coleman, is conclusively the 69-year-old. The cause and manner of her. death, however, are still undetermined, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.  SEE LOCAL NEWS, 2A  LATE BREAKING NEWS  36-year-old Graniteville man dies from injuries from wreck  A 36-year-old Graniteville man died Monday at a Georgia hospital from injuries he received ff©m a sintte-vahMe ofasfron AcWy Road about 6 p.m., officials said.  Joseph Robinson was pronounced dead at Medical College of Georgia after crashing his 2000 Chevrolet Truck, said Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.  "Preliminary investigation has shown that Mr. Robinson was the driver of the truck and was not wearing a seat belt," Carlton said.  Robinson was driving south near the 100 block of Addy Road when the truck crossed over the northbound lane, left the roadway, overturned in a ditch and then struck a tree. He died from multiple body trauma.  "Robinson was entrapped for nearly an hour," the coroner said.  No other vehicles were involved in the crash. His death is the 12th traffic-related crash of the year.  Toxicology is pending. Robinson apparently was returning home from a friend's home, said Carlton.  TODAY'S FORECAST  SEE WEATHER, 6C  TALKBACK  Money for academics  • When Aiken stops worshipping football on Friday nights and the paper stops worshipping all those unnecessary sports, maybe we'll have enough money for academics.  SEE MORE TALKBACK 3A  AREA DEATHS  James William Leinart, Aiken Sidney L IVIanQr,Bath Steve L. Davis. Williston  SEE DEATHS AND FUNERAU, 6A  INSIDE  Calendar.!.  Classifieds.-..  Crossword...  Comics...  Horoscopes...  IIESOAV JUNE 28,.2011  ¥0L 45.10J79 * 50C  HALEY HUGHES/STAFF  Christopher Lawson, left, and Jeremy Youngblood, right, give each other a pre-emptive high five in anticipation of South Carolina's meeting with Florida in Game 1 of the College World Series finals.  CAROUNA PRIDE  Gamecock fans gather with hopes of a second NCAA title.  BY HALEY HUGHES   hhughes@aikenstandard.com   It was the big screens at City Billiards that Jeremy Youngblood and Christopher Lawson sought out Monday.  The two die-hard University of South Carolina fans grabbed prime seating to watch their favorite team go inning-to-inning with the University of Florida Gators in what was the first game of the College World Series finals.  A series win could give the Gators (53-17) their first baseball championship, but their SEC East foe South Carolina Gamecocks (53-14) are the defending champion. The matchup marks the first time since 1998 that two teams from the same conference will square off for the championship.  SEE CAROUNA, 10A  SOUTH CAROLINA  RECORD: 54-14 (22-8 SEC)  KEY WINS: Florida (3), Vaiiclerbilt (2),  Clemson (2), Ark. (2)  NCAA RECORD: 112-56 (27 appearances)  BEST RESULT: CWS National Champs (2010)  CWS APPEARANCES: 10 ('75, '77, '81-82,  •85, -02-04,'10,'11)  OVERALL RECORD: 1083-469-3 (.698)  FLORIDA  RECORD: 18 (22-8 SH.)  KEY WINS: Swept Alabama, LSU, Miami, Olu Miss  NCAA RECORD: 80-57 (26 appearances)  • Ranked l\lo. 1 in RPI for most of campaign  • Ranked in top 5 for entirety of season OVERALL RECORD: 2230-1428-24 ( .606)  Intonmtioi! compiled iiom fidnhU'ocksonl!iiej:stvcoi  GAMECOCKS WIN FIRST GAME OF FINALS OVER GATORS. SEE COVERAGE ON  Kids will get chance to explore heavy machinery  BY HALEY HUGHES  hhughes@aikenstandard com  The annual Touch-a-Truck Day, sponsored by the City of Aiken Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, is scheduled for July 16.  The pounds of the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center will transform into a heavy machinery petting zoo of sorts, where children can climb in, on, around and honk the horns of ambulances, dump trucks, fire trucks and more.  This will be the ninth araiual Touch-a-Truck Day, which is free and open to the public.  The event will last from 9 a.m. to noon at the Weeks Center, 1700 Whiskey Road.  Attendance is generally strong at 400 and 500 people.  Voters to  new redistricting plan in Nov.  BYAMYBANTON  Staff writer  Aiken City voters wiU decide if a referendum for a new Council district plan wUl pass in November.  Council members unanimously approved, on Monday evening, the second reading of an ordinance to hold a referendum that will ask residents to vote on a 6-1 plan (six single-member districts and a mayoral seat.) That would replace the current 4-2-1 format (four single-member districts, two-at large members and the mayoral seat) which was put in place more than 20 years ago to transition out of having all at-laige members on Council.  If the referendum doesn't pass, and the redrawing of the lines in the current format is not pre-cleared by the U.S. Justice Department, the City could possibly face a lawsuit.  Attorney Jim HoUy, who is assisting the City with the redistricting process, was at Monday night's meeting to address any of Council's questions.  Due to a large increase in District 4, which is located on the south side of Aiken, the other three districts have a fairly lower number of  SEE COUNCIL, 12A  Haley signs crackdown on illegal immigration  ACLU plans to lead a court . challenge to new anti-illegal immigration measure.  BY JIM DAVENPORT  iwitter.com/jimdavenport_ap  COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley signed changes into law on Monday that grant more power to police to check whether people are illegal immigrants, a move expected to face legal challenges after similar measures were met with lawsuits in other states.  The changes in law require police in South Carolina to call federal immigration officials if someone is suspected of bemg in the country illegally. And it creates a new poUce force to enforce a law that would also make it a felony to make fake photographic identification for illegal immigrants. People convicted of that felony could face $25,000 fines and five years in prison.  The changes tighten what already were some of the nation's toughest measures to curb illegal immigrants living and working here.  Haley, the Bamberg-bom daughter of immigrants from India, emphasized her background as she spoke to supporters and opponents at the bill signing.  SEE IMMIGRATION, 12A  Gov. Nikki Haley will veto proposals to use taxpayer money to run the first-in-the-South Republican presidential primary in February. I STATE NEWS, 6A  A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked parts of Georgia's strict new law targeting illegal immigration from taking effect. REGIONAL NEWS, 7A  SC Uyln(|OnTt|e§p Ift^^  9B Movie Listing^.. 90  4C Opinions... 11A  3C Sports..: IB,  4C TVUstirigs...   

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