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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 16, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 FT  YOUR LOCftL SOUfiCE SINCE 1867  TUESDAY, AUGUST 16,2011  VOL 145 NO. 228 • 500  SCHOOL BEGINS!  Students jump into new year  BY ROB NOVIT   movit@aikenstandarcl.com   STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT  ALL SMILES: Breydon Anderson, foreground, and Caelin Barfield are all smiles in an Aiken Elementary School kindergarten class Monday morning.  i"' ' L t iv ' ; » 4 '4 '  by  ¿b Like  ■■v  iv  Uke Aiken Standard onFacebook  Did you post pictures of the first day of school on Facebook? Send them in, and we'll print them in the Aiken Standard^.  Send "Back To School Photos" . to  editorial@aikenstandard.com   I See page 8A, 9A for more 1 back-to-school photos.  STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT FAMILY OUTING: Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Hansen bring daughters Amber, left, and Chelsea to Aiken Elementary School on the first day of classes Monday.  Several children arriving at Aiken Elementary School for the first day Monday looked a bit anxious, especially the kindergarten students.  MilQ'an Harling wasn't among them. He was all smiles as he walked toward the school with his mother, Tabitha Marshall.  Actually, she admitted it's a little strange to see him attend school ilill-time. Mikyan is the baby, and his siblings are 18, Band 11.  "He's going to school all by himself now, but that's OK," Marshall said. "He loves to jump into nev.' things."  About 24,000 students started school in Aiken County.  Many faculty members were in new situations, too, including Rcbecca Koelker, the new Aiken Elementary principal after spending 11 years at Greendale Elementary School in New Ellenton.  "Everybody has been very w elcoming, and all are anxious to keep moving forward," Koelker said. "Aiken Elementary has a great reputation, and I attribute that to the staff. Bar none, they have some of the finest teachers I've seen."  At Jackson Middle School, principal Earl Ishmal wants to build on his first year in that role.  "We've got a strong strategic plan and a lot of big things planned for our students this year," he said. "We're always about exposure,  SEE SCHOOL, 12A  "He's going 0 school a himself now, but that's OK. He loves to ump into new things."  Mother of Mikyan Harling, an Aiken Elementary kindergartner  What are you looking forward to this school year?  Stephens  Mother charged in attempted murder  BY KAREN DAILY  kdaily@aikenstandard.confi  A North Augusta woman who was armed when she reportedly got into an altercation with her 15-year-old son Friday evening has been charged with attempted murder.  Eva A. Stephens, 44, of Audubon Circle in North Augusta, was arrested around 9:30 p.m.  North Augusta Public Safety officers said the woman was intoxicated at the time of her arrest.  The victim reportedly called 911 after he and his mother became embroiled in an argument. 1 The teenager told investigators he was upset  and then went into his bedroom. He said he I heard a gunshot from outside his bedroom door. He said his mother entered his room and lunged at him with a pistol in her hand.  SEE ARREST, 12A  Man gets 20 years for drugs  BYANNADOLIANITIS   adolianitis@aikenstandard.cem   A North Augusta man was sentenced in federal court last week to 20 years in prison for drug charges related to the shooting death of a 35-year-old Aiken man in 2009.  Vmcent "V-Tech" Manning, 35, of Weston Street in North Augusta, pleaded guilty in federal court in Columbia to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana in connection to the November 2009 murder of Paul Lirley, who had intended to engage in a drug deal facilitated by Manning.  On Nov. 23,2009, Lirley was found shot to death b^ide his vehicle in a North Augusta driveway after a failed attempt to purchase marijuana, according to Assistant U.S. Attomey J.D. Rowell.  Manning facilitated a drug deal between Lirley and Robert Smith, 20, who late last month was sentenced to 30 years in prison after  SEE SENTENCE 12A  Manning  Alex Allen  Midland Valley High School, 17  "We have some good coaches this year. (I'm excited for) the playoffs this year and for basketball and football. I hope we make it past the first and second round of playoffs. I wish good luck to all the coaches."  BRO GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY Baker receives Bl-Lo gift card  •Ron Baker is the second winner of the Bi-Lo Gift Card Giveaway. Baker will receive a $100 Bi-Lo gift card. Sign up for your chance to win at deals, aikensavvyshopper. com. One winner will be notified via email each day until Aug. 22.  See what other students are looking forward tor | 2A, 3A deais.aikensawyshopp65Com  Morgan Smith  South Aiken High School senior  "Being on top, being here and doing all the things we do."  Thomas Hang,  South Allien High School sophomore  "To sports and my friends."  Ralna Comar  Chukker Creek Elementary . School first-grader  "To having a great year."  Baker  AREA DEATHS  Andrew Trapp, Wliliston Cynthia McLeod, Aiken Linda Aiken Mills, Aiken Robert Charles Nicosia, Aiken Serena Coriey Jones, Aiken Frances Haii Gardner, Candler, N.C.  INSIDE  Calendar....................5C Uom Ustings...........5C  Classifieds.................5B Obituaries..................6A  Crossword................4C Opinions.................13A  Comics.......................3C Sports........................IB  Horoscopes..............4C TV Listings...............2C  Living On The G0......IG Weather.....................6C  Southlawn Cemetery & Mausoleum  Aiken s Premier Cemetery  Considering Cremation?  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