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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 16, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 YOUR LOCAL SOURCE SINCE 1867  TUESDAY, AUGUST 16,2011  VOL. 145, NO. 228 • 500  SCHOOL BEGINS!  Students jump into  new year  BY ROB NOVIT     1    movit@aikenstandard.com   Several children arm ing at Aiken Elementary School for the first day Monday looked a hit anxious, especially the kindergarten students.  Mikyan Marling 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 full-time. Mikyan is the baby, and his siblings are 18, 13 and ll.  “I le’s going to school all by himself now, but that’s OK," Marshall said. “He loves to jump into new things.”  About 24,0(X) students started school in Aiken County.  Many faculty members were in new situations, too, including Rebecca Koclker, the new Aiken Elementary principal after spending 11 years at *     !     '    (irecndale Elemen  tary School in New Ellenton.  Mother of Mikyan    “Every    body    has  Hafting, an Aiken    been very w claiming.  Elementary    and all arc anxious  kindergartner     10 ’]“» “’Tj*  ward, Koelkersaid.  “Aiken Elementary has a great reputation,  and I attribute that to tile staff, liar 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 m 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 to school all by himself now, but that’s OK. He loves to jump into new things.”  STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT  ALL SMILES: Breydon Anderson, foreground, and Caelin Barfield are ail smiles in an Aiken Elementary School kindergarten class Monday morning.  I i^b Like!  Like Aiken Standard on Facebook  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   See page 8A, 9A for more    * T * FF     photo by rob novit  back-to-school photos    FAMILY OUTING: Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Hansen bring  ik daughters Amber, left, and Chelsea to Aiken Elementary School on the first day of classes Monday  What    are you looking forward to this school year?  Mother charged in attempted murder  BY KAREN DAILY  kdaily@aikenstandard. com  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.  The teenager told investigators he was upset and then went into his bedroom. He said he heard a gunshot from outside his bedroom door. He said his mother entered his room and lunged at him w ith a pistol in her hand.  SEE ARREST 12A  Stephens  Man gets 20 years for drugs  BY ANNA DOLIANIHS   adohanitis@aikenstandard.cwn   A Neath Augusta man was sentenced in federal court last week to 20 yearn in prison for drug charges related to the shooting death of a 35-year-old Aiken man in 2009.  Vincent “V-Teeh” 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 rn connection to the November 2009 murder of Paul Lirley, who had intended to engage in a drug deal facilitated by Manning.  (Jn Nov. 23,2009, Lirtey w as found shot to death beside his vehicle in a North Augusta driveway after a tailed attempt to purchase marijuana, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney 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 atter  Manning  SEE SENTENCE 12A  BELO GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY  Baker receives Bi-Lo gift card  Baker  • 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  deals.atkensawy shopper.com  AREA DEATHS  Andrew Trapp, Williston Cynthia McLeod Aiken Linda Aiken Mills, Aiken Robert Charles Nicosia, Aiken Serena Corley Jones, Aiken Frances Hall Gardner, Candler, N C     INSIDE        .................T----------          Calendar............    5C    Movie Listings..,,    5C      Classifieds.........    SB    Obituaries........    RA      Crossword.......    40    Opinions........    UTA      Comics...............    SC    Sports....... ........    1B      Horoscopes    4C    TV Listings,.,......    ?C      Living On The Go 1C    Weather............    BC      e -    -wwwwr WWWW V         Southlawn Cemetery & Mausoleum  Aiken’s limier (Quieten  For AI Amitwi Time Beearn Two Cmnation Niches For The Price Of Ona 1   {\ ti iii ta* ptidtf.iiit.1 ’ii. tit' univ. I at* i nut) ixjttrt- «n (Inuit u,ui<< ■  We Accept  Pmide von and Fem e al Mind through Ihmrmagemeut Save Today! (HOT) K41-KHOO  4M4 Whiskey Ruud, Aiken, NI 'J9HU3  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 ’’  Morgan  Smith  South Aiken High School senior  “Being on top, being here and  doing all the things we do.”  Thomas  Hang,  South Aiken High School sophomore  “To sports and my friends.”  Raina  Comar  Chukker Creek Elementary School first-grader  “To having a great year.”  See what other students are looking forward to. | 2A, 3A   

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