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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 19, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 p  z  YOUR LOCAL SOURCE SINCE 1867  ASTV presents High School Football 2011  High school football season begins again today, as four area teams take the field for Week Zero matchups. For the third straight season, ASTV will bring those games into the homes of area fans through the magic of television. The Mr. Central Game of the Week will feature the week’s best games and give v iewers a chance to watch the actioh online and on TV.  UTHE NEWS  CREW  Broadcasters  • Ed Girardeau (play-by-play)  • Ken Brace (play-by-play)  • Cam Huffman (sidelines)  Production  • Ian O’Briant (technical director)  • James Grigsby (director)  • Tim O’Briant (executive editor)  Cameras  • Cindy Kubovic  • Craig Goodale  • Matthew Scott  • Brian Lagunas  • David Boyd  Statistics  • Rick deMedicis  • Cecelia deMedicis  Scoreboard operator •Al deMedicis  Game schedule  (tentative) Aug. 19-Williston-Elko at Strom Thurmond Aug. 26 - Silver Bluff at Aiken Sept. 2 - Midland Valley at South Aiken Sept. 9 - Wagener-Salley at Fox Creek  SEE FOOTBALL, 16A  X  STAFF PHOTO BY AMY BANTON  Color City’s newest vehicle electric green  The City of Aiken is getting a little greener by going electric. The City has obtained a new electric truck to be used by the Public Service Department in Hopelands Gardens and in the parkways of downtown Aiken. Rather than filling up on diesel fuel, this truck can be plugged into an electrical outlet to charge.  SEE LOCAL NEWS, 2A  LOCAL POLL  Should Clemson leave the ACC for the SEC?  YOS 2627%  No 34.75%  I don t care 3896%  •Taken from an online poll as of 8 p.m. Thursday. Visit  www.aikenstandard.com  to vote in today's poll.  BI-LO GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY  Kim Justice wins $100 Bi-Lo gift card in giveaway  • Rim Justice has been selected to 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  Au*) 22-  JUSTICE  deals.alkensavvyshopper.coni  TODAY'S FORECAST  92 r 70  SEE WEATHER 12C  AREA DEATHS  Donald Armondo Joseph Modo,  North Augusta Elma Frierson Britton, Aiken Frances Hall Wise, Batesburg Mary G. House, Williston Sally J. Leiser, North Augusta  SEE OEATHS AND FUNERALS 6A  INSIDE  Calendar  3C    Movie Listings  Classifieds.................ID    Opinions ....  Crossword    IOC    Sports -......  Comics...   9C    National News.  Horoscopes............IOC    TV Listings......  Living On The Go .... .1C    Weather...........  3C  ISA  ...IB  14A  2C  12C  FRIDAY, AUGUST 19.2011  VOL. 145.N0.231 • 500  JI Iii I'ii ll I lit I'  b ■^4009*0000  SUBMITTED PHOTO  A MONSTER OF A SHOW: Monster truck Grave Digger will make its South Carolina drag racing debut on Saturday at Carolina Dragway.  Grave Digger to make its drag racing debut  Carolina Dragway welcomes Thunder Jam  HERRING  BY ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON   awilliamson@aikenstandard.com   Experience an evening full of dueling horsepower, jct dragsters, fire and mayhem as Taco Bell presents Thunder Jam, returning to Carolina Dragway on Saturday.  Each year, Thunder Jam roars into Aiken County at Jackson’s signature race track - often referred to as the I louse of Hook -and this year, the show is bnngtng a little something extra.  Grave Digger will invade the dragstrip. The notorious Monster Jam truck is driven by Randy Brown.  “Drag racing is brand new to monster trucks, and Randy Brown has spent the enure year traveling with the HIRA .and Eh under Jam and has really gotten hooked on it,” said Larry Crum, Thunder Jam’s media and publicity manager. “It's really neat to see not only him go down the track, but when he goes against a (lame shooting  WANT TO GO?  WHAT?: Taco Bell presents Thunder Jam at the Carolina Dragway, 302 Dragstrip Road. Jackson (12 miles east of Augusta off Highway 123)  WHEN?: Saturday, gates open at 4 p.m.; Thunder Fest Pit Party begins at 5:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m.  COST: $20 for adults, $5 for children For more information, call (877) 471-7223 or visit  www.thunderjam.com .  jet dragster, that’s really something else,” In a press release issued this week, local pro mod driver Richard Fleck spoke about his visit to the drag strip last weekend and  SEE THUNOER JAM 16A  Intimidation now added to assault charge against man  BY KAREN DAILY   kdaily@aikenstandard.com   An Aiken man accused earlier this year of choking his girlfriend and then biting her on the face has been charged with intimidating a witness on allegations he has threatened her to keep her from testifying against him in court, officials said.  James Daniel Herring, 31, is charged with intimidation of a w itness.  He reportedly sent the victim a threatening text message on Aug. I with the intent of preventing her from testifying against him, said investigators with Aiken Public Safety.  The victim went to police with the threatening message, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was jailed Wednesday. I Its bond has been set for SI00,000.  The initial charges against him stem from an April assault on the woman.  Herring reportedly grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the floor during an argument. When she began to scream for help. police sa\ he began to choke her. She told investigators she felt as if she was going to black out The suspect reportedly bit the woman on her face within a half-inch of her eve and then threatened to kill her and her family if she called for help.  The woman waited until May 2 before going to police. At the time, she was still badly bruised and still had a fresh bite mark on her face, officials said.  The evening of the April attack, police say a neighbor had called police to report hearing a woman screaming for help. The v ictim was not located that evening. It wasn't until she came forward thai police knew who was screaming for help.  Following the investigation, investigators issued warrants for his arrest. He had left the area, police said. I (erring surrendered on May 16.  According to officials. Herring continued to send the victim threatening levi messages, claiming he was a member of a gang and would hurt her.  Then, on Aug. I, Herring sent a threat to the woman, police said.  Herring was attempting to keep her from testify mg in court against him, investigators said.  On Thursday, Herring was directly indicted by a grand jury for the initial assault alleged ami the first series of text messages ilia! reportedly followed.  He is being held at the Aiken ( ounty detention center for intimidation of a witness.  USCA focuses on writing, involvement  BY ROB NOVIT   rnovit@aikenstandard.com   USC Aiken’s Dr. Andy Dyer will teach a writing course this year, which sounds quite unusual for a professor in the Department of Biology and Geology.  Specifically, Dyer will incorporate a “writing intensive’’ component into his ecology class - part of a new university initiative to promote stronger writing skills It’s actually nothing new for Dyer.  “This really doesn’t change anything a whole lot,” he said on the first day of classes Thursday. “I require a lot of reading and writing. Whether it’s a test or quiz or an assigned reading, there’s always a writing component'  After the current freshmen take composition English 10J and 102, they will ta: required to take three designated courses designed to improve their writing competency Gne of those courses must be in their major, said Dr. Suzanne Ozment, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.  “We’re try ing to emphasize the importance of written communication, that it’s not just for English majors,” she said. “Faculty across the campus are going to reinforce that .message. Those from individual departments proposed courses, and we’ll continue to add to that list:”  USCA is now promoting a kind of threetiered approach for its 3,200 students - foil engagement in academics and campus life, the  STAFF PHOTO BY ROI N0YIT  BETWEEN CLASSES: On the first day of classes at USC Aiken, freshmen, from left Darcy Mabry Anna Flanagan, Sharine Carter and Tolbert Holmes get together during lunch Holmes graduated from Aiken High, while the others graduated from South Aiken High,  writing process and a new focus on critical inquiry. Freshmen will take a one-credit “CI” class that will revolve around a best-selling nov el, but is more about the process of examining the book critically than die book itself.  ” Hie emphasis is on the fundamental academic skills of critical thinking, no matter w fiat academic field one is studying,” said Ozment.  Those aspects of college hic can be enhanced by the willingness of students to become active participants in the USC A community. While the university now has '">() students living on campus, about 0 percent commute, said Ahmed Samahu, director of student involvement.  SEE USCA 16A  t   

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