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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 19, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 YOUR LOCAI SOURCE SINCE 1867  ffigh School fi)otbaIl se^n begins again today, as-four area t^ take the field for Week matchups. For tìie third straight season, ASTV will bring those games into the homes of area fans through the magic of television. ITie Mr. Central Game of the Weék will feature the week's best games and give viewers a chance to watch the actioh online and on TV.  CREW  Broadcasters  • Ed Girardeau (pliiy-bv^pliiy)  • Ken Brace (pfay%-piay)  • Cam Huffman (sidelines)  Production  • Ian O'tonl (techniclil director) ^  • James Grigsby director)  • Tim O'Briarit (executive editor)  Cameras  • Cindy Kubovic .  • Craig Goodale  • Matthew ScQtt  • Brian Làgunas •David Boyd  Statistics  • Rick deMedlcIs  • Cecelia deMedlcis  Scoraboard operator •Al deMedlcis  ig^tg-^^liHston-Elkoat StromTharmiahd Aug. 26-Silver Bluff at Aiken Sept. 2-Midland Valley at Sotiih Aiken  Sep1.0-Wagener-Salleyat Fox Creek  SEE FOOTBALL, 16A  iN THE NEWS  STAFF PHOTO BY AMY BANTON  Color City's newest vehicle electric green  Tlie City of Aiken is getting a little greener by going electric. Tlie 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  Should Clemson leave the ACC for the SEC?  25  Yes: 26.27% No: 34.75% I don't care: 38.98%  50  75  100  *Taken from an online poll as of 8 p.m. Thursday. Visit  www.aikenstandard.com  to vote in today's poll.  BRO GIF! CAM eiVEAWAY  Kim Justice wins $100 Bi-Lo gift card in giveaway  • Kim 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 ____ Aug. 22.  JUSTICE  deals.aikensavvyshopper.com  TODAY'S FORECAST  70  SEE WEATHER. 12C  AREA DEATHS  Donald Armondo Joseph Mollo,  North Augusta  Elma Friarson Brltton, Aiken Frances Hall Wise, Batesburg Mary G. House, Williston Sally J. Lelser, North Augusta  SEE DEATHS AND FUNERALS. 6A  INSIDE  Calendar....................3C Movie Listings...........30  Classifieds.................ID Opinions.................15A  Crossword..............IOC Sports........................IB  Confiics......................9C National News........14A  Horoscopes............IOC TV Listings................2C  Living On The 6q......1C Weather.................12C  HERRING  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  BYASHLEEYWtUIAMSON   awilliamson@aikenstandarcl.com   Experience an evening fiill of dueling horsepower, jet 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 House of Hook -and this year, the show is bringing 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 entire year traveling with the IHRA.and Thunder 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 flame shooting  WANTTOGO?  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 THUNDER JAM, 16A  Intimidation now added to assault charge against man  BY KAREN DAILY  l(daily@aii<enstandarcl. 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 witness. He reportedly sent the victim a threatening text message on Aug. 1 with the intent of preventing her from testifying against him, said investigators with Aiken Public Safetv.  The victim went to police with the threatening message, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was jailed Wednesday. His bond has been set for $100,000.  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 say he began to choke her. She told investigators she feh as if she was going to black out.  The suspect reportedly bit the woman on her face within a half-inch of her eye 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, ofiFicials said.  The evening of the April attack, police say a neighbor had called police to report hearing a woman screaming for help. The victim was not located that evening. It wasn't until she came forward that police knew who was screaming for help.  Following the investigation, in\ estigators issued warrants for his arrest. He had left the area, police said. Herring sunendered on May 16.  According to officials. Herring continued to send the victim threatening text messages, claiming he was a member of a gang and would hurt her.  Then, on Aug. 1, Herring sent a threat to the woman, police said.  Herring was attempting to keep her from testifying in court against him, iin estigators said.  On Thursday, Herring was directly indicted' by a grand jury for the initial assault alleged and the first series of text messages that reportedly followed.  He is being held at the Aiken County detention center for intimidation of a w itness.  use A focuses on writing, involvement  BY ROD NOVIT   movit@aikenstandard.com   use 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 En^ish lO! and 102, they will be required to take thr^e designated courses designed to improve their writing competency. One of tiiose courses must be in their major, said Dr. Suzaime Ozment, executive vice chancellor for academic aifairs.  "We're tiying 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.mes-sage. Those from individual departments proposed courses, and we'll continue to add tothiat list:",  USCA is now promoting a kind of three« tiered ^rosch (or its 3,200 students ^ full engagement in academics and campus life, the  )  STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT  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 inquiiy. Fretoen will take a one-credit "CP' class that will revolve around a best-selling novel, but is more about the process of exam-ini^ the book critically than the book itself.  "TTie emphasis is on the fundamental academic skills of critiqal thinking, no matter what ^pademic field one is stu<fying." said Ozment  Those aspects of college life can be enhanced by the willingness of students to become active participants in the USC A community. While the university now has ^>60 students living on campus, about 70 percent commute, said Ahmed Samaha, director of student involvement.  SEE USCA, 16A  ÉlÊnm   

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