Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 4, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 4,2011
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IN THE NEWS
STAFF PHOTO BY AMY BANTONAiken woman to minister to 11 countries in 11 months
Raquel Bagnal's vibrant smile was seemingly permanent when talking about her upcoming trip to 11 countries in 11 months to assist those in need.
Salley man dies, charges downgraded
STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT
LET’S GET READY: North Aiken Elementary School teachers, from left, Beverly Franklin, Gwendolyn Byrd and Lindsey Griffin look over reading material as they get their classrooms ready Wednesday. Hanging out with them were Byrd s granddaughter, Havalyn Dom, and Griffin's son Jackson.TV showBY KAREN DAILY
An 18-year-old man died Wednesday atter he was shot by his brother on Tuesda>.
Investigators say they don’t believe Richard Mason, of Salley, intended to kill his sibling and have dropped the attempted murder/murder charge lodged against him and have filed an involuntary manslaughter charge instead.
Mason admitted Tuesday to MASON Aiken County Sheri AT s Office
investigators that he shot his younger brother, Brian Enlow, 18, in the head with a .22 caliber gun at their 207 Bobby Arthurs Drive residence after initially telling law enforcement he found his brother after the shooting, said Capt. Troy Elwell, a shenlPs office spokesman.
On Wednesday, at 12:45 p.m., Enlow was pro trounced dead at Aiken Regional Medical Centers and investigators were trying to determine whether he would be charged w ith murder or a lesser charge.
SEE SHOOTING 14ASEE LOCAL NEWS 2A
CLSage Valley makes donation to The First Tee program
Tournament officials for the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club took a major step
toward makeirig an impact outside the golt course Wednesday with a donation to The First Tee program, dividing $200,000 of proceeds among The First Tee of Aiken, The First Tee of Augusta and the national First Tee program.
SEE SPORTS, 1B
AP PHOTO'Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ a serious, disquieting film
Audacious, violent and disquieting, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes’’ is a summer sequel that’s better than it has any right to be. This movie about how apes rise up against the humans who would trap them, cage .them and use them in medical experiments is} stunning job of back-engineering the familiar “Planet of the Apes” story and another leap forward in performance capture animation.SEE LIVING ON THE GO 10
Brian Todd Enlow, Salley
Lavon Rudolph, Williston
Murray Louis Madeen Jr., Aiken
Ruth TurnePJones, Bath
Suzanna Dunbar Maroney, Montmorenci
SEE DEATHS ANO FUNERALS BA
Living On The Go.
Teachers train today, classes start Aug. 15BY ROB NOVIT
The Aiken County School District will welcome more than 23,000 students when the school term officially begins Aug. 15.
Of course, there’s plenty going on ’ rn advance of that date. New teachers and those new to the district are participating in a training day today. All of them will go through additional training Monday, along with a welcome luncheon al 12:15 p.m. at , Midland Valley High School.
Some schools have already held student registration. Must of the others are scheduled Wednesday from ‘ noon to 6 pan.
East Aiken Elementary School of the Arts, still awaiting completion of - some repair and renovation projects, will host its registration Thursday, Aug. ll, from noon to 6 p.m.
North Augusta Middle School will host registration Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon and I to 4 p.m.
Midland Valley High School held * ninth-grade registration last week. Sophomores through seniors w ill register Wednesday from noon to 6 » p.m.
South Aiken High has moved its registration to Thursday, Aug. ll, from noon to 6 p.m. Like East m Aiken, South Aiken has had capital project work this summer
The school district has entered m into an agreement w ith Veracity Payment solutions, allowing parents and/or students w ith available credit to use a charge card for payment for a variety of obligations - school matriculation fees and costs, band fees and rentals, certain athletic ~ charges, lost or damaged book lets, parking fees, yearbook costs and other fee requirements.
» A $2.50 fee for each transaction will be added to the bill to compensate for credit card company pro-cessing fees.
SEE SCHOOL 14A
STAFF PHOTO BY SUZANNE STONE
COME ON IN: Brian Prinz, Rebecca Holley and Becky Risher of Staples are preparing for the back-to-school rush during the tax-free sales weekend starting Friday.
Stores prep for tax-free weekendBY SUZANNE R. STONE
Local stores are bracing for the back-to-school shopping rush coming their way during the Souffi Carolina tax-free shopping weekend, which runs from 12:01 am Friday to midnight Sunday
The South Carolina Department . of Revenue has waived the 6-percent state sabs and use tax on specific items (fairing that lime period: clothing, wardrobe accessories, footwear, school supplies, computers, pruners, software, and bed and bath linens.SEE TAX-FREE 14Ato revisit Carpenter murderBY KAREN DAILY
The family of slain Aiken teenager Jessica Carpenter spent last week with a Discovery Channel production crew recounting details of the 17-year-old girl’s life, brutal 2000 murder and the criminal proceedings that eventually led to the arrest and conv iction of an Airborne Express delivery man.
She was killed 11 years ago today.
Jessica Carpenter's mother, Judy Carpenter, said the family agreed to meet w uh the Discovery Channel crew knowing the interviews would be difficult.
“It kind of reopened ev cry thing from 11 years ago Carpenter said. “It was hard and difficult at times, hut I think it will be a good thing to keep Ow public aware of predator that are out there among us.” Jessica Carpenter’s murderer. Robert F. Atkins, now 40, was arrested more than two years atter the teenager was found dead in her home. Investigators matched DNA ev tdence collected at the crime scene with Atkins’ DNA, who was arrested in Georgia for an unrelated crime.SEE CARPENTER 11A
AUG. 4, 2000:
Jessica Carpenter is found dead in her Crosland Park home.
AUG. 19, 2002:
SLED matches Robert Atkins’ DNA to DNA found at crime scene.
AUG. 30, 2002: Aiken Public Safety announces Atkins’ arrest
MAY 2006: Atkins
pleaded guilty to
Carpenter’s murder and was sentenced to life in a South Carolina prison.
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