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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 13, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina LADY PACERS DEFEAT GEORGIA COLLEGETragic tale of Christina Mavris ‘After a 10-year nightmare, the tunnel of light shines through’ By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer Madalyn Mavris of Charleston lost her mother, Dana Davis, in the May 2007 murder for which charges against her younger sister, Christina Mavris, were recently dismissed, but she said the “nightmare” started long before. In fact, she said, the possibility of something tragic happening to Davis was something that Madalyn 'and her mother discussed as recently as the week before her death “For me, it was something my mother said before her untimely death that Wednesday. ‘If something happens to me, promise you will make sure Christina gets help.' 'I promise, Mom' was all I said. It was the last conversation I * had with her,” Madalyn said. “Every conversation I had with my mother that week revolved around Christina, my mother’s frustration and anguish and how we were going to save Christina from the path she was going down. It wasn’t the first tune we had discussions like that one or even about w hat I would do if I lost my mother. I do not deny that the gruesome way my mother died is not in my innermost thoughts sometimes or that I am not angry about what happened, but when you look at what my mother and I went through, how we lived ... for IO years, that was the nightmare.” Christina, who was ordered by the court to receive treatment with the South Caro-to lite @32©Wketess advsnces could mean no more eel towers ► The wireless industry is planning a future without eel phone towers, or al least without many more of them 18A(jtesflte Corr ie Cortey, Aiken Ellen Autry, Augusta Henry Arthur Reedy, Aiken John B. Carver, New Holland Lounette & Summer, Cayce Mary Minor Moody, Langley Michael C Jones, Aiken Richard Allen, Clearwater Martha L Seiersen, Aiken Deaths and Funerals 1GA tosftto Announcements 5-6C Calendar SC Classifieds ID Crossword 2C Comics _______ INSIDE Deaf Abby 4C Horoscopes 4C Movie Listings IC Opinions 14-1 SA Sports IB TV Listings £ INSIDE Mental health services in Aiken County IAikervBamwell Mental Health Center. 1135 Gregg Highway, Aiken, 641-7700. Also has locations at 431 West Martintown Road. North Augusta, 2780880; and 916 Reynolds Road, Barnwell, (803) 259-7170. 2 Aurora Pavilion Behavioral Health Services at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, 641-5900 or (800) 273-7911. 3 National Alliance on Mental Illness, Aiken, 648-4178 or 270-5221 4 Mental Health America of Aiken County, 6414164 Note: There may also be other organizations offering mental health services m Aiken County. Madalyn Mavris, right sunds with h» m**™ Da"a tina in this 19W photo. Submitted photo Davis, center, and sister Chris I ma Department of Mental Health, was diagnosed with disorganized schizophrenia, which is considered to be a more severe type of schizophrenia characterized by thoughts, speech and behavior that may be inappropriate and not make sense. It also makes it difficult to carry out routine activities, and frustration and agitation may cause those diagnosed to “lash out,” according to the Mayo Clinic. Davis wrote to her elected officials and spoke with lawyers, colleagues and counselors about what she believed were problems w uh the mental health system but to no avail, Madalyn said. Please see MAVRIS. page 12A What’s in the cards for * younger Mavris sister? By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer Indictments for murder against 25-year-old Christina Mavris have been “dismissed with leave to restore" if she regains competency, according to Second Judicial Circuit Solicitor Strom Thurmond Jr. Christina Mavris allegedly fatally stabbed her mother, Schofield Middle School teacher Dana Dav is, 55; and then set fire to the house on May 3, 2007. She was found incompetent to stand trial and unlikely to become competent in the foreseeable future by Circuit Court Judge Doyet “Jack" Early following a Nov. 9 competency hearing. Thurmond said that the solicitor’s office reserves the right to charge an individual previously deemed incompetent and ordered to receive mental health treatment if they later reach a functional level of competency and are released. “lf people regain their competency and are released from the Department of Mental Health, they are certainly in a position for us to recharge the case and let the prosecution go forward,” said Thurmond. PIMM Ma NEXT, page 12A MT***, Staff photo by Rob Novit David Stoner, a St. Mary Help of Christians eighth-grader, won his third straight Math-counts competition Saturday. Stoner solves way to 3rd win By ROB NOVIT Senior writer . For the third .straight year. David Stoner captured the individual Malhcounts title, but he got a lot of help from his St. Mary Help of Christians School friends rn winning the ; regional team championship at Aiken Technical College on Saturday. Stoner bested the field of students from IO area middle schoob with his scare tm the individual battery of tests. Teammates Payton Crosby and Bradley Brodie took second and third, and Ashlec Kay finished a solid 11th overall. As a team, St. Mary qualified for the state Malhcounts, scheduled at Coastal Carolina University cm March 12. Also qualifying for the suite event is Mem wether Middle School, along with Jeffrey Chen of Schofield Middle School and Stefan Zotov ic of Mead Hall. The two boys finished fourth and fifth on the indiv idual competition and qualified as the highest perf ormers not on one of the winning teams. PIMM Me STONER, page 16A Area schools compete in Science Bowl By ROB NOVIT Sookx writer Dorman High School of Spartanburg captured the DOE Sat annah Rn cr Regional Science Bowl Saturday, qualifying the team fur the national ev ent in Washington, D.C., m late April. The regionals were held at USC Aiken, with Spartanburg High School taking second and Lakeside High School of En ans finishing third. South Aiken High School’s squad won a “Brainteasers" challenge that focused on chemistry, earning $ IOO for the school. The North Augusta High School No. 2 squad got through the preliminary rounds to the eight-team, doutte-elim-ination finals. Also competing were North Augusta No. I and a team from Fox Creek I Ugh School Joshua Huftines served as the South Aiken captain, joined by teammates Sara Snyder, Matthew Barclay, Robert Gunter and MMI Bickford. The format is “Jeopardy” style, with contestants hav mg to ring in with the answers on the tossup questions Team members risk losing four points to their opponents if they ring rn before the question is read in entirety. “They were a little more daring.” Huftines said of the always-strong Lakeside team that captured then opening match. “But we have a lot of fin." The South Aiken coach, Beth Beckham, was delighted to see one of her loaner students, Travis Deason, who was coaching the Andrew Jackson High School team. A 2003 South Aiken graduate, Deason earned a chemistry degree at the University of South Carolina and spent three y ears w uh a pharmaceutical firm in Florence. SM SCIENCE, page ISA Staff photo by Rob Novit The South Aiken High science team, which won a “Brainteasers'’ event at the regional Science Bowl Saturday, includes, from left, Sara Snyder, Matthew Barclay, Robert Gunter and Joshua Huffines. Seated behind Snyder is teammate Matt Bickford.Save the Date! Annual USC Aiken Alumni Golf Classic * March 7, 2011 Community sponsorship and registration forms (open to all golfers not just alumni!) are being accepted tor the Annual USL' Aiken Alumni Golf Classic tm March 7, 20 ll at The Reserve at Woodside Plantation Proceeds benefit undergraduate scholarships. For more information, visit golfcl&ssic or call 803.641.3480, i, s «    \    J    I rn st H/Hlp\R( >1 INA ;