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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 19, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Remains ID’d as missing Warrenville man Cheatham Jr. Staff reports The remains of a body that were found in a wooded area in Bath Tuesday are tentatively being identified as a Warrenville man who has been missing since December. At this time, the remains are believed to be those of 25-year-old Ronnie Cheatham Jr. of Warrenville, according to Tim Carlton of the Aiken County Coroner’s Office in a statement released Tuesday night. An autopsy is scheduled in Newberry this morning. Carlton said that latent finger prints led to the preliminary identification. Carlton added that the death is being considered as suspicious. The remains were found about 2 p.m. in a wooded area near Anthony Drive and Horse Creek in Bath, according to Lt. Troy Dwell of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. The remains were discovered by two people looking for scrap metal. The Burnettown Police Department, SheriIFs Office, the Aiken County Coroner’s Office and the Solicitor’s Office responded to the scene. Cheatham was last seen Dec. 6 by his girlfriend at 223 Glenwood Drive. Investigators said Cheatham left the residence for the store and was not heard from or seen since. Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office are working on the ongoing investigation. Wednesday Today's Weather J*** January 19,2011 Vol. 145, No. 19 Full forecast 18C High 60° Low 40° Your Local Source Since = I 867 500 AHS boys’ basketball gets big win over N.A. ► The Aiken High men s basketball team burst out of the gates on Tuesday, scoring 25 points in the first quarter, en route to a 79-71 win over North Augusta. 11B Residents give input on revitalization By AMY BANTON Staff wnter Consultants addressed residents with possible improvements that could be made to revitalize the Union Street area Tuesday evening. Around 35 residents showed up at the Aiken City Visitor’s Center and Tram Museum to listen and offer feedback to landscape architect Laura Dukes of Alices and plan ner Aaron Arnett of Arnett Muldrow & Associates as they presented the concept plan. The study area is around 32 acres, bounded by the southern railroad line, the west side of Fairfield Street, the north side of Richland Avenue and the east side of Kershaw Street. Arnett said that their job is to offer the City a plan that includes potential land uses and possible improvements to Gyles Park and other public entities in the area, and to find ways to encourage or ensure that the plan meets goals of the Old Aiken Overlay District. Please see PLAN, page 14A Chilly weather means ifs chili weather ► The great thing about chi is that some like it hot some like it mild, but almost everyone likes it. And you can put together today’s pork and bean chi in just 20 minuses 11C Pump prices ■ ICELESS 5 DECADE? USCA professor: Odd-sounding names not generally accepted U.S. weekly average retail price Hm urn gallon of regular unleaded gasoline: •aura* ai t-flwgy MuntMtofl mrvmkwmi By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer Just over a decade ago, Americans found themselves in a hit of a bind. After preparing fur the nim of the century and dodging the teared Y2K catastrophe, the realization set in thai the firs! decade of the century never realty got a name, The 1990s were securely known as the ’90s and before then, the ’80s, ’70s, ’60s, ’50s, ’40s and so on, hut the decade beginning in 2000 had no obvious term by which lo he identified. Retired USCA English professor Dr. Stanley Rich called the issue a “linguistic gray or ’empty’ area,” as no real answer exists yet. In 1909, publishing industry professional and linguists felt confident dial not only would an appropriate term emerge but that die emergence was a necessity A 1999 Knight Staff photo by Ashteey Williamson Meybohm Realtor Mary Mayer receives a bandage for her finger after Darlene Rabon, an RN at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, pricked her finger for a glucose test Tuesday during Realtor Appreciation Day. Realtors gather for day of appreciation Names for the 2000s ► Aughts ► Zeros ► Double Ohs ► Aughties ► Noughties Names for the 2010s ► Teens ► Tweens ► Tens ► ’10s *7 drew the conclusion that a new word will succeed only if it seems familiar. " Dr. Allan Metcalf American Dialect Societ\' Ridder article that ran in the Aiken Standard quoted Dr. Robert rhomps*m, thcn-prrv-ident of the Popular Culture Association, as saying that by the time 2000 came about, a word would be in place. “It’s a word we desperately need. Among marketers, feature writers and trend makers, tire demand is so powerful that some supply will have to ame about. VV hat a’s going to be, I wouldn’t guess," Thompson said in the article. Possible words were thrown around the /eros, the 2000s, the aughts, the aughties, the double ohs and even the noughties, bul it is sale to say Please tee DECADES, page UA By ASHLCEY WILLIAMSON Staff writer Some 90 real estate agents showed up at the USL’ Aiken Convocation Center’s VIP Room Tuesday tor the sixth annual Realtor Appreciation Day, sponsored by the Aiken Board of Realtors. Members of the organization gathered from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. for a fun drop in event, which consisted of exciting games, catered lunch, information services and even massages. Aiken Board of Realtors Director Loraine Clark said the board holds this event every year to express gratitude to the Aiken’s Realtors “We do this to show our appreciation to all of the Realtors em the Aiken Board," she said. ’To everybody who gives their lime lur the betterment of the Aiken community and for the ben efit of all the Realtors." Before and after lunch, many ventured to different parts of the rixwn, where tables were set up to offer information and advice from different organizations. Representatives from Aiken Regional Medical Centers were present offering pamphlets and brochures on women’s health, diabetes and imaging and statures where one could have different blood levels checked. “Not only are we promoting some of our outpatient serv ices we have, such as imaging services al our Southside Imaging Center, but we also have a health screening going on from our diabetes and nutrition center,” explained Elsa Davis, radiology director at AR.MC. Two massage stations were set up for Realtors to enjoy Please see REALTOR, page UA agateCa Hallman impressed Haley willing to work with colleges Angels M. Prather, Burnettown Britani R. Williams, Springfield Jim Spence, Batesburg Justine Odom Hickson, Aiken Laura Nichole Combee, Ridge Spring Michael Solis, Aiken Everett O. Baker, Bath Thaddeus Maxzelf, Aiken Deaths and Funerals 16A iildtil-J Calendar 3C Classifieds SB Crossword SC Comics 4C Dear Abby SC Horoscopes SC Markets 4B Movie Listings 3C Nation/World 12A Obituaries 6A Opinions 13A Puzzles 5C Sports IB TV Listings 2C By SEANNA ADCOX Associated Press COLUMBIA - After hearing about S.C. Gov, Nikki Haley’s statements on higher education Tuesday, USU Aiken C hancellor Dr. Tom Hallman said he was impressed with her willingness to work with the state’s four-year colleges. That didn’t happen with Gov. Mark Sanford over his eight years in office, Hallman said. Ilaley met w ith some top college leaders Tuesday and held a press conference after- Esesr k ^    ^ IT Haley Hallman ward. “It sounded like a productive and positive meeting,” I hillman said. Gov. Nikki Haley said Tues day that South C arolina’s public colleges should be judged on their graduation rates, how many of their students come from outside of the state and their contributions to the economy. The Republican governor said she has asked college leaders to help develop a new, data-driven way to fund higher education. Their homework over (he next month includes prov idtng her office w uh data on the percentages of students who graduate within six years and get jobs after graduation. Exactly how colleges’ economic development contributions will be measured is yet to be determined. The state’s 33 publicly supported colleges vary w idely rn Legislators: Haley needs to offer agenda details. 17A size and mission. Ihey include research universities, other four-year universities, regional two-year campuses arui technical colleges. Hallman emphasizes that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to state’s public colleges. USCA has a graduation rate of about 42 percent within six years, and fiat’s close to the mean nationally in its category, he said. Clemson University and the University of South Caro lina are far more selective in admissions and have a graduation rate of about 80 percent, Hallman said. Further, students who transfer into USCA and graduate don’t count in the percentages. Thai kind of situation needs to be addressed, I iaJlman said. “Some statistics are beyond graduation rates and show some productive things thai are encouraging,” he said. Please aet HALEY, page 7A SP" D Buying Gold Since 1952. High Prices Are Being Paid Come In And See Why We Were Voted I Best Jewelry Store In Aiken! I 8 ■■34 009^0000 I Get Cash Today! 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