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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 1, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Local high school athletes sign with colleges | Sports, 2B Wednesday june 1,2011 Vol, 145, No. 152 * 50CMan gets 40 years for 2008 killingFinal defendant pleads guilty in torture, murder of George ‘Bill’ Woltz By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer The third and final defendant in the torture and murder of George “Bill" Wolt/. pleaded guilty in General Sessioas court Tuesday morning and was sentenced to a total of 40 years in prison for his role in the 2008 crime. Travonte Williams, 24, of Anderson, was charged with murder hut was allowed to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter, for which he received a sentence of 25 years in prison, to run consecutively with a 15-year sen tence for one count of burglary. Williams was also sentenced to 15 years for a second count of burglary, 15 years for armed robbery, 15 years for arson and IO years for grand larceny, all to run concurrently w ith the first burglary sentence. Williams, along with 53-year- old Keith Fitzgerald of Aiken and 30-year-old James Alston, also of Anderson, have all admitted to their involvement in the chain of events that led to Woltz’ death and the subsequent arson of his Westover I)ri\e home. On Dec. 20, 2008, Williams and Alston came from Anderson to the home that Woltz shared with Fitzgerald in Aiken. Woltz was punched and struck in the head with a baseball bat, then smothered, said Aiken County Solicitor J. Strom Thurmond Jr., describing the Please see GUILTY, page 16A City preps for Cracker Barrel construction Sweltering temps will stay in Aiken for next few days By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer Hot temperatures are forecast tor the area for the next seven days with little relief in sight. Temperatures in the mid-90s, a mostly sunny sky and humidity hovering at 50 percent will produce sweltering conditions for the remainder of the week, the weekend and on into next week. Those same conditions w ill push the heat index into “extreme caution" levels. I leat cramps and heat exhaustion are possible at the extreme caution lev el of the heat index. Today w ill be hot and sunny with a high of 97 with humidity at 48 percent. Factoring together the daytime high and humidity, the heal index is expected to he IOU Humidity makes heat more dangeri >us because it reduces the body ’s ability to cool itself. The heat index is the human-perceived temperature or how hot it feels. There is a 20 percent chance of afternoon tlnuideistorms Thursday and Friday with highs of 95 degrees Most of the stale is consideredToday's Weather High95° Full forecast 112C to be experiencing a drought, primarily ranging from abnormally dry to moderate. The majority of Aiken County is in moderate drought, due to below-av eragc rainfall amixints tor the past three months, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. C urrently, there are no water restrictions in place for the City of Aiken, but residents should take steps now to help prevent them in the future, "We always appreciate citizens laking personal steps to conserve water,” said City Manager Richard Pearce. “When you use water wisely now, it helps postpone the necessity for restrictions in tin.* future” The Environmental Protection Agency recommends watering your lawn and plants only in tile r Mng on summer vacation?► Share a photo from your summer vacation with the Aiken Standard. ► How? Email photos to [email protected] com, or bong them to 326 Rutland Drive (across from Aiken High), and we can scan them in for you. Make sure you include the nones of the people in the picture and the place By AMY BANTON Staff writer The date tor construction to begin on a highly-anticipated C racket Barrel and Old Country Store is currently not known. According to Jeanne Ludington, a spokeswoman for Cracker Barrel, construction has not commenced for the new restaurant, and an exact date for whet) ground w ill broken is not available at this time. The City of Aiken is mov mg forward with its ponton of the plans to get the restaurant and country store into the area. City Manager Richard Pearce said the city is in the process of preparing a detention pond for storm water, updating the water and sewer sen ices and working with the Department of Transportation in proceeding with the extension of East Gate Drive across Whiskey Road. Pearce said the City has been moving forward with these tasks with the anticipation that Cracker Barrel will break ground some time over the summer. The prospective ( racker Barrel will be located on Whiskey Road on the property in which Rick’s Produce once occupied. lf and where Rick’s Produce will reopen is currently unknown. The Cracker Barrel concept plan and the annexation of the 8.34 acres of land were each approved in December by City Council. The concept plan presented includes a building measuring at 8,960 square feet in size; 5,770 square feet for the restaurant and 3,190 square feet for the gift shop. The restaurant will be able to seat around 177 customers. The new business will bring around 155 jobs to the area, according to ( racker Barrel representatives. mornings and evenings lo minimize ev aporation. Hie EPA also recommends adjusting sprinkler heads so they spray only on grass and plants ami washing laundry only when there is a full load. Staff photo by Amy Benton Cracker Barrel plans to build on the property on Whiskey Road where Rick s Produce was once located. Even split Smartphones now make up apout 37 percent ut ak mobile phones rn the U S Smartphone market share iPhone    Android 9% Other George Wilson Cole, Bluffton Jesse J. Eggers, Edgefield Deaths and Funerals 16A Special meeting will address redistricting V I ■ 5 I 23% Blackberry Apple vt. Boogie In the (eel SO day* percent who have Downloaded app* Streamed music or moose radio Watched video or mobde TV t% Windows Mobile I Phot* Android 79%    74% 49%    43% 37%    35% Souk* Ninon #Mti Her GfllfWe IMina Vinghng to OI© mm New shoe store opens in downtown Aiken ► Shoetopia is bringing a new look in fashion footwear to Laurens Street 13A Calendar 3C Classifieds 5B Crossword 7C Comics 6C Dear Abby 7C Horoscopes 7C Markets 14A Movie Listings SC Nation/World 14A Obituaries 6A Opinions 15A Puzzles 7C Sports IB TV Listings 2C 9"00b01W* By AMY BANTON Staff writer Aiken City Council will hold a special public meeting Thursday ev ening to discuss redistricting The numbers are in from the U.S. Census, and a large amount of growth is evident on the south side of Aiken in District 4 under Councilman Raggle Ebner. District 4 has topped 10,000 w hile the other three districts have a little more than 6,000 residents each. At this time, City Council is divided into a 4-2-1 format; four single-member districts, two-at-large Council members and the mayor, who is * elected by all City residents eligible to vote. That format has been in place for more than 15 years, according to City officials. Council will decide if that format is still sufficient with the growth that Aiken has seen over the last IO years Attorney Jim Holly, who will assisi the City with die Current City Council district seats Total Voting age 6,419 4,604 6,149 5,122 6,563 5,355 10,393 8,645 Dewar Ebner District 1 - Beverly Qybum District 2 - Lassie FHioe District 3 - Dick Dewar District 4 Reggie Ebner Want to go? ► What? Special pubic meeting to discuss redistricting ► When? Thursday at 6 pm ► Where? Council Chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building located at 214 Park Ave. S.W. ► For more information, visit www atyofakensc.gov redistricting process, said at the May 23 City Council meeting that one of the options available to Council is going to a 6-to-1 plan, six single-member districts and the mayoral seat. According to the Municipal Association of South Carolina, redistricting is the redrawing of district lutes to meet the constitutional requirement of "one person, tine vole districts.” In other words, based on the population numbers of a city, district lines are occasionally redrawn to maintain equal representation of its residents. Council will have to decide the best way to divide 29,524 residents, the current population of the City of Aiken, between its members, At this time, 23,726 of those residents are of the voting age, according to U.S. Census numbers. Bobby Bowers with the S.C, Budget and Control Board w ill he at meeting to otter information in regards to redistricting arui the process Please see MEETING, page ISA J Recipe for onion soup gratin steals the show. { Living on the Go! IC >i o ii r Local Son rec S i ii cc ~~    -    -- www.aikenstandard.com ss Williams Old Country Store ;

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