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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 28, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina YOURSINCE 186.7 IN THE NEWS Reader’s Choice Awards to debut Wednesday • See the best of the best in Aiken. DNA identifies body as that of missing woman Mattie Coleman • A body found in April, which the Aiken County Coroner’s Office “presumptively" identified as that of missing Mattie Coleman, is conclusively the 69-year-old. The cause and manner of her death, however, are still undetermined, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton. SUBNHTTID Mattie Coleman SEE LOCAL NEWS 2A LATE BREAKING NEWS 36-year-old Graniteville man dies from injuries from wreck A 36-year-old Graniteville man died Monday at a Georgia hospital from injuries he received (ram a single-vehicle crash on Addy Road about 6 p.m., officials said, Joseph Robinson was pronounced dead at Medical College of Georgia after crashing his 2000 Chevrolet Truck, said Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton. “Preliminary investigation has shown that Mr. Robinson was the driver of the truck and was not wearing a seat belt," Carlton said. Robinson was driving south near the IOO block of Addy Road when the truck crossed over the northbound lane, left the roadway, overturned in a ditch and then struck a tree. He died from multiple body trauma. “Robinson was entrapped for nearly an hour," the coroner said. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. His death is the 12th traffic-related crash of the year. Toxicology is pending. Robinson apparently was returning home from a friend’s home, said Carlton. TODAY’S FORECAST H V J*    TV    %    |    ■    i    . J SEE WEATHER 6C TALKBACK Money for academics • When Aiken stops worshipping football on Friday nights and the paper stops worshipping ail those unnecessary sports, maybe we’ll have enough money for academics. SEE MORE TALKBACK, 3A AREA DEATHS James William Leinart, Aiken Sidney I. Manor, Bath Steve I. Davis, Williston SEE DEATHS AND FUNERALS 6A INSIDE Calendar.!, Classifieds,., Crossword... Comics... Horoscopes.. SC    Living On The    Go    1C SB    Movie Listings...    5C 4C    Opinions...    11A 3C    Sports...    11 4C    TV Listings...    It TUESDAY, JUNE 28,2011 VOL. 45, NO. 179 • 50c KALEY HUGHES/STAFF Christopher Lawson, left, and Jeremy Youngblood, right, give each other a pre-emptive high five in anticipation of South Carolina's meeting with Florida in Game 1 of the College World Series finals. CAROLINA PRIDE Gamecock fans gather with hopes of a second NCAA title. DY HALEY HUGHES [email protected] It was the big screens at City Billiards that Jeremy Youngblood and Christopher Lawson sought out Monday. The two die-hard University of South Carolina fans grabbed prime seating to watch their favorite team go inning-to-inning with the University of Florida Gators in what was the First game of the College World Series finals. A series win could give the Gators (S3-17) their first baseball championship, but their SIX I ast foe South Carolina Gamecocks (S3-14) are the defending champion. The matchup marks the first time since 1998 that two teams from the same conference will square off for the championship. SEE CAROLINA 10A EEH MEC0CKS WIN F ME Of FINALS OVER GATORS SEE COVERAGE ON 1 Kids will get chance to explore heavy machinery AIKEN S lANOARDfPLl Touch-a-Truck Day is July 16. BY HALEY HUGHES [email protected] The annual Touch-a-Truck Day, sponsored by the City of Aiken Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, is scheduled for July 16. The grounds of the Ii Odell Weeks Actu Hies ( enter w ill transform into a heavy machinery pen mg zoo of sorts, where children can climb in, on, around and honk the horns of ambulances, dump trucks, fire trucks and more. this will be the ninth annual Touch-a-Truck Day, which is free and open to the public. The event will last trom 9 a m. to noon at the Weeks Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Attendance is generally strong at 400 and 500 people SEI TOUCH-A-TRUCK, 12A Voters to decide new redistricting plan in Nov. BY AMY BANTON Staff writer Aiken City voters will decide it a referendum for a new Council district plan will pass in November. Council members unanimously approved. on Monday evening, the second reading of an ordinance to hold a referendum that will ask residents to vote on a 6-1 plan (six single-member districts and a mayoral seat.) That would replace the current 4-2-1 format (four single-member districts, two-at large members and the mayoral seat) which was put in place more than 20 years ago to transition out of having all at-large members on Council. lf the referendum doesn’t pass, and the redrawing of the lines in the current format is not pre-cleared by the US Justice Department, the City could possibly face a lawsuit. Attorney Jim Holly, who is assisting the City with die redistricting process, was at Monday night’s meeting to address any of Council’s questions. Due to a large increase in District 4. which is located on the south side of Aiken, the other three districts have a fairly lower number of SEE COUNCIL, 12A Haley signs crackdown on illegal immigration ACLU plans to lead a court challenge to new anti-iltegal immigration measure. DY JIM DAVENPORT twitter. com/jimdavenport_ap COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley signed changes into law on Monday that grant more power to police to check whether people are illegal immigrants, a move expected to face legal challenges after similar measures were met with lawsuits in other states. The changes in law require police in South Carolina to call federal immigration officials if someone is suspected of being in the country illegally. And it creates a new police tbrce to enforce a law that would also make it a felony to make take photographic identification for illegal immigrants. People convicted of that felony could face %2 5,OOO fines and five years rn prison. The changes tighten what already were some of the nation’s toughest measures to curb illegal immigrants living and working here. Haley, the Bamberg-boni daughter of immigrants trom India, emphasized her background as she spoke to supporters and opponents at the bill signing. SEE IMMIGRATION 12A Gov. Nikki Haley will veto proposals to use taxpayer money to run the first-in-the-South Republican presidential primary in February. I STATE NEWS, 6A A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked parts of Georgia’s strict new law targeting illegal immigration from taking effect. I REGIONAL NEWS, 7A Veterans & Family Memorial Care PROL! DL Y SIR VI NC, THOSE WHO HA VE PROUDL Y SERVED ** C009»00001*»9 SM SMlfwuse' ‘Rivers ‘funeralfHome, Inc. RIVERS Atavi un •3456 COMPLETE FUNERAL OnSite Crematory Pine Log Rd, with Bethany Cemetery * Pie Planning Arrangements • TIS <Z.‘Pint Log‘XJ, AiKfn, SC 2PS0J 641-4401 i siiyNt|Q4i$9lt¥W$tUiWf8KlOfT141,C&lU of town Burial Service ) ;