Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 15, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
THURSDAY, MARCH 15,2011
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vol. 146, IB. 75 »75«Schofield teacher on leave after parent complains of ^pornographic’ sci-fi bookBY KAREN [email protected]
A Schofield Middle School teacher has been placed on administrative leave while officials investigate whether the teacher breached school policy or the law when he read to his class from a science fiction book
described by one parent as pornographic.
Sources said the teacher read from three books, among them“Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card, as part of the district’s literacy initiative program. Card’s 1985 novel won several science fiction awards and is listed on numerous children’s literary review websites as appropriate for children 12 and up.SharoR Rodgers discusses IHW we can impve our coimnity
• Aiken StandafdconWms with United Way of Aiken County President Sharon Rodgers in its series to discuss improving Aiken County’s community.SEE LOCAL NEWS, 3A
IN THE NEWS
• Barry Doss will share his knowledge on Thoroughbred racing at 10 a.m. Friday at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum.
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The teacher reportedly selected the books, but may have not followed school policy that would require the books first be reviewed.
Joy Shealy, school district academic officer for middle schools, said there is a policy that defines steps teachers ought to take when presenting supplemental material.
“One 9f tfie things that teachers are sup- SEE TEACHER, 5A
posed to do is preview material for appropriateness for any questions that may come up,” Shealy said. “By doing that, we make sure tfie materials that are presented to students are age and instructionally appropriate - all the things that make a good instmctional program.”
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ON STAGE; These students performed on the piano with a Juilliard jazz ensemble during a concert at USC Aiken Thursday. The concert is just one of several education outreach performances through the Juilliard in Aiken festival that continues today and Friday.
Students play jazz with Juilliard group
Man gets 23 years for felony DUI
MacKenzie Graham, a Busbee Corbett Elementary Middle School student, was excited about attending a jazz concert Wednesday - one of the many education outreach p^ormances through the Juilliard in Aiken festival this wwk.
The youngster had no idea, of course, that she would become a “special guest star” at the concert in front of hundreds of students throughout the county.
Members of the Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble selected Mackenzie and three other children to come to the stage and play the piano in turn and then together. They played the black keys, and the Juilliard professional musicians went with the flow on an engaging jazz number.
“1 was really surprised when they picked me,” MacKenzie said. “I liked playing the different notes and then playing together, h was really cool and 1 liked the music theySEE JAZZ, 5A
A 30-year-old Beech Island man was sentenced to 23 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to two counts of felony DUI for a car wreck that claimed the lives of two Aiken women.
Kenny Jackson, 30, of Bell Drive in Beech Island, received two 23-year sentences to mn concurrently for the deaths of sisters Sheila Roberts, 54, and Brenda Adams, 47, on Jan. 8,2011.
Jackson, who had a blood alcohol concentration of .222 following the wreck - approximately three times the legal limit -was also initially charged with one count of felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury for injuries sustained by Jodiildoa, then 30, but Stein has made a complete recovet^j from her injuries and the charges were not ’ pursued, according to Assistant Solicitor Sam Grimes.
Shortly after 10 p.m. on Jan. 8, Adams was driving a white Toyota, with Stein as a front seat passenger and Roberts in the backseat, heading eastbound on Highway 278 in Aiken when Jackson, driving west-))ound in a blue Toyota, crossed the center line into the eastbound lane, colliding with Adams’ vehicle.
Do’s and don’ts for tailgating at the Trials
BY SUZANNE R. STONE
The first leg of the Triple Crown is coming to Aiken this weekend, and area sports fans are ready to tailgate. But the Aiken Training Track has a list of spectator do’s and don’ts for the big day.
Gates open for the 70th running of the Aiken Trials at 10 a.m. on Sativday at the Aiken Training Track, located on Two Notch Road; the Carriage Parade begins at 1 p.m. and the first race starts at 2 p.m. Saturday General admission tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate; tickets for the \Mnner’s Circle Pavilion Tent Party are $70 per person. Advance tickets and railside spots are available via Tixonline by calling 278-4TIX, and are available locally at the Training Track office,
WANT TO GO?
WHAT? 70th Running of the Aiken Trials
WHEN? Saturday; gates open at
WHERE? Aiken Training Track, 538 Two Notch Road COST: Advance tickets and parking are $10. Ticket prices and parking on Saturday are $15.
FOR MORE NFORMATION, call 278-4849
All Star Rents, Aiken Saddlery, Boots Bridles & Britches and the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center.
First and foremost, tailgaters must stay off the track and out of the p^ of the horses. Balloons uid flags are discouraged
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TAILGATING WITH FRIENDS: Members of the Aiken-Augusta Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association enjoyed tailgating at the Aiken Trials last year.
as they may distract the horses, as are whistles and noisemakers. Pets are prohibited at the Trials.
Tailgate parties must be contained to the host's assigned spot and should not overcrowd to the point of spillover into another
tailgater’s space. Tents and umbrellas are prohibited. Trash bins and portable public restrooms are available at the track, and should be used property.
SEE TRIALS, 14A
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