Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 26, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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Beer bandit pleads guilty
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County grad rate jumps six percent
By ROB NOVIT
Aiken County high schools had a total of 1,441 graduates last year, plus another S11 who did not graduate on time.
That accounts for the 73.9 percent on-time graduation rate - a jump of about six percent over the year before "On-time” means students entered high school as freshmen and graduated in the spring four years later.
Still, those numbers don’t mean that 26.1 percent of 2010-11 seniors dropped out, school district Associate Superintendent Dr. Kevin O’Gonnan told Board of Education members Tuesday
The situation, he said, is more complex than the numbers would indicated.
Here’s how the statistics break down ~ students still in school (7.% percent); GED-adult education (28.57 percent); expelled students (7 percent); Failure to pass exit
exam (0.2 percent); in-house special education diploma (11 percent); profoundly impaired special education students (four percent); and “unknown’’ (42 percent).
While some of those students dropped out,
((’Gorman said, “lf a student transfers to another state and no transcript is available, he’s counted against the graduate rate. It’s the same if he goes to a pnvate school that doesn’t award a diploma. There's a mixed bag of students who fall in that category.”
Nearly eight percent of the students are still in school as 5th-year students. They will he acknow ledged on the state report card for the first time (his year but are not included in the successful graduation rates.
Similarly, almost 30 percent of those 51! students are preparing for the GED tests.
Please see GRAD, page 5A
Moore speaks in The Alley; run for presidency up next?
By ANNA DOLIANITIS
An Augusta man who was released from a Georgia prison in January after serving 12 years for a bank ^ robbery pleaded guilty at the
I Aiken C ounty courthouse on
Wednesday for a second bank robbery that occurred about a month after his release.
Man in T. Mims, 43,
I of Deans Bridge Road in Augusta pleaded guilty to
as he was trying to lease Kalona Plaza Mims was found with the $ I .(XX) from the bank, less the $ 13 he used to purchase beer, and arrested Mims, whose robbery was caught on bank surveillance \ ideo, confessed to the robbery.
Judge I Xiv et “Jack” liarly sentenced Mims to the 15 years in prison, of which he will serve at least 85 percent.
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entering a bank, depository or building and loan association with intent to steal and was sentenced to 15 yean in prison.
(hi February 25, Mims entered the
Mims SccurHy Fed-
eral Bank at 1665 Richland Ave in Aiken and approached a teller with a note that read “$500 cash
or everyone’s life is in your hands," according to assistant solicitor Steve Rodman, who prosecuted the case.
The teller gave him $1,000 because the SKX) bills aa* prebound in groups often. Rodman said.
After leav mg with the money, Mims stopped at Food Lion to pick up a 12-pack of beer and tither items totaling about $13 but was slopped by an officer with the Aiken I Apartment of Public Safety
By ROB NOVIT
The Ten C ommandments garnered some national attention for Roy Moore about a decade ago when he was Alabama’s newly-elected Supreme Court chief justice.
They also cost him his job in 2003 when he defied a federal judge’s order to remove a large monument of the Ten Commandments he installed in the court building.
On Wednesday, Moore made a brief stop in The Alley in Aiken as part of a possible presidential run. Greeted by a small group of enthusiastic Republicans, he has no regrets.
“I lost the highest position in Alabama when I gave it up on principle,” said Moore.
The federal judge who ordered the chief justice to take out the monument contended that Moore had gone beyond the boundaries of the separation of church and state. When Moore continued to resist, a state judiciary panel removed him from office.
“This wasn’t about the Ten Commandments or what I felt or believed,” he said. “It was about the law of South Carolina or Alabama or Texas - that every state constitution acknowledges the sovereignty of God. Our right to believe what we want comes from God. It’s between you and Him, not the government.”
Claude O’Donovan, the Aiken C ounty Republican Party vice chairman, provided a small poster with the Ten Commandments for Moore’s appearance. Moore happily autographed it afterward. O’Donov an plans to hold an auction for the poster, with the proceeds going to the party.
A graduate of West Point, Moore, 64, served as a platoon leader in Vietnam before receiv mg a law degree from the University of Alabama in 1977.
Please see MOORE, page 5A
Staff photos by Rob Nova
Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, considering a White House run as a Republican, speaks to Aiken residents. The Ten Commandments poster, provided by county GOR officials, was autographed by Moore and will be auctioned by the party as a fundraiser. Moore's refusal to remove a large Ten Commandments monument in the court building cost him his job 8 years ago.
As Aiken County Republican Party vice chairman Claude (^Donovan watches, prospective presidential candidate Roy Moore autographs the party “stump” as other GOF officials and candidates have done.
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Area host to 44-mile yard sale along roadway
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