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October 23, 2014

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VOL. 96, NO. 147 2 SECTIONS, 18 PAGES THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014 DAILY 75ยข, SUNDAY $1.50 TODAY: Sun stays with us. High in the 70s. FORECAST, 8A Index-Journal is published with pride for the people of the Lake- lands. You are important to us. If you miss your paper, please call 223-1413 (before noon on weekends). Inside today's edition n ABBY 5A n BUSINESS 8A n CALENDAR 2A n CLASSIFIEDS 7B-10B n COMICS 6B n EDITORIALS 6A n ENTERTAINMENT 5A n LOTTERY 5A n MARKETS 5B n OBITUARIES 4A n SPORTS 1B-4B Index-Journal is committed to editorial excellence. To report an error, contact Executive Editor Richard Whiting at 943-2522 or Local teams begin state playoff run in volleyball Sports, 1B Martin sentenced in connection with shooting A Greenwo o d teen was s entenced Wednesday morning in connection with an officer-involved shooting that occurred last summer. Originally charged with two counts of attempted murder upon his arrest in July of 2013, Demekia Martin, 18, pleaded guilty to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. On Wednesday, Circuit Court Judge Thomas L. Hughston Jr. sentenced Martin to six years in prison, plus five years of pro- bation. According to case files, on July 11, 2013, Martin fired shots after two officers said they arrived at his residence at about 10 p.m. following a tip that drugs were being used at the location. Prior to acceptance of the plea by Hughston, Martin emphasized the shooting was the result of a mistake in identifying the officers. "It was a misunderstanding. I only fired one time, and I fired one time into the air," Martin said. "I felt that my life was in danger due to another altercation." Eighth Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo said in considering the facts of the case, he and defense attorney Robert Tinsley negoti- ated the lesser charge and recommended a By KATE HRUBY MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL Eighteen-year-old Demekia Martin pleads guilty Wednesday at the Greenwood County Courthouse for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature from an office-involved shooting in July 2013. Teen gets 6 years in prison See MARTIN, page 2A Sheheen and company storm Lakelands post-debate Time is winding down. Less than two weeks remain until Election Day. State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen was able to spend the day in McCormick and Greenwood following the five-candi- date debate at Furman University on Tuesday night. Sheheen spoke with small business owners in McCormick before driving to the Greenwood Farmers Market for a fish fry in his honor organized by state Sen. Floyd Nicholson, the Greenwood County Democratic Party and private donors to help raise support and funds for the candidate. The next two weeks for the sena- tor will be another tour of the state; today is the Pee Dee region. "What you'll see in the next two weeks is me doing what I love to do, which is traveling the state to tell people that we're going to bring hon- est and accountability back to the governor's office," Sheheen said. A recent poll released and com- missioned by the Post and Courier newspaper and various television sta- tions reported 51 percent in favor of Republican incumbent Nikki Haley with Sheheen grabbing 31 percent and Independent Republican Tom Ervin with 11 percent. Sheheen said the polls are all over the place and the election will be decided by one or two points. She- heen also said he feels like he won both debates, the first debate was Oct. 14 at Charleston Southern Uni- versity in North Charleston. "We were able to expose corrup- tion in the governor's office and the By COLIN RIDDLE MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL Democratic candidate for S.C. governor, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, claps along with the crowd Wednesday at the fish fry and rally for Democratic candidates Sheheen, Sen. Brad Hutto, Bakari Sellers and Barbara Jo Mullis at the farmers market in Greenwood. DEMOCRAT DINNER n HIT AND RUN A Laurens woman has been arrested in connection with the hit-and-run death of Vac- quez Enricus "Rico" Martin. Samantha Ann Bolden, 40, was booked T u e s d a y n i g ht i nt o Greenwood C o u n t y D e t e n t i o n Center and c h a r g e d with leaving t h e s c e n e of an acci- dent involv- ing death. Bond was set at $25,000. Martin was reported miss- ing by family members early last we ek. His b o dy was found Saturday on Bypass 25 between Marshall Road and Woodfields Street, along with the bicycle he was rid- ing and what Greenwood City Police Capt. Nick Futch said Wednesday afternoon were parts of a GMC SUV or truck. The Greenwood County Coroner's Office on Sunday ruled the death a homicide, listing the cause of death as blunt force trauma. Futch said the suspect was arrested in Laurens after an anonymous tip about the vehicle, which was matched by the South Carolina Highway Patrol MAIT team to evidence found at the incident scene. From staff reports Woman charged in fatality SAMANTHA ANN BOLDEN n CRANE, PICK-UP After receiving only one bid response each for a new crane truck and a four-wheel drive pick-up truck, Greenwood Metropolitan District Com- missioners decided Wednes- day to look at the bid proposal once more and resend. The bids received from Car- olina Ford were not opened, and will be returned to the company. The commission- ers voted unanimously (6-0) to rebid and open the bids at their next meeting on Nov. 12. The bids were sent to 19 purveyors for a crane truck with cab and chassis for the By COLIN RIDDLE Metro rebids for vehicles See METRO, page 4A See DINNER, page 2A Business, educational leaders explore innovation in schools Business and educational leaders gathered at the Federal Building on Wednesday afternoon to look at educational innovation flourishing Greenwood School District 50. Presented by the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, the event focused on the district's implementation of the Transform SC initiative, developed by the SC Council on Competitive- ness. The initiative sponsors schools that strive to encourage personal learning, engage students and connect with the business community. District 50, the only district in the state to have the program at all school levels, and most recently, at the G. Frank Russell Career and Technology Center, implemented Transform SC through project-based, collaborative learning with a technological component. Springfield Elementary School, Westview Middle School By KATE HRUBY MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL Bonnie Corbitt, director of the G. Frank Russell Career and Technology Center, left, and Brad Nickles, principal of Emerald High, speak of the effectiveness of project-based learning currently being used in their classrooms. See SCHOOLS, page 2A

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