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Thurmond Dam flows reduced for salt test

Water managers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will reduce outflows from Thurmond Dam on the Savannah River for seven days beginning today to assist with a salt intrusion test on the lower end of the river.

The test requires a low flow at the Savannah municipal water intake that will coincide with higher-than-average tides to determine how much, if any, salt water might reach the intakes if the Corps of Engineers deepens Savannah Harbor.

It takes about seven days for water to move from Thurmond Dam to the estuary of the Savannah River.

Audubon auction to benefit local schools

Augusta-Aiken Audubon will hold its 10th annual Auction for Education from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the North Augusta Community Center.

Proceeds benefit environmental programs in local schools. Auction items include golf packages, artwork, canoe trips, bird feeders and more.

Admission is free.

Contact the Silver Bluff Audubon Center for more details, (803)-471-0291 .

Saturday cleanup seeks volunteers

A second south Augusta highway cleanup will be held Saturday morning along Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road. Greater Augusta Progress is seeking volunteers.

The group will meet at 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Southgate Shopping Center. The Augusta Commission is providing orange vests and trash bags.

At a cleanup in June, between 300 and 400 volunteers turned out.

For more information, contact Greater Augusta Progress Chairman Henry Frischknecht at (706) 833-5079, or at

Augusta City Classic tickets available

Tickets are on sale for the Augusta City Classic, formerly known as the CSRA Classic, which will be held Saturday at Laney Stadium. A pee wee football game begins the festivities at 8 a.m. The Battle of the Bands follows at 10. Benedict will face off against Clark Atlanta at 2 p.m.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students. Tickets purchased the day of the game are $20 for adults and $15 for students.

For more information, call Clasper Smith at (706) 829-6442.

Eight people arrested in Aiken County bust

Eight people were arrested in a drug bust in Aiken County.

Search warrants by Aiken County Sheriff's Office narcotic investigators were served Wednesday at two addresses in Monetta. Arrested were:

- Danyell Markice Daniels, 25, of Elderberry Lane, Monetta, is charged with three counts distribution of crack cocaine.

- Bobby Mealing, 50, 100 block of Pine Circle, Monetta, is charged with three counts distribution and one count unlawful neglect of a child.

- Christopher S. Gray, 30, 100 block of Pine Circle, Monetta, is charged with two counts distribution of cocaine, possession of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana.

- Brenda Phillips, 42, 1187 Calhoun St., Johnston, is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

- Erica Robinson, 37, 300 block of Merrick Street, Ridge Spring, is charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

- Bobby Clark, 38, 100 block of Wildwood Drive, Batesburg, is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

- Mae Key, 50, 3000 block of Slide Hill Road, Johnston, is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

- Mario Luna, 38, 400 block of Weaver Road, Johnston, is charged with driving under suspension.