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FDA suspends permit for Castleberry's plant

The Food and Drug Administration has suspended a temporary emergency operating permit granted to Castleberry's Food Co. in September.

In a statement that WRDW-TV said was from the company, Castleberry's said it was halting production of all products at the Augusta plant and temporarily suspending all work shifts. The statement gave no reason for the FDA's action.

"We are cooperating fully with the agencies and look forward to a prompt resolution that we can resume operation and work shifts," the statement said.

A security guard at the plant told an Augusta Chronicle reporter Sunday night that she could not comment on the report.

The company recalled more than 90 of its products in July after sauces made at the plant were linked to cases of botulism.

Pregnant woman dies, 3 injured in car wreck

A pregnant Blythe woman was killed Sunday afternoon when she was ejected from a car.

Angeleca Slusher, 19, of Bath-Edie Road, was pronounced dead about 2:47 p.m. after being ejected from the Cadilllac Deville, said Burke County Coroner Betty White.

Three other people were injured and taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, she said. They are John Homer Clinton, 21; his brother, Jay Clinton, 24; and Sherrie Glackin, 19.

The accident occurred when the driver of the car lost control at the Georgia Highway 56 spur, authorities said.

Ms. Slusher was seven months pregnant, and the unborn child did not survive, Ms. White said.

National Women, Girls HIV/AIDS Day is today

Today marks National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

The Richmond County Health Department and Beulah Grove Community Resource Center will sponsor an event tonight focused on the awareness day.

The program will offer information on HIV and AIDS, a dramatic performance, step show and poetry. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. at Beulah Grove Community Resource Center, 1446 Lee Beard Way.