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Pupils with gun may have been drinking


Investigators said Tuesday they think five Glenn Hills Middle School students arrested and accused of handling a gun on school property were also drinking alcohol in class.

The students told investigators they had consumed Grey Goose Vodka during their band class, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report. The students were charged Monday with possession of a firearm on school property after a classmate tipped off a school police officer that the students had a .357 Magnum. Based on a preliminary investigation, authorities said they do not believe the students intended to harm anyone.

Street's name will honor injured child

Richmond County commissioners voted 8-2 on Tuesday to rename a south Augusta street after a child who was severely injured at a day care in 2001.

Commissioners voted to rename Lincolnton Parkway to Anthony DeJuan Parkway, named for Anthony DeJuan Boatwright, now 7, who was left brain-damaged after he nearly drowned in a bucket of water and bleach while at a home day-care center on Lincolnton Parkway. He was 14 months old at the time.

The motion was introduced by Commissioner Alvin Mason.

In December 2003, Jackie Boatwright, his mother, won a $33 million negligence lawsuit against the day-care center. In 2004, Georgia passed Juan's Law, requiring day-care centers to disclose whether they have liability insurance.

In 2006, U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., introduced the Anthony DeJuan Boatwright Act, which would withhold federal Child Care and Development Block Grants from states that don't approve Juan's Law. The bill passed in the House in 2007 and is in committee in the Senate.

Tarver will run again for District 22 seat

Incumbent District 22 state Sen. Ed Tarver announced his candidacy for re-election Tuesday at the Augusta Common in front of about 60 supporters.

Mr. Tarver said he has worked to restore Augusta's prestige as Georgia's second-largest city.

"I have been a fierce advocate for stronger, safer public schools, the protection of private property rights, more higher paying jobs, improved access to health care and policies that make life more affordable for all Georgians," he said.

Mr. Tarver is in his second full term.

Former Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams announced earlier that he will seek the 22nd District House seat. Qualifying for partisan offices opens April 28.

Burning ban will begin May 1 in area counties

A commercial and residential outdoor burning ban will be implemented for Columbia and Richmond counties beginning May 1.

For more information, call the Environmental Protection Division at (706) 792-7744 or the Georgia Forestry Commission at (706) 556-3962.

Public input sought on plan for new reactors

Federal regulators have scheduled two more hearings in Augusta to accept comments involving a proposal to add two new reactors to the Vogtle nuclear generating plant in Burke County.

The meetings will be from 4 to 6 p.m. April 26 and from 7 to 9 p.m. April 28 before representatives of the Atomic Safety & Licensing Board, an independent arm of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Both meetings will be at the DoubleTree Hotel, 2651 Perimeter Parkway, Augusta.

If approved, the "early site permit" would allow Southern Company and its utility partners in Georgia to use the permit for up to 20 years in applications with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The public is encouraged to pre-register by April 23 if they wish to speak. Anyone wishing to submit a written request to make an oral statement may do so by e-mail to and, by fax to (301) 415-5599, or by mail to: Administrative Judge G. Paul Bollwerk, III, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, Mail Stop: T-3F23, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.

ASU amphitheater to be dedicated Tuesday

Augusta State University's new amphitheater, named in honor of former U.S. Rep. D. Douglas Barnard Jr., will have its dedication ceremony at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The amphitheater seats 600 and is located in the center of campus.

Mr. Barnard, 86, is a 1940 alumnus of the then-Junior College of Augusta.

He served in World War II, had a 30-year career in banking, worked as an executive secretary for Gov. Carl Sanders, served on the state Board of Transportation and as a U.S. congressman from 1977 to 1993.

Obtaining ID for post to require more proof

Beginning May 16, those wishing to obtain a identification card used to enter Fort Gordon will be required to present two forms of proof of identity.

The Department of Defense Common Access Card is the military and civilian card used to access government computers and to enter facilities, a Fort Gordon news release stated. Children under 10 years old are not required to present an ID to enter the post. Acceptable forms of identification include a state driver's license, certificate of naturalization issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. passport and school identification with photo or certified copy of a birth certificate. The Fort Gordon Identification office in Darling Hall on Rice Road will be closed May 14 and 15, the release stated.

Laney museum to hold birthday celebration

The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History will celebrate the birthday of Lucy Craft Laney at 11:30 a.m. today during its monthly senior luncheon. The event will feature a salute to the Lamar School of Nursing and a performance by the Lucy Craft Laney Jazz Band.

The luncheon is $7 and will be held at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St. For more information, call (706) 724-3576.

-- From staff reports