Across the area

Boy, 9, drowns; 4th lake death


The body of a 9-year-old boy was recovered from Thurmond Lake by divers Sunday night.

Pam Tucker, director of the Columbia County Emergency Management Agency, said the boy, who was not identified, was reported missing 4:20 p.m. Sunday in the West Dam area.

The drowning was the fourth at Thurmond Lake this season. Three have happened at West Dam and one at Lake Springs, Ms. Tucker said.

The Columbia County Coroner's Office will identify the boy once they're assured that all family members have been notified, she said.

Man charged in rape, beating

Police on Sunday night arrested an Augusta man who was accused of raping, imprisoning and beating an Augusta woman last month.

Anthony Wayne Holden, 43, of the 200 block of Ellis Street, is charged with felony aggravated assault, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime and aggravated sodomy, according to Richmond County jail records.

Police say that on June 27 Mr. Holden burned a 21-year-old woman's face with boiling water, stabbed her several times and raped her.

The victim suffered second-degree burns and required stitches to her body and staples to her head.

Mr. Holden was booked into jail at 10 p.m., according to jail records. He was being held without bond.

Woman dies after car hits metal guardrail

An elderly Augusta woman died in a single-car accident in North Augusta.

Lillian P. Gilchrist, 83, of Providence Drive, was driving a 2005 Kia Sodona west on Jefferson Davis Highway about 1:20 p.m. Saturday.

She lost control of her car, drove onto a grassy median and, after over-correcting, crossed two westbound lanes and struck a metal guardrail, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said.

Mr. Carlton said evidence at the scene indicated that a medical condition might have been involved.

An autopsy Sunday in Newberry, S.C., showed that Ms. Gilchrist suffered a broken neck after striking the guardrail.

She was not wearing a seat belt.

It was the 15th traffic fatality in Aiken County this year, Mr. Carlton said.

Meeting will address process of adoption

Families interested in learning about adoption are invited to attend an Aug. 7 meeting sponsored by the Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Family and Children Services.

County DFCS and private adoption agencies from throughout Georgia will provide information on specific children, typically those 8 and older, in need of adoptive families.

The event will be held at the Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites, 2 Tenth St., from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information, call (877) 242-5774 or visit

Red Cross to teach on giving first aid to dogs

The American Red Cross of Augusta is offering a course on giving first aid to dogs.

The class will teach preparedness for animal emergencies and illnesses for a $35 registration fee.

It will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at the Augusta Red Cross, 1322 Ellis St.

For more information or to register for the course, contact Dianne Lariscy at (706) 724-8481 or

Traffic update

Aiken County

- Bluff Avenue will be closed between Georgia and West avenues for several months as crews reconstruct the road.

- Part of Gray Mare Hollow Road is closed to through traffic as crews fix a culvert.

When to water

You cannot water today in Columbia and Richmond counties, which are under Level Two restrictions.

No watering is allowed on Mondays, but on other days, watering is allowed from midnight to 10 a.m. on an even-odd system based on street address.

ODD-NUMBERED ADDRESSES: water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

EVEN-NUMBERED ADDRESSES: water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

There are no water restrictions in South Carolina's Aiken, Edgefield, Barnwell and McCormick counties.


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