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Students may apply for advisory council


Georgia Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox is accepting applications for her 2008-09 student advisory council.

The council will meet four times during the school year with the superintendent to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia.

Council members are advisers and act as liaisons between the Department of Education and the students of Georgia.

All high school students are eligible to apply.

Applications must be received by Sept. 12. Interested students should contact Courtney Burnett at (404) 657-1340 or

Separate collisions kill 2 in S. Carolina

Two people were killed Monday night in separate traffic accidents in Edgefield and Aiken counties.

Edgefield County authorities pronounced William Harrel Snell, 18, of Columbia, dead at the scene after a single-vehicle wreck on U.S. Highway 25 at about 8:10 p.m., according to Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett.

Mr. Snell's Buick Le Sabre struck a utility pole less than a mile south of Lloyd Road. He was ejected from the vehicle, officials said.

In Aiken County, James Johnson, 27, of Augusta, lost control of his vehicle about 10:10 p.m. on Pine Log Road and struck a tree. Neither man was wearing a seat belt, police said.

Man indicted in death of 2-month-old girl

An Augusta man accused of causing a baby's death was indicted Tuesday on charges of murder.

The Richmond County grand jury indicted Shawn Perdue, 27, alleging he was responsible for the May 21 death of his girlfriend's baby.

Kyliah Mack was 2 months old when she died.

According to earlier reports in The Augusta Chronicle , Mr. Perdue is accused of shaking the baby at her Gardenbrook Drive home.

-- From staff reports