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Lack of sponsors led to fest's cancellation


The North Augusta Sertoma Club has canceled this spring's Hammin' and Jammin' festival because it was unable to find enough sponsors, said President Pickens Redd.

The two-day event offered a barbecue cook-off and music festival.

The money raised went to local projects, including $20,000 annually for screenings for needy children at University Hospital's speech and hearing clinic. Last year's Hammin' and Jammin' raised about $15,000. The club, which also has other fundraisers, will continue to contribute but will give that amount in $5,000 increments instead of a lump sum.

Mr. Redd said the club plans to try to bring Hammin' and Jammin' back next year.

Aiken school board will hold workshop

The Aiken County Board of Education will hold a one-day workshop Friday to discuss the 2009-10 budget and brainstorm on district needs for next year.

The public session will be 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Public Education Partners executive director Diane Mangiante will moderate a brainstorming session. Discussions will include subcommittee appointments for board members. It will be at 1000 Brookhaven Drive in Aiken.

Armed robbery earns drug addict 20 years

An admitted drug addict with a long history of stealing and robbing pleaded guilty to new charges Wednesday.

In Richmond County Superior Court, Tony A. Yonce, 44, was sentenced to 20 years in prison followed by five years on probation for armed robbery and a weapon violation.

Mr. Yonce, who had four prior felony convictions, admitted to holding up the CVS Pharmacy on Walton Way on June 4.

Teen is charged with weapon at school

A 17-year-old from Hephzibah was arrested Wednesday on a felony charge of carrying a weapon to school, according to a Richmond County jail record.

Kasim T. Holmes, of the 4100 block of Michael Place, was arrested about 10 a.m. at Cross Creek High School by a Richmond County Board of Education public safety officer.