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ASU unlikely to carry funds over into 2010


Another sharp decline in state revenue could wipe out money Augusta State University hoped to carry over into next fiscal year, President William A. Bloodworth says.

"It's now doubtful that we'll actually be able to transfer funds to fiscal year 2010 because there is still a chance of additional budget reductions in fiscal 2009," Dr. Bloodworth said an in e-mail. "Since we have to establish the fiscal 2010 budget in the next week or so -- long before FY 2010 begins on July 1, we're not at all comfortable including as revenue any funds that we might not have at that time."

Last month, the president told faculty members that the university had managed to reduce its expenses enough to outpace state funding cuts.

3 men rob Hephzibah woman in her home

Three men forced their way into a Hephzibah home early Wednesday morning and robbed a woman at gunpoint. The 20-year-old victim told police the men came to her home on Guy Court and forced their way into the house, the report said.

One robber held a gun to her while two others ransacked the home, stealing a wallet and electronics.

Student is arrested for weapon on campus

A Glenn Hills High School student was arrested Wednesday afternoon, charged with bringing a weapon to school.

Lekelvin Miguel Ray, 17, of Augusta, was charged with felony possession of a weapon on school campus, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's jail committal.

Clearwater fire chief dismissed after arrest

Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mike Toole, who was arrested last week on a year-and-a-half-old warrant, has been dismissed from his position, according to an official who oversees the department.

"The only thing I can say is Mr. Toole was terminated because of an arrest warrant and other personnel issues," said Marvin Herndon, a water and sewer commissioner for Clearwater. The dismissal occurred Friday, he said.

Mr. Toole surrendered last week after officials called him to say they'd found an unserved warrant in his name. He was released on his own recognizance.

The allegation stemmed from a 2007 incident in which a 17-year-old Aiken woman accused him of touching her breasts, according to an incident report. Mr. Toole denied it.

Yearlong probe leads to seizure of drugs

A search warrant executed in Augusta has led to a large seizure of drugs that officials say might be linked to drug dealers in the city of Aiken.

Aiken narcotics investigators working as part of the ATF Regional Anti-Gang Enforcement Unit conducted the seizure earlier this week and took about 44 ounces of cocaine, 6 ounces of crack cocaine, 7 pounds of marijuana, $12,200 in cash, a pistol, a 2001 Suzuki street bike and a 2001 Ford Explorer, according to a news release from Aiken Department of Public Safety Lt. David Turno.

The search was the result of a yearlong undercover investigation linking the drugs from the Augusta home to drug dealers in Aiken, the release said.

Woodrow Wilson home gets landmark plaque

The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson will be honored Friday as the U.S. Interior Department installs a new plaque announcing its designation as a National Historic Landmark.

The 2 p.m. ceremony in front of the Wilson home will include an unveiling of the marker by Ray Rivera, the Interior Department's external and internal affairs director. A tour is to follow the free ceremony.

Photos of Walgreens robbery are released

Columbia County authorities have released photos of a man wanted for the Monday robbery of a Martinez Walgreens.

Wearing a hat, tan shirt and blue denim pants, a man presented a cashier at the drugstore at 3900 Washington Road with a bottle of water to purchase late Monday. When the employee opened the cash register to make change, the man pushed her away, reached into the register and took an unknown amount of money, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report.

Anyone recognizing the man or with information about the robbery should call the sheriff's office at (706) 541-2800.

Evans doctor is named to statewide board

Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed a Columbia County physician to the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce on Wednesday.

Dr. Paul Fischer is a family-practice physician and partner at the Center for Primary Care in Evans. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Miss S. Carolina Teen will speak in Aiken

Courtney Cisson, the reigning Miss South Carolina Teen, will be the keynote speaker at the Aiken Teen Pregnancy Prevention's annual Mother-Daughter Lunch on Saturday.

The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Aiken Center for the Arts at 122 Laurens St. in downtown Aiken.