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2 men sought in bank robbery in Graniteville


Authorities arrested one man and identified two others wanted in a Thursday afternoon bank robbery in Graniteville.

David Mark Kearse Jr. is charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to Aiken County sheriff's Capt. Troy Elwell.

Wanted are Javier Hickson, 26, of the 100 block of Woodland Drive Extension, Aiken; and Artrell Jabar Hickson, 19, of the same address, Capt. Elwell said. Both are considered armed and dangerous.

The robbery occurred about noon Thursday at the Security Federal Bank on Canal Street..

Grovetown will return to rules for watering

Despite eased state outdoor watering restrictions, Grovetown residents soon will return to citywide watering restrictions because of low city water supply.

The state Environmental Protection Division reverted this month to a nondrought outdoor watering schedule for the first time since 2006. The eased restrictions allow residents to water any time of day on certain days, based on their addresses. Grovetown will return to the old restrictions, which allow watering only between midnight and 10 a.m.

Public Works Director Mike Woods said the city has experienced a low supply of water since the restrictions were eased. City officials have approved new water lines and a water tank to increase supply. Construction is expected to start in the fall.

Aiken bank warns of counterfeit checks

An Aiken bank has notified federal authorities that some counterfeit cashier's checks are in circulation bearing the bank's name.

Security Federal Bank, on Richland Avenue, reported three versions of the counterfeit cashier's checks, with a routing number of 253271822, according to an alert issued with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

According to the FDIC, an authentic cashier's check will have a light green or light blue background, the bank's name, logo and address in the top left corner and the words "Cashier's Check" and indemnification requirements for lost, stolen or misplaced checks in the lower left corner.

Aiken building added to historic register

A former Aiken school building built in the 1800s has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, and officials say it couldn't come at a better time.

The former Immanuel School, on York Street, was built in 1889 and educated black children in Aiken and surrounding counties until its closing in 1932, according to the National Register listing, which occurred earlier this month.

Officials say the recognition could prove helpful as work progresses to open a Center for African American History, Arts and Culture at the site.

Jackson man arrested after dispute, standoff

A Jackson man was arrested by Aiken County authorities after a standoff.

Terry Lee Hornsby, of the 1200 block of Old Jackson Highway, is charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Police said that about 11 p.m. Wednesday they responded to a domestic dispute at Mr. Hornsby's home. An argument between Mr. Hornsby and an alleged victim involved missing medication, police said. The victim told police that Mr. Hornsby pointed a handgun and fired several shots into a television.

The victim left and called police, who attempted to get Mr. Hornsby to come out. After several hours an Aiken County SWAT team entered and arrested him.

Two teens are charged in armed robbery

Richmond County sheriff's deputies said they charged two teens Wednesday in an armed robbery on Amsterdam Drive earlier this week.

The 14-year-old victim said he was walking home from work when Vernon Lee Labord, 18, of Tad Court, and Marquell Eunice, 17, of Richmond Hill Road, stopped to talk to him, a sheriff's report said. The suspects pulled handguns and took $43 from the victim, the report said.

Art institute selects its executive director

The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art has appointed Rebekah Henry to the position of executive director, effective July 6, according to a news release.


Columbia County

- The Baker Place Road overpass at Interstate 20 will remain closed to through traffic through Thursday , according to a news release from Columbia County.

Local traffic may access Baker Place Road from either end, but will not be able to continue past the overpass.

Repair work is scheduled to begin Monday and will take two to three days to complete, the release said. Motorists should plan to take an alternate route or allow additional time for commuting on these days.

For more information, call the Georgia Department of Transportation Area Engineer's office at (706) 855-3466 .

Richmond County

A portion of Bolton Street will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, according to a Richmond County Engineering Department news release. The closure will be between Hilda and Avalon Avenues, the release said. Crews will be installing a storm drain.