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Man tells police of carjacking attempt


A 26-year-old Augusta man told police that he thwarted a carjacking in a Washington Road gas station early Monday.

The victim said he was flagged down by a man in the parking lot of the Circle K near Interstate 20 on Washington Road, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report. A man then approached his vehicle and yelled for him to "get out, get out" as he waved a handgun in the air, the report said. As the man approached his open car window, the victim said he knocked the gun from the man's hands, and it fired. The bullet struck the victim's center console, but no one was harmed, the report said.

No arrests were made Monday.

Inmate 'just dropped off the face of Earth'

A Burke County sheriff's investigator said there are no leads in the escape of an inmate last week.

"It's like he just dropped off the face of the Earth," Sgt. Dan Lowe said in an e-mail this morning.

Jerry Lee Jones, 44, slipped off Tuesday morning while working as a custodian at the sheriff's office off Georgia Highway 24. Police said he left wearing his white jail-issued duds with "Burke County Sheriff's Office" marked on the back of his shirt.

He is described as black, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 135 pounds. He was arrested on July 26, 2008, on charges of theft by bringing a stolen vehicle into the state, terroristic threats and acts, two counts of obstructing and hindering a law enforcement officer, driving under the influence, giving a false name to an officer, no driver's license and unlawful use of a license plate, according to Sgt. Lowe.

Anyone with information on Mr. Jones' whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at (706) 554-2133 or the law enforcement agency in their area.

McDuffie schools get new superintendent

Jim LeBrun will be the next superintendent of McDuffie County schools.

In a called meeting Monday, McDuffie County Board of Education members voted unanimously to hire Mr. LeBrun.

Mr. LeBrun was most recently the superintendent of schools in Jones County, where he served four years. He has been in education for 23 years, as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and superintendent.

McDuffie board Chairwoman Georgia Hobbs said it has not been decided when Mr. LeBrun will assume his duties.

Roberson moves on to Marlboro County, S.C.

Frank Roberson, former Edgefield County school superintendent and Aiken County educator, has been named the superintendent of the Marlboro County, S.C., schools.

Dr. Roberson was one of 40 applicants for the position.

He has worked in education for more than 30 years. He spent less than a year as the Edgefield County School District superintendent before applying for the Aiken County school superintendent's position in 2007, where he was a finalist. He has spent the past year as an education consultant.

Dr. Roberson assumes the post July 14.

Nearly 1,400 students pass retake of test

Nearly 1,400 students participating in the Georgia Department of Education's new Project ExPreSS (Exam Preparation for Science and Social Studies) passed the retake of the state graduation test, according to information released Monday.

Richmond County was home to one of 29 Project ExPreSS sites. The new program was a partnership between the state and local school systems. It was a state-funded effort aimed at students who had not passed the Georgia High School Graduation Tests in science or social studies. More than 2,000 students received two weeks of intensive instruction June 8-18 and then had the opportunity to retest on June 19.

The overall pass rate on this retest was 68 percent, more than double last year's pass rate in these subjects.

ARC 225th anniversary tickets are available

Tickets are still available for the Academy of Richmond County's 225th Anniversary Celebration. The event will be at 7:30 p.m. July 24 at Julian Smith Casino. Attire is dressy casual. The event will feature a cash bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres by Roux's Catering and music by The Craig Woolard Band.

Tickets cost $50 per person. Proceeds will benefit ARC for continued improvement of its campus and historic buildings.

Day-use fees will be waived for nine days

The Army Corps of Engineers will waive day-use fees Aug. 1-9 at its more than 2,400 corps-operated recreation sites, including Thurmond Lake and other Savannah River Basin reservoirs.

The waiver applies to day-use fees collected at boat launches and swimming beach facilities. Fees for camping and camping-related services and specialized facilities or special events will not be waived.

"Our hope is to encourage increased use during this traditionally low-use period," said Steve Stockton, the corps' director of civil works.