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Correction, July 31, 2009: Because incorrect information was provided The Chronicle, a news item in Friday's edition incorrectly identified a burglary suspect. Richmond County jail records show Terrence Andrius Hanna, a homeless man, was arrested for kicking in the door of the home of Reginald Leon McCray, 1812 N. Barton Drive, on Wednesday. The Chronicle regrets the error. (Highlight changes)

Elections board to meet on filling Scott's seat


The Richmond County Board of Elections will hold a special called meeting at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss the process of filling the District 5 school board seat left vacant by the death of Joe Scott last week.

The meeting will be held in the Board of Elections Office, 530 Greene St., Room 104. The public is invited. For more information, call the elections board office at (706) 821-2340.

$4 million awarded for Deans Bridge Road

More than $4 million in federal stimulus funds were awarded this month to a project that will resurface 10 miles of Deans Bridge Road between Sandy Run Creek and Tobacco Road.

The project was awarded to Reeves Construction Co. of Macon, Ga., according to a Georgia Department of Transportation news release.

Sixteen other projects were awarded across the state, and construction is to begin on all in September.

Man is stabbed while trying to stop fight

An Appling man was stabbed while trying to break up a fight at a Columbia County park Wednesday evening.

The fight between two young men broke out about 11:30 p.m. at Riverside Park off Hardy McManus Road, according to Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris. When William Chad Drummond, 20, of Yelton Road, attempted to break up the scuffle, one of the men stabbed him in the forearm, then in the upper torso. When police arrived, Mr. Drummond was bleeding profusely, police said.

He was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital with injuries that were likely not life-threatening, said Capt. Morris. A hospital spokeswoman said she had no information on him.

The attacker -- described as a white man, 18 to 20 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 145-150 pounds, wearing a baggy black T-shirt with a white star on the front -- fled the park in a white Ford F-150 pickup.

Homeless man is arrested in break-in

A homeless man was arrested shortly after a late-night home invasion Wednesday.

Police said Terrence Andrius Hanna kicked in the back door at 1812 N. Barton Drive, off Old Savannah Road, and was attempting to steal a TV when the victim called the police, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report says. A 17-year-old girl was at home during the break-in and hid in a closet, the report says.

Deputies searched the area and found Mr. Hanna hiding in a backyard shed at 1826 N. Barton Drive, the report says.

He was charged with burglary and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Fire causes $55,000 in damage to building

The Aiken Department of Public Safety responded to a fire early Thursday at an Alcoholics Anonymous building.

The fire at the building on Linden Street was reported just before 3 a.m. and was quickly extinguished, but not before causing about $50,000 in structural damage and $5,000 in content damage, said Aiken Public Safety Sgt. Aaron Dowdy.

Sgt. Dowdy said the fire was the result of a stove burner being accidentally left on.