Across the Area

KKK moves site for rally today


The Ku Klux Klan has agreed to change locations for a rally today, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

The rally will move to Gloverville Park on Pine Street and begin at 1:30 p.m., according to sheriff's Sgt. Dave Myers.

After months of back and forth with the county's parks and recreation department, Tim Bradley, grand dragon of the Church of the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, said Thursday he was just going to show up at Harrison-Caver Park on U.S. Highway 421 because it was still open to the public even when an event is scheduled. A church has an egg drop scheduled Saturday morning.

Police find weapons, drugs; make arrests

Police say they found loaded guns and bags of marijuana in a pickup stopped for speeding Thursday.

A North Augusta Public Safety officer pulled the truck over at a gas station in the 400 block of Georgia Avenue about 1:30 a.m., a report says.

The driver, who had stepped out of the truck, produced a card identifying himself as Joseph Eugene Henley, then ran, a report says. Police didn't catch him, but they did arrest Dillon Jones, 18, of the 200 block of Telfair Street, and Desmond Sapp, 22, of the 500 block of Moten Street. They face charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful carrying of a firearm.

A warrant has been issued for Henley, 22, of the 2400 block of Acapulco Drive, on the same charges, as well as speeding, driving on a suspended license, driving with an open container and resisting arrest.

New inspection office to open at Plant Vogtle

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will open a new construction inspection office at Plant Vogtle in Burke County, where work is under way to add two new reactors.

Justin D. Fuller will be the new senior resident inspector for the construction of Vogtle Units 3 and 4, and Coleman Abbott will be the resident inspector.

Southern Nuclear Operating Co., which operates the two existing Vogtle units, filed an application with the NRC for two additional units at the site in early 2008. With the application under review by the NRC staff, the company has begun limited site work under NRC authorization.

Aiken traffic lights back to former timing

Aiken's downtown traffic lights are officially back to their original rights-of-way after the Department of Transportation and Aiken Public Safety received approval Thursday to remove remaining signs that prohibited left turns in intersections.

The intersections were changed last month when DOT and the city upgraded traffic signals. After many complaints from drivers, the signals were reverted to their former timing, but the signs were not immediately removed. Drivers are still expected to yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

Deputies arrest two men on drug charges

Aiken County sheriff's deputies arrested two Aiken men on drug charges Thursday.

Robert Nathaniel Huff, 46, and Andrew Brinson, 68, of the 200 block of Hudson Drive, face charges that include distribution of marijuana and distribution within a half-mile of a school. Huff also faces cocaine distribution charges.

The men were arrested after a month-long narcotics investigation, which included the Aiken County SWAT team. They were being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.

Paper carrier arrested in Appling mail thefts

Columbia County authorities are looking for potential victims of a newspaper carrier whom they suspect in mail thefts in the Appling area.

Police arrested Matthew Shaffer, 27, of the 3800 block of Suan Drive in Appling, Friday. He is charged with misdemeanor theft by taking, although the number of charges is pending, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

Shaffer is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center, but his bond amount has not been set, Morris said.

Shaffer, an independent contractor, has been delivering The Augusta Chronicle newspapers for a couple of weeks.

Morris said residents who believe their mail was stolen should call (706) 541-1044.

Hall of famer to talk about Alzheimer's

Hall of Fame football coach Frank Broyles will speak Masters Week about his late wife's battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Broyles, a former University of Arkansas football coach and athletic director, will give a talk -- Alzheimer's Disease: A Family Affair -- from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center at 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd. His daughter and granddaughter also will speak.

Broyles is a native of Decatur, Ga., and played football at Georgia Tech. Attendance at the speech is free, but reservations are suggested. To reserve a spot, call (706) 731-9060.