A 24-year-old Georgia woman who survived a rare, flesh-decaying infection is back home after more than three months in the hospital and a rehabilitation clinic.
Aimee Copeland’s father says she was “laughing it up” when she returned Wednesday to the family’s home in Snellville, outside Atlanta.
Andy Copeland says the family had dinner at a steakhouse and showed his daughter her new wheelchair-accessible room and living quarters, which added nearly 2,000 square feet to their home.
Aimee Copeland contracted the rare infection in May after falling from a zip line and gashing her leg. Doctors had to amputate both hands, her left leg and right foot.
She spent two months at the Shepherd Center, a rehabilitation clinic in Atlanta, learning to move, eat and bathe without prosthetics.
Before that, Copeland was treated at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.
Morris Brown nears foreclosure, sale
ATLANTA — One of the nation’s oldest black colleges is facing foreclosure next month, and an auction of assets is set for Sept. 4.
Enrollment at Morris Brown College is down to about 50 students. At times, the university’s enrollment has topped 3,000.
The college is facing the foreclosure action after investors called $13 million worth of bonds tied to the college, officials said.
“This is heartbreaking and not only a sad day in the life of Morris Brown, but in black academia,” said former Atlanta City Councilman Derrick Boazman, who is a 1990 Morris Brown graduate. “The school is needed now more than ever.”
The school is planning a prayer vigil Saturday, where plans to move the school forward will be discussed. Officials will talk about reorganizing and restructuring in addition to finances, said Benjamin Harrison, a spokesman for the 6th District African Methodist Episcopal Church, which oversees the school.
“There is the need to raise millions of dollars to counteract that deficit,” Harrison said. “But if that money is not raised, the school is in jeopardy.”
The school formally opened in 1885.
Widow charged in slaying posts bond
DECATUR, GA. — Authorities said the widow charged in her husband’s slaying outside a suburban Atlanta preschool has been released from jail after posting bond.
Authorities said Andrea Sneiderman posted the $500,000 bond late Thursday morning and was released from the DeKalb County jail shortly after noon Thursday.
On Tuesday, DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams set the bond after Sneiderman’s attorneys said she wasn’t a flight risk and would follow instructions not to contact witnesses.
Sneiderman was indicted Aug. 2 on charges of malice murder and criminal attempt to commit murder in the Nov. 18, 2010, killing of her husband, Russell “Rusty” Sneiderman.
He was gunned down shortly after dropping off the couple’s son at the preschool.
Sneiderman maintains that she is innocent.
2nd man dies after Greenville shooting
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Greenville County officials say a second man has died after a shooting this week.
Deputy Coroner Barry Wright says 69-year-old Ben Lee Anders died Wednesday afternoon at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Ben Anders, 42, died at the scene of the shooting Tuesday evening.
Lawrence R. Campbell, 51, of Greenville, has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Officials say the victims were found in a road.
No motive has been released.
DHEC offers help with permitting
COLUMBIA — Businesses that need several permits to open or expand will soon have a personal guide through the red tape, the director of South Carolina’s environmental agency said Thursday.
Catherine Templeton told the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association that she is creating a group of employees dedicated to assisting businesses through the permitting process.
She said businesses often require permits through separate bureaus within the Department of Health and Environmental Control, such as for air quality, water and waste.
The change will allow employers to go through a single person at the agency, to save them time and frustration.
She likened them to a personal banker.