Originally created 03/31/97

Local and area briefs



Thurmond stays in hospital briefly

U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., was released from Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center at Fort Gordon on Sunday after an overnight stay.

Mr. Thurmond's press secretary, Chris Cimko, said the senator was in Aiken visiting family Saturday when he complained he felt ill.

"He went over, they checked him out, couldn't find anything wrong, but they said, `Why don't you stay overnight just to be safe,"' Ms. Cimko said.

Jennifer Chipman, public affairs officer at the hospital, said Mr. Thurmond was admitted about 6 p.m. Saturday and released around 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

The 94-year-old senator was admitted to Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington on Jan. 30 with a bad case of the flu.

"He's hit the ground running after he got over the flu and (Saturday's illness) could be some residual from that," Ms. Cimko said.

Tenor to perform at Paine

Tenor Samuel Eudovique will perform a free concert tonight at 8 at the Gilbert Lambuth Memorial Chapel at Paine College.

The concert is part of an ongoing school series sponsored by the Lyceum Committee, said committee member Ann Johnson.

No Big Game, Lotto winners

There was no winner with all six numbers selected in Saturday's Georgia "Lotto" drawing worth $4 million.

The winning numbers were: 1-13-21-22-25-30.

The next Saturday jackpot will be $5 million.

There were 41 tickets with five of the numbers, and each is worth $1,437. The 2,962 tickets showing four of the numbers are each worth $71. The 48,938 tickets with three of the numbers are each worth $4.

There also was no winner Friday in the Big Game. No contestants picked the winning numbers of 1-43-47-48-50 and the big money ball, 17.

The estimated jackpot for the next Friday Big Game is $77 million.

There were 14 people who got four out of five correct numbers and the big money ball, winning $5,000 each; 412 picked four out of five numbers, winning $150 each; another 712 picked three out of five correct numbers plus the big money ball, winning $100 each.

Woman drowns in Pickens lake

PICKENS - A woman fishing with her husband has drowned after she jumped in the water for a swim.

Judith Lynn Bryant and her husband, Dennis, were out on a Pickens County lake. She decided to go swimming. Minutes later Mrs. Bryant appeared to be in trouble, her husband said.

Mr. Bryant said his wife went under the water, resurfaced, then went under again. Her husband tried to reach for her, but Mr. Bryant said he couldn't go in because he cannot swim.

The body of the 43-year-old Mrs. Bryant was found later about 15 yards from shore.

Alligator with broken leg rescued

BEAUFORT - When Beaufort County sheriff's deputies are called for a "10-11," it's usually nothing more than stranded kitten or a trapped dog.

This time, they were in for a surprise when they found an alligator with a broken leg lying on the side of the road.

Two deputies responded after the call came in at about 6 p.m. from an area resident. The Lady's Island and St. Helena fire departments also were on the scene.

But everyone waited for Natural Resources Department officers to show up. They loaded the alligator for relocation to another area.

Area Blood Drives

Monday:

Harlem High School, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Tuesday:

Fox 54 Blood Drive, Shepeard Community Blood Center, 1533 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, 3-7 p.m.

Shepeard Blood Center West, Publix parking lot, Evans Town Center, Evans, 4-8 p.m.

Wednesday:

A.R. Johnson Health Occupations High School, 1324 Laney-Walker Blvd., 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Arcadian Fertilizer, 1 Columbia Nitrogen Road, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Thursday:

T.W. Josey High School, 17001 15th St., 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Aiken Community Blood Center, intersection of Whiskey and Pine Log roads, Aiken, noon-6 p.m.

Friday:

Strom Thurmond High School, Rt. 1, Johnston, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Wal-Mart, 179 Edgewood Drive, North Augusta, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday:

Triangle Dodge, 1666 Jefferson Davis Highway, Aiken, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

This week's meetings

Monday:

Barnwell City Council, 6:30 p.m., City Hall, Burr Street.

Edgefield Town Council, 7 p.m., City Hall, Main Street.

North Augusta City Council, 7 p.m., Municipal Building, Buena Vista Avenue.

Columbia County Community and Emergency Services Committee, public hearing to discuss the possible privatization of the county's Emergency Medical Service, 6:30 p.m., Evans Government Complex auditorium.

Tuesday:

Augusta Commission finance subcommittee to discuss hotel-motel tax, 11 a.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.

Augusta Commission, 2 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.

Edgefield County Council, 6 p.m., County Building, Jeter Street.

Aiken County Council, 7 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue.

Barnwell County Council, 7 p.m., Agriculture Building, Courthouse Circle.

Columbia County commissioners, 6:30 p.m., Appling Courthouse.

Thursday:

Augusta Commission interviews of candidates for license and inspections director, 10-11:30 a.m.

Augusta-Richmond County Museum Board of Trustees, noon, museum, Sixth and Reynolds streets.

Allendale County Council, 9:30 a.m., Allendale County Courthouse, Pine Street.

McCormick Town Council, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Augusta Street.

Columbia County Planning Commission, 6:30 p.m., Evans Government Complex auditorium.

- Compiled by Dennis Grogan



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