Originally created 12/20/97

Local and area briefs



Thomson man dies in two-car wreck

A Thomson man was killed in an early Friday accident between Thomson and Dearing in McDuffie County.

About 7 a.m., Ronald E. Heacock, 49, of Manassas Drive, was thrown from his vehicle after being hit broadside by a car that ran a stop sign at Caps Curve -- the intersection of Ellington Airline Road, Wire Road and Augusta Highway, said Georgia State Patrol senior radio operator Bobby Stevens.

One other person was hurt in the accident but the police report was not finished Friday night, Mr. Stevens said. Information was also unavailable on the other driver.

Campground upgrades power

New electric service components were installed last week at the Army Corps of Engineers' Petersburg Campground at Thurmond Lake, one of few campgrounds with spaces available during the winter months.

Sites one through 54 have new power pedestals offering 50-amp service, suitable for the largest recreational vehicles made.

Unlike the previous system, the new pedestals provide reliable, consistent power without the inconvenience of power surges during peak demand periods.

During the winter, sites one through 27 remain open for cold-weather campers and travelers passing through the area. For more information about the campgrounds and other recreational opportunities, call the Thurmond Lake office at 800 533-3478.

Authority gets anti-drug grant

Aiken Housing Authority has received a $117,000 federal grant to help reduce drug-related crime in and around the agency's properties.

The agency was one of 11 public housing authorities in the state to receive the Public and Indian Housing Drug Elimination grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

State housing authority officials presented the agency with the award Thursday.

Grant money will help cover costs for several services, including three community police officers, administrative duties, parenting training and after school, summer and job training programs, according to housing authority officials.

About 790 residents live in 390 units provided by the Aiken Housing Authority.

Ground broken on memorial

ALBANY -- Freedom songs marked ground-breaking at the old Mount Zion Church, which will be restored to house a museum on Albany's civil-rights movement.

"It's been a long time coming, but we're glad it's here," said C.W. Grant, president of the museum board, at Thursday's ceremony outside the boarded-up brick building.

Construction on the $800,000 project should take six months. It is part of revitalization plans for downtown and is funded by sales tax and $250,000 in unused federal funds in the city job-training program.

Mr. Grant said plans include returning the interior of the 90-year-old building to its appearance three decades ago, when civil-rights meetings were held there.

Head-on collision kills two

GREENSBORO -- Two people were killed in a head-on crash on Georgia Highway 15 in East Georgia on Friday.

The driver of a Datsun 210 was believed to have fallen asleep while driving just north of Greensboro, 28 miles south of Athens, and collided head on with a pickup, said Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright.

Both vehicles caught fire, and the drivers were the only occupants, Mr. Wright said. They were not immediately identified.

The body of the pickup driver was sent to the state crime lab in Atlanta for identification, police said.

Quintuplets get free insurance

COLUMBIA -- South Carolina's first quintuplets will receive $170,000 worth of life insurance from Liberty Life Insurance Co.

Liberty is donating the insurance to cover the parents, the five new babies born Oct. 6 and their older brothers, ages 3 and 6.

Babies Kadeisha and Davon are expected to go home with Tammy and Bernard Lucas of Darlington early next week, said Harriet Parker, spokeswoman for Carolinas Hospital System in Florence.

Although the babies are gaining weight and doing well, David is likely to remain at the Florence hospital through Christmas.

Anastasia and Shernard remain at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where the babies were born.

"They are going to send them home in phases," said Ms. Lucas. "I guess they know what's best. Right now, I'm in the process of getting my baby-sitters and getting everybody to take CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation classes. I'm really spaced out."

Mother accused in fatal beating

MONCKS CORNER -- The mother of a 5-year-old Moncks Corner boy who died two weeks ago after allegedly being beaten has been arrested in connection with his death.

Berkeley County sheriff's detectives also arrested two other men Thursday in the slaying of William Dangerfield. One of the men is the husband of the live-in baby sitter accused of killing William.

The boy died Dec. 5 of trauma to the head, the day after his baby sitter allegedly beat him for spitting at her, Berkeley County sheriff's investigators have said.

Misty Dawn Rivers, 19, was charged Dec. 5 with murder and remains in the Berkeley County jail. Her two children, a 2-month-old daughter and a 2-year-old son, were taken into protective custody.

Late Thursday, investigators charged William's mother, 27-year-old Cheryl Roth Dangerfield, with two counts of unlawful neglect of a child. They also charged 21-year-old Joseph Rivers with one count of unlawful neglect of a child; and they charged Dangerfield's friend, 44-year-old Miguel Madrano, with two counts of misprision of a felony.

Land made historic preserve

CAYCE -- More than 600 acres of land filled with significant archaeological sites along Congaree Creek has been turned into a historical preserve.

Gov. David Beasley on Thursday presented a $313,833 check from the Governor's Legacy Trust Fund to purchase the 627-acre Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve.

The Natural Resources Department's Heritage Land Trust Fund added $305,753 and South Carolina Electric & Gas Co., which has owned the land for years, donated a portion worth half a million dollars to complete the package.

The site includes the 18th-century location of Saxe Gotha, one of nine townships instituted by Gov. Robert Johnson in 1731.

Archaeologists have found tangible evidence of continuous life at Congaree Creek spanning thousands of years.