Originally created 01/19/98

Local and area briefs



Town gets readyfor snake roundup

WHIGHAM -- When the deer season ended just over a week ago, John A. Lodge Jr. turned his attention to a different hunt -- the search for the Eastern diamondback rattlesnake.

Mr. Lodge, 44, hopes to find one that will give him the largest entry in the 38th annual Whigham Rattlesnake Roundup set for Jan. 31.

Since he began participating in 1970, he's caught the biggest snake twice, with rattlers that weighed 13.4 pounds and 10.4 pounds.

This year's snake hunt is expected to attract about a dozen hunters, says Mark Baggett, president of the Whigham Community Club, which sponsors the roundup. Last year's roundup netted 360 snakes, the previous year 600, he said.

Parents accused in child's death

GREENVILLE -- Two parents have been charged in the death of their 2-year-old son who was taken to the hospital unconscious and hypothermic, police say.

Nehemia Matthew Maddox died Saturday of injuries his parents knew about, but apparently neglected, arrest warrants said. Michael Lewis Moore, 31, and Rochelle M. Maddox, 29, were being held in the Greenville County Detention Center on charges of homicide by child abuse.

Two other children were taken into protective custody, Police Lt. Tim Christy said.

An autopsy was scheduled for today to determine the exact cause of death.

Lt. Christy said it was not clear whether the boy fell or was beaten.

All Citadel female cadets back

CHARLESTON -- All 19 female Citadel cadets have returned for the spring semester, military college officials say.

Of the 1,720 cadets who left The Citadel for Christmas vacation in December, 1,654 have returned.

Of the missing cadets, 38 have withdrawn, while the others graduated, received academic or medical discharges or left for exchange programs, said the president, Maj. Gen. John Grinalds.

The school readmitted 31 cadets who had been absent the first semester, he said.

The school also has a new vice president for communications.

Bruce E. Williams has been serving as the strategic plans officer for the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff at the Defense Department.

He also has served as director of publishing and broadcasting for the Naval Media Center and as deputy director of public relations for the Bureau of Naval Personnel, both in Washington.

Inmate on work release escapes

ROCK HILL -- An inmate from the Catawba Work Release Center has been missing since his shift at a pizza restaurant ended, a Corrections Department spokesman says.

James Robert Miller, 22, typically worked at CiCi's Pizza in Rock Hill until midnight, John Barkley said.

But Mr. Miller clocked out around 9:30 p.m. Saturday and disappeared, he said.

Mr. Miller, who was serving five years for fraud, does not have an escape history and is not considered violent.

He was scheduled to be released in September, Mr. Barkley said.

Mr. Miller is 5 feet 7 inches tall with blond hair and blue eyes.

He was last seen wearing a red CiCi's shirt, black pants and a baseball cap.

Public radio tries for comeback

COLUMBIA -- Funding cuts during the last decade have put the South Carolina Educational Radio Network near the bottom of the state's priority list.

But employees and listeners now wonder whether a new president can help pull the network back up to a national level.

Despite gaining a national reputation in the 1970s, a recent study by South Carolina Educational Television showed that radio accounted for only $512,528 of the endowment's public money last year.

Television spent $8.9 million.

But radio's position may be improving: A fund-raising drive raised nearly $130,000 more for radio than was spent last year, so ETV is adding two new positions in radio.

And with the resignation of longtime ETV President Henry Cauthen, Cable News Network and Fox News alumni Paul Amos moves into place this summer as network employees hope radio will be able to regroup.The Shepeard Blood Center bloodmobile will be at several locations in the Augusta area this week:

Blood drives this week

Today: AT&T, 8-11 a.m. and noon to 5 p.m.

Tuesday: Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive, 2-4 p.m.; Aiken Electric Cooperative, South Carolina Highway 305, Aiken, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Stevcoknit Fabrics Co., 450 Rabbit Trail, Edgefield, S.C., 7 a.m. to noon; University of South Carolina-Aiken, University Parkway, Aiken, 1-6 p.m.

Thursday: Sizemore Security, 2116 Walton Way, 1:30-4:30 p.m.; Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, noon to 6 p.m.

Friday: Bi-Lo, 4480 Columbia Road, 12:30-6:30 p.m.; Kroger, 4115 Columbia Road, 2:30-6:30 p.m.

Sunday: Whole Life Ministries, 2621 Washington Road, 12:30-4 p.m.

Today

Augusta-Richmond County Board of Zoning Appeals, 2:30 p.m., municipal building, 803.

North Augusta City Council, 7 p.m., municipal building, Buena Vista Avenue, North Augusta.

Fairfax Town Council, 6 p.m., town hall, U.S. Highway 278, Fairfax.Tuesday

Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority, 9 a.m., civic center.

Augusta Commission, 2 p.m., eighth floor, municipal building.

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

Aiken County Council, 7 p.m., county council annex, Richland Avenue, Aiken.

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

Wednesday

Human Relations Commission, 4 p.m., 360 Bay St.

Thursday

Augusta Historic Preservation Commission, 5:30 p.m., Room 802, municipal building.

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

Columbia County Solid Waste Management Authority, 7 p.m., commissioners' conference room, Evans Government Complex.

North Augusta Planning Commission, 7 p.m., municipal building, Buena Vista Avenue.

Allendale County Council, 7:30 p.m., Brant Building, Courthouse Square, Allendale.

Barnwell County Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., district office, Haygood Avenue, Barnwell.