Originally created 02/23/98

Local and area briefs



Dealership worker absent since Friday

Police and co-workers were baffled this weekend as to what happened to a Fairway Ford employee, who hasn't been seen since telling his boss he was going to a hospital Friday afternoon.

On Sunday, Columbia County Sheriff's Department deputies were trying to find Wayne Askew, 47, of 2300 block of Prague Court. Fairway workers made a missing persons report on Friday evening.

Mr. Askew, who has diabetes, was last heard from around noon Friday when he called to say he was feeling ill and was going to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center to get his blood sugar checked, said David Karangu, Fairway Ford owner.

There was no indication Mr. Askew ever arrived at the hospital, Mr. Karangu said.

Mr. Askew is described as a black man, 6 feet, two inches tall, about 200 pounds, last seen wearing a white shirt with Fairway Ford's logo, blue pants and glasses.

He was driving one of Fairway Ford's vehicles, a 1993 white Ford Econoline van with the dealership logo on it.

Wesleyan gets first female head

MACON -- Nora Kizer Bell was inaugurated as Wesleyan College's 23rd president this weekend, the first woman to lead the 161-year-old women's college.

About 1,100 students, faculty, staff, alumnae, trustees, and others watched the ceremony in Porter Auditorium.

Ms. Bell, who took office July 1, delivered a 40-minute address in which she called on the college community to maintain Wesleyan's liberal arts emphasis and Methodist ties, and raise the college's national and international profile.

Boy, 6, dies playing with gun

WARNER ROBINS -- A 6-year-old died Saturday morning after being shot by a small-caliber handgun he and his brother were playing with after finding it at their grandmother's house, authorities said.

Brennan Madison, a kindergartner at Russell Elementary, was shot in the head. His 12-year-old brother ran to neighbor's house for help, but when rescuers arrived, Brennan was dead in a bedroom.

Police considered the death an accident.

Detective Scott McSwain said the boys were home alone at the time.

Clemson Web site wins award

CLEMSON -- The March issue of Yahoo! Internet Life magazine calls Clemson the most wired small town in South Carolina.

"As my son would say, `That's way cool!"' Mayor Larry Abernathy said when told of the town's latest distinction.

The Web site has attracted some 13,000 visitors and includes dozens of pages with links to everything from the White House to Wagener. Top honors in the large-city category went to San Francisco.

The site was established in 1996 by a Clemson graduate student who was an intern for the city. It includes a calendar with a daily local activity, from craft shows to performances at the community theater.Man kills self after police standoff

BLUFFTON -- A Beaufort County man who barricaded himself inside his home and threatened to kill law enforcement officers was found dead after agents raided the house.

Gary Snider, 41, was found in an upstairs room by a State Law Enforcement Division SWAT team and Beaufort County sheriff's officers, SLED Chief Robert Stewart said.

Beaufort County Coroner Curt Copeland said Snider died of a gunshot wound, but he was unable to check for an entry point because of lingering tear gas in the house Saturday evening.

It was not immediately clear whether the gunshot was self-inflicted, he said.

SLED officials have launched an investigation into the incident. Sheriff's deputies had fired gunshots and tear gas during the 22-hour standoff, but Stewart said "that does not mean it was necessarily improper."

The same man apparently held police at bay for 24 hours in a similar incident about a year ago, Randall said.

Blood drives this week

The Shepeard Community Blood Center's bloodmobile will be at the following locations this week:

Today: Augusta Sportswear, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 425 Park 20 West Dr.; International Paper, 1-4 p.m., Highway 56.

Tuesday: SRS (H-Main Gate), 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Olin Chemical, 7:45-10 a.m., 2402 Old Savannah Road.

Wednesday: SRS (Lower B-Area), 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Georgia Iron Works, 9-11:30 a.m., 12:30-4 p.m., 5000 Wrightsboro Road; Mid-Winter Blood Drive, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepeard Community Blood Center.

Thursday: SRS (F-Area), 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, noon to 6 p.m., corner of Whiskey and Pine Log Roads.

Friday: Wal-Mart (North Augusta), 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 179 Edgefield Drive; Marks & Morgan, 1-5 p.m., 2559 Washington Road.

Saturday: No Drives.

Government meetings this week

Tuesday:

Augusta Finance Committee, 1 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.

Augusta Administrative Services Committee, 2 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.

Augusta Engineering Services Committee, 2:30 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.

Augusta Public Safety Committee, 3:30 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.

Augusta Public Services Committee, 4 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.

Richmond County Board of Elections, 5:30 p.m., Room 104, Municipal Building.

Thursday:

Augusta Historic Preservation Commission, 5:30 p.m., Room 802, Municipal Building.



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