Originally created 05/15/98

Housing authority rewards scholars



Housing authority rewards scholars

Representatives from Augusta Housing Authority gave $500 scholarships Thursday to two graduating high school seniors.

Chiquita Latasha Bennefield and Anitra Jeanett Jenkins were given the scholarship money at the authority's meeting Thursday morning.

Ms. Bennefield, a senior at A.R. Johnson Health, Science and Engineering High School, has a B average. A participant in Future Business Leaders of America, she plans to attend Georgia Southern University in Statesboro to major in literature and eventually go to law school. She lives at Olmstead Homes with her mother.

Ms. Jeanett, who attends Glenn Hills High School, plans to attend Augusta Technical Institute to study cosmetology. She wants to open her own beauty salon.

Ms. Jeanett, who volunteers at a local nursing home, was a finalist for an additional scholarship sponsored by the Georgia Association of Housing and Redevelopment.

The housing authority Thursday also re-elected Sidney Seidenberg as chairman and Alberta Jasper as vice chairman.

They were also named president and vice president, respectively, of Augusta Housing Agency, a new body responsible for approving money for U.S. Housing and Urban Development building projects.

Aiken Tech commencement set

Aiken Technical College's spring commencement starts at 8 p.m. today in the Student Center. About 300 students are eligible for 482 degrees, diplomas and certificates.

State Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater, will deliver the commencement address.

Aiken Tech is an accredited two-year technical school offering associate degrees in arts and science in addition to 68 other associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and continuing education courses.

Senior walk, health fair planned

A senior walk and a health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Aiken Mall, 2441 Whiskey Road.

As part of Older Americans Month activities, free screenings of cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar will be offered. Medical information will be available.

Sponsors are the Foster Grandparent Program of Aiken and Barnwell counties and Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Ex-officer accused of theft

SAVANNAH -- A former police officer who was honored after being wounded in a 1991 shootout has been accused of stealing $60,000 from an armored car he worked on.

Kenny Anderson, 32, was charged Tuesday with theft by taking and was held in lieu of $5,000 bond. The $60,000 was missing after EM Armored Car Service delivered a large shipment last week to the Federal Reserve Bank in Jacksonville, Fla.

The three employees on the money pick-up crew were given lie-detector tests, and Mr. Anderson's indicated his answers were deceptive, Chatham County police said.

On May 11, EM received a Federal Express package containing $60,000. Investigators took fingerprints from the package and arrested Mr. Anderson.

He and another Savannah policeman, Stan Freeman, were shot while subduing an armed man in 1991. Streets were named for each of them in 1994.

Southern Tech names president

MARIETTA -- Lisa Rossbacher, a dean at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., has been chosen as president of Southern Polytechnic University. Her appointment makes her the first female president of a public engineering school in Georgia.

She said she plans to be at Southern Tech's 50th anniversary celebration today. Ms. Rossbacher replaces Stephen Cheshier, who retires in June after 17 years.

Boat collision kills two men

FORT BENNING -- Two men were killed and two others injured Thursday when two boats collided on the Chattahoochee River during a fishing tournament.

The four men, who were not immediately identified and are not in the military, were participating in the Association of the U.S. Army annual fishing tournament for Military Appreciation Week.

Witnesses said the two boats were traveling in opposite directions when the collision occurred. The cause of the accident remained under investigation.

Missing toddler's body found

ORANGEBURG -- Searchers combing the Edisto River discovered the body of a toddler missing since Mother's Day.

Volunteer firefighters found 17-month-old Yusef Yunis about 11:30 a.m. Thursday. They used kayaks to reach the heavily wooded and swampy area near the boy's house, where he disappeared Sunday during a family gathering. The circumstances are still under investigation.

The widespread search included city and Orangeburg County officers, the State Law Enforcement Division, the state Natural Resources Department and the FBI.

Court won't hear noise-law suit

BEAUFORT -- A federal appeals court has denied street preachers' request to rehear a case concerning Beaufort's city noise ordinance.

Street preaching became an issue in 1991 when the city amended the ordinance to restrict "loud and unseemly noise." Police, responding to merchants' complaints, began arresting lay ministers associated with Calvary Baptist Church who had run a sidewalk ministry for years.

The preachers sued the city in 1992. A March 19 decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied their request for relief against the ordinance, and the court May 4 refused to rehear the case.

Panel OKs looser sewage law

COLUMBIA -- A Senate committee has approved a proposal to make it easier to discharge more treated sewage and other pollutants into South Carolina's rivers.

The rule, pushed by the water quality division of the state health department, allows some latitude in the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water.

Certain pollutants take oxygen from the water as they disperse, and oxygen levels affect animals and plants in the river. So the amount of oxygen is an important factor in permits for discharges of pollutants.

Industries and utilities persuaded the state Department of Health and Environmental Control to propose the lower standard.

The revision is already accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It allows a variance of 10 percent in the oxygen levels if the applicant can show the oxygen is naturally low at times and that aquatic life won't be harmed.