Originally created 05/26/98

Additional area news



Woman from area wins state crown

Midori Thompson, 18, was crowned Miss Georgia Teen USA in Atlanta on Sunday.

Miss Thompson, the daughter of Claude and Robyn Thompson of Augusta, is a graduate of Solomon High School, North Augusta, and attended Augusta State University. She was the 1996 Miss Teen Augusta.

She received a $2,000 scholarship, a $1,000 wardrobe and a five-piece luggage set, among others prizes.

On Aug. 17, she will represent Georgia in the Miss Teen USA pageant in Shreveport, La.

Inmate captured after escape

COLUMBIA -- An inmate serving a burglary sentence escaped briefly from a minimum-security prison north of Columbia on Monday, a Corrections Department spokesman said.

Tommy James Perkins, 31, who was convicted in Aiken County, was missing during the midday count at the Goodman Correctional Institution, spokesman John Barkley said.

He was picked up less than four hours later by Columbia police at a fast-food restaurant near the prison.

It was not immediately clear how Mr. Perkins escaped, but the prison has no fence surrounding it, Mr. Barkley said.

Mr. Perkins had been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

He had been in the state prison system since 1991 and had been at Goodman since November, Mr. Barkley said.

Mr. Perkins will be moved to a more secure prison and charged with escape, Mr. Barkley said.

Role of fathers to be stressed

The Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services and the Child Support Enforcement Agency put the focus on fathers in June with a variety of activities.

On June 15 at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., there will be a parent training class at the Child Support Enforcement Office, in Suite 300 at 360 Bay St.

A speaker from the Captain's Team will be at the enforcement office at 10 a.m. June 19 to talk about how important it is for fathers to be involved in their children's lives. A second session is at 2 p.m.

Also June 19, there's a job fair at the Bay Street office from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Representatives of the Department of Labor, Job Corps and Apple One will be there to help fathers find employment.

Historic house to be moved

CHARLESTON -- How do you move a 200-year-old house to the lot next door?

Very slowly.

The Meyer-Peace House built in the 1790s will be moved later this year to make way for the new Charleston County Judicial Center off Broad Street.

The move will be made at no more than 4 feet per hour.

Project manager Guy Blanton is confident the 600,000-pound, three-story, brick house will be just fine.

The county expects to pay $671,000 for the move.

The building will be rolled slowly over to Broad Street on a computer-run assembly that adjusts wheels to keep the building level, Mr. Blanton said.

The Meyer-Peace building was built on property owned by sugar manufacturer Philip Meyer, who bought the property in 1773.

Attorney general eyed for case

GREENVILLE -- Black community leaders are asking people to press for the attorney general to handle the case of a sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a black man in April.

Leaders at the annual Malcolm X festival at Cleveland Park on Sunday asked people to sign petitions calling for Attorney General Charlie Condon, rather than local prosecutor Bob Ariail, to handle the case.

Tyrone Napoleon Salters, 24, was shot to death April 29 during a traffic stop. Deputy Brad Reid said he fired because he thought his life was in danger as the car started moving toward him.

Mr. Salters was a passenger in the car.

Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown suspended Deputy Reid for 10 days without pay and asked Mr. Ariail to take the case to the Greenville County grand jury.

College chaplain gets chair

SPARTANBURG -- Wofford College chaplain Talmage Skinner has been named to a new endowed chair at the school.

The announcement of the Rev. Skinner's appointment as the first Perkins-Prothro chaplain and professor of religion came Monday during the annual meeting of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

The Rev. Skinner, a 1956 Wofford graduate, has been campus minister at the college since 1986.

City fighting site for shelter

COLUMBIA -- City leaders who want to move a homeless shelter from the downtown area are running into complaints from potential neighbors.

The century-old Oliver Gospel Mission is just across the street from the Richland County Library.

Mayor Bob Coble said it's the location, not the money, that's the problem.

The city council met briefly in closed session last week to talk about buying land for the mission. Mr. Coble would not disclose the location. Private benefactors have promised to help pay for the move.

Three sites on the Mental Health Department's 300-acre campus have been ruled out because of residents' complaints.