Originally created 08/04/98

Local and area briefs



School board OKspersonnel changes

A principal for the new high school being built on Old Waynesboro Road was among several personnel changes approved Monday by the Richmond County Board of Education.

The board approved Sharon Harkrider, a special education consultant, as special education coordinator for the county schools system; Lounelle Beecher, a teacher at Butler High School, as social studies coordinator; Veronica Walker, a teacher at Lucy C. Laney High School, as assistant principal at Butler High; Janina Dallas, a teacher at T.W. Josey High School, as assistant principal at Josey High; David Robbins, a teacher at A. Brian Merry Elementary School, as assistant principal at Hephzibah High School; and Vanetta Lawrence, a teacher at Academy of Richmond County, as assistant principal of Langford Middle School.

A second list of recommendations from Superintendent Charles Larke was the subject of an hour-long closed-door discussion among board members. After returning to the board room, they approved Quentin Motley, assistant principal at Josey High, as principal of Laney High; Lynn Warr, principal of Langford Middle, as principal of the new unnamed high school; Veta New, principal of Lake Forest Elementary School, as principal of Langford Middle School; and Tonethia Frails Beasley, math coordinator and teacher at Josey High, as assistant principal at Josey.

The board voted against Dr. Larke's recommendation to switch the positions of Josey Principal Vivian Pennamon and A.R. Johnson High School Principal Horace Lamback.

Police charge man in drug bust

GBI and Emanuel County sheriff's officials seized more than 100 pounds of marijuana and arrested one person in connection with the drug bust.

William Waley Kirby, 36, of Robin Lane in Emanuel County is charged with trafficking marijuana, Sheriff J. Tyson Stephens said.

The sheriff's department was tipped off by drug agents in Macon that Mr. Kirby was coming through Swainsboro on Friday.

Mr. Kirby stopped in Emanuel County, where police approached him as he was trying to make a marijuana sale, police said.

He fled, but police later caught him in a wooded area along the Ohoopee River.

Police confiscated 30 pounds of marijuana he was carrying and an additional 70 pounds at his residence.

Registration drivesto begin for voters

Several voter registration drives will be held around the Augusta area at Wal-Mart and Bi-Lo stores beginning today.

People who want to register must have a valid driver's license and must register at one of the sites in their home state. The drives will begin at 3 p.m. and last until 8 p.m.

Locations for registration are: today, Wal-Mart in Thomson; Aug. 11, Wal-Mart in Aiken; Aug. 18, Wal-Mart on Deans Bridge Road in Augusta; Aug. 25, Bi-Lo in Edgefield; and Sept. 1, Wal-Mart on Bobby Jones Expressway in Augusta.

Woman pleads not guilty in slaying

A Burke County woman accused of killing her husband pleaded not guilty to murder charges Monday.

Jacqueline Brown Jones, 32, of the 3100 block of Farmers Bridge Road was arraigned Monday in Burke County Superior Court.

She has been held without bond since her arrest after investigators found the body of 32-year-old Sip Jones Jr. buried in a shallow grave in some woods near the couple's Hephzibah home.

Ms. Jones initially told investigators her husband had disappeared.

However, she later changed that statement and said she had shot him after the couple argued in the early morning hours of July 3, according to police.

Police charge man in drug bust

GBI and Emanuel County sheriff's officials seized more than 100 pounds of marijuana and arrested one person in connection with the drug bust.

William Waley Kirby, 36, of Robin Lane in Emanuel County is charged with trafficking marijuana, Sheriff J. Tyson Stephens said.

The sheriff's department was tipped off by drug agents in Macon that Mr. Kirby was coming through Swainsboro on Friday.

Mr. Kirby stopped in Emanuel County, where police approached him as he was trying to make a marijuana sale, police said.

He fled, but police later caught him in a wooded area along the Ohoopee River.

Police confiscated 30 pounds of marijuana he was carrying and an additional 70 pounds at his residence.

National Night Out to be observed

Tonight is National Night Out, an annual event to promote neighborhood awareness to fight crime. Neighborhood watch organizations throughout Augusta and Columbia County will be observing the annual event in their own neighborhoods.

This year's theme is "Give Neighborhood Crime and Drugs a Going Away Party."

Some area merchants also will participate. For example, fire department officials will be on hand to talk to shoppers at the Kroger at 2801 Washington Road.

Former school superintendent dies

MACON -- Tom Madison, Bibb County's first black school superintendent, died Sunday after a three-year battle with lung cancer. He was 60.

Mr. Madison retired in 1996 after a 31-year career with the 25,000-student middle Georgia school district. He began as a science teacher in 1965 and became superintendent in 1992.

"He always handled things with a quiet dignity," said Harry Trawick, the school system's deputy superintendent. "He got things done and in a very gentle way, but there was a very tough side to him also."

Mr. Madison grew up on a farm in Newbern, Ala., with 14 brothers and sisters. He graduated from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala., then earned a master's degree from the University of Georgia and a doctorate from Georgia State University.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Central High School gymnasium.

Quick review of aid promised

COLUMBIA -- Gov. David Beasley says U.S. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman has promised a quick review of the state's request for federal help because of this year's drought.

Mr. Beasley met with Mr. Glickman Monday at the National Governors' Association meeting in Milwaukee.

Mr. Glickman did not say when he might make a decision, but promised a close examination soon, the governor said. Mr. Glickman visited farms in Eastover, Sumter and Florence in July.

Mr. Beasley has asked that the entire state be declared an agricultural disaster because of damage from the heat and dry weather.