Originally created 09/06/98

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Intersection to close for sewer line work

The intersection of 13th and Reynolds streets will close this week to allow public works crews to work on the sewer lines there.

Drivers traveling west on Reynolds Street will be detoured to 10th, Broad and 15th streets, said James Huffstetler, a traffic engineer for the Augusta Department of Public Works and Engineering. Drivers who approach the intersection will be forced to turn right on 13th Street toward South Carolina, Mr. Huffstetler said.

The work will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday if weather permits, Mr. Huffstetler said.

Aviation commission to meet

Augusta Aviation Commission is slated to hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday on the second floor of Bush Field's command center. Parking is beside the general aviation aircraft services building.

Infanticide suspect out on bond

HINESVILLE -- An 18-year-old mother accused of killing her newborn then throwing the baby's body in a garbage bin in rural Bryan County has been released on bond.

Morgan White of Midway was released Friday from the Liberty County Jail after her family posted a $10,000 bond.

Ms. White was arrested and charged Thursday with murder and concealing the baby's death.

Investigators say she beat the baby and suffocated him after he was born and threw the body into the bin on her way to classes Monday at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah.

Authorities said the teen-ager gave birth in her bedroom Saturday, but kept it secret.

Man charged long after killing

COLUMBUS -- Columbus police took almost 15 years to do it, but they finallypressed charges Friday in the Dec. 7, 1983, stabbing death of Angela Tucker Barnes.

Earnest Edwin Barnes, 37, of Phenix City, Ala., was accused of killing his former wife inside their home, then apparently torched the dwelling to cover up the crime, Columbus police Capt. Ricky Boren said.

"He was a suspect from the first day," Capt. Boren said.

Capt. Boren said detectives routinely reopen old cases during slow times. They reinterviewed witnesses and reanalyzed crime scene data, which Capt. Boren said gave officers enough evidence to prosecute.

Mr. Barnes has not yet been charged with arson. He was arrested at work and is being held in the Russell County, Ala., jail until he can be extradited to Columbus.

Ms. Barnes' body was found in the living room of her home with stab wounds in the back, throat and face. An autopsy revealed she bled to death before being burned.

Company aids game cleanup

COLUMBIA -- Olympia resident Maria Leidy has nothing against Gamecocks games that unfold not far from her home.

The only disadvantage to living near Williams-Brice Stadium is the post-game trash, she says.

But this year looks to be a little cleaner today after the game, thanks to a neighboring company, Lindau Chemical.

Lindau donated 10, 55-gallon drums that were placed around the neighborhood as Gamecock-themed trash cans. They were painted garnet, decorated with South Carolina stickers and labeled, "Please Don't Litter."

Ms. Leidy and a few neighbors plan to empty them after each game. She said the school never offered to help with the trash.

Herb Sharp, director of the Gamecock Club said, "We're very concerned about making sure the area looks nice, but we've not gone outside our property."

Now that the trash cans are in place, Ms. Leidy hopes everyone will use them.

"Tell people, `Do not steal them, or I'll tackle them,"' she said. Actually, another nearby company, Tarmac, donated cement blocks to put in the bottom of the barrels, making them harder to haul away.

Labor Day closings

The following holiday schedules have been announced for the Labor Day weekend:

--Augusta-Richmond County offices: closed Monday.

--Columbia County offices: closed Monday.

--Aiken County offices: closed Monday.

--Aiken city offices: closed Monday.

--Richmond, Columbia and Aiken County Schools: closed Monday.

--Richmond, Columbia and Aiken County libraries: closed Monday.

--Augusta Public Transit: no service Monday.

--Richmond County Landfill: open Monday from 6:30 a.m.- 1p.m.

--Columbia County Landfill: open Monday.

--Aiken garbage: No collection on Monday.

--Pickup will be a day behind all week.

--City of North Augusta sanitation department: No collection on Monday. Pickup will be a day behind all week.

--BFI: regular pickup schedule.

--Waste Management of Augusta-Aiken: regular pickup schedule.

--Augusta-Richmond County Museum: closed every Monday.

--U.S. Postal Service: closed Monday.

--State and federal offices: closed Monday.

--Fort Gordon offices: closed Monday.

--Area banks: closed Monday.

--Augusta State University: closed Monday.

--Paine College: closed Monday.

--Aiken Technical College: closed Monday.

--Augusta Technical Institute: closed Monday.

--USC Aiken: closed Monday.



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