Originally created 09/07/98

Additional area news



Nuclear group announces speaker

Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Rhodes, author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, will present the keynote address Nov. 9 at the seventh annual Edward Teller Lecture.

The event, sponsored by Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness, will be held at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta. It will begin with a cash bar reception at 6 p.m. and the speaker will begin at 7 p.m.

Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness also will present its annual Distinguished Scientist Award to an individual whose work at Savannah River Site has contributed greatly to advancing nuclear technology.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday and may be purchased by calling (800) 299-2682.

Road work to divert traffic

The intersection of 13th and Reynolds streets in Augusta will close this week to let public works crews work on sewer lines.

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 North Augusta, Mr. Huffstetler said.

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

Mushrooms sprout across state

ALBANY -- Mushrooms, the fruit of fungi that dwell in the soil, are popping out in lawns following weather extremes that have given Georgia a bumper crop.

A three-month drought and then Tropical Storm Earl have saturated the ground, ideal conditions for growing mushrooms.

Although mushrooms are beneficial to the soil, they're not good for lawns. Unlike mushrooms served in restaurants, many wild varieties are poisonous to humans and other mammals.

Children and pets should be kept away from yard mushrooms, said Anthony Jones, a county extension agent in Albany.

Blood mobile

Shepeard Community Blood Center and American Red Cross bloodmobile schedules:

Tuesday: 1-3:30 p.m., Modern Welding, 300 Prep Phillips Drive; 1-7 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 639 Georgia Ave. in North Augusta.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Center Drive with 96 FM and WAGT Channel 26 at Shepeard Community Blood Center, 1533 Wrightsboro Road; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rich's department store, Augusta Mall, 3450 Wrightsboro Road; 5-8 p.m., Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road; 5:30-8 p.m., Baker Woods Baptist Church, Fury's Ferry Road.

Thursday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mattie C. Hall Nursing Home, 830 Laurens St. in Aiken; 1-5 p.m., Greenfield Industries, 470 Old Evans Road.

Friday: 7-11:30 a.m. and 1-5 p.m., Columbia Augusta Medical Center, 3651 Wheeler Road; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lowe's store, 2503 Whiskey Road in Aiken; 3:30-6:30 p.m., Kroger supermarket, 82 University Parkway N.W. in Aiken.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Home Depot store, 499 Bobby Jones Expressway.

Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Walton Way Temple Congregation Children of Israel, 3005 Walton Way.

Appointments are available at these locations for people wishing to donate blood:

American Red Cross Blood Services: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (except holidays), 950 Millbrook St., Suite A, in Aiken; and 106 Pleasant Home Road, Suite L, at LaPavilion Shopping Center in Augusta. Call (803) 642-5180 in Aiken or (706) 868-8800 in Augusta.

Shepeard Community Blood Center: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (except holidays), 112-B Davis Road in Martinez; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays (except holidays), 1533 Wrightsboro Road in Augusta; and noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays (except holidays), Rich Plaza near corner of Whiskey and Pine Log roads in Aiken. Call (706) 854-1880 in Martinez, (706) 737-4551 in Augusta or (803) 643-7996 in Aiken.

Area meetings

Tuesday:

Aiken County Development Committee, 5:30 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue.

Aiken County Administrative Committee, 6 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue.

Columbia County Management and Financial Services Committee, 6 p.m., commissioners' conference room, Evans Government Complex.

Columbia County Board of Education, 6 p.m., Evans Government Complex auditorium.

Aiken County Judicial and Public Safety Committee, 6:30 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue.

Aiken County Board of Education, 7 p.m., District Office, Brookhaven Drive.

Jackson Town Council, 7 p.m., Jackson Municipal Complex, Main Street.

Edgefield County Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., Strom Thurmond High, S.C. Highway 23.

Allendale City Council: 6:30 p.m., Courtroom in City Hall on U.S. Highway 301 South.

Thursday:

Augusta Aviation Commission (Bush Field), 10 a.m., second floor of Bush Field command center.

Trenton Town Council, 6 p.m., Town Hall, Church Street.

Edgefield County Planning Commission, 7 p.m., County Building, Jeter Street.

Labor Day schedules

The following Labor Day holiday schedules have been announced for today:

Local government offices in Augusta-Richmond County, Columbia County, Aiken County and the city of Aiken are closed.

Public schools in Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties are closed.

Public libraries in Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties are closed.

Augusta Public Transit does not run buses.

Richmond County Landfill is open from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Columbia County Landfill is open.

No Aiken and North Augusta garbage collection. Pickup is a day behind schedule all week.

Browning-Ferris Industries and Waste Management of Augusta-Aiken have a regular pickup schedule.

Augusta-Richmond County Museum is closed.

U.S. Postal Service, state and federal offices and Fort Gordon offices are closed.

Area banks are closed.

Augusta State University, Paine College, Aiken Technical College, Augusta Technical Institute and University of South Carolina Aiken are all closed.