Originally created 09/24/98

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Child support caseto be in court soon

A South Carolina man charged with failing to pay more than $56,000 in child support will have his day in court next week.

Aiken County Family Court Judge Peter Nuessle granted a weeklong continuance Wednesday to Lucius William Corley to give Mr. Corley's attorney more time to prepare his case.

Mr. Corley, 45, of Hilton Head Island, was taken into custody Tuesday by sheriff's deputies at a convenience store near his residence. Beaufort County authorities assisted in the arrest.

Mr. Corley, formerly of North Augusta, was ordered to pay child support to Jean Giles, of the 200 block of Dogwood Drive in Augusta, for the couple's three daughters.

Mr. Corley's hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. next Wednesday.

He was charged with failure to pay and failure to appear in court.

He is being held at Aiken County Detention Center.

March Against Crime planned

Residents of Barton Village will hold a two-mile neighborhood March Against Crime on Saturday.

The march starts at 4 p.m. at 3645 London Blvd., off Barton Chapel Road in south Augusta.

Augusta Mayor Larry Sconyers, members of the Weed and Seed Steering Committee and several Richmond County sheriff's deputies will march with residents from Barton Village and surrounding neighborhoods, organizers said.

The march, the second in two months, is sponsored by the Barton Village Progressive Neighborhood Association and is a way to educate residents about the Weed and Seed Program.

The federal program seeks to eliminate crime and drugs in local communities to implement social service and economic development efforts.

The march is expected to end at approximately 6 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

For information, call the Metro Augusta Clean & Beautiful office at 722-8192.

Officer charged in sex crime

BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- A town police officer has been charged with engaging a minor in prostitution and contributing to her delinquency.

Danny Hoefs, a private with the Barnwell County town's police department, was arrested late Monday night in an undercover operation set up by the State Law Enforcement Division.

Pvt. Hoefs, 27, who is married and has two children, was accused of illegal involvement with a 15-year-old girl.

The investigation that led to Pvt. Hoefs' arrest is not over, and there may be additional charges, Solicitor Barbara Morgan said Wednesday. An arraignment for Pvt. Hoefs hasn't been scheduled.

Blackville police and Ms. Morgan's office are participating in the investigation, she said.

Suspect wants to teach again

Marion Card, a former math teacher at Augusta's Academy of Richmond County High School, wants to teach again if he is cleared of charges of marijuana possession.

Mr. Card, 39, had been on administrative leave, with pay, since his Sept. 2 arrest. Richmond County sheriff's officers and federal agents reportedly found about 7 grams of marijuana, smoking pipes and other drug paraphernalia during a search of Mr. Card's home on Persimmon Road.

Mr. Card turned in a letter of resignation Monday. Superintendent Charles Larke said he accepted the letter but didn't want to discuss it.

Beech Island man dies in crash

A Beech Island man has been killed in a car wreck in south Florida.

H. Talmadge "Tal" Parker Jr., 26, of the 700 block of Beech Island Avenue, died Monday in a car crash involving several vehicles in Fort Lauderdale, according to the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office. Details of the accident weren't available Wednesday.

Assistant principal appointed

Mary Robinson has been appointed the new assistant principal at Schofield Middle School in Aiken County. She had held the same job at A.L. Corbett Middle School since 1996.

The move was approved Tuesday night by the Aiken County Board of Education. Ms. Robinson replaces William Ward, who was recently named principal of Ridge-Spring Monetta High School.

Horse Farmers Gathering set

BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- The third annual Old Time Horse Farmers Gathering is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The event will be at the Clemson University Edisto Research and Education Center on U.S. Highway 78 between Blackville and Williston, on the site of the regional Agriculture Heritage Corridor Center.

Directed by Cindy and Tommy Flowers, the event will feature turn-of-the-century farm and home activities including field work by draft horses and mules, plowing and harrowing.

Other types of farm work -- cane squeezing, cow milking, butter churning and soap making -- also will be demonstrated. Victuals typical of the period, like homemade bread and soup, will be on sale.

Admission costs $3 for adults and $2 for students, with free admission for children 4 or younger.

Use of given name irks hopeful

ATLANTA -- The lieutenant governor's race has dissolved into name-calling.

Democratic nominee Mark Taylor insisted on using GOP opponent Mitch Skandalakis' given name -- Demetrious -- and Mr. Skandalakis objects to it.

"His intention was trying to make it sound like I was some foreigner running for lieutenant governor," Mr. Skandalakis said. "It's totally unacceptable."

At Mr. Skandalakis' request, Mr. Taylor said he has quit using "Demetrious."

University behind projections

ORANGEBURG -- South Carolina State University, which has had money problems for some time, has fallen $2 million behind this year's revenue projections, according to the state Budget and Control Board.

The school is not operating in the red, however. It simply is not taking in the amount it hoped for. Housing and athletics were counted on to help balance the budget. But projected housing revenues are off more than $840,000 and athletics has brought in $152,000 less than expected.