Originally created 02/21/99

Additional area news



Authorities seeking property owners

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is attempting to return the following found and recovered stolen property:

-- an electric train set

-- a Radio Shack indoor/outdoor electric siren

-- a Radio Shack dual element infrared motion sensor

-- a black nylon shoulder holster

-- an orange safety vest

-- a camouflage insulated hat

-- a green rifle case

-- a black 2.25-inch nylon belt

-- a ski mask

-- a camouflage 1.25-inch nylon belt.

-- a green 3-inch nylon belt

-- a green utility belt

-- a camouflage boonie hat

-- a green snow hat

-- a green and white drawstring bag

The owners of these items should call Investigator Rodney Thigpen in the Sheriff's Office's forensic division at (803) 642-1791 to arrange to have the property returned.

Recycling centers change days

The days of operation for some of the Aiken County Recycling Dropoff Centers will change effective March 1. The hours of operation will remain the same, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Belvedere dropoff site at 537 Edgefield Road will be open every day but Sunday and Wednesday.

The Langley center at 458 Huber Clay Road will be open every day but Tuesday and Sunday.

The New Ellenton site at 2120 Williston Road and the Reynolds Pond site at 1491 Reynolds Pond Road will be open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

The Graniteville dropoff center at 214 Bettis Academy Road will be open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Monetta center at 118 Trojan Road, the Couchton center at 240 New Holland Road, and the Windsor center at 102 Cedar Road, will be open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The New Holland center at 121 Chalk Bed Road and the Perry center at 270 Center St. E. will be open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The Wagener Landfill will be open Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Character panel under way

Seven members of Aiken's Character First Steering Committee, led by Mayor Fred Cavanaugh, left today for a two-day visit to Baton Rouge, La., a national leader of the Communities of Character movement.

Aiken is preparing to become the first city in South Carolina to become a "Community of Character." The idea is to instill a community-wide movement to focus on, teach and discuss positive character traits.

The primary method to accomplish this is to identify a dozen positive character traits, and then link them with a month of the year. Each month, people throughout the community discuss that trait and find ways to incorporate it into their lives.

A kick-off rally for the effort is scheduled for March 25.

Teen killed in two-car crash

FAIRBURN -- An 18-year-old, one of eight teens in a van going to a high school basketball game, was killed and eight others injured in a two-vehicle accident Friday night in Fairburn, a south Atlanta suburb.

Fulton County Maj. Terry Mulkey identified the victim as Carlton Chester, a student at North Atlanta High School, who was sitting in the rear of the van.

Maj. Mulkey said the van veered out of control after colliding with a car, with two people inside, that was backing out of a driveway. The students were headed to a basketball game at Feldwood High when the accident occurred.

Maj. Mulkey said seven other students in the van and one person in the car were taken to local hospitals. Three were admitted to Grady Memorial Hospital, two in critical condition, Atlanta TV station WSB reported.

Graham: Clinton hurt Democrats

HILTON HEAD ISLAND -- U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says President Clinton will end up hurting the Democratic Party, even though he was not impeached.

"The legacy of this trial will be a huge detriment to the Democratic Party," said Mr. Graham, one of the House managers charged with prosecuting the president. "I don't believe the polls. This will stick to Al Gore because people will remember him talking of his friend Bill Clinton."

This came at a meeting with the College Republican Confederation of South Carolina and 30 local party members at the Hilton Oceanfront Resort.

Mr. Graham never altered his stance that Mr. Clinton should be removed from office for perjury and obstruction of justice.

"I'm offended he's my president," Mr. Graham said. "He should be in jail."

When the Senate acquitted the president Feb. 12, House managers said the action cleared did not clear Mr. Clinton politically.

"This trial struck a chord. This will be one of the party's finest moments. When the House, Senate and White House are all Republican ... it will be our finest," he said.

Family sues over heart attack

SPARTANBURG -- The estate of a Spartanburg County man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Mary Black Health Systems LLC and one of its former doctors.

The suit was filed by Theresa A. Washington, identified as a "personal representative" of the estate of Joe W. Styles. It names Paul Duvall, a former Mary Black emergency room doctor.

Attempts to reach Mr. Duvall for comment by The (Spartanburg) Herald-Journal was unsuccessful. Cliff Floyd, a Mary Black spokesman, refused to comment.

The suit alleges that about 4:30 p.m. Feb. 4, Mr. Styles began experiencing severe chest pain accompanied by weakness and sweating. Because Mr. Styles had suffered a previous heart attack, he went immediately to the Mary Black ER, arriving shortly before 5 p.m., the suit said.

In the emergency room, Mr. Styles complained of "excruciating" chest pain and reported a history of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and the prior heart attack, the suit states.

The suit says Mr. Styles was examined by a nurse and by Dr. Duvall, who administered an EKG "which showed a clearly abnormal heart pattern typical of an ongoing myocardial infarction."

Despite the abnormal cardiogram and Mr. Styles' complaints, Dr. Duvall diagnosed him with an esophageal spasm and discharged him at 6:25 p.m., the suit says.

The suit says six hours later, Mr. Styles was pronounced dead on arrival at Spartanburg Regional Medical emergency room after suffering from a heart attack.

The suit seeks an unspecified amount in actual and punitive damages.