Originally created 06/28/99

Across the area



Watering limits remain in place

Odd-even outdoor watering restrictions continued Sunday throughout Augusta as utility crews worked to repair 260 feet of the city's largest water main.

The repairs will take a couple of weeks, Utilities Director Max Hicks said. City officials ordered the odd-even restrictions June 19 after the 42-inch underground water main burst and released about 500,000 gallons of untreated water from the Savannah River into Riverlook Drive homes and surrounding areas. Odd-even restrictions also remain in place in Harlem, Grovetown and the rest of Columbia County.

Utility workers finished repairs Thursday to the Augusta-Hephzibah water hookup, which will supply an additional 800,000 gallons of water to Augusta. Although Augusta began getting water from Hephzibah on Friday, the link isn't yet at full capacity.

"We don't want to do anything that the Hephzibah system might not be able to handle," Mr. Hicks said. "As the week goes on, we'll know more."

Under the outdoor watering restrictions, Augustans with even-numbered addresses may water on even-numbered days. Those with odd-numbered addressed may water on odd-numbered days.

Forum set on wastewater permits

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. July 26 to discuss environmental permits that allow Columbia County to discharge treated wastewater into Augusta Canal.

Some Augusta officials want Columbia County to halt its longstanding practice of discharging up to 4.55 million gallons per day of treated wastewater into Reed Creek, which flows into the canal upstream from the city's drinking water intake.

The meeting will be at the Evans Government Complex, 630 Washington West Drive. After the meeting, a public hearing will be held to accept formal comments.

State officials will accept written comments on the issue through Aug. 10. Residents may write to the Environmental Protection Division, Department of Natural Resources, 205 Butler St. S.E., Floyd Towers East, Atlanta GA 30334.

Project information is available for review during business hours at the Columbia County Water and Sewerage System offices.

Six killed in auto accident

ROSWELL -- An 18-wheeler mail truck ran over a car on Georgia Highway 400 on Sunday afternoon, killing the car's driver and its five passengers.

Roswell Police spokeswoman Donna Saylor said three adults and three children were riding in the vehicle.

Amphibian-backer to be on show

SPARTANBURG -- A 7-year-old girl who helped persuade lawmakers to adopt a state amphibian has been invited to appear on The Tonight Show with one of the creatures.

Jasmine Dean and her third-grade class at Woodland Heights Elementary School began a mail and e-mail campaign to the Legislature after learning there was no official state amphibian.

The Legislature voted in April to make the spotted salamander the state amphibian.

Jasmine, now a fifth-grader, was picked by The Tonight Show to represent the class. She appears July 14, but she has to catch and bring a spotted salamander. The one the school kept as a pet died a few weeks ago.

Shepeard Community Blood Center's bloodmobile schedule:

Today: 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-5 p.m., Federal Correctional Institution, 501 Gary Hill Road, Edgefield, S.C.; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aiken County Department of Social Services, 1410 Park Ave. S.E., Aiken.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Shirley Badke Burn Retreat, 3614-C J. Dewey Gray Circle; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Burke County Rotary Club, 210 Academy Ave., Waynesboro, Ga.

Wednesday: Noon to 7 p.m., Evans Government Complex, 500 Faircloth Drive at Washington West Drive; 5-8 p.m., West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road.

Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; noon to 6 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center bloodmobile will be parked at Rich Plaza beside McDonald's at Whiskey and Pine Log roads; 5-8 p.m., Ridgecrest Apartments, 926 Stevens Creek Road.

Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., bloodmobile will be at Rich Plaza beside McDonald's at Whiskey and Pine Log roads; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Augusta Mall, 3450 Wrightsboro Road.

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 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays (except holidays), 950 Millbrook St., Suite A, in Aiken; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (except holidays), 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, 112-B Davis Road in Martinez; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 1533 Wrightsboro Road in Augusta; and noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Rich Plaza near the 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

Monday

Columbia County Construction and Maintenance Services Committee, 5:30 p.m., roads and bridges conference room, County Camp Road.

Aiken City Council, 7:30 p.m., Municipal Building, Park Avenue.

Tuesday

Augusta Aviation Commission, 10 a.m., command center at Bush Field.

Wednesday

Augusta Commission Finance Committee, 1 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building, Greene Street.

Augusta Commission Administrative Services Committee, 2 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.

Augusta Commission Engineering Services Committee, 2:30 p.m., Municipal Building.

Augusta Commission Public Safety Committee, 3:30 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.

Augusta Commission Public Services Committee, 4 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.

Thursday

Columbia County Planning Commission, 6:30 p.m., Evans Government Complex auditorium.