Originally created 09/13/99

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AIKEN COUNTY

Mother of three killed in wreck

An Orangeburg County, S.C., mother of three died in a weekend traffic accident while visiting Aiken County for a wedding, authorities said Sunday. She was the 31st traffic death in Aiken County this year.

Terwander Seawright, 29, of North, S.C., apparently was returning from a late-night bridal event when she wrecked her vehicle about 5 a.m. Saturday on Hollow Creek Road. She was driving alone toward Salley, Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend said.

Evidence suggests Ms. Seawright was exceeding the posted speed limit and wasn't wearing her seat belt, the coroner said. Skid marks indicate she swerved off the right side of the road, then came back across the left side of the road.

The vehicle struck a tree on the passenger side, and Ms. Seawright was thrown into the back seat, Mrs. Townsend said.

Despite statewide efforts to encourage seat-belt usage, the coroner said people continue to die in accidents when they aren't wearing their belts.

"I don't know what else to say. If you go to Glenn's Automotive in Salley and look at the car, you will see that the driver seat survived the accident," Mrs. Townsend said. "The seat belt would have helped in this particular case."

AIKEN

Four indicted in alleged scam

AIKEN -- Three North Augusta members of the Irish Travelers and a local insurance agent have been indicted by an Aiken County jury in connection with an alleged insurance scam, according to the South Carolina Attorney General's Office.

Each of the four defendants faces 60 years in prison and fines up to $30,000.

"In too many segments of our society, insurance fraud has become a socially acceptable crime," Attorney General Charlie Condon said. "I only hope prosecutions such as these will send a message throughout South Carolina that we will not tolerate this kind of flagrant dishonesty."

Winnie C. Riley, Briget A. Sherlock and Nora F. Carroll, who all gave North Augusta post office addresses, were indicted Thursday on six counts each of presenting a false claim for payment. Insurance agent Henry Cribb, of 514 Siskin Circle in North Augusta, was indicted on the same charges.

All four were accused of presenting false claims to six insurance companies: Governmental Personnel Mutual Life Insurance Co., Kanawha Insurance Co., Guaranteed Trust Life Insurance Co., Baltimore Life Insurance Co., Central United Life Insurance Co. and Pioneer Life Insurance Co.

In addition, the three Irish Travelers were indicted on various charges of making a false statement or misrepresentation to the insurance companies, a felony carrying a possible maximum sentence of three years imprisonment and a fine of up to $50,000.

Bloodmobile schedules for Shepeard's Community Blood Center and the American Red Cross:

Today: Noon to 6 p.m., Jefferson County Hospital, 1067 Peachtree St., Louisville, Ga.; 1-4 p.m., Augusta Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.; 4:30-8:30 p.m., Sara Lee Sock Co., 11200 Dunbarton Blvd., Barnwell, S.C.

Tuesday: 1-7 p.m., 639 Georgia Ave., North Augusta; 4:30-8:30 p.m., Sara Lee Sock Co., 11200 Dunbarton Blvd., Barnwell, S.C.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Sheraton Augusta Hotel at Bobby Jones Expressway and Wheeler Road, Augusta; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Youth Detention Center, 3425 Old Savannah Road, south Augusta; 4:30-8 p.m., Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road, Martinez; 5:30-8 p.m., Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 3185 Wheeler Road.

Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to noon, Community Mental Health, 3421 Old Savannah Road, south Augusta; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bi-Lo supermarket, 4480 Columbia Road, Martinez; noon to 6 p.m., SRP Federal Credit Union, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken; 3:30-6 p.m., Bi-Lo supermarket, 594 Bobby Jones Expressway.

Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SRP Federal Credit Union, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken; 2-6 p.m, Wal-Mart Supercenter, 3209 Deans Bridge Road.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lincolnton Baptist Church, Peachtree Street, Lincolnton, Ga.

Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Martinez United Methodist Church, 4400 Wheeler Road.

MeetingsToday

Augusta-Richmond County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 8 a.m., Cotton Exchange Welcome Center at Reynolds and Eighth streets, downtown Augusta.

Weed and Seed program steering committee, 12:30 p.m., second floor, Law Enforcement Center, 401 Walton Way, downtown Augusta.

Augusta Commission Finance Committee, 1 p.m., eighth floor, Augusta Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

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

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

Augusta Commission Public Safety Committee, 3:45 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.

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

Augusta Commission's subcommittee on historic preservation ordinances, 3:30 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.

Columbia County Community and Emergency Committee, 5:30 p.m., Community and Emergency Services conference room, 500 Faircloth Drive in Evans.

North Augusta City Council, 7 p.m., Municipal Building, Buena Vista Avenue.

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

Johnston City Council, 7:30 p.m., Municipal Building, Mims Street.

Salley Town Council, 7:30 p.m., Salley Civic Center, Pine Street.

Tuesday

Laney-Walker Development Corp., 12:30 p.m., conference room at CSRA Business League, 1208 Laney-Walker Blvd., Augusta.

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

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

Columbia County Commission, 6 p.m., commissioners' conference room at Evans Government Complex, 630 Washington West Drive; the commission's Management and Financial Services Committee meets immediately after the commission meeting.

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

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, Aiken.

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

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

Wednesday

Augusta-Richmond County Personnel Board, 3 p.m., eighth floor, Augusta Municipal Building, 530 Greene St., downtown Augusta.

Thursday

Augusta Port Authority, 4:30 p.m., W.R. Toole Engineers Inc., 349 Greene St. in downtown Augusta.

Columbia County Planning Commission, 6:30 p.m., Evans Government Complex auditorium, 630 Washington West Drive.

Aiken County Planning Commission, 7 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue in Aiken.

North Augusta Planning Commission, 7 p.m., Municipal Building, Buena Vista Avenue.

Allendale County Council, 7:30 p.m., Brant Building Auditorium, Courthouse Square, Allendale, S.C.

Barnwell County Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., District Office, Haygood Avenue, Barnwell, S.C.

Saturday

Richmond County Democratic Party breakfast, 9 a.m., Piccadilly Cafeteria, 3110 Washington Road; cost is $6 at the door.

Columbia County Democratic Party organizational meeting, 10 a.m., Grovetown City Hall.