Originally created 09/17/99

Area briefs: Josey student held on threats charge



AUGUSTA

Josey student heldon threats charge

A student at Augusta's T.W. Josey High School was jailed on a charge of threatening another student, authorities said Thursday.

Essie Mae Coleman, 17, of the 1700 block of Nixon Road, was charged Wednesday with a felony count of making terroristic threats after she argued with another student, said Richmond County sheriff's Chief Deputy Ronald Strength.

Miss Coleman threatened to take a gun to school to kill the other student, Chief Deputy Strength said. Miss Coleman was taken to the Richmond County jail and released Wednesday night.

RICHMOND COUNTY

Official draws second challenger

A third candidate qualified Thursday for the Augusta Commission District 4 seat.

Businessman and nightclub owner King Singleton, 30, qualified for the seat now held by Richard Colclough, who was appointed last year by the commission to serve the unexpired term of former Commissioner Moses Todd.

Mr. Singleton was nominated to fill Mr. Todd's seat but lost to Mr. Colclough. Mr. Singleton ran for the District 4 seat in 1995 against Mr. Todd.

Mr. Colclough qualified for re-election Monday. Brian Green, a 36-year-old sales consultant, qualified for the District 4 seat Wednesday.

Four incumbent commissioners qualified Monday for re-election. They are Commissioners Freddie Handy, District 2; Ulmer Bridges, District 8; Bill Kuhlke, District 10; and Mr. Colclough. District 6 Commissioner J.B. Powell will not seek re-election.

Fred A. "Andy" Cheeks III, a research supervisor at Savannah River Site, qualified Monday for the District 6 seat.

Mr. Handy drew challenges from Willie W. Law IV and Marion Williams.

Qualifying started Monday. Five of the 10 nonpartisan commission seats are up for election. Candidates may sign up from 8:30-4:30 p.m. daily through today at the Richmond County Board of Elections. The qualifying fee is $360, or 3 percent of the $12,000 annual salary.

AIKEN COUNTY

Sketch of knife attacker released

Aiken County sheriff's officers asked for public help Thursday in the search for a man who attacked a stranded motorist with a knife.

A man driving an older-model Ford pickup truck approached a woman on Mount Ebal Road at 7:45 a.m. Sept. 9 and asked whether she needed help with her vehicle.

When the woman turned away from the man momentarily, he cut her neck and waist several times, sheriff's Lt. Michael Frank said Thursday. The assailant drove away when another vehicle approached.

The man was described as 45-50 years old, with shoulder-length brown hair. His upper right arm had a tattoo of a woman with long hair or a feather, authorities said. He has brown eyes, weighs about 250 pounds and is 6 feet 1 inch tall.

He drove a primer-gray 1970s model full-size pickup without hubcaps. The truck had a burgundy or red right-quarter panel and South Carolina tag, authorities said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at (803) 642-1761 or (800) 922-3211 or Aiken County Crime Stoppers at (803) 642-1798. Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.

BURNETTOWN

POW-MIA balloon event scheduled

Veterans Park will be the site of the POW-MIA Balloon Launch at 1 p.m. Saturday. The park is on South Carolina Highway 421 in Burnettown.

Speakers include state Reps. Roland Smith and Lonnie Hosey, state Sen. Tommy Moore, Aiken County Councilwoman Lawana McKenzie, Burnettown Mayor Hector Rodriguez and Danny Black, president of Chapter No. 828 of Vietnam Veterans of America.

Balloons will contain the names of Vietnam and Korean War-era prisoners of war and U.S. service members listed as missing in action in Southeast Asia and Korea.

The balloons will be launched into the air to remind the American public that POWs and MIAs from all wars involving U.S. military forces haven't been forgotten, said Judith Knight of the Aiken County Veterans Affairs Office. The idea is to prompt Americans to press for a full accounting and release of those still missing, she said.

AUGUSTA

Registration for run to start

Registration for Saturday's Broad Street Ramble, a 10-kilometer run to benefit Easter Seals, begins at noon today at 1500 Wrightsboro Road.

The race starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Other events include a half-mile children's run, a one-mile run and a two-mile walk. The Augusta Striders will play host to the ramble.

Late registration begins at 7 a.m. Saturday at the site where the Broad Street Ramble starts -- the Morgan Stanley-Dean Witter building, 1301 Broad St. For information, call (706) 667-9695.

AIKEN

Tax project applications sought

Aiken's city accommodations tax committee will accept applications for project funding until noon Sept. 28. Applications will be reviewed by the committee Oct. 6.

Applications are available at the city Parks and Recreation Department. Proposals should be submitted to the director of parks and recreation at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center.

Forms may be mailed to City of Aiken Parks and Recreation Department, P.O. Box 1177, Aiken, SC 29802.

Mail applications must be in the office by noon Tuesday; the Parks and Recreation Department can confirm receipt and answer questions at (803) 642-7630.

AUGUSTA

Four $600 scholarships available

Four scholarships of $600 each will be awarded Oct. 4 as part of Children's Week 1999. Application forms nominating high school seniors are due next week.

Two scholarships will be given by International Paper Co.'s Augusta mill and one each will be given by the Rotary Club of Augusta and the Augusta-Richmond County Community Partnership for Children and Families.

Applications must nominate a high school senior. Applications must be received by Thursday. Call Betty Dyches at (706) 667-4833 for an application.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Man accused of killing wife

LEXINGTON -- A Columbia man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his estranged wife, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said Thursday.

James Chester Williams, 46, was arrested Thursday in Barnwell County, where he was staying with family, Sheriff Metts said.

Kathy Aretha Williams, 40, of Columbia, was shot at 10 p.m. Wednesday at her home where friends and family members were gathered, Sheriff Metts said.