Originally created 12/01/99

Across the area: Officials give new TB tests at school



More than a week after school officials were told a student was suspected of having tuberculosis, a second round of skin tests was given Tuesday at Lakeside High School.

Originally, health officials tested 482 teachers, staffers, parent volunteers, students older than 18 and those younger who had parental permission. The rest of the school's 1,450 students were offered tests after the school received parental consent. Others might have been tested by a private physician, said Mary Rhoden, district tuberculosis coordinator for the health department. The tests will be read Thursday.

Seven people originally tested positive for having been exposed to TB, but follow-up X-rays showed that none has TB, Ms. Rhoden said. Those people could receive treatment for six to nine months to prevent the disease.

Lakeside High Principal Julius McAnally said the student originally suspected of having tuberculosis has been cleared to return to school but has not done so. Tests have indicated that the student probably is not contagious, Ms. Rhoden said.

RICHMOND COUNTY

Scissor-attack hearing delayed

A Juvenile Court proceeding scheduled for today has been postponed so the teen-ager accused of attacking his teacher with a pair of scissors can undergo a mental evaluation.

David Drayton, 14, has been detained in the Youth Detention Center since his arrest Nov. 22. He faces up to five years in a youth detention facility if the Richmond County Juvenile Court judge decides a petition of delinquency should be granted.

David is accused of attacking Murphey Middle School special education teacher Linda Gail Hendrick, 52, who remains in critical condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

RICHMOND COUNTY

Jury awaits crime-spree case

Jurors could decide today whether an Augusta man took part in a crime spree that included robbery and a shooting.

Peter Vassar Brown's Richmond County Superior Court trial began Tuesday. The 20-year-old has pleaded not guilty to charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping and weapon violations.

Mr. Brown, who was free on bond pending an unrelated armed robbery charge, was arrested in March after an armed robbery at the Holiday market on Kissingbower Road on March 4 and a shooting at the Holiday market on Wheeler Road that took place about 30 minutes later.

The case is expected to go to the jury for deliberations today.

RICHMOND COUNTY

Government to sell surplus items

Surplus equipment from Richmond County will be auctioned off Saturday at the Augusta-Richmond County Central Shop, 1568 Broad St.

County surplus and confiscated equipment will be up for public sale in "as-is" condition. Maintained by the Richmond County Fleet Management, the lot consists of: 10 police motorcycles; 150 cars, trucks and vans, 50 of which are black-and-gray police cars; 10 dump trucks; two backhoes; a motor grader; two bushhog mowers; several retired fire trucks; a bulldozer and utility trailers.

The auction begins at 10:30 a.m. Payments can be made by cash, cashier's check, money order or personal check. Personal checks require a letter from the purchaser's bank stating credit, and proper identification is required.

For more information, call Gene Cockerham at 790-4714.

AUGUSTA

Hospital's Christmas parade set

Georgia Regional Hospital will hold its annual Christmas parade at 3:15 p.m. today.

The parade will circle the hospital's mile-long Perimeter Road and will include local high school color guards, drill teams and bands. Entries from community and service organizations also will participate.

Santa Claus will arrive atop the Gracewood State School and Hospital fire truck.

AUGUSTA

Groups plan Toys for Tots Party

Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta and Comcast are gearing up for Augusta's eighth annual Toys for Tots Party, which will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the hotel.

Johnny Hensley and the Red Hots will perform, and guests will have chances to win door prizes for stays in Radisson hotels in locations such as Aruba, San Francisco and Boca Raton.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and are available at the Radisson. Proceeds benefit the area Toys for Tots.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Jobless rate continues to rise

COLUMBIA -- Job losses in the service sector contributed to a slight increase in statewide unemployment in October, the Employment Security Commission reports.

The state's jobless rate rose to 4.4 percent last month, Joel Cassidy, executive director of the commission said Tuesday. That's up from 4.2 percent in September and 3.7 percent in August.

"Employment in the private sector declined 3,200 due mainly to season downturns in trade and services," Mr. Cassidy said, adding that many of those jobs will be replaced as the holidays arrive. "With the holiday shopping season approaching, we anticipate adding more jobs with the boost from hiring in the trade and service sectors."

Of the 3,200 jobs lost, 2,300 were service-sector jobs. Another 1,300 trade jobs were eliminated, along with 300 jobs in finance, insurance and real estate. About 400 construction jobs were added last month, as were 200 jobs in transportation and public utilities and 100 manufacturing jobs.

AIKEN COUNTY

Police search for 2 suspects

Aiken County Sheriff's Office is seeking two men, believed to be traveling together, who are charged with separate crimes.

Horace Mark Anthony "Amp" Carter, 26, of Trenton, is wanted in an October burglary in Aiken. Mr. Carter and another individual, both armed with handguns, are accused of forcing their way into a home on York Street and robbing the residents.

Roderick Bernard "Dooley" Glover, 20, of Aiken, is wanted in a May shooting on Price Avenue in Aiken.

Mr. Carter was described by the sheriff's office as black and 5 feet, 6 inches tall. He has the name "Amp" tattooed on his right shoulder.

Mr. Glover was described as black, 5 feet, 11 inches tall. Anyone with information on the men should contact Aiken County Sheriff's Office at (803) 642-1761 or toll-free at (800) 922-3211; Aiken Department of Public Safety at (803) 642-7620; or Crime Stoppers at (803) 642-1798. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a cash reward.

BLOODMOBILE INFORMATIONThe following is a list of locations for Shepeard Community Blood Center blood drives through Sunday:

Today: 6:30-10:30 a.m., Searle, 1750 Lovers Lane; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Savannah River Site Upper B Area; noon to 4 p.m., NutraSweet, 1750 Lovers Lane.

Thursday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Savannah River Site Area F; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aiken County Employees, 828 Richland Ave. W.; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, in the SRP Federal Credit Union Building, 1920 Whisky Road, Aiken.

Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lowe's of Aiken, 2503 Whiskey Road; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., New Hope Community, 1336 Conklin Ave.; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, in the SRP Federal Credit Union Building, 1920 Whisky Road, Aiken; 3:30-6:30 p.m., Kroger (Hitchcock Plaza), 441 Silver Bluff Road, Aiken.

Saturday: 7:30-9:30 a.m., U.S. Marine Reserve Center, 2869 Central Ave.; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Gold's Gym, 101 Corporate Parkway, Aiken.

Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Church of The Good Shepherd, 2230 Walton Way; 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3703 Old Petersburg Road.

Street party tickets

Today is the last day to buy discounted admission buttons for the Celebrate 2000 New Year's Eve Street Party on Broad Street.

Through today, buttons are $5 for adults and $2 for children under 10. Beginning Thursday, button prices will increase to $10 for adults and $5 for children.

The party will take place from 3 p.m. Dec. 31, to 1:30 a.m. Jan. 1, between Sixth and 12th streets on Broad.

Buttons for admission to the Celebrate 2000 New Year's Eve Party are available:

In Augusta at The Augusta Chronicle cashier's office, 725 Broad St.; Warren Road Community Center, 300 Warren Road; Sacred Heart Cultural Center's gift shop, 1301 Greene St.; First Union Bank, 699 Broad St.; Home Folks News and Music, Columbia Square, 4020 Washington Road and Southgate Plaza; Sun Trust Bank, 801 Broad St.; Fox's Lair, 349 Telfair St.; and Georgia-Lina Protection Services, 1803 Wrightsboro Road.

In North Augusta at Communigraphics, 507 Georgia Ave.; People's Community Bank, 519 Georgia Ave.; and Riverview Park Activities Center.

In Aiken at The Chronicle's South Carolina Bureau, 123 Pendleton St.; and People's Community Bank, 1715 Whiskey Road.

In Columbia County at The Columbia County News-Times, 4143 Columbia Road.

Celebrate 2000 is a yearlong effort coordinated locally by The Chronicle to usher in the new year. It includes community events and special promotions designed to draw attention to the area's past, present and future. Other Celebrate 2000 sponsors include television station WRDW-TV (Channel 12), the Davis Broadcasting and Beasley Broadcasting radio groups, and the cities of Augusta and North Augusta.

For more information, call Beth Frits, Celebrate 2000 coordinator, at (706) 364-6400.