The following Christmas and holiday parades will take place this weekend:
Wagener Lions Club Christmas parade, 1 p.m. Saturday, downtown Wagener; for information, call (803) 564-0165.
Graniteville Christmas parade, 3:30 p.m. Saturday; begins at Leavelle McCampbell Middle School parking lot.
Augusta Harleys Owner Group's Santa on a Harley, 1:30 p.m. Saturday; begins from Vic's Harley-Davidson on Ellis Street, ends at Berry Children's Center on Lake Forest Drive.
Grovetown New Millennium parade, noon Saturday; proceeds through town on Robinson Avenue from Summerfield subdivision to the IGA supermarket; for information, call 863-1212.
Martinez Merchants Association's Christmas parade, 2 p.m. Sunday; begins at Washington Road at Columbia Road, ends at Davant Street.
North Augusta Lions Club Christmas parade, 3 p.m. Sunday; for information, call 441-4300.
Jackson Christmas parade, 2:30 p.m. Sunday; starts at Jackson Middle School, ends at Foreman Street entrance to South Carolina Highway 125.
College could reopen today
Augusta State University is expected to reopen today after its afternoon classes were canceled Wednesday because of a broken water main.
All of the offices and services, including the library and computer lab, were closed.
University officials say they will make an announcement today should the problem not be repaired. For information, call 737-1609.
Buses in two morning wrecks
Two area school buses were involved in car accidents Wednesday morning.
At about 6:30 a.m. in Belvedere, Carmen Lidia Miranda, 37, of North Augusta, ran into the rear of a school bus on U.S. Highway 25. Police said Ms. Miranda's windshield was fogged; she was cited for driving too fast for conditions.
The bus's only passenger was a 16-year-old student. Ms. Miranda and the student were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for minor injuries, police said.
At about 7:50 a.m. in Richmond County, a school bus was hit in a four-vehicle accident at U.S. Highway 1 and Lumpkin Road. No pupils were on the bus.
Joanne Wolf, of Gaston, S.C., suffered a diabetic seizure and rear-ended a car, causing a chain reaction, police said. That car hit the one in front of it, which hit the bus. No charges were filed, police said.
Ms. Wolf and R.B. Keenan of Warrenville were taken to MCG with minor injuries.
Pair sought in separate crimes
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 connection with an October burglary in Aiken. Mr. Carter and another person are accused of forcing their way into a home on York Street and robbing the residents at gunpoint.
Roderick Bernard "Dooley" Glover, 20, of Aiken, is wanted in connection with a May shooting on Price Avenue in Aiken.
Mr. Carter was described as black and 5 feet 6 inches tall, with the name Amp tattooed on his right shoulder.
Mr. Glover was described as black and 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a mark on his left arm.
Anyone with information on the men's whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at (803) 642-1761 or toll-free at (800) 922-3211; the Aiken Department of Public Safety at (803) 642-7620; or Crime Stoppers at (803) 642-1798.
Confederacy group to meet today
Brig. Gen. Barnard E. Bee Camp No. 1575 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold its monthly meeting today at Bobby's Bar-B-Q on Jefferson Davis Highway.
The meeting is the organization's annual ladies night, with Ester Cope, recorder of cross of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, as guest speaker. Supper begins at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
City to light Christmas tree
Beech Island's annual Christmas tree lighting, sponsored by the Beech Island Garden Club, is set for 4 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Frank Hyder, pastor of Beech Island Baptist Church, will be host for the program, which will feature caroling with Cathy and Mike Scott as soloists.
Wildlife group donates to disabled
The National Wild Turkey Foundation is donating $25,000 to a program that helps handicapped people enjoy the outdoors.
The money is going to Wheelin' Sportsmen of America, which sponsors outdoor events for the disabled, including deer hunts that pair celebrities with hunters in wheelchairs.
In addition to promoting outdoor activities, the federation supports wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands and encourages wild turkey hunting as a traditional American sport.
Festival of Trees to open Friday
The third annual Festival of Trees will open to the public Friday at Holley House Hotel.
Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the local task force of sickle cell anemia. The event is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 1:30-6 p.m. Sunday.
The hotel is on Richland Avenue in downtown Aiken.
Grant to fund new roof for church
Union Baptist Church in Augusta will get a new metal roof thanks to a $39,000 grant from the Georgia Heritage 2000 program.
The state program, administered by the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, awarded 17 grants to buildings and sites throughout the state for historical preservation projects.
Union Baptist is characterized structurally as a Gothic Revival church.
Locus Grove Cemetery in Crawfordville received a $30,000 grant for a preservation and stabilization plan.
The Georgia Heritage 2000 program awarded $289,000 in grants Wednesday. The Historical Preservation Division provides 60/40 matching grants for development and predevelopment projects.
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