Originally created 06/19/00

Across the area



EMMANUEL COUNTY
Saturday wreck kills store owner

A Swainsboro man died in a weekend crash after flipping his pickup on a remote road in southeast Emmanuel County.

Elvin "Buddy" Johnson Jr., 47, was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of multiple internal injuries after he reportedly drove his vehicle off the shoulder of Gray Mule Farm Road, causing the car to roll. He had been ejected about 150 feet from his Chevrolet pickup when officials found him at about 8:40 p.m. Saturday, Emmanuel County Coroner Tommy Wilkerson said.

Although no one witnessed the accident, officials said they suspect Mr. Johnson was exceeding the speed limit when the crash occurred.

The Jenkins County native owned and operated The Country Store in Summertown, Ga. He also was the former owner and vice president of Ogeechee Steel.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Officials seek slaying suspect

GREENVILLE - Greenville police are looking for a 21-year-old man suspected in the stabbing death of another man during a fight.

A murder warrant has been issued for Charles Hashaun Sullivan. Police said he stabbed 39-year-old Haskell Roger Shaw once in the chest as they argued in front of a house early Saturday morning.

Witnesses said Mr. Sullivan ran away before police arrived. Investigators said they don't know why the men were arguing.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Academy sees record enrollees

CHARLESTON - A record-breaking number of applicants at The Citadel has led school officials to enroll a record number of freshman next year.

Initially, school officials thought they would have to close enrollment at the state's military college. But Enrollment Management Director Steve Klein said the school decided to take up to 700 cadets next year. About 640 students enrolled the year before.

The Citadel wanted to take advantage of a good pool of students whose average SAT score is 1070 and grade point average is 3.0, Mr. Klein said.

He credits The Citadel's intensified recruitment program with generating more interest.

Increased enrollment at universities and colleges is part of a national trend. The U.S. Education Department says 2.5 million first-time freshmen nationwide are expected to enter college in the fall. That's the highest number since 1982.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Farmer hopes for no rain

CHARLESTON - As farmers across the state face sun-baked fields in the third-straight year of drought, at least one Lowcountry farmer looks to the cloudless sky and gives thanks.

Farmer Pete Ambrose said heavy rain could mean disaster for tomato plants nearly ripe for harvest on Wadmalaw Island.

"It's too late for rain now. An inch of rain now would ruin the crop," Mr. Ambrose said, explaining that the tomato plants have been accustomed to getting little water from the soil.

Some butterbeans also are thriving despite the conditions, Mr. Ambrose said.

But corn, cotton, cucumbers and a host of other crops are suffering as parts of Charleston have seen less than half of the average rainfall for the first six months of the year.

The state's drought-monitoring committee has put 37 of 46 counties in a moderate drought status, with the remaining nine at the lowest, or incipient, drought level.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Woman is dragged down highway

PAMPLICO - A Florence County woman has been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill after another woman was dragged down a busy highway.

Melissa Teresa Parker, 20, was arrested Thursday and released on a $5,000 bond.

The dragging apparently was the result of a dispute over a boyfriend, said Florence County Sheriff's Capt. Todd Tucker.

The injured woman's name was not released. She was treated and released from an area hospital. The woman was arguing with a person in another car when she was grabbed. She got caught in the door and was dragged for about 60 feet, Capt. Tucker said.

BLOOD DONATIONS:

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 (except holidays), 112-B Davis Road in Martinez; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays (except holidays), 1533 Wrightsboro Road in Augusta; and noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays (except holidays), 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.

MEETINGS LIST:

Today:

Richmond County Board of Tax Assessors, 4 p.m., Room 102, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

Augusta Commission's public hearing on the proposed fourth phase of the 1-cent special-purpose sales tax issue, 7 p.m., Belle Terrace Community Center.

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

Fairfax Town Council, 6 p.m., Town Hall, U.S. Highway 278.

Tuesday:

Augusta Commission Engineering Services Committee, 1 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.

Augusta Commission Public Services Committee, 1:30 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.

Augusta Commission, 2 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.

Columbia County Commission, 6:30 p.m., Evans Government Center Auditorium.

Aiken County Council, 7 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue.

McCormick Town Council, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Augusta Street.

Thursday:

Augusta-Richmond County Historic Preservation Commission, 5:30 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.

Augusta Commission's public hearing on the proposed fourth phase of the 1-cent special-purpose sales tax issue, 7 p.m., Hornsby Elementary School.

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