Hospital euthanizes injured male pony
A pony found injured in McBean late Friday lived through the night at the Richmond County Animal Shelter but died Saturday morning.
According to Animal Control, it had suffered a broken back and was put down at about 9 a.m. by veterinarian Janet Distler at South Pointe Animal Hospital in Hephzibah.
Firefighters and an Animal Control officer had been summoned to the 5100 block of Mike Padgett Highway after a resident said the animal was struck by a motorcycle at about 10:30 p.m. and landed in a deep hole across from M&M Minit Mart. Jamie McNair said the apparently uninjured driver collected his bike and left the area.
Using rope and a section of tarp, residents, firefighters and Animal Control Officer Edward Jefferson managed to pull the male pony - which weighed an estimated 300 pounds - to the roadside and onto a flatbed trailer just before midnight.
Officer Jefferson said he still does not know who owned the pony. It appeared cared for, with manicured hooves, he said.
County sheriff wins state honor
Emanuel County Sheriff J. Tyson Stephens has been named Georgia Sheriff of the Year.
The honor was bestowed Wednesday at the annual Georgia Sheriffs Association Summer Conference Banquet in Valdosta. Sheriff Stephens was presented with the award by the keynote speaker, Gov. Roy Barnes, and the association's vice president, Bud Cody.
The award is presented each year to one of the state's 159 sheriffs. Sheriff Stephens is serving his fourth term and is running unopposed this fall for his fifth term.
Earlier in the week, he was elected first vice president of the sheriffs association. The governor also has appointed him to the Georgia Board of Corrections.
Roads will close for construction
On Monday, the intersection of Hephzibah-McBean Road at Brothersville and Story Mill roads will close for about two weeks while construction crews work to add new turn lanes.
Motorists will be detoured from Hephzibah-McBean Road to Mims Road, Windsor Spring Road and Rhodes Avenue. Southbound motorists on Brothersville Road will be detoured onto Rhodes Avenue to Windsor Spring Road and Mims Road.
Paper launches two new sections
Starting this week, The Augusta Chronicle will begin publishing two new Neighbors sections filled with local news from North Augusta and south Augusta. South Augusta will receive a Neighbors section every Wednesday, and North Augusta will get a Neighbors section every Thursday.
Please join The Chronicle in celebrating the creation of the additions to the paper at the Super Wal-Mart on Deans Bridge Road from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday and at the Wal-Mart in North Augusta from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday.
If you have any questions about the new sections, call Will Kennedy at 823-3646 or Mike Wynn at 823-3344.
Burglar caught with self-portrait
BRUNSWICK - A man who burglarized a home two weeks ago took one thing too many - his picture.
He might have gotten away with stealing a cell phone, video game player and digital camera if he hadn't taken his photograph with the camera before pawning it.
His image was still in the camera's digital memory when the woman whose home was robbed went to the pawn shop to identify it. She told police the man in the picture had inquired about renting a house the day of the burglary. He also was identified as the person who pawned the camera.
After Cleveland Robert Bruce, 19, was arrested, police said he confessed to the burglary and appeared in court Thursday.
State examines voter fraud claims
McRAE - State investigators are looking into allegations of voter fraud in Telfair County, the secretary of state's office said.
Agency spokeswoman Kara Jones confirmed the investigation but declined to discuss specific allegations.
Before the July 18 primary, one candidate told The Macon Telegraph that she had been approached by people offering to deliver votes in return for cash.
Voters and candidates also complained on the day of the primary that at least one candidate was campaigning too close to the polls. There were also complaints that the placement of names on the ballot could have misled voters.
College gets $2 million gift
DUE WEST - A trust fund set up for the school nine years ago by an Erskine College alumnus has become a $2 million gift.
The Erskine College and Seminary Board of Trustees announced the donation Friday from the estate of Ambrose Wylie.
Mr. Wylie created the trust fund with plans to donate it to the school after he and his wife, Chris, died. With the recent passing of Mrs. Wylie, who outlived him by four years, the trust was given to school officials.
Mr. Wylie "never quit learning new things, he and his wife both," said Lee Logan, vice president for development at Erskine and a friend of the Wylies for about 30 years.
The couple also donated for computer-assisted music instruction at Erskine and contributed to the music and fine arts library during their lives.
Mr. Wylie graduated from Erskine in 1928. He worked for two insurance companies and the U.S. Postal Service. Mrs. Wylie was a teacher and a librarian.
Residents allege segregation
BLAKELY - An attorney for the city has asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit that accuses the Blakely Housing Authority of segregating its black tenants.
Three tenants joined with the Concerned Citizens Committee of Blakely and Early County to file the suit in U.S. District Court in Albany. The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages and attorney fees.
The lawsuit claims black tenants are being concentrated in a few of the housing units, that blacks have been unfairly threatened with eviction and that trees surrounding the buildings with black residents have been removed and video surveillance cameras installed.
It also accuses the director of the public housing complex of using racial epithets.
"We don't think the complaint has merit," said Bob Langstaff Jr., an attorney representing the housing authority, its executive director and the city.
Mr. Langstaff asked Thursday that the case be thrown out. No hearing date to address that request has been set.