Originally created 07/31/00

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AUGUSTA
Dog bite leaves child hospitalized

A 5-year-old was hospitalized Sunday after reportedly being bitten on the face by a dog on Kissingbower Drive.

Police and ambulance crews were dispatched to the 1900 block of Kissingbower Drive at about 4 p.m. Sunday with reports of a large dog having attacked a small child.

The child was taken by ambulance to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital Children's Medical Center to be treated for several lacerations to the face, said Valerie Spratlin, spokeswoman for Rural/Metro Ambulance. One laceration stretched from the child's right eye to the right corner of the mouth, and another wound tore the child's right cheek.

Officials estimate the wounds will require between 20 and 30 stitches. Police reports identifying the owner of the dog were not available Sunday evening.

GEORGIA
Poll: South complacent on obesity

ATLANTA - Southerners seem to have a split personality when it comes to the problem of being overweight, according to a recent poll.

They are more likely than people from other regions in the country to admit they are overweight, but they are less likely to do anything about it.

According to the poll, Southerners say they feel compassion for the obese and believe they face discrimination in their daily lives but are more likely to say overweight people should take responsibility and lose weight because the problem comes from bad habits, not bad genes.

In a poll conducted by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 46 percent of respondents in 12 southern states called themselves overweight, while only 40 percent of respondents outside the South acknowledged they are carrying too many pounds.

Southerners, however, are less likely to exercise regularly, agree with national guidelines for weight and follow federal dietary standards.

The poll found 56 percent of Southerners - compared with 49 percent of respondents elsewhere - believe obesity comes from "bad diet and exercise habits" rather than inherited metabolism or other uncontrollable factors.

GEORGIA
Green Party to select candidate

ATLANTA - The Georgia Green Party State Council will meet Tuesday to endorse a candidate in the special election in November to fill the unexpired term of Sen. Paul Coverdell.

The council will choose from a list of four candidates - Jeff R. Gates, Gary Pelphrey, Al Herman and Hugh Esco.

Mr. Gates is president of Atlanta-based Shared Capitalism Institute. Mr. Pelphrey is an attorney from Marietta who ran as a Democrat against former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the mid-90s.

Mr. Herman operates a video production company in Decatur. In 1998, Mr. Esco was the party's write-in candidate for lieutenant governor.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Court will determine broker's fate

GEORGETOWN - Whether Pawleys Island insurance broker Mark A. Hanna is liable for $2 million people say they lost in a financial scam is now up to a court to decide.

Among the 28 plaintiffs who want their money back is an educational foundation that lost $300,000.

Mr. Hanna sold promissory notes, most from World Vision Entertainment of Orlando, Fla., which has since declared bankruptcy.

Many of the notes promised more than 10 percent interest. The buyers said they received a few months of interest before the payments stopped and since then have not received anything.

Mr. Hanna said during Friday's daylong trial he did not investigate the financial condition of the companies issuing the notes, and had he known then what knows now, he would not have sold them.

Georgetown County Master in Equity Ben Culbertson, who heard the case without a jury, said he probably would rule next week.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Septic tank notification required

CHARLESTON - State environmental regulators, facing criticism for weak regulation of septic tanks, say new developers will have to tell neighbors when they place septic tanks in rural subdivisions.

The new rule, which will go into effect in September, is the first time the Department of Health and Environmental Control will require public notification when septic tanks are planned in property development.

DHEC agreed to the notification as part of a court settlement after the agency permitted installation of septic tanks in a 400-home Beaufort County subdivision without public notice.

The agency also agreed to review its septic-tank regulations. A study completed last January found regulations were insufficient to protect the environment and recommended tighter restrictions.

AUGUSTA
Police charge man with assault

An Augusta man was arrested early Sunday morning after he reportedly fired a .22-caliber gun at another man at least six times.

Henry Lee Murray, 53, of D'Antignac Street, was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime after an argument over a woman escalated, and he pulled a gun on 32-year-old Timothy Benard Smith at an Eighth Street residence, according to police reports.

Police reported the two men were arguing over dating the same woman.

The suspect fired two shots at the victim. Mr. Smith ran from the house and the suspect followed, firing four more shots, police said.

Investigators said no one was injured during the incident.

BLOOD DONATION LOCATIONS

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 THIS WEEK:

Today: Harlem City Council called meeting to discuss tax mill rate, library plans and water and sewer projects, 6 p.m., City Hall, 320 N. Louisville St.

Tuesday: Columbia County Commission, 6:30 p.m., Appling Courthouse

Augusta Commission, 2 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

Edgefield County Council, 6 p.m., County Building, Jeter Street

Barnwell County Council, 7 p.m., Agriculture Building, Courthouse Circle

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

Thursday: Planning and Zoning Commission, 6:30 p.m., Evans Government Center.