Early morning fire damages residence
An early morning residential fire Sunday damaged most of a North Augusta home, leaving its occupants temporarily homeless.
No one was injured.
North Augusta Public Safety officers were dispatched to the residence of Michael and Jamie Pace, in the 2000 block of Bunting Drive, at 4:14 a.m., officials said. The home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, and approximately half of the home was gone, according to officials.
Investigators said the fire apparently started in the laundry room. More than 35 firefighters, two fire engines and one service truck were called to the fire. It was extinguished shortly after 6 a.m.
Pet adoption called successful
Columbia County Animal Control had another successful weekend of adoptions at its shelter, further easing overcrowding there.
In all, 16 dogs and two cats found new homes Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, there were 52 dogs and 39 cats at the shelter.
Officials at the shelter plan to open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. until the Richmond County shelter, closed since July 24, reopens.
Authorities closed the Richmond shelter when the airborne disease distemper was discovered. It will be closed until at least Tuesday, when it will be reinspected.
Schools' open houses set
A number of open houses have been scheduled at Richmond County schools.
Today: Jenkins Elementary School and Rollins Elementary School, 6 to 8 p.m.; Blythe Elementary School, 6:30 to 8 p.m.; and East Augusta Middle School and Lucy C. Laney High School, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Hornsby Elementary School, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Hains Elementary School and Hephzibah High School, 6 to 7 p.m.; Langford Middle School, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Willis Foreman Elementary School, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Bayvale Elementary School and Southside Elementary School, 7 to 8 p.m.; and Jamestown Elementary School and Monte Sano Elementary School, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Alternative School, 3 to 7 p.m.
Thursday: Collins Elementary School and Cross Creek High School, 6:30 to 8 p.m.; Spirit Creek Middle School, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; National Hills Elementary School and Warren Road Elementary School, 7 to 8:30 p.m.; and Bungalow Road Elementary School and Garrett Elementary School, 7 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 5: Barton Chapel Elementary School, 7 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 7: Meadowbrook Elementary School, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 11: Gracewood Elementary School, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 12: Lake Forest Hills Elementary School and Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 13: Evening School, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Man charged in girl's maiming
CARTERSVILLE - A West Virginia man has been charged with cutting the throat of his girlfriend's 10-year-old daughter while the girl slept in a motel room.
Bartow County police arrested Hugh Jeter Hawthorne, 23, Friday after he called police and said he had attacked Breana Eaves, Bartow County Sgt. Bill Carlisle said.
"He thought he had killed her," Sgt. Carlisle said. Breana was treated and released from Emory Cartersville Medical Center.
Deputies were sent to Travel Lodge Motel at about 10 p.m. after Mr. Hawthorne called 911. Mr. Hawthorne, of Beckley, W.V., was charged with aggravated assault and was being held Sunday at the Bartow County jail pending a bond hearing today.
Man killed in roadway shooting
CHARLESTON - A man who police have yet to identify was found shot to death Saturday night at a city intersection.
Police say the man, who died at Medical University Hospital, said he was hit twice by shotgun blasts, said Lt. Anthony Januszkiewicz of the Charleston Police Department.
Police found at least five shotgun shells at the intersection. Witnesses told police a group of men were fighting shortly before the shotgun blasts and that the gunman ran away after the shooting.
Investigators found a shotgun in the area but had not determined whether it was the one used in the shooting, Lt. Januszkiewicz said.
Family hears obscenity in Furby
COLUMBIA - A Swansea family says the innocent toy it purchased for its 1-year-old grandson has a very foul mouth.
The little yellow "Furby Buddy" says things like "me want hug" and "kiss me" when you press its stomach. But Mary Ann and Steven Martin think it also says "---- me," an obscenity for soliciting sex.
"You'll have a hard time convincing me that's not what it's saying," Mr. Martin said.
The couple planned to give it to their grandson, Johnathon, on Saturday. But he and his wife listened to it closely as they drove home.
"It says it every fourth time you press it," Mr. Martin said. "I had to play it a couple of times before I asked (Mrs. Martin) to listen to it."
Mike Hodges, manager of the Wal-Mart where the couple purchased the toy, said he was going to check his "Furby Buddy" stock. He said he has gotten only the one complaint.
Today: Blythe City Council called meeting, 7:30 p.m., Blythe Community Center, 294 Church St.
Augusta-Richmond County Board of Commissioners regular committee meetings, 1 to 4 p.m., commission chamber, 8th floor, county municipal building
Columbia County Construction and Maintenance Services, 5:30 p.m., Roads and Bridges conference room, Appling
Grovetown City Council, 7:30 p.m., Grovetown City Hall
Aiken City Council, 7:30 p.m., municipal building, Park Avenue (premeeting at 7 p.m.)
Burnettown Town Council, 6 p.m., Burnettown Town Hall, 3144 Augusta Road, Burnettown
The following is a list of Shepeard blood drive locations for the week of Aug. 28 to Sept. 4:
Today: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, the SRP Federal Credit Union Building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken
Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way
Wednesday: 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 1 to 6:30 p.m., Kendall, Marvin Griffin Road; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Immanual Baptist Church, 615 Old Edgefield Road, North Augusta
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, the SRP Federal Credit Union Building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken; noon to 5 p.m., VA Hospital (Uptown and Downtown), 1 Freedom Way
Friday: 7 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m., Doctors Hospital and Burn Unit, 3651 Wheeler Road; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Shepeard West, 112-B Davis Road; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, the SRP Federal Credit Union Building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken
Saturday: noon to 4:30 p.m., Wal-Mart, 2035 Whiskey Road, Aiken
The American Red Cross will have a blood drive from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Sept. 4, at 950 Millbrook Drive, Suite A, Aiken.