Originally created 08/29/00

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COLUMBIA COUNTY

Disabled adults' needs addressed

An organizational meeting for anyone interested in services for disabled adults in Columbia County will be held today at 6:30 p.m. at Warren C. Gibbs Memorial Library on Belair Road.

While the meeting is to address the needs of adults, members of the Columbia County Special Education Parent Teacher Organization will be present.

Mollee Atkinson, one of the organizers of the meeting, said the purpose is to discuss ways to obtain services in Columbia County for adults with developmental disabilities.

"We have no adult services here in Columbia County," Ms. Atkinson said. "Our kids have to go to McDuffie."

For more information, call 860-7589.

AUGUSTA

Participants needed for Italy race

The American Diabetes Association is looking for runners and walkers to participate in a marathon in Rome.

A meeting will be held at 6 p.m. today to discuss the Team Diabetes program. The meeting will be at Health Central at 945 Broad St.

Another meeting will be Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the H.O. Weeks Center on Whiskey Road in Aiken.

For more information, call Margaret Jewett at 828-0420 or (800) 433-7061.

AUGUSTA

Red Cross chapter will meet

The Augusta Red Cross will hold its 83rd annual meeting Thursday at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta. The meeting will include the election of officers and an awards ceremony. There also will be highlights of programs and services from the year, presented by recipients of Red Cross services.

Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m., and dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. For reservations or more information, call 724-8483.

COLUMBIA COUNTY
Board finalizes recommendations

Members of Columbia County's Chairman/CEO Task Force approved the final version of their recommendations to county commissioners.

When the task force makes its recommendations to the commission Sept. 19, here's what they'll say:

Columbia County should have an at-large elected chairman who serves a four-year term.

The county should maintain the five commission districts.

The county should keep an administrator.

The pay scale for commissioners and the chairman should not change.

The duties of the commission and the chairman should not change.

Task force members unanimously approved the recommendations Monday night.

"When we started this process, that was my hope for the outcome," Task Force Chairman Ed Rees said.

The 15-member group has been meeting since early May.

GEORGIA

Mother is denied son's body

DECATUR - The mother of a 13-year-old found dead inside his father's DeKalb County apartment was unable to persuade authorities to allow her to take her son's body back to Mississippi.

"I just want to take my baby home so he can be buried next to his grandparents, close to his friends and family," said Angela Gunn of Aberdeen, Miss.

Antonio Gunn moved in with his father, Thomas Henley, and stepmother, Sabrina Henley, after his mother lost custody of him in May.

"At the time, I thought it was the best thing that could happen to him," said Ms. Gunn, a self-described recovering cocaine addict who was in jail during Antonio's custody battle.

She told authorities Saturday that the boy's body should be given to her because the Henleys are charged in connection with his Aug. 14 death. But Antonio's body was released Friday to his uncle.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Sex education text investigated

COLUMBIA - South Carolina school districts are being surveyed by the state Education Department to determine how many use sex education materials being criticized by Attorney General Charlie Condon.

The survey began last month, before Mr. Condon condemned the material provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Those should not be used because they violate state law, Mr. Condon said Aug. 18. The Comprehensive Health Education Act of 1988 says teachers should limit instruction to emphasizing abstinence and relations between married heterosexuals.

The CDC materials "repeatedly authorize or even encourage premarital sex so long as teen-agers properly protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases," Mr. Condon said.

GEORGIA

Motive behind slashing unknown

CARTERSVILLE - Bartow County investigators said Monday they have been unable to determine why a Cartersville man allegedly slashed the throat of his girlfriend's 10-year-old daughter while she slept.

Also Monday, a magistrate transferred Hugh Jeter Hawthorne's case to Superior Court without setting a bond for him.

Mr. Hawthorne, 23, is charged with aggravated battery in the Friday night attack on Breana Eaves, who suffered a 3-inch gash on her throat.

She was released from a Cartersville hospital after receiving several stitches for the laceration, which cut no arteries. Investigators recovered a knife they say was used in the attack.

Mr. Hawthorne was arrested after he called 911 and told police he thought he had killed the girl.

SOUTH CAROLINA

State Reform Party vote split

COLUMBIA - Much like the national Reform Party, South Carolina's party is divided on who its presidential candidate will be in November.

Betty Montgomery, chairwoman of the South Carolina party, said Pat Buchanan won the party's endorsement on a 12-10 vote at a meeting Saturday in West Columbia.

Ms. Montgomery sent that information to the State Election Commission on Saturday.

On Monday, party Vice Chairman Bob Batchelder sent the Election Commission notice that John Hagelin is South Carolina's choice.

Three of the people who voted for Mr. Buchanan lacked the proper credentials to vote, Ms. Batchelder said. Thus, Mr. Hagelin won on a 10-9 vote, he said.

But, Ms. Montgomery responded, "There's no vote count change."

SOUTH CAROLINA

Court calls for new city vote

COLUMBIA - The state Supreme Court on Monday ordered Myrtle Beach to conduct a new citywide election for a botched November city council runoff election.

Candidate Rachel Broadhurst appealed to the Supreme Court after she lost her re-election bid for her city council seat in a three-way election in November. One malfunctioning machine caused more than 200 votes not to be counted. Ms. Broadhurst lost by fewer votes than the number of votes lost.

"In conducting a new election, we recognize additional expense will be incurred by the candidates, Election Commission, and, ultimately, the Myrtle Beach taxpayers," the court wrote. "Nonetheless, in order to preserve the integrity of the election process, the General Assembly has declared the necessity of a new election."