Originally created 09/25/00

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Barnwell schools closed for two days

BARNWELL - Schools in Barnwell County are closed today and Tuesday after heavy downpours Friday left Barnwell Elementary School flooded, officials said.

Barnwell School District 45 is closed to teachers and pupils today but only to pupils Tuesday, Barnwell County sheriff's officials said Sunday.

The elementary school sustained minor water damage, a spokeswoman said.

The Barnwell High School football game against Swansea that was canceled Friday because of rain will be played at 7 p.m. today.

Teens killed in high-speed crash

MARIETTA - Two 16-year-old high school juniors were killed after their car veered out of control while apparently drag racing another motorist in Cobb County.

Jerrod M. Norman of Marietta and John S. Bickelhaup of Roswell were pronounced dead at the scene of the Saturday night accident near Interstate 575, police said.

Witnesses said the teens were racing with a yellow Ford Mustang when the driver apparently lost control of his car and struck a brick sign at Community Bible Church, Cobb County police spokesman Brody Staud said.

Police are searching for the Mustang's driver, he said.

Couple accused in child's death

COLUMBIA - A woman and her boyfriend have been charged in the death of the woman's 9-month-old son.

Ikeisha Nicole Perry, 24, and Henry Fletcher, 23, both of Columbia, were charged with homicide by child abuse.

Ms. Perry's son, Jaquan, was not breathing when he arrived at Palmetto Richland Hospital on Thursday. He died a few hours later.

The baby died from an infection caused by internal injuries he suffered from being beaten, Richland County Coroner Frank Barron said. The injuries must have happened at least two days before the baby's death, Mr. Barron said.

An autopsy revealed that the baby also had bruises on his body and multiple healed rib fractures, Mr. Barron said.

Ms. Perry told police she heard Jaquan fall out of bed about 8:15 a.m. Thursday. She said he cried but did not appear to be hurt.

Wife charged in man's slaying

BLUFFTON - A woman has been charged in the death of her husband, whose body was left in their bedroom for three days before the woman attempted suicide, police said.

Jacqueline Bennett Cox, 52, was charged Friday with murder in the death of Dr. Emmett J. "Sonny" Cox, Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner said.

Police found the body of 54-year-old Dr. Cox in an upstairs bedroom of the couple's Colleton River Plantation estate at about noon Friday after responding to a suicide call at the residence, Sheriff Tanner said.

Mrs. Cox, who had superficial self-inflicted wounds on her wrists, was taken to Hilton Head Medical Center and Clinics, where she was treated and arrested, he said.

She later was transferred to the Cooper Maximum Security Psychiatric Hospital in Columbia, Sheriff Tanner said.

Dr. Cox was shot in the chest, leg, right arm and an index finger, Beaufort County Coroner Curt Copeland said. The fatal shot was to Dr. Cox's chest, he said.

Dr. Cox was dead for about three days when police found him and probably had been killed either Monday night or Tuesday morning, Mr. Copeland said.

Today: Aiken City Council, 7:30 p.m., Municipal Building, Park Avenue (pre-meeting at 7 p.m.)

Burnettown Town Council, 6 p.m., Burnettown Town Hall, 3144 Augusta Road, Burnettown

Columbia County Construction and Maintenance Services, 5:30 p.m., roads and bridges conference room, Appling

Special called meeting of the Augusta Commission, 12:30 p.m., commission chamber room, eighth floor, Municipal Building

Tuesday: Aiken County Board of Education, 7 p.m., district office, Brookhaven Drive

Columbia County Development Authority, 7:30 a.m., Columbia County Chamber office

Columbia County school board, 5:30 p.m., Columbia County Board of Education auditorium, Appling

Columbia County Development and Environmental Services, 6 p.m., Evans Government Center auditorium

Columbia County Planning Commission, 6 p.m., Evans Government Complex auditorium, 630 Washington West Drive

Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority, 9 a.m., meeting Room E/F, Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St.

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

The following blood drives will be held by Shepeard Community Blood Center this week:

Today: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., SRP Federal Credit Union Building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken; noon to 5 p.m., Smithkline Beecham, 65 Windham Blvd., Aiken; 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Kimberly-Clark, Highway 28, Beech Island.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Power 107/Paine College/May Park Sickle Cell Blood Drive, 622 Fourth St.; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Burke County Community, 210 Academy Ave.

Wednesday: 3 to 7 p.m., Grovetown community, city hall; 8 to 11 a.m., Delta Apparel, 450 Rabbit Trail, Edgefield; 1 to 3:30 p.m., Menardi Criswell, 1 Maxwell Drive, Trenton, S.C.; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wagner-Salley High School, 272 S. Main St., Wagener.

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Federal Credit Union building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken; 6:30 to 11:30 a.m., Monsanto, Plant One, 1750 Lovers Lane; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monsanto, Plant Two, 1750 Lovers Lane; and 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m., Georgia Iron Works, 968 Ferrous Road N.E., Thomson.

Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., SRP Federal Credit Union BTC building, 802 E. Martintown Road, North Augusta; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Federal Credit Union building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken.

Sunday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gospel Waters Baptist Church, 703 Fury's Ferry Road.

American Red Cross Blood Services will hold a drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today with Blue Cross/Blue Shield at the Sheraton on Bobby Jones Expressway at Wheeler Road.

Toddler hurt in marina accident

A North Augusta girl was listed in fair condition Sunday night after being trapped underwater between two boats at Augusta Riverwalk Marina.

Brooke Westall, 2, fell from a family boat at the marina and was submerged between two boats for approximately five minutes at about 5:30 p.m., Rural Metro Ambulance Service spokeswoman Valerie Spratlin said.

Brooke was listed in fair condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Sunday night, according to hospital officials.

She had been playing with an older sister when she fell off the boat. Family members and bystanders searched for the girl, finding her minutes later, Ms. Spratlin said. She was not breathing.

Early attempts to revive the girl failed. A paramedic later revived Brooke using CPR and transported her to the hospital.


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