Originally created 11/20/00

Across the area



SOUTH CAROLINA
Light snow falls across Upstate

A rare November snow fell across Upstate South Carolina on Sunday, leaving a dusting on lawns but causing few problems.

The snow began falling in the morning and kept falling through the afternoon, mainly along the Interstate 85 corridor. By 12:30 p.m., Greer had picked up nearly an inch of snow, said National Weather Service meteorologist Doug Outlaw.

Huge flakes reduced visibility in Rock Hill as people made their way to church, but the roads remained wet with temperatures a degree or two above freezing.

The snow may fall as far south as the northern Midlands, and the Highway Patrol urged drivers to use caution.

The snow was sticking in the South Carolina mountains, which were under a winter weather advisory. More than an inch of snow dusted Paris Mountain by early afternoon.

While November snows are rare, they are not unprecedented, Mr. Outlaw said. And the Upstate has seen heavier snows earlier in the month. Greer's record November snowfall, 1.8 inches, fell Nov. 11, 1968.

AUGUSTA
Firefighters battle condominium blaze

Firefighters were battling a fire late Sunday night in a condominium off of Buckhaven Lane on Creekside Court.

The fire had burned through the roof of the two-story structure, which is on the end of a six-unit complex. Firefighters had been to the condominiums earlier Sunday for a blaze in another unit at the complex.

An investigator with the Richmond County Fire Department arrived on the scene at about 11:30 p.m. Firefighters were called to the fire at about 10:40 p.m.

Residents gathered outside as dozens of firefighters battled the blaze.

AUGUSTA
Fire damages part of house

A fire Sunday night destroyed part of a south Augusta home.

Augusta-Richmond County firefighters arrived on Billings Drive at about 5:40 p.m., Capt. Jim Busbee said. The fire destroyed a bedroom in the house but was contained in a matter of minutes, Capt. Busbee added.

No one was injured, because the family was not home.

Investigators had not determined the cause of the fire. It remains under investigation.

NORTH AUGUSTA
Stolen car leads to search

North Augusta law enforcement officers were searching late Sunday night for a man they say they believe stole a car in Augusta.

Public Safety officers and search dogs continued at 11:30 p.m. to comb a residential area off of Highway 25 and Evelyn Lane, near the Guns and Things Pawn Shop.

Shortly before 9 p.m. the man stole a car from Bush Field airport, leading Richmond County authorities on a chase ending in North Augusta, according to investigators. The man fled the vehicle into a nearby neighborhood.

Officials at the scene did not say whether the man was armed.

AIKEN
Businesses offer blood incentives

With the cool weather and holidays approaching, travel accidents and home fires are on the rise. During this period, blood needs increase and donations decrease.

That's why two Aiken businesses are offering their "Thanks for Giving" to blood donors today.

Goodyear and Papa John's Pizza are offering free oil change certificates and a free large pizza to anyone who donates blood today at Aiken Community Blood Center, 1920 Whiskey Road, behind the SRP Federal Credit Union.

Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. A donor card or picture ID is required.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Teen gets 40 years in mom's death

SPARTANBURG - A teen-ager who shot her mother as she slept has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after a jury convicted her of murder.

Chase Burnett, 17, shot 42-year-old Robyn Burnett once in the head with her father's .357 Magnum revolver in September 1998. Prosecutors said she was angry over her mother disciplining her. Ms. Burnett's lawyer said the girl was the victim of abuse.

Prosecutor Beverly Jones said Ms. Burnett shot her mother after getting in trouble for kissing her boyfriend.

Ms. Burnett's sister said her mother grabbed Ms. Burnett by the hair and dragged her down a hallway, demanding to know why she was skipping school.

Randy Burnett said his deceased wife abused their daughter.

Ms. Burnett will be eligible for parole after 10 years because of a state law that says suspects only have to serve 25 percent of sentences if they can prove a household member abused them.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Man charged in ex-wife assault

CHARLESTON - A James Island man raped his ex-wife in her front yard, beat her with a crowbar and forced her into his car trunk, police say.

The woman told police her former husband was in her house when she awoke Friday morning. Her brother tried to call police, but the phone lines had been cut.

The 25-year-old man dragged the victim into the yard, beating her with a crowbar. He then bit her during the sexual assault, Charleston County deputies said.

The woman, 23, was forced into a car trunk but was able to open the trunk from the inside and escape.

Police said she received a broken arm, several cuts and a bite on her breast. A judge refused to grant the suspect bail.

SOUTH CAROLINA
State will pay water costs

FORT MILL - South Carolina will pay for the owners of 15 contaminated wells to tap into York County water lines.

County officials said the affected wells were contaminated with methyl tert-butyl ether, a flammable liquid that's added to unleaded gasoline for more efficient burning. A leaky underground storage tank polluted the water.

Officials also agreed to allow people living nearby to tap into the county's water lines for $500, half the normal rate.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control is reviewing plans to clean up the polluted ground water.

Meetings this week

Today: Augusta Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau Personnel Committee, 1:45 p.m., Enterprise Mill, conference room, 1450 Greene St.

Augusta Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau Nominating Committee, 2:30 p.m., Enterprise Mill, conference room, 1450 Greene St.

Housing & Neighborhood Development Department, citizen's advisory committee, 4 p.m., 1 10th St.

North Augusta City Council, 7 p.m., Municipal Building, Buena Vista Avenue

Fairfax Town Council, 6 p.m., Town Hall, U.S. Highway 278

Tuesday: Law study subcommittee of the Augusta Commission, noon, eighth-floor commission chamber, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

Augusta Commission Meeting, 1 p.m., eighth-floor commission chamber, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

Aiken County Council, 7 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue

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

Columbia County Commission, 6:30 p.m., Evans Government Center Auditorium

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

Bloodmobile locations

The following is a list of locations for the Shepeard Community Blood Center drives in the area this week:

Today: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepeard Community Blood Center, 1533 Wrightsboro Road; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., International Paper, 4278 Mike Padgett Highway; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., SRP Federal Credit Union Building, 1920 Wrightsboro Road; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wal-Mart, 2035 Whiskey Road, Aiken

Tuesday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dixie Narco, Highway 78, Williston, S.C.; 8 a.m. to noon, Milliken, 79 Calhoun St., Johnston, S.C.; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., University of South Carolina Aiken Wellness Center, 171 University Parkway, Aiken

Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Shepeard Community Blood Center West, 112-B Davis Road

Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., SRP Federal Credit Union Building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wal-Mart, 596 Bobby Jones Expressway; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wal-Mart, 3209 Deans Bridge Road

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., GoodYear, 206 East Gate Drive, Aiken

Sunday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2607 Lumpkin Road

American Red Cross Blood Services will hold a drive from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at McCormick EMS Center, 212 Augusta St. Extension, McCormick, S.C.