Meeting will cover junkyard cleanup
A public meeting to discuss cleanup plans for the former Goldberg Brothers junkyard off Dan Bowles Road will be at 6 p.m. today at the Utley Community Center on Goldenrod Street in Hyde Park.
The meeting will offer residents information about EPD's plans to clean up surface debris at the site to enable consultants to evaluate soil and groundwater to determine whether additional cleanup is needed.
Removing the 20,000 tons of metal, tires and other garbage from the abandoned junkyard will cost $2.3 million to $2.5 million, according to estimates by a state hazardous waste contractor.
The 10.8-acre former salvage yard has been under EPD scrutiny for several years since the former owners declared bankruptcy. The site is contaminated with lead, PCBs, arsenic, mercury and other toxic materials. For information on tonight's meeting, contact Sharee Johnson of EPD's Hazardous Waste Section at (404) 657-8600.
Mom stabbed as girl watches TV
CLINTON - Investigators are trying to figure out why someone stabbed a paraplegic woman in her home as her teen-age daughter watched television in a nearby room.
Ann Shelnutt, 31, was stabbed more than a dozen times in her stomach and legs Saturday afternoon, Clinton Police Chief Carroll Barker said. She was rushed to the hospital for surgery.
Ms. Shelnutt's 15-year-old daughter told police she was watching television in the living room when she heard her mother scream from the bedroom. She said she didn't hear anyone enter the house, Chief Barker said.
Investigators found a butcher knife, taken from the kitchen, which they said may have been used to stab Ms. Shelnutt, he said.
There was no sign of a break-in and the doors and windows were locked, Chief Barker said.
Schools give money back to state
GREENVILLE - Greenville schools are returning $51,000 to the state after teachers didn't use the money for school supplies.
That's 15 percent of the $352,700 made available to the Greenville County School District through a special allotment approved by the Legislature last year.
"Spending this money is a personal decision," district Chief Financial Officer Robert Morales said. "Some of them might have lost receipts and others might just not have spent the money."
Teachers had to present receipts for supplies bought by Sept. 30 to be reimbursed.
County wants Georgia-owned land
RIDGELAND - Jasper County officials will begin condemnation proceedings against the Georgia Transportation Department on Jan. 2.
The county wants 1,776 acres the department owns on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River to build a deep-water port.
The county council approved a lease agreement with Stevedoring Services of America to develop the site earlier this month.
The company is expected to invest $300 million in the port, which could open in three to four years and initially employ about 300 people.
The Georgia Transportation Department uses the land to deposit material collected while dredging.
Inmates get holiday with children
WINSTON-SALEM - The story of the baby Jesus and his birth at Christmas gave the men, most in green prison uniforms, an opportunity to hold their own children close.
About 40 inmates at the Forsyth Correctional Center celebrated Christmas in the prison chapel Saturday as part of a program for imprisoned fathers.
"The whole thing is to offer to these guys some hope," said John Young, a chaplain with the Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries. "Just a few gifts, refreshments and an hour or two with their children can change a man's heart."
The youth choir from the United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church sang and acted out the Christmas story. Afterward, Santa gave away sacks of presents provided by church volunteers.
Today: 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: Augusta Commission Special Street Lighting District Subcommittee, 1:30 p.m., County Municipal Building, 8th floor committee room, 530 Greene St.
Augusta Commission, 2 p.m., County Municipal Building, 8th floor Commission Chamber, 530 Greene St.
Aiken County Council, 7 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue
Columbia County Commission, 6:30 p.m., Evans Government Center auditorium
Wednesday: District 6 community meeting to discuss proposed garbage collections and cost, 7 to 9 p.m., Gracewood Community Center, Tobacco Road
Thursday: 911 Advisory Committee, 10 a.m., Augusta-Richmond County 911 Center, 911 Fourth St.
Aiken County Planning Commission, 7 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue
North Augusta Planning Commission, 7 p.m., Municipal Building, Buena Vista Avenue
Allendale County Council, 7:30 p.m., Brant Building Auditorium, Courthouse Square
The following is a list of locations for the Shepeard Community Blood Center in the area for this week:
Today: Noon to 5 p.m., Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, downtown, 1 Freedom Way, and uptown, Freedom Way; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Federal Credit Union Building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken
Tuesday: Noon to 7 p.m., Edgefield community, Bi-Lo, 227 Apple Square Plaza; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Burke County community, 210 Academy Ave.
Wednesday: 3 to 7 p.m., Grovetown community, Grovetown City Hall
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sitel, 2115 Windsor Spring Road; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aiken Regional Medical Centers, 202 University Parkway; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Federal Credit Union Building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken
Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Publix, Evans Towne Center, 4274 Washington Road; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Federal Credit Union Building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken