Originally created 02/19/01

Across the area



AIKEN COUNTY
Two face armed robbery charges

GLOVERVILLE - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office arrested two men who they say robbed a Domino's Pizza delivery man at gunpoint Sunday, Lt. Michael Frank said.

Kevin F. Woodward, of 58 Mosely Drive, Trenton, and Joey C. Smith, 24, of 1320 Rainbow Falls Road, Graniteville, are charged with armed robbery, officials said.

According to Lt. Frank, the delivery man pulled into the parking lot of the Minit Shop, 2345 Augusta Road, at 9:30 p.m. to deliver two pizzas. He was approached by two men who asked him for change. When the delivery man replied that he didn't have any, one of the subjects pulled out a revolver and demanded the pizzas and money, Lt. Frank said.

The pizza delivery man, who's name was not available, complied, and the men ran up a hill behind the store, officials said.

The Aiken County Bloodhound Team searched the immediate area, leading police first to a pile of bread sticks and then to the subjects who were hiding under a mobile home on Myrtle Street, Lt. Frank said.

They are being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.

AUGUSTA
Gas fire destroys car, part of shop

A structure fire Sunday afternoon at Milledgeville and Tubman Home roads destroyed part of an auto-repair shop.

Johnny Gomillion was working on a BMW in his storage unit at 2403 Milledgeville Road next to Pierce Auto Shop when gas that had leaked from the car's tank ignited, he said. Firefighters arrived at the scene at 1:50 p.m. and put the fire out within 10 minutes, according to Capt. Mike Cummings of Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department.

No one was injured.

Mr. Gomillion operates Cowboys Car Corral auto-repair shop out of the storage unit. He said the unit was insured, but nothing inside, including the BMW and two other automobiles, was. The fire destroyed the BMW and caused minor smoke damage to several of the rental units, Capt. Cummings said.

GEORGIA
College will tear down buildings

MILLEDGEVILLE - Georgia College & State University will demolish two historic buildings to make room for a $19 million library expansion that will house the papers of Sen. Paul Coverdell.

One of the buildings was once a high school attended by writer Flannery O'Connor.

"It has an important heritage, but architecturally they were not real significant buildings," said Bob Wilson, a history professor. "And the heritage wasn't significant enough to stand in the way of progress."

The library holds a significant collection of writings of Ms. O'Connor, who was born in Milledgeville and attended the school when it was called Georgia State College for Women. The college also recently obtained the late Republican senator's papers.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Education group seeks change

COLUMBIA - An education reform committee is expected to endorse a proposal this week that calls for a more uniform method of governing local schools.

"This is the next critical area we need to address if we're going to be serious about total accountability," said Bill Barnet, chairman of the Education Oversight Committee.

The 1998 Education Accountability Act insists on the same performance standards for every pupil and school in South Carolina. The committee supervising implementation of the law says school boards should be judged by the same yardstick.

To do that would require change by those who wield power over the state's 1,100 public schools. Some lawmakers and county governments would have to relinquish their authority over school budgets and board members.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Caucus studies funding practices

COLUMBIA - State government spent less than expected with minority-owned businesses last year, and the Legislative Black Caucus wants to know why.

The caucus, made up of black members of the House and Senate, is looking into the disparity between the money state agencies spend with minority businesses and non-minority businesses.

A report by the governor's office of Small and Minority Business Assistance shows state agencies expected to spend $28 million with minority-owned businesses in the 2000 fiscal year. The actual spending was only $18 million, down 16 percent from the previous year, the report said.

State agencies spent $8.9 million with businesses owned by white women, $6.2 million with businesses owned by black men and $2.9 million with businesses owned by black women, the report said. Less than $200,000 was spent with businesses owned by other minorities, such as Hispanics.

GEORGIA
Jury gives killer death penalty

MCDONOUGH - A Henry County jury has sentenced a 21-year-old Riverdale man to death for the 1999 shooting deaths of Miriam Diane Hollis, 46, and her 18-year-old son, Brandon Jamal Hollis.

The jury of eight women and four men decided on the death penalty Saturday after finding Mustafa Raheem guilty Thursday of killing the Ellenwood mother and son in April 1999.

Mr. Raheem was convicted of nine counts, including malice and felony murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and burglary.

Prosecutors said he took Brandon Hollis to a wooded area in May 1999 to go target shooting.

Instead, Mr. Raheem shot him in the head and returned to the Hollis home where he shot Miriam Hollis, a customer service agent for Delta Air Lines. After the shooting, Mr. Raheem stole her car.

MEETINGS

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

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

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

Wednesday: Augusta Commission's Delineation of Responsibilities subcommittee, 1 p.m., Room 803, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

Augusta Commission, 2 p.m., eighth-floor commission chamber, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

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

Friday: Citizens Advisory Budget Committee Meeting, 4:30 p.m., eighth-floor commission chamber, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

BLOOD DONATIONSToday: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Gracewood State School and Hospital, 100 Myrtle Drive; 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Amoco Performance Products, 3702 Clanton Road

Tuesday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Windsor Springs Baptist Church (Black History Month Sickle Cell Drive), 3692 Windsor Spring Road; 8 a.m. to noon, Milliken, 79 Calhoun St., Johnston, S.C.; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., SRS S Area, Aiken.

Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., SRS A Area; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Williston Elko High School, 12255 Main St., Williston, S.C.

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Federal Credit Union Building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aiken County Employees, 828 Richland Ave. W., Aiken; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., First Union Bank, Seventh and Broad streets

Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Federal Credit Union Building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken; 9 a.m. to noon, UCB Chemicals, 131 Revco Road, North Augusta; 1 to 3 p.m., Halocarbon, 1100 Dittman Court, North Augusta

Sunday: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 968 Ferrous Road NE, Martinez