Originally created 03/19/01

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GEORGIA
Norwood to receive health care award

The American Psychiatric Association will present the Jacob K. Javits Public Service Award to U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood today at the association's 2001 Federal Legislative Institute.

The award is given each year to a public servant who has made a significant contribution to health care, including the cause of the mentally ill.

Mr. Norwood, a Republican from Evans, was nominated for the Javits award by the Georgia Psychiatric Association and was unanimously selected by the Joint Commission on Government Relations.

"Representative Norwood's extraordinary efforts have resulted in legislation that protects psychiatric patients and all physicians from abusive managed care practices, which interfere with the delivery of medically necessary care," said APA President Daniel B. Borenstein.

The award was established by the association in 1986 in honor of the late Sen. Jacob K. Javits, R-N.Y., for health care issues.

GEORGIA
Man arrested on arson charge

DALLAS - A Paulding County man is accused setting a fire early Sunday at the county courthouse in Dallas.

Daniel Lee Ledford, 32, has been charged with arson and destroying government property. Investigators took him into custody about 5 p.m. after deciding that someone purposely set the 1 a.m. fire.

Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine said the district attorney's office was targeted and that the fire started on the courthouse's first floor. No one was injured in the blaze, and Mr. Oxendine described the damage as serious but "nothing that can't be fixed."

Officials have not said what led them to Mr. Ledford, only that they found physical evidence both inside and outside the building.

GEORGIA
City lists fewer holiday arrests

SAVANNAH - Police said Sunday they made fewer arrests and citations this year during the city's rollicking St. Patrick's Day party.

Savannah police reported 144 arrests and 174 citations - a total of 318, down from 392 last year.

Disorderly conduct, which includes urinating in public and flashing, led this year's arrest categories with 55. Open-container violations and disorderly conduct led citations, with 69 each.

Savannah boasts the nation's second-largest St. Patrick's Day parade. Police estimated about 500,000 people flocked to the city this year to celebrate.

GEORGIA
Plane makes precautionary return

ATLANTA - A Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Norfolk, Va., returned to Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport shortly after takeoff Sunday when the cockpit crew smelled smoke.

"The cockpit detected a hot smell, there was no visual smoke, but they decided as a precautionary measure they would return to Atlanta," Delta spokesman Clay McConnell said.

Mr. McConnell said the 62 passengers and crew of five aboard Flight 1536 were put on another aircraft and were on their way a little more than an hour later. He said mechanics were checking the original plane, an MD88.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Mother doubts killer's confession

ROCK HILL - Opal Phillips long ago stopped believing convicted serial killer Henry Lee Lucas murdered her 15-year-old daughter more than 20 years ago.

But she said she still got shook up when Mr. Lucas died last week in a Texas prison.

Mr. Lucas once said he abducted and killed Eva DeBruhl in June 1977. But now investigators say Mr. Lucas was lying, as he did about dozens of other cases, York County sheriff's Lt. Tim Hagar said.

Lt. Hagar looked over the case in 1997. It is still open, and Sheriff Bruce Bryant says he thinks someone will solve the mystery one day.

In the meantime, Ms. Phillips said it is hard not knowing whether her daughter is dead or alive.

"I think about her every day," Ms. Phillips said. "There is never a day that I don't think about her."

MEETINGS SCHEDULE

Today: Augusta Commission's Citizen Budget Review Committee, 4 p.m., Room 601, Municipal Building, 530 Greene 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: Augusta Charter Committee, 11:30 a.m., Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way

Augusta Commission's Museum & Attraction Funding Study Subcommittee, 12:30 p.m., Room 803, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

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

Augusta Commission, 2 p.m., Commission Chambers, eighth floor, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

Columbia County Public Works Committee (called meeting), 3 p.m., Water and Sewer Services Conference Room, Evans to Locks Road

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

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

BLOOD DONATION SCHEDULE

The following is a list of locations for the Shepeard Community Blood Center for the week:

Today: Noon to 5 p.m., Glaxco/SmithKline Beecham, 65 Windham Blvd.; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Federal Credit Union Building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken; 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kimberly-Clark Corp., 1420 Sandbar Ferry Road

Tuesday: 8 to 10:30 a.m., Riegel, Augusta Road, McCormick, S.C.; noon to 5 p.m., Tranter, South Carolina Highway 25, Edgefield, S.C.

Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Johnson Controls, Fort Gordon Support Project; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., South Aiken High School, 232 E. Pine Log Road

Thursday: 10 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 6 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Federal Credit Union Building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken

Sunday: 9:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., The Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 3126 Parrish Road