Originally created 06/08/01

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Injured daughter remains in coma

Almost two months after a car crash left her with severe brain injuries, Sarah Craig, 19, went home Thursday from Shepherd Center rehabilitation hospital in Atlanta.

District Attorney Danny Craig, her father, said she remains in a coma, and doctors could not give a time frame for when she will wake up.

Her family received training to care for her 24 hours a day, he said.

Ms. Craig was moved from Medical College of Georgia Hospital to Shepherd Center a month ago. The not-for-profit Buckhead hospital specializes in the treatment of traumatic brain and spinal-cord injuries.

Shepherd Center spokeswoman Kim Lathbury said Ms. Craig might return there when she regains consciousness to begin the rehabilitation process.

On April 10, Ms. Craig's car pulled off Camellia Road into the path of a pickup truck on Walton Way. Her front-seat passenger, Lydia Guntharp, 17, of Hephzibah, died the next day. Two other people received minor injuries.

Crash throws man from car

NORTH AUGUSTA - An unidentified man took a curve too fast and lost control of a white Honda Prelude on Bergen Road on Thursday, causing the car to flip several times and land on its roof, according to North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

The 6:30 p.m. crash ejected the driver about 25 yards. He was in critical condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital late Thursday, department spokesman Detective Tim Thornton said.

Police didn't know his name because he wasn't carrying identification, and attempts to identify him though the car's license plate number have been unsuccessful, the detective said.

The driver was alone in the car at the time of the crash, which happened just east of Willow Wick Apartments near the Edgefield County line. Officers later found open containers of beer in the vehicle, Detective Thornton said.

Bridge work will slow traffic

Transportation workers will install beams Saturday morning on the Tobacco Road bridge onto Deans Bridge Road near Fort Gordon's Gate 5. The bridge work will create traffic pacing on Deans Bridge Road and, at times, delays for motorists while the beams are unloaded from trucks.

Officials said the bridge work will start at 8:30 a.m. and is expected to be finished by noon.


Energy secretary delays visit

U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham has postponed his first visit to Savannah River Site.

The secretary had been scheduled to visit the federal nuclear-weapons site Monday. A scheduling conflict with the White House forced Mr. Abraham to cancel the tour, a spokesman said.

"When they call a meeting, you have to go," said Joe Davis, an Energy Department spokesman in Washington. "We will make it to the site soon. We're working on finding a day right now."

Neighborhood plans fun in park

Baseball, food, swimming and games will be offered at the Laney-Walker Neighborhood Association's Family and Friends Day at Dyess Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The event, which will offer activities for children and senior citizens, is free and open to the public.

City to mark golden anniversary

The city of Jackson will celebrate its 50th anniversary Saturday with a town party.

The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. at Thornton Park on Silverton Street. Organizers will honor present and former city officials and local ministers. Entertainment will include local church choirs Higher Ground Vintage and the Lefty Joiner Band. There will be face-painting for the children and pony rides.

Jackson formerly was known as Silverton because of the glittering mica that originally had attracted the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. The town's center is the train depot, and is named after railroad executive James Urquhart Jackson.

In November 1950, the Atomic Energy Commission announced its plans to build a massive nuclear weapons site. The construction of the Savannah River Plant displaced many families from Ellenton, Dunbarton and other small communities, many of whom moved to Jackson, which was incorporated March 24, 1951.

School board accepts land gift

The Richmond County Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday night to accept, in the form of a donation, 5.6 acres of land and the 31,000-square-foot building formerly known as the Regency Exchange 8 Cinema at the old Regency Mall.

The donation came from James M. Hull III, Karen Hull, Mason H. McKnight III and Williams D. McKnight. Along with the property, the school board will have the right of first refusal to purchase 38 acres of land surrounding the donated property.

School board attorney Leonard "Pete" Fletcher said the property could be used for a new school.

"It's a win-win situation for us," Mr. Fletcher said.

In other school board action, the board unanimously approved the selection of LPS Construction Corp.'s $7.39 million bid to build the new Fort Gordon Elementary School.

The board also approved the selection Julia Impink as the school district's director of staff development and Jessie W. Chambers as new principal of Glenn Hills High School.

Female pages told to mind dress

COLUMBIA - Just as South Carolina's General Assembly was scheduled to adjourn for the year, female pages in the House were given a new dress code: No more cleavage and short skirts.

Complaints by the Women's Caucus prompted the page supervisor to issue the new rules Wednesday to the pages, mostly University of South Carolina students.

"No low-cut blouses or shirts that show your cleavage, and tops that are too tight will not be allowed," the memo said. "Skirts that are more than 4 inches above the knee will not be allowed."

Two pages have been sent home recently because of short skirts and low-cut tops.

An anonymous group calling itself the Men's Caucus put out a tongue-in-cheek reply on Wednesday.

It suggested that pages will receive extra pay for wearing tops with less material. It also said dresses should be no longer than 4 inches above the knee.

The memo also said underwear is optional and female pages should ignore future memos from the Women's Caucus.

But not everyone thought the memo was funny. Rep. Vida Miller, D-Pawleys Island, took the House floor Thursday to demand an apology on behalf of female pages and staffers. She also called for an investigation into the Men's Caucus letter.

River added to protected list

COLUMBIA - The Black River has been added to the list of South Carolina rivers to be protected.

A 75-mile segment of the Black River in the Lowcountry was added to the State Scenic River program when Gov. Jim Hodges signed the bill into law this week.

The scenic portion of the Black River starts in Clarendon County and runs to Georgetown. It is surrounded by undisturbed swamp forest, white sandbars and unique alternating narrow river areas, Natural Resources Department officials said.

The river also parallels undeveloped land, which "provides high quality habitat for a variety of plant and animal species including some rare, threaten and endangered species," said Barry Beasley, the resource department's director of planning and research.

The Black River has become the state's seventh and longest river to be designated under the program.


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