Originally created 07/09/01

Across the area



SOUTH CAROLINA
No arrests made in woman's death

BAMBERG - As of Sunday, Bamberg Police had made no arrest in the stabbing death of an 84-year-old woman.

Sarah Carter Brown, of the 300 block of Second Street, was found dead by a neighbor about 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Bamberg Public Safety Chief George Morris said he only one person appears to have been involved in the killing and the motive appears to have been robbery.

Ms. Brown probably died between 4 and 7:30 p.m., Bamberg County Coroner Billy Duncan said. He added that autopsy results would be available today.

GEORGIA
Boy ejected from auto, killed

JONESBORO - A 10-year-old boy riding with four family members was killed Saturday when the sport utility vehicle they were in flipped after another car slammed into it on the perimeter highway just south of Atlanta, police said.

Britton Batchelor was in a Ford Explorer on Interstate 285 about 8:30 p.m. when the SUV was struck by a Lincoln Town Car that had swerved out of its lane, said Maj. Doug Jewett, of the Clayton County Police.

"Somewhere in the process of it flipping, a 10-year-old boy - who the family reported was sitting in the middle of the back seat - was ejected and killed," Maj. Jewett said.

The driver of the Lincoln, Jerome Parks, 51, of Acworth, will be charged with DUI and homicide by vehicle, he said.

The other occupants of the Explorer suffered only minor injuries.

GEORGIA
Girl tested for West Nile virus

SNELLVILLE - A hospitalized 7-year-old Snellville girl is being tested for the West Nile virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nichole Lyday became sick June 27. Her father, Mike Lyday, said she was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center because of persistant fever and fatigue.

CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that blood samples from the girl have been sent to a Colorado laboratory for analysis. It has not been confirmed whether she has West Nile virus. However, the CDC confirmed they found a virus-infected crow in north Florida on Friday.

The West Nile virus can cause encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. Infected birds, especially crows and blue jays, are an early warning sign. Mosquitoes spread the disease by feeding on the blood of infected birds.

The disease, discovered in the Northeast two years ago, has killed nine people in New York and New Jersey. Health officials say, however, that perhaps only one of every 100 infected actually get the disease. Healthy people exhibit flulike symptoms. The young, the elderly and the frail are more at risk.

MEETINGS LIST

TODAY

Augusta-Richmond County Administrative Services, 1 p.m., Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building Committee Room, eighth floor

Columbia County Community and Emergency Services Committee, 5:30 p.m., CES Conference Room, Building E

Grovetown City Council, 7:30 p.m., Grovetown City Hall

Aiken City Council, 7:30 p.m., municipal building, Park Avenue (pre-meeting at 7 p.m.)

Salley Town Council, 7:30 p.m., Salley Civic Center, Pine Street

Johnston City Council, 7:30 p.m., municipal building, Mims Street

TUESDAY

Columbia County Management and Financial Services Committee, 5:30 p.m., Commissioners Conference Room

Columbia County school board, 6 p.m., Evans Government Center auditorium

Aiken County Development Committee, 5:30 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue

Aiken County Administrative Committee, 6 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue

Aiken County Judicial and Public Safety Committee, 6:30 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue

Aiken County Board of Education, 7 p.m., District Office, Brookhaven Drive

Jackson Town Council, 7 p.m., Jackson Municipal Complex, Main Street

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

Allendale City Council, 6:30 p.m., courtroom in City Hall on U.S. Highway 301 South

WEDNESDAY

Augusta-Richmond County Ambulance Service Subcommittee, 8:30 a.m., municipal building committee room, eighth floor

THURSDAY

Trenton Town Council, 6 p.m., Town Hall, Church Street

Edgefield County Planning Commission, 7 p.m., county building, Jeter Street

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

BLOOD

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

Today: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kimberly-Clark Corp., 1420 Sand Bar Ferry Road, Beech Island; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Shepeard Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Federal Credit Union building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken

Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., radio station WEKL-FM (102.3), at Shepeard Community Blood Center, 1533 Wrightsboro Road; 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Richmond County Children and Family Services, 520 Fenwick St.; 8 a.m. to 4:40 p.m., Federal Correction, 501 Gary Hill Road, Edgefield, S.C.

Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., DSM Chemicals, 1 Columbia Nitrogen Road; 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Kentwood, 1227 W. Wheeler Parkway; 5 to 8:30 p.m., Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, 5555 Hereford Farm Road; 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Taylor Toyota

Thursday: Noon to 7 p.m., Wrens Kiwanis, 300 Broad St., Wrens, Ga.; 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Taylor Auto Group; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepeard Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Federal Credit Union building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Bourne Toyota

Friday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Augusta Chronicle, 725 Broad St.; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepeard Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Federal Credit Union building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken; 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Rocky Creek Apartments, 950 Stevens Creek Road; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bob Richards Chevrolet, 2031 Gordon Highway

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dr. Charles H. Drew Memorial Blood Drive, at Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 2930 Glenn Hills Drive

Sunday: 8 a.m. to noon, U.S. Naval Reserve, 2869 Central Ave.; 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Crossroads Fellowship, 4301 Wheeler Road