Originally created 07/30/01

Across the area



AUGUSTA
Soldier shoots foot at practice range

A Fort Gordon soldier was shot in the foot Sunday afternoon while attempting to load his handgun at an Augusta shooting range.

Pinetucky Gun Club Manager Stephen Meldrum said the soldier was pulling the slide of a 9 mm Ruger pistol shut when the gun went off. The bullet struck the soldier in the foot, and he was taken to Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

The soldier was treated and released, according to the hospital. Officials would not release his name. The incident occurred about 2:30 p.m.

Mr. Meldrum said no one else had been injured in the 10 years he has managed the gun club.

"We shoot quite a bit out here," he said. "This (incident) is really kind of unusual."

Mr. Meldrum said the gun was being sent to its manufacturer for inspection.

GEORGIA
Officials buy sea rescue kayak

JEKYLL ISLAND - After two men drowned this month on a Jekyll Island sandbar, officials have bought a rescue kayak and put up signs warning swimmers about the sandbar.

"This is a serious concern, and we have taken corrective actions to make sure it does not repeat itself," Gov. Roy Barnes said Friday on a visit to the island.

The sandbar extends 300 yards into the water at low tide but can become quickly covered with up to 10 feet of water when the tide comes in.

Donald Webb, 52, of Hahira, drowned near the sandbar July 5. Two weeks later, 43-year-old James David Pearson, of Macon, drowned in the same area.

The drownings have prompted the fire department to develop a water rescue program with a two-person sea kayak. The crew can get from its headquarters near Jekyll's historic district to the sandbar area in about five minutes.

New signs will show swimmers how high the water gets at high tide.

GEORGIA
Residents rally against sex shop

NORCROSS - More than 100 Norcross residents rallied outside the Love Shack II to protest the opening of the second Gwinnett adult entertainment store.

The adult video and novelty store opened weeks ago after its owner, John Cornetta, won a court battle with the county. A judge ruled July 16 that an ordinance blocking the store was too restrictive.

Mr. Cornetta also owns a Love Shack video store on Jimmy Carter Boulevard. The residents want both stores out of their neighborhood.

Protesters were met Saturday by 35 First Amendment supporters who said they want to preserve people's right to read and watch what they want without interference.

State Rep. Tom Rice, R-Norcross, organized Saturday's protest. He said the neighborhoods want to put economic pressure on Mr. Cornetta by driving business away with a series of protests.

He said that another protest is set for Saturday and that opponents plan to enlist churchgoers in the fight.

GEORGIA
Couple rescues whistling parrot

ROCKDALE - A talking parrot who took flight from his home was rescued by a couple who heard the bird chattering in the woods as they walked their dog.

Zeus, a 4-year-old African gray parrot, was on his way to a pet sitter July 13 when he took to the skies off his owner's shoulder.

Owner Kathy Pusch and her family combed the nearby forest for hours, calling Zeus' favorite phrases: "Good morning" and "pretty bird." They also whistled the theme from The Andy Griffith Show, which Zeus often whistled at home.

Two days later, a couple walking their dog about a mile away heard odd whistling noises coming from the woods. The couple discovered the gray bird with bright red tail feathers and notified a pet store, where Ms. Pusch had left fliers.

The pet store's owner went and talked Zeus out of the woods. Zeus was dehydrated but uninjured.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Textile mill will close its doors

GREENWOOD - Greenwood Mills plans to close its Chalmers plant and has told workers they'll lose their jobs.

The company said in a news release sent Friday to the Greenwood Area Chamber of Commerce that it would close the plant "sometime during a two-week period beginning on or about Sept. 24, 2001."

The release said because the apparel fabric facility faces "a flood of imports from low-wage countries around the world, it is no longer able to compete successfully."

Privately owned Greenwood Mills employs about 4,500 people in South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. It also owns and operates a garment processing plant in Mexico that employs 400 people.

MEETINGS

Today:

Public Services Committee of the Augusta Commission, 12:30 p.m., Room 803, Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

Administrative Services Committee of the Augusta Commission, 1 p.m., Room 803, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

Public Safety Committee of the Augusta Commission, 1:30 p.m., Room 803, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

Finance Committee of the Augusta Commission, 2 p.m., Room 803, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

Engineering Services Committee of the Augusta Commission, 3 p.m., Room 803, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

Thursday:

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

BLOODMOBILE

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

Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Savannah River Site, H Area, main gate, Aiken; noon to 6 p.m., Burke County, 210 Academy Ave., Waynesboro, Ga.

Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Savannah River Site, Upper B Area, Jackson; 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., 115 Milledgeville Road, Harlem

Thursday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Savannah River Site, F Area, Jackson; 8 a.m. to noon, Comcast, 105 River Shoals Parkway

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Patriots Park with University Hospital; 8 to 11:30 a.m., U.S. Marine Reserves, 2869 Central Ave.; 8 a.m. to noon, U.S. Army Reserves, 3311 Wrightsboro Road

Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Advent Lutheran Church, 3232 Washington Road; 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 1714 Olive Road