Originally created 09/01/01

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AUGUSTA
Campaign urges more volunteerism

The 11th Annual Make a Difference Day, a national campaign designed to promote volunteerism, is scheduled for Oct. 27.

The campaign, which is sponsored by USA Weekend, challenges people across the country to help others in need through various programs. Previous programs have included international literacy campaigns and collecting of art supplies for children.

Plans for programs can be submitted to the online "DAYtaBANK" at makeadifferenceday.com. People entered by Sept. 10 will be considered for a personal visit from Kermit the Frog and a $5,000 donation.

Volunteers also are eligible for up to $10,000 in grants from Paul Newman's food company, Newman's Own, for projects completed by Oct. 27.

Supplies for projects are also being donated by Inkindex.com, an inventory exchange for nonprofit organizations and businesses. The company will waive its fees for Make a Difference Day projects.

To find out more about Make a Difference Day, call (703) 276-6432 or send an e-mail to diffday@usaweekend.com.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Two file to run for Spence's seat

COLUMBIA - Two candidates officially announced their intentions Friday to fill the congressional seat left open by the death of Republican Rep. Floyd Spence.

Both state Sen. Joe Wilson, R-West Columbia, and Lexington County businessman Joe Grimaud filed their candidacies Friday.

Mr. Spence's son David and Lexington County Sheriff James Metts also have said they are considering a run for Congress.

On Thursday, Columbia attorney Jim Leventis turned down a possible run. Mr. Leventis lost to Mr. Spence in 1988, in what some say was the toughest race of Mr. Spence's 31-year congressional career.

Filing for the special election began Friday and ends at noon Sept. 10. The primary is scheduled for Oct. 30, and the election will be Dec. 18.

GEORGIA
Husband questioned in 1989 death

BRUNSWICK - Glynn County police are looking into the unexplained death 12 years ago of a woman whose husband is now accused of trying to hire an undercover federal agent to kill his current wife.

Brunswick physician Carl M. Drury Jr., a former state legislator, was charged this week in an alleged murder-for-hire plot to kill his wife, Mary Ruth Drury.

Margaret Adams Drury, the suspect's 46-year-old first wife, was found dead May 2, 1989, sitting in seven inches of water in a bathtub in her home. The couple was in the process of divorcing at the time of her death.

Dr. Drury appeared Thursday before U.S. Magistrate G.R. Smith, who heard 4 1/2 hours of glowing character testimony from Dr. Drury's family and friends - including pro golfer Andy Bean - and then ordered the accused held on a $5 million bond.

Dr. Drury must secure $1.25 million of the bond with cash and remain under 24-hour house arrest near the Atlanta area until his federal trial.

The prosecution offered evidence that Dr. Drury, 62, approached a federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynn County for assistance in killing Mary Drury.

The death of Margaret Drury in 1989 was investigated as an unexplained death, but not as a criminal case, and was ruled a drowning. A coroner's inquest five months after her death, however, determined the cause of death to be unknown.

AUGUSTA
Savannah Bluff boat ramp reopens

The north boat ramp at Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam will be reopened for public use today after being closed for eight months because of damages from the drawdown of the Savannah River. Renovations to the ramp facility cost $15,000, and a courtesy dock adjacent to the ramp is expected to be complete by mid-October.

AUGUSTA
Rotary Club offers scholarships

Applications are being accepted for three scholarships to be awarded Oct. 1 at the Rotary Club of Augusta meeting.

The scholarships, two sponsored by International Paper's Augusta Mill, one sponsored by the Augusta/Richmond County Community Partnership for Children and Families and another sponsored by the Rotary Club, are based on contributions to the community.

Applicants will not be judged on academics and can nominate themselves for the scholarships but must also have a recommendation. Only high school seniors are eligible. Applications must be received by Friday.

For more information, call Betty Dyches at 667-4837.

GEORGIA
Husband shoots soldier, himself

FORT BENNING - The husband of a Fort Benning soldier shot and killed her and then himself Thursday, base officials said.

The couple was found dead in their on-base housing about 2 p.m. Thursday. Authorities checked the home because Pvt. Tanginara L. Davis, 19, did not report for work after an early-morning physical training session.

Her husband, civilian Abdul Davis, 22, also was found dead. He "apparently shot Private Davis and then turned the gun on himself," according to a Friday statement by base officials.

After physical training, a soldier normally goes home, takes a shower and reports to work before 9 a.m. It wasn't clear how long the two had been dead before they were discovered.

Pvt. Davis was a military personnel clerk who arrived at Fort Benning in March. She and her husband were natives of Florida.

GEORGIA
Man gets life in mother's death

EATONTON - A 20-year-old Milledgeville man was sentenced to life in prison for the death of his mother, who was killed in a mobile home fire caused by his production of the drug methamphetamine in the kitchen.

Lamar Morgan Moore was convicted Thursday of felony murder, criminal intent to manufacture methamphetamine and trafficking in the drug at the house where Brenda Keagle died after a chemical explosion Dec. 22.

Mr. Moore's stepfather, Sheldon Clifford Keagle, 35, of Putnam County was found guilty of trafficking in methamphetamine but innocent of intent to manufacture. Superior Court Judge James L. Cline Jr. sentenced Mr. Keagle to 15 years in prison.

Mr. Moore's girlfriend, Pamela Denise McMillan, 31, of Milledgeville pleaded guilty Tuesday before the trial to charges of trafficking and intent to manufacture methamphetamine, and also was handed a 15-year sentence.

AIKEN
Candidate enters council race

A Republican candidate has announced plans to run for Aiken's District 2 City Council seat, according to David Nix, the chairman of the Aiken County Republican Party.

East Aiken Elementary teacher Ron Harrison requested to run as write-in candidate at the Nov. 6 general election, Mr. Nix said Thursday.

Mr. Harrison missed the filing deadline for the Republican primary to be held Sept. 11. Republican primaries do not accept write-in candidates, Mr. Nix said.

Republican Davis Cheek and Democrat incumbent Lessie Price also are running for the seat.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Governor vetoes redistricting bill

COLUMBIA - Gov. Jim Hodges on Friday vetoed a Republican bill on how to redraw district lines for seats in the Legislature and the U.S. House.

Lawmakers will try Tuesday to override the Democratic governor's veto, though legislative leaders concede it's a nearly impossible task. Additional plans could be considered later in the week, but most observers expect the fight over district lines to end up in federal court.

As with many recent redistricting fights in the South, this one comes down to party and race.

"Rather than following traditional redistricting principles that would respect the rich diversity of our great state, the proposed redistricting plans divide and polarize South Carolina along racial lines," Mr. Hodges wrote to House Speaker David Wilkins.

Mr. Wilkins, a Republican, said Friday the lines were properly drawn to reflect population shifts and the state's 15 percent growth since districts were last drawn, after the 1990 census.

"We just think that's cover," Mr. Wilkins said when asked about Mr. Hodges' reasons for vetoing the bill. "He never intended to let us draw these lines."

Prospects to override the veto are dim. Republicans would need votes from two thirds of the members of the House and Senate who attend Tuesday's special meeting.

In the House, that would require 83 votes if all members are present. With 71 Republicans, 12 Democrats would have to vote for the GOP's plan for it to pass.

The situation is even worse in the Senate, where the 24 Republicans will need six more votes from Democrats to get the plan to pass.