Originally created 12/06/01

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James Brown will wed again

The Godfather of Soul is getting married again, this time at his Beech Island home to backup singer Tomi Rae Hynie - also the mother of his son.

James Joseph Brown II was born June 11 in Las Vegas to Mr. Brown and Ms. Hynie. After being engaged for more than a year, the two will marry Dec. 14. A spokeswoman from James Brown Enterprises said that it will be a small ceremony and that close friends and employees have been invited.

Energy seeks bids for SRS waste plant

The U.S. Department of Energy has requested bids from contractors to design and build a replacement for a failed $489 million plant at Savannah River Site.

The contract to design and build the Salt Waste Processing Facility is scheduled to be awarded in May, said Bill Taylor, an Energy Department spokesman at SRS.

Cost estimates for the plant have reached as high as $1 billion. The plant will replace the failed In-Tank Precipitation Facility, which was declared inoperable in January 1998 because engineers could not prevent flammable, carcinogenic benzene from building up inside its tanks.

Wife's uncle charged in tenant's stabbing

An argument over rent money sparked a stabbing early Wednesday, authorities said.

Angus Best, 67, of the 1400 block of Springview Drive, Augusta, was charged with aggravated assault and weapons possession in connection with the stabbing of his niece's husband, 55-year-old Kimmie Myers.

Mr. Myers was stabbed in the neck with a pocketknife and required surgery, sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said. He was recovering Wednesday night at the Augusta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The victim lives at the Springview Drive home with his wife and her uncle, the major said. An argument led to a fight before Mr. Myers was stabbed about 2 a.m. Wednesday, he said.

Time capsule marks hospital anniversary

AIKEN - Aiken Regional Medical Centers ended a yearlong 25th anniversary celebration Wednesday by dedicating a time capsule on hospital grounds. The capsule is not to be opened again until 2026.

The hospital placed copies of newspaper reports that covered its original dedication Jan. 23, 1976, into the capsule along with hospital memorabilia from throughout the years, said Melissa Summer, marketing and publication specialist over the capsule project.

The time capsule was buried Tuesday near the hospital's flagpole.

Farmer will enter race for congressional seat

Cleve Mobley, a farmer and political newcomer from Waynesboro, announced Wednesday that he plans to run for Georgia's new 12th Congressional District seat.

Running on a Republican ticket, Mr. Mobley already has the support of Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Augusta, according to John Stone, Mr. Norwood's spokesman. Mr. Mobley traveled through the new district Wednesday by bus, also visiting Athens, Waynesboro, Statesboro and Savannah.

"I believe I offer some fresh ideas," Mr. Mobley said. "I'm not politically obligated to anyone except the people of the 12th District."

Police keep looking for man sought in con

Richmond County officials are asking for the public's help in finding a con artist suspect.

Lee Hiers, 24, of Aiken, is being sought on two counts of felony theft by deception, said Investigator Pat Stahler, of the sheriff's office. He is accused of selling a boat with a lien on it to a Hephzibah man and buying a $12,000 Vintage Daytona trailer from an Augusta business using a check from a closed account.

Mr. Hiers is believed to be living in Edgefield County, S.C.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Investigators Stahler or Luther Gaskill at 821-1020.

City will give workers $50 holiday bonuses

Full-time Augusta city employees will receive a holiday $50 bonus in their paychecks Dec. 18. The Augusta Commission voted this week to award the bonus to employees at a cost of $151,044.68, which will be funded out of the city's contingency account.

Although the bonuses aren't based on performance, commissioners said they plan to work toward implementing a performance-based reward system by this time next year.

Woman enters plea in Social Security fraud

AIKEN -A Wagener woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal theft charges because she continued to receive brother's Social Security benefits after he died, a federal prosecutor said.

Sabrina Davenport, 32, received five years' probation and was ordered to pay back the $8,372.05 in benefits, Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Ruschky said.

The woman kept receiving the benefits for eight months after her brother's May 2000 death, through a joint checking account they had shared, Mr. Ruschky said.

Police cite neighbor, owner in dog's death

A Hephzibah man has been charged with animal cruelty in connection with the shooting of his neighbor's dog five times because the Siberian Husky was loose and running after his daughter, police said.

Thomas Doss Lowe, 58, of Bath Edie Road, was cited for cruelty to animals. The dog's owner, Wilton Heath, 23, was also cited for a leash law violation, police said.

Mr. Lowe told police he saw the dog running after his 7-year-old in their yard Monday. He took his daughter inside and found she was not injured. He then got his gun and shot the dog, a sheriff's report states.

Mr. Heath said the dog had dug a hole out of the fenced-in area. The pet owner told his neighbor to fire a sixth shot to put the injured animal out of its misery, which Mr. Lowe did, a report stated.

Animal control officials were called Tuesday. Both men will appear in Magistrate's Court on Dec. 22, where they could face a $1,000 fine and 60 days in jail.

Candle lighting event

The 2001 Worldwide Candle Lighting will take place in Columbia County at 7 p.m. Sunday at Patriots Park on Columbia Road. Participants will gather under the Ramada sign near the baseball fields and will light candles in memory of loved ones. Those attending are asked to bring a candle. A microphone and music box will be available for those who want to play a song or read a poem.

For more information, call Floyd and Cecelia Fields at 855-7906 or Dave and Dee Gibbs at 556-6966.