Originally created 01/14/02

Across Georgia



Fire at Army post burns Catholic chapel

FORT BENNING -An electrical failure was the likely cause of a fire that destroyed the Catholic chapel at Fort Benning.

The 55-year-old Main Post Catholic Chapel caught fire at about 1 a.m. Saturday. The chapel was the traditional home for airborne soldiers coming to Sunday Mass before a jump.

No one was injured in the fire. Public Affairs Officer Monica Manganaro said an electrical problem probably caused the blaze.

Masses will be celebrated at the Infantry Chapel and the officers' supper club until the chapel is replaced.

Teen kills girlfriend when rifle goes off

TOCCOA -A 14-year-old Toccoa girl was accidentally shot and killed by her boyfriend Friday night, police said.

Brittany Turpin was killed by a shot to the head from the .22-caliber rifle of a 14-year-old boy. The boy was working on the rifle at his kitchen table when the gun went off, authorities said.

Police have not named the boy but said the shooting appears to have been accidental.

Two 18-year-olds held after shooting death

COLUMBUS -Police have jailed two Columbus teen-agers in the shooting death of a boy in a grocery store parking lot.

Anthony Lane, 14, died of gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen after a scuffle outside a closed Cub Foods store Friday night.

Shawn Christopher Harris and Hosiea Vontrell Sparks, both 18, were charged Saturday in the killing.

State park will open near swamp next year

FARGO -A tiny town on the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp soon will be the home of Georgia's first new state park in more than 10 years.

The park will cover 317 acres about 18 miles southwest of Stephen C. Foster State Park, which is surrounded by the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

The facility is slated to open in summer 2003 and will feature an "eco-lodge" consisting of motel-type rooms and dormitories to house school groups, said Burt Weerts, the director of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites.