Repairs force flight canceling
Five flights at Augusta Regional Airport will be canceled today because the airport's runways will be closed between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Workers will repair the pavement at the intersection of the two runways as the final phase of a $1.5 million taxiway and runway rehabilitation project.
Airport spokeswoman Kathryn Solee said Atlantic Southeast Airlines and US Airways Express officials have gotten in touch with as many of the affected passengers as possible to book them on other flights.
"An airport never wants to close their runways," Ms. Solee said in a written statement, "however, this time the benefits of having a safe runway far outweigh the inconvenience of the closure."
Early morning wreck kills Blackville man
BLACKVILLE, S.C - A Blackville man died just before 1 a.m. Friday after his car ran off the road and hit a tree.
Claudio C. Carrillo, 21, died when his 1995 Ford ran off White Tail Drive, said Lt. G.L. Jones of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Mr. Carrillo lived on the 1800 block of White Tail Drive, which is about three miles south of South Carolina Highway 3 in Barnwell County, Lt. Jones said.
Excessive speed and alcohol might have been contributors in the crash, Lt. Jones said. Toxicology tests will be performed in the next few days, authorities said.
Mr. Carrillo was not wearing his seat belt, Lt. Jones said.
Man tries to take meat to sell for rent money
CLEARWATER -A Bath man was caught at the front door of a local grocery store with a cart full of meat, a police report stated Friday.
Thomas Dabbs told the store manager he was taking the $275 in meat to sell so he could pay his rent and electric bill, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office report states.
Mr. Dabbs, of the 700 block of Church Street, was stopped about 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bi-Lo on U.S. Highway 1 in Clearwater.
He was ticketed for shoplifting and given a warning not to trespass again at store, the report states.
Hound helps police track robbery suspect
BATH - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office arrested a man for jewelry theft Friday afternoon a mile from a pawn shop that was robbed.
Gary A. Robinson, 19, of the 1100 block of Pine Grove Road in Bath, was charged with grand larceny.
He is accused of walking into Valley Pawn and Video Review on U.S. Highway 1 shortly after noon, climbing over a counter and removing four gold chains from a shelf, Capt. Michael Frank said.
He then pushed past a store clerk and ran from the store, the captain said.
A bloodhound team tracked a scent to Mr. Robinson's home, where he was arrested and the stolen jewelry reportedly was recovered.
IRS offers free help to file income taxes
The Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program will offer free tax filing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Augusta State University, Markert Hall, Room 11; Augusta Urban Ministries, 303 Hale St.; Augusta Technical College, Building 200, Room 213; and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta, 1903 Division St.
The program serves limited-income, elderly, disabled and non-English speaking people.
Volunteers will prepare federal forms 1040EZ, 1040A, 1040 with schedule A and Georgia form 500EZ. Free electronic filing will also be available.
For more information, call 868-4072.
Psychologist will speak on parenting issues
John Rosemond, the director of the Center for Affirmative Parenting, will present Bringing Out The Best In Your Childon Wednesday at Silver Bluff High School.
Dr. Rosemond is a renowned family psychologist, a syndicated columnist and the author of nine books.
Admission is free, but priority seating will be allotted first to parents of pupils from Redcliffe and Greendale Elementary schools, which are sponsoring the talk.
For ticket information, call (803) 827-3350.
Golden Harvest bank will hold food giveaway
Golden Harvest Food Bank will hold its Manna Truck Distribution today for those in need.
The truck will be at the Dream Center, 5135 Wrightsboro Road in Grovetown, at 9 a.m. and at Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road in Evans, at 10:15 a.m.
Jazz concert will honor local musician, teacher
A performance to honor Wayne Hoey of local band All that Jazz will be performed at 8 p.m. Feb. 26 by Augusta State University's Student Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band. Rob Foster, associate professor of music, will direct the free concert at Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre.
Brenda Durant, the executive director of the Greater Augusta Arts Council, will be the key speaker. The performance will be followed by a reception at the Partridge Inn on Walton Way.
Through the Greater Augusta Arts Council, Mr. Hoey has participated in Arts in the Heart of Augusta and the Sunday Jazz Series at Riverwalk Augusta. He also teaches young saxophonists.
For more information, call the Fine Arts Department at Augusta State at (706) 737-1453.