Originally created 03/09/02

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Columbia County changes pass

The bills restructuring Columbia County's commission and setting the county's voting districts were passed into law Friday.

State Rep. Ben Harbin said it is now time for officials to work on implementing the new commission structure. Currently, five county commissioners are elected from districts and they elect a chairman from among themselves. Under the new structure, there will be four district commissioners and the at-large elected chairman.

The change was approved by voters in a 2000 straw poll.

"I'm happy we could set in motion the wishes of the voters," Mr. Harbin said.

Under the voting district legislation, the county commission has four districts - plus the chairman's district covering the entire county - while the school board has five districts.

Ex-girlfriend charged in pointing weapon

An Augusta woman was being held at the Richmond County jail Friday without bond, accused of pointing a gun at her ex-boyfriend.

Police arrested Martha L. Washington for pointing a .25-caliber pistol at Quincy L. Anthony while his car was stopped at the intersection of Olive Road and Gordon Highway on Feb. 22, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report. Mr. Anthony told police that Ms. Washington threatened to shoot him.

Mr. Anthony said he has had several problems with Ms. Washington since their relationship ended.

Ms. Washington, 37, of the 2400 block of Amsterdam Drive, was arrested about 2:40 p.m. and charged with pointing a gun or pistol at another and simple assault without bond, officials said.

House fire victims need blood urgently

Two victims of a recent house fire remain in the Joseph M. Still Burn Unit at Doctors Hospital, and both need large quantities of blood.

Christopher Weldon, 42, and Cassidy Thomas, 25, remained in critical condition after they were burned during a fire at a house on Forest Estates Drive on Tuesday morning.

Shepeard Community Blood Center, the supplier of blood and blood components to the unit, is experiencing a critical blood shortage. Blood donations can be made at the blood centers, 1533 Wrightsboro Road, 737-4551; 1019 Pine Log Road, Aiken, (803) 643-7996; or 112 Davis Road, Martinez, 854-1880.

Red Cross chapter has special activities

The Augusta Chapter of the American Red Cross is celebrating Red Cross Month with activities designed to provide the community with lifesaving and health related information.

Those activities include the MCG/Red Cross Family Health Fair, Saturday in the gymnasium of First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way; an Elementary Leadership Development Conference, Saturday in Skinner Hall on the campus of Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; CPR Saturday in Columbia County, Saturday, March 23, Abilene Baptist Church, 3917 Washington Road; and Kids Safety Day, Saturday, March 23 at the Family Y, 3532 Wheeler Road.

Registration is required for the CPR Saturday in Columbia County program. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information or to register, call 724-8483.