Originally created 08/25/02

Across the area



Collision flips tractor-trailer

A person driving a station wagon caused a tractor-trailer to overturn in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 late Friday night and then ran from the scene, police said.

The 1991 Honda wagon was coming onto the highway from Martintowne Road at Exit 1 about 10:30 p.m. when it merged into the tractor-trailer, hitting it in the side, said South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. R.K. Hughes.

The driver fled into woods while troopers spent nearly eight hours trying to clear the accident scene, Lance Cpl. Hughes said.

There was no word on injuries to the truck driver, John Silverman, of Fairmont, Ga., Lance Cpl. Hughes said.

Police charge owner of dehydrated dog

A dog was in the custody of Animal Control on Saturday after North Augusta authorities found the animal overheated in a car Friday.

Bystanders called police about 2:15 p.m. to Wal-Mart in Edgewood Square when they noticed the dog was sitting in the truck for more than 20 minutes, according to a North Augusta Department of Public Safety report. The dog appeared overheated and dehydrated, the report states.

Police contacted Animal Control, who took possession of the animal. Officers used a thermometer to check the dog's temperature, which registered at 110 degrees.

The officers cited the dog's owner, April M. Williamson, for cruelty to animals.

Construction will close Harding Road

Augusta-Richmond County Public Works and Engineering Department will close Harding Road next week for construction.

The road will be closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday to install a new water main, officials stated in a press release. Motorists are advised to use Eastside Court or Lumpkin Road as alternate routes.

Commission meeting to focus on personnel

The Augusta-Richmond County Commission will hold a special called meeting at 10 a.m. Monday on the eighth floor of the municipal building on Greene Street.

The meeting is an executive session to discuss personnel, according to a news release issued by the commission.

AIDS foundation takes grant applications

The AIDS Benefit for South Carolina is accepting applications for grants. Write to Grants Review Committee, AIDS Benefit Foundation of South Carolina, P.O. Box 2403, Columbia, SC 29202.

The foundation is for programs that benefit those with HIV or AIDS and for HIV/AIDS education. The deadline is Sept. 27. For more information, call (803) 781-2208.

Casino holds sign-up for obedience training

Registration for a dog obedience and puppy socialization course will be held from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Julian Smith Casino, Broad Street and Milledge Road.

The course will last 12 weeks. Proof of vaccinations is required to register, and pet owners are asked not to bring their dogs to the registration. For more information, call 736-0186.