Originally created 09/17/02

Across the area



Water abusers will lose rights

Augusta water customers caught watering on the wrong day will have their water cut off.

The Augusta Utilities Department began enforcing the first phase of statewide water restrictions Monday. Consumers who violate them will lose water service and have to pay a $25 fee to have it restored.

Customers with newly planted lawns may obtain a special 30-day permit by applying with the water department at 821-1851. They will be issued a yard sign, which they must display.

Under the restrictions, no lawn watering is allowed Mondays. Residents with even-numbered addresses may water Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Those with odd-numbered addresses may water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Voters in Jackson will pick mayor today

The town of Jackson will hold a special election today to choose its mayor.

The candidates are Marty Landrum, the town's acting mayor; Todd Etheredge, a town councilman; and Kenny Tueton, a former councilman. Each is hoping to replace Pat Sullivan, who stepped down to be a magistrate in New Ellenton.

Voting will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Resident says thief stole her pet gecko

An Augusta woman has reported the theft of her pet gecko, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.

Kimberly Allen, 32, told police Sunday that the exotic animal was taken from her home in the 2000 block of Central Avenue. She said there were no signs of forced entry.

Ms. Allen said that she has owned the gecko for nearly two years and that it had never escaped from its container. The pet, valued at $60, was described as yellow and 4 to 5 inches long.

Motorist who killed guard is out on parole

An Augusta woman who killed a security guard in a 1999 drunken-driving accident has been paroled.

Carol Ann Marks, 56, was sentenced to three years in prison in December 1999 after pleading guilty to first-degree vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. She was paroled Sept. 9.

According to the state Board of Pardons and Paroles, Ms. Marks intends to move to Colorado. She must serve seven years on probation.

Ms. Marks was charged in the Feb. 18, 1999, death of 48-year-old Henry L. Wilson, who was crushed at International Paper Co. as he was locking a gate.

Safehomes gets funds for hiring legal team

An Augusta agency that helps protect the victims of domestic violence has received $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice's Violence Against Women Office, according to U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga.

The money will allow Safehomes of Augusta Inc. to hire an attorney and a court advocate assistant to provide legal services to clients in Richmond, Columbia, Burke and eight rural counties.

Search continues for missing fisherman

Authorities continued to search Monday for a Louisville man who was reported missing Friday.

Police suspect that Bill Farrer, 66, visited a favorite fishing spot at Rocky Comfort Creek in Louisville on Thursday. On Friday, his fishing boat and vehicle were found abandoned at the wooded site.

Since then, there has been a communitywide search effort, including more than 100 friends and police from Jefferson County and numerous other agencies.

Mr. Farrer is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs approximately 175 pounds, has gray hair and was wearing glasses and Army fatigues, authorities said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office at (478) 625-7538.