Originally created 05/05/04

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Norwood begins re-election bid

A local congressman launched his re-election campaign Tuesday, a news release states.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., will run for his seat in the Ninth District, which stretches from extreme northeast Georgia to upper Richmond County.

Mr. Norwood has served in the House of Representatives since 1995.

The only other candidate who has qualified to run against Mr. Norwood is Bob Ellis, 54, of Martinez, who is running as a Democrat.

Man says bar patron hit him with chair

An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that he was assaulted at the bar of an adult entertainment establishment Tuesday morning, a police report states.

Jae M. Chu told sheriff's deputies that at about 2 a.m., while he was at Joker Lounge in the 200 block of Sixth Street, he got into an argument with someone.

Mr. Chu said the person picked up a chair from the bar and hit him in the head with it before leaving the establishment, the report states.

Woman surrenders in theft from employer

A Washington, Ga., woman has surrendered to authorities after state and local investigators found that she took more than $34,000 from her employer over the past three years, officials said Tuesday.

Sheila Rogers, 41, was charged with one count of felony theft by taking and surrendered to the Wilkes County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, said Mike Seigler, the special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Thomson office.

Investigators found that Ms. Rogers had taken the money from her employer, MedLink of Georgia, which has an office in Washington, over several years while she was an employee of the business, Agent Seigler said.

Bruising on 2-year-old reported as child abuse

Richmond County sheriff's investigators are looking into a report of child abuse after a child suffered bruising to the buttocks and legs, officials said.

Sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said they received a call Monday after bruising was seen on the buttocks of a 2-year-old Augusta child by workers at a Columbia County day care center.

A police report states that the child's mother told the worker that there was blue marker on the child's rear end and she could not get it off.

Someone baby-sat for the mother during the weekend, officials found. No arrests were immediately made.

Signal Corps group to hold annual run

The Signal Corps Regimental Association will hold its 12th annual Spring Challenge 10-kilometer run at 8 a.m. May 15 at Fort Gordon. At 7:30 a.m., there will be a 1-mile fun run/walk for children.

The event is open to the public. For registration information, call 791-4063 or send e-mail to burroughs@gordon.army.mil.

Indian research scientist to speak

Fort Gordon will hold its Asian Pacific American Heritage command program May 17, according to the post's public affairs office.

The program will be at 1:30 p.m. in Alexander Hall on Chamberlain Avenue.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Madhavi Martin, an Indian research scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

Secretary to outline DOE policy changes

U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham will visit Aiken on Friday to give a speech outlining major changes to the Department of Energy's security policies, the Department of Energy said in a news release late Tuesday.

Mr. Abraham's visit is timed in conjunction with the 32nd annual Security Police Officer Training Competition being held at Savannah River Site. He will address officers and security managers at St. Mary's Education Center in Aiken.

According to Tuesday's release, facilities affected by the security changes will include Savannah River Site, Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California, Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs in New Mexico, Pantex Weapons Plant in Texas and Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee.

Molestation suspect granted lower bond

A Martinez man accused of child molestation and incest was granted a lower bond Tuesday at a bond hearing in Columbia County.

Eric Wayne Loudermilk, 31, of the 4600 block of Peavine Court, was arrested April 15 and charged with incest and two counts of child molestation for the alleged sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl. Magistrate Court set his combined bond at $65,150.

Superior Court Judge Bernard J. Mulherin Sr. granted Mr. Loudermilk a reduced bond of $50,000 saying at the hearing that the original bond was high.

If Mr. Loudermilk is able to post bond and be released until his trial, he is to avoid contact with the girl, his attorney Bill Davidson said.

Retirement review scheduled for May

Fort Gordon's retirement review for May will be held May 27, according to the post's public affairs office.

The ceremony, which is open to the public, will be at 9:30 a.m. in Alexander Hall on Chamberlain Avenue.

Aiken teen dies from injuries in wreck

An Aiken teenager died at Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Monday from head injuries she sustainedin a Saturday car accident, officials said.

Sonja Laser, 18, of Old Tory Road, was thrown from her car at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday during a one-vehicle accident on Talathia Church Road three miles south of Aiken, said authorities with the Aiken County Coroner's Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Lance Cpl. Dwight Green said Ms. Laser's car ran off the shoulder of the road, then crossed back over the road before overturning. Ms. Laser, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the car and later airlifted to MCG.

Ms. Laser was a senior at South Aiken High School. Aiken County Coroner Robert Haythorne said alcohol was not a factor in the wreck.

Deadline is Saturday to register to vote

The deadline to register for the June 8 Democratic and Republican primary elections is Saturday. The Aiken County Registration and Elections Commission office at 916 Vaucluse Road, Aiken, will be open from 9 a.m. until noon that day, elections officials said. For more information, call (803) 642-2028.

Women of Excellence lunch to be Friday

The 2004 Women of Excellence luncheon will be at noon Friday at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, 2 10th St.

The luncheon celebrates contributions women have made in the business community. The keynote speaker will be Sallie Krawcheck, the chairman and CEO of Smith Barney.

There will be an awards ceremony and live entertainment. Tickets cost $35.

For more information, call 774-0505.

Legal help available to low-income people

Low-income people in need of legal help with civil problems can meet with representatives of Georgia Legal Services Program in the following counties: Glascock, McDuffie, Warren, Washington, Lincoln, Taliaferro and Wilkes.

Appointments can be made from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Georgia Legal Services Program office, Suite 400, 209 Seventh St., in Augusta by calling 721-2327.



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