Originally created 03/01/05

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Accident kills Evans teenager

A Greenbrier High School student died in a single-car wreck Sunday night on William Few Parkway.

William Ryan Howell, 17, of the 2300 block of William Few Parkway in Evans, was driving home from his job at the Bojangles restaurant at William Few Parkway and Washington Road at about 10:45 p.m. when he lost control of his Chevrolet Camaro, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

Police said the teenager lost control of the car after negotiating a southbound curve roughly a half-mile south of Windmill Parkway. The car slid across the northbound lane and up an embankment before slamming into a power pole, Capt. Morris said.

Columbia County Deputy Coroner Vernon Collins said the teenager died of blunt force trauma.

Tractor-trailer crash kills 28-year-old man

A 28-year-old Aiken man was killed Monday morning when his 1997 Honda Accord hydroplaned and struck a tractor-trailer on Interstate 20, authorities said.

The driver, whose name was not released, was entering I-20 from the South Carolina Highway 19 eastbound on-ramp, said Lance Cpl. Dwight Green, of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

He was driving too fast for conditions, slid across the slick highway and struck the right rear tires of the tractor-trailer, Lance Cpl. Green said.

The crash killed the driver and sent passenger Korie T. Lott, 24, of Ridge Spring, to Aiken Regional Medical Centers with minor injuries, he said. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

Aiken council votes to sell building

Aiken City Council members voted Monday to sell a speculative building in one of the city's industrial parks to an unnamed buyer for $890,000.

Final approval from city council members will be required before the company can close on the 50,000-square-foot building in the Ventures Industrial Park near the Aiken Municipal Airport. The issue comes before the city council again March 14.

The $890,000 selling price would enable the city to pay off all existing debts on the structure and leave enough to construct another speculative building, City Manager Roger LeDuc said.

The company is expected to close on the structure in mid-April and intends to start operations this spring. The city is negotiating the sale of another building it owns with an out-of-state painting and coating firm.

Evans Middle parents can voice concerns

Columbia County education officials will face parents of Evans Middle School pupils concerned about the possible development of school property at a 6 p.m. meeting today.

Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial Corp. plans to ask the school board's permission to develop one to two acres on a corner of the school property, Victor J. Mills, the company's chief executive officer, said.

Associate Schools Superintendent Charles Nagle will lead the meeting and answer parents' concerns about the proposal's effect on the school's football field.

Parents opposed to the plan should put their complaints in writing, Mr. Nagle said.

The board recently agreed to sell the 21-acre Evans Middle site to Blanchard and Calhoun and Abernathy and Timberlake Investment LLC for $4.8 million.

Developers plan to turn the site, on the corner of Belair and Washington roads, into a retail center but have agreed to wait until a new Evans Middle School is built on Hereford Farm Road in 2006.

Funeral crash sends deputy to hospital

A Richmond County sheriff's deputy was sent to a local hospital after his patrol vehicle was hit in a busy west Augusta intersection Monday while serving as a funeral escort, officials said.

The accident happened at about 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway and Walton Way Extension, Sgt. Pete Lamb said.

Deputy Anthony Cochran, who was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for evaluation, was struck in his patrol car by a Honda Accord, driven by Belinda E. Shealy, 25, of Augusta, Sgt. Lamb said.

Sgt. Lamb said the Georgia State Patrol will investigate the accident.

An MCG spokeswoman said Deputy Cochran had been released from the hospital by Monday evening.

Fort Gordon will hold briefing for residents

Military retirees and residents in the Augusta area interested in Fort Gordon are invited to the monthly community information briefing at the post, according to a news release.

The briefing will be held at 11:30 a.m. March 16 at the Gordon Club on 19th Street.

Blood center plans drive for donations

Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold "O" parties Thursday in order to encourage blood donations, a news release states.

Donors will receive free letter "O"-themed food, free St. Patrick's Day T-shirts and a free cholesterol screening. Type O blood is considered the "universal donor" blood type because it is compatible with most types of blood and is used for trauma patients until their exact blood types are determined. For more information, call the center at (706) 737-4551.

North Augusta school is finalist for award

North Augusta Elementary School was one of 16 schools named as a finalist for the 2005 Carolina First Palmetto's Finest Schools Award.

The top four winners will be announced at a banquet March 15 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Schools are judged based on student achievement, faculty training, programs goals and teach quality, office practices and community involvement.

The top four schools will be given electronic equipment for their classrooms.