Originally created 03/15/05

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Mobile home fire kills infant

A Millen infant died in a Monday morning fire inside a manufactured home, authorities said.

At about 11:25 a.m., firefighters were called to a double-wide mobile home engulfed in flames on Perkins Road, said Millen-Jenkins County Fire Chief Dwayne Herrington.

"The house was gutted," he said.

Hailey Sheffield, 18 months, was pronounced dead at the scene by Jenkins County Coroner Henry Young.

A boy who was 3 or 4 years old suffered upper chest injuries from the fire and is being treated at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, Chief Herrington said. He was not certain whether the children are related.

The chief said the girl's father was home at the time of the fire, but the mother was at work.

Dan Mealor, of the State Fire Marshal's office in Atlanta, is continuing an investigation, the chief said.

Aiken County man dies trying to help

An Aiken County man was struck by a car and killed Sunday night while trying to assist another driver on the side of the road, according to authorities.

John Daniel Way, 38, of Salley, was helping a motorist on Nazareth Road in Lexington County at about 8:15 p.m. when he was struck, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol Web site.

County voters decide on sales tax today

A special election on a proposed continuation of the Columbia County School Board's 1-cent sales tax goes before voters today.

Votes can be cast from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at any county precinct.

Voters will decide whether a proposed 1-cent sales tax for the Columbia County school board should be adopted to help pay for future growth.

A proposal to obtain bonds for as much as $30 million also will be part of the referendum that goes before voters. That amount would be used on capital improvements, including building three middle schools, two elementary schools and a high school.

Teen's accusations get mother arrested

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a Blythe mother after her teenage son said she assaulted him because of a music CD, a police report states.

Tina Marie Stievenart , 41, of the 4400 block of Etterlee Road, was charged with simple battery and was taken to the Richmond County jail.

Her son, Justin, told deputies that when he came home Sunday at 8:23 p.m., his mother cursed at him and accused him of taking one of her CDs.

He said when he tried to tell her that he hadn't, she hit him on the shoulders and upper arms and also attempted to hit him in the face.

Man is charged with threats against wife

Richmond County sheriff's deputies have arrested a man accused of threatening to hurt his wife, police said.

Frankie Lee Carter Jr., 29, of Gus Street in Thomson, was charged with making terroristic threats and acts.

His wife, Charatesa Lowe, of Antebellum Drive, said Mr. Carter threatened her at 11:49 a.m. Sunday, saying "... the next time I'm gonna take it to the next level."

He also had made a statement about slitting someone's throat, she said.

According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, Mr. Carter has served time for aggravated assault, terroristic threats and simple battery.

Fort Gordon to name Drill Sergeant of Year

Fort Gordon's Drill Sergeant of the Year will be announced Friday at a ceremony at Alexander Hall, according to a news release.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m.

Four drill sergeants are competing for the title. They are from the 369th Signal Battalion, the 447th Signal Battalion, the 551st Signal Battalion and the Signal School Detachment from Fort Meade, Md.

The competition, which began Monday, includes a physical fitness test, a run and a written exam.

The competition ends Thursday.

Security agency will hold career expo

The National Security Agency will hold a career expo in Augusta on Thursday, according to a news release from the agency.

The expo will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, in the Estes Ballroom.

The NSA is looking for intelligence analysts, language analysts, computer scientists, computer and electrical engineers, mathematicians, signals analysts and investigators.

The NSA is involved with the Gordon Regional Security Operations Center at Fort Gordon, along with personnel from branches of the military.