Originally created 05/13/05

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Man is accused of license fraud

North Augusta authorities have arrested a Gloverville man on charges of attempting to obtain a driver's license with false identification, a police report states.

North Augusta public safety officers arrested Jesus E. Ganzalez, 51, of the 200 block of Lady Street in Gloverville, on charges of fraudulent use of a license application.

The report states that on Wednesday morning, Mr. Ganzalez attempted to get a South Carolina driver's license from the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles on Ascauga Lake Road.

Officials found he presented a fake Social Security card, permanent resident card, a South Carolina identification card and a different South Carolina driver's license as "true documentation," the report states.

Board extends time to install panic buttons

The Richmond County Board of Education voted Thursday night to extend the time frame for installing panic buttons in classrooms to almost 2007.

The board will spend more than half a million dollars to install the buttons in all Richmond County classrooms, beginning with alternative schools, portables and schools with no buttons at all. The panic buttons would allow teachers to call for help in a medical emergency or a disruption.

The board hopes the extra six months will allow it to get more funds from a local option sales tax.

"The panic buttons will be installed no matter the cost," said Marion Barnes, the board's president.

Trustee Barbara Pulliam, who proposed installing the panic buttons, also recommended a policy that would allow teachers to have cell phones in the classroom until each room is equipped with the safety button, but no action was taken.

Man is accused of stealing power, water

North Augusta police have arrested a man on charges of stealing electricity and water service after an officer found his power meter gone with jumper cables attached, a police report states.

Timothy Livingston Krauss, 36, of the 600 block of East Avenue, was charged with theft of services, according to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

Officers found that the power meter of South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. had been removed and that there were jumper cables connected to the power box to supply electricity to the house.

SCE&G officials said Mr. Krauss had been disconnected in late April for nonpayment of his bill, and the power meter was removed Tuesday.

Mr. Krauss was also wanted on a 2004 arrest warrant for stealing water, the report states.

Thurmond's daughter will sign her book

Essie Mae Washington-Williams, daughter of the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, will sign copies of her book, Dear Senator: A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond, in Edgefield on Tuesday.

She'll be at Tompkins Library, 104 Courthouse Square, downtown from 4 to 6 p.m.

Advance orders for the book can be placed by visiting the library or by calling (803) 637-4010 or (803) 480-1481. People who have purchased the book from the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society, which is sponsoring the event, can bring their books to be signed at 3:30 p.m.

This visit will be the second Ms. Washington-Williams has made to Edgefield since she came forward as Mr. Thurmond's daughter 17 months ago.

Post office will hold food drive Saturday

Postal carriers across the country will be collecting food in addition to mail Saturday.

As part of the 13th Annual Stamp Out Hunger! food drive, residents are asked to place nonperishable food items in a box or bag next to their mailboxes before the carrier arrives.

All food collected in the Augusta area will be given to Golden Harvest Food Bank.

3 seniors per school will get scholarship

Savannah River College is offering $1,000 career education scholarships to three graduating seniors at every area high school.

The Imagine America scholarships can be used at 490 participating schools and colleges nationwide, although Savannah River College is the only area college accepting them.

Students must meet the standard admissions requirements of the participating career college to which they apply, have a 2.5 GPA, demonstrate financial need and have completed voluntary community service during their senior year.

For more information about the Imagine America scholarship program, contact Marty Baca at 738-5046 or by e-mail at mbaca@savannahriver college.edu.

Three-vehicle wreck injures two drivers

Two people were injured in a three-vehicle accident in the 2000 block of Lumpkin Road on Wednesday afternoon.

At about 4:15 p.m., a wrecker-tow truck traveling east on Lumpkin Road rear-ended a late-model Plymouth van waiting to make a left turn into Butler High School, police said.

The impact pushed the van into westbound traffic lanes, causing it to collide with an oncoming 1994 Toyota pickup, which then flipped over, said Sgt. Glenn Sammons of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

The driver of the pickup was seriously injured and the van driver suffered minor injuries, Sgt. Sammons said. They were both taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Preliminary charges point to the unidentified driver of the Kelly Paint & Body & Towing truck as being at fault, Sgt. Sammons said.

Columbia County will wait on arena vote

Members of a Columbia County arena committee say they will wait for the results of a June 21 referendum in Richmond County before they finalize a study to build an arena/entertainment facility in the county.

Depending on the outcome of the vote over a $60 million bond to pay for a sports arena at the Regency Mall site, County Administrator Steve Szablewski said, the committee will then finalize reports and recommendations for the study.

He said members are looking into ideas on how the county could finance such a project. But he stressed that it is still too early to tell.

Once plans are done, Mr. Szablewski said, the committee plans to present a final recommendation and study review to county commissioners by July.

Mr. Szablewski said the board will meet again June 23.

- From staff reports