Originally created 09/22/05

Across the area



Alzheimer's patient missing

AIKEN - Authorities are looking for a missing Alzheimer's patient, who was last seen Wednesday afternoon driving away from Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse on Whiskey Road.

Charles Cowan Underwood, 73, is 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds.

He was driving an emerald green Ford F150 with a lightning bolt design on the side at about 12:15 p.m.

The truck has North Carolina tag SYF 4250.

Anyone with information on Mr. Underwood's location is asked to call the Aiken Department of Public Safety at (803) 642-7740.

Governor will speak with North Augustans

NORTH AUGUSTA - Gov. Mark Sanford will be at the North Augusta Wal-Mart, 1201 Knox Ave., at 3:45 p.m. today to meet with local residents. He will be available to listen to comments, questions and concerns. Mr. Sanford has held several "Neighborhood Office Hours" sessions in the state.

Police arrest man in attempt to take cake

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a man on charges that he broke into at least one snack cake truck Tuesday night, a police report states.

John Cody Hall, of the 2000 block of Gordon Highway, was charged with entering an automobile with intent to commit a theft, and a separate charge of attempting to do so.

The report states that at about 8 p.m. an employee of Interstate Brands Companies, which makes Dolly Madison snack cakes and is located in the 3300 block of Commerce Drive, saw Mr. Hall walking from the business, carrying two cases of pastries, worth $50.

The worker said that when he confronted Mr. Hall, Mr. Hall placed the items on a wall and left. The worker followed Mr. Hall to the intersection of Wylds Road and Gordon Highway, where police detained him.

60 employers will be at Fort Gordon job fair

FORT GORDON - Fort Gordon's Job Fair 2005 will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 4 at the U.S. Army Reserve Center on 15th Street near the intersection with Lane Avenue on post.

More than 60 local, state and national employers will be at the free job fair. Job seekers should bring copies of their rsum and wear appropriate business attire.

Job Fair 2005 is presented by the Army Career and Alumni Program and Army Community Service. For more information, call 791-0795 or 791-2009.

Residents return to find house ransacked

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a woman accused of breaking into and ransacking a residence, records show.

Johnnie Mae Hope, 42, of the 2000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, was charged with burglary, jail records state.

A police report says Charlie and Ruby Dee Frank arrived at their residence in the 1400 block of Essie McIntyre Boulevard at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to find the front door open and a window broken out.

The report states that Mrs. Frank found Ms. Hope leaving through the back door. The house was ransacked, and several items, including DVDs and a can with change, were found in a pillow case in a grocery cart outside the home.

Oktoberfest events to include Volksmarch

FORT GORDON - A Volksmarch - a noncompetitive walk - will be from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Freedom Park Gazebo on Fort Gordon.

The walk, which is part of the post's Oktoberfest celebration, costs $5 and is free for children younger than 3.

For more information, call 791-6109 or 791-1254.

Auction will benefit Habitat plan in Aiken

AIKEN - An auction this weekend will benefit Habitat for Humanity's Women Build program, which focuses on involving more women in the construction of houses.

The auction will be Saturday in front of J.C. Penney at Aiken Mall. Registration and preview of items for auction will be from 3 to 5 p.m. The auction begins at 5 p.m. Photo identification is required for the free registration.

Items for auction include china sets, sterling silver, glass, prints, pottery and blue fox fur.

Aiken County Habitat for Humanity will use the proceeds to begin construction on the $45,000 Women Build House.

For more information, call Lisa Carlton at Habitat for Humanity at (803) 642-9295, ext. 108, or Aiken Mall at (803) 649-0869.

ASU to kick off adult literacy program

Augusta State University will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its Born to Read Literacy Center satellite program at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at East Augusta Middle School.

The program offers literacy tutoring strictly for adults.

For more information, call Dr. Paulette Harris, a Cree-Walker Professor of Education and director of ASU's Literacy Center, at 737-1497.

Author will conduct workshop on poverty

Dr. Ruby Payne, the author of A Framework for Understanding Poverty, will stop Oct. 10-11 at Augusta State University during her national tour.

She will conduct a two-day workshop for teachers, administrators, special education teachers, counselors, social workers, staff development personnel, program specialists and others in the Christenberry Fieldhouse to help them better understand poverty.

For more information, call the Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling and Special Education at 737-1497. To register for the workshop, call (800) 955-6905 or visit www.ahaprocess.com.

Australian artist will lecture on exhibit

Australian artist Simone Paterson will lecture and exhibit her prints and digital imagery based on Caryl Churchill's play Far Away at Augusta State University.

The lecture will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 13 in room 170 of University Hall. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. in ASU's Fine Arts Gallery. The show runs from Oct. 6 to Nov. 3.

For more information, call Pamela Ferguson-Haggins, the director of the Fine Arts Gallery, at 737-1453.