Originally created 11/11/05

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School awaits state approval

Jenkins-White Elementary School remains in limbo as it continues to await state approval of its charter application.

Richmond County school officials had hoped the state board of education would approve the charter application Thursday, but, as has happened for the past few months, they must wait another month.

"The charter subcommittee of the state board of education decided it was not ready to go forward," Georgia Department of Education spokesman Dana Tofig said.

The application wasn't turned down, he said. The committee just had more questions.

Woman arrested after sideswiping patrol car

A 22-year-old Aiken woman was arrested early Thursday morning after she sideswiped a parked patrol car and then drove off, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Shametra Jenkins, of the 600 block of Orerle Street, was charged with driving under the influence, driving without a license and violating the state's open container law.

According to a sheriff's report, deputies were on Projects Road trying to serve an arrest warrant when Ms. Jenkins hit one of their patrol cars then fled at high speed.

Followed by one of the deputies who witnessed the crash, Ms. Jenkins was pulled over, and the officer spotted an open can of beer, the report states.

Investigators seize 5 video poker machines

Aiken sheriff's investigators seized five video poker machines from a North Augusta convenience store and cited an employee Wednesday, according to the department.

Carin Younce, 36, of the 5000 block of Old Magnolia Lane in Beech Island, was cited for unlawful gambling.

The sheriff's office seized the poker machines from Greg's Gas Plus Convenience Store on the 6000 block of Jefferson Davis Highway after investigators found that Ms. Younce was issuing "gift certificates" to customers who would turn those in for cash, the department announced.

Judge sentences man to three years for rape

A Superior Court judge sentenced a man to prison Thursday after the man pleaded guilty to a charge of statutory rape in Richmond County.

Judge William M. Fleming Jr. sentenced Troy Nathan Neely, 24, to three years in prison followed by three years on probation Thursday morning.

Mr. Neely was accused of having sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl.

Perdue will soon visit Richmond Academy

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue will visit Academy of Richmond County on Tuesday to recognize the school for students' gains on the SAT.

Mr. Perdue announced in September that the school was a recipient of the Governor's Cup, having shown gains on the standardized test during the past three years.

He will be at the academy from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

3 middle-school pupils bring knives to school

In three separate incidents, Richmond County middle school pupils were suspended Wednesday for bringing knives to school, according to school records.

A 14-year-old male pupil at Sego Middle School was caught with a folding knife that was 2 inches long, the report said.

At Morgan Road Middle, a 12-year-old female pupil was found with a 2-inch long folding knife.

In the third incident, a school resource officer discovered a 2-inch pocket knife on a male pupil who was smoking in a restroom.

In all three cases, classmates complained to school staff, which led to the weapons being confiscated and the pupils being suspended pending tribunals. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office was called in each incident. Disciplinary tribunals have found nine pupils guilty of bringing knives to school so far this school year.

ASU receives grant to aid minority retention

Augusta State University has received a $20,000 grant from the University System of Georgia to implement programs to increase the retention of black males who enroll in the university for the first time.

Part of the grant will be used to fund a Richmond County schools summer "bridge" program to ease the transition from high school to college life.

ASU has one of the largest minority enrollments in the University System of Georgia.

Black students account for 24 percent of ASU's enrollment, but women outnumber men three to one. The grants were given to 10 state institutions as part of the university system's efforts to increase black male retention and graduation.

NAACP to sponsor town hall forums

The Augusta branch of the NAACP will sponsor two town hall forums for candidates in the Augusta run-off elections.

The run-off election will be Dec. 6, and races still to be decided include the mayor's race, District 7 and 9 Commission races and the District 9 school board seat.

The first forum will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sand Hills Community Center. The second will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Henry Brigham Community Center.

For more information, call the Augusta branch of the NAACP Branch at 724-0390.

Man is arrested after stabbing at his home

Police arrested an Augusta man Wednesday afternoon in connection with a stabbing at his home.

James Michael Newman, 50, of the 1600 block of Central Avenue, was arrested by Richmond County sheriff's deputies after he reportedly stabbed 47-year-old Mitchell Tyner.

Mr. Newman and Ms. Tyner lived together, but it's not clear whether they were a couple, Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Glen Rahn said.

The 4 p.m. incident started when the two got into an argument, witnesses said. When deputies arrived, they saw stab wounds on Ms. Tyner's hands and a bite mark on her right arm.

Ms. Tyner's injuries were minor, Investigator Rahn said.

She was treated and released from Medical College of Georgia Hospital, he said.

Mr. Newman remained at the Richmond County jail Wednesday night and is charged with felony aggravated assault.

He is also being held for Columbia County sheriff's officials, Investigator Rahn said. The investigator had no other details.