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Officials look into use of slur

A Westside High School substitute teacher was removed from the classroom Monday and is under investigation, a Richmond County school official confirmed Tuesday.

Superintendent Dana Bedden said through his secretary that the substitute teacher is alleged to have addressed a student using an offensive racial term.

She will be removed from the list of substitute teachers pending an investigation, Dr. Bedden said.

It was not clear in what context the derogatory word was used.

Authorities seek help in Aiken man's death

Aiken County authorities are asking for the public's help in obtaining information about the death of a 23-year-old Aiken man found lying in the road last week.

A passing motorist found Christopher L. Jordan face-up on Mayfield Road on Thursday morning.

According to a statement from the sheriff's office, an autopsy revealed Mr. Jordan died of a blow to the head. However, investigators don't know what caused the injury.

Authorities originally thought Mr. Jordan was the victim of a hit-and-run, but Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said preliminary autopsy results showed "that Mr. Jordan had injuries and trauma that were not consistent with being struck by a vehicle."

The victim arrived home at about 5:30 a.m. Aug. 16 after a night at an Aiken nightclub.

According to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, Mr. Jordan's brothers saw him change clothes, but they did not see him leave the mobile home on Mayfield Road. The victim was found about 40 minutes later in the road.

The sheriff's office is asking that anyone with information to call Investigator Tim Abbott at (800) 922-9709.

Police spot vehicle destroyed in arson

Authorities are investigating an arson of a vehicle early Tuesday in the 1200 block of Augusta Court, near Laney-Walker Boulevard, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Investigators found the window of the Oldsmobile Royal broken and located a black cloth covered in gasoline in the back seat at about 2 a.m.

Martinez traffic light to start in flash mode

A new traffic signal at the entrance to Kroger off Columbia Road in Martinez will be activated in flash mode starting Thursday, weather permitting, according to a Georgia Department of Transportation news release.

The signal at Merchants Village shopping center will flash yellow for motorists traveling on Columbia Road and red for those exiting the center. The signal will become fully operational Aug. 28, weather permitting.

Grovetown school bus driver is suspended

A Columbia County school bus driver who left a Grovetown Elementary School kindergartner on a bus Aug. 14 has been suspended without pay for 10 days, officials announced Tuesday.

The driver, whom the Columbia County Sheriff's Office identified as Laura Cripps, 39, of the 600 block of Peri Leigh Road in Harlem, also will be required to participate in a retraining program of safety-sensitive procedures.

Sandra Carraway, the school system's deputy superintendent, said the driver will be back on the same route when she resumes her duties Aug. 29.

School officials said Ms. Cripps, a four-year veteran of the transportation department, told them she completed her afternoon route Aug. 14; parked her bus at her house; performed the required post-trip inspection, which includes checking for passengers; and went inside.

The 5-year-old boy then left the bus and began walking along Peri Leigh Road. He was picked up by a passing motorist, who took him to her home and called the sheriff's office. A deputy took the boy to the school, where he was reunited with his mother.

Edgefield County bus driver is suspended

An Edgefield County bus driver was suspended Monday after a Douglas Elementary student was dropped of at the wrong stop, according to interim Superintendent Frank Roberson.

The 5-year-old was supposed to be dropped off at a day care but instead was taken to his home. A neighbor spotted the child and took him in.

"We felt the need to take these disciplinary action," Dr. Roberson said. "That is our responsibility to protect children."

Dr. Roberson said the situation was under investigation. Instructions were left by the child's mother, but officials are trying to determine whether the bus driver and school staff were given the same information.

City honors efforts to save 2-year-old's life

New Ellenton city officials honored sheriff's deputies, city police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel at their city council meeting Monday for their part in saving the life of a toddler last week.

On Aug. 15, a 2-year-old girl fell into her family's swimming pool at their home on Talatha Church Road near New Ellenton.

The child was not breathing when a relative pulled the child out of the pool and began performing CPR.

The first deputy on the scene took over CPR until an ambulance arrived. The girl was taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers and then to the Medical College of Georgia, said Lt. Michael Frank of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

School to hold career training open house

Savannah River College will hold an open house 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 2528 Center West Parkway.

The college is dedicated exclusively to career training in the fields of allied health, business and information technology.

It offers a career in a year or less, day and evening classes and financial aid.

The open house will include refreshments, door prizes and tours. For more information, call (706) 738-5046 or visit

Job fair will be held Aug. 30 at Marriott

A job fair will take place at Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites, 2 10th St. on Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Shaw Areva Mox will play host to the event.

For more information, call (803) 819-2824.

- Edited from wire reports

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patriciathomas 08/22/07 - 05:49 am
It's good to see many of the

It's good to see many of the "responsibility" bugs are getting straightened out early in the school year.

LadyCisback 08/22/07 - 07:37 am
What is wrong with these bus

What is wrong with these bus drivers!!!!..

eeyore382 08/22/07 - 08:40 am
Why would it be the bus

Why would it be the bus drivers responsibility to drop off a child at day care?

Phish 08/22/07 - 09:14 am
I hope for the school board's

I hope for the school board's sake that these bus drivers don't ever realize that their CDL will qualify them to get a whole bunch better paying job than totin somebody's undisplined direpectful unthankful little brat around all afternoon like a government funded daycare/taxi service and getting paid little more than minimum wage. When you run out of bus drivers you just wait down there at the end of the driveway, I'll be right their to pick up your precious little reason for living and take them whereever you want me to for free!! Stay at home and raise your own kids!!!

intheknow 08/22/07 - 09:52 am
why would you suspend a

why would you suspend a driver before you have completed an investigation? why not a teacher or principle?

Thefuturist 08/22/07 - 10:08 am
I hope and pray that I will

I hope and pray that I will never have to become a school bus driver. The job carries a huge realm of responsibility and as always, the last one on the totem pole usually gets blamed for it all. I have a CDL with all endorsements and I have had to pick which driving job I wanted. With a clean driving record a driver can pick and choose. Thank God!!!!!

ListenAndLearn 08/22/07 - 10:44 am
I was a bus driver over 25

I was a bus driver over 25 years ago and it was enough for me way back when.....but I would NOT leave a 5 year old there w/o someone to meet them even I got in trouble for keeping them on the bus longer until I found a parent or take the child back to the bus shop and let them find out why the parents didn't have someone there. I've seen both sides of this a bus driver and a parent. It's not easy on either side.

heartablazing69 08/22/07 - 10:47 am
Last week a child was dropped

Last week a child was dropped off after school while the child was supposed to stay at an after school program. That to me was not the drivers fault, it was the person responsible for keeping the child off the bus. The incident in Columbia County was clearly the fault of the bus driver. Did the bus driver in Carolina know that this child was to be dropped at a day care? Sounds like lack of communication. In Columbia county, if you have a complaint against a bus driver and you go to school they tell you to go to department of transportation, That department tells you to go to school and talk to the principal. My kids have a rude bus driver who has to transport middle and high school at the same time and she can't control the kids, I say find a new line of work. Maybe a door greeter at wally world.

CATLOVER 08/22/07 - 01:48 pm
the kids on this buses should

the kids on this buses should sit on their asses and behave,then there wouldn't be so many fricking problems. the parents should have to ride with them and get to see what really goes on these buses!!!!!!

FallingLeaves 08/22/07 - 02:38 pm
Hey, what about that $800,000

Hey, what about that $800,000 drug bust. She (Dana Smith of LIthonia, Georgia) was heading for Augusta. Every time the drug supply to Augusta gets interrupted, there seems to be an uptick in crime here temporarily. Please be aware of your surroundings and be careful to avoid any suspicious activity and PLEASE report it discreetly. There's bound to be some very upset drug-dealers and customers and no telling who they might take it out on. They're underground economy has been dealt another major blow. All because she failed to maintain her lane. This is what I've been saying since 1999. If you enforce the little things (noise disturbances, illegally tinted windows, traffic violations...) you up your odds of finding the big things in the process.

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