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Rescued man's condition better

The condition of a man who was rescued from a collapsed trench Tuesday was upgraded Wednesday, according to a spokeswoman for Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

William Gillenwater and Lee Hobbs were working on sewer lines in a trench alongside Blue Ridge Drive in Martinez about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when the trench collapsed, emergency officials said. Mr. Gillenwater was initially listed in fair condition, but was upgraded to good condition Wednesday.

Mr. Hobbs, of Hobbs and Sons Construction Co., was able to dig himself out and was treated at MCG for minor injuries and released, a hospital spokeswoman said. Mr. Gillenwater, a subcontractor for Hobbs and Sons, remained trapped in knee-high mud for 21/2 hours before emergency workers were able to free him.

Developers to pitch plans to N. Augusta

The North Augusta City Council will hold a study session Monday evening to hear a proposal by developers for a mixed-use community planned along the Savannah River near the Fifth Street Bridge.

The 6:15 p.m. public meeting in the council chambers is for information only, with no official actions taking place, City Administrator Sam Bennett said.

Developers are seeking approval of Kingery Landing, a neighborhood with as many as 256 luxury apartments and about 40 single-family homes.

The Kingery Landing proposal is tied to a rezoning request by the developer of the adjacent River North community, who is seeking approval to develop 10 acres that would become part of that neighborhood. Those plans call for about 15 additional single-family houses and some commercial uses in River North. The matter must be approved by the city council and should come before that body for a vote Feb. 4.

Davidson is taking applications for fall

John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School is accepting applications for next school year.

Prospective pupils must be residents of Richmond County. Parents may pick up applications at the school office at 615 12th St. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The deadline is Jan. 31.

Davidson was recently named one of the top 100 high schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report and is the best high school and middle school in Georgia, according to the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

Students can learn about IB program

The Academy of Richmond County's International Baccalaureate Programme will have an open house for students interested in enrolling for the upcoming school year.

The open house will be at 7 p.m. today in Richmond Academy's media center.

The deadline to apply to the magnet program is Jan. 31. For more information, call (706) 737-7152, ext. 242.

Teen Years workshop in Richmond County

Columbia County Magistrate Judge Wade Padgett will offer a Teen Years 101 workshop for teens and their parents at 7 p.m. Monday.

The workshop has been presented several times in Columbia County. This session will be at the Richmond County Board of Education central office, 864 Broad St.

Part of East Boundary closes until Feb. 10

A portion of East Boundary Street was closed Wednesday and will not reopen until Feb. 10, a Richmond County Engineering Department news release states.

The closure will be from Broad Street to Laney-Walker Boulevard while crews continue work on the East Boundary Improvement Project, according to the release.

Local traffic will have limited access, and all other drivers will use Broad Street, Reynolds Street and Laney-Walker Boulevard as detours.

Carjacked vehicle recovered at house

A vehicle stolen during a carjacking last weekend was recovered by police Wednesday on Henry Street.

The car, a green BMW 318 I, was found at a residence in the Bransford Town Homes at 2933 Henry St., according to Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Calvin Chew.

The vehicle was stolen during a carjacking at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Damascus Road on Saturday, according to a sheriff's office news release.

Police are still searching for a suspect in the case, and anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080.

Two schools receive Palmetto Gold awards

The Aiken County Career and Technology Center and the Strom Thurmond Career Center in Edgefield received Palmetto Gold awards from the state Education Department on Wednesday.

The awards recognize schools that attain high levels of absolute performance and schools that attain high rates of improvement with state compliance.

The Aiken center will receive $6,594, and the Strom Thurmond Center will get $14,934 to aid in instruction.

Special education resources outlined

Town hall meetings will be offered today in Richmond and Columbia counties to help parents better understand special education and the resources available to them.

The meetings will occur from 10 a.m. to noon at the Columbia County Library community meeting room and from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center conference room.

Area police officers take week of training

Richmond County sheriff's authorities are in the process of completing weeklong training exercises designed to hone their interviewing skills.

Sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said the program is focused on developing investigators' interviewing skills primarily used when questioning witnesses and suspects.

The five-day session ends Friday and is being held at the Richmond County Sheriff's Training Center in Blythe. Maj. Autry said the program is held locally for "cost-effective" reasons.

Trainers with the Institute of Police Technology & Management are brought to Augusta to provide classes for area officers, including North Augusta and Columbia County police agencies.

For more information about the institute, call (904) 620-4786.

-- From staff reports

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/10/08 - 04:29 am
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Part of East Boundary has

Part of East Boundary has been closed for the past two years. Why is this different?

pablanco
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pablanco 01/10/08 - 05:06 am
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it's different because the AC

it's different because the AC finally figured it out

jayman
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jayman 01/10/08 - 06:42 am
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Its different because it is

Its different because it is not up on the Hill, it is down in the bottom. If it was up on the Hill, the project would have been finish a long time ago.

mastersmoney
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mastersmoney 01/10/08 - 07:40 am
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I say just leave it closed.

I say just leave it closed. Who needs East Boundary anywho? Just act like it wasnt there in the first place.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/10/08 - 09:08 am
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While we're at it, why don't

While we're at it, why don't they just completely close the I-20 / Bobby Jones interchange while the construction is going on? The construction would get finished much quicker and the workers would be less likely to be injured by a vehicle. You still have access to every business on Bobby Jones by other means (Walton Way Ext., Wheeler, Washington Rd., etc.).

butterflygina
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butterflygina 01/10/08 - 09:19 am
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East Boundary looks like a

East Boundary looks like a war zone. I wonder have any children fell into the holes and broke their legs. And I also wonder did the BMW's driver or should I say carjacker plan on keeping the car. At least they had respect for it, they parked it nicely.

TheTruth
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TheTruth 01/10/08 - 10:14 am
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A. R. Johnson Health Science

A. R. Johnson Health Science & Engineering Magnet High School, Georgia's 2nd Ranked High School, Platinum Award Winning, Georgia School of Excellence is also accepting applications. Like all of the magnet programs in Richmond County, the application deadline is January 31st. Applications can be picked up at 1324 Laney Walker Boulevard or downloaded at http://arjohnson.rcboe.org

TheTruth
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TheTruth 01/10/08 - 10:17 am
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Also, A. R. Johnson Health

Also, A. R. Johnson Health Science & Engineering Magnet High School is hosting an Open House for prospective students and parents on Monday, January 14th from 6:00-7:30 PM. For more information, please contact the school at (706) 823-6933.

pablanco
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pablanco 01/10/08 - 11:26 am
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I guess you dont' swallow

I guess you dont' swallow either, baroness?

condelieeza
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condelieeza 01/10/08 - 12:51 pm
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baroness, lets run off to

baroness, lets run off to michigan,wink wink

whyme
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whyme 01/10/08 - 02:32 pm
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Time for the folks to get

Time for the folks to get slick again and get on into Davidson! Why don't they make efforts to enforce the Richmond County-only rule? I know a kid who lives with the mom in Columbia Co. but who has made no secret of using the dad's address in Richmond Co. to apply this year. I guess there's no way to check, but it's just plain wrong. The kid is getting plenty of fine arts in Columbia Co., why cheat the system?I guess because they can. No, I'm not jealous. I just believe firmly in doing the right thing. I could use relatives' addresses, too, but I choose to act like I have some sense. One of their teachers told me that he checks the license plates and reports the drivers. I don't believe that for a second! Anyone from Davidson-can you comment?

Inkjet
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Inkjet 01/10/08 - 02:44 pm
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Don't bother applying to A R

Don't bother applying to A R Johnson unless you are an educator. I know several people who went last year to the application process, and none of them were educators, so their children did not get in. I say no loss, because I saw a lot of those prospective students and they were very low class, especially in their manners and behaviors. Those who teach there seemed very dedicated, though, but I wouldn't want my child to study side by side with the trash for prospective students I saw applying there. It's a corrupt selection process.

Inkjet
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Inkjet 01/10/08 - 02:47 pm
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My child is very successful

My child is very successful in his current school's JROTC program, and has a very bright future ahead of him, so it was all for the best.

MartinezWest Augusta
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MartinezWest Augusta 01/10/08 - 04:12 pm
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Black is the only race that

Black is the only race that teen age pregnacy has gone down. White and hispanic teenage pregnacy has gone up. With the shooting at the utah mall, the two colorado churches. The north ga hiker, staci peterson, and the family from connecticut. Where the father was tied up by two white men. While his mother and two daughters were raped. It seems we need to start passing out birth control, and condoms to white girls. Seems like they are having sex like rabbits. The trailer park of washington rd in evans going to lincoln county. And the one by kmart on washington rd. There are alot white girls who all have about 6 kids apeice. Some was as young as 14 with a kid. One girl was 17 with 3 kids. One was mix with hispanic the other all white. It was funny, because nobody knows who their dad is. And all the boyfriends try to act like gangsters. Im like you are a white dude, stop trying. Just because you sell meth, or cocaine does no mean you are a thug or tough guy. Its kinda sad though, but there are some freaks who live there. Some if you want a quickie im sure they will be down.

dani
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dani 01/10/08 - 06:20 pm
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These young girls of all

These young girls of all races still think that if they get preg the boyfriend will fall in love with them and take care of them. Not!!

hmmh...
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hmmh... 01/10/08 - 06:39 pm
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mt everest, you dont know

mt everest, you dont know what u are talking about...all those moon crickets are still out there having just as many babies. look at the stupid chic that ran the stop sign and handed her baby over to a complete stranger and started running.....

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