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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