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Worker still in poor condition

A man rescued Tuesday from a collapsed trench in Columbia County remained in serious condition Saturday, a spokeswoman for Medical College of Georgia Hospital said.

William Gillenwater was initially in fair condition and was upgraded to good condition Wednesday. But Friday morning his condition worsened, and as of Saturday he was still in serious condition, the spokeswoman said.

Mr. Gillenwater and Lee Hobbs were working on sewer lines in a trench along Blue Ridge Drive in Martinez about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when the trench collapsed, emergency officials said.

Mr. Hobbs, of Hobbs and Sons Construction Co., was able to dig himself out and was treated at MCG for minor injuries and released, the spokeswoman said.

Mr. Gillenwater remained trapped in knee-high mud for more than two hours before emergency workers were able to free him.

A.R. Johnson holds information meeting

A. R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School will have an open house and informational night for prospective students and their parents Monday.

The event will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and is open to all Richmond County residents with children who will be in ninth or 10th grade in the next school year.

The school is at 1324 Laney Walker Blvd. For more information, call (706) 823-6933.

Teen Years workshop is open to families

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.

Sierra Club features stream presentation

The Sierra Club's Savannah River chapter will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3501 Walton Way Extension.

Dr. Jason Andrus, an Augusta State University microbiologist, will present a program on stream bacterial sampling and the Richmond County Adopt-A-Stream program, including results of recent tests in local waterways. The public is welcome to attend.

Alzheimer's group has caregivers' workshop

The Alzheimer's Association will conduct a daylong workshop, "Dementia Care Training for Family Caregivers," from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 6 at The Gordon Club at Fort Gordon.

The workshop is designed to assist family caregivers and improve their knowledge and skills in caring for family members with Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias.

The workshop is free and lunch will be provided. Seating is limited, so registration is required. For more information or to register, contact the Alzheimer's Association at (706) 731-9060 or 800-272-3900.

Educators can apply for teaching grants

Washington Savannah River Co. is accepting applications from educators for its 2008 Excellence-In-Teaching Mini Grants program.

The program supports teaching by awarding grants to enhance science, mathematics and technology programs in the classroom.

Elementary and middle public school educators in Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell and Edgefield counties in South Carolina, and in Columbia and Richmond counties in Georgia, are eligible to receive grants of $500, $750 or $1,000. Teachers can obtain applications from their school principal or by calling program coordinator Angela P. Savoy at (803) 952-9120. Applications are also available at www.srs.gov/general/outreach/edoutrch. Applications must be received at SRS by Feb. 22.

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WhiskyDick
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WhiskyDick 01/13/08 - 06:29 am
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How much mileage can the

How much mileage can the Chronicle get from a man trapped in two feet of mud? A lot, apparently. Including a correction, this is the fifth time we've read of Mr. Gillenwater's accident.

a crazy old man
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a crazy old man 01/13/08 - 09:04 am
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How come high school teachers

How come high school teachers can't apply for the Excellence-In-Teaching Mini Grant?

PTHS2
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PTHS2 01/13/08 - 09:10 am
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Has anybody heard what the

Has anybody heard what the nature of Mr Gillerwater's injuries are? Did his feet freeze or something? But yeah WD, I see your point. None of the stories have really added anything.

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lezniack01 01/13/08 - 09:10 am
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There has got to more more to

There has got to more more to the story than the man was trapped in knee high mud.How in the world could someone be in serious condition over that? Im not being rude or anything,im just very curious.Could it maybe have cut off circulation or something. Anyone know what happened to this poor fella?

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 01/13/08 - 09:18 am
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Y'all pray for Mr.

Y'all pray for Mr. Gillenwater. Perhaps he had something else wrong that was aggravated by the accident.

grizzilies
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grizzilies 01/13/08 - 09:32 am
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I work in construction and if

I work in construction and if you have mud or dirt to fall around you the force causes it to compact. Thus this cause your blood circulation to cut off and it also can crush your bones. It cuts off oxygen. We go thru training call confined spaces. I am sure ohsa will fined the company that he worked for for not following safety requirements by not using a cradle.

PTHS2
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PTHS2 01/13/08 - 10:13 am
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There is a story in the CC

There is a story in the CC NewsTimes section that explains the trench situation much better .... it was DEEP!

betterme706
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betterme706 01/13/08 - 12:02 pm
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wasn't just about all these

wasn't just about all these articles in yesterdays across the area?......did nothing happen around here?...WOW are we getting rid of the crimes?>>>>i guess i better watch the news tonight to see what the real stories are, but then it might mess my aug chronicle up for tomorrow b/c u know there always a day late:)

dani
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dani 01/13/08 - 12:35 pm
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better,,I find that the tv

better,,I find that the tv news sounds as if they are reading from the Chronicle. I will get up read the paper, then turn on the TV and hear what I have just read.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 01/13/08 - 12:46 pm
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I'd rather hear about Mr.
Unpublished

I'd rather hear about Mr. Gillenwater than James Brown. Real news versus smut.

mastersmoney
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mastersmoney 01/13/08 - 02:06 pm
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good word trukin, good word!

good word trukin, good word!

intheknow
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intheknow 01/13/08 - 05:27 pm
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if you don't want to read

if you don't want to read about mr. brown, then don't read about mr. brown.

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