Across the area

Human remains found at recycling center

A body presumed to be that of a homeless man was found at a Richmond County recycling center Saturday morning, and the man has been dead for several months, said Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten.

Mr. Tuten said the body was found decomposed, and authorities might not be able to identify the remains.

"We basically just have bones," he said.

Richmond County sheriff's investigators say the body was found in a storage trailer just before 10 a.m. at Smurfit-Stone recycling center at 1311 Walker St. Workers unloading the trailer found the body.

Investigator Earnest Furgeison said the trailer had not been used for at least five months. There were "no overt signs of foul play," but the death is under investigation, Lt. Scott Peebles said.

Man, 22, drowns while at Thurmond Lake

A 22-year-old Thomson man drowned at Thurmond Lake in Columbia County on Saturday.

Officials with the county's Emergency Management Dive, Search and Rescue team began a search shortly after 7 p.m. and found his body at 8:37 p.m. in 11-foot-deep water in the area of Lake Springs, said Pam Tucker, the county's emergency services director.

Authorities said it appeared the man, whose name wasn't released pending family notification, had been walking and fell at a sudden drop-off.

Drama team seeking funds for Scotland trip

Cross Creek High School is seeking donations for its Creekside Players International Drama Team to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, to perform in the Fringe Festival, the world's largest arts festival.

The group has raised more than half of the money, but it still needs $40,000 by July 10.

For more information or to donate, call drama director Leah Soderberg at (706) 772-8140.