A year after Richmond County school board members voiced concerns that some schools will face overcrowding because of an influx of military families, principals at two closely watched schools say enrollment was manageable this year but that they still expect a major increase in coming years.
As new housing developments and the ongoing relocation of the U.S. Army’s Cyber Command draw families toward highly populated school zones, board members said last year that further growth could push them beyond their current capacity.
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Inspector General’s Office continues to withhold findings of health care violations at Augusta’s Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, despite six months of calls from congressional leaders to tell the public about how potentially dangerous problems are being resolved.
Augusta residents say two men fired several shots at their Truxton Road home early Saturday.
Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 3100 block of Truxton Road about 5 a.m. and met with three people who reported hearing several gunshots before finding bullet holes along the home’s interior and exterior.
One told deputies that she was lying on the couch when she heard the first shots. She rolled to the ground and later noticed some of the holes near where she was sleeping.
Stephanie Brode reached out and wrapped her arms around Sue Helms’ neck.
“I love you,” Brode told the diminutive waitress as they embraced tightly after a late lunch Friday at Ming Yat in North Augusta.
“Such nice people,” Helms said of Brode and her family, who had driven down from Greenwood County to say goodbye.
The Chinese restaurant, a longtime North Augusta staple, will close its doors at the end of May, and many are stopping by for a final meal. A sign in the foyer says items such as wall art and equipment are for sale as mementos.
A car accident in Waynesboro on Saturday claimed the life of a Burke County High School student a little more than two weeks before he was set to graduate, an official said.
Dearius M. Lambert, 19, of Waynesboro, died at Georgia Regents Medical Center about 2 a.m. Sunday after the accident on Mills Road near Hadden Pond Road, Burke County Coroner Susan Salemi said. An autopsy will not be performed, she said.
A man wanted in the beating death of an 81-year-old man in Trenton, S.C., was arrested in Virginia early Sunday, officials said. A second suspect remains at large.
According to a statement from Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah, Donald George Hurtekant Jr., 36, of Graniteville, was arrested just after midnight by Buckingham County sheriff’s deputies after authorities received a tip.