AIKEN — Matthew Jordan Blakley, a former Aiken County jailer arrested in June and charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of his wife, did not appear in an Aiken County courtroom Friday and might be excused again for a second scheduled appearance Oct. 2.
A prank call by a Sego Middle School student about a gun on campus led police to lockdown the school earlier today.
Communications Specialist Israel Butler said the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office received a call stating a gun was on the campus. The school was immediately put on lockdown while police searched for possible weapons.
After an investigation, police determined the call came from a student’s cellphone. That student has been identified and will be punished, Butler said.
The school remained on a soft lockdown for the rest of the day as a precaution.
A coyote found Thursday in the Knob Hill Farm Road area of Columbia County has tested positive for rabies, the county Health Department said.
Because this area consists of both rural pasture land with livestock and suburban communities, the health department will be distributing a letter to homes in the area alerting residents of possible warning signs.
The neighborhoods include homes on Knob Hill Farm, Pryor Drive and Bryant Cove.
ATHENS, Ga. -- A group that advocates the separation of church and government has called on University of Georgia President Jere Morehead to abolish the position of UGA football team chaplain, now held by UGA football coach Mark Richt’s brother-in-law.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation also accused Richt of using his “public office” to raise money for a Christian ministry.
Richt raised funds in 2014 for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at a gala event in the Butts-Mehre Building, the headquarters of the UGA Athletic Association, the group charged.