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Posted: February 15, 2017 - 2:59am

Aiken County's Young files for Corley's seat

Aiken County Council Chairman Ronnie Young filed Friday to seek the state House District 84 seat vacated by the resignation of Chris Corley.

Friday was the first day candidates could file for the special election May 30. Filing will remain open until Feb. 21. A primary election will be held April 11, with a runoff set for April 25.

If Young wins, filing and election dates for his replacement as county council chairman would be set after that. Corley resigned after being charged with domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

Blood drive features freebies, ticket prizes

Grace United Methodist Church will hold a blood drive from 10-7 p.m. Thursday in the Wesley Center.

The drive is in partnership with Shepeard Community Blood Center, the provider for 19 hospitals in Georgia and South Carolina.

Donors will receive a free meal from Chik-fil-A of North Augusta and a free long-sleeve T-shirt. Two donors will win four tickets each to see the Harlem Globetrotters on March 15.

Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be healthy. They should bring a photo ID or donor card.

For more information, visit shepeardblood.org.

USC Aiken ranks with top online programs

The University of South Carolina Aiken has been ranked again among U.S. News and World Report's Best Online Programs.

The university received a 2017 Best Online Bachelor's Program ranking, only one of five awarded in South Carolina. Nationally, USC Aiken is among the top 100 online programs.

USC Aiken's online offerings include a bachelor's degree in nursing online program.

This program is designed for students who are licensed registered nurses who have an associate's degree or diploma.

Man dies in accident on way to funeral

A two-vehicle collision on Aiken-Augusta Highway in Burnettown killed one man and injured three others Friday morning.

Ryan L. Still, 82, of Walterboro, S.C., was killed when he failed to yield the right of way to an oncoming van while attempting a U-turn from the southbound lane, a news release from Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton stated.

Still's Lincoln Town Car was hit on the driver's door about 9:15 a.m. by Kevin Overton, of Grovetown, who was in a 2003 Ford van in the southbound lane.

Still was taken to AU Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. A grandchild and friend of Still riding in the car, along with Overton, suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Carlton stated.

Still was in town to attend his brother's funeral in Graniteville, according to the release. He was making the U-turn after missing the Graniteville exit, Carlton stated.

The crash is being investigated by the Burnettown Police Department and the Aiken County Coroner's Office. Toxicology results were pending.

3 arrested, charged in home invasion

Three suspects have been arrested in a recent home invasion in North Augusta.

Shortly before 11 p.m. Feb. 1, three men forcibly entered the home of 81-year old Robert Dooley in the Lynhurst subdivision. They held Dooley at gunpoint and stole items before fleeing. Dooley was not harmed, according to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

On Friday, three men were arrested and charged with burglary and kidnapping: Desmond Mazzini Cooper, 20, of Trenton, S.C.; Jamarus Boyd, 17, of North Augusta; and Cortez Bennett, also of North Augusta.

Woman barricades herself inside home

A woman was arrested Saturday after the Aiken County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of shots fired and a barricaded suspect in Burnettown.

At 7:16 a.m., Burnettown Police and Aiken County deputies responded to reports of a domestic disturbance on Honors Circle. Deputies determined that there was a dispute between a husband and wife. The wife fired shots at her husband, who fled in his vehicle, authorities said. He was not wounded.

As deputies escorted a neighboring family from their home, Aiken County SWAT deputies and negotiators responded. At 8:55 a.m., the suspect walked out of her home with her hands up and was taken into custody.

She was identified as Eleanor Lee, 49. She was taken to the Aiken County Detention Center and charged with attempted murder.

Domestic dispute leads to man's arrest

A man who barricaded himself in an Aiken County home during a domestic dispute Feb. 8 was eventually arrested, police said.

According to an Aiken County sheriff's news release, the sheriff's office and Burnettown Police Department were called to a disturbance about 11 a.m. on Hampton Avenue. Upon arrival they learned a man had barricaded himself inside the home.

Charles Edward King Jr., 49, was taken into custody about 1:40 p.m. with minimal force.
He was treated at a hospital for a minor injury to his hand before being taken to the detention center for an outstanding family court bench warrant.

 

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