Phone service to be disconnected
About 1,700 residents across Aiken, Edgefield and Barnwell counties face a telephone shutoff Thursday, because AT&T is disconnecting service to DialTone & More Inc., citing the smaller company’s nonpayment of wholesale services.
The bulk of those consumers, who make up nearly a third of the 5,700 consumers across two-dozen affected South Carolina counties, live in Aiken, North Augusta, Barnwell, Edgefield and Graniteville, according to the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff.
ZIP codes where local consumers will be affected include: 29801, 29803, 29805, 29812, 29817, 29824, 29829, 29831, 29842, 29847, 29853 and 29856.
DialTone & More leases facilities from AT&T to provide phone service. A message left with the company was not immediately returned last week. An alert from the Office of Regulatory Staff issued Feb. 22 says officers of DialTone & More also have not responded to their inquiries.
Student art show
The North Augusta Cultural Arts Council will holds its Annual Student Art Show and a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The awards ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. Monetary awards will be given to first-place winners in elementary, middle and high school and Best in Show. Second place, third place and honorable mention will receive ribbons.
The show is free and open to the public.
The North Augusta Optimist Club is having an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast fundraiser from 7 to 11 a.m. March 10. Coffee, milk and juice will be served.
Proceeds will benefit families in the community affected by childhood cancer.
Five random ticket holders will receive a free meal. Tickets are $5 each. The breakfast will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1002 Carolina Ave.
Girl Scouts cookies
Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands will sell cookies at local businesses weekends through March 23.
Participating stores include Walmart, Kmart, Lowe's, Sam's Club, Bi-Lo and small retailers.
For more information, visit www.gssccookies.org or call (800) 849-4475.
Football coach dies
Jim Buist, 81, a former chemistry teacher and football coach at North Augusta High School, died Feb. 22.
He taught at the school from 1957 to 1985. After retiring, he taught and coached at St. Angela Academy, Wardlaw Academy and Curtis Baptist School, according to his obituary in The Augusta Chronicle.
Buist was the 1983 recipient of the Sertoma Service to Mankind Award and was inducted into the North Augusta Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
The Fairview Early Childhood Center's Spring and Summer Children's Consignment Sale will be held March 16-17.
Items accepted include children's clothes for infants to size 14, shoes, toys, baby equipment, books, videos/DVDs and maternity.
Volunteers will be able to shop a presale from 6 to 7 p.m. March 15. Items for sale can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 15.
The sale will take place at Fairview Presbyterian's fellowship hall, 1101 Carolina Ave.
Turner joins team
Terri L. Turner, a resident of North Augusta and the City of Augusta's development administrator, was named by the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA in October to the Presidential Policy Directive-8 Mitigation Framework Team and Core Writing Team, according to a news release.