West Nile linked
to man’s death
A North Augustan’s death has been linked to the West Nile virus outbreak.
There have been more than 115 deaths in the U.S. so far, said Dr. Larry Petersen, director of the Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Officials believe “this year’s outbreak is the largest to date and certainly the most serious,” he said.
Georgia has had 29 human cases and three deaths; South Carolina has had eight cases but as of Sept. 12, the CDC had not been notified of a death of an elderly North Augusta man.
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control identified the man as Stacy Furtick, 80, who died Aug. 25.
New ministry to help with grief
Sweetwater Baptist Church in North Augusta will begin the Healing Hearts Grief Help ministry at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Family Life Center, 198 Sweetwater Road.
‘‘The purpose is to help them accept and use the healing from Jesus, just as our Father God sent him to do,’’ according to a news release. ‘‘This ministry will include a Bible study on Jesus' healing and how to allow the healing in their lives.’’
For information, call the church at (803) 279-2821.
Magician Chad Crews to perform
Magical Educator Chad Crews will perform the Authors of Mystery and Horror Show at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Nancy Carson Library.
‘‘Chad uses many tricks that are tailored to the themes of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous poems and stories,’’ according to a news release. ‘‘The show also introduces its viewers to many interesting and little known facts about Poe and his influence on future authors, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle of Sherlock Holmes fame, as well as Harry Houdini, the famous magician and escape artist.’’
For information about Crews, visit www.chadcrewsmagic.com.
Ghost story contest
Nancy Carson Library is accepting entries for the Young Adult Ghost Story Writing Contest through
The competition is open to sixth through 12th graders. Stories must be 1,000 words or less, typed and double spaced. Entries should include full name, age, grade, school, telephone number and date.
The winners will be announced at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Terrifying Tales for Teens event. Gift cards for first through third place will be given to Barnes & Noble.
For information, call (803) 279-5767.