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Posted: March 15, 2017 - 2:54am

Woman who died in house fire identified

A woman who died in a fire March 8 has been identified.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Blanche Merriweather, 66, was positively identified through dental records. An autopsy determined she died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Belvedere Fire Department and North Augusta Department of Public Safety firefighters were dispatched to the home at 1903 Seaborn Drive about 3:15 a.m. after a neighbor reported the fire. When firefighters arrived, the home was fully engulfed.

Merriweather's adult daughter was able to escape and was taken to an Augusta hospital for treatment. Merriweather's body was removed from the home after the fire was extinguished.

Carlton said she had no signs of unusual or suspicious injuries. Her death was ruled accidental.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are investigating the cause of the fire.

Gospel concert set for March 25

The Beech Island Historical Society's Second Annual Gospel Concert will be held Saturday, March 25, from 7-9 p.m. at Matlock Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 980 Main St. (Old Jackson Highway) in Jackson, SC.

Featuring Beech Island's own Flo Carter and her daughter Cookie Dodson, the concert will include pianist Steve Ellis, singer Tommy Hodo and gospel group, The Crimson Cross, with Tim and Cynthia Rollins, Charles Stribling and Tim Thompson.

The concert is being held in memory of society member, historian and author James Goodman, and his brother Charles will be reading some of James' poems.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and advance tickets can be purchased at the Handy Hardware Store in Beech Island or at the Jackson Town Hall in Jackson. Proceeds benefit the Beech Island Historical Society. For more information, call Jackie Bartley at 803-827-0184 or visit our webpage at beechislandhistory.org.

Author to give Civil War presentation

North Augusta's Berry Benson Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Acacia Masonic Lodge on Brookside Avenue, beside the Community Center.

Ken Temples will give a presentation on "Steadfast to the Last, The Surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia." Temples has written a book on Edgefield Confederate soldiers who died in service titled Autumn Leaves, and is putting the finishing touches on a book of poetry called Down Here: Poems About Dixie, Faith and Other Things.

Aiken Technical College seeks input

Aiken Technical College is seeking community input as it develops its next five-year strategic plan.

"This strategic plan is significant because it will lead us to our 50th anniversary as a College. It will be our guide as we look for ways to enhance educational opportunities for residents of greater Aiken County and continue to support workforce development in the region," said Dr. Forest Mahan, ATC President. "We value input from our community and want to ensure that our community members are included in this process."

The community is encouraged to complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GBTQH6Q.

The survey will be available through March 24.

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