Local Update: May 19, 2008

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Drug Use Blamed On Mid-Life Crisis:

Former South Carolina State Treasurer, Thomas Ravenel, is blaming his cocaine use on a mid-life crisis. The court sentenced him to ten months in federal prison for his cocaine use last summer. He says he knew he was going to get caught the last day he bought the drug. Ravenel is scheduled to report to prison in Jesup, Georgia on May 29th.

E.M.S. Appreciation Week:

It's going on through Friday. As part of it, E.M.S. volunteers are going to be out all week doing blood pressure screenings. Today, they'll be at Sterling House in North Augusta, from ten to noon. They'll be at two locations in Aiken tomorrow.

Fatal Accident:

A bad accident in Graniteville has taken the life of a North Augusta woman. It happened around 1:30 yesterday afternoon, on Chalkbed Road. The coroner says 54 year old, Susan Earley, was killed when she ran off the road and hit a tree. We're told she was wearing a seatbelt. A toxicology report is in the works this morning. This is the eleventh traffic fatality in Aiken County so far this year.

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