Local Update - April 9, 2007

Zach Johnson wins Masters

The weeklong excitement of the Masters is over. Zack Johnson of Iowa won his first Green Jacket.

It was a surprising win for fans watching and what Johnson called a "very surreal" experience.

"I didn't really look at the board, so I didn't know what was going on...which was probably a good thing," Johnson said. "I was able to just maintain my focus and maintain an even keel. I stuck to my guns. I played my own game."

Augusta's Vaughn Taylor finished up tied for tenth. Tiger Woods and two others were in the runner-up spot.

This is just Johnson's second PGA tournament win. He takes home over $1.3 million and a lifetime of returning to the Masters.

2 die in Aiken County wreck

Two women are dead after a wreck on Highway 78 in Aiken County.

Friday night (April 6), Fannie Jones of Denmark was hit head on when Sandra Jefferson from Langley tried to pass a truck on the two lane road in a no passing zone.

Both later died at Aiken Regional Medical Center.

"It definitely makes you want to pay attention to what you're doing and not get such in a hurry that you're passing somebody without there being the turn lane," said witness Ashely Copeland.

Children in both vehicles were treated for shock.

Jones's 74-year-old mother was also hurt and is in the hospital.

These are the 12th and 13th traffic deaths in Aiken County this year.

2 Aiken County brush fires

Aiken County firefighters battled two brush fires over the weekend.

The one on Clairmont Drive was contained pretty quickly. But the high winds and low humidity also led to a second fire in Langley, right behind the Midland Valley Baptist Church. That one also spread quickly.

Dry conditions and strong winds were why both Georgia and South Carolina banned outdoor burning Saturday.

If you want information about burning your debris, in Georgia, the local office is at 706-556-3962. In South Carolina, the number to call is 1-800-895-7057.

Remember, if you're caught burning without a permit, you'll be fined.

Cold snap endangers plants

If you got a head start on your spring garden, you may have noticed that you're not the only one being affected by the cold.

Jack McCorkle runs one of the largest nurseries in Georgia, spread across 300 acres.

He's keeping a close eye on the millions of plants at stake in the nursery by keeping them covered.

"We pray that's it's none that are lost," he said. "But we can have some damage that would hinder the sales, and this is our busiest time of year as far as sales go, so we are concerned about that."

If you're concerned about your plants, you'll want to keep the outdoor ones in pots. That way you can easily move them inside when the mercury drops.

If that's not an option, a layer of mulch will help prevent their roots from freezing.

A tarp or a blanket will also work.