Local Update - April 13, 2007

Teen on bicycle hit, killed

An Augusta teenager's life ended tragically yesterday when he was struck and killed while riding his bicycle.

The coroner's office tells News 12 a truck slammed into 17-year-old Jeffrey Griffin at around 3 o'clock. Investigators say Griffin didn't stop at a stop sign and rode his bike out in front of a blue pickup.

Richmond County coroner Grover Tuten says the teenager suffered major head injuries and died at the scene.

"There's no exception for bicycles," Tuten said. "You have to obey the traffic laws. If you see a stop sign, you're supposed to stop."

Authorities say the pickup driver wasn't speeding and will not be charged.

Day of mourning for Carolyn Usry

The mayor of Augusta has declared today a day of mourning in remembrance of former Augusta councilwoman Carolyn Usry. She passed away earlier this week.

Mrs. Usry was a member of the Coliseum Authority in 2003. She served as a council member in Augusta before consolidation and is also known as the woman behind Fat Man's.

Funeral services will be held today at Trinity on the Hill United Methodist.

New Fort Gordon commander

There will soon be a new commanding general in charge of Fort Gordon.

Yesterday the post announced General Jeffery Foley will taking over Fort Gordon and the Army Signal Corps.

He replaces General Randy Strong, who's been in charge since 2005.

The exact date of the change of command has not been announced.

Talk of superintendent at McDuffie County school board meeting

Voices of both support and criticism for the McDuffie County school superintendent came out to yesterday's brief school board meeting. Three people got up to speak about Dr. Mark Petersen.

Dr. Petersen is McDuffie County's school superintendent.

Last month, News 12 reported on the auditor's findings that some money had been misspent.

The auditor found taxpayer money paid for a plane ticket for Petersen's wife and a registration fee to a conference...money that has since been repaid.

Two people criticized the board's handling of the audit, and one man spoke in support of Dr. Petersen.

You can see the audit for yourself here.

Listerine recall

Parents, you'll want to check out your children's mouth wash before they use it. Listerine is voluntarily recalling two types.

Experts say preservatives in the rinse don't protect against certain micro-organisms and could put people with weak immune systems in danger.

Click here for more information.

If you are using one of the recalled types, you should stop and call 1-888-222-0249 for your refund.