Local Update - August 20, 2007

One Dead, Seven Recovering after Accident in Thomson

One person is dead and seven people are in the hospital after an accident in Thomson.

It happened on Highway 17 near Dye's restaurant around 9:30 Sunday night.

We now know Steven Wilson from Boneville, Georgia died in that accident.

All seven who were hurt had to be air-lifted to MCG. One is an infant.

Public Servant Killed in Accident

One emergency leads to another as an accident near Wagener takes the life of a volunteer firefighter.

It happened on Camp Rawls road around 7:30 Sunday night.

The driver of the vehicle was Jeffrey Swartz. He was responding to a respiratory distress call when he lost control of his SUV.

This is the 27th fatal crash in Aiken County this year.

Suspected Kidnapper Behind Bars

Alfred Lawson is waking up behind bars this morning in Richmond County.
Deputies say he held two women and a child inside his home at gunpoint. H's charged with kidnapping, battery, cruelty to children, and making terroristic threats.

Back to School

It's goodbye summer and hello school for the last of the kids in our area today. Aiken, Saluda, and Edgefield Counties headed back to class.

Last year, South Carolina lawmakers decided to help the state's tourism industry by passing a law that required that schools start no earlier than the third week in August.

Canal Renovations

How about hitting the water this weekend? That's what Augusta Commissioners are hoping you'll do, and they're out to lead by example.

Andy Cheek and Joe Bowles visited the Augusta Canal on a fact-finding mission Friday. The idea is to create a park from the 12th Street bridge to Hawk's Gulley, along 15th and Broad Street. The park would offer free activities like canoeing and kayaking.

The cost for the project is half a million dollars.

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