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Moore hopes to attend debate


South Carolina state Sen. Tommy Moore, of Clearwater, who is running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, plans to return to the campaign trail tonight and participate in a televised debate on South Carolina public television.

That's despite being waylaid by a kidney stone early Saturday morning that led to his being admitted to University Hospital for a procedure.

"He is very optimistic that he will be there," campaign spokeswoman Karen Gutmann said Saturday afternoon.

The campaign said doctors will continue to monitor Mr. Moore's condition.

A man answering the telephone in the hospital room Saturday night said all statements updating the senator's condition would be issued by Mrs. Gutmann out of respect and privacy for the family.

Burglars damage wall, door of building

Burglars trying to enter Standard Electronics on Gordon Highway on Saturday morning damaged the building, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

The report states that after an alarm sounded, deputies arrived at the business and found a hole in the cement block wall of the shop. Deputies also found that a metal door at the main building had been beaten.

Nothing appeared to be missing.

Someone breaks into home, steals $2,000

An Augusta woman told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that someone broke into her home Friday night and stole $2,000, according to a police report.

The 36-year-old mother told deputies that when she was away from her home, her sister saw a man break the lock off the back door and enter the home, which is in the 2000 block of Colony Park Drive.

When the woman returned, she said she noticed that her bedroom window had been pried open and that the money was missing from her night stand.

Food bank asks for fasting, donations

Tuesday is National Hunger Awareness Day, and Golden Harvest Food Bank is asking residents to fast during lunchtime and donate what they would have spent to combat hunger.

The food bank is holding a rally and "Fast from Lunch" observance from noon to 1 p.m. at Augusta Common.

Donations will be accepted for the Master's Table Soup Kitchen, which feeds nearly 300 people daily.

Golden Harvest Food Bank is part of America's Second Harvest, a food bank network.

For more information , call Armen Boyajian at Golden Harvest at (706) 736-1199, ext. 212.

Free HIV testing will be available June 27

Free HIV testing will be available on National HIV Testing Day, which is June 27.

Testing will be performed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Old Government House and from 5 to 7 p.m. at a location yet to be determined.

For information, call Sandra Wimberly at (706) 667-4342.

Public is invited to waterfront open house

The Savannah Riverkeeper, an environmental group that monitors river and water issues, will open its new waterfront headquarters on Riverfront Drive, near the Boat House, with an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

The event will include demonstrations from the Sierra Club, Augusta Rowing Club, Augusta Dive Club, Audubon Society, the Coast Guard, Augusta Canal Authority and others. Call (706) 364-5253 for more information.

Aiken residents may cast absentee ballots

Eligible Aiken County voters can cast absentee ballots for the June 13 Republican and Democratic primaries at the Registration and Elections office at 916 Vaucluse Road.

Absentee voting hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (803) 642-2028.

Georgia DOT closes road through June 30

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced that Skinner Mill Road will be closed at Cranes Creek through June 30. Motorists will be directed to use Boy Scout Road, Wheeler Road and Walton Way Extension.