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Burned boys stay in hospital


Two Tennessee brothers were in critical condition Sunday at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, a spokeswoman said.

Conner Cook, 3, and Terry Cook, 7, of Bledsoe County, were badly burned last month while playing with a lighter and gasoline, according to The Associated Press.

Two men chase, beat victim for his money

A 43-year-old Augusta man was robbed Saturday morning while walking near Masters Bowling Alley in the 1800 block of Gordon Highway, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

Two men in a gold Ford Explorer pulled up to the victim, pointed a gun at him and told him to "give it up," the report said.

The victim tried to run but was overtaken and beaten on the ground.

The robbers took $73.

Teen is shot in neck with BB while outside

A 14-year-old Augusta boy was shot in the neck with an air gun BB while walking near Picquet Avenue on Saturday, a sheriff's report said.

The boy's mother told police that several people in the area around Piquet Avenue own air guns and are careless when firing them, the report said.

Seminar is planned for parents of teens

Columbia County Chief Magistrate Judge Wade Padgett will present his Teenage Years 101 seminar for parents at 7 tonight in the Riverside Middle School cafeteria.

Group will clean up lake, Augusta Canal

Community Partners for Clean Waterways is sponsoring a cleanup of Lake Olmstead and the Augusta Canal from 9 a.m. to noon March 17.

Participants are asked to meet at the boat ramp in Lake Olmstead Park behind Julian Smith Casino.

Boots and boats are optional. Garbage bags and latex gloves will be supplied.

All participants are encouraged to participate on teams for safety reasons. Community Partners will not be responsible for the safety of any of the participants.

Democrats will meet in Columbia County

The Democratic Party of Columbia County will meet at 7 tonight in the auditorium of the Government Complex on Ronald Reagan Drive in Evans.

For information, call Scott Nichols at (706) 533-5015.

Legion auxiliary plans St. Patrick's dinner

The American Legion Auxiliary will hold a St. Patrick's Day dinner at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Legion Post 192, on Legion Drive off Owens Road in Evans. The cost is $5 per plate.

Greenbrier student to hold art exhibition

Greenbrier High School student Kaitlyn Keller is conducting an art show of student and local artists at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bean Baskette Coffee on Evans to Locks Road in Evans.

Proceeds will benefit University Hospital's Children's Center.

For information, call Korey Swift at (706) 825-1391.

Library holds night for special-needs children

A night for special-needs children will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Columbia County Library, with story time, games, crafts and a performance by the MCG Children's Medical Center's Kids on the Block puppets.

To register, call (706) 447-7657.

Grovetown looks for vendors, volunteers

Vendors and volunteers are being sought for the May 28 Grovetown Heritage Festival, which this year will include dedication of the city's Memorial Wall.

For information, call Rosa Lee Owens at (706) 863-1867 or Dawn Green at (706) 210-5409.

Today is deadline for basketball event

Today is the deadline for teams to enter the Relay for Life 3-on-3 Basketball tournament to be held starting at 10 a.m. March 24 at the Harlem Middle School gym.

Participation in the double-elimination tournament costs $25 per person, with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.

For information, call Andrea Smoak at (706) 556-2135 or e-mail smoaks@jefferson