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A black-and-yellow argiope, also known as a garden spider, rests on its web in Phinizy Swamp in Augusta.


If someone steals and makes use of your identity, the Georgia attorney general's office recommends you take the following steps as quickly as possible:


1. CALL THE THREE MAJOR CREDIT REPORTING AGENCIES and ask to have a fraud alert placed on your credit file. You need to follow that with a letter that explains your victim status, what the thief has been doing and again request a fraud alert and that no credit should be granted without your explicit permission.

- Equifax: (800) 525-6285;

- Experian: (888) 397-3742;

- TransUnion: (800) 680-7289;

2. IMMEDIATELY CONTACT ANY COMPANY that gave credit or anything of value to the thief. Follow up with a letter that includes factual information about your case, supporting documentation, a copy of your police report and your fraud affidavit.

3. CALL YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICE to make a report and obtain a copy for your future use.

4. CONTACT STATE AND NATIONAL AGENCIES that keep track of identity theft:

- Georgia Office of Consumer Affairs, (800) 869-1123 or

- Federal Trade Commission at (877) 438-4338 or

Source: Attorney General's Office


MAYOR'S PRAYER BREAKFAST: 8 a.m., Trinity on the Hill United Methodist; with Dr. Gregory Young, Matt Aiken and Mayor Deke Copenhaver; (706) 821-1833.

GEORGIA'S THREE TENORS: Noon, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Sixth and Reynolds streets at Riverwalk Augusta; free admission; (706) 722-3463.

SIBLING BIRTHDAY PARTY: 3-4 p.m., University Hospital cafeteria; free; registration required; (706) 774-2825.

GOOD EATS: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Richmond County Health Department, 950 Laney Walker Blvd. Room 220; nutrition classes; free; (706) 721-5800.

BIKE NIGHT: 7-9 p.m., SNO-CAP Drive-In, 618 West Ave., North Augusta; held by Harley owners group Ladies of Harley; sponsored by Augusta Harley-Davidson; all motorcycles are welcome; free; (803) 279-4004.

SINGLES BIBLE STUDY: 7 p.m., Administration Building, First Baptist Church of North Augusta, 625 Georgia Ave.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. for pingpong, pool and fellowship; (803) 279-6370.

CREATIVE ECONOMIES: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Savannah Rapids Pavilion, White Oak Room, 3300 Evans to Locks Road; led by the Georgia Tourism Foundation; $10; registration required; contact Jeannie Buttrum, (706) 661-4944.

CSRA PARKINSON SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m., dining room in St. John Towers, 724 Greene St.; (706) 855-7690.

INSPECTING CAROL AUDITIONS: 7:30 p.m., Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Third Avenue, Building 32100; show dates are Nov. 9 and 10, 16 and 17, 29 and 30 and Dec. 1; dinner 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.;


MICHAEL SEARLES BOOK SIGNING: 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 170 University Hall, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; Mr. Searles, an assistant professor of history at ASU, will sign his book Buffalo Soldiers in the West: A Black Soldiers Anthology; question and answer session afterward; (706) 737-1444.

WEE WISDOM: MCG Children's Medical Center Family Resource Library, 1446 Harper St.; registration required; free; Nancy Webb (706) 721-5437.

GEORGIA-CAROLINA TOAST-MASTERS: Noon Wednesdays, The Cotton Patch, 816 Cotton Lane; (803) 593-6605.

DROUGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM FOR LIVESTOCK:Aiken County Agricultural Building, 1555 Richland Ave. E., Aiken; topics: emergency feed sources, cool season forage options, and USDA drought programs; (803) 649-6297.