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Deadly wreck slows traffic

An Aiken County traffic accident late Saturday killed at least one person on Interstate 20 near the state line, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol Web site.

The accident occurred about 10:20 p.m. near mile-marker one, backing up traffic into South Carolina. No other information was available.

It was Aiken County's 35th highway fatality of the year.

Man grabs money inside Family Dollar

A man robbed Family Dollar on Gordon Highway on Saturday afternoon, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

A man entered the store at 3:53 p.m. and got in line to pay for motor oil, witnesses said.

When the clerk opened the cash register, the man jumped over the counter and grabbed the money.

He ran from the store and was seen getting into a older model Ford Explorer.

Woman says brother pulled gun on her

An Augusta woman told police her brother pointed a gun at her and her daughter Saturday morning, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

According to the report, the woman and her brother were arguing at her home in Jonathan Circle when the man pulled out a black handgun and pointed it at his sister and his 16-year-old niece.

The woman told police she was unsure whether she wanted to press charges.

Items are stolen from salon during break-in

More than $3,000 worth of items were stolen from a salon in the 700 block of Seventh Street between 5 p.m. Friday and 7:45 a.m. Saturday, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

According to the report, Walton Way @ 7th Salon had a broken rear window and the business was ransacked.

Two televisions, a desktop computer, a stereo, a flat iron and nine curling irons were stolen.

Man is hit on head, robbed


A 40-year-old Augusta man told police he was robbed at about 1:30 a.m. Friday outside a friend's house on Boykin Road, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

According to the report, the man said he was struck in the head with an object by three unknown men, knocking him unconscious.

When he woke up, he was missing $678. The man told police he did want to prosecute, but that he did not want to speak with an investigator.

Learning center is offering GED classes

The Richmond County Board of Education 21st Century Community Learning Center, in collaboration with Augusta Technical College, is offering General Education Development preparation classes at Glenn Hills High School.

Classes are offered between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For more information, call (706) 481-1632.

Volunteers needed for river cleanup

Volunteers are needed for the annual Rivers Alive Communitywide Waterways Cleanup that will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 along more than a dozen local streams.

In all, 13 teams are being assembled to remove litter and other unwanted objects along Betty's Branch, Butler Creek, Euchee Creek, Horse Creek, Jones Creek, Lake Olmstead, the Augusta Canal, Raes Creek, Reed Creek, Rocky Creek, Spirit Creek, the Savannah River and other waterways.

The cleanups start at 9 a.m., and all volunteers will receive a Rivers Alive T-shirt and directions to the celebration picnic for participating.

For more details or to locate a team captain contact, call Frank Carl, (706) 364-5253.

Agency seeks input on nuclear contracts

Contracting agencies and the public can comment on the National Nuclear Security Administration's contracting structure for nuclear weapons complexes.

The agency oversees eight nuclear weapons complexes. It is evaluating alternatives to current contract arrangements.

Comments can be posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site at

Harlem City Council meeting rescheduled

The regular monthly meting of the Harlem City Council has been postponed until Oct. 22 because of scheduling difficulties.

The meeting of the mayor and city council is normally held on the third Monday of each month.

This month, a work session will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at City Hall on Louisville Road, and the council meeting will immediately follow.