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Man killed crossing road is identified


A man who died Saturday night after being hit by a vehicle on Gordon Highway has been identified.

Quincy Beale, 59, of Augusta, was pronounced dead at 9:46 p.m., according to Richmond County Deputy Coroner Charlena Graham.

Mr. Beale was attempting to cross the highway at 9:35 p.m. after leaving the Southgate shopping plaza when he was struck by a Ford Expedition, she said.

Auto repair shop employee reports counterfeit check

An employee at an auto repair shop told police a woman gave him a counterfeit check to purchase a used automobile.

Ronnie Lee McGruder, 48, told police he received a $4,880 check Oct. 5 from a woman attempting to purchase a used car from his business. On Friday, Mr. McGruder's bank told him the check was counterfeit, a Richmond County sheriff's report showed.

Mr. McGruder said he plans to prosecute.

Public forum to be held on state's water management

The Savannah Riverkeeper and the biology department of Augusta State University will conduct a public forum on the Statewide Water Management Plan at ASU Nov. 20.

The legislation seeks to create a unified water regulation system throughout Georgia. It is in its second draft and is in the comment stage of development (see

The forum, which will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 170 of University Hall, will be moderated by state Sen. Ed Tarver, D-Augusta.

Information available about Georgia school systems

Georgia's K-12 Report Card has been released with data about every public school and school system in the state.

The first phase contains information about performance on Georgia tests, attendance and graduation rates.

More information will be added, including national test performance and data about the state's university system, technical colleges and pre-K program.

For more information about the Governor's Office of Student Achievement and its report cards, go to

Museums will be included on holiday candlelight tour

Five house museums will be on a holiday candlelight tour Nov. 23-25.

Each museum will feature holiday decorations, refreshments and music in addition to interpreters in period costume.

The museums on tour: The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson, Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, Meadow Garden: Home of George Walton and the 1797 Ezekiel Harris House, all in Augusta, and Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site in Beech Island. Proceeds will benefit the museums on tour.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students K-12. Children under age 5 are admitted free. Call (706) 724-0436 or visit