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Crime to be focus of Harrisburg "town hall" meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 7:29 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 1:40 AM
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Two of Augusta’s most outspoken activists are joining forces to “take back Harrisburg,” starting with a town hall breakfast meeting Thursday.

Woody Merry, most recently known for his efforts in Hyde Park, is turning his focus to the former mill village after he was contacted by Harrisburg residents, he said Tuesday.

“I got a lot of calls for help from people who live in Harris­burg that are scared,” Merry said.

The neighborhood is now home to the Kroc Center and the new campus of John Milledge Elementary School, but Merry said problems with drugs, violence and prostitution persist, noting the Sept. 26 kidnapping of Ashley Nay and her 2-year-old daughter by a homeless man.

Merry’s efforts were almost immediately endorsed by longtime Harrisburg activist Lori Davis, who welcomed residents and her colleagues to join them for the meeting.

Davis and former commission candidate Butch Palmer, both Harrisburg residents, campaigned years ago for Augusta to adopt a nuisance properties ordinance to address issues in Harrisburg, but a city-drafted ordinance was rejected by a subcommittee.

“We have been in a five-year battle to make this area what we, the residents, want it to be,” Davis said in an e-mail. “We hope with this plan we begin to encourage our commissioners, the Down­town Development Authority and the Richmond County Sher­iff’s Office to get onboard in an all-out effort.”

Thursday’s meeting will involve the Harrisburg-West End Neighborhood Association, Merry’s group CSRA Help, Bible Deliverance Temple and Another Chance Ministries. All interested parties and candidates for office are invited to attend, Merry said.

Organizers will unveil a plan to “take a bite out of crime and take back Harris­burg” that includes free self-defense lessons, neighborhood patrols, law enforcement coordination and surveillance cameras, he said.

The breakfast is free, but any donations will go toward the efforts, Merry said.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Emergency Town Hall Breakfast Meeting

WHEN: 7:30 a.m. Thursday

WHERE: Harrisburg Life Center, 1901 Fenwick St.

COST: Free, but donations go to crime-prevention efforts

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/23/12 - 08:32 pm
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One thing about the resilient

One thing about the resilient Harrisburg residents. They are going to fight crime in that neighborhood tooth and nail. A tough bunch of decent people in a bad situation. Kudos to Woody.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 10/23/12 - 09:47 pm
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Too Bad

other parts of town don't follow the same type of action.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 10/23/12 - 10:30 pm
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Thank you Woody-Lori-Butch-... and company send any photos or vi

Thank you Woody-Lori-Butch-... and company send any photos or video of Augusta's Most WANTED bad guys in that area To griff@augustacrimestoppers.org. We'll put it out everywhere we can and offer a cash reward for you if the item is recovered or the bad guys taken down..

This is a PSA not a solicitation.

Ruckus
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Ruckus 10/24/12 - 12:54 am
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believe it or not

Harrisburg was once a thriving community at one time.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/24/12 - 07:51 am
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South Augusta

Believe it or not but south Augusta was a thriving community at one time too.......
can be again imo......maybe they need to take the south end back .....

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/24/12 - 08:27 am
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Kidnapping

I thought she was kidnapped at the gas station at 15th and Jones. That's not in Harrisburg, is it?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/24/12 - 09:12 am
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Harrisburg was once a thriving community at one time.
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The residents were hard working, traditional family, God fearing people. The same people Mr Roiundtree wants to leave Augusta and let the loving, mentoring, forgiving other 65% run the show. And what a show it will be.

According to the new government guidelines for crime ridden neighborhoods is "tear down the buildings and disperse the inhabitants".

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/24/12 - 09:18 am
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Lets talk this problem to death.
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Agenda list: RR tracks, housing projects, floating garages, floating convention centers, flooding on Walton Way, crime, crime, failing school system, falling tax digest, totalitarian county government, empty representative seats, malfeasance in office, theft by deception, mail fraud, Regency Mall, vacant housing, delinquent tax collection, crime

ARC does a tremendous job of "talking things to death" and taking no positive action. Ignorance and Apathy rein supreme in a town Wm. Bartram declared would be the center of the south. Mr. Bartram should have looked more to the rear of the donkey for a prediction.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/24/12 - 02:18 pm
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Where is Jones St? Is that

Where is Jones St? Is that between Broad and Reynolds? Was the gas station the one on the end of Riverwatch?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/24/12 - 04:00 pm
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Yes

Yes, that is correct RM. The gas station is the one you see when you are on Riverwatch, sitting at the traffic light at 15th.

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Conservative Man 10/24/12 - 04:00 pm
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Kidnapping not in Harrisburg...

...it was at the station in front of Water's Edge...technically downtown....

Kudos to Woody , Lori, Butch et al for trying (yet again) to call attention to a troubled area that needs help.....

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