Originally created 12/23/01

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Mobile home fire prompts manhunt

HEPHZIBAH -Authorities are searching for a man they believe set a fire that destroyed a mobile home Saturday morning in Hephzibah.

When the Hephzibah Fire Department arrived at the mobile home on the 2000 block of Hephzibah-McBean Road about 11 p.m., firefighters found the home engulfed in flames, said department Chief Robert Morris.

The owner and her three young children were not home at the time, and a neighbor called in the fire, officials said.

The Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department assisted in putting out the fire, which took about 10 minutes to get under control, Chief Morris said.

Lt. G.B. Hannan, an arson investigator for the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department, was called to the scene and ruled it an incendiary fire.

He said the fire is still under investigation but added that a Richmond County investigator is looking for a suspect who authorities believe is in the area.

Groups announce Christmas schedules

The following holiday schedules have been announced for Christmas:

RICHMOND COUNTY

  • Augusta-Richmond County government offices: Closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • Richmond County schools: Closed. School will resume Jan. 3.
  • Richmond County libraries: Closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Fines will not be charged for the holiday.
  • Augusta Public Transit, Richmond Transit and American with Disabilities Act Paratransit: Services will close at 7 p.m. Monday and will be closed Tuesday.
  • Richmond County Landfill: Closes at 3 p.m. Monday and will be closed Tuesday.
  • Augusta Museum of History: Closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • COLUMBIA COUNTY

  • Columbia County government offices: Closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • Columbia County schools: Closed. School will resume Jan. 2.
  • Columbia County libraries: Closed Monday and Tuesday. Book drop-off at Gibbs Memorial Library will be closed to prevent over filling. Fines will not be charged for the holiday.
  • Columbia County Landfill: Closes at 1 p.m. Monday and will be closed Tuesday.
  • Columbia County Tax Commissioner: Closed until Thursday.
  • EDGEFIELD COUNTY

  • Edgefield County schools: Closed. School will resume Jan. 3.
  • AIKEN COUNTY

  • Aiken County government offices: Closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • Aiken city government offices: Closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • North Augusta city government offices: Closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • North Augusta city garbage collection: Monday's pickup will be collected Wednesday; Tuesday's pickup will be collected Thursday; Wednesday and Thursday pickup will be collected Friday.
  • Aiken County schools: Closed. School will resume Jan. 2.
  • Aiken County libraries: Closed today, Monday and Tuesday.
  • Aiken garbage and recycling collection: Monday's pickup will not change. Tuesday's pickup will be collected Wednesday. Wednesday's pickup will be collected Thursday. Thursday's pickup will be collected Friday.
  • Aiken County landfill and dropoff centers: Close at 2 p.m. Monday and will reopen Wednesday.
  • BURKE COUNTY

  • Burke County government offices: Closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Waynesboro city government offices: Closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • Burke County landfill: Closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • Burke County Library: Closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Fines will not be charged for the holiday.
  • Burke County schools: Closed. School will resume Jan. 2.
  • Burke County Museum: Closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • AREA BANKS:

  • First Union: Closes at 2 p.m. Monday, closed Tuesday.
  • SouthTrust: Closes at noon Monday, closed Tuesday.
  • SunTrust: Closes at noon Monday, closed Tuesday.
  • Wachovia: Closes at 2 p.m. Monday, closed Tuesday.
  • OTHER

  • BFI: Closed. Tuesday's pickup will be collected Wednesday. Wednesday's pickup will be collected Thursday. Thursday's pickup will be collected Friday. Friday's pickup will be collected Saturday.
  • Augusta Disposal: Tuesday's pickup will be collected Friday; Wednesday's pickup will be as scheduled.
  • Waste Management: Monday's pickup will be as scheduled. Tuesday's pickup will be collected Wednesday. Wednesday's pickup for trash and yard waste will be collected Thursday. Thursday's pickup will be collected Friday. Friday's pickup will be collected Saturday.
  • CSRA Waste Management: Tuesday's pickup will be collected Friday.
  • U.S. Postal Service: Closed Tuesday.
  • Georgia state offices: Closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • South Carolina state offices: Closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Federal offices: Closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • Fort Gordon offices: Closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • Augusta State University: Closed. School will resume Jan. 7.
  • Aiken Technical College: Closed. School will resume Jan. 2.
  • Augusta Technical College: Closed. School will resume Jan. 3.
  • University of South Carolina Aiken: Closed. School willresume Jan. 10.
  • Georgia Military College: Closed Dec. 17-Jan. 2.
  • 2 Fort Gordon gates will close for holidays

    Fort Gordon will close two access gates over the holidays.

    Gates 2 and 3, which allow entry off Gordon Highway, will be closed Monday and Tuesday, and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, fort officials said. The gates will reopen after the holidays, officials said.

    The public must use Gate 1 to enter the fort. A Department of Defense decal is required for entrance at Gate 5, off U.S. Highway 1.