Originally created 06/11/04

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Worker reports store robbery

An employee at a Hephzibah convenience store told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that she was robbed early Thursday morning, a police report says.

The employee of the Pump 'N Shop in the 2500 block of Tobacco Road told deputies that two men entered the store at 1:25 a.m.

She said one of the men went to the rear of the store, where she was, and forced her to move to the front.

The worker said the man demanded that she put all the money from a cash register into a bag, and that she open the safe.

The report states that about $100 was taken from the store.

Police investigate damage at house

Richmond County sheriff's deputies were investigating several thousands of dollars worth of damage to a house being remodeled, according to a police report.

Allen L. Collier, 54, a self-employed construction worker, told sheriff's deputies that after 9 p.m. he found that sheetrock on the east wall of a house he was working on in the 700 block of Hall Street had been knocked out.

Mr. Collier said that cabinets had been thrown about the bottom level of the house and that an outside light had been ripped out of the back side of the house. The damage is estimated at more than $3,000, the report says.

Medical center goes on holiday schedule

Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center will be on a holiday schedule today in honor of the national day of mourning for former President Reagan, according to the Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office.

Urgent and emergency services will operate as usual, but all outpatient clinics will be closed and appointments for today will be rescheduled, the office said in a news release.

The Graduate Medical Education graduation ceremonies will continue as planned.

Elsewhere on post, the main post exchange will operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the commissary will operate during normal hours, said James Hudgins, the director of public affairs at the post.

Most administrative offices of the command and garrison will be closed, and only personnel deemed "mission essential" will be required to report for work, Mr. Hudgins said.

Activities of Morale, Welfare and Recreation will operate on normal schedules, Mr. Hudgins said.

Former Fort Gordon leader is promoted

The former chief of staff at Fort Gordon's Signal Center was promoted to brigadier general Thursday, according to the U.S. Central Command public affairs office.

Brig. Gen. Jeff Foley, who now serves as director of communications for the Central Command area, was pinned by Lt. Gen. Steven Boutelle, the chief information officer for the Army, according to an e-mail.

Brig. Gen. Foley, a native of Cincinnati, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in June 1978 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Signal Corps.

He assumed the duties as U.S. Central Command's director of command and control, communications and computer systems, on June 18, 2003, according to his military biography.

The Central Command area includes Iraq and Afghanistan.