Originally created 10/07/04

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2nd candidate leaves race

Cherie Foster withdrew her name Friday as a candidate for the Richmond County Board of Education.

Ms. Foster, District 10 representative from 1992 to 2000, was set to challenge incumbent Helen Minchew to regain her seat. But Ms. Foster withdrew her name Friday for personal reasons, leaving Mrs. Minchew unchallenged.

Because of the late date of Ms. Foster's withdrawal, her name will still appear on the ballot.

Ms. Foster is the second candidate to withdraw from the school board race. Brian Tucker has withdrawn his name as a candidate for the District 8 seat, leaving James Atkins Jr. as the sole challenger to incumbent Jeff Padgett.

Man awakes to find intruder with knife

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating a report of an early Wednesday morning home invasion in which an Augusta resident said he woke to find a man holding a knife to his throat.

The 56-year-old man told sheriff's deputies that he had been sleeping at his residence on Hickman Road at about 2 a.m. when he woke to find a man holding a knife to his throat, threatening him.

The man reported that the intruder took $25, a shaving kit, a home telephone and a celluar phone during the intrusion. The report states that the intruder entered through an unsecured window.

No arrests were immediately made, the report states.

Pizza deliveryman is robbed at gunpoint

Richmond County sheriff's investigators are looking into a Tuesday night incident in which a pizza deliveryman said he was robbed at gunpoint while making a delivery in Hephzibah.

The employee of Domino's Pizza told deputies that he was making a delivery in the 2600 block of Castletown Drive before 10 p.m. when a man approached him with a black gun and ordered him to put the pizza and money on the ground and to leave.

The police report states that the man took money and pizza. No arrests were immediately made.

Community discusses revitalization plans

A meeting to discuss revitalization plans for the Harrisburg community is being held today.

Douglas Manning, of the Augusta Housing and Economic Development department, will lead a discussion and question-and-answer period, focusing on community development and improving safety standards in one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. The issue of absentee landlords will also be discussed.

The meeting is being held at 7 p.m. at Bible Deliverance Temple, 1857 Fenwick St. The Harrisburg Neighborhood Association is sponsoring the event.

Pregnant teenager reports assault

A pregnant 16-year-old Augusta girl told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that she was assaulted by a teen Tuesday afternoon at her residence.

The teen, who lives in the 2000 block of Second Avenue, told deputies that at 3:30 p.m., she heard a knock on the door, but no one replied when she asked who it was.

The report states that the other teen ran inside the residence and struck the 16-year old with an unknown object, kicked her in the stomach and later cut her with a box cutter on her left index finger.

No arrests were immediately made, the police report states.

House approves bill to help soldiers' wallets

A measure introduced by a local congressman aiming to protect military personnel from unsuitable financial products has passed the House of Representatives, a news release states.

The Military Personnel Financial Services Protection Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Max Burns, R-Ga., in August, passed 396-2, according to Mr. Burns' press office.

The legislation bans the sale of contractual mutual funds and ensures full state regulation of life insurance and other products sold on military bases.

The legislation was prompted by an investigative report by The New York Times that revealed high-pressure and misleading sales pitches for financial products to young recruits at several military installations across the nation.

A similar measure is being considered in the Senate.

Authorities make 10 arrests at schools

Richmond County authorities made 10 arrests Wednesday at local high schools as part of a joint task force against disorder and violence, officials said.

Sheriff's Col. Gary Powell said the following individuals were arrested. Those 16 or younger and charged as juveniles were not named because of their ages:

ACADEMY OF RICHMOND COUNTY: One juvenile charged with disruption of public school

BUTLER: One juvenile charged with disruption of public school; two juveniles charged with gambling

CROSS CREEK: One juvenile charged with disruption of public school

GLENN HILLS: Two juveniles charged with simple battery and disruption of public school

JOSEY: Two juveniles and one adult, Cherrie Mickens, 19, charged with affray.

The task force, an effort among the Board of Education public safety, the District Attorney's office and the sheriff's office, began Sept. 20.

Prayer, praise rally will close one block

A block of Telfair Street will be closed off Friday evening for a prayer and praise rally, according to the Richmond County Public Works and Engineering Department.

The closed section will be on the 700 block of Telfair near the Bell Auditorium from 6 to

9:30 p.m.

Drivers should use Greene Street, Walton Way, Seventh Street or Eighth Street.

ASU is presented with historical marker

The Georgia Historical Association will present a historical marker to Augusta State University in a ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, recognizing the institution's roots with the Academy of Richmond County.

The marker will be unveiled outside University Hall and will be installed at a later date near the university's main entrance on Walton Way.

The Academy of Richmond County offered collegiate education throughout its long history, preparing students for acceptance into colleges as sophomores and juniors.