Originally created 11/22/04

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Lawmaker to be leader in class

A South Carolina congressman has been elected to serve as the vice president of his class in the 109th Congress.

U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, R-S.C., was elected unanimously by his peers last week. Mr. Barrett, whose 3rd District includes Edgefield and McCormick counties and part of Aiken County, was first elected to Congress in 2002.

Mr. Barrett will serve alongside the president of the class, U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa.

U.S. Rep. Max Burns, R-Ga., who lost his seat to Democratic challenger John Barrow this month, was elected to serve as president of the class in 2002.

Officials identify man in fatal car accident

Officials have identified the 27-year-old man who died in a single-car wreck in Thomson on Saturday as Malcolm Prince, of Augusta.

Georgia Highway Patrol Trooper Chris Wright said Mr. Prince was driving a 1996 Cadillac DeVille on Georgia Highway 150 near Stagecoach Road when he crossed into the northbound lane and hit a utility pole at about 1 a.m.

Man reports someone hit him, stole cash

An Augusta man says a stranger hit him and stole $30, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

The man said he was at the American Legion in the 1600 block of 16th Street on Saturday when the incident occurred.

Man says passenger hit him with bottle

A North Augusta man told police a man to whom he had given a ride hit him in the head with a glass bottle Saturday.

According to a Richmond County sheriff's report, the man said his passenger threatened to kill him, smacked him in the face and struck him with a bottle as they were driving in the 100 block of Lakemont Drive.

Bus systems to close for Thanksgiving

Public buses in Richmond County will not run Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving, according to a news release.

Augusta Public Transit, Richmond Transit and the ADA Paratransit systems will be closed both days. Regular service will resume Saturday.

Holiday help offered to military personnel

Fort Gordon's Christmas House for military personnel will open today, according to the post's public affairs office.

The program will open at 10 a.m. in Building 28320, on Lane Avenue.

This is the 38th year of the program, which ensures that needy military personnel can provide a traditional holiday for their children.

For more information, call 791-3579.

Army band will hold free holiday concert

The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band will present its annual free concert of holiday music Dec. 3, according to the Fort Gordon public affairs office.

The concert will start at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church on Walton Way Extension.

Tickets will be available free, starting today, at the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Gordon Federal Credit Union, Wachovia bank branches, First Bank, Georgia Bank and Trust, and Domino's Pizza.

For more information, call 791-2423.