Originally created 07/31/05

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Flag supporters dog governor

Forget?

Heck no, say Confederate flag supporters who trailed Gov. Sonny Perdue to Columbia County on Saturday.

As the governor rallied the troops inside Savannah Rapids Pavilion with state School Superintendent Kathy Cox, supporters of the Confederate battle flag stood outside the canal headgates, waving flags and signs

"The flag decision is the purpose that we're here," said Ron Udell, of Augusta. "The 1956 flag should have been on the ballot, people should have had the right to decide the (fate of the) flag."

Although the group's efforts seemed fruitless, Mr. Udell said, he'll continue to fight.

"We're going to continue to (do this) until he (the governor) is defeated, or until another referendum is issued."

Meanwhile, the governor was upbeat that Republican leadership would continue and said the party needed to finish what it started.

"We ain't done yet. We just got the foundation laid," he said.

Slain soldier's funeral is set for Wednesday

THOMSON - The funeral for Sgt. James O. Kinlow - the Thomson soldier killed in Iraq last week - will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Lincolnton.

Gladys Ferguson, Sgt. Kinlow's mother-in-law, said Saturday that there would also be a wake at the church from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Sgt. Kinlow, who was promoted from specialist to sergeant after his death, was killed by a roadside bomb while on patrol July 24.

Mrs. Ferguson said the family has been overwhelmed by the local support.

"We just want to thank everyone," she said. "People have just been a blessing to everyone here."

Truck kills woman walking in the road

A Waynesboro woman was killed Friday night when a pickup hit her on Old Waynesboro Road, the Georgia State Patrol said Saturday.

Officials at the state patrol post in Sylvania identified the woman as Sandra B. Cunningham, 38, of the 500 block of Old Waynesboro Road.

Officers were dispatched to the scene at about 10 p.m. and found that Ms. Cunningham was struck by the truck while walking in the road.

Officials said alcohol was a factor, but they said they were unsure whether it involved the pedestrian or the driver of the truck, whose name they did not provide Saturday afternoon.

Man reports robbery at convenience store

Richmond County sheriff's deputies investigated a robbery outside a Milledgeville Road convenience store Friday night, a police report states.

A North Augusta man in his 20s said he was leaving the Milledgeville Convenience Store in the 2500 block of Milledgeville Road at about 11:30 p.m. when a group of five males approached him and threatened to assault him if they didn't get all his money.

The victim said they went through his pockets and took about $150 before snatching the purse of a 16-year-old girl. The purse reportedly contained $138.

Hotel customer reports police impersonator

A middle Georgia man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that a man portrayed himself as a law enforcement officer while in downtown Augusta on Saturday morning.

Charles Timothy Franklin, of Ivey, Ga., located east of Macon, said he was in a room at the Budget Inn on Broad Street when a man knocked on his door at about 3 a.m.

He said the man told him he was a Columbia County sheriff's deputy, but Mr. Franklin said the man couldn't provide any official identification.

Mr. Franklin told Richmond County deputies that he had to threaten the man in order to get him to leave.

Man's $80 is stolen on Emmitt Street

An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that someone snatched money out of his hand Friday.

Calvin Bates Jr., 36, told deputies that he was in the 1600 block of Emmitt Street at 6:30 p.m. when a man came up behind him and snatched $80 out of his right hand. He said he last saw the man running north toward Walton Way.

Thieves remove safe from unlocked home

An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that someone stole a safe from his home Saturday morning.

Eric Beontae Allen, 19, of the 2500 block of Ivey Road, told deputies that someone entered his home between 1:30 and 2 a.m. and took the safe, which had $3,500 in it.

The residence was unlocked at the time, the report states.

Woman says girl, 7, was molested by pair

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating a report made Friday that a young girl was molested.

The mother of a 7-year-old girl said that two males touched her child inappropriately while the girl was at a baby sitter's house in Hephzibah.

Vandals hit stadium of T.W. Josey High

Someone broke into the stadium at T.W. Josey High School and damaged Board of Education property, a Richmond County sheriff's report states.

A worker at the school said Friday night that someone crawled through the fence at the stadium, off 15th Street.

The person or people broke locks from a door and took two chairs and broke them.

Man in hospital after multiple-car wreck

One man was sent to the hospital Saturday after his vehicle was involved in a multiple-car wreck with a tractor-trailer.

A man lost control while driving west on Interstate 20 near the South Carolina/Georgia border Saturday afternoon and hit the guard rail, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The driver has not been identified.

An oncoming tractor-trailer could not stop in time and hit the vehicle, causing a chain reaction among four or five other vehicles, authorities said.

Traffic was backed up on the interstate for hours.