Originally created 09/24/05

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Swearing-in is set for Tarver

Augusta's newly elected District 22 state senator, Ed Tarver, will be sworn in at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Augusta Commission chambers, eighth floor, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

Mr. Tarver, a Democrat, won the seat in Tuesday's special election to fill the seat vacated by former Sen. Charles Walker after his conviction of federal crimes.

Mr. Tarver won with 63.3 percent of the vote over former state Reps. Ben Allen and George Brown, who received 29.91 percent and 6.57 percent, respectively.

Augusta woman says man cut her at motel

An Augusta woman told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that she was slashed with a knife on her left arm at the Gordon Motel on Deans Bridge Road on Thursday night, a police report said.

The victim, of the 2400 block of Nordahl Drive, said a man took her to the motel, and when she attempted to call her husband he attacked her, cutting her and threatening to kill her.

The police report does not indicate whether the woman sought treatment for her injuries.

Woman reports theft of jewelry, electronics

An Augusta woman told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that more than $2,000 in merchandise was stolen from her home Thursday.

The victim, of the 2900 block of Panhandle Circle, said someone entered through the rear of her home between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. and took several items, including jewelry, a video game console, video games and several DVD players. The total value of the items taken was listed as $2,700.

State is investigating price-gouging claims

The South Carolina attorney general's office is investigating nearly 1,000 complaints of illegal gasoline pricing, including allegations against stations in the Aiken area.

Spokesman Trey Walker said he could not disclose how many allegations the office has received or which stations the complaints were about.

Mr. Walker said the office has received more than 200 complaints by e-mail, and another 650 forwarded from the U.S. Department of Energy, since Sept. 1.

Mr. Walker said Friday that residents with concerns about possible illegal activity should e-mail the office at GasShortage@scattorneygeneral.com.

Police are still hunting suspect in break-ins

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are still looking for a man wanted in several car break-ins, officials said Tuesday.

Toby Tyrone Lacarter, 26, of the 700 block of Square Circle in North Augusta, is wanted on charges of theft by receiving stolen property and other warrants, Lt. C.A. Tony Walden said.

The break-ins happened downtown, most in the 600 block of Reynolds Street near St. Paul's Episcopal Church, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 821-1020 or 821-1080, or the North Augusta Department of Public Safety at (803) 279-2121.

Bill would provide $65.6 million for fort

Georgia's U.S. senators have announced the passage of a military construction bill that will provide funds for projects at Fort Gordon, a news release said.

The Fiscal Year 2006 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill will provide $61 million to construct a new Regional Security Operations Center building, and $4.6 million for a military police complex, according to the release from the offices of U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.

The bill also includes more than $70.7 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The bill now moves to a joint House-Senate conference committee, where lawmakers will work out differences between the House and Senate versions.

Mayoral candidates will attend forum

All four candidates for mayor will be at the Pride 'n' Progress Mayoral Forum at University Hospital Medical Center on Peach Orchard Road at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The candidates will respond to questions submitted by the audience.

The event is open to the public.

For more information, call Don Hudson, the president of Pride 'n' Progress, at 592-4973.

Internet-based phone service could be cut

ATLANTA - After receiving a one-month extension, Internet-based phone users now have until Tuesday to contact their providers or face having their service cut off.

The order from the Federal Communications Commission is intended to make sure customers know that their Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, technology can have limitations with reaching 911 operators.

Companies who offer VoIP, which uses Internet connections to make phone calls, are currently upgrading their ability to place emergency calls.

In some cases, dispatchers have had difficulty finding the location of distress calls made on VoIP phones because the technology initially was unable to show a physical address.

Customers should have already received a letter, e-mail or automated call about the concerns.

Space is available for flea market vendors

Vendor spaces are available through Sept. 30 for the Fort Gordon Service Club's fall flea market being held Oct. 1 at Barton Field.

The spaces rent for $25, $35 or $45 each, depending on location. Parking passes on the field are issued for the $45 space.

Spaces may be reserved at the Fort Gordon Thrift Shop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and at the post exchange lobby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Wednesday and Friday.

The event is a part of the Fort Gordon's Oktoberfest celebration.

For more information, call 791-3880.

Post will hold fishing, hunting activities

Fort Gordon will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day this morning with a Kids Fishing Derby and Shooting Day, open to ages 3 to 15.

The event will be held at the Claypit Lakes. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with fishing from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The first 300 children will receive a T-shirt.

Trophies will be awarded in each age group and free food will be offered. Children must bring their own fishing rod (limit of one fishing rod per child).

Also today, children ages 5 to 15 are invited for instruction and recreational shooting at the post's "Tactical Advantage Sportsman's Complex" at Range 14.

The shooting range will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for instructions in rifle firing, archery and skeet shooting. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

Firearms and ammunition will be supplied.

For more information, call 791-5078.

Gay marriage is first topic of college forum

Augusta State University students will discuss gay marriage during the university's first Hot Topics on Hot Plates program of the year.

The program will be at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Washington Hall Towers. The free program is open to the public.

For more information, call the Office of Student Activities at 737-1609

- From staff reports