Originally created 11/26/05

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Men break into church's office

Two men broke into Grace United Methodist Church in the 600 block of Georgia Avenue on Thanksgiving, according to a North Augusta Department of Public Safety report.

Robert Cameron was locking up the church at about 9 p.m. when he saw two strangers running along the breezeway between the sanctuary and offices, the incident report said.

The men had entered the building through an unlocked door and then kicked out the vent in the bottom of another door to get inside the office.

Mr. Cameron looked around the office but couldn't determine whether anything had been stolen, the report said.

Thief steals camera system from laundry

There could be little evidence of a crime at Big Oak Laundromat, because the crime involved stealing the business' surveillance system, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office incident report said.

The business, in the 2800 block of Wheeler Road, was open the day of the burglary, but no employees were there, the incident report said. Someone stood on a table, climbed through the ceiling and entered a back room.

A $200 VCR and $500 quad processor, which runs the store's camera system, were stolen, the report said. The burglar alarm also appeared to have been tampered with.

Radio stations plan drives for food, toys

Radio stations WPRW-FM (Power 107) and WKSP-FM (96.3 Kiss FM) are sponsoring two separate drives to distribute toys to children and food for those in need during the Christmas season, a news release states.

The Power 107 "Toys for the Hood" drive seeks to collect toys for children up to age 16 who either do not have family or whose parents or guardians cannot afford toys this Christmas.

Kiss FM's "Kiss Hunger Goodbye Drive" is an effort to collect Christmas dinners that will feed the indigent and families displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Unwrapped toys, canned goods and nonperishable food items can be dropped off at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Deans Bridge Road from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 6 a.m. to midnight Dec. 13, the release states.

There will be additional drives at the following McDonald's locations: 1831 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6; 2624 Deans Bridge Road, 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8; 3132 Peach Orchard Road, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15; and 1464 Walton Way, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 20.

People who want to donate food or clothing may call Cher Best at 396-6000, ext. 195.

Eric Horner to perform free concert at post

The 15th Regimental Signal Brigade and Fort Gordon will present Eric Horner in concert on Barton Field at 6 p.m. Dec. 3, a news release states.

The concert is free and open to the public. If it rains, the concert will be held in Alexander Hall.

Signal Corps Band to perform at church

The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band will present a free Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at First Baptist Church of Augusta.

The concert will consist of traditional holiday music, a post news release states. Richard Rogers, a co-anchor of WRDW-TV's (Channel 12) 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts will serve as master of ceremonies.

Those attending the event are encouraged to get free tickets to ensure they have a good seat. Tickets are available at Fort Gordon Credit Union, Georgia Bank and Trust, the Augusta Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call 791-3113 or visit the band's Web site at www.gordon.army.mil/band.

- From staff reports