Originally created 10/20/06

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Man dies after hit by 2 cars

A south Augusta man died early Thursday after he was hit by two vehicles as he walked down Mike Padgett Highway.

Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen identified the man as Richard Powers, 57, of the 4600 block of Old Savannah Road.

Sheriff's Capt. Jim Griffin said Mr. Powers was walking north at 3:14 a.m. in the southbound lane when he was hit by one car and knocked into the other lane, where he was struck by a second vehicle.

Capt. Griffin said charges will probably not be filed because Mr. Powers was walking in the roadway in extremely dense fog.

Donations will assist battalion families

Members of the public who want to help soldiers who will leave today and Saturday for Iraq from Fort Gordon can donate to their battalion's family readiness group, officials said.

The 67th Signal Battalion's group will help provide activities and programs for families of the soldiers, who are being deployed to Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

They will be gone for about a year, including the holiday season.

Donations should be directed to the unit's "informal fund."

To donate, call Beth Dixon at (706) 831-3220 or e-mail her at beth.dixon@gmail.com.

Fall produce market to open Saturday

The Saturday Market on Broad will present the new Fall Produce Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on Macartan Street, said Jennifer Walden, market coordinator.

A record number of vendors have signed up to participate with the Fall Produce Market, she said.

"After the tremendous success of the market this past year, we felt confident a fall and holiday market would be a nice addition for our patrons to enjoy," she said.

Volunteers to clean up area waterways

More than 160 Fort Gordon volunteers will participate in Saturday's efforts to clean up local waterways, the post said in a news release.

They'll join other volunteers in cleaning up parts of the Savannah River, Lake Olmstead, the Augusta Canal, Rae's Creek, Reed Creek and Spirit Creek.

Most of the volunteers from the fort are members of Company B, 447th Signal Battalion.

Fifteen members of Detachment 1, 338th Air Force Training Squadron and several other people from Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center will also help out.

Georgia CPAs award four scholarships

The Augusta chapter of the Georgia Society of CPAs awarded scholarships Thursday to two Paine College students and two Augusta State University students at its Marbury Center luncheon.

Linda Curd, president of the society, awarded the $750 scholarships to Velvet King and April Randall of Paine College and Deborah Mead and Tyler Tedford of Augusta State.

"(There were) lots of applications this year (and) it's really hard to choose," Ms. Curd said. "But we think that these people represent what we would want in our profession and we thank all of you."

Brothers are named Aviators of the Year

Two longtime members of the Augusta Aviation community were honored Thursday night as Boshears SkyFest 2006 Aviators of the Year.

Brothers Tony Gay, 52, and Steven Gay, 46, of Augusta Aviation Inc. were selected for their continued commitment to the air show and promotion of aviation.

"To be counted among these guys, who are really the pioneers of aviation of Augusta, is an honor," Steven Gay said.

Both began as mechanics out of high school and became pilots. In 1990, they bought Augusta Aviation from the Boshears family.

The Boshears SkyFest will be held Saturday and Sunday at Daniel Field.

During the opening ceremony, the late Greg Hodges, the 2002 Aviator of the Year, will be remembered and honored and the winner of a scholarship in his memory will be announced.

- From staff reports