Originally created 10/24/06

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Man shot by purse thieves

A North Augusta man was shot while trying to stop two men from taking his friend's purse Monday, according to Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Calvin Chew.

Harold Hiles, 23, was in serious condition Monday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Sgt. Chew said.

Mr. Hiles was outside 1102 Downtown Bar and Grill on Broad Street at about 2 a.m. when he and Dawn Hofilena, 18, of Augusta were approached by two men who demanded her purse.

Mr. Hiles, refused and one of the men fired a semiautomatic handgun, Sgt. Chew said.

The bullet struck Mr. Hiles in the upper-right part of his back and exited under his right armpit.

Police are still searching for the two assailants, Sgt. Chew said.

Veterans Day parade will include ceremony

The CSRA-Augusta Veterans Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10.

The parade will begin at the Sacred Hearts Cultural Center at 13th and Greene streets, head along Broad Street and end at Fourth Street.

A ceremony will follow at 11 a.m. at the All Wars Monument.

Land bank authority will meet next month

The Augusta-Richmond County Land Bank Authority will meet at 2 p.m. Nov. 15 at 925 Laney-Walker Blvd.

Lane closure planned for Furys Ferry Road

Furys Ferry Road from its intersection at The Pass to its intersection at Boller Road will have a temporary lane closure from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Wednesday.

About 1,600 feet of lane will be closed, and it will reduce southbound traffic to one outside lane, according to a county government release.

School board advisers back penny sales tax

The Richmond County Board of Education Advisory Committee, a group of community members appointed to oversee the board, announced its support of the school system's proposed sales tax.

The 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax will benefit children and the community by boosting the economy and adding jobs, committee President Quincy Robertson said.

Voters will go to the polls Nov. 7 to cast ballots on the penny sales tax. The $230 million tax package will fund construction, transportation, technology and textbooks.

- From staff reports