Originally created 11/05/06

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Decomposed body found

Authorities are investigating the death of a person found by deer hunters Saturday afternoon at the wood line of a McDuffie County road.

The badly decomposed body found off Story-Randal Road was unidentifiable, and authorities are unsure how long it had been there, McDuffie County Coroner Rhusha Mack said.

Hunters found the body at about 1:30 p.m., he said.

The sex of the person is also undetermined, the coroner said, but authorities are leaning toward female. But Mr. Mack said he will wait until an autopsy is completed Monday in Augusta to make the determination.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting the coroner's office and the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office.

Mobile home burns down; no one is hurt

A fire gutted a double-wide mobile home Friday night near Harlem, officials said.

At about 7:35 p.m., neighbors in the 400 block of Brad Mary Lake Road, near Gordon Highway, called 911 and said the home was on fire, said Honey Shore, the spokeswoman for Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue.

Firefighters arrived at the residence within minutes and found the home engulfed in flames, she said. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, though authorities do not consider it suspicious. No one was hurt.

Homeowners Russell and Michelle Hedger were not at home at the time of the blaze.

Mrs. Shore said the homeowners were insured and the American Red Cross provided help.

Officials announce two road closures

Columbia County officials say there will be two road closures this week.

On Monday, there will be a temporary lane closure on Washington Road from Davis Road to the Wachovia Bank from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The closure will affect eastbound traffic and is necessary to relocate utilities, according to officials.

There will also be a temporary road closure of Oak Drive at Davis Road from 11 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday. No traffic will be able to enter or exit Oak Road during that time, officials said.

Tree lighting will be held Dec. 2 in Evans

The sixth annual Columbia County Christmas tree lighting celebration, "Christmas in America," will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Amphitheater and Memorial Gardens, adjacent to the library at 720 N. Belair Road, Evans.

Holiday activities will include music and a sing-along, a visit from Santa, food and craft vendors, and the lighting of the Columbia County Christmas tree.

This year's honorary tree lighter is Lena Talukadar, crowned Columbia County's Merchants Association Fair Queen.

Music will be provided by the Vineyard Church Praise Band and the Columbia County Elementary School Mass Chorus.

Fort's American Indian heritage program free

Fort Gordon will observe Native American Heritage Month with a program at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Alexander Hall.

Joey Pierce, an Army veteran who is of Cherokee, Shawnee, English and Irish descent, will speak at the program.

He earned two bachelor of visual arts degrees from Georgia State University in pottery and jewelry design.

The theme this year is "Drawing Strength and Guidance from Heritage and Ancestry."

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the fort's Equal Opportunity Office at (706) 791-2014.