Originally created 12/17/06

Across the area



Benefit helps MCG, children

Contributors to the Cares for Kids Radiothon this weekend nearly doubled the amount they gave last year during the drive to benefit Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center.

The 6th annual WBBQ 104.3 and The Bull 105.7 Cares for Kids Radiothon raised $182,973.32 to benefit patient care at the hospital. Last year, the drive raised $92,243.

The radiothon aired on the two stations from Thursday through Saturday. Pledges are still being accepted online at www.mcghealth.org/kids.

Vacation time arrives for Fort Gordon troops

More than 4,000 military service members at Fort Gordon for advanced individual training will leave the post for the holidays starting Tuesday.

Some of the service members will be bused to area airports during the annual exodus; others will be met at the fort by their parents. The trainees' vacation ends Jan. 2.

Man is shot while sitting on front porch

An Augusta man was wounded after someone shot at him as he was sitting on his front porch, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office police report.

A witness said they heard four shots at 5:04 p.m. Thursday in the 2000 block of Clark Street and saw the victim running with blood on his arms, the police report said.

Mission will dedicate women's shelter

Garden City Rescue Mission will hold a ribbon-cutting at 3 p.m. Wednesday for its Women's and Children's Shelter, 828 Fenwick St. Refreshments will be available after the dedication. For more information, call (706) 724-6960 or see the agency's Web site, gardencityrescuemission.com.

Donations, volunteers wanted for outreach

Volunteers will be accepting donations of canned cranberry sauce, uncooked stuffing, instant mashed potatoes and green beans between 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dec. 24 at the North Augusta police hut at 501 E. Buena Vista Ave. in North Augusta.

The food will be distributed through the Salvation Army, 1384 Greene St., between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Christmas Day. Volunteers are needed to serve and to deliver meals. To request delivery or to volunteer, call (803) 426-2032. The outreach is a joint effort between the Salvation Army and True North Church in North Augusta.

19-year-old charged with child molestation


Richmond County authorities arrested a 19-year-old Augusta man Saturday morning accused of inappropriately touching a 6-year-old girl who was taken to the hospital.


Gregory Alvin Jones is charged with felony aggravated child molestation, according to Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Glen Rahn.


Police were notified when the mother took the girl to University Hospital because she found blood in her daughter's underwear, the investigator said.


Mr. Jones was placed in custody at his home in the 3200 block of Vandivere Road at 5:34 a.m., Investigator Rahn said.