Originally created 12/31/06

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Tree recycling effort planned

Keep Columbia County Beautiful has planned its annual Christmas tree recycling event - Bring One for the Chipper - from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Home Depot, 499 Bobby Jones Expressway.

The trees will be recycled into mulch, fuel or fish habitats. Mulch and tree seedlings will be given in exchange for your tree, while supplies last Saturday.

For information, please call (706) 312-7191.

Institute offering winter art classes

The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art will begin winter quarter classes Jan. 8.

Classes and workshops are available for adults, youths and children in drawing, printmaking, painting, ceramics, photography, sculpture and other media.

For class listings or a scholarship application, call (706) 722-5495 or visit www.ghia.org.

Teenage boys charged with armed robbery

Two 16-year-old boys were arrested Saturday morning and charged with armed robbery, Richmond County Sheriff's Office reports said.

Johnny Patrick Thibodeaux, of the 3600 block of Teakwood Drive in Hephzibah, and Corderro Latron Morton, of the 2300 block of Amsterdam Drive in Augusta, were apprehended on Gordon Highway by Investigator Glen Rahn and charged with the felony.

No other details were available.

Vandalism at church under investigation

Deputies are looking for someone who vandalized National Hills Baptist Church, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

Sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, someone broke three windows at the church in the 2700 block of Washington Road, the report said.

It doesn't appear the person entered the building, the report said. Damage was estimated at $200.

Water main repair will close street

Laney-Walker Boulevard between East Boundary and Third Street will be closed to fix a water main until further notice, according to the Augusta Engineering Department.

East Boundary, Watkins and Third streets can be used as detours, the department said.

Lane will be closed for tree removal

The southbound lane of East Boundary Street from Taylor Street to Laney-Walker Boulevard will be closed this week for tree removal, according to the Augusta Engineering Department.

The lane will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Flaggers will be on hand to maintain two-way traffic.

Drivers can avoid the area by using Sandbar Ferry Road, Telfair Street, Broad Street, Watkins Street, Third Street, Belafonte Street or Chapman Street.

Series installment will feature rock

The Silverwood Quartet will perform a free concert of classical rock at the next Tuesday's Music Live.

The concert, which begins at noon Jan. 9, will be held in the sanctuary of St. Paul's Church, Sixth and Reynolds streets.

Lunch after the concert will be catered by Chick-fil-A at Mullins Crossing, and the cost is $7 per person. Reservations are required for lunch and may be made by calling (706) 722-3463.