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Accused thief still in hospital

A woman accused of stealing a car and then wrecking it at a downtown Augusta intersection Thursday remained in good condition Friday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Tomeka Rolland, 18, of Gilbert Manor, faces a theft charge and several traffic violations, according to Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Robin Ashmore. She is accused of stealing the car from a home on Ridge Run Drive in Hephzibah, Investigator Ashmore said. According to a sheriff's report, the car's owner, Bryan Parker, 22, had left his car running in his driveway in order to warm it up when it was stolen.

Mr. Parker later spotted the suspect on R.A. Dent Boulevard and he pursued her to Dugas Street, where she alledgedly drove through a stop sign and was struck by another vehicle. Police say she then handed her baby girl to someone in the gathering crowd before trying to elude police.

Reopening event is planned for gardens

Augusta will reopen the gardens at the former Georgia Golf Hall of Fame site on Reynolds Street today, with a grand opening scheduled for 10 a.m.

The gardens will be free to the public and open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The area will be staffed by the city's Parks and Recreation Department during the open hours, the department's director Tom Beck said. Mr. Beck said department employees have hauled away eight dump-truck loads of dead plants and debris from the gardens.

Workers have not concentrated on replanting any horticultural areas where plants died during the summer heat and drought because it would cost more than $100,000, Mr. Beck said.

No pupils injured in school bus accident

No one was injured in a Friday afternoon accident involving two school buses, which were full of pupils, at Columbia Middle School.

Sandra Carraway, the Columbia County school system deputy superintendent, said the accident occurred shortly before 3 p.m. when a driver released the air brakes of one bus, causing it to roll back into another bus.

"There was no indication that either bus was harmed," Dr. Carraway said.

Mayor will speak at center's fundraiser

Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver will deliver the keynote address at a Friday gala and fundraiser benefiting New Bethlehem Community Center and its variety of social service programs.

The gala, to be held at Ma Fannie's restaurant (formerly BL's) at 1117 Laney-Walker Blvd., begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 per person and can be purchased at Bethlehem Community Center, at 1336 Conklin Ave., or by calling (706) 722-0086.

Program will focus on bacterial sampling

The Sierra Club's Savannah River chapter will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3501 Walton Way Extension.

Dr. Jason Andrus, an Augusta State University microbiologist, will present a program on stream bacterial sampling and the Richmond County Adopt-A-Stream program, including results of recent tests in local waterways. The public is welcome to attend.

Speaker will discuss dementia at lunch

Dr. Suzanne Smith, the director of the Memory Disorder Clinic at Medical College of Georgia, will discuss "Clinical Diagnosis: Dementias" at the January lunch and learn program held by the Augusta Alzheimer's Association.

The program will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Medical College of Georgia Alumni Center at 919 15th St.

R.S.V.P. by calling Dr. Shirley Poduslo at (706) 721-0609.

Art institute offers courses during winter

The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art is taking registration for its winter quarter studio art classes and workshops, which begin Monday.

Classes are available for all ages in a wide variety of media, including drawing, printmaking, painting, ceramics, photography and sculpture. Tuition assistance is available.

To request a free catalog of class listings or a scholarship application, call the institute at (706) 722-5495 or visit www.ghia.org.

Canal center has new hours during winter

The Augusta Canal Interpretive Center is operating on its winter schedule through March 31.

The center's hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Petersburg Boat tours will be offered at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m., weather permitting. Special group charters for other days and times can be arranged with advance notice.

Call (706) 823-0440, ext. 4, for information and reservations.

-- From staff reports

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peonynut
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peonynut 01/05/08 - 07:57 am
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I don't suppose it crossed

I don't suppose it crossed anyone's mind to water the gardens during the summer instead of letting thousands of dollars of landscaping and plants just go to waste. But not to worry, I am sure your officials will have it replanted and beautiful by the time the Masters rolls around. Seems as if it is the only time you people do anything for city cleanup and or improvement.

longtrainrunning
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longtrainrunning 01/05/08 - 08:23 am
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I'm so happy Ms Rolland is

I'm so happy Ms Rolland is doing well and enjoying her free med care!!!

pluto59
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pluto59 01/05/08 - 08:39 am
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Augusta is the garbage city

Augusta is the garbage city not the garden city.

DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 01/05/08 - 08:57 am
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That garden would not have

That garden would not have cost so much if they used perennials that were drought tolerant. They cost so much cause all their plants are annuals that die yearly. Perhaps a change of course to use the other would be far better?? Lantana, Rosemary, are just a couple of plants that are not only evergreen, but showy and blossom and withstand cold spells.

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Leftystandup 01/05/08 - 08:59 am
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did someone * in yall's

did someone * in yall's cornflakes this morning?

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edst4 01/05/08 - 09:04 am
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I say give Tomeka Rolland the

I say give Tomeka Rolland the mother of the year award. I am glad my hard earned tax dollars are supporting this fine outstanding unwed teenage mother. I am even willing to go down and pay her hospital bill from my pay check as well as pay for a roof over her head. Somebody please contact Good Housekeeping to let them know about this outstanding person

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chadwick323i 01/05/08 - 09:28 am
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Way to go Tomeka! First you

Way to go Tomeka! First you are caught driving in a stolen car, wreck it and then give your child to bystanders as you try to get away(not to mention that your friend is still in the wrecked car injuried). And you wonder why MCG wants to buy Gilbert Manor. Next up Cherry Crossing.

chadwick323i
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chadwick323i 01/05/08 - 09:33 am
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Way to go Tomeka! First you

Way to go Tomeka! First you are caught driving in a stolen car, wreck it and then give your child to bystanders as you try to get away(not to mention that your friend is still in the wrecked car injuried). And you wonder why MCG wants to buy Gilbert Manor. Next up Cherry Crossing.

Its 5oclock somewhere
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Its 5oclock somewhere 01/05/08 - 09:48 am
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Playa I bet you won't get a

Playa I bet you won't get a ROSE tattoo!

getalife
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getalife 01/05/08 - 09:51 am
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One of the TV stations stated

One of the TV stations stated 16-18 truck loads of shrubbery and trees were hauled from the golf gardens this week. In one news story, it stated a "mother" had a wreck and gave her child to a bystander so she could get away. The word "mother" should not be used in that story, she is not a "mother"!!

PlayaFace
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PlayaFace 01/05/08 - 10:34 am
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i dont like roses... but i

i dont like roses... but i have sunflowers and peach tree blossoms

intheknow
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intheknow 01/05/08 - 10:43 am
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Hey, give Tomeka a break. She

Hey, give Tomeka a break. She knew that she had to find reliable transportation for her pending move.

Its 5oclock somewhere
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Its 5oclock somewhere 01/05/08 - 10:49 am
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Playa. I was just picking at

Playa. I was just picking at you. In reference to yours and Rose's little fuss the other day. hope it has cleared up.

dani
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dani 01/05/08 - 10:56 am
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peon..Better late than never.

peon..Better late than never. I am proud of Augusta when I see the beautiful flowers & shrubs in April to welcome out of towners.
We are known as "Augusta, Home of the Masters". What better advertisement could you ask for.

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Little Lamb 01/05/08 - 11:24 am
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I never know what to order

I never know what to order from the menu because I have "dementia at lunch."

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 01/05/08 - 11:48 am
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Re: Tomeka and the stolen

Re: Tomeka and the stolen car... another example of the "sense of entitlement" that some young people have. The real rule is, "If it's not yours, don't touch it or take it!" The only entitement you have is, if you got a job, and paid for the stuff, then it's yours! Otherwise, it's called stealing! Hello, girl! Wake up and smell the coffee! Duh!

WW1949
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WW1949 01/05/08 - 12:05 pm
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In the kmow, I like your

In the kmow, I like your comment.

MyOpinion2
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MyOpinion2 01/05/08 - 01:08 pm
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Deborah E. I hope the

Deborah E. I hope the commissioners and the folks in charge of the gardens read your post. At last someone with common sense. You are sooooo right!

gadawg1968
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gadawg1968 01/05/08 - 03:47 pm
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This is just another example

This is just another example of what Augusta is turning into. I hope they close down Cherrytree, Gilbert Manor, and Underwood Homes. Make these people get jobs and then they can live on their own. Tomeka should have her child/children taken away from her and given some time in the Richmond County Jail for time to think.

dani
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dani 01/05/08 - 05:21 pm
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baroness..You have to admit

baroness..You have to admit it is funny. I love the one-liners.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 01/05/08 - 07:05 pm
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I personaly thoguht

I personaly thoguht intheknows comment was very funnytoo whatif!!!!!! that's less to not like than some of the horrible things that are usually said. No different than a comedian saying it. wasn't a bash or an insult, was a joke. A good one too!! lol

Why
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Why 01/05/08 - 07:09 pm
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Po, Tomeka..Po, Po,

Po, Tomeka..Po, Po, Tomeka....!!!

Laguria
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Laguria 01/05/08 - 08:00 pm
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Brian Parker made a good girl

Brian Parker made a good girl go bad, cause he left the keys in his car. He should go to jail not that poor Tomeka. She is a mamma ya know.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 01/05/08 - 09:22 pm
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Yes, now I'm happy =) lol,

Yes, now I'm happy =) lol, how in the world did you have time to go do a clean up? you were posting all day but like 2 hours lol It musta been fast or u was supervisor with a laptop lol I was at home with a sickly family all runnin fevers, couldnt do something like that in this cold!!! brrrrrrrr lol We have antibiotics now so hopefully we will be well soon =) This week comin is suppsoed to be in the 70's. yayyyyy!!! On a serious note, thanks to all those who did care enough to help clean up!!! =)

WW1949
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WW1949 01/05/08 - 09:49 pm
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Yes Baroness, I was being

Yes Baroness, I was being sarcastic. If you read some of my posts you know that I am extremely consertative and don't take kindly to people, whoever they are , taking advantage of the system and public houseing is one of the worst.

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badleeroy 01/06/08 - 12:00 am
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Add longtrain while you are

Add longtrain while you are at it, baroness. As for in theknow, first, he's out protecting the world and then he is suffering heart problems, while he is out protecting citizens, [filtered word]??

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