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Columbia County authorities on Monday were looking for a woman they say was an accomplice in the morning burglary of a Martinez home.

Police are looking for Amanda Claire Samples, 18, of Martinez, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

Ms. Samples was identified by a man accused of helping with the burglary -- Timothy Barnes, 20, of Augusta -- after he was arrested near the scene in Halifax subdivision.

Witnesses told police they saw a man and woman, later identified as Mr. Barnes and Ms. Samples, crawling out of a window in the 400 block of Halifax Drive.

Mr. Barnes was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on Monday on bond, according to jail personnel.

Ms. Samples was last seen leaving the area in a 1998 tan Toyota Corolla. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at (706) 541-2800.

Historic Augusta chief to be honored in May

Erick Montgomery, the executive director of Historic Augusta, and Lee Ann Caldwell, a professor of history at Georgia College & State University, will receive 2008 Governor's Awards in the Humanities for their work in history and preservation, it was announced Monday.

Mr. Montgomery, Dr. Caldwell, seven other Georgians and two organizations will be honored at the 23rd Governor's Awards in the Humanities luncheon May 8 in Atlanta.

"Mr. Montgomery and Dr. Caldwell have worked tirelessly to share stories and heritage with Georgians," Gov. Sonny Perdue said in a news release. "I salute all the winners for their efforts to promote the humanities in Georgia."

Lawmaker announces support for candidate

Outgoing state Rep. Skipper Perry, R-Aiken, has thrown his support behind Tom Young as his replacement in District 81.

Mr. Perry, wearing a sticker for Mr. Young at Monday's candidate's forum at the Aiken Republican Club, called Mr. Young an "energetic, honest and hard-working" man who could work with other legislators to push through bills.

"There's a difference between getting along and working well together," Mr. Perry said. "He works well with people."

Three others are vying for his seat,: Brad Boni; Aiken County Councilman Scott Singer; and volunteer firefighter John Kelly. All four spoke at the Republican Club's meeting at Newberry Hall in Aiken on Monday.

North Augusta moves ahead on buying land

The North Augusta City Council unanimously approved an option Monday night to purchase about 27.5 acres in Edgefield County that will be part of a new city park along Murrah and Five Notch roads.

Under the agreement, the city would pay $453,000 in sales tax revenues for the parcel, which connects to a 150-acre tract the city bought near Sweetwater Baptist Church for about $2 million in November 2006.

City Administrator Sam Bennett said the park would complement Riverview Park and likely include several athletic fields and many other forms of recreation, including a potential connection to the North Augusta Greeneway. Formal plans haven't been drafted for the site.

Under the agreement, the city would close on the property May 15. A survey and appraisal of the land are pending, officials said.

Art teachers awarded at Morris museum

The Morris Museum of Art and Wachovia Corp. have named Angelika Selman-Bondar, a visual arts teacher at Stevens Creek Elementary and Euchee Creek Elementary, the 2008 Outstanding Art Teacher in Visual Art.

Silke Piper, a fifth-grade teacher at South Columbia Elementary, is the 2008 Outstanding Classroom Teacher in Visual Art. Both were honored Sunday at a special ceremony at the Morris Museum of Art.

Their award included a cash prize, which can be used for professional learning, travel, conference expenses, art supplies or resources for the classroom.

Traffic report

The 2008 Tour de Georgia bike race that comes to Augusta and North Augusta this afternoon will cause traffic changes for commuters.

- There will be no parking allowed after 1 p.m. on the north side of Broad Street from 13th to Seventh streets.

- All vehicles on Seventh and Fifth streets between Broad and Reynolds should be removed by 1 p.m.

- Reynolds Street will be closed from Eighth to Ninth streets at 5 a.m. today.

- In North Augusta, vehicles should be moved by 1:30 p.m. from Arlington Heights and Carolina Avenue.

-- From staff reports

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mayhem2020
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mayhem2020 04/22/08 - 08:38 am
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Dang, they have a picturte of

Dang, they have a picturte of a white woman being wanted by the police, justus4 and hip, can you believe it?

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 04/22/08 - 09:05 am
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*Falls Out* in the words of

*Falls Out* in the words of Ms. Cellie from the Color Purple at the Dinner Table, "Dere is a Gawd"

i.b.e.w..electric
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i.b.e.w..electric 04/22/08 - 09:06 am
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yeah but it columbia

yeah but it columbia county,it doesnt count

pah4r
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pah4r 04/22/08 - 09:17 am
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don't expect those 2 to

don't expect those 2 to answer that. It wouldn't suit their character to respond to anyhting that is "white" related.

sjgraci
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sjgraci 04/22/08 - 09:42 am
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Just another picture of a

Just another picture of a missing white woman.

js_ee
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js_ee 04/22/08 - 10:12 am
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I guess this is the 1% of

I guess this is the 1% of crime committed by anything other than black in Augusta...right i.b.e.w.?!?!

feduptohere
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feduptohere 04/22/08 - 10:28 am
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Mmayhem, jackfriut, i.b.e.w.,

Mmayhem, jackfriut, i.b.e.w., pah4r, and sjgraci you all need to grow up. It's the types of comments made by people like you that continue to cause problems around this town. Get a life!

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 04/22/08 - 10:29 am
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js_ee as you can see the

js_ee as you can see the "regulars" are quiet... well the ones that (if this was a black woman's pic) by now there would have been over 100 racial post, it's almost NOON.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 04/22/08 - 10:30 am
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feduptohere HUSH UP... HUSH I

feduptohere HUSH UP... HUSH I SAY...

feduptohere
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feduptohere 04/22/08 - 10:33 am
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The truth hurts doesn't it

The truth hurts doesn't it "fruit" cake?

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 04/22/08 - 10:56 am
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No it really doesn't, but the

No it really doesn't, but the fact is, not one regular poster has made a comment about Ms. Samples and her CRIMES, surely if this was a black woman or latino even, today's across the area would be BLOWING UP... That's a truth...

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FallingLeaves 04/22/08 - 01:27 pm
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She reminds me of the pretty

She reminds me of the pretty young woman with a ponytail and with a sleeping baby in a carrier and two other small children and a man I guessed was her husband, I saw at lunchtime yesterday. She jumped up yelling, "there's that m.f.!", and ran outside to a white business pickup truck and spoke to a tall slender white guy in working clothes and got him to write down something for her. The man who was sitting with her at the table seemed to be puzzling over her behavior and had some questions for her when she got back. She looked very distant, angry and sad (depressed) all at the same time, I didn't want to hear what was said, so I tried to focus on my newspaper. Her behavior had me and all the other diners concerned enough that they were paying a little more attention to their surroundings than usual. The guy at another booth with the ball cap with army insignia on it, had really sat up and paid attention to their interaction outside, which he could see easily without being intrusive. He looked like he could handle it if any problems developed, so I wasn't too worried, just glanced at him occasionally to see if he had relaxed yet, just in case.

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nightcop 04/22/08 - 01:52 pm
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she turned herself in last

she turned herself in last night.

nightcop
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nightcop 04/22/08 - 01:52 pm
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she was with a black guy when

she was with a black guy when she did the crime...does that count?

robbie1
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robbie1 04/22/08 - 03:14 pm
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Fruit... You're making a

Fruit... You're making a good case for folks that make those stupid comments with those of your own.

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HippieChick 04/22/08 - 03:36 pm
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Let me guess the little white

Let me guess the little white devil made her black boyfriend do it.. Why can't all just get along?

robbie1
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robbie1 04/22/08 - 04:05 pm
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Too bad the conversation

Too bad the conversation always seems to turn toward the worst. Its sad when folks notice that no one made a racist comment... Yet...

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sportychick 04/22/08 - 04:12 pm
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This is great! And so true -

This is great! And so true - I love hte comments about the "regulars"; hit the nail on the head here!! Thanks for the laughs.

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The Kingfish 04/22/08 - 06:12 pm
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She needs to go to jail and

She needs to go to jail and serve her time just like anybody else.
I don't care what color she is. Thieves don't come in certain colors.

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tonytonytony 04/22/08 - 06:48 pm
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Unless she was a coach at

Unless she was a coach at clemson, where two track coaches stole $27,000. Clemson is not going to prosecute them. They will take a pay cut until they give back the $27,000 they deposited in their accounts. I guess if you are a coach at clemson its ok to send the message to the kids that its ok to steal $27,000 in cash and deposit it in your personal accounts. Or could it be that they know to much about buying football players and they didnt prosecute out of fear it would come out that clemson coaches pay players to play there. Infact that $27,000 might have been part of the money to pay a certain running back that was going to turn pro and make millions. But for some reason he decided to come back and play next year and hope he doesnt tear up a knee so he will never get the milions next year. I am sure he loves his life at clemson. But ball players turn down millions every day just to go to school. NOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

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