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September 26--  A church member is being accused of setting a fire which destroyed a Toombs County church.

Toombs County Sheriff Junior Kight reports 44-year-old Timothy William Harden of Lyons is being charged with burglary and arson in the first degree.

The Oasis Church on the Ponderosa Road near Lyons was destroyed early on the morning of Sunday, August 7th.  Sheriff Kight says Harden had stolen musical equipment from the church earlier in the week and set the fire so the thefts would not be discovered when church convened that Sunday morning.

The sheriff reports some of the stolen musical instruments have been found at area pawn shops.