Local Update - November 23, 2007

Escaped Inmate

An inmate is on the loose this morning. William Busby escaped from jail in McDuffie County on Thanksgiving. It happened around 10:15 Thursday night. Sources say surrounding counties and the Georgia State Patrol helocopter are helping with the search. Continue to check wrdw.com for updates. We will post new information as it comes into our newsroom.

Travel Warning

This morning, troopers are out in full force, looking for folks speeding heading home from Thanksgiving celebrations or to the stores to shop. They're conducting road checks all over the area, so you'll want to be extra careful today. So far, reports show four deaths and 244 injuries fron car accidents in Georgia since the holiday period began.

Holiday Attractions Today

If you're already looking to Christmas this morning, we've got some events sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Five house museums have teamed up to present a historic holiday candlelight tour today through Sunday. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. Children under age five get in free. You can buy tickets from Historic Augusta, Inc. by calling 706-724-0436.
The Nutcracker is also appearing on stage tonight in Augusta
It's all happening at the Imperial Theater on Broad Street. Tickets are $17.00 to $40.00. For more information, call 706-722-8341.

Free Movie Tickets

It's expensive to go to the movies these days, but today, you can get some free movie tickets and save three lives. The Shepeard Community Blood Center is giving away free movie tickets to anyone who donates blood today. You can donate at Augusta Regal 20 Theater, Evans 14 Stadium Cinemas, Aiken Mall 8 Cinemas, or at at a Shepeard Community Blood Center.

GA Drought

Thanksgiving rain could help the water situation in Atlanta. More than two inches of rain fell in the northeastern part of the state along the Chattahoochee river. Experts say it's hard to determine whether the rainfall would have any appreciable effect downstream at Lake Lanier, Atlanta's main water supply. Georgia needs months of above-average rainfall to emerge from the drought. In the meantime, Lake Lanier has hit another record level low at 19 feet below normal.

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