Local Update - January 7, 2008

News 12 This Morning

GA Voter Deadline

Today is the last day for voters in Georgia to register to participate in the state's primaries February 5th.
The deadline has already passed for voters in South Carolina because the Palmetto State's primaries aren't that far away.
The Democratic Primary is January 19th.
The Republican Primary is January 26th.

Graniteville Anniversary

People in Graniteville are still living with health problems from the train wreck and chlorine spill there.
Sunday marked the third anniversary of the tragedy that killed nine people and injured hundreds of others.
The investigation found crews forgot to put a track switch back into place, causing the crash.
A class action settlement with Norfolk southern was approved in July of 2007.

New Edgefield County High School

More and more students are packing into Edgefield County's newest high school.
Now, the county needs an even newer one.
Fox Creek High School has doubled in students since the school opened four years ago.
Workers will break ground on a new school in March on 64 acres of land near exit 5 on I-20.
Leaders hope to be in the new Fox Creek by this fall.

Search for Suspect, Murder Weapon Continues

A suspected murderer and his weapon are both still missing this morning.
An Augusta dive team, along with Richmond County investigators met Friday at Lake Olmstead, hoping to find the gun used to kill 38-year-old Corwin Lee, but they weren't able to find anything.
Meanwhile, 18-year old Victor Scott is still on the run
He's one of two men investigators say were involved with Lee's murder.

Bar Owner Wanted

Richmond County investigators are looking for a man wanted for an attack on New Year's Eve.
33 year old Mike Guthrie is a co-owner of 1102 Bar and Grill in downtown Augusta.
He's facing aggravated battery charges after witnesses say he attacked a man just outside the bar around 3:00 am.
The victim was taken to MCG.
He is still recovering from serious injuries.

Club Owner Fined

The manager of a local night club will have to pay a hefty fine for fire code violations.
The court has fined and warned Tristan Jones after complaints of too many people allowed in the Ponderosa nightclub, where there's been some violence recently.
The fine is $465.
Public Safety Chief Pete Fromer says if there's any more trouble there, he'll ask city council to take away the club's license.

World's Finest Firefighters

This morning, Fort Gordon's firefighters have a huge honor after the Firefighter Challenge in Las Vegas.
More than a hundred teams and a thousand firefighters from all over the world competed.
Fort Gordon's five member team finished fifth overall in the world rankings and first place in the team relay.
Brandon Cunningham won first place for the second year in a row as the male individual world champion.


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