Local Update - January 14, 2008

January 14, 2007; News 12 This Morning

BATH HOUSE FIRE

Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a home in Bath to go up in flames this morning.
It happened just before 1:00 am at 9 Huckabee Street.
The owner, a 64-year-old woman, was sleeping at the time. She says she woke up to a "popping" noise and discovered the fire.
She was able to get out safely.

TOURING THOMPSON

A presidential hopeful wants to have lunch with you today ahead of the South Carolina Primaries.
Republican Fred Thompson will be at Papa Russ' Barbecue in the Alley at noon today in Aiken.
The public is welcome to attend.

MCCAIN MEET AND GREET

Some senators are heading to South Carolina in support of presidential hopeful John McCain.
You're invited to meet Senators Lindsey Graham, Jon Kyl, and Trent Lott.
It's a part of their tour across South Carolina, preparing for the upcoming primary.
It kicks off at 8:45 this morning at the Atlanta Bread Company on Whiskey Road in Aiken.
The event is free and open to anyone who wants to go.

SOLDIER HOMECOMING

After spending more than a year away from friends and family, today couldn't have come soon enough for some local soldiers.
The 67th Signal Battalion will be coming home today.
The unit left Fort Gordon for Iraq in October 2006.
The unit had no casualties in their 15 months overseas.

BACK TO WORK FOR GEORGIA LAWMAKERS

Georgia lawmakers are heading back to work.
Today marks the first day of an up to 40 day session in Atlanta for the Georgia Legislature.
One of the top local issues this year is water control after record drought numbers.
With the state's growing population, medical care is also a big issue.
Lawmakers are hoping to find a way to pay for MCG's expansion.
A recent study shows Georgia is the fastest growing state in the southeast.

BIGGER BOUNDARIES

Downtown Augusta could be getting a face lift in no time, if some city leaders have their way.
The Downtown Development Authority wants to expand its borders west to Milledge Road and east to Bobby Jones.
The plan also includes Harrisburg, MCG, and Paine College.
The target date for this to pass is in March.


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