Local Update - January 21, 2008


DR. KING HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS

Today is the day set aside to honor the life and accomplishments of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and celebrations all over the area are marking the holiday.
Georgia Power Employees will volunteer at Sego Middle School, working on interior and exterior improvement projects for free.
They say it's in remembrance Dr King, who dedicated his life to the service of others.
New Order and Operation Lead are also joining together in a march for justice.
They will meet in front of the Federal Courthouse downtown.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference will have a luncheon at Beulah Grove Baptist Church.

CANDIDATES IN COLUMBIA FOR MLK RALLY

With the South Carolina Democratic Primary set for this Saturday, candidates are in Columbia for a Martin Luther King, Jr. rally.
Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Edwards are speaking to voters at the statehouse during the NAACP event.
From there, the candidates will move on to Myrtle Beach for a debate tonight.
There are no tickets left for the event, but you can watch it tonight on CNN at 8:00.
It's also sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Institute.

FUNNY OR OFFENSIVE?

With presidential primaries in full swing, one local business has no problem showing who it favors.
A sign outside Hollywood Self Storage off Columbia Industrial Boulevard in Evans reads "today's special: republicans half price, democrats pay double."
Some of our News 12 viewers have called our newsroom, saying they find it offensive and discriminatory.
The owner of Hollywood Storage hasn't returned our phone calls yet.

BAFFLED IN BATH

This morning, investigators want to know why a house in bath caught on fire, not once, but twice.
The fire first broke out last Monday at a house at 9 Huckabee Street.
The elderly woman inside was able to escape unharmed.
Then, Sunday afternoon, it caught on fire again while her son was doing work on the house.
Investigators are now working on a cause.

SEX OFFENDER SEARCH

Aiken County investigators need your help tracking down three wanted sex offenders for failing to register.
They are looking for Tony Bagwell of Salley, Kenneth Dunn from Aiken, and Billy McCarty of North Augusta.
All have been convicted of sex crimes with children.

AUGUSTA INK

Local criminals are feeling the heat of Operation Augusta Ink.
The court has now convicted 21 people of federal crimes as a result of the massive undercover operation.
They all pleaded guilty to various federal firearms or drug offenses, but they haven't received their sentences yet.
There are still 39 more suspects awaiting their day in court.


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