Local Update - January 22, 2008

January 22, 2008; News 12 This Morning

BILL CLINTON STUMPS IN AIKEN TODAY

A former Commander in Chef is playing the part of "Cheerleader in Chief" today in Aiken.
You can meet former President Bill Clinton at the Aiken Municipal Building at 11:00 am.
Doors open at 10:30 this morning.
He is campaigning for his wife, Senator Hillary Clinton, ahead of Saturday's democratic primary in South Carolina.

FAMILY DOLLAR FIRE

Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a fire at the Family Dollar store on the 1700 block of Walton Way.
It started a little after midnight.
There's also no word on how much damage the fire caused to the building or the store's inventory.
No one was hurt.

COLUMBIA COUNTY SCHOOL CONTROVERSY

Tonight, members of the Columbia County School Board are set to tackle an issue that has some parents and students upset.
They'll talk about a possible rezoning plan for Stallings Island Middle School, which is scheduled to open in August.
Members want to use this opportunity to eliminate overcrowding at other schools, but some parents are worried this will mean their child will have to change schools.

GREEN LIGHT FOR MCG

The Medical College of Georgia now has the official thumbs-up to begin a project that includes at statewide expansion plans.
MCG will increase the number of students from 745 to 1200.
The Athens campus will hold 240 students, and the Augusta campus would increase enrollment to 900.
Clinical sites in Albany and Savannah would have 30 medical students each.

DOUBLE DOLLARS

News 12 has learned three local counties will get a fat check for land at the Savannah River Site.
The U.S. Department of Energy has agreed to nearly double the money it pays for the land.
Aiken, Barnwell, and Allendale Counties will now divide up $6.2 million.
That's nearly three million more than the previous agreement 20 years ago.

CIVIL RIGHTS STATUE

Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver wants to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the heart of downtown.
He used Monday's holiday to announce plans for a statue of Dr. King.
The mayor says he'd like to see it go near the Augusta Canal, but he'll be discussing it with the commission to find the right place.


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