Local Update: April 28, 2008

By: Stacey Hilton Email
By: Stacey Hilton Email

Remembering A Local Teacher:

A viewing will be held tonight, for an Aiken middle school teacher, found stabbed to death inside her home on Friday. Authorities say there are no signs of forced entry, into the home of Ann Smith. Investigators do not have any suspects in the case. Smith was a mother of three, and taught special education. Grief counselors will be available for students at school today. Smith's viewing is tonight from six to eight, at Shellhouse Rivers Funeral Home. A memorial service is set for tomorrow.

Georgia Qualifying Elections:

After several lean years, Georgia democrats are hoping the stars may at last.. be aligning in their favor. Qualifying for Georgia elections begins this morning. Party officials say they're looking to rebuild their bench with a strong crop of candidates this time around. The 'Peach State' has been tilting more and more republican since 2002. This week, candidates sign paperwork, and pay a Fee to get their name on the ballot.

Home Break-Ins Update:

Richmond County deputies may be one step closer to solving a string of recent home break-ins. 18-year old, Tavares Harmon is in jail this morning. The incident report reveals the deputy was on patrol because of all the reported break-ins within the last month....when he saw Harmon run from the front yard of a home on the 32-hundred block of Wheeler Road. Richmond County investigators also arrested Nicholas Cooper. Both men are facing charges for two counts of burglary.

James Brown's Belongings On The Move:

The Godfather of Soul's belongings are now heading to Columbia, South Carolina. Officials from South Carolina State University say they hope to have a huge display of James Brown's clothing, shoes, awards, furniture and sheet music ready by the middle of summer.
The university's interim president says he secured the rights to display the items through a contract he has with the late singer's estate.
He says people close to Brown are excited to show the items at a school because of the Godfather's love and support for education.


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