Local Update: May 22, 2008

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Test Scores Dropped:

The state of Geogia is throwing out sixth and seventh graders' social studies scores, from tests they took earlier this year. Superintendent of Schools, Kathy Cox, says it's common for test scores to drop with a new test. She adds that there were also new math and social studies tests this year to go along with tougher curriculum. However, eighth grade math scores will stand, even though about 40 percent failed. Students have to pass that test to move on to high school.

Updated: Deadly Police Chase:

A grand jury has indicted Michael Guido for running from police, murder, and homocide by vehicle. It stems from a deadly accident in March. Guido was the passenger in Jamie Ray Clarek's car. The court also indicted Clarke on several charges, including the same ones mentioned above. Investigators say he's responsible for the accident that killed 43 year old Laura Felder..who was a mother of three.
Clarke's speeding s.u.v. crashed into her car at Gordon Highway and Old Savannah Road, after Richmond County Investigators chased Clarke through Augusta.

Cherokee County Takes A Hit:

Although much of the C.S.R.A. made it through this week's severe weather without too much damage...Cherokee County, Georgia, was not so lucky. They're left cleaning up after a tornado and hailstorm that damaged hundreds of homes there. Governor Sonny Perdue has declared a state of emergency there, so they can receive state resources to help with that clean up. Fortunately though -- there are no reports of any serious injuries.

Another Military Donation:

Augusta is 100-thousand dollars closer to building a new home for families of wounded soldiers. The C.S.R.A. Alliance donated a check to build a new Fisher House at the V.A. Medical Center. The new housing facility will have 21 suites. The community still needs to raise 1.8 million dollars. The Fisher Foundation plans to raise the rest.

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