News 12 This Morning Local Update - September 27, 2006

Edgefield County school superintendent announces retirement

Edgefield County joins two other counties now looking for a new school superintendent.

Last night, Sharon Keesley announced that she is voluntarily stepping down.

Keesley has been Edgefield County's superintendent for eight years, and she says the time is right for her to move on.

Keesley's last day in office will be June 30, 2007.

No word on when Edgefield County will start searching for her replacement.

Gold Cup Polo finals Sunday in Aiken

The sport of polo is growing in popularity, and it's not just for horsemen--it's an event the entire family can enjoy.

If you want to catch the polo in action, make sure you make it out to the fields this weekend.

The finals of the Gold Cup Polo Tournament happen in Aiken Sunday.

Folks of all ages can come to see the rare sport, and they travel from all over to participate.

"It's a great sport," Donna Rooney, a polo player from Calgary, Canada told News 12. "It's great to be outside. Anything to do with horses is a great thing."

"We brought some horses down and a team to play here," her husband John Rooney, owner of a polo team, said. "It's been really fun...people have been really nice. The weather is fabulous and the people have been nice. It's a really good polo experience."

There are two matches tomorrow starting at 10 o'clock, then the finals start at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon.

You can get advance tickets online.

Golf legend Byron Nelson passes away

The world of sports loses a legend.

Byron Nelson died yesterday at the age of 94.

Nelson was one of the best players of his era, winning the Masters twice in 1937 and again in 1942.

He had the greatest year in the history of professional golf in 1945 when he won 18 tournaments, including a record eleven in a row.

In later years, before his health failed him, Nelson served as the honorary starter for the Masters Tournament.

Columbia County to investigate Few

He's cleared Richmond County allegations, but now Ronnie Few could be facing trouble in Columbia County.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office announced yesterday it will investigate whether Few will face charges for filing for homestead exemption on a home in Evans.

The question this time is one of criminal intent.

This investigation comes after a Martinez man, Jim Bible, filed a complaint with the sheriff's office Monday.

The crime is considered a felony.

If Few is charged and convicted, he could face a fine of $1000 and up to five years in jail.

Capt. Morris says any charges would come next week at the earliest.

Shooting suspect at large

A shooting suspect remains on the run.

Investigators tell News 12 a man with a shirt tied around his head holding a silver handgun went to an apartment off Heritage Circle, off Jackson Road in Augusta.

26-year-old Richard Edwards was shot in the leg as he was trying to run away.

Investigators think the motive may have been robbery.

Aiken County searching for escaped fugitive

Aiken County investigators are still looking for a fugitive who escaped during an undercover sting operation.

Authorities say Dwayne Langford was helping police as an informant when he stole an SUV from Aiken Public Safety.

An Aiken Public Safety officer was transporting Langford in an undercover Cadillac Escalade.

When the officer got out to sign some paperwork, Langford jumped into the front seat and drove off.

The SUV was found in downtown Augusta at 11th and Broad.

Coming Up

Here's a preview of what we're working on.

Today on News 12 at 6, brass knuckles and drugs...a look at the reason kids are getting in trouble in class. It's our weekly look at School Crimes.

And on Thursday, the Spooky to be Hungry charity tries a new corporate program to raise more money and collect more food. Be sure to catch the Buzz on Biz at 6:45.