News 12 This Morning Local Update - October 6, 2006

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Lottie Payne guilty

It was a hard decision for some, but a quick one.

In a Warrenton courtroom, jurors found Lottie Payne guilty on two counts of second degree child cruelty yesterday.

The jury of 5 men and 7 women decided Payne had neglected her two toddlers the day they were found drowned in a retention pond last year.

Payne was sentenced to five years in prison followed by five years probation.

There were mixed emotions about the verdict.

"The children lost their lives for five years...it's not enough," said one Warrenton resident.

Another said, "Every mother who had a child has had that child go missing at some point."

Dennis Payne, Lottie Payne's husband, says he plans to appeal the court's decision.

Last city-funded First Friday

Tonight will be the last night that First Friday will be run by Augusta's Downtown Development Authority.

But downtown business owners are looking to take over and keep the event going.

Yesterday more than 30 business owners met to look at ways they can coordinate First Friday.

They plan to form a downtown business association to run the event, that they will control.

Last week, the Downtown Development Authority cut off funding for First Friday.

They say they'll use the money to put on a variety of other events.

Investigation ongoing into fire at car accessory shop

A fire investigation continues after an Augusta car accessory shop went up in flames yesterday morning.

Huge flames destroyed the Mag Wheel and Tire Connection on Barton Chapel, near Gordon Highway.

It happened around 4:30 yesterday morning.

The fast-moving flames destroyed five buildings in the business.

Nobody was hurt.

11th annual Cancer Survivors Day

Today marks the 11th annual Cancer Survivors Day.

All cancer survivor patients and their family members are invited to come and celebrate at the Cancer Care Institute of Carolina at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

It's a chance to join the national celebration in honor of those who have survived cancer.

There will be a cookout from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Drawings and other fun activities will be set up.

Each survivor will receive a t-shirt and ribbon.

There's also entertainment.

Extra safety measures at Lakeside High

In Columbia County, there are extra safety measures at Lakeside High School after a threat found in a boy's bathroom this week.

Some teachers are being asked to step outside their classrooms to patrol the school's hallways and bathrooms.

Jay Gilstrap, the drafting and engineering teacher and golf coach says he's been assigned to keep a close eye on the men's restroom located across the hall.

Also, Gilstrap says he pays close attention during class change as the hallways fill up with students on the move.

He'll continue to assume this role through today along with Public Safety officers and the Columbia County sheriff's deputies.

Coming Up

There's a lot more to worry about now when you go to a store to buy an over-the-counter medicine.

Friday, we'll show you how complying with federal law may require more from you.

That's on News 12 This Morning starting at 5:30 a.m.


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