News 12 This Morning Local Update - October 19, 2006

Pedestrian hit, killed on Mike Padgett Highway

An early morning accident left a man dead this morning in Augusta.

Officers tell News 12 that a pedestrian was hit and killed on Mike Padgett Highway.

The man was struck by an SUV in the southbound lane, then by a pickup truck headed northbound. It happened just before 3:30 this morning near Hephzibah-McBean Road in south Augusta. No names have been released yet.

No word on whether charges will be filed.

Federal prisoner escapes Lincoln County jail unnoticed

Changes are coming for the Lincoln County Jail after a federal prisoner escaped and they didn't even know about it.

Sheriff Gerald Lawson says they were understaffed that night and admits orders weren't followed correctly. Terry Carter escaped when a deputy left his post.

Porter was free until the next day, when Columbia County called Lincoln County to say they had him.

Lawson is calling for a better training program.

Today the sheriff will meet with a fence company and the Georgia Sheriffs Association to go over procedures and check for holes in security.

Custodian fired over videotape involving child

Diamond Lakes Elementary has one less staff member this morning.

The school's head custodian was fired by the Richmond County school board Wednesday.

Dean Gossett is charged with child molestation.

He was arrested Tuesday after the sheriff's department says they received a videotape of Gossett with a naked 14 year old girl.

Officers say the tape is four years old.

New Columbia County high school completion date pushed back to 2009

Columbia County high schools will face at least one extra year of overcrowding.

The completion date for the new high school has been pushed back until at least 2009.

Teachers say there is a direct link between smaller classes and better standardized test scores. Each high school currently has around two thousand students, and the new high school will reduce those numbers by several hundred from each. That's equal to about 10 classrooms of 30 students for each school.

The new school will have 86 classrooms and will be able to hold about two thousand students.

St. Joseph offers flu shots

Flu shots are back in stock, and you may be able to get yours today.

St. Joseph Hospital is offering flu shots to adults 50 and older and adults with chronic medical conditions.

The flu shot will be available at the Abilene Baptist Church Christian Life Center from 9 o'clock this morning until 2 p.m. There will be a charge of $25 dollars for non-Medicare patients.

Medicare patients are asked to bring their Medicare card.

Richard Rogers moderates Barrow, Burns debate today

You've seen their you can see Democratic congressman John Barrow and Republican challenger Max Burns in a debate.

The two candidates for the House of Representatives' 12th District will meet at the Julian Smith Casino this afternoon from 2 o'clock to 3:30.

News 12's Richard Rogers will serve as moderator for that debate.

The debate is being organized by AARP Georgia and local aging groups.

Western Carolina State Fair opens tonight

Rides, cotton candy and funnel cakes are all up for grabs.

The Western Carolina State Fair opens tonight.

They held a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday.

The gates open at 5 p.m. Admission is just $6.

The big attraction to look for will be country singer Aaron Tippin in concert.

He'll be taking the stage at 7:30 in the evening.

Click here for more information about the fair.

Coming Up

On News 12 at 6, it's a powerful job with some powerful perks.

Some Augusta city leaders are using gas cards and cell phones overtime.

News 12 confronts commissioners and looks at why it's hard to enforce the limits.

And Friday, relief could be on the way for diabetes patients after the government approves a new medicine.

Find out what doctors are doing to help.

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