News 12 This Morning Local Update - October 30, 2006

Augusta home destroyed by fire

A family is without a home this morning after it was destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon.

The home on Culverton Way in Augusta went up in flames around 3:30. It's at the corner of Devereux Drive.

Officials say the fire was fully involved and the home is a total loss.

The blaze also threatened nearby homes in the subdivision but firefighters were able to keep it contained.

Nobody was home at the time.

Man wanted for kidnapping son at gunpoint

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office needs your help finding Jordash Tanksley. Tanksley is wanted for burglary and kidnapping.

Police say he broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend and kidnapped his son at gunpoint.

The child was found safe at a friend's home, but Tanksley is on the run.

He also faces charges of cruelty to children, terroristic threats and acts, and a probation violation.

Advance voting underway in Columbia County

In Columbia County, the Board of Elections office is getting ready for advance voting.

Three locations will be open today. Patriots Park, the Savannah Rapids Pavilion, and the Columbia County Main Library opened at 8 o'clock this morning. They close at 5 p.m.

That'll be the case all week, except on Friday, when the locations stay open until 6 o'clock.

Friday is the last day of advance voting.

A reminder: you can't vote at the Columbia County Board of Elections office.

Richmond County BOE holds parent empowerment workshop

The Richmond County Board of Education is calling parents out. They're hosting their parent empowerment workshop and forum tonight for parents to get involved.

It will be held at Morgan Road Middle School starting at 6 p.m.

Parents at Glenn Hills Middle School are also invited.

See your Halloween costume on News 12!

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You'll see them tomorrow on Halloween during News 12 This Morning.

Coming Up

On News 12 at 6 o'clock: For the first time ever, a president makes a visit to Statesboro, Georgia.

We're in the college town when he is. Don't miss it!

And business legends from three successful local families go to the hall of fame...Augusta style.

Tuesday on the Buzz on Biz, we'll show you who's getting inducted from the real estate, banking, and investment fields.

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