News 12 This Morning Local Update - November 9, 2006

Two store robberies Wednesday night

Deputies are searching for the man who robbed the CITGO gas station convenience store in the 3700 block of Mike Padgett Highway.

It happened around 10:45 Wednesday night.

The suspect was dressed in black and armed.

There was another robbery about two hours after that at the Need Mo' Country Store in the 4200 block of Windsor Spring Road.

Deputies are searching for two suspects in this one, both between the ages 18 to 19.

One was wearing black clothes with a multi-colored jacket and the other was wearing dark clothing.

Former employee accused of robbery, assault at Burger King

A man accused of robbing and attacking people at a Burger King in Aiken Tuesday night is now behind bars.

Officers say someone at the Richland Avenue store recognized Jabarie Jones by his voice.

Jones used to work at that location.

Officers searched Jones' home and say they found evidence related to the crime.

Copenhaver moving forward

Augusta mayor Deke Copenhaver is moving forward with his plans for the Garden City for the next four years.

Copenhaver swept past his competition, getting more votes than all his challengers combined.

Wednesday he spoke at Thankful Baptist Church in Augusta. He told the folks there he will continue to do what he's been doing: working to heal the racial divide in the city and bringing new jobs.

Barrow gives victory speech in Augusta; winner still uncertain

Congressman John Barrow made his victory speech in Augusta Wednesday.

The congressman will likely serve a second term in the House of Representatives, but it's close.

Unofficial election results show both Barrow and Burns with 50 percent. Barrow has just 884 more votes.

John Barrow has served one term for Georgia's District 12.

According to the Georgia Secretary of State, there will likely be a recount, and state certification of the results will likely happen on Wednesday of next week.

Two South Carolina races still undecided

Still no victory in two South Carolina races.

A recount is expected to be required in the race for lieutenant governor.

Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer is leading Democrat Robert Barber by about 3200 votes.

Democrat Jim Rex also claimed victory Wednesday over Republican Karen Floyd in the race for state education superintendent.

Unofficial totals show Rex ahead by fewer than 300 votes.

Floyd says she's waiting for the recount.

Education tax extended

More improvement will soon be seen around Richmond County schools.

That's because 70 percent of voters decided to continue the county's one cent education tax.

One penny out of every dollar you spend in Richmond County will continue to go to the school system.

That gives them the funding for construction projects, buses, new books, and technology.

This is not a tax increase. People voted to keep the current one cent tax that was already in place. You will continue to pay 7 percent.

Columbia County Fair

Have you checked out the Columbia County Fair yet? You only have a few days left.

Saturday is the last day for the fair.

There are games, rides, a bear show, and a dog show for you to enjoy.

The fair opens at 5 this evening.

Gate admission is $5 and you get unlimited rides for $15.

Dayz to Come will be performing, and you can also see the human cannonball.

Coming Up

It's a common problem found crawling away in your child's hair.

Yep...lice are nothing new being passed at school.

Friday, we'll show you how you can protect your little ones.

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