Local Update - May 11, 2007

Overnight Accident
An accident sent one man to the hospital after he slammed his car into a power pole. It happened around 1AM Friday morning on Christee Place off of Murrah Avenue. There is no word on the severity of his injuries or the cause of the accident.

Flea Market Owner to Pay after Fire
The South Augusta Flea Market owner will have to cough up more than $1300 dollars and spend six months on probation after a massive fire at his business Monday. Harold "Dusty" Rhodes went before the Richmond County Magistrate Thursday. He has a number of fire code violations dating back several years. The most recent violations include not having enough fire walls and exits.

Bus Driver in Deadly Accident Will Not Face Charges
In Columbia County, a school bus driver who hit and killed a toddler will not face charges. Two-year-old Kole Ford died when he was hit by the bus on Wilkins Road in Grovetown on March 20th. Investigators and prosecutors say the bus driver didn't break any rules.

Pre-K Controversy
Also in Columbia County, nine teachers and administrators received letters reprimanding them over the controversial Pre-K lottery drawing. An investigation found the teachers at River Ridge and Martinez Elementary Schools folded their registration cards for the drawing to get chosen, and the administrators knew about it.

Glenn Hills Middle Receives Grant; Loses Principal
Glenn Hills Middle in Richmond County has a million dollar grant this morning. The money comes from the Georgia Department of Human Resources. The school's former principal is being credited with getting the grant. However, he was demoted at last night's board meeting.

Job Fair
A big name company will host a job fair in Augusta. T-Mobile is opening a customer service center in Augusta. The cell phone company is having a job fair next week. It's Wednesday, May 16th at the Doubletree Hotel. It lasts all day.


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