Local Update - June 12, 2007

Mayor to Meet with Cal Ripkin, Jr.

Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver will meet with Greejackets' co-owner Cal Ripken, Junior today. They'll talk about building a stadium downtown by the Golf and Gardens.

The Golf and Gardens just announced it will close at the end of the month since the Governor cut its budget.

GA Governor in Augusta

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue will make a stop in Augusta today.
He'll meet with leaders at the Medical College of Georgia and Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

Foreign Language Cuts

Governor Perdue could possibly face some angry parents today. They are upset because he made cuts to the foreign language program at Stevens Creek Elementary School and 29 other schools across the state.

Still No School Budget for Richamond County

Richmond County Board of Education members are still trying to crunch the numbers for next year's budget.

The board is facing cuts while trying to meet state mandated raises for teachers, bus drivers, and cafeteria workers. The county has also lost state money.

Members will meet again Thursday.

Early Voting

The actual election for the 10th Congressional and 24th State Senate seat is June 19th, but you can vote early today.

In Columbia County, you can cast your ballot in the Board of Elections Office from 8 to 5 until Thursday and until 6 Friday.

In Richmond County, the hours are from 8:30 to 6 every day this week at the Board of Elections Office there.

Debates Tonight

If you want to hear more from the candidates for the 10th Congressional District, be sure to watch the 10th District Special Election Debates on GPTV tonight at 7pm. News 12's Richard Rogers will be among the panelists asking questions.

All candidates will be there accept for Jim Whitehead.

Aiken Parks and Rec Meeting

The Aiken Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department wants to know what you think about the future facilities in the city. You can come by a meeting tonight at 6 at the Weeks Center on Whiskey Road in Aiken.

For more information, call (803) 642-7631

Local Soldiers Heading to Iraq

A local group of National Guardsmen heads to Iraq tonight. The Waynesboro unit will go to Fort Bliss, Texas before heading overseas.

The group belongs to the Battery C, 214th Field Artillery of the Georgia Army National Guard. They'll deploy from the Burke County Recreation Center tonight at 7 after a ceremony starting at 6.

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