Local Update - September 3, 2007

Man Accused of Setting Girlfriend on Fire
An Augusta man is in jail this morning after investigators say he set his pregnant girlfriend on fire.
Anthony Haddix is charged with aggravated battery.
Deputies say his girlfriend, Crystal Wright, arrived at Doctor's Hospital's burn center Thursday with severe burns that covered about a 3rd of her body.
She said the burns were accidental.
She later admitted that Haddix poured gasoline over her and set her on fire during an argument.

Missing Teen
The search continues this morning for a North Augusta teenager who's been missing for a week now.
No one has seen 18 year-old Zaccheus Miles since 4 o'clock Monday.
He was supposed to go to work, but he never showed up.
His mother says this is not normal behavior for him.
If you know where he is, please call North Augusta Public Safety at (803) 279-2121.

Teenage Years 101
One local judge wants to teach teens the law before any of them end up in his courtroom.
Judge Wade Padgett's "Teenage Years 101" kicks off again this Wednesday, September 5th at 7 pm.
Parents can meet the group at West Acres Baptist Church in Evans.
A 2nd session for students will be held the following Wednesday.

Ravenel to Plead Guilty
Former South Carolina State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel plans to plead guilty Thursday to a federal cocaine charge.
Ravenel resigned this summer after his indictment.
News 12 has learned his plea deal could mean no jail time or a short sentence.
That will be up to the judge to decide.
Prosecutors say Ravenel bought drugs to share with friends, not to sell.

SC Senator Forum
Those looking to fill the shoes of a South Carolina senator will step into a forum on Thursday evening to replace Senator Tommy Moore.
The Aiken Taxpayers' Association has invited the candidates to the Aiken County Council building at 7 pm for a discussion.
The Republican Primary for the seat is scheduled for September 18th.
If a run-off is necessary, it will be held October 2nd.

Late Start Equals Money
The Palmetto State has more money in its pocket this year, thanks to your kids.
This year, state schools couldn't open before the 3rd week in August, giving you more vacation time and the tourism industry more time.
Those tourism numbers are expected to be 10 to 15 percent above numbers from last August.

Border Bash
An intense rivalry is heating up this morning.
The Bulldogs and Gamecocks are getting ready to duke it out this Saturday, so that means Border Bash is almost here.
The annual UGA - USC fan party is set to start at 4 pm this Friday.
Tickets are still available, and if you get them in advance, they're just 8 bucks.

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