Local Update - September 5, 2007

Racially Charged E-Mail
An e-mail goes from private to public this morning because of it's racially charged comments.
The e-mail has prompted calls for resignation from the mayor and from the Augusta-Richmond County Legislative Delegation.
An Augusta Housing Authority Board Member, Dave Barbee, who wrote the e-mail.
In it, the former Chairman of the County Republican Party discussed a strategy to change the ratio of black and white residents in downtown Augusta.
Barbee says the sale of Gilbert Manor to MCG would be consistent with this strategy, by "moving 200 whites in and moving 500 blacks out."

Richardson in Aiken
You've got another chance to meet a presidential hopeful in Aiken .
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson will be at the Aiken Electric Co-op building at 2790 Wagener Road.
He'll speak at 7:00 tonight.
Everyone's invited.

Teenage Years 101
A local judge is back tonight with advice to help keep your teens out of trouble.
Tonight's session of "Teenage Years 101" meets at West Acres Baptist Church in Evans.
This session is for parents only.
A week from now, September 12th, teens will have their session.
Judge Wade Padgett holds the seminars to teach teens and parents about the law before they end up in his courtroom.

SC Senate Forum
Tomorrow, you'll get to hear from those who want to represent you in the South Carolina State Senate.
Senator Tommy Moore resigned from his seat to work for a payday lending group in Washington.
Thursday night at 7:00, the candidates for his empty seat will be at the Aiken County Council building for a forum.

Graniteville Facelift
This morning, a facelift could be in the works for Graniteville and its economy.
An investment group is trying to buy several closed textile mills and rebuild them as apartments, condominiums, offices, and shops.
Weldon Wyatt is leading a group of investors to buy the 1700 acres of industrial property and turn the old Graniteville Mill into a textile museum.

Richmond County S.O. Gets Big Check
The city of Augusta has more than half-a-million extra dollars to keep you safe.
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office got the big check Tuesday.
Investigators seized $600,000 dollars in 2004 from Emilio Sanchez, the owner of Vera Cruz restaurants.
He was convicted of filing false tax returns.
Since the Sheriff's Department conducted the investigation, they get the money to spend on law enforcement.


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