Local Update - September 12, 2007

Aiken Shooting
One man is in the hospital after a shooting that happened near 114 Kenmont Drive in Aiken .
All we know right now is the victim is a black male.
Investigators aren't releasing his name or condition.
Witness tell News 12, they heard around 5 or 6 shots go off.
This morning, deputies are looking for a black male suspect in a white full-size SUV.
At this point, that's the only description they are giving us.
We will continue to follow this for you, and we'll pass along more information as soon as we get it.

DSS Investigates Child Abuse
This morning, the Department of Social Services is not only investigating a severe case of child abuse but also their own actions over the years.
Dana and Kip Smith are accused of using a cattle prod to shock and abuse their two children.
The victims are two boys, ages 12 and 14.
Family members say Dana's lost custody a total of six times.
DSS hasn't given us an exact number but says "we're taking a look at records, and are working out a timeline to see how the kids were treated."

Edgefield Superintendent
The search is finally over for a school superintendent in Edgefield County.
Board members have offered Mary Rice-Crenshaw the job.
She is the current superintendent in Clarendon County.
She has two weeks to officially accept her new position.

Richmond County Audit
Superintendent Doctor Dana Bedden is ready to make some big changes in the schools there.
First, he wants an independent school audit, a report to figure out just where improvements can be made.
Dr. Bedden says the audit, which was approved Tuesday night will point out areas that can make for a better school system in Richmond County.

Aiken City Council Elections
The votes are in this morning from the Aiken City Council elections.
For the District 3 seat, Don Sprawls lost his seat to challenger Dick Dewar, who won the election with 590 votes to Sprawls' 431.

Barnwell and Williston Elections
The ballots are in for Barnwell elections, but they will not be certified until Thursday.
The current mayor, Edward Lemon , was running to keep his seat.
He won.
W.C Black ran unopposed for Seat 2 on the council.
Steve Walling is the winner this morning for Seat 4.
Pickens Williams, Senior won council Seat 6 unopposed.
In Williston, incumbent Sam Baxley, Philip Frederick, and Michael Benjamin will have 3 seats on the council.


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