Local Update - September 19, 2007

District 25 Primary Election Results
The votes are in, and even though they are unofficial at this point, and it looks like we're heading for a runoff in the Republican Primary for a State Senate seat in South Carolina.
Since no candidate got 50 percent of the vote, it appears we'll see a runoff between Bill Hixon and Shane Massey October 2nd.
The winner will go on to face democrat Bill Clyburn in November.

Unauthorized Alien Law Passes; Sex Offender Ordiance Tabled
It's now against the law for businesses funded by Aiken County to knowingly recruit, hire, or employ unauthorized aliens throughout the county.
The council voted in favor of the new ordinance at Tuesday night's meeting.
There wasn't, however, a decision on the sex offender law, which would require offenders to live a thousand feet away from a school, church, daycare, or park.
Council members tabled that vote until January.

Local Students Make Trip for Civil Rights Protest
Students from Paine College are heading to Jena, Louisiana today for a civil right protest.
It all started when a black student sat under a tree where whites traditionally gathered.
A day later, three nooses appeared hanging from that tree.
Leaders brushed it off as a practical joke, but it led to racial fights at the school and ended in an attack on a young white teenager.
Now , six black students are charged with assault and are facing time in prison.

Trip To Jena
New Order Human Rights is getting ready this morning for a trip to Jena as well.
Buses will leave at noon today from the Save-A-Lot parking lot in Aiken.
Buses will also depart from the Deans Bridge Wal-Mart in Augusta at 12:45.
The cost is $75.00, and organizers ask that you wear all black.

Jackson in Aiken
A big name in civil rights is is going to be in our neck of the woods today.
The Reverend Jesse jackson is bringing his Voter Education Tour to Aiken.
Jackson will speak today at 5:00 at Aiken's Second Baptist Church.

Savannah Water Levels
This morning, water levels are reaching record lows on the Savannah River, and state lawmakers want to do something about it.
Governor Sonny Perdue was in Augusta tuesday, urging all of us to conserve water.


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