Local Update - September 20, 2007

Jena 6 Protest
Locals young and old are in Jena, Louisiana this morning to participate in the national racial protest going on there.
Several Buses left the area yesterday with students and others who want to show their support of the march and rally today.

Jesse Jackson Speaks in Aiken
The Reverend Jesse Jackson will be at the Jena protest today, but on his way to Louisiana, he made a stop in Aiken.
Wednesday, he spoke at the 2nd Baptist Church to a standing-room only crowd, as part of his voting education tour.

Construction
Orange barrels on I-20 may be making your ride to work this morning a little longer than you'd like, but eventually, they'll make it quicker for you.
Crews will be adding a 3rd lane in each direction from Warren Road to the Augusta Canal.
They'll also have to widen the bridges over Washington Road and Riverwatch Parkway and add a concrete barrier in the median.
The familiar Bobby Jones Interchange construction is also shifting to full gear.
That will mean ramp closures at the end of the month, so you can expect some detours soon.

SC Road Project Money
$26 million is on the way to South Carolina for road projects, and some of that cash will be spent in Aiken County.
It will be used for four bridge replacements and a number of other road improvements.
One project in particular will flatten a curve on Gray Mare Hollow Road near Township Road in Aiken County.

Murder Suspect Commits Suicide
Police have found the body of a Georgia murder suspect in Illinois.
Officers say Julian Walker killed himself during the manhunt in a wooded area.
Police wanted him in the shooting of his ex -girlfriend's stepfather and his estranged wife.
They were killed on Monday just east of Atlanta.

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.


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