Local Update - September 21, 2007

Jena 6 Event Today at Paine College
Today, Paine College is wrapping up its week long events related to the Jena 6 protest and march.
It's called the Black Buster film festival, and it's going on from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.
The films are about prejudice and protest.
It's happening at the Student Center on the 2nd floor at Paine College.
Students who made the trip to Jena for the protest were expected to arrive back on campus at 6 this morning.

Mom Turns Son In
As parents, we always like to think we can trust we know what our kids are up to, but as one local mom found out, being nosy might have saved her son's life.
It all started after she thought her son might be in a gang.
Wednesday, Demonica Wright went through her 17 year-old son's bedroom to try and find signs of drugs.
Wright found his cell phone and went through the pictures.
She saw pictures of her son holding a hand gun, holding up some money, wearing a bandanna over his face, and pointing the gun at the camera.
That's when she called the sheriff's department.
Richmond County investigators came to her house and found several small bags of marijuana.This morning, 17 year-old Frank Oliver Thompson, Jr. is charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
He's also facing gun charges, since he's a minor.

Leaky LEC
This morning, officers at Richmond County's Law Enforcement Center are ready for a dry place to work.
Sheriff Ronnie Strength met with the City Administrator Fred Russell Thursday to talk about the possibility of moving the center.
That building is on Walton Way and has been plagued by severe water leaks for years now.
They would cost a whopping 25 million dollars, and that's a price the city is not willing to pay.

Bath Fire Department Grant
The Bath Fire Department will use a $58,000 grant to support operations and firefighter safety.
The money will suit the firefighters up in some new uniforms too.
They'll weigh less and offer more protection when they're trying to get you out of a burning building.

Local Hospitals Honored
The US Senate approved a resolution this week introduced by Georgia senators that honors Augusta's commitment and service to veterans.
It's all for providing quality health care services to our nation's veterans.
Those honored include the Dwight Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, the Augusta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the Medical College of Georgia.

Identity Theft Seminar
12 is on your side to help prevent identity theft.
We're partnering up with the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs to help you protect yourself with an identity theft seminar.
The seminar will be on Wednesday, September 26th at 7 pm at Saint John's United Methodist Church in Aiken.
Dinner starts at 5:00, and the seminar is at 7:00.
There is limited seating, so please RSVP to 803-278-3111.

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