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Local Update - March 23, 2007

Posted: 03/23/2007 - Fallen officer gives colleague second chance at life with organ donation; two bad accidents overnight; three arrested after convenience store robbery; human remains found.

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Augusta considers selling ad space on city buses

Updated: 03/23/2007 - Augusta is considering renting ad space on city buses. To get a better idea of the possible revenue, the city is looking at successes in other, similar sized cities. It could mean up to $75,000 more a year.

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On Your Side: Recipe for Savings

Updated: 03/23/2007 - Saving money is something we all like to do, especially when it comes to eating out. One website helps you to do that while supporting local businesses. It almost makes you feel like you're beating the system.

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Richmond County deputy passes away

Updated: 03/22/2007 - Richmond County deputy Eric Sikes was declared brain dead on March 21. Deputy Sikes was involved in an accident in his patrol car on his way to work from his home in Burke County on the morning of March 20.

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Local Update - March 22, 2007

Posted: 03/22/2007 - Neighbors say school bus should not have been on path; no school uniforms for Richmond County; Augusta community forum; sex offender sentenced to house arres; recreation employees fingered in prison contraband smuggling.

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Convenience store robbed

Updated: 03/23/2007 - An early morning robbery at the PJ's convenience store on Skinner Mill Road turned into something much bigger for Richmond County investigators. Now both suspects are behind bars, and the community says they feel a little safer.

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Children often play in path where child hit by bus

Updated: 03/22/2007 - It's a path that was supposed to have been blocked...but if it had been, would it have saved Cole Ford's life? That is still the unanswered question as a community continues to grieve over the loss of a little boy killed by a school bus.

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Sex offender pleads guilty, gets house arrest instead of jail

Updated: 03/22/2007 - 43-year-old Richard Grey Mayson, Jr. has already served nine years in prison for molesting ten children in Greenville County. But now he's home, not in jail, after pleading guilty to assaulting a teenage boy three years ago.

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Student arrested for bringing gun to school

Updated: 03/21/2007 - A Butler High School student was arrested around 12:45 this afternoon. School officials pulled the young man out of class after receiving a tip, and a BOE officer found a loaded .25 semi-automatic gun on his person.

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On Your Side: MySpace Job Danger

Posted: 03/21/2007 - If you don't want your children living under your roof forever, you might want to keep tabs on what they're putting on their MySpace or Facebook pages. The things your child puts on there could keep them from getting a job.

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Site where school bus ran over toddler not public road

Updated: 03/22/2007 - The narrow dirt road where a child was crushed behind the wheels of a bus is a private road, restricted to incoming and outgoing traffic. That begs the question of why a Columbia County school bus was on it in the first place.

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McDuffie County overspending accounted for

Updated: 03/23/2007 - The state auditor's office found McDuffie County spent nearly $50,000 more on their Title 1 program than they were supposed to and filed an inaccurate report on the money. Now, the state BOE says the money's all accounted for.

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Richmond County votes no to school uniforms

Updated: 03/22/2007 - Wearing uniforms will soon be a thing of the past for most students in Richmond County. Tuesday night in a 7 to 3 vote, the school board decided to get rid of the policy that's been in place since the year 2000.

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Falcons backup quarterback may be traded

Updated: 05/15/2007 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that Falcons backup quarterback Matt Schaub could be traded Wednesday to the Houston Texans for an undisclosed draft pick or picks.

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Local Update - March 21, 2007

Posted: 03/21/2007 - High speed chase ends in accident; toddler hit and killed by school bus; pet food recall; deputy crashes car; two teens accused of robbing Zaxby's.

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Deputy recovering after wreck

Posted: 03/20/2007 - A Richmond County deputy is recovering after he wrecked his patrol car in Burke County. 24-year-old Eric Sikes was on his way to the North Precinct Road Patrol when he went off Allen Road and ended up between some trees.

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Four rob elderly man with sawed-off shotgun

Posted: 03/20/2007 - Four people have been arrested after Aiken Public Safety says they burst into an elderly man's home and robbed him with a sawed-off shotgun Saturday afternoon. The victim is 71 years old.

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Another historic mill to be restored

Updated: 03/22/2007 - Another of Augusta's historic mills is getting a serious facelift. Sutherland Mill, right next to the Enterprise Mill on Greene Street near downtown Augusta, was sold last Monday (March 12) to a local developer.

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No smoking ban for North Augusta

Posted: 03/20/2007 - North Augusta has snuffed out talks of a smoking ban for now. Monday night they decided not to move on a ban, hoping to avoid lawsuits other towns in the state have seen.

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SC considers requiring abortion patients to view ultrasounds

Posted: 03/20/2007 - South Carolina is taking up an issue that's also moving through the Georgia Legislature. Governor Mark Sanford says he supports a plan to require women seeking abortions to see an ultrasound of the fetus.

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Toddler hit by school bus, killed

Updated: 03/22/2007 - A toddler has died after being hit by a school bus on Wilkins Road, off Wrightsboro Road near Grovetown. The bus was carrying ten children when it hit and killed two-year-old Cole Ford, who had run out into the street.

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Controversy at Commission meeting

Updated: 03/20/2007 - There was a large turnout at Tuesday afternoon's Augusta Commission meeting. Some are crying foul about the punishment given to Tom Beck. Neighbors also spoke out about proposed public housing in south Augusta.

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