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Augusta Youth Center will pursue founder's vision

Updated: 12/21/2006 - Since it was founded in 1984, more than 2000 children have passed through the Augusta Youth Center. Now, after the founder's death, the interim director says not to worry: the Augusta Youth Center will continue Pat Jones' legacy.

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New playground latest improvement to Pendleton King Park

Updated: 08/16/2010 - The Junior League of Augusta has been making strides to improve Pendleton King Park. Over the years, the park has lost a lot of visitors due to an increase in crime...but now folks are looking forward to a new beginning.

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Local Update - December 21, 2006

Posted: 12/21/2006 - Two accidents on Bobby Jones; Augusta home robbed; GBI to investigate land deal near proposed drag strip; deputies searching for Family Dollar robber; bank robber still on the loose; more.

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Sheriff Strength: "I'm not going anywhere"

Posted: 12/20/2006 - As sheriff, Ronnie Strength says he expects to have critics...and there were plenty of them when he was quoted in the paper saying he couldn't wait to get out. He talked with News 12 to set the record straight.

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Special Assignment: Santa Claus, Georgia

Updated: 08/16/2010 - Take a drive through any neighborhood and you'll see the man in red. He's on lawns and porches and even inside stores. But one city is not only decorated with Santas...it's named after him.

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Fallen Aiken Marine put to rest

Updated: 12/20/2006 - It has been a somber day for many people in Aiken. Today, a Marine killed in the line of duty was laid to rest. Cpl. Matthew Dillon's family, friends, and fellow Marines gathered for the goodbye.

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Augusta Youth Center director passes away

Updated: 12/20/2006 - News 12 has learned that Pat Jones, director emeritus of the Augusta Youth Center, has passed away. Jones was well-known throughout the Augusta community for her work on the behalf of underprivileged children.

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Firefighters say abandoned house fire "suspicious"

Updated: 12/20/2006 - Fire broke out around 3 o'clock this afternoon on Door Street. The street was blocked off as firefighters continued putting out the fire. Firefighters say the cause of the fire is suspicious.

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Motorcycle Santa says alleged kidnapping was a mistake

Updated: 08/16/2010 - John Michael Barton was arrested for taking a girl away on his motorcycle from a gas station. He was released on bond. Now he says he's hanging up his Santa suit...and all he wants for Christmas is forgiveness.

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Local Update - December 20, 2006

Updated: 12/20/2006 - CITGO on Mike Padgett robbed; Santa out on bond; Columbia County looking for two sex offenders; man wanted for armed robbery; armed and dangerous felon wanted in North Augusta; more.

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Be careful with space heaters to prevent tragedy

Updated: 08/16/2010 - Today, Georgia's fire safety commissioner John Oxendine was in Augusta with the same tour he started three years ago, bringing advice that has helped fire deaths to steadily decline across the state.

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Citizens, leaders protest proposed Delta takeover

Updated: 12/20/2006 - Delta Airlines is trying to fight a takeover bid by US Airways, and they're bringing that fight right here to Augusta. More than 100 people gathered at the Delta Reservation Center along River Watch Parkway this morning.

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Commission agrees Williams can run for pro tem in 2007

Updated: 12/20/2006 - There's less than a week to go until Christmas, and it looks like someone brought some holiday cheer to the Augusta Commission. Despite some hot topics on the agenda, their final meeting of 2006 went smoothly.

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Man dressed as Santa takes girl away on motorcycle

Updated: 12/20/2006 - When you tell your kids not to talk to strangers, you don't think twice about talking to Santa Claus. But an Augusta family is learning you can't trust everyone...even if they're dressed in a red suit.

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News 12 This Morning Local Update - December 19, 2006

Posted: 12/19/2006 - Washington Road water main break; two teens die in clay pit; man wanted in downtown murder; "Santa" kidnaps child; two men wanted in Columbia County robbery; 3 men wanted in Aiken County dog fighting ring.

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On Your Side: Car Repair Beware

Updated: 12/18/2006 - Having a wreck is never good news. There may be medical bills, you've got to deal with the insurance company...and then there's the body shop.

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Longtime friends killed in Beech Island house fire

Updated: 12/18/2006 - A house fire killed two in Aiken County this morning. The fire started just before 5:30 this morning. Yolanda Heath and Dennis Curry were killed...and tonight, their families are just left with memories.

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Christmas stolen from Wal-Mart parking lot

Updated: 12/19/2006 - A mother was on her way home from a party when she stopped briefly at Wal-Mart. Returning to the parking lot, she found that her car--and all the presents inside--had been stolen.

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Police work to relieve holiday traffic congestion

Updated: 01/09/2007 - 'Tis the season traffic is moving at a snail's pace...especially around shopping centers. Police have been working to relieve congestion ever since Thanksgiving, and that will continue to be the goal until the day after Christmas.

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Richmond County focuses on unsolved homicides

Updated: 12/18/2006 - Homicide cases are up this year. There have been 19 of them, with just two weeks to go in 2006. Last year, 15 homicides were reported in Augusta. But this year, only two are unsolved. That's an arrest in 85 percent of cases.

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