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On Your Side: Sun Protection

Updated: 05/03/2007 - You always hear that you need to put on sunscreen when you go to the beach or the pool, but you may want to start wearing in a place you might not have thought of: your car.

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Special Assignment: Graduation Coaches

Updated: 05/03/2007 - Governor Sonny Perdue wants to improve Georgia's graduation rates, so he's put coaches in every high school. In a News 12 Special Assignment, we investigated how well it's really working.

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Deputies say 81-year-old killed by part-time worker

Updated: 05/03/2007 - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office has arrested 21-year-old Chad Williams for the murder of 81-year-old Hubert Ellis. Ellis was found beaten to death inside his Aiken mobile home.

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Man killed in early morning collision

Posted: 05/03/2007 - A man is dead after a fiery collision on I-20 early this morning. 40-year-old Gary M. McLeod, Jr. of Cades, South Carolina was killed when an 18-wheeler rammed into the back of his Ford F-150.

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5-year-old shot and killed by another 5-year-old

Updated: 05/03/2007 - A five-year-old boy is dead after being shot in the forehead. Police say another five-year-old boy fired the shot. Investigators say the boys found the gun under a shed, and it may have been an accident.

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State of Emergency declared for south Georgia counties

Updated: 05/03/2007 - Wednesday, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue declared a state of emergency in several south Georgia counties due to the wildfires that continue to burn there. Perdue also lifted restrictions on lumber trucks.

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Local Update - May 3, 2007

Updated: 05/03/2007 - 1 dead in I-20 accident near Graniteville; Williams makes hard drive request; Funky First Friday; locals help with south Georgia wildfires; no charges in burglar's shooting death.

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James Brown birthday tributes

Updated: 05/03/2007 - James Brown's band, the Soul Generals, are set to headline a free concert at the Augusta Common Friday. Meanwhile, Derek Monk, a musical favorite of the Godfather of Soul, has recorded a song as a tribute.

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Deputies say Wednesday shootings retaliatory, gang-related

Updated: 05/03/2007 - Before they could finish at the scene of one shooting, Richmond County investigators were called to another one. They believe these shootings are related to other cases and are now interlinking several crimes.

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Augusta gets re-entry grant for former state prisoners

Updated: 05/02/2007 - 15 state agencies announced a partnership Wednesday to help people in our area who are just getting out of jail. A $100,000 investment will help former inmates get back on their feet.

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On Your Side: Online Drugs

Updated: 05/02/2007 - If you're ordering prescriptions over the internet, the FDA says you might want to be careful. Some of the companies you're ordering from could be selling you phony pills.

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Aiken teenager threatens high school violence

Posted: 05/02/2007 - The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office has arrested an Aiken teenager who sent a series of electronic mail to a student threatening to carry out acts of violence at Midland Valley High School in Graniteville.

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Suspicious death in Aiken

Posted: 05/02/2007 - Aiken County investigators are looking into a homicide. The coroner says a relative of 81-year-old Hubert Ellis found him dead in a mobile home on Duck Wood Lane in Aiken.

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Low humidity fuels wildfire danger

Updated: 05/03/2007 - Forest rangers warn that because of the weather, devastating wildfires like those in south Georgia could also happen here. And now they say even the leaves that don't usually burn are becoming a hazard.

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Changes at Jenkins-White Elementary

Updated: 05/02/2007 - Last summer, the state of Georgia granted Jenkins-White charter status, the first in Richmond County. Local administrators pushed to make it a charter school after it failed to make adequate yearly progress.

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Williams requests city administrator's hard drive

Updated: 05/02/2007 - Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams is requesting to see the hard drive of city administrator Fred Russell's work computer, along with those of three other city employees.

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3 shootings in one day, 2 connected

Updated: 05/02/2007 - There were three shootings in Augusta this afternoon. Deputies say two of them are connected and gang-related. They believe they may have been in retaliation for a shooting that happened on Olive Road earlier this year.

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Body found in lake that of missing fisherman

Updated: 05/02/2007 - Investigators with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations say the body found at Clark's Hill Lake this weekend is that of missing fisherman Michael Wade Bowman. Investigators say he took his own life.

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5 sent to hospital after wreck near Fort Gordon

Updated: 05/02/2007 - Five people, including children, were taken to the hospital after a wreck on Jimmie Dyess Parkway at Gordon Highway. Deputies say just before 11 o'clock this morning, a car ran a light and hit two others.

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Sparks fly as Commission censures Calvin Holland

Posted: 05/02/2007 - Commissioner Calvin Holland was reprimanded in Augusta Commission chambers today for ordering the city administrator's computer be seized. The meeting turned into a verbal sparring match.

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Convocation Center's inaugural concert sold out

Posted: 05/02/2007 - The new Convocation Center at USC Aiken opened tonight for its first concert. The $21 million facility seats over four thousand people, and tonight it was a full house. Lines were wrapped around the building.

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Tanksley not guilty

Posted: 05/02/2007 - A Richmond County jury has found Jordash Tanksley not guilty. Tanksley had been accused of trying to kidnap his own child, along with other charges from an incident last fall.

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On Your Side: Big Savings

Updated: 05/02/2007 - If you eat out a lot, you know that while you're filling your stomach, you're emptying your bank account. 12 On Your Side has an easy way for you to save a few bucks when you go out on the town.

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School takes away 12-year-old's lunch over $4 balance

Updated: 05/02/2007 - A 12-year-old's lunch was taken away by school officials in the middle of the cafeteria, all over just a few dollars. The superintendent of Columbia County schools tells News 12 it never should have happened.

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