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3 commissioners head to Reno for convention

Updated: 12/05/2006 - They've taken trips to Hawaii and Chicago, and now some Augusta commissioners are headed to another convention in Reno, Nevada. But after big budget cuts, other commissioners say it's not right.

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Columbia County voters pick school board chair for first time

Updated: 06/18/2007 - Columbia County is choosing a new school board chair. It's the first time voters get to make this decision, which is usually left up to other board members. News 12's Stephanie Baker talked to both candidates today.

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Elderly woman barely escapes fire, loses everything

Updated: 12/05/2006 - Fire broke out around 3 a.m. at a home in south Augusta. 45 years of memories went up in smoke, with 84-year-old Mary Hadden home alone inside. Her family still can't believe she made it out alive.

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News 12 This Morning Local Update - December 5, 2006

Posted: 12/05/2006 - Election Runoff today; SC state prisoner escapes in Aiken County; golf course investigations continue; Aiken County man accused of sexually assaulting 4 children; 2 Augusta men wanted for child molestation; another man wanted in Red Carpet Inn shooting.

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Golf course patrons shocked at former manager's arrest

Updated: 12/05/2006 - There are lots of questions about what happened to thousands of dollars at Augusta Municipal Golf Course. The former manager of the course has been arrested, and now investigators are looking into who else may be involved.

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Burglars targeting Christmas presents

Updated: 08/16/2010 - This weekend was almost like a shopping spree for burglars. All types of Christmas list things from PlayStations to remote control cars were taken from people's homes. And deputies say it's about to get worse.

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Local church promotes AIDS awareness

Posted: 12/04/2006 - The health department says AIDS is a bigger problem in our community than most people think. In an effort to promote awareness, one local church opened their congregation Sunday for a World AIDS Day celebration.

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Youth LEGO robotics tournament held at Aiken High

Updated: 08/16/2010 - The First LEGO League is considered the little league of the First Robotics Competition. Children ages 9 to 14 use science, technology and engineering to create their own unique robot.

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Man wanted in abduction, assault of Aiken woman

Posted: 12/04/2006 - An Aiken woman is home safe tonight, after she says she was abducted, assaulted, and dumped off in another county. Police say the man responsible is still on the loose. They're hoping a sketch of the suspect will help.

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Local minister weighs in on Nativity Story film

Updated: 08/16/2010 - There hasn't been a huge marketing campaign to let you know about it, but there's a movie out in local theaters called The Nativity Story. News 12's Laurie Ott had the chance to see the movie with a local minister.

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Robbers target people at walk-up ATMs

Posted: 12/04/2006 - There was an attempted robbery at the Peach Orchard Wachovia around 1 o'clock Friday morning, and an armed robbery at an ATM at the Peach Orchard Regions bank just hours later.

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Longer waits in store for Augusta bus riders

Posted: 12/04/2006 - People who ride Augusta's buses aren't happy. While commissioners decided not to raise the fares, three buses were eliminated from Washington Road, the Augusta Mall and on the east Augusta routes.

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News 12 This Morning Local Update - December 4, 2006

Updated: 12/04/2006 - Woman loses home in fire; man wanted in kidnapping, assault of Aiken woman; possible bond hearing this week for Thomson murder suspect; high advance voting numbers for runoff; Christmas trees for troops; getting gifts to troops.

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Former municipal golf course manager arrested

Posted: 12/02/2006 - Guy Reid, the former manager of the Augusta Municipal Golf Course, was arrested today by the Richmond County Sheriff's Department. According to Maj. Ken Autry, Reid was arrested when he went to the Law Enforcement Center to be interviewed by investigators.

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Augusta recognizes World AIDS Day

Updated: 01/11/2007 - Around the globe today, thousands pause to mark the 19th annual World AIDS Day. The epidemic continues to grow, and world leaders hope to keep the momentum to fight it alive. But the key is education.

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Augusta 2007 Budget Breakdown

Posted: 12/01/2006 - Some big changes are on the way after Augusta commissioners adopted the 2007 budget yesterday. Along with a property tax increase, some city departments got increased funding...and others were cut to bare bones.

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Dumb and Dangerous Driving - November 30, 2006

Updated: 01/08/2007 - It's a bad and annoying habit lots of drivers seem to have: zipping across traffic without using a turn signal. The problem is so bad, a Richmond County deputy suggested we catch these violators on camera.

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News 12 This Morning Local Update - December 1, 2006

Posted: 12/01/2006 - House on Old Mims Road destroyed in fire; Commission approves 2007 budget; deputy gets 30 day suspension; Aiken County considers blocking Blue Laws; Temple gives exclusive statement to News 12; search for missing Allendale teen over; World AIDS Day.

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Search officially over for missing Allendale teen

Posted: 11/30/2006 - The official search is now over for a missing girl in Allendale. Sheriff Tom Carter says there's nowhere else to look. He also tells News 12 that right now, there's not enough evidence to arrest 17-year-old Erica Bradley's boyfriend.

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More Graniteville Avondale mills to be sold

Posted: 11/30/2006 - If all goes as expected, some of the Avondale mills in Graniteville will have a new owner. Aiken County businessman Weldon Wyatt has an agreement to buy three textile mills, more than 1500 acres of land, and several office buildings.

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Aiken County considers blocking Sunday Blue Laws

Posted: 11/30/2006 - In Aiken County, the law requires stores to stay closed until 1:30 p.m. Many say the old laws aren't keeping up with the times, and now, under a new proposed ordinance in Aiken County, that law may be put on hold.

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