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Avondale Mills Announces Layoffs

Updated: 10/05/2005 - There’s more bad new for Graniteville as Avondale Mills announces it’s laying off 350 workers. The company says it’s a direct result of the train wreck and chlorine spill last January.

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Columbia Co. Transit Fare Increase

Updated: 06/07/2006 - High gas prices may mean a rate increase for Columbia County Public Transit. Commissioner will consider a plan to increase fares to help get them back on budget.

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Only On 12: James Brown Music Festival

Updated: 10/04/2005 - Organizers for the James Brown Music Festival are using the “We Feel Good” slogan to lure thousands to Augusta for the mega event that is planned for late March.

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Aiken County Pastor Accused Of Fondling Girl

Updated: 10/04/2005 - An Aiken County pastor has been arrested for fondling a child in his church. The pastor of Remnant Ministries calls himself Apostle Brooks Williamson. He’s accused of fondling a girl with anointing oil.

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Gas Stations Running Dry?

Updated: 10/04/2005 - After climbing again over the weekend, gas prices are around $3 a gallon Monday night. Another sight that’s becoming more and more familiar are bags over the nozzles signaling that at least temporarily the stations are out of gas.

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New Business Brings New Traffic

Updated: 10/04/2005 - It’s good for commerce in Columbia County and bad for traffic. The grand opening of Kohl’s in Evans is Thursday and hundreds are expected.

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Holiday Season Travel

Updated: 10/03/2005 - With four major airlines filing for bankruptcy in the past year and gas prices skyrocketing, many who hope to travel this holiday season are left to wonder if they’ll be able to.

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Charging at the Pump

Updated: 10/03/2005 - According to the U.S. Department of Energy, nearly 70 percent of gasoline is bought with a credit card. And with soaring gas prices and no end in sight, plastic is becoming the popular choice to pay for gas.

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North Augusta's Past May Help Plan Future

Updated: 10/03/2005 - North Augusta is planning for the future and they need your help. They say your suggestions won’t fall on deaf ears. They city has a track record for putting their plans to work.

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State Rep. Henry Howard Dies

Updated: 06/07/2006 - State representative and former Augusta commissioner Henry Howard died Sunday. He was 75. There is no immediate cause of death. Howard has been a member of the House of Representatives since 1991.

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Less Field Trips for Columbia County

Updated: 09/30/2005 - The return of the gas tax could hurt more than your wallet. The soaring gas prices may threaten field trips and bus routes in Columbia County.

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Dragstrip Drama

Updated: 06/07/2006 - "This is a very quiet neighborhood late at night, especially traffic is very thin," says Carl Walker. And Carl Walker wants it to stay that way. After living on Horseshoe Road for 69 years, the thought of a drag racing facility just yards from his house, leaves him not too happy.

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Hurricane Katrina Survivor

Updated: 09/30/2005 - He was trapped in his attic for 18 days after Hurricane Katrina, temperatures reaching nearly 125 degrees and a gallon of water quickly running out. Now living in Augusta with his son and his family, 76 year old Gerald Martin is alive to tell about it. It's a survivor's story you'll see only on 12.

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New Sex Offender Law Proposed in GA

Updated: 06/21/2006 - House majority leader Jerry Keen wants sex offenders out. The St. Simon Island Republican is proposing stiff penalties on sex offenders in the state of Georgia, hoping to become one of the strictest in the nation. News 12's Diane Cho is on your side to see how the proposed new law will effect our neighbors in South Carolina.

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Aiken Center For The Arts Expands

Updated: 09/30/2005 - The Aiken Center for the Arts has almost doubled in size. The new renovations mean more classes and more performances for the community. The Center's Executive Director Kristin Brown is excited to show off her new space.

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In Good Faith

Updated: 09/30/2005 - A new program will re-imburse churches and other religious groups for helping with the hurricane relief effort. News 12's Kate Tillotson is on your side with how FEMA is thanking you for your donations.

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Goodbye Guzzlers

Updated: 09/30/2005 - As record fuel prices continue to burden drivers, some are turning to alternate modes of transportation. News 12's Kate Tillotson is on your side with why you should soon be seeing more scooters on the streets.

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SPLOST Spending

Updated: 09/30/2005 - "We're gonna be spending out these dollars we got," says City Administrator Fred Russell. Russell says taxpayers can rest assured that all the money from the first four phases of SPLOST is being spent.

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Jewelry Heist At Windsor Jewelers

Updated: 10/18/2005 - It takes less than two minutes for a jewelry heist like the one at Windsor Jewelers. Yesterday, three men stole nearly a million dollars in jewelry as the vendor was preparing to take the merchandise into the store.

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New Literacy Center Opens

Updated: 09/29/2005 - 1 out of 3 parents in Georgia has a reading related difficulty. It could be as simple as reading a note your child brings home from school. We're on your side with as closer look at the problem and how there's help right here at home.

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Gold Cup Winning Over New Polo Fans

Updated: 09/29/2005 - The final round of the Gold Cup Polo Tournament starts today and forget stereotypes when you look into the stands. The event is popularizing polo in Aiken. In Howard Parker's 46 years this is only the second polo game he's been too and already he's hooked.

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Speeders Beware: Columbia County is Cracking Down

Updated: 09/28/2005 - It's time to take the pedal off the metal. Police want speeders to slow down, especially in construction zones. Deputy Steven Leathers is after speeders, and he means business.

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Jewelry Vendors Robbed

Updated: 09/28/2005 - Investigators are still piecing together what happened around 10 o’clock Wednesday morning. Two jewelry vendors in town from California in this SUV were making their rounds to stores in Augusta.

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Prison Clean-Up Crew Finds Guns

Updated: 09/28/2005 - They were state inmates working as part of a clean-up crew in Augusta, and what they found could have been dangerous. News 12 is on your side to show you what they found and what officers are saying about how the guns got there.

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New Family Y in Columbia County

Updated: 09/28/2005 - Columbia County residents say they need a Family Y closer to them and the Board of Directors agrees. What impact will a new Family Y have on the newly renovated multi-million dollar facility in Richmond County?

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