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Richmond Co. BOE abolishes Public Information Office

Posted: 06/09/2006 - After nearly a four hour meeting Thursday night, there was a major shake-up in the Richmond County Board of Education. The school board's director of public information Mechelle Jordan has offered her resignation and her department is being abolished.

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Teacher accused of cruelty to children

Updated: 06/09/2006 - 30-year old Dr. Maurice Wallace, a teacher at Sego Middle School, was arrested June 7 on a grand jury arrest warrant. Some students say Wallace encouraged bigger kids to physically abuse others in a school closet.

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Augusta considers options to balance budget

Posted: 06/08/2006 - After years of dipping into the reserve fund, the city of Augusta is looking at making some serious cuts in services. Mayor Copenhaver is tying together a committee to solve the deficit dilemma.

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Hot, dry conditions facilitate brush fires

Posted: 06/08/2006 - Hot and dry conditions helped a few brush fires burn Thursday afternoon. A fire off Old Ridge Road in Aiken County had crews busy for a while. About the same time, the Silver Bluff Fire Department also responded to a brush fire.

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Schools offer summer courses to help students pass CRCT

Posted: 06/08/2006 - Georgia test scores show hundreds of local students are not ready to move on to the next grade level. Hundreds of students are taking summer school classes to try and pass the CRCT next month.

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Sanford signs Jessie's Law

Updated: 06/21/2006 - Thursday, June 8, Governor Mark Sanford signed Jessie's Law. The law is named after Jessica Marie Lunsford. She was the young girl murdered in Florida by registered sex offender John Couey.

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Zarqawi killed in air strike

Posted: 06/08/2006 - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaeda leader in Iraq who directed a campaign of suicide bombings and beheadings of hostages, has been taken out by the US military during an air strike north of Baghdad.

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Richmond County School Board holds community forum

Posted: 06/08/2006 - Some Richmond County parents want to see change. Questions were fired at school board members Wednesday night, June 7. It was standing room only in South Augusta, with nearly 100 parents at a community forum.

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Avondale Mills to sell Graniteville plant

Updated: 06/08/2006 - Steven Felker of Avondale Mills tells News 12 the company has agreed to sell the Townsend plant in Graniteville. He says that will save up to 250 jobs.

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5-car accident blocks Boy Scout Road traffic

Posted: 06/08/2006 - A five-car accident brought traffic to a standstill on Boy Scout Road around 7:00 Wednesday evening, June 7. Drivers had to find detours for more than 45 minutes after deputies shut down the area to clear away the wreckage.

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Teens increasingly abusing prescription drugs

Posted: 06/07/2006 - Teenagers are turning to prescription drugs to get high. News 12's Meredith Taylor looks into the dangers of this behavior and talks to a local teenager about what's really going on.

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Alleged Maple Street shooter nephew of victim

Posted: 06/07/2006 - Demetrius Roosevelt Woods was arrested and charged with murder after a shooting on Maple Street. News 12 has learned Woods is the nephew of the victim.

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House involved in police standoff destroyed in fire

Posted: 06/07/2006 - A fire investigation is underway after the destruction of an Augusta house. It's the same house that was involved in a police standoff earlier this week. The fire department tells News 12 it is still under investigation, but that no one was home and the fire started in a middle bedroom.

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Personal data for over 2 million military personnel stolen

Posted: 06/07/2006 - The number of military personnel affected by stolen computer files keeps growing. The Veterans Administration originally said only 50,000 active duty and national guard members had their personal data stolen.

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Commission seeks answers to nearly $5 million deficit

Updated: 06/07/2006 - City leaders in Augusta are looking everywhere to find the money they need to pay for salaries and services. Tuesday, Augusta commissioners talked about some big changes to make up for their nearly $5 million deficit.

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Eighth graders attend summer school to try and pass CRCT

Posted: 06/06/2006 - This is the first year eighth graders are required to pass the criterion-referenced competency tests, or CRCT. Scores released this week by the Georgia Department of Education show 23 percent of eighth graders failed the math test and 11 percent failed reading.

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Neighborhood sees several hundred dangerous crimes in two months

Posted: 06/06/2006 - Richmond County deputies are on the hunt for the person who shot and killed a man early Tuesday morning, June 6. It happened in a place police call very dangerous: the 1500 block of Maple Street off Old Savannah Road in Augusta.

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Men cash stolen payroll checks, still at large

Posted: 06/06/2006 - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office needs your help to find the men in these photos. They cashed nearly $5000 in stolen payroll checks at security federal bank in North Augusta.

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Pedestal for James Brown statue on its way

Updated: 01/09/2007 - In case you've noticed the James Brown statue is missing, News 12 has learned it's in storage. Martha King of Augusta Cares tells us the long-awaited pedestal for the statue is on its way.

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Richmond County deputies handle second standoff in one day

Posted: 06/06/2006 - Monday, June 5 saw two police standoffs in Augusta. The second took place in the Lake Olmstead area, at the 2000 block of Clark Street. Even though the negotiations team was able to talk their way into a peaceful surrender, neighbors say it was the longest two hours of their lives.

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