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Teacher who cuts student's shirt with scissors gets support

Updated: 03/17/2014 - A middle school teacher on leave, who says cutting a student's shirt with scissors was a joke, is now getting support. News 12 talked to the mother of a former student who says the teacher, Thurston Williams, should face a punishment, but should not lose his job or face criminal charges with the sheriff's office that the victim's mother told News 12 she is asking for.

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Former Georgia congressman Bo Callaway dies

Posted: 03/16/2014 - Howard "Bo" Callaway Sr., a former Georgia congressman, Army secretary and one of the founders of Callaway Gardens, has died. He was 86.

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Report: Kids found alone in dirty home with dog urine, feces

Updated: 03/16/2014 - A county jail is the new home for one Augusta mother. Bethany Schubert is charged with not taking care of her kids and leaving them home alone with almost no food. Deputies say when they made it to the home off Barbara Road they found filthy rooms -- one bedroom even had dog urine and feces in it. News 12 talked to a neighbor and a mother who are shocked by the charges.

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Military-like trained dogs could cause problems for Harlem K-9 unit

Updated: 03/19/2014 - The Harlem Police Department is getting a new officer, but this one will have four legs and a great sense of smell. They're working on getting their first K-9 drug dog. They've already been offered two bomb sniffing dogs, but the Chief has turned them down. Turns out, having the wrong kind of dog could turn into breaking the law.

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Saddling up for Aiken Trials

Updated: 03/15/2014 - The Aiken tradition is just hours away and they're putting on the final bells and whistles. The tents are completely sold out and they're expecting about 6,000 people to show up.

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12 OYS: Teacher cuts students clothes with scissors, says joke went too far

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Updated: 03/17/2014 - When school starts back Monday, one Richmond County teacher will not be in the classroom. Instead middle school teacher Thurston Williams is on leave, charged with simple battery against a student. The Tutt Middle School math teacher said what he did was meant as a joke. But the boy's mom is not laughing. The mother of the 12-year-old does not want this teacher on leave, she wants him arrested and out of the classroom.

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James Brown movie hitting theaters in August

Updated: 03/15/2014 - It's coming--the life of Augusta's own James Brown will hit the big screen this summer. The Godfather of Soul had a life full of up and downs and now everyone will have a chance to live it through the movie, Get On Up. News 12 talked to family and friends who hope the movie is a box office hit and what it will mean to James Brown's legacy.

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Voters react to Augusta Mayor's debate

Updated: 03/14/2014 - Thursday night 4 of the 5 Augusta mayoral candidates made their case as to why they should be the next person to lead Augusta. The forum took place in Downtown Augusta and News 12 was there for every minute of it. The Richmond County Association of Educators hosted the 2 hour program. Senator Hardie Davis missed it due to his obligations at the state senate, but either way the show did go on.

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Preparing for possible veterans court

Updated: 03/13/2014 - The Richmond County jail is starting to track how many veterans end up behind bars. All in an effort to make sure they never come back.

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EMS substation clear of bed bugs after infestation; fire dept. helps out

Updated: 03/14/2014 - An Aiken County EMS substation is shut down after a bed bug infestation. Station One on Edgefield Road covers most of North Augusta and Belvedere, but even though the station is closed, News 12's Chad Mills found out a local volunteer fire department says it's making sure if you call 911, you won't see any change in response times.

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