News 12 This Morning Local Update - November 16, 2006

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Rollover accident on Fury's Ferry

Traffic was stalled on Fury's Ferry Road after a rollover accident at the Columbia County/Richmond County line this morning.

We're told that a second, smaller accident followed the first.

Denmark water shortage closes schools

There is a water outage in the entire town of Denmark in Bamberg County this morning.

All Denmark Olar schools and Voorhees College are closed today.

Desire Northington back home

It nearly took her life, but three weeks after being thrown from a ride at Augusta's fair, 13-year-old Desire Northington is feeling like her old self.

Desire was thrown 60 feet and suffered a severely bruised brain, impairing some of her memory.

She's been in the hospital and is finally back home, crediting others for her recovery.

"I'm looking forward to going back to school, being with my friends...and looking forward to telling everybody thank you for their prayers, because they worked," she told News 12.

"She'll say something and repeat it again, and she'll catch herself and say, 'I just said that grandma,'" her grandmother Beverly Biddings said.

Desire will work with a therapist until her memory improves and will be homeschooled for a while.

DNA results pending in search for Allendale teen

17-year-old Erica Bradley is still missing in Allendale.

Officers say Erica and her boyfriend, 18-year-old Derrick Maner, were driving down Highway 125 last Monday when the couple started arguing and Erica jumped out of the moving vehicle. Erica had just finished her shift at Hardee's.

Since then, a search has been underway for Erica in town.

The sheriff's office is waiting on DNA results from things found in their search this week.

Hearing for MySpace deputies today

Hearings will be held this morning for three Richmond County deputies in trouble after making questionable postings on MySpace.

Pictures were discovered by a reporter at the Metro Spirit. They showed a deputy with a county-owned weapon, a deputy next to a patrol car with the caption "look at my fellow gang members, " and a blog with a post reading "I didn't realize how easily gold teeth can be removed."

The hearing scheduled for deputies Philip Hambrick, Jason Izquierdo, and Colby Harrel is at 9 o' clock this morning.

Election results certified

Georgia's secretary of state has certified the results of last week's general election. That includes the narrow victory in the 12th District Congressional race.

John Barrow defeated Republican Max Burns by just 864 votes.

Under Georgia law, a candidate gets an automatic recount if the margin in the race is less than one percent, which is the case here. However, Burns has said he will not seek a recount.

However, a recount is certain in South Carolina.

The Election Commission ordered one in the races for lieutenant governor and state education superintendent.

Right now Andre Bauer leads Robert Barber in the lieutenant governor's race and Democrat Jim Rex is ahead of Republican Karen Floyd for the top education post.

That recount will start this morning.

Columbia County closes in on new school superintendent

19 people are now in the running to be the Columbia County school superintendent.

The search committee will begin narrowing down candidates this morning.

Board member Mike Sleeper says the field is pretty evenly split between in-state and out of state applicants.

Current superintendent Tommy Price is retiring next summer.

Mayor holding community forum tonight

Augusta's mayor wants to hear from you tonight.

Deke Copenhaver is hosting another community forum. It's at the Eastview Community Center at 644 Aiken Street.

Meet the mayor there at 6 p.m. to let him know what you think about the Garden City.

This is his first community forum since winning re-election in a landslide last week.

Coming Up

We're supposed to stop eating when we're full...and sometimes, that's hard to do.

How do you decide?

Friday, we'll tell you how your nose could play a part in dieting.

That's on News 12 This Morning starting at 5:30 a.m.

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