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Final DDA-funded First Friday

Updated: 01/10/2007 - It's the end of an era...at least for Augusta's Downtown Development Authority. Tonight will be the last First Friday they finance. But that doesn't mean the fun has to end.

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Silver Bluff High under lockdown

Updated: 10/08/2006 - Silver Bluff High School was under lockdown Friday, and extra officers were at the school to provide extra safety. Students arrived that morning to a threat written on the sidewalk...

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Security stepped up at Lakeside High School

Posted: 10/06/2006 - Parents are wondering: just how do the inner workings of a high school change after its safety is threatened? The key word - at least at Lakeside - is escorts.

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Sheriffs dealing with threat against Hephzibah High

Updated: 10/06/2006 - After obtaining some alarming information, officials at the school contacted the sheriff's department, who searched the school with the K-9 team and then locked the building.

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Mayoral Candidate Close-Up: Steven Kendrick

Updated: 06/18/2007 - Businessman Steven Kendrick is another candidate with no political experience, but he says that's not what most voters are looking for.

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Augusta tire and rim shop destroyed in fire

Posted: 10/05/2006 - Five buildings at one business were hit by an overnight fire. Mag Wheel Connection was destroyed by the blaze overnight. The tire and rim shop is on Barton Chapel Road, right off Gordon Highway.

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Lottie Kain Payne found guilty

Updated: 01/18/2007 - Lottie Kain Payne has been found guilty of the charge of two counts of child neglect in the drowning death of her two children by a jury of her peers. She has been sentenced to five years in prison and five years probation.

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Downtown business owners organize to save First Friday

Posted: 10/05/2006 - 30 downtown business owners are forming the Downtown Business Association to rescue First Friday. They say despite First Friday losing funding, it's not dead, and the event will go on.

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US House Speaker won't step down

Updated: 10/05/2006 - Dennis Hastert took responsibility for the House page scandal and stated that he's started a criminal investigation in a news conference this afternoon. Hastert does not plan to step down over the incident.

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Lottie Kain Payne testifies

Updated: 01/18/2007 - Lottie Payne's defense team got the chance to tell their side of the story in court today. For the first time, the mother accused of neglecting her children before they drowned recounted the exact minutes before their deaths.

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News 12 This Morning Local Update - October 5, 2006

Updated: 10/05/2006 - Augusta business destroyed in fire; Pete Warren dies; Columbia County out of flu shots; 2 days left to apply for Christmas assistance; Lottie Payne testifies; Columbia County schools on "soft lockdown".

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Mayoral Candidate Close-Up: Gil Gilyard

Updated: 06/18/2007 - Gil Gilyard has lived in Augusta for 30 years, and during that time, he says he's experienced so much. Gilyard says that experience makes him a perfect choice for mayor.

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Message threatens violence against Lakeside students

Updated: 10/04/2006 - All schools in Columbia County will be on what's called "soft lockdown" tomorrow. That's after a threat was found in a bathroom at Lakeside High School. It said "LHS will blow up on 10/5."

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