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Commission rescinds halfway house decision amid parent concerns

Updated: 06/07/2006 - It's a home designed to help criminals get back in society. But here's the problem: it's on the same block of Broad Street as the old Martha Lester School, a home for after-school activities for Richmond County students.

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Ethanol: the alternative energy source with a future?

Posted: 05/16/2006 - President Bush says one answer to rising gas prices is decreasing the dependence on foreign oil...so today, in our News 12 Gas Gauge, meteorologist Adam Clark checks out one alternative.

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Drive-by shooting sends man to hospital

Updated: 05/16/2006 - Officers are still recovering evidence from a drive-by shooting that happened this afternoon at 1702 Martin Luther King Boulevard. Officers say this could be gang-related.

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Fire district could affect insurance premium

Posted: 05/16/2006 - The fire district you live in could determine how much you are paying on your insurance premium. It's all determined by the insurance service office rating, or ISO rating.

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Columbia County property values up

Posted: 05/16/2006 - Chief appraiser Debbie Robertson says Columbia County property values have gone up about 10 percent--some more, some less. This means higher taxes for some.

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Prosecutors wrap up case; Temple in jail; Shelnut implicated

Updated: 02/01/2007 - The trial involving Linda Schrenko's federal education spending enters its third week. Merle Temple is the former deputy superintendent for Schrenko, and for now he's in jail and shows no signs of getting out any time soon.

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2 local gun dealers named in federal lawsuit

Posted: 05/16/2006 - A federal lawsuit filed in New York aims to crack down on illegal gun sales. It names 15 dealers across the country in five different states. Two of those dealers are right here: the A-1 jewelry and Pawn in Augusta and AAA Pawnbrokers in Hephzibah.

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Group seeks to bring religion and politics together in South Carolina

Posted: 05/15/2006 - A few years ago a California man started Christian Exodus. His goal: to get group members to move to South Carolina and create a godly, limited government. So far, a few dozen families have joined in. But are they making change where we live?

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Columbia County BOE moves to Evans

Posted: 05/15/2006 - Columbia County School Board meetings will soon be a shorter drive for many. The headquarters has moved from Appling to a 60,000 square foot headquarters in Evans.

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Mother's Day weather fells trees in Appling

Updated: 05/15/2006 - Many folks in Appling spent the day May 15 cleaning up from Sunday's big storm. The chainsaws were out in full on Ridge Road. The storm pushed trees there to the ground.

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Deadline for Medicare D enrollment arrives

Updated: 01/11/2007 - Today, May 15, 2006 is the deadline to sign up for the new Medicare prescription benefit known as Medicare D. While enrollment is not mandatory, enrollment after today carries increased penalties.

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Roaming bear captured in south Augusta

Posted: 05/15/2006 - The bear roaming in south Augusta has been captured. It was captured Saturday, May 13 at the Sunoco gas station at Bobby Jones and Highway 56.

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Some mothers become mothers on Mother's Day

Posted: 05/15/2006 - It's a day to say thanks for one of the most thank-less jobs around...being a mom. Some unsuspecting mothers ended up spending their Mother's Day in the delivery room.

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Alleged killer free on bond; victim's family outraged

Posted: 05/15/2006 - The family of a slain 20-year-old wants to know why his alleged killer is roaming the streets. On May 3, police arrested 14-year-old Johnny Thai Dinh after Rodney Wayne McGhee, Jr. was found dead near his home in Hephzibah.

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Aiken County man jailed on sexual assault charges

Posted: 05/15/2006 - An Aiken County man is behind bars facing two dozen charges of sexual assault. One of his alleged victims is as young as ten years old. John Floyd is charged with 27 counts of criminal sexual conduct.

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Deadly wreck near Midland Valley Country Club

Posted: 05/15/2006 - A midday accident kills a driver on the Aiken-Augusta highway. The accident happened just before 11:00, directly in front of the entrance to the Midland Valley Country Club golf course in Graniteville.

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Parks and Rec. Dept. discrimination, harassment claims

Updated: 06/07/2006 - In a story you'll only see on 12, Augusta commissioners are looking into claims of discrimination and harassment in one of the city's largest departments. Department head Tom Beck knows city leaders have a close eye on him and his staff.

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14-year-old accused shooter out on bond

Posted: 05/12/2006 - A week after a deadly shooting in a south Augusta neighborhood, the accused shooter, 14-year-old Johnny Thai Dinh, is out of jail on bond. Neighbors say that since the shooting both families have moved out of their homes...one because of memories, the other because of fear of retaliation.

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I-20 wrecks cause congestion

Posted: 05/12/2006 - Traffic along I-20 was backed up for miles Friday, May 12 after an early morning wreck. An 18-wheeler overturned at around 5:30.

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"Star and Buc Wild" off air

Posted: 05/12/2006 - If you're used to listening to "Star and Buc Wild" in the morning on local radio station Power 107, listen up. That syndicated radio show will no longer air.

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Former Aiken County prosecutor arrested for soliciting sex

Updated: 06/21/2006 - The South Carolina Attorney General reports Anthony Clark Odom, 32, was arrested by the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office for solicitation of a minor. Odom was the assistant solicitor who prosecuted James Brown after he was arrested for beating his wife.

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