- The Aiken County Council voted last night to raise the county’s millage rate. Half of what the new property taxes are paying for is more law enforcement officers. News 12 is on your side to explain what you’re paying for.
- The first African-American to play in the Masters was back on a local golf course Tuesday. Golf legend Lee Elder flew all the way from San Diego to help raise money for the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.
- A move Tuesday in Columbia County could make gas meters all over the state safer. The South Carolina Public Service Commission met Tuesday to consider tightening safety rules on a specific kind of gas meter.
- It could take days to be sure the fire is out at a large warehouse that caught fire in Augusta Tuesday morning. It’s the Christian Millworks Company near Molly Pond Road and Gordon Highway.
- The future fuel might mean a brighter future for Aiken County’s economy. The Savannah River National Laboratory is teaming with Toyota to study hydrogen cars. News 12 is on your side with how this will benefit Aiken County’s economy.
- Minutes can be a matter of life and death for emergency responders. And now that the city of Aiken has a new 911 system in place, that time won’t be wasted. News 12 is on your side to show you how it works.
- Aiken’s Gold Cup Polo Tournament continues this weekend. And the tournament is drawing more than fans, it could just mean a few new neighbors. News 12 is on your side to explain why such an elite tournament may mean big tax dollars for Aiken.
- We have seen recently the outpouring of people helping those affected by Hurricane Katrina by donating their money, their resources, or their time. Today, both Richmond and Columbia County sheriff’s offices sent deputies to the Gulf area.
- One car dealership in Augusta is rolling out the welcome mat for those who worked at Walker Acura in New Orleans. Most of us know Cotton Flynn as the voice and face of Acura of Augusta. But to two New Orleans evacuees, they know him as a lifesaver.
- Until now, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, was focusing all their efforts on the Gulf Coast. Now they’re fanning across the county, including Augusta. News 12 talks with agents as they answer to a room full of evacuees.
- Right now they are unincorporated communities in Columbia County. But Evans and Martinez may become cities. Right now they have a lot of questions about what it means to consolidate.
- Bus stops for some kids in Aiken County may be changing. As new kids move to the county, sometimes extra stops are added that really aren’t allowed. News 12 is on your side with why some bus stops will disappear.
- Delta is the latest airline to fall victim to high fuel costs and heavy debt. The company filed for chapter eleven bankruptcy Wednesday afternoon, following United Airlines and US Airways.
- The young soldier was sent to New Orleans with Fort Gordon’s 93rd Signal Brigade to restore the city he grew up in. And this soldier went there to work not knowing his own family was safe.
- Hundreds of thousands displaced by Hurricane Katrina received good news today. FEMA’s new director says a top priority will be finding them homes. And as News 12 shows you, the search is going on right here in the CSRA.
- Only on 12, about 45 members of Fort Gordon’s 93rd Signal Brigade have taken over part of New Orleans’ Airport. News 12 traveled to New Orleans and shows us how the terminal is now a communications headquarters.
- Only on 12…about 100 members of Fort Gordon’s 93rd Signal Brigade are across the Gulf Coast restoring communications. News 12 explains how they’re making the entire military operation on the Gulf work.
- Fort Gordon’s communication technology is vital in organizing relief efforts right now. Houses are still under water and trash still lines the streets of New Orleans. But it gets better each day because of satellite dishes across the Gulf.