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Coach murder, wife arrest strongly impact community

Posted: 05/18/2006 - Officers found 34-year-old Steven Harley beaten to death in his Jenkins County home in late April. Harley's wife Tracey Harley was arrested May 16. She and Rico Orlando Walker are now in jail, charged with murder.

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Many Richmond Co. deputies also military reservists

Posted: 05/18/2006 - Since the September 11 attacks, 16 people employed at the Richmond County Sheriff's Department have been deployed overseas. So what effect does a large number of people gone at one time have on the department and your safety?

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Special Assignment: Deconstructing The Da Vinci Code

Updated: 02/01/2007 - It's a film that can blur the lines between fact, fiction, and faith, and it's stirring a national debate even before it hits the theatres this Friday. In a News 12 Special Assignment, we look at what local clergy and academic leaders have to say about The Da Vinci Code.

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Fraud trial wrapping up; jury to deliberate soon

Updated: 02/01/2007 - The defense may call one rebuttal witness Thursday. Closing arguments will follow, and the case is expected to be in the jury's hands Thursday afternoon. The jury will have to go count by count to determine if remaining co-defendants Stephan Botes and Peter Steyn are guilty.

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Wife charged in baseball coach murder

Updated: 05/17/2006 - The Jenkins County Sheriff's Office says they arrested Tracy Harley, Steven Harley's wife on murder charges at around 8:30 Tuesday evening, May 16. 34-year-old Steven Harley is the youth baseball coach who was found dead in his Millen home back in April.

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Sexual harrassment lawsuit filed against Dr. Charles Larke

Posted: 05/16/2006 - A teacher has filed a sexual harassment suit against Richmond County school superintendent Dr. Charles Larke. The teacher says during a business trip, Larke made advances of a sexual and intimate nature towards her.

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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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