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Columbia County open burning ban begins May 1

Posted: 04/19/2006 - Despite the forecast of spring rain, a ban on open burning will soon take effect in Columbia County. The state-ordered ban begins May 1 and runs through September 30.

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Augusta Ballet board president: We're not closing

Updated: 04/19/2006 - There has been speculation that the Augusta Ballet Company may be shutting its doors. News 12's Diane Cho was at Tuesday's annual spring performance to get to the bottom of it.

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Commissioners vote on cab contract, meeting times

Updated: 06/07/2006 - Tuesday, April 18 was a busy day for Augusta commissioners. They voted to end the exclusive contract that radio cab has with the airport. Also Tuesday, in a 6 to 3 vote, commissioners voted not to change their meeting times.

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Tour de Georgia begins

Posted: 04/18/2006 - The fourth annual Tour de Georgia is underway. Tuesday, April 18, Augusta played host again to the start of the race. It brought in some of the best cyclists in the world.

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Washington Road widening to begin this summer

Posted: 04/18/2006 - It's a popular and busy road that runs through several counties. But a construction project that starts in the next few months could slow down drivers on Washington Road.

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Man's lifestyle changed by Parkinson disease

Updated: 04/18/2006 - Pope John Paul II had it; so did singer Johnny Cash. Actor Michael J. Fox has it. It's the brain disorder Parkinson disease, and education is the key to getting a handle on the pain that comes with Parkinson's.

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Thomas-Wilson wins suit against Aiken Co. School Board

Posted: 04/18/2006 - The founder and director of Midland Valley Prep has won a lawsuit against the Aiken County School Board. The Aiken County School District will pay a portion of a $25,000 settlement to end a lawsuit filed by school director Lilian Thomas-Wilson.

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2 juveniles arrested in Butler High vandalism case

Posted: 04/18/2006 - Two juveniles were arrested in connection with the vandalism at Butler High School. The morning of Monday, April 17, teachers and students arrived to find the school trashed.

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Parents protest at Warren County Board of Education

Posted: 04/17/2006 - After students in Warren County protested in March, Monday, April 17, parents marched and protested in front of the Board of Education. They want the superintendent and all five board members to resign.

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Road construction workers face danger from speeders

Updated: 04/18/2006 - The signs are posted, but is anybody paying attention? This after a deadly accident Sunday evening, April 16, on I-20 eastbound, just before the Washington Road exit.

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"Communication failure" delays board response to school bus incident

Posted: 04/17/2006 - Angry parents at Tutt Middle School want to know why their children were forced off the school bus on Thursday, April 13. Several parents met with administrators Monday morning to find out what happened and whether the bus driver will be punished.

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Tour de Georgia teams warm up in Augusta

Posted: 04/17/2006 - The Tour de Georgia starts April 18, and the teams spent some time on April 17 warming up to ride hundreds of miles. These teams have a six day race ahead of them...and we found out what it takes to make it to the finish line.

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Bank robbed; suspect at large

Updated: 04/18/2006 - Shortly after 3:00 pm, the Wachovia bank branch at Washington and Bertram roads in Augusta was robbed. The lone suspect was armed with handgun and was wearing a paintball type mask over his face. He was also wearing a white in color cloth over his head, possibly a t-shirt.

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Tutt Middle bus driver accused of threatening kids, forcing them off bus

Posted: 04/17/2006 - A bus driver is accused of forcing middle school students to get off his bus...and not at their normal stop. According to the incident report, students say the bus driver, Robert Lynch, became agitated and started calling the students expletive names.

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Migrant worker issues affect local farms

Updated: 06/07/2006 - If you've driven past any strawberry fields recently, you may have seen foreign workers helping with the harvest. But one local farmer says the US Guest-Worker Program has room for improvement.

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Amy Walden guilty

Posted: 04/17/2006 - Friday, April 14, a Burke County jury found a woman guilty of murdering her husband in 2004. News 12's Kristen Cosby was in the courtroom and has reaction from the victim's family.

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I-20 accident leaves woman dead

Updated: 04/18/2006 - 60-year-old Patricia Cary of Columbia died Sunday night, April 16 when her car crashed into a tractor-trailer. It happened just before the Washington Road exit going eastbound about a half-mile away from the Warren Road bridge.

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Restaurant takes precautions after string of robberies

Posted: 04/14/2006 - Three unsolved restaurant robberies are keeping Richmond County investigators busy and other restaurant workers on guard. News 12's Domonique Benn tells you what one restaurant is doing to fight back.

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Construction debris pollutes Columbia County pond

Updated: 06/07/2006 - Booming growth and construction in Columbia County could be creating some problems with the environment. News 12's Stephanie Baker visited one neighborhood pond where construction debris is polluting the water.

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Gordon Highway Burger King robbed

Updated: 04/14/2006 - Deputies in Richmond County are looking for two men who robbed a Burger King early Friday morning. Just after midnight, they went into the restaurant off Gordon Highway and Tubman Home Road.

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Rash of Richmond County robberies targeting medications

Posted: 04/14/2006 - A string of break-ins in Richmond County have a common thread, as several women are robbed of their medicines. Crime Team 12's Kate Tillotson spoke with two victims about the break-ins and their losses.

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Columbia County needs improvement input

Updated: 06/07/2006 - You could get a chance to make decisions on where your tax dollars are going. Columbia County plans to spend millions of dollars on improvements, ranging from public safety to road projects.

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James Brown Music Festival scaled down

Updated: 06/07/2006 - Thursday, James Brown Music Festival organizer Charles "Champ" Walker, Jr. met with the city administrator to answer some of the questions about the festival. By all accounts, it was a pretty positive meeting.

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