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Churches and bars may now co-exist in downtown Augusta

Posted: 03/22/2006 - Proposed changes to the alcohol ordinance in downtown Augusta were up for a second reading at Tuesday's commission meeting. One change alters the way distance is measured between bars and churches. The other change causes the distance requirement not to apply to any structure not originally built to be a church.

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Local Army defense lawyer wins detainee abuse case, clears soldier's name

Posted: 03/21/2006 - It was a trial against a U.S. Army sergeant that gained international attention, and the man called to defend him, Army defense lawyer Capt. Michael Waddington, is stationed at Fort Gordon. News 12's Domonique Benn has the story of a Fort Gordon lawyer who fought to clear one sergeant's name.

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March 21: Mack Smith murder trial, Day 2

Updated: 03/22/2006 - Witnesses are taking the stand in a five-year-old murder case in a Columbia County courtroom. Mack Smith was stabbed to death in 2001. 2 men, Barry Tabor and Corey Coggins, are standing trial for his murder.

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Government expects bird flu in US in 2006

Posted: 03/21/2006 - The government expects the bird flu to arrive in the US this year. The virus can infect people who come in close contact with infected birds. It has killed nearly 100 people worldwide.

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Large truck, car collide near Beech Island

Posted: 03/21/2006 - Tuesday morning's wet weather may have played a part in a wreck in Aiken County. A big truck and a car collided on Highway 278 near Beech Island.

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Columbia County deputy arrested, charged with hit and run, DUI

Posted: 03/21/2006 - For the second time in less than a week, a Columbia County deputy has been arrested, this time for a traffic accident. Reports say early Tuesday morning Douglas Arthur Buono was in a traffic accident on Washington Road.

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3 armed men rob Waffle King; still at large

Posted: 03/21/2006 - Richmond County investigators are looking for three armed robbers. Dispatchers say they entered the Waffle King restaurant off Walton Way around 11:30 Monday night.

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March 20: Smith Murder Trial, Day 1

Updated: 03/21/2006 - District Attorney Danny Craig began interviewing witnesses in the murder trial for Mack Smith, the husband of Ashley Smith. Cory Coggins and Barry Tabor, Jr. are accused of killing Smith during an argument at an apartment complex.

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Monsanto increases production of dairy cow drug Posilac

Posted: 03/21/2006 - A drug company is boosting production of a popular growth hormone, and they'll be working entirely at a plant in Augusta. Thanks to federal approval, Monsanto Company will increase production of Posilac, a drug that makes dairy cows produce more milk.

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Bill allowing public school Bible classes passes Georgia House

Posted: 03/21/2006 - A bill allowing public high schools to offer classes on the Bible sped through the Georgia House today, passing overwhelmingly with no debate. The legislation would allow high schools to form elective courses on the history and literature of the Old Testament and New Testament.

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100 Days of Deke

Posted: 03/20/2006 - It's been an eventful 100 days in office for Augusta's new mayor...complete with a trip to court to have his powers re-defined. News 12's Jonathan Martin sat down with Mayor Deke Copenhaver to find out what he's accomplished and what he plans to do next.

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Man dead after motorcycle accident in Aiken

Posted: 03/20/2006 - One man is dead after a motorcycle accident on Pine Log Road in Aiken. A stretch of Pine Log Road was shut down Sunday night as investigators tried to determine how the accident happened.

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