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Candidate Closeup: Willie Mays

Updated: 10/27/2005 - He comes from a family of politicians and serving as mayor of Augusta is something that Willie Mays says he’s wanted to do for a while. And he got a shot at the job earlier than he ever thought.

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Schools File Lawsuits

Updated: 10/27/2005 - Fifty-one Georgia school districts have banded together to sue the state, claiming it’s failing to give education enough funding. News 12 is on your side with why Columbia County chose not to join in the lawsuit and may raise property taxes instead.

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Aiken County's Largest Disaster Drill

Updated: 10/27/2005 - It was a staged disaster, but a very real possibility. News 12 is on your side to show you how emergency officials across the region would keep you safe in this kind of situation.

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News 12 Talks with Judge Wheale

Updated: 10/27/2005 - Judge Duncan Wheale is passionate when it comes to children. That’s one reason he became a judge. And one of his toughest battles yet is getting parents to be more responsible.

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Local Schools Need More Money

Updated: 10/27/2005 - Most of the money it takes to run school programs may soon be coming out of your pocket. And that’s because local schools are not getting enough from the Department of Education. News 12 is on your side with the rising cost of public education.

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Candlelight Vigil in Augusta

Updated: 10/27/2005 - It’s been confirmed that more than 2,000 soldiers have lost their lives in Operation Iraqi Freedom and that figure is stirring up a frenzy of anti-way protests nationwide. News 12 is on your side with how some are remembering those killed in the war.

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News 12 Talks With New Chamber President

Updated: 10/26/2005 - Anyone who’s been downtown knows the area could use some work with empty storefronts along the sidewalk. That’s one of the challenges facing Sue Parr, the new Chamber of Commerce president.

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Candidate Closeup: Deke Copenhaver

Updated: 10/26/2005 - He majored in political science at Augusta State University and has worked in the city for many years. Now at the age of 37, Deke Copenhaver says he’s ready to be mayor.

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Job Fair Attracts Hundreds of People Recently Laid Off

Updated: 10/26/2005 - For many job seekers, it was a chance to rebuild their lives. Hundreds turned out Wednesday for a job fair at the Aiken Mall. As News 12 reports, after thousands of recent lay-offs in Aiken County, Wednesday was a second chance.

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Another Grocery Store Closing in North Augusta

Updated: 10/26/2005 - When the two North Augusta Winn Dixie’s closed, many customers ended up at Food Lion. And now that store will be closing for good. News 12 talked with shoppers who feel they are running out of options that are convenient for them.

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Judge Appalled at Teen Sex Allegations

Updated: 10/25/2005 - Judge Duncan Wheale presided over Tuesday’s bond hearing and at times offered his opinion about what he considers lazy parenting. News 12 was in his courtroom today and has more on all of it.

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Bond Hearing for Rice and Harris

Updated: 06/21/2006 - Two Greenbrier student athletes accused of sex crimes are free on bond tonight. Reggie Rice and Shad Harris both had their first court appearance Tuesday morning in front of a packed courthouse and the flock of supporters.

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Candidate Closeup: Tommy Boyles

Updated: 10/25/2005 - Today we’re getting close-up with Tommy Boyles. He retired several years ago after working for the city for 32 years and recently stepped down from his commission seat to run for mayor.

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Mom's At Home Business Booming

Updated: 10/25/2005 - She started a company from her home so she could be with her son. After six years and lots of hard work, business is booming. News 12 is on your side with how one mom made working at home a success.

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Construction on New Laney Walker HS Athletic Complex

Updated: 10/25/2005 - The houses are gone and the construction has started. Last week contractors began work on the Laney High School athletic complex. News 12 takes you to the site and shows you how the plans are taking shape.

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Emergency Response Preparations in Augusta

Updated: 10/25/2005 - Planning for a disaster in Augusta, officials from a variety of public agencies are joining forces just like they would do in a real emergency. News 12 is on your side to show us the Q&A.

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Candidate Closeup: Helen Blocker Adams

Updated: 10/24/2005 - In just over two weeks, Augusta voters will choose a new mayor. News 12 is on your side with a close look at each of the candidates. First is Helen Blocker Adams. And being first is something that she says doesn’t phase her.

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Energy Billing Options

Updated: 10/24/2005 - Electric heating bills are expected to go up five percent this winter and many families are trying to find ways to save. News 12 is on your side with some electric billing options that may save you some cash.

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Military Idol Competition at Fort Gordon

Updated: 10/24/2005 - Hundreds auditioned, 36 made the trip to Fort Gordon, six made the finals, but just one is the Military Idol. News 12 follows one soldier’s journey through the competition in a story you’ll see only on 12.

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Savannah River Cleanup

Updated: 10/24/2005 - It’s a dirty job, but dozens of volunteers turned out to do it. They picked up trash during the Savannah River Cleanup. News 12 shows you what they came away with.

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Enough to Stay

Posted: 10/21/2005 - After four years, a pay raise is what they had hoped for and could very well get after City Administrator Fred Russell released next year’s budget proposal including a four percent raise for Richmond County deputies.

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Reporting Sex Crimes

Updated: 10/21/2005 - Six Greenbrier High School students face charges ranging from statutory rape to aggravated molestation, even fornication. Columbia County gets at least twelve reports just like this every year. Ninety percent never get brought to police.

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Knox Avenue Traffic

Updated: 10/21/2005 - North Augusta’s new Lowe’s is close to completion. But that means more traffic on one of the city’s busiest roads. That’s why the area is in for some major changes. News 12 is on your side with what these changes could mean for your drive home from work.

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Garden City Classic Tailgate

Updated: 10/21/2005 - It’s a rivalry that dates back 40 years and Friday the Lucy Laney Wildcats square off against the TW Josey Eagles. News 12 has more on the Garden City Classic and what some are calling the area’s biggest football rivalry.

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Fair Providing Funding

Updated: 10/21/2005 - The Western Carolina State Fair is more than just games. It’s also providing donations for Aiken County civic groups. News 12 is on your side with how the fair is helping out volunteer organizations.

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