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News 12 Sits Down with Ashley Smith

Updated: 10/07/2005 - She’s on a whirlwind tour, appearing on every show from Oprah to Larry King Live. But Friday afternoon News 12 caught up with Ashley back here at home to find out what’s most important to her now.

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Columbia County Pet Adoption

Updated: 10/07/2005 - Columbia County Animal Control is cutting its adoption rates in half Friday and Saturday to encourage people to bring home a new pet. About twenty animals sit in cages waiting to go home with a new family.

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Henry Howard Remembered

Updated: 10/07/2005 - It was dark and dreary outside Good Shepherd Baptist Church Friday afternoon. But inside, spirits were upbeat as hundreds gathered to remember Georgia State Representative Henry Howard.

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Rainy Weather for Weekend Festivals

Updated: 10/07/2005 - Many festivals are kicking off Friday night. So will the rain be an issue with attendance? News 12 has more on what organizers plan to do if it rains on their parade.

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The Local Job Front

Updated: 10/07/2005 - South Carolina is scoring poorly on its job growth. A new report ranks the Palmetto State 50th in the nation. News 12 is on your side with how it could impact your job hunt.

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Water Bill to Rise Next Month

Posted: 10/07/2005 - If you live in Columbia County your water bill goes up next month. The increase is just a dollar, but it all adds up to keep the Savannah River clean.

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Tough Times for Augusta Youth Center

Updated: 10/06/2005 - These are tough times for the Augusta Youth Center. Tuesday, they got a $5,000 donation, but now that money is gone. News 12 is on your side to show you why the center may have to close if more money doesn’t come in soon.

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World Target Shoot Comes to Edgefield

Posted: 10/06/2005 - It’s the World Championship for Still Target Shooting. And starting this year, the annual event will be in Edgefield at the National Wild Turkey Federation.

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Tropical Storm Tammy Brings Rain to CSRA

Updated: 10/06/2005 - Tropical Storm Tammy has died out, but not before she dumped heavy showers of rain onto the CSRA Thursday. And while there wasn’t any flooding, city officials worry that another system will drop more rain.

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Long Lines for Free Chick-Fil-A

Updated: 10/06/2005 - How far would you go for a chicken sandwich? You might be surprised at what some students are doing and it’s all feeding into the local economy.

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Convent Robbery

Updated: 10/05/2005 - Robberies are among the most common crimes we see. What’s unusual in the story we’re following today is who the victims are and what was stolen.

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Bass Tournament Brings Big Bucks

Posted: 10/05/2005 - New money is on its way to Columbia County. Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to bring in a competitive bass fishing circuit.

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Lay-Offs' Ripple Effect

Updated: 10/05/2005 - The pain of 350 layoffs at Avondale Mills is being felt throughout Aiken County, and not just among mill workers. Most of the businesses in Graniteville count on Avondale’s workers for their livelihood.

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Daycares Increase Fees

Updated: 10/05/2005 - The rise in fuel costs is making it hard for everyone, even daycare centers. As News 12 reports, many centers have had to go up on their fees in order to continue operating their vehicles.

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Avondale Mills Announces Layoffs

Updated: 10/05/2005 - There’s more bad new for Graniteville as Avondale Mills announces it’s laying off 350 workers. The company says it’s a direct result of the train wreck and chlorine spill last January.

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Columbia Co. Transit Fare Increase

Updated: 06/07/2006 - High gas prices may mean a rate increase for Columbia County Public Transit. Commissioner will consider a plan to increase fares to help get them back on budget.

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Only On 12: James Brown Music Festival

Updated: 10/04/2005 - Organizers for the James Brown Music Festival are using the “We Feel Good” slogan to lure thousands to Augusta for the mega event that is planned for late March.

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Aiken County Pastor Accused Of Fondling Girl

Updated: 10/04/2005 - An Aiken County pastor has been arrested for fondling a child in his church. The pastor of Remnant Ministries calls himself Apostle Brooks Williamson. He’s accused of fondling a girl with anointing oil.

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Gas Stations Running Dry?

Updated: 10/04/2005 - After climbing again over the weekend, gas prices are around $3 a gallon Monday night. Another sight that’s becoming more and more familiar are bags over the nozzles signaling that at least temporarily the stations are out of gas.

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New Business Brings New Traffic

Updated: 10/04/2005 - It’s good for commerce in Columbia County and bad for traffic. The grand opening of Kohl’s in Evans is Thursday and hundreds are expected.

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Holiday Season Travel

Updated: 10/03/2005 - With four major airlines filing for bankruptcy in the past year and gas prices skyrocketing, many who hope to travel this holiday season are left to wonder if they’ll be able to.

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Charging at the Pump

Updated: 10/03/2005 - According to the U.S. Department of Energy, nearly 70 percent of gasoline is bought with a credit card. And with soaring gas prices and no end in sight, plastic is becoming the popular choice to pay for gas.

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North Augusta's Past May Help Plan Future

Updated: 10/03/2005 - North Augusta is planning for the future and they need your help. They say your suggestions won’t fall on deaf ears. They city has a track record for putting their plans to work.

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Meth On The Rise

Updated: 10/03/2005 - In Columbia County, there have been three meth lab busts this year, and there will be more. A dangerous drug is readily available in Columbia County.

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Less Field Trips for Columbia County

Updated: 09/30/2005 - The return of the gas tax could hurt more than your wallet. The soaring gas prices may threaten field trips and bus routes in Columbia County.

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