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Brown's generosity inspires others to give

Updated: 08/16/2010 - The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, played Santa Claus today for his annual toy giveaway at the Imperial Theater. It's a tradition the Godfather has continued for 15 years, and it's inspiring others.

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New study says toxic materials in Hyde Park soil

Updated: 08/16/2010 - Imagine your home, the yard where your kids play, sitting on contaminated ground. That's what people in Hyde Park say they've dealt with for years. City leaders are now involved and looking harder for answers.

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New playground latest improvement to Pendleton King Park

Updated: 08/16/2010 - The Junior League of Augusta has been making strides to improve Pendleton King Park. Over the years, the park has lost a lot of visitors due to an increase in crime...but now folks are looking forward to a new beginning.

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Special Assignment: Santa Claus, Georgia

Updated: 08/16/2010 - Take a drive through any neighborhood and you'll see the man in red. He's on lawns and porches and even inside stores. But one city is not only decorated with Santas...it's named after him.

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Motorcycle Santa says alleged kidnapping was a mistake

Updated: 08/16/2010 - John Michael Barton was arrested for taking a girl away on his motorcycle from a gas station. He was released on bond. Now he says he's hanging up his Santa suit...and all he wants for Christmas is forgiveness.

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Be careful with space heaters to prevent tragedy

Updated: 08/16/2010 - Today, Georgia's fire safety commissioner John Oxendine was in Augusta with the same tour he started three years ago, bringing advice that has helped fire deaths to steadily decline across the state.

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Georgia Residents: Bring One for the Chipper!

Updated: 08/16/2010 - Keep Columbia County Beautiful, Georgia Power & the Home Depot invite you to celebrate the 17th annual “Bring One For The Chipper” event and recycle your Christmas tree after the holidays.

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Portion of Augusta Canal drained for maintenance

Updated: 08/16/2010 - You may have noticed some parts of the Augusta Canal are bone dry, and that's affecting boat tours in the area. The portion of the Augusta Canal near Enterprise Mill is off limits for maintenance.

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Burglars targeting Christmas presents

Updated: 08/16/2010 - This weekend was almost like a shopping spree for burglars. All types of Christmas list things from PlayStations to remote control cars were taken from people's homes. And deputies say it's about to get worse.

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Youth LEGO robotics tournament held at Aiken High

Updated: 08/16/2010 - The First LEGO League is considered the little league of the First Robotics Competition. Children ages 9 to 14 use science, technology and engineering to create their own unique robot.

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Local minister weighs in on Nativity Story film

Updated: 08/16/2010 - There hasn't been a huge marketing campaign to let you know about it, but there's a movie out in local theaters called The Nativity Story. News 12's Laurie Ott had the chance to see the movie with a local minister.

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Richmond County animal euthanasia out of control

Updated: 08/16/2010 - Richmond County is ranked worst in the state for the number of cats and dogs it's forced to euthanize. By the end of this year, the total will likely reach 12,000. The problem is clawing away at the county's resources.

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Thousands converge on Salley for Chitlin' Strut

Updated: 08/16/2010 - For nearly 40 years, folks have been converging on a small South Carolina town for one thing: chitterlings, also known as chitlins. The Chitlin' Strut was packed again this year, drawing people from around the country.

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Black Friday deals some of the cheapest in 6 years

Updated: 08/16/2010 - With lines snaking all around the building at the Best Buy on Walton Way Extension on the eve of Black Friday, store manager Brad Deep estimates more than 400 customers camped outside their store.

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Tax-free holiday brings shoppers to South Carolina

Updated: 08/16/2010 - The big discounts, as usual, kept stores full today...and a sales tax break in South Carolina had shoppers in Georgia crossing the river. News 12's Jonathan Martin spent the day at Aiken Mall to see how shoppers were cashing in on the savings.

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Evans Target sees mad rush on Black Friday

Updated: 08/16/2010 - Black Friday brings excitement and thrill to holiday shoppers. It's the official start of the holiday shopping season, and News 12's Domonique Benn was in the middle of it all.

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Camping out for Black Friday

Updated: 08/16/2010 - Shoppers camped out all day at the Best Buy in Augusta, waiting to be the first to get their hands on the electronic deals. At 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving, the line was already wrapped around the building. Call them crazy or even a little insane...but to these people, it's a sport.

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Shoppers prepare for Black Friday

Updated: 08/16/2010 - It's tradition: once you've had your fill of good food and football, it's time to get ready for shopping. But some people were already out spending money, or at least getting ready to on this Thanksgiving holiday.

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Thanksgiving Dinner of Love feeds hundreds

Updated: 08/16/2010 - Hundreds of families in need got Thanksgiving dinner thanks to Augusta volunteers who spent their holiday helping others, preparing and delivering the annual Dinner of Love.

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Graniteville churches feed hundreds on Thanksgiving

Updated: 08/16/2010 - On Thanksgiving Day, people all across the area were out volunteering to make sure others have a happy holiday. From Graniteville to Augusta, those in need received food and fellowship, served up at the same time.

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Augusta man finds healing in giving Thanksgiving

Updated: 08/16/2010 - The Augusta Rescue Mission worked around the clock to make sure the thousands of needy people in Augusta would have a hot meal ready for them on Thanksgiving.

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