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Martinez mom finalist in national competition to take year off work

Rene Richardson

Updated: 08/23/2012 - It is a contest to find a deserving person. Over one thousand people entered the contest and out of that five have been chosen as finalists including Rene Richardson, a woman taking in two kids while their mom is deployed to Afghanistan.

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Columbia Co. investigating toddler drowning, charges possible

drowning in pool

Updated: 08/28/2012 - A family is grieving after a 3-year-old Columbia County girl apparently drowned in a backyard pool Tuesday. Investigators say the pool was about half a mile from her home, and they're not sure how she got there.

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Leaders, community members meet to discuss flooding problems

Updated: 08/22/2012 - Streets have been turned into rivers and yards into ponds as heavy rains have pounded the CSRA over the past few weeks. Leaders agree that not enough attention has been paid to the problem or to east Augusta.

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Local church offering resources to help single parents

Single parents fair

Updated: 08/17/2012 - Being a parent can be a full-time job, and for single parents, it can sometimes seem overwhelming. Now, one local church is reaching out to help by holding a fair for single parents.

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Want to learn the skills of an Aiken Public Safety officer?

Aiken Department of Public Safety

Updated: 08/14/2012 - People in Aiken have a chance to learn what it takes to be one of the city's finest -- from some of the city's finest. Firefighting, police work, even crime scene investigation are all in the lesson plans.

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Children bring home medals for cup stacking

Jackson and his siblings competed in a national cup stacking competition in Texas. (WRDW-TV / Aug. 13, 2012)

Posted: 08/13/2012 - Jackson, 11, already has a room full of medals and trophies for cup stacking. His siblings, 8-year-old Peyton and 5-year-old Brenna, are also working to have the same decor in their rooms.

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Rush to rebuild before fallen officer memorial

Harlem nonoprofit

Updated: 08/13/2012 - Feathered Friends Forever, a nonprofit parrot rescue, is hosting a memorial for J.D. Paugh and other fallen heroes next Saturday, but right now the roads that would lead you to it are ruined.

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New Aiken Co. animal shelter set to open at end of month

New Aiken County shelter

Posted: 08/09/2012 - The facility is moving a couple of miles down the road to a 20,000 square foot, state-of-the-art building. The facility was built to be environmentally friendly, which will eventually save a lot of money.

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Ga., SC both among top of 'underemployed' states

Underemployment

Updated: 08/08/2012 - The underemployment rate, unlike the unemployment rate, considers part-time workers looking for full-time work or employees who are making less than they were before the recession.

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News 12 Special Assignment: Charity short change

Updated: 08/08/2012 - The logo of the Joanna McAfee Childhood Cancer Foundation proudly displays Joanna's victory silhouette. It took a couple of years for Jeff to get the signatures and support he needed to have a Joanna specialty plate.

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Pedestrian hit on Bobby Jones has to postpone his wedding

Bobby Jones Expressway accident

Updated: 07/30/2012 - The man hit by a car on the side of the Bobby Jones Expressway yesterday is in the hospital recovering, but he's supposed to be getting ready for his wedding. Now the couple has to wait a little bit longer to say "I do."

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Expert says bugs, ants worse than they've been in years

Updated: 07/26/2012 - The hot weather is bringing out bugs and it's even worse than they've been in years. Right now, we're at the peak of the season and pest control experts don't think it's going to end anytime soon.

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