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First day of class for 'New U' brings new attitudes

Updated: 01/10/2013 - It was the first day of classes since GHSU and ASU officially merged. After so much early opposition from Augusta State students, News 12’s Christie Ethridge shows you how they're handling the change.

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DJJ commissioner picks new principal for Augusta YDC

Richmond County YDC

Updated: 01/10/2013 - The commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice has named Dr. Carol Yancy as the new Augusta YDC principal. According to a news release, Yancy has 22 years of teaching experience.

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Should school officials be allowed to pack heat?

Should school officials be allowed to carry weapons? (WRDW-TV)

Updated: 01/09/2013 - Would your child be safer if principals, teachers and even bus drivers were allowed to carry guns? Right now, there's a bill that could allow that to happen.

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Changes coming to stretch of Laney Walker

Changes are coming to a stretch of Laney Walker Boulevard. (WRDW-TV)

Updated: 01/09/2013 - Laney Walker Boulevard is going to look very different this time next year between R.A. Dent Boulevard and 15th Street in downtown Augusta. The part of the now four-lane road that runs through the medical campus will become two lanes.

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UPDATE: Aiken Co. school no longer on lockdown

Updated: 01/08/2013 - Jefferson Elementary is no longer on lockdown after a scare on Tuesday morning. Deputies were called to the school after a student reported seeing a man with a gun in the woods.

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Ga. colleges getting ready for mergers

Updated: 01/07/2013 - The University of Georgia System Board of Regents voted last year to consolidate eight schools, and it is expected to give final approval Tuesday.

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Richmond BOE elects new president

Updated: 01/07/2013 - In a historic move, the Richmond County Board of Education elected its first female president and vice president ever. The newly-elected vice president received every vote present, while Madame President Venus Cain received one vote against her.

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Columbia Co. working to combat truancy

Posted: 01/04/2013 - Skipping class is a problem in all schools, but Columbia County is cracking down on it. Since 2008, school leaders have seen less truancy since they started a committee and began sending parents to court for it.

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SWAT team swarms North Augusta schools for training

North Augusta's SWAT team trained at schools in the area on Thursday. (WRDW-TV)

Updated: 01/03/2013 - School's still out in Aiken County. Students have until Monday to finish up the winter break. But in North Augusta, the city's SWAT team paid a visit to several schools today. They were there for a very important reason.

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City partners with 'New U'

Updated: 12/27/2012 - The two schools will officially be merged on that Tuesday, and Augusta city leaders want to make sure they aren't left in the dust. The merged university now has a new name, logo, colors and a brand new partnership.

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UPDATE: Lockdown lifted at Chukker Creek Elementary

Updated: 12/20/2012 - It was later revealed that the "trespasser" had dropped off his mother, who is an employee at the school, and was walking home. School officials say there was no malicious intent.

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Committee seeking UGA president narrows field to 9

Posted: 12/18/2012 - A committee searching for the University of Georgia's next president has narrowed the field of candidates to nine. The committee's chairman, Regent and former state legislator Larry Walker, announced the shortened list on Monday.

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UPDATE: 3 injured after pellet guns fired at Westside High School

Three students were hit by shots from pellet guns at Westside High School on Friday. (WRDW-TV)

Updated: 12/16/2012 - News 12 has just learned Westside High School is on lockdown after two black males were firing pellet guns at students on the football field. Three Westside High School students were injured during the incident but did not need any medical attention.

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Logo, seal, color scheme chosen for Augusta's 'New U'

The winning logo for Georgia Regents University. (WRDW-TV)

Updated: 12/13/2012 - Results were compiled through an online survey that was sent to Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University alumni, faculty and students -- 3,183 votes total.

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