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Potential for 'school' penny tax still facing long odds

Updated: 10/22/2013 - Aiken County School Board members are drawing up the plans for a possible penny sales tax. On Tuesday night, board members voted unanimously to schedule a meeting with local state representatives and senators to get the ball rolling.

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Richmond County BOE considers closing three schools

Updated: 10/08/2013 - The board made a goal a few years ago to keep every school around 85 percent full, but they say some have fallen well below that number and closing them could save a lot of money. They've hired consultants to do research and give recommendations on potential closings.

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Mother, son defy odds and graduate together with PhDs

Updated: 09/28/2013 - She got pregnant at age 13. He dropped out of high school at 16. But just last month the mother and son walked across the stage together, earning their PhDs. It was a day they never thought they'd see.

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Average SAT scores flat in Georgia, nationwide

Posted: 09/26/2013 - Georgia's average score on this year's SAT college entrance exam was unchanged from last year, mirroring a national trend as scores were generally stagnant for a third year.

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School custodian fired, mother of alleged victim speaks

Updated: 09/18/2013 - Reginald Price is accused of hugging the girls and inappropriately touching their buttocks. He was also accused of this same thing in an Aiken County school. Now the mother of an alleged victim is saying the second incident never should have happened.

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Plans for charter school in Hephzibah moving forward

Updated: 09/10/2013 - The Richmond County Board of Education has yet to take up the issue, but the group pushing for it continues to develop their plan. At Monday's city commission meeting the group unveiled architectural designs for the Hephzibah Charter School. Tuesday, they will go before the State Charter Commission.

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Ways to save on textbooks for college

Posted: 08/30/2013 - Most university students in the area are getting into the swing of school and many are still struggling to get textbooks for the semester. USC Aiken has started a new program to offer a cheaper option to students and we're on your side with ways college students can save.

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Amateur video shows stabbing on college campus

Denmark Tech

Updated: 08/27/2013 - The semester has just started, and already, one local college is investigating a stabbing on campus. Tuesday, the victim of that alleged attack is speaking out, and she's showing video of the incident exclusively to News 12's Chad Mills.

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3rd grade students using iPads in class

Posted: 08/27/2013 - Many schools work to keep up with new technology in the classroom. Now, Aiken County is pushing a new tech program that's putting an iPad in every third grade student's hand.

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Augusta woman owns original program from Dr. King's speech 50 years ago

Updated: 08/25/2013 - 50 years ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gave a speech that was a stepping stone to end segregation. And while thousands are in dc to re-live that special day--one woman has a piece of history right here in Augusta. News12 spoke to her on Saturday and saw the original paper program from the historic speech she kept it for two reasons. First, to never forget where she came from but more importantly to honor her brother who was there for the speech and helped the movement--right here in Georgia.

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Despite snake invasion, students safe at Aiken Co. school

Snakes at school

Updated: 08/23/2013 - Several snakes have been spotted at one local high school and that has students and parents talking. A number of them have been caught and killed at Wagener-Salley High School in Aiken County. But should parents be concerned?

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Aiken High students score best on ACT in Aiken Co.

Posted: 08/23/2013 - Recently released numbers show South Carolina high school students did better on the ACT this year. In our area, Aiken County did well and Aiken High School had the highest score.

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Aiken Co. offering free option for adult education

Posted: 08/22/2013 - Now that everyone is back to school in our area, there may be some adults who are looking into continuing their education. Aiken County's Adult Education program is offering classes for adult learners free of charge.

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Paine College lacking dorm space; students put in hotel

Paine College

Updated: 08/22/2013 - Paine College didn't have enough dorm rooms to accommodate all the incoming freshmen, so they had to put them up somewhere else. They've been shuffling around, working to get every student back on campus.

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Start college on the right foot

Updated: 08/21/2013 - Some college students in the area are already in class, but some are still prepping and many freshman are working to transition from high school to college. We're on your side with ways to make that transition easier.

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Richmond County Superintendent's contract extended for one year

Updated: 08/21/2013 - His contract was set to expire Thursday, but Tuesday night the Board of Education voted to extend that contract for one year, but it was a decision that deeply divided board members. Six board members voted for the extension and four voted against.

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Community input wanted for new leadership in Aiken Co. schools

Updated: 08/20/2013 - Every student is officially back in the classroom now that Aiken County has had its first day back. There's a lot of new leadership across the county, but one high school still doesn't know who will be in charge this year.

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