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Desmond Smith (from left), 11, gets a smooch on the head from his aunt, Vivian Jennings, as his grandparents, Raymond and Ommie Smith, sit nearby along the shores of Thurmond Lake on Wednesday afternoon.

Lake seeing an active summer

Plentiful sunshine and a full lake pool have made for easy, summer living for Thurmond Lake business owners and visitors.
By Meg Mirshak

Weekly crime map, database

Violent crimes for the past week included 79 assaults. The most assaults, 13, occurred on July 18. Other violent crime during the week included seven robberies.

Slideshow: Columbia County bookings July 21-28

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center July 21-28.

SLIDESHOW: Godfather of Soul

World-renowned music star James Brown called the Augusta-area home. Born in Augusta and maintaining a home in Beech Island, S.C. until his death on Christmas Day in 2006, Brown maintained a business presence in Augusta while managing a steady international touring schedule.

Kirby's Augusta

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Property tax increase OK'd

Augusta commissioners broke a seven-year trend Wednesday and agreed 7-0 to raise property taxes by 1.75 mills to cover a deficit and provide employees a small bonus.
By Susan McCord

Frazier resigns after recent demotion

Long-time Richmond County principal Wayne Frazier, known for his unorthodox approach to school reform, submitted his resignation Wednesday after being demoted to a teacher this summer.
By Tracey McManus

Drone carrying contraband crashes at SC prison

COLUMBIA - A drone carrying cellphones, marijuana and other contraband into a South Carolina maximum-security prison never made it inside the 12-foot-high razor wire fence.

Editorial: Leak looks hard to repair

This surely will not be the last time you hear about these documents between now and Nov. 4.

218,000 jobs added in July

WASHINGTON — Private employers added 218,000 jobs, down from 281,000 in June. It was the fourth straight month of job gains above 200,000.
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