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Two Augusta men to be paroled next week

Two Augusta men serving prison terms for manslaughter in unrelated killings are being paroled this month. The State Board of Pardons and Paroles notified local authorities that Rodriquez Santez Nelson and Johnny Bariel Brown are scheduled to be released Jan. 20 and Jan. 19, respectively. Mr. Nelso...

01/14/10 - 5:21pm

Perdue says Ga. should vote on transportation tax increase

Gov. Perdue said he would back a statewide vote in 2012 on a 1-cent sales tax hike to create a steady funding stream to build and repair roads and transit lines.

01/14/10 - 4:28pm

Fire destroys Appling house

A brick home in Appling has been destroyed in an afternoon fire. Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue firefighters were called shortly after noon to 7133 Postell Drive, near Dozier Road, and reported finding a brick home engulfed in flames. Much of the home collapsed inward by the time firefighters brough...

01/14/10 - 3:30pm

Diesel engine company picks Aiken County industrial park

A diesel engine maker has its eye on an empty facility in Graniteville, creating 250 jobs. MTU Detroit Diesel Inc. announced today that it plans to move into Sage Mill Industrial Park, investing $45 million to convert a former auto parts plant into a production facility for its marine, railroad and...

01/14/10 - 6:39pm

Mother suspected of child cruelty arrested

An Augusta woman wanted on child cruelty charges was arrested Wednesday afternoon. Evita Butler, 26, of the 1000 block of Amli Way, was arrested for second-degree cruelty to children at the Municipal Building, according to Richmond County Sheriff’s reports. A grand jury arrest warrant was iss...

01/14/10 - 12:37pm

Local missionaries in Haiti tell family they're at U.S. Embassy

Donnie Rogers, pastor of Martinez-based Life Ministries International, his wife Cindy and the church’s children’s pastor Lisa Adams were stranded.

01/14/10 - 11:47pm

Aiken police warn of scam suspect

AIKEN - Aiken Department of Public Safety is warning local residents about a man scamming people for money in the area. The department has arrested Antonio Derek Neal, 43, more than 30 times for soliticing without a license and obtaining goods under false pretense, Sgt. Aaron Dowdy said in a news r...

01/14/10 - 11:35am

Haiti quake: Survivors struggle while awaiting aid

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that "tens of thousands, we fear, are dead."

01/14/10 - 11:53am

Army charges single mom who refused deployment

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Army has filed criminal charges against a single-mom soldier who refused to deploy to Afghanistan last year, arguing she had no family able to care for her infant son. Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, a 21-year-old Army cook, could face a prison sentence and a dishonorable discharge...

01/14/10 - 9:54am

Georgia church deacon's wife gets 20 years for killing him

ROME, Ga. — The wife of a church deacon pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the killing of her husband and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, while her lover was given a life term without parole. Michelle Reynolds entered the plea on Wednesday in Floyd County Superior Court. Thad J...

01/14/10 - 9:36am

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