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Official leaving to help fight child trafficking in Guatemala

ATLANTA — Gov. Sonny Perdue's appointee to monitor problems with the state child welfare system has resigned. Officials said today that Tom Rawlings is leaving to help fight child trafficking and other crimes against children in Guatemala. Rawlings had been in the Georgia job since July 2...

01/04/10 - 10:27pm

Roaches, listeria found in LSG Sky Chef's Denver kitchen

DALLAS — A company that prepares food for major airlines says it has cleaned up its Denver kitchen after federal inspectors found live and dead roaches and listeria bacteria at the facility. The Food and Drug Administration warned the company, LSG Sky Chefs, that it could be barred from sellin...

01/04/10 - 10:18pm

Good Samaritan punched in face

ATLANTA — Police are investigating an assault during which a Good Samaritan was punched in the face. Police said 56-year-old Ronnie Belt heard a disturbance New Year's Day and came to the aid of a 32-year-old Smyrna woman as she was being assaulted outside her apartment. Police said the w...

01/04/10 - 10:08pm

Camper's body found in swamp

COLUMBIA — Authorities say they have found the body of a 51-year-old South Carolina man who went camping by canoe in a swamp. Multiple media outlets reported divers found Timothy Thornhill of Sumter late Monday afternoon in four feet of water as they made their final passes of the day. Author...

01/04/10 - 10:07pm

Columbus, Ga., attorney scolds skateboarders, gets hit in head

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A Columbus attorney is recovering from wounds he received when he scolded a group of teens and one of them struck him in the head with a skateboard. Police say 57-year-old Richard Hagler was assaulted at Heritage Park on Sunday afternoon. His wife, Tasca Hagler, told the Colum...

01/04/10 - 7:33pm

Man surrenders in May incident

A man wanted in a May fatal shooting turned himself in to authorities late this afternoon. Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles said Joseph Ty’re Downs turned himself in at about 5 p.m. at the Richmond County Law Enforcement Center. Mr. Downs has been charged with one count of murd...

01/04/10 - 9:09pm

SRS announces dates for tours open to public throughout 2010

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions will offer an expanded number of 4-hour public tours of Savannah River Site during 2010. Clif Webb, the company’s vice president of public affairs, said 23 tours have been scheduled with enough space to accommodate 1,150 people. During 2009, 14 tours were held,...

01/04/10 - 8:31pm

GOP Rep. Brown stepping down

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Republican U.S. Rep. Henry Brown, a farm boy who rose to became one of South Carolina's most powerful politicians, announced today he will not seek a sixth term in Congress so he can spend more time with his family. "While this has been a difficult decision to make, I...

01/04/10 - 4:40pm

Westside High rifle team qualifies for nationwide event

Westside High School’s NJROTC Rifle Team has been ranked No. 6 nationwide and has qualified to attend the Navy National Championships in Ohio on Feb. 11-13, Richmond County schools spokesman Louis Svehla announced today. Westside’s team ranked No. 6 out of 542 teams nationwide. The top 10...

01/04/10 - 4:27pm

10-year-old loved his dog, but feared girl, 5, was 'going to die'

NORTH AUGUSTA — Kalyl Jackson hated to punch and stab his family’s pet pit bull terrier, but he knew he had to do it – his friend was in danger. The shy Moss Creek Elementary fourth-grader said that it made him sad to hurt the dog he loved but that he felt good about his role in sav...

01/05/10 - 10:04am

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