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Savannah mayor unhurt in fire

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Savannah's mayor had a close call when his home caught fire. WTOC-TV reports that Mayor Otis Johnson's longtime girlfriend, Shevon Carr, arrived home and saw the fire. She woke the mayor, who was taking a nap when the fire started about 5:30 p.m. Friday. The two called...

12/19/09 - 4:53pm

Third-ranked Jaguars set school record with victory

Senior center Alex Smith scored a season-high 28 points to help lead No. 3 Augusta State to a 90-70 win over Emmanuel College today at Christenberry Fieldhouse. With the victory, Augusta State improved to 9-0 and set the school record for best start to a season. Senior guard Ben Madgen added 20 po...

12/19/09 - 4:47pm

Several arrests made at motel

Acting on complaints, Columbia County sheriff’s investigators conducted a two-day operation at the Super 8 motel at 456 Park West Drive near Interstate 20, which resulted in seven pandering arrests and two drug arrests.

12/19/09 - 5:25pm

Arson suspected in mill fire

HONEA PATH, S.C. — Investigators say a fire at a vacant South Carolina textile mill was intentionally set. Several fire departments responded and quickly got the Friday-morning blaze at the Chiquola Mill in Honea Path under control. Half of the warehouse burned to the ground, but the flames di...

12/19/09 - 2:46pm

90,000 power outages are reported in the Carolinas

Some residents in the Carolinas are digging out from a weekend storm that blanketed many areas with snow, ice and freezing rain, and thousands woke up today to a chilly morning with no electricity. Tens of thousands of power outages were reported in North and South Carolina. Duke Energy and Progres...

12/19/09 - 2:14pm

Ethics panel weakened by cuts

ATLANTA — A scandal that drove Georgia's powerful House speaker from office has candidates from both political parties arguing that the state Ethics Commission should be given more power to investigate lawmakers. But the panel in recent years has been a poor stepchild in state government, ...

12/19/09 - 1:09pm

GOP choice for House speaker is known for his simple style

It was David Ralston's plainspoken style and steadiness that appealed to state legislators who selected him Thursday to replace House speaker Glenn Richardson, who is departing the Capitol Jan. 1 after a spectacular fall.

12/19/09 - 12:50pm

Wettest December since '81?

Dan Miller, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.,, said today that Augusta broke the rainfall record for Dec. 18 on Friday, reporting 1.75 inches. That broke the 1945 record of 1.31 inches.

12/19/09 - 4:47pm

Tarver officially takes on U.S. attorney post

Hundreds witness Ed Tarver take on U.S. attorney job.

12/18/09 - 5:37pm

Suspect in rural arson arrested

A Martinez man was arrested today and charged with felony second-degree arson in a fall 2008 case in which a hunting cabin was burned in Burke County, according to the Georgia Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner’s Office. Jerry L. Harden, 39, of the 4300 block of Roswell Drive, Martinez, wa...

12/18/09 - 4:22pm

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