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Former deputy pleads not guilty to bribery at arraignment today

A former Richmond County Sheriff’s deputy, arrested last year on an extortion charge following accusations he took money during a traffic stop, pleaded not guilty today during an arraignment. Victor James Goad Jr., 33, of the 300 block of Avery Landing, Martinez, was charged with theft by exto...

01/22/10 - 1:42pm

SC jobless rate hits record 12.6 percent in December

South Carolina's unemployment rate rose sharply in December to a record 12.6 percent despite a drop in the number of people looking for work.

01/22/10 - 3:49pm

Aiken birthday celebration continues with Saturday event

AIKEN – Aiken will continue its yearlong 175th birthday celebration with a watering trough dedication Saturday. The Banksia Watering Trough Dedication, in memory of Dogwood Stable’s Summer Squall, will begin at 11 a.m. on the South Boundary side of the Serpentine Wall of the Aiken County ...

01/22/10 - 12:54pm

Man with knife tried to rob her at ATM, woman says

A knife-wielding bandit tried to rob an Augusta woman as she pulled up to a Washington Road ATM in her car Thursday night. The victim told deputies she was at the Bank of America at 2853 Washington Road when a man approached her car from behind and pointed a knife through her driver-side window, ac...

01/22/10 - 12:39pm

Augusta Futurity rookie win $100,000 Amateur for 5/6-Year-Old go-round

In his first Augusta appearance, Luis De Armas marked 217 aboard Chief Red Puff to win the $100,000 Amateur for 5/6-Year-Old go-round this morning. De Armas of Caracas, Venezuela, is one of five riders advancing to tonight's finals, which will begin after the Area 18 Youth Scholarship finals a...

01/22/10 - 12:04pm

Perdue budget adds fees, hikes Ga. state employee premiums

ATLANTA -- Among the details of Gov. Sonny Perdue's budget recommendations coming into focus from three days of legislative hearings are his reliance on added fees and higher insurance premiums for state workers. People seeking birth and death certificates will have to pony up more, and those w...

01/22/10 - 10:17am

Reform of SC jobless-benefits agency stalls

COLUMBIA -- A bill to restructure the S.C. Employment Security Commission has stalled following a move by Sen. Robert Ford, D-Charleston. “We’re in the middle of a recession and we’re trying to change the agency in charge of jobs and keeping statistics for the (federal ) Department o...

01/22/10 - 7:16am

Fee added to pay for UGA 'green' initiative

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia President Michael Adams will yield to student wishes and approve a new office to coordinate campus energy conservation, recycling and other sustainability efforts. "It's very simple. As much as we have done, we have to do more," said Adams in his State of t...

01/22/10 - 7:00am

Ga. bookkeeper charged with stealing $1 million

DALTON, Ga. — A 63-year-old former bookkeeper has been arraigned on charges she stole more than $1 million from her employer. Carolyn Lynn Cherry of Chatsworth is accused of taking trips to Disney World, New York, Washington, D.C., Honolulu, and Myrtle Beach, S.C. and buying hundreds of items ...

01/22/10 - 6:53am

Mom made son kill hamster with hammer, police say

WARM SRPINGS, Ga. — Police have arrested a Georgia woman who they say forced her son to kill his pet hamster with a hammer as punishment for earning a bad grade. Meriwether County sheriff Steve Whitlock told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Thursday night that the 12-year-old boy told his tea...

01/22/10 - 5:28pm
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