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SC tax-free weekend for school items begins today, ends Sunday

South Carolina consumers can save a few bucks as the state kicks off its annual tax-free weekend for back-to-school items. The break from the state's 6 percent sales tax began at 12:01 a.m. today and runs through midnight Sunday. The tax break applies to clothing and accessories like handbags,...

08/07/09 - 6:38am

Weekend travelers to Atlanta told lane closures will slow traffic

ATLANTA — Construction projects along Interstates 75 and 85 in downtown Atlanta along southbound lanes could create headaches for drivers this weekend. The northern tip of the Atlanta section of the interstate — called the Downtown Connector — will have most lanes shut down for repav...

08/07/09 - 6:27am

Atlanta area boy, 14, seeking candy crashes into gas station

MARIETTA, Ga. — A 14-year-old who crashed his parents' SUV into a gas station Thursday was taking the car to get Skittles. Cobb County Police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce says the unidentified boy told authorities he planned to buy the fruit-flavored candy when he got to the Sunoco. Instead...

08/07/09 - 6:19am

School resumes today - drivers urged to use caution

Today is the first day of school for Richmond County public schools. Maj. Richard Weaver of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office advises drivers to slow down and be cautious.

08/07/09 - 10:54am

Many attend meeting on Graniteville water rates

More than 200 angry Graniteville and Vaucluse residents turned out for a community meeting tonight to express their outrage over new water and sewer rates that have since been temporarily suspended. One after another, people stood up, voicing their concerns. “Avondale is getting away with eve...

08/06/09 - 10:54pm

Man arrested in Jefferson County murder

A 23-year-old man has been arrested in Jefferson County in the death of his mother. Eddie Williams Jr., of Hudson Road near Wadley, was arrested without incident on a charge of murder at 5:15 p.m. by officers with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Georgia Bureau of Investigation, accord...

08/06/09 - 7:32pm

Attorney faces federal charges

The attorney whose ads say “tell them you mean business” was indicted on federal charges this week.

08/06/09 - 5:39pm

Lowe's out as sponsor of Charlotte track in 2010

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Lowe's will not renew its naming rights of Lowe's Motor Speedway when its contract expires after this season. Lowe's cited changing marketing strategies Thursday as the reason it won't return in 2010. The home improvement chain signed as sponsor of then-Char...

08/06/09 - 10:27pm

Teen dies from injuries in Wednesday wreck

An 18-year-old Augusta man has died today as a result of injuries he sustained in a Wednesday wreck on Mike Padgett Highway. James M. Young III, of the 4100 block of Mike Padgett Highway, was pronounced dead at 11:38 a.m. today at Medical College of Georgia Hospital's Shock Trauma Unit, accordi...

08/06/09 - 4:48pm

Man sought in convenience store robbery

Authorities are looking for a man they say robbed a Columbia County convenience store today. At about 1:45 p.m., a man with a handgun walked into the Kangaroo Express Citgo station at 440 S. Belair Road at Interstate 20, said Columbia County sheriff’s Sgt. Tommy Cooksey. The man demanded mone...

08/06/09 - 10:28pm

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