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Investigation underway on man run over by car

EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Coroner’s Office and South Carolina Highway Patrol are investigating the death of a man run over by an car Tuesday. Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett said Lewis McKinney, 51, of Saluda County, was lying in the middle of Ridge Road when he was hit b...

12/23/09 - 2:08pm

Augusta metro unemployment rate declined to 9.2 percent

The Georgia Department of Labor reported today that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Augusta area declined to 9.2 percent in November, down two-tenths of one percentage point from a revised 9.4 percent in October. Meanwhile, the number of unemployed workers in the area decr...

12/23/09 - 12:01pm

SC, Ga. senators react angrily as health care bill nears next vote

U.S. senators from Georgia and South Carolina continue to express both concern and anger over a Democratic health care bill that received a second round of approval in the Senate. The 60-39 vote Tuesday to silence debate on the package put together by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid put the legis...

12/23/09 - 10:58am

Holiday sales 'strong' report area retailers

Retail managers say holiday sales are the same or better than last year.

12/23/09 - 10:38am

Oxendine's help for major donor may hurt his bid for Ga. governor

John Oxendine's bid for Georgia governor may take some lumps following a report that he used his office to help a major campaign donor, political observers say. "It sure doesn't look good," said Emory University political science professor Merle Black. "It raises all sorts of questions." B...

12/23/09 - 6:57am

Perdue says 6 more Georgia counties certified 'work ready'

ATLANTA -- Six Georgia counties have been certified as "work ready" by the state. Floyd, Hancock, Lowndes, Mitchell and Walker counties have been named "work ready" communities of excellence. Elbert County has been named a certified "work ready" community. Gov. Sonny Perdue said the designation sh...

12/23/09 - 6:31am

Georgia gets federal grant to find missing sex offenders

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Corrections has been awarded a $500,000 grant that will be used to locate and prosecute absconded sex offenders. The grant was awarded by the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. It has awarded $11.4 million in grants to 26 s...

12/23/09 - 6:27am

SC expects holiday travel to drop

COLUMBIA — High unemployment and rising gas prices could mean fewer South Carolina residents are traveling this holiday season. AAA Carolinas says its experts expect more than 1.2 million South Carolinians to get out on the state's highways during the 12-day holiday that begins Dec. 23. Th...

12/23/09 - 6:24am

Atlanta rapper leaves prison

ATLANTA — Atlanta rapper T.I. has been released from a federal prison in Arkansas and is headed to a halfway house in Georgia. A lawyer for T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., said the rapper was released this morning. T.I. began serving his sentence of a year and a day for illegal ...

12/22/09 - 9:46pm

Charleston fire station modifies nativity display, puts it back up

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A South Carolina fire station that removed a nativity display after a complaint has put it back up after adding other holiday decorations. The Charleston Fire Department announced today that one of its stations has modified its holiday display to comply with U.S. Supreme Cou...

12/22/09 - 9:02pm
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