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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

Burn victim transfers hospitals

A Hephzibah man burned while trying to restore his disconnected electrical service Dec. 7 was transferred to Doctors Hospital in Augusta, where he remained in critical condition today. Berry M. "Monty" Arrington was initially taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital after he came in contact wi...

12/18/09 - 4:19pm

CarMax to open store between March and August

A chain used car dealership that has sat idle since its construction in May will finally open in the spring of 2010. CarMax decided a year ago to finish the construction of its new 13,500-square foot showroom and lot in west Augusta along Interstate 20 despite knowing that it would not immediately ...

12/18/09 - 4:04pm
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