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Congressman Barrett to visit Aiken on Tuesday for art event

Congressman J. Gresham Barrett will attend the Congressional Art Competition Winner’s Ceremony at Kennedy Charter School at 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to a news release. Each spring, the U.S. House of Representatives hosts the Artistic Discovery Contest to recognize and encourage artistic tale...

05/25/09 - 3:48pm

Top filly works out, no decision yet on Belmont

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra worked a half mile at Churchill Downs, but the filly's owner says it may be another week before he decides whether to enter her in the Belmont Stakes. Jess Jackson said Monday that Rachel Alexandra is "progressing well" and will work again nex...

05/25/09 - 3:47pm

Nadal, Federer advance to 2nd round at French Open

PARIS - The King of Clay eclipsed another mark Monday, this time breaking the French Open men's record for consecutive wins. Top-seeded Rafael Nadal looked his usual dominant self in the first round, beating Marcos Daniel of Brazil 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 for his 29th straight win on the red clay at Rola...

05/25/09 - 3:42pm

SC man killed in drug deal shootout, sheriff says

GASTON, S.C. — Authorities say a Columbia man has been killed after a drug deal turned into a shootout. Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers told The State of Columbia that the men met in a parking lot around 1 a.m. Sunday. Authorities say 22-year-old Christopher Robinson and another man wer...

05/25/09 - 3:28pm

Ga. congressman wants to end 'birthright citizenship' policy

ATLANTA — U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, a Republican candidate for governor of Georgia, has proposed changing the long-standing federal policy that automatically grants citizenship to any baby born on U.S. soil, a move opposed by immigrant rights advocates. Supporters of Deal's proposal say "birt...

05/25/09 - 3:22pm

Georgia town ordered to replace plants removed from river bank

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — The city of Sandy Springs, which discovered after stripping what it considered invasive plants from along the Chattahoochee River that it was violating state environmental rules, will replace the vegetation. The state Environmental Protection Division, concerned about ero...

05/25/09 - 3:11pm

Area Memorial Day events honor, remember fallen heroes

For Peter Ackermann, a retired United States Navy captain, today's Memorial Day brought back memories. “I've toured the world, been on both sides of the ocean, sailed the seven seas, seen a lot of countries. I was able to compare them with us and find out how fortunate we are to have the freed...

05/25/09 - 6:02pm

Emanuel County farmer killed when tractor flips on top of him

An Emanuel County farmer was killed Sunday when his tractor overturned. According to a news release from the Emanuel County Sheriff's Office, Capers Phillips, of Lyons, Ga., was killed about mid-afternoon. There was no sign of foul play. Witnesses told the Sheriff's Office that Mr. Phillip...

05/25/09 - 3:59pm

Wildwood Park closing 3 days in June

Columbia County’s Wildwood Park will be closed June 15-17 -- a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday -- to allow contractors to begin work on a new roadway and park entrance that will open later this year. The 972-acre park, on land owned by the Army Corps of Engineers and leased to Columbia County, incl...

05/25/09 - 12:54pm

Search continues for swimmer missing near Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH — Authorities are still searching for a 16-year-old boy who disappeared while swimming at Myrtle Beach. Capt. David Knipes of the Myrtle Beach Police Department said Monday that the whole department remains on the lookout. The teenager from Conway was about 50 yards out in the wa...

05/25/09 - 12:42pm

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'Do not swim' order lifted for Savannah River

Officials have lifted the "do not swim" order for the Savannah River, but questions still linger on the unknown substance's origin.
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