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Two women arrested in Allendale slaying

Two women have been arrested in the slaying of a man in Allendale County over the weekend, and more arrests are expected.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division charged Tyderria Mikell, 19, and Amanda Davis, 23, with murder Sunday, said SLED spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons.

Investigators say the women killed Will Rogers Solomon at the Fairfax Motel on U.S. Highway 321 Saturday night. Robbery appears to be the motive, Ms. Timmons said.

They are being held at the Allendale County Detention Center.

2nd man arrested in gas station robbery

Richmond County investigators have arrested a man wanted in the robbery of an Augusta gas station in November.

Madison Antonio Lewis, 24, of Waynesboro, Ga., was arrested early Tuesday and charged with armed robbery of a business and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to Richmond County jail records.

He and Mario Marcell Green, 25, of the 1600 block of McCauley Street, are accused of robbing the BP/Kangaroo Express gas station at 3001 Deans Bridge Road on Nov. 20, sheriff's Sgt. Blaise Dresser said. Mr. Green was arrested the same day.

An employee told deputies two men entered the store carrying pistols. One pointed a pistol at him and said, "I'm going to shoot somebody -- give it up." The employee gave him money from the cash register, and the gunman told him to also give him the money from a box under the counter.

Aiken County School Board re-elects chief

Aiken County School Board members re-elected Dr. Christine Harkins as chairwoman and Rosemary English as vice-chairwoman Tuesday.

This will be the third one-year term for each.

The school board also scheduled the next work session to continue discussions on a facilities need plan. On Jan. 5 board members will tour the six schools with the most critical needs. Deputy Superintendent David Caver listed Aiken and North Augusta high schools, Leavelle McCampbell and Jackson middle schools and Ridge Spring-Monetta elementary/middle school among those needing major renovations or a new building.

The Jan. 5 meeting will be held at 7 p.m.

Nuclear commission to hold public meeting

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a meeting in Waynesboro, Ga., on Dec. 16 to discuss the agency's inspection plans for limited work now under way at the Vogtle nuclear plant site in Burke County, where Southern Nuclear Operating Co. plans to build two new reactors.

The meeting is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Augusta Technical College's Waynesboro Campus, located at 216 Highway 24 South in Waynesboro.

The meeting will begin with a brief presentation on NRC construction inspection activities related to the work at the Vogtle site over the next couple of years. NRC officials and inspectors will answer questions from the public and media about the agency's inspection plans during that time and provide general information about NRC inspections should the company receive a license to build the two new reactors.

Workshops focus on water quality, wildlife

Georgia Adopt-A-Stream will hold two free workshops this week at Columbia County's Reed Creek Wetlands Center, 3820 Park Lane in Martinez, to promote awareness of water quality.

An amphibian monitoring workshop and a bacterial monitoring workshop will be offered.

The amphibian program, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, will include instruction on salamanders and frogs. Participants will be led along a stream or wetland identifying and calling frogs. Participants will receive a manual, with monitoring protocol and a color-identification key to assist monitoring efforts.

The bacterial program, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, includes instruction on how to monitor E. coli levels in streams.

Those who successfully perform the bacterial monitoring and pass the written test will be considered qualified volunteers for one year.

Business discovers it's missing 72 golf carts

A local business reported it's missing 72 golf carts from its inventory this week.

Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Ken Eskew said the carts are missing from Metro Golf Carts Rentals and Sales on Mike Padgett Highway. They came up missing during an inventory check, and authorities are investigating, Sgt. Eskew said.

The stolen carts were valued at $137,549, a sheriff's report said.

One of the carts was recovered at a used car lot on Mike Padgett Highway.



Applications open for magnet schools

Program applications for magnet schools in the Richmond County school system will be available today for the 2017-18 school year.

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Columbia County student arrested in bomb threat

A Columbia County student was arrested Monday after making a bomb threat, police said

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