Across the area

Palin speaks in Augusta today

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is scheduled to be in Augusta today with U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who faces Democrat Jim Martin in Tuesday's runoff election.


Mrs. Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate, will speak at 8:30 a.m. at the James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St. The doors will open at 7:30 a.m.

People were asked to RSVP, but officials indicated they would probably let others in.

Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength said his office would have a presence at the arena.

Other races

Public Service Commission:

- Lauren "Bubba" McDonald (R)

- Jim Powell (D)

Court of Appeals Judgeship:

- Sara Doyle

- Mike Sheffield

When to vote

All polling sites will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday. Voters will be required to show a photo ID.

2 arrested, charged in teen's shooting death

The Burke County Sheriff's Department has arrested two people in connection with the shooting death of 16-year-old Simpson Tyrone Cates Jr.

Burke County Sheriff Greg Coursey said 22-year-old Christopher Derik Chance, of Jenkins County, and 17-year-old Tray Sapp, of Burke County, have been charged with murder in the death of Mr. Cates.

Mr. Sapp will be charged as an adult.

Mr. Chance and Mr. Cates were cousins.

Mr. Cates' body was found with a gunshot wound to the head in the driver's seat of his mother's car on Ben Bargeron Road about 9:45 a.m. Saturday.

Capt. Frankie Parker said a drug deal was involved in the shooting.

Traffic update

Aiken County

- Crews will be resurfacing the southbound lanes of Richland Avenue between York Street and Vaucluse Road today. There will be some lane closures and detours.

- Gray Mare Hollow Road is completely closed to traffic as work continues. The closure is near Hollow Creek Road.