Siblings still missing after almost a month
Two siblings who were in the custody of the Department of Social Services in Aiken and Columbia apparently ran away earlier this month and have yet to be found.
John Moulder, 12, of Aiken, and his sister, Rachel Moulder, 15, of Columbia, have not been seen since Jan. 5 and Jan. 1, respectively, Aiken Department of Public Safety Sgt. Aaron Dowdy said in a news release. The children had been placed in foster homes.
Another sibling, Cara Moulder, 17, of Barnwell, also went missing within days of her siblings but was found last week in Saluda.
John and Rachel both have ties to Aiken, Columbia and Greenville, Sgt. Dowdy said. The children are believed to be together. Rachel has tattoos on her fingers, Dowdy said.
Anyone with information can contact Aiken Department of Public Safety at (803) 642-7620.
Public safety officer arrested after hit, run
An Augusta State University Public Safety officer was arrested after police say his car struck an Augusta commissioner's sports utility vehicle late Tuesday.
According to Richmond County jail records, Cory Duane Hall, of the 1400 block of Reynolds Farm Road, Grovetown, was charged with failure to yield while entering or crossing a roadway, expired tag and hit and run.
A Richmond County accident report states that at 11 p.m. Hall pulled out from the parking lot of Somewhere in Augusta at 2820 Washington Road and his car struck the side of Commissioner Corey Johnson's vehicle, which was travelling east along Washington Road. Police say Hall then left the scene and pulled into a parking lot, attempting to trade places with a passenger in his vehicle.
Chemical fumes send nine to hospitals
An employee at Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home mixing cleaning chemicals Wednesday morning accidentally set off noxious fumes that sent nine people to Augusta hospitals, a Medical College of Georgia spokeswoman said.
The fumes filled the first floor of the 192-bed facility, which is run by MCG. No patients at the nursing home were affected.
Eight employees and a certified nursing assistant were treated after complaining of respiratory problems, nausea and dizziness, spokeswoman Jennifer Hilliard said.
Six went to MCG Hospital and Clinics, where they are all listed in good condition, she said. Three walked into University Hospital, Ms. Hilliard said.
Police seek armed robbery suspects
Richmond County authorities are investigating an armed robbery Tuesday night at a Dollar General in Hephzibah.
Store employees reported that two men entered the business on the 1700 block of Brown Road about 10 p.m. Tuesday brandishing handguns and demanding money, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's incident report. The men ran away with an undisclosed amount of money, according to the report.
One suspect was described as black, about 6-foot-2, wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. The other was described as black, about 5-foot-2, wearing all black clothing with a black T-shirt covering his mouth, according to the report.
SRNS donates $50,000 to USC Aiken scholars
AIKEN --- Savannah River Nuclear Solutions donated $50,000 to University of South Carolina Aiken scholars Wednesday.
The check will go toward the SRNS scholars program, which was created in 2009 for academically talented students, university spokeswoman Kendall Tubbs said in a news release.
"As tuition costs increase and state support decreases, USCA relies on the generosity of individuals and companies such as SRNS to make competitive financial awards for our students," said Randy Duckett, the vice chancellor of enrollment services. "This gift was simply fantastic and has already made a difference for the recipients and the entire campus."
Close to 20 students will benefit from the scholarship fund.
Brush fires ignited by broken-down car
A broken-down car caused several brush fires along Interstate 20 near North Augusta on Wednesday afternoon.
Graniteville, New Holland and Sandy Ridge fire departments extinguished the small fires, said an Aiken County 911 dispatcher.
According to witnesses, the driver, who had not been located Wednesday, pulled off the highway at least three times between 12:13 and 12:45 p.m. because of mechanical problems.
Each time the vehicle stopped, it started a small fire on the side of the road, the dispatcher said.
The fires didn't cause any injuries or traffic interruptions, the dispatcher said.
ENERGY STAR rebate set to start Feb. 12
Georgia will launch its State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program on Feb. 12, providing residents with rebates from $25 to $199 on ENERGY STAR-rated clothes washers, dishwashers, air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces, water heaters, refrigerators and freezers.
The total amount available for rebates in Georgia is $8.6 million. Purchases made before Feb. 12 are not eligible. Rebates are limited to one per appliance type per household. The rebate limit per household is $1,200.