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SRS workers finish processing uranium

Workers at Savannah River Site's H Canyon have finished processing the last highly enriched uranium components from an aging Nevada Test Site reactor once used to test nuclear weapons components.

The reactor, called the "Super Kukla Prompt Burst Reactor," operated from 1964 to 1978 and produced pulses of neutron and gamma radiation to measure how well nuclear warhead components withstood such bombardment.

When the reactor was disassembled, parts were sent first to the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge, Tenn., facility, and later to Savannah River Site, where the material was dissolved and blended down in H Canyon.

The resulting low enriched uranium will be shipped to the Tennessee Valley Authority for conversion to commercial reactor fuel. It will eventually be used at the Browns Ferry facility in Alabama, which provides power across the Southeast.

Woman dies, 2 others hurt in wreck on I-20

A 31-year-old North Augusta woman was killed early Wednesday in a single-vehicle wreck on Interstate 20 in Warren County.

Warren County Coroner Paul Lowe identified the victim as Felicia Bell, of the 1400 block of Grove Boulevard.

The wreck near mile marker 158 also seriously injured James Cummings, 36, of the 100 block of Eve Street, Augusta, and Ronald Cummings, 22, of the 1400 block of Wrightsboro Road, Augusta.

Both men were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Man, 34, charged with having sex with teen

Aiken County authorities arrested Dean Thomas Fasenmyer, 34, of the 2700 block of Green Pond Road, Jackson, and charged him with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, second degree, and committing or attempting a lewd act upon a child under 16.

Arrest warrants accuse Mr. Fasenmyer of having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old on Feb. 14, 2005, in Jackson.

Missing fisherman is found in Myrtle Beach

A 73-year-old Martinez man reported missing by his family has been found in Myrtle Beach.

According to Richmond County Investigator Paul Evans, Sung Hwan Lee was discovered safe by his family Tuesday night.

His family said they grew worried when he did not return from a Sunday afternoon fishing trip.

Car crash in Thomson sends 2 to hospital

A violent two-car crash at a Thomson intersection injured a woman and a man Wednesday afternoon.

Trooper Patrick Prosser of the Georgia State Patrol identified the victims as Gail L. Johnson, of the 1000 block of Woodcrest Drive, Thomson, and Richel Dontray Dawson, of Milledgeville, Ga.

Both were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

The wreck occurred shortly before 12:40 p.m. at Ware Street and Mount Pleasant Road.

2 arrested in parking lot kidnapping, robbery

Columbia County authorities issued arrest warrants Wednesday for a Delaware couple in connection with a May 11 kidnapping in Evans.

Armed robbery and kidnapping warrants were issued for Eric Gootee, 28, of Seaford, Del., and Chelsey Kibler, 21, of Laurel, Del., according to Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

Police say they used a knife to kidnap a 75-year-old West Virginia man from the parking lot of Kroger in Evans and force him to withdraw money from ATMs.

Both were arrested last week in Alabama after a theft there.

'Caracole' derails spelling champ

An area spelling champion failed Wednesday to make it to the semifinal round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Rachael Cundey, 10, was not among the 41 semifinalists listed on .

The semifinalists were chosen based on accumulated scores from a computer round held Tuesday and two oral spelling rounds Wednesday.

Rachael, a fifth-grader at South Columbia Elementary School, correctly spelled "generosity" in the second round. She incorrectly spelled "caracole" in the third round.

Aiken, New Ellenton advised to boil water

Residents in parts of New Ellenton and Aiken have been advised to boil water.

Harold Craig, of the New Ellenton Commission of Public Works, said the advisory took effect Tuesday night and will remain in effect for at least 48 hours for South Boundary Avenue at South Carolina Highway 19 south to U.S. Highway 278, Sizemore Street, Pineview Street, Dogwood Avenue and all of the Melrose subdivision.

Mr. Craig said a construction crew hit a main line Tuesday when putting in a drain on Sizemore Street.

He said two tests of the area's water will be conducted before the advisory is lifted.

Tax collections are record high for city

Augusta saw its highest month of sales tax collections since consolidation in April, taking in $9 million, according to data from the state Department of Revenue.

The record was previously set in January with $7.45 million.

The figures account for both 1-cent local option sales taxes and 1-cent special-purpose local option sales taxes.

Those are two of the seven pennies levied per dollar on goods and services, the others being a 4-cent tax by the state and 1 cent for Richmond County schools.

Year-to-date collections through April are up 6.02 percent compared with the same point in 2008, according to Assistant Finance Director Tim Schroer.

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dickworth1 05/28/09 - 04:40 am
I am sure that your property

I am sure that your property tax will not be reduced because Fred Russell has already earmarked any unexpected revenue to be used on something unnecessary. Check your property tax bill, my house appraisal was the same as last year, but the yard it is built on, 1/4 acre lot, went up about 35% in one year. I guess the dirt in my yard is worth more this year. When asked about this, the tax appraiser said the land value was low and it was a correction, so if I elect to sell my property, can I sell just the yard and keep my house? Vote
against splost or any new taxes
until commissioners get their
spending under control.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 05/28/09 - 08:55 am
My home appraisal also went

My home appraisal also went up this year. It is criminal. Raising assessments and raising taxes in a recession is a surefire way to prolong the recession.

mad_max 05/28/09 - 09:07 am
They did the same thing to my

They did the same thing to my "land value". Last year it was the house. Bull ! Mine was up more than 50%. One year the house, next year the land, next year the millage rate. We need to get the laws changed to prevent them for manipulating the "home value", "land value" and millage rate until they get the increase in tax that they originally set out to get no matter what the actual values of the property. Property values (one with land) need to be calculated on a set formula that does not change at the whims of the tax commissioner. And the tax rate should be a fixed tax rate, not a millage rate that is variable and that nobody understands how it gets set. I know how it gets set. They determine the total ARTIFICIAL value of all of the property and then they decide how much of our money they need to WASTE. Then they set the millage rate accordingly. The taxes have nothing to do with the real value of your property. If the commissioners do not have the political guts to declare a millage rate increase they simply have the tax commissioner increase the value of your house or your land. It's a system built to keep the taxpayer confused about who to blame.

mommato2 05/28/09 - 10:53 am
I do not like the way they

I do not like the way they talked of the child "failing" to win b/c she spelled the word wrong. She did not spell the word correctly and definitely did not win, but saying she failed. It's politically correct, but she's 10 years old and she's spelling words that some college kids in my classes cannot spell. I think she did a great job and she almost won, but I think "failed" is a wrong choice of words. She did a great job and should be commended on making it as far as she did.

Taylor B
Taylor B 05/28/09 - 01:18 pm
mad, the millage rate cannot

mad, the millage rate cannot go up too much more, too close the the cap. Thats why they have to use SPLOST for infrastructure

sassygalady30 05/28/09 - 05:26 pm
k he had sex with this child

k he had sex with this child n 2005.n they wait till now to lock him up..i don;t want to imagone how many other children he may have hurt from 2005 to 2009

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