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N. Augusta sewer rate to increase in July

North Augusta residents will be paying more for sewer service starting July 1.

City council approved on final reading Monday an increase that will raise the average residential bill $1.05 a month. The change was necessitated by an increase in rates charged by the Aiken County Public Sewer Authority.

Mother left five kids home alone Sunday

Deputies were called to a Hephzibah home Sunday where they found five unattended children under 10 years old, according to an incident report.

The children told officers their mother, 29-year-old Naomi Coppinger, and George Butler Jr., 26, were arguing before they drove away from the home in the 4500 block of Greystone Drive. When the children realized they were alone, they went across the street to a neighbor's home for help.

One hour and 20 minutes later, the mother returned and told police she believed the children were asleep when she and Butler left, police said.

Coppinger was not charged, but the children were left in the custody of their grandmother, police said.

Police say teen shot man during drug deal

Authorities have a 16-year-old in custody, charged with shooting a man during a drug deal June 10, according to Sgt. Blaine Dresser of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Police say Derell Demarcus Little robbed and shot 22-year-old Glen Lamar Belcher in the leg on Bahama Drive. Belcher told officers he was attempting to buy marijuana at the time of the incident. The teen will be charged as an adult with armed robbery, police said.

Aiken school board to approve budget tonight

The Aiken County school board will approve the final version of its $149.8 million budget for next year during tonight's meeting.

The budget is about $2.5 million less than the 2009-10 budget but does not include any furloughs. Salary increases for years of experience for teachers were also cut.

The school board is expected to name an Area 2 assistant superintendent. Rosie Berry, the current assistant superintendent, retired this year.

The 7 p.m. meeting will be at 1000 Brookhaven Drive in Aiken.

Augusta Prep offers reward for information

Officials of an Augusta private school are offering a reward for information about a weekend vandalism.

Someone likely used an unlatched door to get inside the middle school building of Augusta Preparatory Day School at 285 Flowing Wells Road, said Rebecca Blair, the school's chief financial officer.

"We had vandalism to the middle school and fire extinguishers were dispersed into a majority of the classrooms and were especially focused on computers," Blair said. "Paint was thrown on an American flag in a teacher's classroom. It was a gift from a soldier in Iraq."

School officials believe the vandalism occurred Sunday because some of the red paint on the flag and floor was still wet when police arrived Monday.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the Columbia County Sheriff's Office at (706) 541-1044.

Man, 44, charged with breaking into vehicles

An Augusta man was arrested late Sunday after authorities say he returned a second time to take items from the Richmond County school system's Maintenance and Facilities shop on 15th Street.

Bobby Dean Johnson, 44, was charged with six counts of entering an auto, school safety Lt. Richard Roundtree said. He said authorities believe Johnson, who was already wanted on a felony probation warrant, also was involved in thefts at the facilities department last month.

Roundtree said school officials received a report of an alarm sounding at 11:05 p.m. Sunday. Officials then accessed a camera system that provided live remote video showing a man there breaking into vehicles, Roundtree said. Richmond County deputies made the arrest.

Governor hopefuls to attend forum Thursday

At least six candidates for Georgia's upcoming governor's race will gather Thursday at Savannah Rapids Pavilion to field questions on water, energy and the environment.

The forum, to be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m., was organized by the Georgia River Network and the Georgia Water Coalition as part of the group's annual Paddle Georgia canoe trip, which began in Franklin Springs, Ga., last week and will end Friday night in Augusta.

Scheduled to participate in Thursday's gubernatorial forum are Republican candidates Jeff Chapman and Nathan Deal and Democrats Thurbert Baker, Carl Camon, DuBose Porter and David Poythress.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. More information is available at www.garivers.org.

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CABoatright
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CABoatright 06/22/10 - 06:24 am
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Why wasn't Ms Coppinger
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Why wasn't Ms Coppinger charged with leaving those five children home alone? Just because she "thought they were asleep" doesn't make it ok to leave them unattended.

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justinthorppe 06/22/10 - 07:03 am
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Boat, wonder what would have

Boat, wonder what would have happened if one set the house on fire or was run over crossing the street. The woman needs charging with child abuse and neglect!

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disssman 06/22/10 - 07:46 am
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The teen will be charged with

The teen will be charged with Armed Robbery? What is wrong with attempted first degree murder? My posting on the killing of the couple this week still stands and this thin charge justifies my comments. When are we going to oust the lawyers in the legislatures and start electing common every day workers as our representatives?

Just Another Day
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Just Another Day 06/22/10 - 08:59 am
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Why is (mainly) the minority

Why is (mainly) the minority youth population always into guns and drugs? The "gangsta" way of life on TV perhaps? Or no available education oportunities? They chose to pick up a gun instead of a book. Why?

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corgimom 06/22/10 - 10:15 am
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Just Another Day- go turn on

Just Another Day- go turn on BET. Sit down and watch.

You will have all of your answers right there.

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Ayetidiosi 06/22/10 - 10:19 am
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Corgi: nice. Short, concise,

Corgi: nice. Short, concise, and totally unarguable. My hat's off on this one.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/22/10 - 10:30 am
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Thank you, Aye.

Thank you, Aye.

keylime05
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keylime05 06/22/10 - 10:33 am
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Just Another Day, I have the

Just Another Day, I have the same questions. The only answers that I can come up with are the early exposure to music that glorifies such a lifestyle, a lack of a positive male role model, and the failure to instill the importance of an education along with the academic process at an early age. BET mostly broadcasts syndicated shows, movies, late night talk shows and the videos they do play are strictly regulated and edited. I doubt you will find any of your answers there; however, if you look at the sociological factors such as socio-economic status, educational levels, and so forth of the backgrounds that the youth are coming from, you will most definitely find your answers.

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Richmnd Cty Votr 06/22/10 - 11:15 am
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Looks like Bobby Dean is no

Looks like Bobby Dean is no stranger to the JAILHOUSE, believe it is the same one, convicted in 9-16-04 on entering a vehicle, 5-16-03 Receiving Stolen property. Just got out in 2007. THROW THE BOOK AT HIM, seems he cannot learn, must be dense.

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corgimom 06/22/10 - 05:00 pm
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"BET mostly broadcasts

"BET mostly broadcasts syndicated shows, movies, late night talk shows and the videos they do play are strictly regulated and edited."

"Strictly regulated and edited"

I am laughing!

Tell me, how many of the gangstas are portrayed as anything but thugs? How many of those videos- you know, like Michael Jackson grabbing his crotch, for just one example- is your idea of something that children should view?

And before you say anything, EVERY YEAR I have to tell 5 year olds "When we dance in kindergarten, we do not grab our personal parts. When Michael Jackson was in kindergarten, he was not allowed to do that either."

They think that is NORMAL and acceptable.

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