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AUGUSTA PREP AND Augusta Christian are very small schools compared with the public schools in Columbia County, but they get an awful lot of space for their sports.

I JOIN THOSE WHO are raving about this year’s wonderful spring and summer weather in the CSRA: drought-ending rains, cooler temperatures, full lakes, fresher airs.

I SEE JOE WILSON was right when he called Obama a liar. The proof is in the last four years of him in office.

THE AIKEN LIBRARY is a joke. This place sounds more like a zoo or day care with all the noise.

RCBOE SHOULD LOOK at cutting the construction budget of many millions; it could save those jobs that they plan to cut!

PEOPLE AND businesses: Turn off your sprinkler system until we dry out.

I WORKED FOR the Corps of Engineers for 20 years, so I know how government agencies operate. It is unbelievable with all the warm bodies at Fort Gordon, they are not able to operate the gates at the fort! They, like the rest of the government, treat the American taxpayers like fools. We know they are playing games to inconvenience the public, so the small budget cuts will be canceled to return them to a steady flow of cash to waste. Get real, Fort Gordon!

WHAT HAPPENED TO the beautiful quilt that was hanging at Shepeard Commu­nity Blood Center in Evans? It was truly an inspiring quilt. Kudos to the quilter!

GLOBAL WARMING alarmists are like the people who flogged themselves and walked through the countryside wailing “the end is near.” They’re always with us.

RANT FOR ALL the people in our area who are blaming all this flooding on the Corps of Engineers. They didn’t make the rain.

PARENTS, PLEASE TRAIN your kids not to yell “help” and “I’m drowning” when they are playing at the lake.

MARTHA KING OF Au­gus­ta Cares, thank you so much for getting my trash problem fixed. You are wonderful.

TRASH: SOUTH CAROLINA seems to be full of litter critters. We need more litter critter getters.

I DO NOT THINK Scott Dean should have to stay in jail. That girl wrote a letter saying he did not do it. If it had been anybody else, they would be let go. I don’t think he is guilty.

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shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 07/22/13 - 11:24 am
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Global Warming Debate.

"GLOBAL WARMING alarmists are like the people who flogged themselves and walked through the countryside wailing “the end is near.” They’re always with us."
If It's not Global Warming then what is it. I'd really like to know. No one has satisfactorily answered that question. Granted I know very little about Global Warming but why would scientists state that's what it is if they have no basis for their claim?

harlemgirl
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harlemgirl 07/22/13 - 11:35 am
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Dean recant

No one aged out of foster care, that daughter signed herself out so she could tell the truth and try to right her wrong. She could have stayed, hidden the truth forever, but she chose the harder road. The family was understanding enough to try to help her do that.

Really wish people who actually know this family were as vocal as those who THINK they know what's going on.

countyman
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countyman 07/22/13 - 11:46 am
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Latest rumor

Could Michael Kors open in the Augusta mall? The H&M is already HUGE for Augusta(zero outside metro Atlanta & none in South Carolina), and this could definitely push Augusta into another level in terms of regional shopping destinations.

The House of Hoops, Victoria's Secret Pink Store, etc is already underway in the mall. The Augusta mall would be ranked alongside of North Point, Perimeter, and the Mall of Georgia in metro Atlanta.

The city of Augusta will feature the growing high tech community similar to Raleigh, and have the shopping of a much bigger city like Charlotte does(Charlotte's shopping is pretty good for their population size).

Expect to see new construction at the Village at Riverwatch in the near future. The extension of Alexander road and the demolition of six acres were recently included on the planning/zoning website. The VAR might have Dave & Busters, movie theater, Cheesecake Factory, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Brooks Brothers, J Crew, REI, Gander Mountain, Bass Pro, Lucky Brand, Chipotle, California Pizza Kitchen, Container Store, Lacoste, Hilton or maybe their brand Embassy Suites hotel, etc.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 07/22/13 - 12:24 pm
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As my Grandaddy used to say

Mights grow on a chickens butt. Give us real things, not pies in someones rose colored glasses!!.

countyman
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countyman 07/22/13 - 12:29 pm
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Surrey Center

The city should also try looking at buying the homes between the Big Oak park off Wheeler road and the Surrey Center. The park could be included in the proposal, and sell this land to a private developer. The Surrey Center fits the upscale model, and could have J Crew, Bebe, Diesel, Lucky Brand, Brooks Brothers, Juicy Coture, etc..

The new park can start construction in the Sand Hills neighborhood to help with their revitalization process.

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Lakeside95 07/22/13 - 01:08 pm
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HarlemGirl

If the truth about Scott Dean's investigation, trial & conviction were told...he wouldn't be in jail. We would also be less one Superior Court Judge, a DA & the CCSO would lose accreditation.

If anyone wanted the truth...the information is out there.

A few points to ponder:
Why was the Sheriff's brother-in-law & the wife of a Superior Court Judge on the Grand Jury?

Why was procedure not followed? The GBI should have investigated. If Columbia County DFACS was 'too close'to Dean requiring McDuffie County to take over; wouldn't that also be the case for the CCSO?

Why was the recanted statement not investigated? DFACS, the Court & other agencies knew of the new statements made prior to the daughter returning to the family.

If an emotionally damaged child is not believed to be truthful with her current statement, what makes her last 3 statements believable? During the investigation she was found to have made contradictory statements to family, friends & officials. The old adage of once a liar...always a liar should hold true. So which of her statements is true?

As we sit at home and discuss these issues...shouldn't the main concern be that the truth is found & justice prevails? If that is truly the concern then the Court should immediately investigate the recanted testimony.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 07/22/13 - 01:14 pm
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Rose Colored Glasses

The Regency Mall could be condemned, then Tanger Outlets could be courted to come in there and make it a destination.. That could then revive the Gordon Highway Corridor from pawn shops, tattoo parlors, car and mobile home dealers into nicer stores, restaurants and hotels to serve the shoppers. Where's that Wizard of OZ? We can make this happen!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/22/13 - 01:15 pm
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Hey Al...the deaths are adding up..

Over the weekend, Rev. Al Sharpton organized protests in numerous cities across the country in order to get “justice for Trayvon.” The protests were in response to George Zimmerman being found not guilty by a jury of his peers a week ago. At the same time in Chicago over the weekend, six people were killed and 23 were wounded. More from the Chicago Sun-Times:

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/22/13 - 01:20 pm
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You are so right coldbeer

A new outlet mall would be a great idea...just like this new mall near Atlanta..

http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/22877227/traffic-creating-havoc-for-resi...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/22/13 - 01:22 pm
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Many coming from N Ga area

There are 99 retailers at the outlet mall, adding about 1,200 jobs to the local economy and thousands of cars to the local traffic pattern.

The developers did not have any trouble finding retailers to move in - 97 percent of the shops were leased or committed before the grand opening.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/22/13 - 01:27 pm
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Let us pretend that Al did this

Over the last weekend Ole Al took his camera crew & followers to the inner parts of Chicago (pretending--make believe)he brought attention to the problems there & actually saved some from gun shots.....the kids followed him around town & learned a lot....now let me find the song Making Believe ....it would fit nicely here.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/22/13 - 01:30 pm
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cut camera...focus on Al

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_wr1hWEyC0

now watch the great music legend sing this song.....Haggard/Jones

harlemgirl
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harlemgirl 07/22/13 - 01:33 pm
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Dean scam

I agree, this whole Dean thing has been a disaster from the start. Nothing done right, blind eyes turned to so many injustices, now the injustice of leaving him sitting in prison.

Such a shame, and so unfair to the family. Where is the outrage here? Where are the civil rights activists, the protests and the riots here? All this man did was adopt troubled children.

harlemgirl
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harlemgirl 07/22/13 - 01:35 pm
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well and...

Well he was also a politican caught up in the old boy system. He must've crossed someone because he didn't deserve this.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/22/13 - 02:25 pm
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My last comment on the

REV, JJ, AL- FBI-DOJ, Obama, NAACP vs. Zimmerman

Unless he is Federally charged of course.
----------------------------

Regarding Stevie Wonders off the wall comment
We all heard his uninformed reasoning, about his refusal to doing any more concerts in FLA.

But has any one bothered to check
and see if he even had shows scheduled outside NYC, besides 2 shows in Brazil in Dec. 2013?

It seems Stevie has not been doing much touring since 2010.
His official website http://www.steviewonder.net/tour.aspx
Shows NO tours listed for 2013.

So He did not have any plans to be in Fla. to begin with
So we have just another person just playing the Media for Box Office hype, and some $$$$.

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Lakeside95 07/22/13 - 02:28 pm
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No one

No one deserves to have the law twisted & abused in this way.

As in the book 'A Time to Kill'...what if Dean were black? The ACLU, NAACP, along with Jackson & Sharpton would have groups marching against the injustice.

Scott is white, from an affluent county & was an elected official. Dean is lucky they didn't lynch him on the front steps of the courthouse.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/22/13 - 03:01 pm
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Wonder

That's some good detective work, nocnoc, about the has-been former star of Wonder, star of night.

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Riverman1 07/22/13 - 04:51 pm
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Dirt Floor House

SeenIt said, "I was taken back some when we walked inside...dirt floors & sparse furniture..."

Now THAT'S poor. I've never seen anyone living in a dirt floor house. Of course I had an uncle who lived in one of those tin yard buildings that he fixed up beside the trailer, but he had poured a concrete floor.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/22/13 - 05:05 pm
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No, seenit, the people in

No, seenit, the people in Jamaica, the DR, and places like that don't have electricity. They don't have running water. They don't have anything. A TV would be useless for them.

Those places are particularly prone to hurricanes, and when the hurricanes happen, the people there lose what little they have.

Once I was given a tour of Tiajuana. There was a place called Cartlandia, which was a shantytown full of shacks made out of cardboard boxes. Whenever the rains would come, the shacks would wash away, and they would have to start all over. The infant mortality rate was staggering. We toured an orphanage. The number of children there with serious deformities was sobering.

I've been poor. That's not poor, that's destitution, that's barely surviving.

You have to ask yourself this. Why would people use their EBT cards, get food, and then pay enormous shipping costs, if their families had anything?

And if people want to give up part of their food to feed their families, why shouldn't they?

Isn't that what families are all about, helping each other in times of desperate need?

corgimom
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corgimom 07/22/13 - 05:11 pm
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"No one aged out of foster

"No one aged out of foster care, that daughter signed herself out so she could tell the truth and try to right her wrong. "

Yes, she did, she turned 18. Facts are facts. And there is no such thing as "signing out of foster care", when someone is a ward of the state, that's not an option. Harlemgirl, somebody is feeding you a line of baloney.

And the family is going to have a very hard time recanting the testimony of the two women that testified against him, and the family is going to have a very hard time defending Mr. "Maybe the towel fell off" Scott. He convicted himself, with those words.

I wasn't there. I don't know. But I do know that it's nearly impossible to get a jury to convict on charges like that, and people can write all the little letters that they want, 12 jurors- not a judge- found him guilty as charged.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/22/13 - 05:12 pm
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Countyman- "The H&M is

Countyman- "The H&M is already HUGE for Augusta(zero outside metro Atlanta & none in South Carolina)"

It's a clothing store that sells cheap clothing, it's a perfect fit for Augusta, with it's lower than state average income, and it's not huge at all. It's very appropriate for Augusta.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/22/13 - 05:17 pm
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"The city of Augusta will

"The city of Augusta will feature the growing high tech community similar to Raleigh, and have the shopping of a much bigger city like Charlotte does(Charlotte's shopping is pretty good for their population size). "

Countyman, I invite you to come to Charlotte and visit South Park shopping center. You will be stunned.

And I think Augusta has quite a ways to go to match Raleigh's high-tech industry, in 2006 Raleigh-Durham had nearly 71,000 high-tech jobs, compared to Augusta's 2500.

Countyman, hey, are these ideas of yours going to happen in, oh, I don't know, the next 30 or 40 years?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/22/13 - 05:21 pm
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"And if people want to give

"And if people want to give up part of their food to feed their families, why shouldn't they?"

if they are collecting enough of MY money to share food and pay for shipping, they are collecting way too much. Let them work and pay for their own food to share.

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Lakeside95 07/22/13 - 05:33 pm
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CorgiMom

Since you seem to think you know everything...I will defer to you.

Yet 18 is NOT a mandatory age for leaving DFACS. ESPECIALLY if there are any psychological or mental issues.

Those two women... Odd. They were enough here by the DA, asked to testify to events from over 20 years ago & then dismissed. Yet there was no documentation of those events. The father of those girls refused to testify to corroborate their story. So the memory of what happened at a party over 20 years ago was taken as gospel truth.

Yet court records from the adoption of the children less than 5 years ago were disallowed by the Judge. He would not allow records from Guatemala to be used in his court.

So please excuse me if I blame the Judge. The jury heard only the evidence allowed by the Judge.

Even if the case had been investigated perfectly & fairly...wouldn't you think that the Court would be interested in the truth? If a woman writes a letter to the court alleging date rape- the allegation would be investigated. A young woman writes a letter admitting perjury...and she is obviously lying.

Glad to know that the Court is able to tell when someone is lying especially without the help of a jury. If Dean is guilty & the girl is lying...the Court will find that out. If the girl lied to the Court...that should be investigated.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/22/13 - 06:27 pm
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Worlds poorest countries

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0908763.html

We can't feed & take care of the poor in this big world..I'm not going to pretend that we can...there is a reason some are in dire conditions...some is over population ...some greedy government & lack of resources...anyway....we can help but we can't be a takeall for millions....no way & no how...btw I heard today that the money cut backs at Ft Gordon will continue through 2014 & longer & will probably get even worse.....

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/22/13 - 06:29 pm
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1.75 billion people

To illustrate the income inequality between rich and poor countries, consider these facts: about 1.75 billion people live in multi-dimensional poverty, meaning extreme deprivation in education, health, and standard of living; 1.44 billion people out of the developing world's 6.9 billion people live on $1.25 per day; 2.6 billion people are estimated to be living on less than $2 a day. Multidimensional poverty varies by region from three percent in Europe and Central Asia to 65% in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Read more: World's Poorest Countries | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0908763.html#ixzz2Zof0C7tj

countyman
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countyman 07/22/13 - 06:55 pm
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Hight tech & Augusta mall

The state of Georgia is close to 10 million residents, but only has five H&M locations centered around metro Atlanta. There's one location in Alabama, one in Tennessee, two in North Carolina, and zero H&M locations in South Carolina.

I've been to Southpark, but its not on the level of the two upscale malls in Buckhead area of Atlanta. I think somebody needs to visit the Augusta mall, and compare the mall against the one's in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Savannah, Columbus, Macon, etc.

Where is the 2500 figure coming from? Metro Augusta ranked second in the nation for private high tech job growth between 2006-2011. The NSA opened in 2012, and the cyber command should come to Fort Gordon also. The new Southpoint Media new office is located in the Enterprise Mill near the CBD. The Starbucks/Rockwood plants in South Augusta, Bridgestone in Aiken, Plant Vogtle in Burke County, and the Medical Commons in the Medical District are underway.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/22/13 - 11:06 pm
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Countyman, I'll explain this

Countyman, I'll explain this to you for the umpteenth time.

The job rate increased 83%. That was the percentage rate. That doesn't mean that there are lots of high-tech jobs.

Say Apple, with 55,000 employees, adds 1000 employees. They have grown less than 2%.

But say I have 40 employees, and I add 25 people. I have grown 63%. Do you see that it's really the numbers that count, not the percentage rate?

And I've visited the Augusta mall countless times, Countyman. And I've been to the ones in Columbia, and Charlotte, and Rock Hill, and Ft. Mill, and Concord.

I've also been to Lenox Square, and most of those shops are in Charlotte. In fact, South Park is very, very similar to Lenox Square, and they are marketed to the same group of people.

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Darby 07/25/13 - 11:06 pm
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"Obama didn't use the teleprompter when

he talked about the Zimmerman verdict. It's like they, too, doubted his ability to speak without the thing. Heh."

.
Actually, he would have been a lot better off if he had used the teleprompter. Maybe then he might not have said stupid things like "Trayvon could have been me, thirty-eight years ago."

Made it sound like he too, would have hidden in ambush and assaulted what he thought was an unarmed man.

Maybe he would have, but I sort of doubt it.

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