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USC Aiken sets goals for later

Dr. Thomas Hallman addressed on Wednesday the vision of the University of South Carolina Aiken into its 50th anniversary in 2011. The State of the Campus speech focused on developing campus life, including student body and academic culture, campus framework, partnerships and traditions, and campus pride.

"With our 50th anniversary only four years away, it is time for us to set goals for who we want to be in 2011," Dr. Hallman said.

Initiatives include creating an alliance among prekindergarten through 12th grade and Aiken Technical College, increasing the school's endowment and alumni contributions and increasing staff compensation to remain competitive with other state universities.

Animal shelter offers special adoption fees

Columbia County Animal Care and Control is offering special adoption fees through Friday in the hope of helping an overcrowding issue at the Appling shelter.

The facility's quarantine area, where animals must be monitored for seven days before being adopted, is overflowing, Pam Tucker, Columbia County's emergency services director, wrote in a Wednesday e-mail. When the animals in the area become adoptable and are moved to the shelter's kennel area, she said, there will be no more space for additional animals.

The facility, located off Columbia Road in Appling, will offer through Friday a $5 adoption fee for puppies and kittens and a $10 fee for dogs and cats.

Arson might be cause of fire, officials say

Richmond County fire investigators suspect arson is to blame for a fire in an abandoned house at 5064 Mike Padgett Highway on Tuesday afternoon.

The house did not have power, and there was no evidence of an accidental or natural cause for the fire, according Richmond County Interim Fire Marshal Lt. G.B. Hannan. He said several people appear to have been using the house based on items found at the scene.

Robber fires shots, takes money, knife

An Augusta man was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night in the 400 block of Ellis Street, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

The victim said a man fired two shots toward his feet then reached into his pockets and took $15 and a pocketknife. The robber then told the man to "go about your business," the report said.

Safety program kept sheriff's deputies busy

Richmond County sheriff's deputies made 771 speeding and 363 seatbelt cases during the Governor's Office of Highway Safety's Operation Zero Tolerance summer enforcement program, according to a press release.

During the program, which began Aug. 17 and ended Monday, there were 35 child restraint citations, 53 insurance cases, 87 DUI arrests, 17 drug arrests, 19 other felony arrests, 53 people arrested for outstanding warrants, 27 recovered stolen vehicles and 803 other traffic cases.

The next program will be Click-it or Ticket, beginning Nov. 12.

CSRA College Night helps area students

High school students will have an opportunity to meet recruiters from more than 140 colleges and universities and win scholarships totaling approximately $17,000 at CSRA College Night.

To qualify, students must be high school juniors or seniors and graduate with a GPA equal or above 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent). Students must attend CSRA College Night to register.

College Night will also feature seminars on writing college entrance essays, scholarships, financial aid and one specifically for student athletes. The event will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the James Brown Arena.

Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

For more information, visit www.srs.gov, click on Outreach, then Educational Outreach Programs, then CSRA College Night.

Man with camcorder grabs girl for photos

A 16-year-old Aiken girl told police that a man with a camcorder grabbed her by the ankle, wanting to take pictures of her feet, an Aiken Department of Public Safety report said.

According to the police report, the victim was at Brushless Car Wash on Pine Log Road on Saturday vacuuming out her car when a man grabbed her ankle and tried to pull her out of the car.

The victim kicked loose, but the man grabbed her again. The girl began screaming and the man let her go, telling her to be quiet, that he only wanted to take pictures of her feet.

The man ran to his car, a gold mid size four-door. According to the victim, the man was carrying a VHS camcorder.

Officials respond to North Augusta fire

North Augusta fire officials responded to a fire at a residence in the 1700 block of Marion Avenue on Wednesday night.

Firefighters got the call at 7:33 p.m. and within an hour had extinguished the blaze, a dispatcher said. The house was inhabited, but those inside were able to escape without injury, authorities said.

Learn about Linux security at session

A computer expert will speak at Augusta State University during a workshop to highlight Linux security.

Bob Toxen will lead a session titled The Seven Most Deadly Sins of Linux Security at 9 a.m. Sept. 20 in the Jaguar Student Activity Center Butler Room.

Ghost walk of historic Summerville Cemetery

Hear stories of heroic deeds, tragic downfalls and noble lives and deaths directly from the people who experienced them during Walk With the Spirits, a haunted history tour of Augusta's historic Summerville Cemetery.

The walk will be led by a ghost guide and will include desserts from Poppy Seeds Catering. The tours begin every 30 minutes from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 13 and 14 at the Summerville Cemetery on the corner of Johns and Cumming roads.

The cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children younger than 18 and $10 a person for groups. Reservations are recommended. To buy tickets or get more information, call (706) 724-0436.

- From staff reports

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Reality
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Reality 09/06/07 - 04:32 am
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I am glad the Richmond County

I am glad the Richmond County Sheriffs Office got some criminals in their "Operation Zero Tolerance". This "program" and the "Click-it or Ticket" are just another way for the police to be legally able to pull you over for no reason and find something to issue a citation for. As far as I am concerned this is invasion of privacy and illegal search and seizure. I would like to see how many people were stopped, versus, how many citations were written.....I am also sure this is a great fund raiser.

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augres 09/06/07 - 05:21 am
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honest. if you do not like

honest.
if you do not like georgia laws and the way richmond county sheriff's office enforces them "move out of georgia"
you must have been one the citations issued.

pofwe
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pofwe 09/06/07 - 05:33 am
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You're right Honest, they

You're right Honest, they will use any ploy to get a look-see into your automobile sniff around & see if they can drum up any money for the big "Boss Man."

departed
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departed 09/06/07 - 06:08 am
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honest, sounds like someone

honest, sounds like someone with something to hide would make that statement.

Yorkiemom
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Yorkiemom 09/06/07 - 06:10 am
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If you don't have anything

If you don't have anything to hide, why would it matter if they pulled you over? I'm glad they are doing their jobs.

nightcop
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nightcop 09/06/07 - 06:22 am
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Honest - You're an idiot!

Honest - You're an idiot!

streetandtrail_girl
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streetandtrail_girl 09/06/07 - 08:18 am
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Every body is a critic of

Every body is a critic of poor Mr. Honest until it is they who get bullied by these stupid laws. They are intrusive. It is all nothing more than a racquet! Go to a big city and see if they harass you for seatbelt violations! Just some backwards hick redneck in charge trying to invade the lives of any person he can. Giving the fine upstanding law enforcement officers another reason to be the over inflated gestapo they already are! Just wait you will all face it one day then you will eat your words of praise!

Reality
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Reality 09/06/07 - 08:48 am
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No, I have not been pulled

No, I have not been pulled over and issued any citations. I don't have anything to hide either....nightcop, what are you, a security guard?

misscj0123
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misscj0123 09/06/07 - 08:52 am
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People taking pictures of

People taking pictures of your feet with camcorders? People robbing others with a gun for only $15 and a pocketknife? They need to be jumped on an whipped right there on the spot. I do have to say though, I like the Ghost walk of historic Summerville Cemetery idea.

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tired of the crap 09/06/07 - 09:03 am
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where r those cops at? on

where r those cops at? on the bobby jones from sandbar ferry to pleasant home road, isee idiots all the tim,they would make a killing if they would ride it more

AsItIs
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AsItIs 09/06/07 - 09:06 am
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Beaufort, Charleston, and

Beaufort, Charleston, and Savannah have Ghost Walks....and they are fun...especially on a full moon!

aj
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aj 09/06/07 - 09:13 am
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You know, I personally think

You know, I personally think if you want to put your life on the line and not buckle your seatbelt, that's fine and dandy with me, but I am all for pulling your butt over because of an unrestrained child. I wear my seatbelt and have always made my children wear theirs. It's second nature, just like starting your car.

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yesyes 09/06/07 - 09:15 am
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It shouldn't be just a two

It shouldn't be just a two week program. That is their job to give tickets to those speeding and not wearing seat belts. As for looking through the vehicles, it is your right to say no if the officer asks to search your car. Once you say no he must obtain a search warrant if he has reason to suspect anything. It is nice to read that the officers are actually doing their jobs instead of hanging out in parking lots talking.

aj
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aj 09/06/07 - 09:20 am
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Honest and anyone else with

Honest and anyone else with this opinion, is there something specifically wrong with the stops, arrests and citations from the article above? Or is it just the thought of them out there doing their job. I'm just curious. Get the dui's and drugs off the street for sure. We need something like this in Columbia County.

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Rose 09/06/07 - 09:27 am
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I don't even crank up the car

I don't even crank up the car till my seatbelt is buckled. I see a few here don't want the police enforcing the law. Well tough! If you speed, don't buckle up, Or break other laws on our highways, I hope you get caught.

3M3T1B
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3M3T1B 09/06/07 - 09:33 am
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Honest and

Honest and streetandtrail_girl - Zay chust vant to see your papers! Oh, and Honest - "..security guard" BA HA HA HA! That was a good one.

Reality
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Reality 09/06/07 - 10:29 am
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If you are breaking the law,

If you are breaking the law, you should be pulled over and given a ticket or whatever. I just don't like them using these programs to pull over anyone at any time for no apparent reason and then trying to find something to give you a ticket for...The police pull people over and hope to get lucky and find a criminal.....

Mountainwoman
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Mountainwoman 09/06/07 - 10:32 am
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I think the real message here

I think the real message here is not getting through. Seat belts, helmets, smoking, DSS, slowly but surely we are loosing our rights. It all sounds good because it is for "our own good".

But one day we will wake up and will not have ANY rights, and want to know WHAT HAPPENED?????? The violations slip in, just a little at a time, like adding just a little sugar at a time, until you realize you are choking on it.

deekster
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deekster 09/06/07 - 05:11 pm
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Stop wasting all of this

Stop wasting all of this money and put it to use where Augustans, black and white, need help. Fund the remainder of the KROC CENTER on Chafee Ave. Imagine a beautiful, multistory, multiuse center that meets the needs of the homeless and working poor of Augusta. Allow the Salvation Army to create something worthwhile. Imagine a city that looks at "those in need" and makes that their priority. Why can't Augusta be the "benchmark" for "charity begins at home." Clean up the city and elevate the lives of its citizens. Why can't Augusta be the place other cities want to emulate when it comes to helping the weakest of its citizens.

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adam 09/07/07 - 12:04 am
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If you have a new car.Do Not

If you have a new car.Do Not Speed At All. These cops let the speeders in the junkmobiles and rolling-rapboxes alone and look for someone with some money. Even if your just keeping up with traffic trying desperately to avoid being rear-ended.If you have a new car,Guess who gets pulled over?

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