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Suspect sought in man's killing

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Police said Wednesday they are seeking an Augusta man in connection with a fatal shooting Monday.

Dennis Marcel Mingledolph, 20, of Dewitt Street, is facing several charges including murder in the shooting death of 65-year-old Johnny W. Davis.

Willie Bernard Coe, 24, was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder in the shooting that occurred just before 7 p.m. in the 1600 block of Luckey Street, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies find suspect in child molestation

A man wanted on child molestation charges was apprehended Wednesday after deputies encircled a wooded area near Tobacco Road.

Edwin Hernandez, 25, of Lake Mary, Fla., is charged with aggravated child molestation, according to Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles.

He is accused of molesting an 11-year-old boy while visiting a friend's relative in Augusta.

Mr. Hernandez was found hiding in bushes near Tobacco Road and the Augusta Wastewater Treatment plant about 12:20 p.m., according to Lt. Scott Gay.

The suspect had been spotted earlier at the Food Lion at 3722 Mike Padgett Highway by the victim's neighbor, Lt. Gay said.

Arson investigator faces DUI charges

The lead arson investigator for the Richmond County Fire Department is facing DUI charges.

According to Richmond sheriff and jail records, Lt. G.B. Hannan, 59, was arrested about 10:30 p.m. Saturday on Broad Street.

He was released about two hours later.

Jail records offered few details of the incident.

School system has information director

The public has a new way of getting in touch with the Richmond County school system.

Anyone with questions or needing information is asked to contact Louis Svehla, the new public information director.

His office number is (706) 826-1118 , his cell is (706) 533-1091 and his fax is (706) 826-4635.

He can also be reached by e-mail at SvehlLo@BOE. Richmond.k12.ga.us.

Record low for July reported in Augusta

Wednesday's low temperature of 54 degrees was the coolest Augusta has ever seen in July.

The coolest day in July was previously recorded on July 7, 1951, at 55 degrees, said Tony Petrolito, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday also broke the record for the date, which was set at 59 degrees on July 2, 1988, Mr. Petrolito said.

This morning could break another set for July 3 in 1937, at 62 degrees.

Temperatures are expected to be in the lower 60s this morning.

Auditions for military program start Monday

Auditions begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Signal Theatre for Showtime at Fort Gordon, a program featuring local military performers.

The show will be held July 22 at the Performing Arts Theater.

Auditions are open to soldiers, civilians and family members.

Categories are vocal soloist, vocal group, instrumental/vocal soloist, rap, dance and dance group. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners.

High ozone levels prompt alert

Ozone levels are expected to be high today in the Augusta and Aiken area and officials are urging caution for those with respiratory problems.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the air quality Web site Airnow.gov are both forecasting today to be an "action day" because the air quality is expected to be unhealthy.

The alert covers Augusta and Aiken, Barnwell, Edgefield, McCormick and Saluda counties in South Carolina.

Higher concentrations of ground-level ozone occur during hot, dry and relatively windless conditions, according to DHEC. Those conditions can be unhealthy for people with asthma and other breathing problems and even healthy individuals are urged to limit outdoor exertion.

Because vehicle emissions can add to the ozone problem, DHEC is urging carpooling or use of mass transit and limiting idling. Sunlight can react with gas fumes to form ozone, so Airnow urges motorists to refuel after sunset.

-- Tom Corwin, staff writer

-- From staff reports

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/03/08 - 03:47 am
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Global cooling in the middle

Global cooling in the middle of global warming. I foresee a global tornado.

peonynut
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peonynut 07/03/08 - 06:44 am
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It's about time Hannan got

It's about time Hannan got caught.

rbk
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rbk 07/03/08 - 07:08 am
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The tree huggers will find

The tree huggers will find some way to twist this record low to be our fault as they do every thing else.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 07/03/08 - 07:23 am
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Well at least Hannan did not

Well at least Hannan did not hit a phone pole. He just need to hire Harbin's lawyer.

goodgrief
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goodgrief 07/03/08 - 08:02 am
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Public information director?

Public information director? What a waste of money.

ironpurps
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ironpurps 07/03/08 - 09:01 am
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I thought the BOE was trying

I thought the BOE was trying to save money by cutting positions and now they are adding a PID, along with 'demoting' people but paying them the same salary? Go figure.

crackertroy
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crackertroy 07/03/08 - 09:07 am
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I agree on all levels bean,
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I agree on all levels bean, did they have one before?

gettuffonjuvycrime
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gettuffonjuvycrime 07/03/08 - 10:32 am
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BOE, in the past, had a PIO

BOE, in the past, had a PIO along with a secretary, etc. Spent over 150,000 a year. New PIO is actually not employee but contracted through a private company at $10, 000 a month. Arguement is that a entity this size needs one. Understand though, that while you are hiring a PIO, you are cutting salaries of some employees. One employee I know, got their 2.5 percent pay raise and lost $550 a year. That is compared to the past year salary. They actually lost over $1400 had the 2.5 percent been based on last year's salary. Plus they lost 12 vacation days that was accrued over the year. Sounds complicated but bottom line is the employee lost money. Remember that all Directors, Assistant Directors who the scrued employees work for will get their pay raises, without being affected. My friend is "so Thankful" that Doctor Bedden has given him the raise. I guess the old commissioners saying "your job is your pay raise" rings true. Oh, and rumor is Bedden he is wanting to bring a "person" down from where he used to work to come in and be his #2.

augmama
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augmama 07/03/08 - 12:47 pm
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So this is how RCBOE is

So this is how RCBOE is balancing the budget, by adding a Public Information Officer. What about closing the 5 schools as recommended by the audit? What about getting rid of some of the overpaid and overblown baggage at the downtown office? The budget cuts I see involve cutting pay of custodians and eliminating new textbooks. What a joke!

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JustMe 07/03/08 - 01:35 pm
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The private company that was

The private company that was hired was hired for alot of things not just the PIO. I am sure all that money doesn't go to him. I think it would be nice to have someone to go to directly rather then to keep getting the run around from some of the other BOE employees. How abot giving the BOE a chance for a change. At least they are trying to do something.

JustMe
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JustMe 07/03/08 - 01:45 pm
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Augmama....I just went back

Augmama....I just went back and checked on what the BOE was planning on cutting....yes you are right cutting of custodians and new text books but you are being selective in what you see....also in the article was 1. Out of town travel for board employees, 2. Public Safety Officers working in the central office being reassigned to the schools, 3. 10% across the board cuts in many areas and 4. 17 teaching positions, a gamble that enrollment will continue to decline. When you write a comment you should not just put in what you want, at least put in all of it. Also if you had children going to the 5 schools that should be closed, you wouldn't like your kids having to be bussed somewhere else. I believe they should do everything they can to keep schools open if possible...just my opinion.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 07/03/08 - 01:52 pm
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the public infor officer i

the public infor officer i necessary to make sure the high school foot ball information is accurately disseminated and the proper politically correct excuses are used to explain why the students don't have enuff textbooks or layoff desperately needed teachers due to funding, but money can be found to build football and basketball venues for schools that graduate less than 40% of their students and those who do. 50% of them can't read on their grade level

JustMe
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JustMe 07/03/08 - 01:59 pm
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Maybe we need to find a job

Maybe we need to find a job description to see exactly what his duties will be. I am sure you are absolutely wrong in your perception.

JustMe
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JustMe 07/03/08 - 02:01 pm
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Public Information Officers

Public Information Officers (PIOs) are the communications coordinators or spokespersons of certain governmental organizations (i.e. police departments, army, city, county, state governments). They differ from public relations departments of private organizations in that many of them typically do not engage in marketing, but solely in providing information to the public and the media as required by law and according to the standards of their profession.

Gee...I specifically see...NOT PUBLIC RELATIONS

augmama
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augmama 07/03/08 - 02:08 pm
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Justme - your appeal to the

Justme - your appeal to the emotions falls short in the logic category. Cutting 17 teaching positions on the "gamble that enrollment will continue to decline" while at the same time keeping open underpopulated schools is an inefficient use of taxpayer funds. If my children attended those schools, I would be more concerned about the quality of education they were receiving. If improving quality meant school reassignment, then quality outranks nostalgia. Bussing the students to other schools is not really a problem in Richmond County; in the three magnet schools, students travel from various locations throughout the county to get to school. Considering quality again, the travel apparently is worth the effort as the magnet schools are the highest performing schools in Richmond County.

JustMe
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JustMe 07/03/08 - 04:25 pm
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I absolutely agree with the

I absolutely agree with the performance of magnet schools. I believe they are wonderful. I guess you are right, if we can combine the schools that do not have a high enrollment it would be better. I also believe that the children are not suffering because of 17 teachers being cut because they need less for less enrollment. If they did combine some schools that would save on the amount of principles, elec, etc that the school uses. Any ideas on what the schools could be used for rather thab an eyesore?

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FallingLeaves 07/03/08 - 05:27 pm
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Does that mean no one gives

Does that mean no one gives us answers anymore or answers the phone down there, like during the time when Mechelle Jordan was the school spokesperson? I guess we'll find out soon. I object to a new position being filled when there are so many other places in that system that are being cut back.

mutt
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mutt 07/04/08 - 05:10 am
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A PIO can be great or awful.

A PIO can be great or awful. It really depends on the individual diligence of that person, their view of the media, and the general public. Steve Morris with the Columbia County Sheriffs Office is great. Mechelle Jordon and Catrice Bryant both sucked, and in spite of complaints to both them and their bosses, neither ever improved. I'll wait and see how this works out before I pass judgment. So far Dr. Bedden has made good calls. Hopefully his winning streak will continue, and not only will the system and the tax payer be better off, but more importantly the students.

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