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Murder charge is filed in shooting

Authorities filed a murder charge Monday against the brother-in-law of a woman who was fatally shot last week.

Dennis Clemons, 63, of the 400 block of First Street, Thomson, was charged in the slaying of 53-year-old Shirley Ann Hunt, according to Gary Nicholson, the special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation office in Thomson.

In addition to the murder warrant, Mr. Clemons also is charged with possession of weapon during the commission of a crime, Agent Nicholson said.

Mr. Clemons, who was taken into custody at his home early Friday, was initially charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Ms. Hunt, whose funeral services are scheduled for today, was shot several times Thursday night near Dearing, Ga., according to McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall.

The suspect is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center in Appling.

He now awaits a hearing before a magistrate judge related to the new criminal charges against him.

Officials warn of extreme heat today

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a heat advisory from noon until 7 p.m. today in Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie and Burke counties in Georgia and in Aiken, Barnwell, Bamberg, Orangeburg and Clarendon counties in South Carolina.

Temperatures are expected to approach 100 degrees. These temperatures, combined with high humidity, will produce heat index values from 105 to 107 degrees in the afternoon.

Sidewalk, aquatic center on agenda

Funding for a Columbia County aquatics center and sidewalk construction in the area where a pedestrian was recently killed are on the agenda of today's Columbia County Commission meeting.

Listed on the agenda for the 6 p.m. meeting in the auditorium of the Evans Government Complex, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive, is a resolution to finance the construction of an aquatics center using a general obligation bond. If approved, the resolution would allow voters to decide on the bond through a referendum in the general election.

Kelley Rigdon intends to give a presentation to commissioners concerning sidewalks on Mullikin Road, according to the meeting agenda. Kindergarten teacher Christian Giles, 24, was fatally hit by a Ford Expedition last month while walking on the shoulder of the Evans road.

Prior to the meeting, at 5:15 p.m., former Harlem Mayor Scott Dean will be sworn in as the commissioner for District 4.

Don't be alarmed by blasts in county today

Two separate blasting events will take place today in Columbia County.

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., contractors will blasting at the intersection of Washington and Tubman roads, according Columbia County Emergency Services Director Pam Tucker.

As part of the Betty Branch sewer project, blasting will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. today, Wednesday and Thursday in the Deerwood Lane area.

-- From staff and wire reports

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DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 08/05/08 - 06:06 am
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A small zoo, an aquarium,

A small zoo, an aquarium, would be nice for RC too ya know. People would have a reason to come downtown then, cause it would give the kids something as well as adults. Atlanta zoo is just too far for some to drive.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 08/05/08 - 06:41 am
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A Zoo in Downtown Augusta?

A Zoo in Downtown Augusta?

melissacartee
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melissacartee 08/05/08 - 06:52 am
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We alll ready have a zoo in

We alll ready have a zoo in downtown Augusta. Just go to the Marble Palace and sit in on some of the commissioners meetings. This is where the zoo is and it cost you not one penny to enjoy the monkeys there.

raptcontemplation
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raptcontemplation 08/05/08 - 06:56 am
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Yeah. It's like Jesse Helms

Yeah. It's like Jesse Helms said when a state zoo was proposed for N.C. "Just put a fence around Chapel Hill." Same thing here. Just put a fence around the municpal building.

getalife
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getalife 08/05/08 - 07:46 am
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A real zoo needs more than

A real zoo needs more than monkeys and jackasses!!

yak11
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yak11 08/05/08 - 07:54 am
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Peanuts...you know the

Peanuts...you know the Columbia Zoo is what less than an hour away.....

1trugent
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1trugent 08/05/08 - 08:41 am
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I have a blast in Columbia

I have a blast in Columbia County everyday!

Newsreader
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Newsreader 08/05/08 - 08:45 am
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Don't forget to inclulde the

Don't forget to inclulde the James Brown Arena, and the Coliseum Authority in that fence.

Bored in GA
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Bored in GA 08/05/08 - 08:51 am
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Please don't leave out

Please don't leave out Richmond Couty Board of Education. It is a complete ZOO, with the Big Cheese leading the rats and the peanut gallery following!

equalityforall
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equalityforall 08/05/08 - 09:30 am
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It is so sad that Richmond

It is so sad that Richmond County is going down the way that it is, with all of the potential that it has, if only those people in that "ZOO" would stop letting everything be about race. The white comissioners can't get along with the black comissioners, and vice versa.

slmp
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slmp 08/05/08 - 09:31 am
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An aquatics center is not an

An aquatics center is not an aquarium. It is a place for competitive swimming and public swimming. Go back to school and learn simple vocabulary.

MyOpinion2
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MyOpinion2 08/05/08 - 09:45 am
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I really feel sorry for Ms.

I really feel sorry for Ms. Giles who was killed in the accident in Columbia County. There have been people injured and killed all over Columbia County and Richmond County with accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles. We do not erect sidewalks all over because of it. Speed limits should be lowered and strictly enforced. Was the person going the speed limit? Also, during rainy weather and darkness, please people do NOT walk on the road or berm, drivers visions are impaired, and WE CANNOT SEE YOU UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE.

MyOpinion2
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MyOpinion2 08/05/08 - 09:56 am
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There is going to be a

There is going to be a terrible accident in Richmond County one day at the RR tracks in McBean on HWY 56. The last accident you had there and had to repair the tracks, well it was a terrible repair job! Now everyone that knows about the terrible repair job, comes to a STOP so it does not tear up their vehicle. One day someone that does not know the condition of the tracks is going to rear end a vehicle and someone is going to be killed. And we know how many TRUCKS travel that road. Richmond County YOU have been WARNED!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 08/05/08 - 01:07 pm
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We go to the columbia Zoo

We go to the columbia Zoo also. Does any1 remeber the zoo over on 25 back in the day? I used to love going there as a kid. My parents didn't have much money and it was nice to have something like that here at home!! =)

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 08/05/08 - 02:41 pm
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I always thought it was funny

I always thought it was funny that the sidewalk ends at the department of public safety in North Augusta. You have to walk in the street then pick up the sidewalk on the other side of the property.

Mr_Chin
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Mr_Chin 08/05/08 - 03:17 pm
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Driving on Martintown rd.

Driving on Martintown rd. yesterday (Mon) about 4:30pm when a police car stopped all traffic - within seconds a white SUV (tahoe?) flies by at about 100mph with about 6 cop cars behind him. I have been checking the news but haven't seen anything - just curious about outcome

JustMe
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JustMe 08/05/08 - 05:10 pm
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Thank you Simp....I cannot

Thank you Simp....I cannot belive that the people writing on here do not even know what Aquatics is...

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 08/05/08 - 06:33 pm
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What, nothing from

What, nothing from PatriciaThomas here?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 08/05/08 - 08:09 pm
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After sampling the genius of

After sampling the genius of those posting on this thread, I see no place for me to contribute. I especially like the aquatic center as an aquarium. Good stuff. I'm anxiously awaiting someone to write the word "relativity" in an across the area entry.

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