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Butler staff members hit in fight; teen jailed

Three Butler High School staff members were struck during a fight Monday that landed a 17-year-old student in the Richmond County jail and left several juveniles facing charges.

The fight broke out on the second floor after the first class change, according to an e-mail from Louis Svehla, a spokesman for the Richmond County Board of Education.

As they tried to stop the fight, one staff member was hit in the face and another was thrown to the floor, Mr. Svehla said.

A third was slammed into a locker.

Glenn Vincent Riggs, 17, of Potomac Drive, was charged with disruption of public school, affray, first degree criminal damage to property and simple battery on a schoolteacher, according to a jail committal.

Three juveniles, whose names were not released, were charged with disruption of public school, affray and interference with government property, Mr. Svehla said. The juveniles were released to their parents.

All four have been suspended.

Deputy hurt in shootout released from hospital

An Aiken County sheriff's deputy who was wounded in a shootout Friday was released from Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Tuesday, a spokesman for the sheriff's office said.

Deputy Larry Cleveland was wounded in the shoulder and hip while responding to a call about an attempted robbery at a convenience store Friday.

The gunman, identified as Ronald Hamilton Jr. of Pennsylvania, was shot and killed at the scene, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

6 schools recognized for meeting standards

Columbia County school officials recognized six Title 1 Distinguished Schools at a Tuesday meeting: Bel Air, Grovetown, South Columbia and Westmont elementary schools and Grovetown and Harlem middle schools.

Title 1 refers to schools with a large percentage of pupils taking free or reduced-price lunches, which typically signifies a poorer population.

For a Title 1 school to become a Distinguished School, it must meet adequate yearly progress standards as defined by the federal No Child Left Behind legislation three years in a row.

Tax service operator imprisoned for evasion

An Augusta man who operated a tax service business was sentenced to a year in prison Tuesday for tax evasion.

Jose R. Cruzastol must also pay $75,753 in restitution, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Edmund A. Booth Jr.

Mr. Cruzastol operated J.R. Tax Service.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/28/09 - 03:26 am
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Now, will the Butler students

Now, will the Butler students be held responsible in a manner that will garner them viable discipline? Or will they be "punished" in a politically correct way that will make them " 'hood school heroes"?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/28/09 - 03:31 am
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As long as Title 1 indicates

As long as Title 1 indicates poor parental income instead of poor parental effort, the wrong topic is being discussed. Addressing parental income does no more than encourage wealth envy (a manipulative maneuver often used by the left).

Reality
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Reality 01/28/09 - 04:52 am
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I was wondering if there was

I was wondering if there was different criteria that a "Title 1" school was held accountable for. I guess this shows you that low income doesn't account for bad parenting....

Reality
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Reality 01/28/09 - 04:53 am
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What happened at Butler, were

What happened at Butler, were there 4 people fighting?

peterfrapton
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peterfrapton 01/28/09 - 07:26 am
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Good deal, Akien County! One

Good deal, Akien County! One less convenience store hoodie!

Boston93
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Boston93 01/28/09 - 08:13 am
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Tax service operator

Tax service operator imprisoned for evasion in Augusta ? Why was Tim Geithner not imprisoned ? This guy probably made a mistake like Tim, yet Tim is our U.S. Treasury Department selection for his crooked ways.

WAG
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WAG 01/28/09 - 08:17 am
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Why identify thses schools a

Why identify thses schools a low income. what is t he point?

wise ole man
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wise ole man 01/28/09 - 08:45 am
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Title 1 schools do not only

Title 1 schools do not only have to meet AYP like all other schools, but they also have other criteria they have to meet- for each sub group- black, white, male, female, poverty status, special ed- all these groups have to meet bench marks set by the state. These bench marks are not part of a non-title 1 criteria. Each year these are increased regardless of whether a school met AYP or not.

chey
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chey 01/28/09 - 08:58 am
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"The juveniles were released

"The juveniles were released to their parents." And I'll bet their parents claim "their baby didn't do anything". These students should never be allowed back in RC schools. They are in high school and should know how to behave by now. They obviously didn't want an education.

coolette
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coolette 01/28/09 - 08:58 am
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Well, what an achievement!!

Well, what an achievement!! If they can achieve this then what is the excuses for the other schools that don't have these circumstances!! Great Job!! I bet all the teachers truly care about the success of their students and the parents reinforce from home!!!!

wantchangecashadollar
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wantchangecashadollar 01/28/09 - 09:06 am
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Boston93...great

Boston93...great evaluation...the hypocrisy of Liberals and Democrats is amazing...I guess if Mr. Cruzastol had been one of Barry Obama's boys he would have gotten off with a slap on the wrist...if Liberals do not see the difference between how Democrats are treated compared to the average American, they are sheep...

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corgimom 01/28/09 - 10:13 am
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PettyThomas, you are sounding

PettyThomas, you are sounding more and more like Yonce. And I don't mean that in a good way. Poverty is the overwhelming factor in poor school performance. It's not race, it's not single parents- it's poverty.

1941
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1941 01/28/09 - 10:18 am
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wantchange; get a life, and

wantchange; get a life, and stop worring about Barry!

christian134
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christian134 01/28/09 - 10:36 am
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mimsy someone needs to worry

mimsy someone needs to worry about Barry...:-)

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curly123053 01/28/09 - 11:17 am
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Glad to hear that Deputy

Glad to hear that Deputy Cleveland has gone home. I hope he is back in the saddle real soon.

brownskin30434
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brownskin30434 01/28/09 - 01:39 pm
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Tim Geithner? Isn't he the

Tim Geithner? Isn't he the treasury secretary who was qusetioned and approved for his position by both GOP and Dems? Corgimom: Poverty may be a factor in poor school performance, but overwhelming? Nah! I don't think so! An overwhelming factor in poor school performance is the fact that kids want to fail. I was born and raised inpoverty and poverty made me want to do well in school. I realized that a strong educational background would guarantee that I would not live the rest of my life in poverty! GIVE BARACK A CHANCE!

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 01/28/09 - 02:01 pm
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The Butler report is wrong.

The Butler report is wrong. about 6 staff members were injured be it minor injuries to most. My wife was hit as well. Then yesterday a student pepper sprayed a substitute teacher on the second floor at the end of school! That didn't make the news yet? They had to evacuate the entire second floor while the fire dept tried to air it out. Several people were effected by the spray... I smell cover up.

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devilishlymad67 01/28/09 - 02:51 pm
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gibzgirl
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gibzgirl 01/28/09 - 06:15 pm
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Someone's not doing their

Someone's not doing their job.....
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dadecounty
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dadecounty 01/28/09 - 10:04 pm
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To all u people leaving

To all u people leaving comment about butler parents!!!! we all are not poor or single!!!! It had nothing to do with poor raising of your children. know the facts on what happen!!!! before you put your two cents in...you all should try to solve the problem, instead of being the problem...get a grip on life.......

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