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Man gets seven years in jail for robbery

A 40-year-old Augusta man who broke into a woman's home in the middle of the night was convicted of several charges Tuesday.

The Edwards Drive victim testified in Richmond County Superior Court that she awoke about 3 a.m. on July 3 to see Shelbert B. Roper standing over her bed wielding a hand tool and demanding money, Assistant District Attorney Rex Myers said.

She had no money, but Mr. Roper accepted beer as a substitute. Fearing he was going to attack, she tried to escape, but Mr. Roper blocked her, Mr. Myers said. She was finally able to grab a kitchen knife and force Mr. Roper to leave her home.

Judge Michael N. Annis sentenced Mr. Roper to seven years in prison followed by eight years on probation for burglary, robbery, false imprisonment and trespass.

10-year-olds won't be charged over drugs

Prosecutors say two 10-year-old boys who tried to trade marijuana to their South Carolina elementary school classmates for bubble gum or desserts won't face drug charges.

Burnettown authorities said they weren't sure the children knew that what they were doing was wrong. Authorities say 3 grams of marijuana was found on two Jefferson Elementary School fourth-graders after their classmates told teachers. Police say they don't know where the pupils found the drugs or why they brought them to school.

Police say they do not think the boys or any of the children at the school smoked the drug or were in any serious danger.

Columbia County OKs $38 million bond sale

Columbia County commissioners during a Tuesday meeting approved the sale of $38 million in bonds to start some capital improvement projects.

The bond sale allows officials to start building projects listed in the 2011-16 1-cent sales tax referendum approved by voters in November. Capital projects funded with the bond money include a new dorm at the Columbia County Detention Center, an expansion of the Evans Government Center, a new Health Department building, stormwater and water improvements, the first construction phase of Evans Town Center Park, a multipurpose exhibition facility, an Animal Care and Control building, fire stations and the purchase of fire trucks.

The commission authorized the bond sale agreement with Merrill Lynch, which sold the bonds Tuesday. The agreement comes on the heels of a recent upgrading in the county's bond rating from AA to AA by Standard and Poor's Rating Services. The rating upgrade let the county sell the bonds at a 2.67 percent interest rate.

The bond will be repaid over six years using sales tax collected from 2011-2016. The first bond payment of $5.3 million is due in 2012 .

North Augusta group names Citizen of Year

Dr. Billy Thurmond was named the Citizen of the Year by the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce .

The North Augusta native was recognized for his leadership and community service roles in the North Augusta Sertoma Club and the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Andy Maxwell was also recognized as the Ambassador of the Year for the chamber for his services in promoting the chamber .

The two received their awards at the chamber's annual meeting Tuesday night .

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/18/09 - 03:24 am
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The Burnettown authorities

The Burnettown authorities were out smarted by 2 ten year olds? The ten year olds didn't know what they were trading or where the got it? Sounds like maybe the child of someone connected was one of the perps. Life goes on.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/18/09 - 03:27 am
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7 years for burglary,

7 years for burglary, robbery, false imprisonment and trespassing? No midnight burglary? No weapons charge? This little article reads like a small piece of a story.

pofwe
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pofwe 02/18/09 - 07:36 am
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"Citizen of Year," my eye.

"Citizen of Year," my eye. Only the high-rollers seem to qualify.

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 02/18/09 - 07:45 am
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Someone probably needs to

Someone probably needs to nominate you pofwe. Why didn't you nominate yourself?

3M3T1B
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3M3T1B 02/18/09 - 09:38 am
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Columbia County dealing with

Columbia County dealing with Merrill Lynch, one of the most corrupt brokerage firms. How ironic.

ANGEL
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ANGEL 02/18/09 - 09:53 am
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I still stand my ground. I

I still stand my ground. I feel the two 10 years olds need to be punished for what they did or they will NEVER LEARN RIGHT FROM WRONG! The parents or who ever is raising these kids should be blamed too for not teaching them right from wrong. Aiken County will never be above water on the drug problem they already have as long as they keep slapping people on the hand and put them back out on the streets.

sismel
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sismel 02/18/09 - 09:58 am
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You know.. A parent can

You know.. A parent can teach their children right from wrong.. Doesn't mean the children will always follow the lead.. No matter the age. And yes I'm sure these children knew what they were doing was wrong. Some children have older siblings and they learn from them.. Does NOT mean the parents are not trying to do what is right.. But, since we don't know the whole story.. one can only assume.

sprintman
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sprintman 02/18/09 - 11:40 am
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Atleast the kids were white

Atleast the kids were white and from aiken county. Because if they were black or from richmond county. We would have to hear the usual comments from the KKK gang. Patricia thomas, apex 24, devlishlymad, coldbeerboiledpeanuts, etc.

sprintman
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sprintman 02/18/09 - 11:51 am
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Atleast the kids were white

Atleast the kids were white and from aiken county. Because if they were black or from richmond county. We would have to hear the usual comments from the KKK gang. Patricia thomas, apex 24, devlishlymad, coldbeerboiledpeanuts, etc.

SusieQ
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SusieQ 02/18/09 - 11:52 am
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The article about the two ten

The article about the two ten year old boys is a joke. These kids knew what they had and were doing. There's children in drug treatment younger than this. SusieQ

curly123053
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curly123053 02/18/09 - 12:15 pm
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I have not seen or heard any

I have not seen or heard any report on whether the 10 yr olds were black or white. How do you know? Also, this investigation is not over yet either. The Sheriff's Office Narc Div is now investigating where these kids got their "grass" and I expect there will be something to come of this before long.

Phiern
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Phiern 02/18/09 - 12:51 pm
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What do the authorities mean

What do the authorities mean these children did not know what they were doing was wrong? In Aiken County Public Schools the JUST SAY NO campaign begins in kindergarden. Therefore, if these children attended Aiken County schools all of their lives, this is the 5th year they have recieved drug training. They have been taught what drugs are, why they are harmful, and not to have anything to do with them. Therefore, these children knew what they were doing was wrong.

Also, where did the children get the drugs from? Parents, neighbors, siblings, etc? They had to come from somewhere.

The bottom line is that these students were in possession of a significant amount of drugs (3 oz if I remember correctly) and they were guilty of distribution and possession with intent to distribute. There should be punishments involved.

Letting these children get away with this seriously endangers them and all of the other school children they encounter. If this is a norm amoung our police forces, it is no wonder we have such a drug problem in our area. People get away with breaking the law!

curly123053
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curly123053 02/18/09 - 01:05 pm
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Phiern....look up

Phiern....look up ^^^^^^...still under investigation....

SouthernSwan
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SouthernSwan 02/18/09 - 01:19 pm
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The 10 year old classmates

The 10 year old classmates knew the drugs were wrong and to tell the teacher, so it seems obvious these 10 year olds also knew it was wrong. I feel any 10 year old in this day and age know about marijuana. What is wrong with the paper overthere? Also, the paper reports the authorities don't "think" the kids smode the drugs and were in danger. Don't think - KNOW. Give it more thought and investigation. It is the duty of the authroities to keep these kids and their classmates out of danger.

sprintman
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sprintman 02/18/09 - 03:52 pm
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Atleast the kids were white

Atleast the kids were white and from aiken county. Because if they were black or from richmond county. We would have to hear the usual comments from the KKK gang. Patricia thomas, apex 24, devlishlymad, christian 134, iletuknow, coldbeerboiledpeanuts, My 2nd, Signal always, etc.

gnx
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gnx 02/18/09 - 04:25 pm
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CC is selling bonds to help

CC is selling bonds to help cover stormwater improvements? What are they doing with the money from the stormwater tax they're forcing us to pay each month with our water bill?

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 02/18/09 - 04:50 pm
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Note above 3:45pm tornado

Note above 3:45pm tornado watch issued for some counties in CSRA, including Richmond County.

Unforgiven
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Unforgiven 02/18/09 - 06:07 pm
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As much money as Columbia

As much money as Columbia County brings in why would they need to sell bonds??? They already waste more money than any one can count.

Jo King
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Jo King 02/18/09 - 08:28 pm
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