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Magazine grades states' education

Education in Georgia and South Carolina received a B-minus, scoring better than the national grade of C on a report card prepared by Education Week magazine.

The annual report card, known as Quality Counts, analyzed six factors in determining each state's grade. Georgia scored an A-minus in standards, assessments and accountability, while South Carolina received an A in that category.

On the low end, Georgia received a D-plus for K-12 achievement, and South Carolina a C.

Manager threatened by woman caught stealing

A thief threatened to cut the manager of Dollar General at 3120 Peach Orchard Road after she was caught stealing Tuesday from the store.

The manager told Richmond County Sheriff's deputies she confronted the woman about putting several items in her purse, a sheriff's report said.

The woman pulled a box cutter from her purse and threatened to cut the manager if she wasn't allowed to take the items, which included a small rug, a variety box of chips, a pack of gum balls and a box of candy.

Suit claims child left on bus for 6 hours

The mother of a 3-year-old girl has filed suit against Aiken County schools accusing workers of leaving the special needs student on a bus for six hours.

April Williamson filed the civil action suit Dec. 21 against Aiken County Schools' District 3 for "careless, negligent, willful, wanton, reckless and unlawful acts, according to court documents. The mother is seeking actual and punitive damages for the pain and suffering she claims her daughter experienced while strapped in an unventilated school bus between about 6 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 21.

Aiken County Schools received notice last week.

Aiken County schools input meeting scheduled for tonight

The Aiken County School District will hold its first public input meeting on facility upgrades tonight at Aiken High School.

District administrators and school board members want feedback on Area 1 facility needs, particularly Aiken High since it made the list as one of the six worst facilities in the district. Aiken High was recommended for $45 million in upgrades to combat overcrowding and security issues at the 61-acre campus.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the C-2 wing of the school.