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  • Sheheen Aims More Attacks at Haley Over DSS, Welfare-to-Work

    Sheheen Aims More Attacks at Haley Over DSS, Welfare-to-Work

    Friday, August 29 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-08-29 05:00:25 GMT
    Democratic candidate for governor Vincent Sheheen aimed more attacks  at Gov. Nikki Haley over  the state Dept of Social Services and her claims about clients who've gotten off welfare by getting jobs.
    Democratic candidate for governor Vincent Sheheen aimed more attacks  at Gov. Nikki Haley over  the state Dept of Social Services and her claims about clients who've gotten off welfare by getting jobs.
  • Local Law Enforcement In Full Force For Labor Day

    Local Law Enforcement In Full Force For Labor Day

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-08-28 22:15:40 GMT
    The Richmond County Sheriff's Office will have DUI checkpoints during Labor Day Weekend.
    The Richmond County Sheriff's Office will have DUI checkpoints during Labor Day Weekend.
  • 6 Investigates: Is Project Jackson Property Blighted?

    6 Investigates: Is Project Jackson Property Blighted?

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:07 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:07:44 GMT
    News Channel 6's Mike Miller investigates whether or not the Project Jackson property is blighted.
    News Channel 6's Mike Miller investigates whether or not the Project Jackson property is blighted.
  • SC House Meets to Vote on 2 Vetoes, Costs Taxpayers $34,000

    SC House Meets to Vote on 2 Vetoes, Costs Taxpayers $34,000

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:05:23 GMT
    The SC House met for a one-day special session Wednesday. The session cost taxpayers about $34,000 in mileage, hotel, and meal costs.
    The SC House met for a one-day special session Wednesday. The session cost taxpayers about $34,000 in mileage, hotel, and meal costs.
  • Civil War Soldier Will Receive Medal Of Honor 151 Years After His Death

    Civil War Soldier Will Receive Medal Of Honor 151 Years After His Death

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:19:13 GMT
    Photo of Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing, who will be awarded the Medal of Honor 151 years after his death during the Battle of Gettysburg (Credit: U.S. Military Academy at West Point)Photo of Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing, who will be awarded the Medal of Honor 151 years after his death during the Battle of Gettysburg (Credit: U.S. Military Academy at West Point)
    A Civil War soldier is to be honored with the nation's highest military decoration 151 years after his death.
    A Civil War soldier is to be honored with the nation's highest military decoration 151 years after his death.
  • Augusta Commissioners Did Not Want To Abstain From Tax Increase

    Augusta Commissioners Did Not Want To Abstain From Tax Increase

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:40 PM EDT2014-08-26 22:40:47 GMT
    Photo of Augusta Mayor Deke CopenahaverPhoto of Augusta Mayor Deke Copenahaver
    Augusta city leaders were deadlocked on a tax increase proposal, allowing the Mayor to break a 5-5 tie in favor, but Commissioners who opposed the tax hike could have kept the vote out of the Mayor's hands. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    Augusta city leaders were deadlocked on a tax increase proposal, allowing the Mayor to break a 5-5 tie in favor, but Commissioners who opposed the tax hike could have kept the vote out of the Mayor's hands. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.

  • Augusta Bar Owner Says He Was Unaware City Was Proposing Alcohol Fee Increase

    Augusta Bar Owner Says He Was Unaware City Was Proposing Alcohol Fee Increase

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-08-26 22:21:41 GMT
    Photo of bottles of alcohol at Joe's Underground, on Broad Street in AugustaPhoto of bottles of alcohol at Joe's Underground, on Broad Street in Augusta
    The Augusta Planning, License, and Inspection Department is proposing changes to the city alcohol ordinance including a ten percent increase in license fees. An Augusta Commission committee approved the recommendation with no word of protest from business owners.
    The Augusta Planning, License, and Inspection Department is proposing changes to the city alcohol ordinance including a ten percent increase in license fees. An Augusta Commission committee approved the recommendation with no word of protest from business owners.

  • Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens Prevails In Lawsuit Defending Open Government

    Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens Prevails In Lawsuit Defending Open Government

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 10:30 AM EDT2014-08-26 14:30:32 GMT
    Photo of Georgia Attorney General Sam OlensPhoto of Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens
    A judge has ruled in favor of Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens in a lawsuit filed against Cumming, Georgia city leaders for violating the Open Meetings Act.
    A judge has ruled in favor of Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens in a lawsuit filed against Cumming, Georgia city leaders for violating the Open Meetings Act.
  • Mayor Copenhaver Breaks Augusta Commission Deadlock in Favor Of Tax Hike

    Mayor Copenhaver Breaks Augusta Commission Deadlock in Favor Of Tax Hike

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:33:33 GMT
    Photo of Augusta Mayor Deke CopenhaverPhoto of Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver
    It was rejected last week, but Monday Augusta Commissioners approved a nearly $8 million tax increase thanks to the tie-breaking vote by Mayor Deke Copenhaver. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    It was rejected last week, but Monday Augusta Commissioners approved a nearly $8 million tax increase thanks to the tie-breaking vote by Mayor Deke Copenhaver. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.

  • Ben Hasan Named New Commissioner: Votes For Tax Increase

    Ben Hasan Named New Commissioner: Votes For Tax Increase

    Monday, August 25 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-08-25 23:04:14 GMT
    Augusta Seal graphicAugusta Seal graphic
    He was there for the selecting as Augusta Commissioners voted in Ben Hasan to replace Joe Jackson, who resigned last week. Hasan's first vote out of the gate was one Joe Jackson did not make.
    He was there for the selecting as Augusta Commissioners voted in Ben Hasan to replace Joe Jackson, who resigned last week. Hasan's first vote out of the gate was one Joe Jackson did not make.

  • Augusta Commission Gives Go Ahead To Consider Implementing Excise Tax

    Augusta Commission Gives Go Ahead To Consider Implementing Excise Tax

    Monday, August 25 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-08-25 22:59:08 GMT
    Augusta Seal graphicAugusta Seal graphic
    More taxes could be on the way as Augusta Commissioners give the green light to begin the process of implementing excise tax.
    More taxes could be on the way as Augusta Commissioners give the green light to begin the process of implementing excise tax.
  • Augusta Commission Committee Approves Increase in Alcohol License Fees

    Augusta Commission Committee Approves Increase in Alcohol License Fees

    Monday, August 25 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-08-25 22:58:55 GMT
    Augusta Seal graphicAugusta Seal graphic
    Monday, the Augusta Commission Public Services Committee approved a plan to increase the costs of alcohol licenses by 10 percent.
    Monday, the Augusta Commission Public Services Committee approved a plan to increase the costs of alcohol licenses by 10 percent.
  • EXCLUSIVE ON 6: Commissioner Says Outlet Mall Will Still Happen

    EXCLUSIVE ON 6: Commissioner Says Outlet Mall Will Still Happen

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-08-23 01:01:53 GMT
    Plans for the outlet mallPlans for the outlet mall
    Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith tells News Channel 6's Mike Miller that the outlet mall will still come to I-20 and Riverwatch, it will just take longer for it to happen.
    Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith tells News Channel 6's Mike Miller that the outlet mall will still come to I-20 and Riverwatch, it will just take longer for it to happen.

  • Augusta Leaders To Discuss Commissioner Joe Jackson's Replacement

    Augusta Leaders To Discuss Commissioner Joe Jackson's Replacement

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:05 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:05:45 GMT
    Photo of Augusta Commissioner Joe Jackson, who resigned Wednesday from his 6th District seatPhoto of Augusta Commissioner Joe Jackson, who resigned Wednesday from his 6th District seat
    Augusta city leaders will be talking about the replacement for District 6 Commissioner Joe Jackson.
    Augusta city leaders will be talking about the replacement for District 6 Commissioner Joe Jackson.
  • BREAKING ON 6: Grovetown Public Safety Chief Gary Owens Resigns

    BREAKING ON 6: Grovetown Public Safety Chief Gary Owens Resigns

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:20 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:20:58 GMT
    Photo of Gary Owens, who resigned Friday from the position of Grovetown Department of Public Safety chiefPhoto of Gary Owens, who resigned Friday from the position of Grovetown Department of Public Safety chief
    WJBF News Channel 6 confirmed Friday afternoon that Chief Gary Owens, of the Grovetown Department of Public Safety, has resigned his position, effective Friday.
    WJBF News Channel 6 confirmed Friday afternoon that Chief Gary Owens, of the Grovetown Department of Public Safety, has resigned his position, effective Friday.
  • Sheriff's Office Meets With Public For Burgers And Shakes

    Sheriff's Office Meets With Public For Burgers And Shakes

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:43:03 GMT
    Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree met with the public on Thursday for burgers and shakes.
    Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree met with the public on Thursday for burgers and shakes.
  • City of Augusta in Need of Money

    City of Augusta in Need of Money

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:44:09 GMT

    City of Augusta has a budget hole of more than $5 million and is spending more money than it is taking in.

    City of Augusta has a budget hole of more than $5 million and is spending more money than it is taking in.

  • BREAKING ON 6: Augusta Commissioner Joe Jackson Resigns

    BREAKING ON 6: Augusta Commissioner Joe Jackson Resigns

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:40:18 GMT
    Photo of Augsuta Commissioner Joe JacksonPhoto of Augsuta Commissioner Joe Jackson
    WJBF News Channel 6 has learned that Augusta Commission Joe Jackson has resigned.
    WJBF News Channel 6 has learned that Augusta Commission Joe Jackson has resigned.
  • DEVELOPING ON 6: Richmond County Millage Rate Increase Voted Down

    DEVELOPING ON 6: Richmond County Millage Rate Increase Voted Down

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-08-19 21:40:18 GMT
    Dollar Sign Money graphicDollar Sign Money graphic
    WJBF News Channel 6 has learned that the millage rate increase for Richmond County has been voted down.
    WJBF News Channel 6 has learned that the millage rate increase for Richmond County has been voted down.
  • Board Pops Pringle as First Woman Superintendent in Richmond County Schools

    Board Pops Pringle as First Woman Superintendent in Richmond County Schools

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-08-19 21:30:31 GMT
    Photo of Dr. Angela PRingle, who has been approved by the Richmond County Board of Education to become the next Superindent of School for Richmond CountyPhoto of Dr. Angela PRingle, who has been approved by the Richmond County Board of Education to become the next Superindent of School for Richmond County
    The Richmond County Board of Education has approved Dr. Angela Pringle for the Superintendent of Schools position.
    The Richmond County Board of Education has approved Dr. Angela Pringle for the Superintendent of Schools position.
  • Project Jackson Clears Hurdle, One Step Closer To Happening

    Project Jackson Clears Hurdle, One Step Closer To Happening

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:44:04 GMT
    Photo of artist's rendering of the proposed Project Jackson in North AugustaPhoto of artist's rendering of the proposed Project Jackson in North Augusta
    Project Jackson is one step closer to happening. South Carolina Judge Ernest Kinard ruled in favor of the city of North Augusta in a lawsuit that was challenging the project's financing plan.
    Project Jackson is one step closer to happening. South Carolina Judge Ernest Kinard ruled in favor of the city of North Augusta in a lawsuit that was challenging the project's financing plan.
  • City to Clean Up "Eyesore" Library Grounds

    City to Clean Up "Eyesore" Library Grounds

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-08-18 22:05:22 GMT

    City to clean up library grounds considered an eyesore by neighbors

    City to clean up library grounds considered an eyesore by neighbors

  • Augusta Maintenance Goats Get Neighbor Go-Ahead

    Augusta Maintenance Goats Get Neighbor Go-Ahead

    Thursday, August 14 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-08-14 23:09:00 GMT
    Photo of goats working at a south Augusta storm water retention pond to clear overgrowth as part of a pilot programPhoto of goats working at a south Augusta storm water retention pond to clear overgrowth as part of a pilot program
     It's 24-7 for a group of nine goats taking care of an Augusta storm water pond, it's a pilot program to see if goats can keep the underbrush in check and neighbors, so far, say the idea doesn't smell
    It's 24-7 for a group of nine goats taking care of an Augusta storm water retention pond, as part of a pilot program to see if goats can keep the underbrush in check. So far, neighbors say the idea doesn't smell.
  • New Adoption Policy Helps, But More Animals Coming To Shelter Than Going To New Homes

    New Adoption Policy Helps, But More Animals Coming To Shelter Than Going To New Homes

    Thursday, August 14 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-08-14 23:02:36 GMT
    Photos of dogs in the Augusta Animal ShelterPhotos of dogs in the Augusta Animal Shelter
    A month ago, a new adoption policy was approved to ease the way for rescue group to get animals out of Augusta's Animal Shelter, but in the last four weeks, three times more animals are coming in than going to new homes.WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    A month ago, a new adoption policy was approved to ease the way for rescue group to get animals out of Augusta's Animal Shelter, but in the last four weeks, three times more animals are coming in than going to new homes.WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • Public Input Welcome At Richmond County School Superintendent Interview On Friday

    Public Input Welcome At Richmond County School Superintendent Interview On Friday

    Thursday, August 14 2014 5:10 PM EDT2014-08-14 21:10:53 GMT
    Photo of Dr. Angela Pringle, who will be interviewed for a second time Friday afternoon for the Richmond County Superintendent of Schools positionPhoto of Dr. Angela Pringle, who will be interviewed for a second time Friday afternoon for the Richmond County Superintendent of Schools position
    The Richmond County Board of Education is set to interview their lone superintendent finalist Friday afternoon, and the public will be able to take part in part of the proceedings.
    The Richmond County Board of Education is set to interview their lone superintendent finalist Friday afternoon, and the public will be able to take part in part of the proceedings.
  • Hancock County To Set Up Government At College After Courthouse Fire

    Hancock County To Set Up Government At College After Courthouse Fire

    Thursday, August 14 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-08-14 15:14:09 GMT
    Photo of the burned out Hancock County CourthousePhoto of the burned out Hancock County Courthouse
    Hancock County has signed an agreement to move its government offices to Oconee Fall Line Technical College's satellite office in the county after the county's historic courthouse was gutted by fire early Monday morning.
    Hancock County has signed an agreement to move its government offices to Oconee Fall Line Technical College's satellite office in the county after the county's historic courthouse was gutted by fire early Monday morning.
  • Hancock County Looking For Temporary Space After Fire

    Hancock County Looking For Temporary Space After Courthouse Fire

    Hancock County Looking For Temporary Space After Courthouse Fire

    Thursday, August 14 2014 10:58 AM EDT2014-08-14 14:58:12 GMT
    Photo of the burned out Hancock County CourthousePhoto of the burned out Hancock County Courthouse
    Hancock County officials are searching for temporary office space after its historic courthouse was gutted by a fire.
    Hancock County officials are searching for temporary office space after its historic courthouse was gutted by a fire.
  • Wednesday Was The First Day Of Work For Augusta's Maintenance Goats

    Wednesday Was The First Day Of Work For Augusta's Maintenance Goats

    Thursday, August 14 2014 10:41 AM EDT2014-08-14 14:41:55 GMT
    Photo of goats on the job in south Augusta clearing out overgrowth as a storm water retention pond as part of a pilot programPhoto of goats on the job in south Augusta clearing out overgrowth as a storm water retention pond as part of a pilot program
    Augusta is getting its goats. The city's newest four-legged workers are on the job, working to maintain city storm water retention ponds. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    Augusta is getting its goats. The city's newest four-legged workers are on the job, working to maintain city storm water retention ponds. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • Paving Smoothes Way For New Highland Avenue Crosswalk

    Paving Smoothes Way For New Highland Avenue Crosswalk

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-08-14 01:48:27 GMT
    Photo of crew working on Highland Avenue in Augusta where a new pedestrian crosswalk will be put inPhoto of crew working on Highland Avenue in Augusta where a new pedestrian crosswalk will be put in
    Neighborhood complaints about safety on Highland Avenue has the city of Augusta moving forward with a new pedestrian crosswalk.
    Neighborhood complaints about safety on Highland Avenue has the city of Augusta moving forward with a new pedestrian crosswalk.
  • Woman Raises Awareness of Leash Law After Horses Attacked

    Woman Raises Awareness of Leash Law After Horses Attacked

    Woman Raises Awareness of Leash Law After Horses Attacked

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-08-13 21:39:16 GMT
    People living in a rural part of Aiken County say wild dogs are becoming a big problem and they're more than just a nuisance.A local woman says neighborhood dogs on the loose mauled her miniature horses. She's received messages of support worldwide and plans to bring this issue to the county next week. Muffy Seaton is still haunted by the images of her miniature horses."I went in and all three of them had their throat...
    People living in a rural part of Aiken County say wild dogs are becoming a big problem and they're more than just a nuisance.A local woman says neighborhood dogs on the loose mauled her miniature horses. She's received messages of support worldwide and plans to bring this issue to the county next week. Muffy Seaton is still haunted by the images of her miniature horses."I went in and all three of them had their throat...
  • Congressman John Barrow Announces $4.8 Million FEMA Grant For Richmond County

    Congressman John Barrow Announces $4.8 Million FEMA Grant For Richmond County

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-08-13 21:02:49 GMT
    Photo of Congressman John Barrow (GA-12)Photo of Congressman John Barrow (GA-12)
    Wednesday, U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) announced that Richmond County would receive over $4.8 million in funding from FEMA) for debris removal from the ice storms earlier this year.
    Wednesday, U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) announced that Richmond County would receive over $4.8 million in funding from FEMA) for debris removal from the ice storms earlier this year.
  • Goats Are Now On The Job In Augusta

    Goats Are Now On The Job In Augusta

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-08-13 17:29:32 GMT
    Photo of goats that are now on the job in AugustaPhoto of goats that are now on the job in Augusta
    Augusta's newest city employees have four legs and they have now gone to work.
    Augusta's newest city employees have four legs and they have now gone to work.
  • PHOTOS: Augusta Needs Help If It's Going To Maintain Gateways For Cyber Command

    PHOTOS: Augusta Needs Help If It's Going To Maintain Gateways For Cyber Command

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 5:32 PM EDT2014-08-12 21:32:56 GMT
    Photo of high grass and weeds at one of Augusta's entrywaysPhoto of high grass and weeds at one of Augusta's entryways
    Some Augusta leaders are pushing for  a city takeover of two state roads leading to Fort Gordon for the coming of Cyber Command, but Augusta doesn't have the money. That's why the search is on for private help. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola reports.
    Some Augusta leaders are pushing for  a city takeover of two state roads leading to Fort Gordon for the coming of Cyber Command, but Augusta doesn't have the money. That's why the search is on for private help. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola reports.

  • Grovetown Mayor Issues Statement On Suspension Of Chief Gary Owens

    Grovetown Mayor Issues Statement On Suspension Of Chief Gary Owens

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 3:24 PM EDT2014-08-12 19:24:04 GMT
    Photo of Chief Gary Owens, of the Grovetown Department of Public Safety, who was suspended for two days last week. (Credit: City of Grovetown's website)Photo of Chief Gary Owens, of the Grovetown Department of Public Safety, who was suspended for two days last week. (Credit: City of Grovetown's website)
    Chief Gary Owens of the Grovetown Department of Public Safety was suspended for two days last week over conduct concerning the escape of inmates from the Grovetown Jail and the effort to capture them.
    Chief Gary Owens of the Grovetown Department of Public Safety was suspended for two days last week over conduct concerning the escape of inmates from the Grovetown Jail and the effort to capture them.
  • Education to be Big Issue in SC Governor’s Race

    Education to be Big Issue in SC Governor’s Race

    Monday, August 11 2014 9:09 PM EDT2014-08-12 01:09:44 GMT

    As the new school year is about to start in South Carolina, what happens in those schools in the future will be a big issue in the governor's race.

    As the new school year is about to start in South Carolina, what happens in those schools in the future will be a big issue in the governor's race.

  • The History Behind the Hancock County Courthouse

    The History Behind the Hancock County Courthouse

    The History Behind the Hancock County Courthouse

    Monday, August 11 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-08-11 23:37:13 GMT
    Photo of the burned remains of the Hancock County CourthousePhoto of the burned remains of the Hancock County Courthouse
    WJBF News Channel 6's Nicole Snyder takes a look at the history of the Hancock County Courthouse on the day it was heavily damaged by fire.
    WJBF News Channel 6's Nicole Snyder takes a look at the history of the Hancock County Courthouse on the day it was heavily damaged by fire.
  • Augusta Commission Committee Moves Forward on Court House Annex

    Augusta Commission Committee Moves Forward on Court House Annex

    Monday, August 11 2014 7:18 PM EDT2014-08-11 23:18:24 GMT
    Augusta Commissioners formally move forward with creating a courthouse annex at the renovated Augusta Municipal Building, adding tens of thousands of dollars to the costs.
    Augusta Commissioners formally move forward with creating a courthouse annex at the renovated Augusta Municipal Building, adding tens of thousands of dollars to the costs.
  • From Taxes To Movie Tickets: Augusta Commissioner Bill Lockett

    From Taxes To Movie Tickets: Augusta Commissioner Bill Lockett

    Monday, August 11 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-08-11 16:23:10 GMT
    Commissioner Bill Lockett has been serving the residents of District 5 and the citizens of Augusta as a whole since he was elected in 2009. He's a familiar face on the news, but this week he joined us at Television Park to be able to talk in depth about the issues facing the city.
    Commissioner Bill Lockett has been serving the residents of District 5 and the citizens of Augusta as a whole since he was elected in 2009. He's a familiar face on the news, but this week he joined us at Television Park to be able to talk in depth about the issues facing the city.
  • Congressman Joe Wilson Updates Us On His Efforts in D.C.

    Congressman Joe Wilson Updates Us On His Efforts in D.C.

    Monday, August 11 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-08-11 16:23:10 GMT
    Even though Congress is in recess, Congressman Joe Wilson is still hard at work. The representative of South Carolina's 2nd District was in the CSRA this week, and took time out to come by Television Park on Thursday. When he did he became a welcomed addition to "The Means Report" lineup.
    Even though Congress is in recess, Congressman Joe Wilson is still hard at work. The representative of South Carolina's 2nd District was in the CSRA this week, and took time out to come by Television Park on Thursday. When he did he became a welcomed addition to "The Means Report" lineup.
  • First Women Inmates Graduate from SC Prison Program

    First Women Inmates Graduate from SC Prison Program

    Friday, August 8 2014 11:51 PM EDT2014-08-09 03:51:09 GMT
    South Carolina’s first-ever class of female state prison inmates graduated from Columbia International University’s Prison Initiative Friday.
    South Carolina’s first-ever class of female state prison inmates graduated from Columbia International University’s Prison Initiative Friday.
  • US Carries Out More Airstrikes Against ISIS in Iraq

    US Carries Out More Airstrikes Against ISIS in Iraq

    Friday, August 8 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-08-08 22:19:12 GMT
    PHOTO: Sailors guide an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on August 8th, 2014. (Credit: ABC News)PHOTO: Sailors guide an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on August 8th, 2014. (Credit: ABC News)
    The United States military has carried out three rounds of airstrikes Friday against ISIS militants in Iraq in its renewed effort to bolster the Iraqi and Kurdish forces from the Islamic militants.
    The United States military has carried out three rounds of airstrikes Friday against ISIS militants in Iraq in its renewed effort to bolster the Iraqi and Kurdish forces from the Islamic militants.
  • With Property Tax Increase, Augusta Commissioner Calls Storm Water Fee Dead In The Water

    With Property Tax Increase, Augusta Commissioner Calls Storm Water Fee Dead In The Water

    Thursday, August 7 2014 7:39 PM EDT2014-08-07 23:39:33 GMT
    Photo of storm water in AugustaPhoto of storm water in Augusta
    Augusta engineers have been working for years to implement a Storm Water Utility Fee, with final approval planned for next month. But, after approving a property tax hike for this year, some Commissioners now questions the fee's chances.; WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    Augusta engineers have been working for years to implement a Storm Water Utility Fee, with final approval planned for next month. But, after approving a property tax hike for this year, some Commissioners now questions the fee's chances.; WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.

  • Goat Maintenance Program Ready To Start In Augusta

    Goat Maintenance Program Ready To Start In Augusta

    Thursday, August 7 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-08-07 23:20:08 GMT
    Photo of goats that will be used to clean up around retention ponds in Augusta-Richmond CountyPhoto of goats that will be used to clean up around retention ponds in Augusta-Richmond County
    A pilot program using goats to maintain three of Augusta's storm water ponds will kick off next week. Neighbors don't expect to butt heads with the four legged cleanup crew.
    A pilot program using goats to maintain three of Augusta's storm water ponds will kick off next week. Neighbors don't expect to butt heads with the four legged cleanup crew.
  • Kay Allen Has Paid Up Her Debt With Columbia County

    Kay Allen Has Paid Up Her Debt With Columbia County

    Thursday, August 7 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-08-07 22:09:12 GMT
    Columbia County officials say Former Tax Commissioner Kay Allen has paid up her debt.
    Columbia County officials say Former Tax Commissioner Kay Allen has paid up her debt.
  • Political Graffiti Popping Up In Downtown Augusta

    Political Graffiti Popping Up In Downtown Augusta

    Thursday, August 7 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-08-07 21:55:54 GMT
    Several political graffiti paintings have been popping up all over downtown Augusta during the past week. News Channel 6's Mike Miller has the story.
    Several political graffiti paintings have been popping up all over downtown Augusta during the past week. News Channel 6's Mike Miller has the story.
  • SC Schools Don’t Know If They’re Getting Immigrant Children

    SC Schools Don’t Know If They’re Getting Immigrant Children

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 8:29 PM EDT2014-08-07 00:29:12 GMT
    As South Carolina schools get ready to start this month, there’s something they can’t plan for—whether they’ll be getting any of the 350 undocumented immigrant children sent here from the border.
    As South Carolina schools get ready to start this month, there’s something they can’t plan for—whether they’ll be getting any of the 350 undocumented immigrant children sent here from the border.
  • Columbia County Approves 2017-2022 SPLOST Project List

    Columbia County Approves 2017-2022 SPLOST Project List

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 7:24 PM EDT2014-08-06 23:24:16 GMT
    Columbia County residents are set to vote on a new Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax package this November. News Channel 6's Mike Miller has the story.
    Columbia County residents are set to vote on a new Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax package this November. News Channel 6's Mike Miller has the story.

  • Following The Fire Department's Lead, Augusta Utilities Department Will Make Case For Pay Raises

    Following The Fire Department's Lead, Augusta Utilities Department Will Make Case For Pay Raises

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 7:11 PM EDT2014-08-06 23:11:46 GMT
    Photo of the Augusta Utilities DepartmentPhoto of the Augusta Utilities Department
    Augusta Commissioners approved pay raises for the Augusta Fire Department to keep workers on the job. Now, the Augusta Utilities Department is wanting raises for its employees. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    Augusta Commissioners approved pay raises for the Augusta Fire Department to keep workers on the job. Now, the Augusta Utilities Department is wanting raises for its employees. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • Augusta City Leaders Getting Past "Ticket-Gate"

    Augusta City Leaders Getting Past "Ticket-Gate"

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-08-06 22:58:45 GMT
    Photo from the premiere in Augusta of "Get On Up"Photo from the premiere in Augusta of "Get On Up"
    City officials get on the bad foot when it comes to Augusta and the premiere of the James Brown movie as ticket-gate results in apologies.
    City officials get on the bad foot when it comes to Augusta and the premiere of the James Brown movie as ticket-gate results in apologies.

  • Governor Nikki Haley Signs Landmark Solar Energy Bill

    Governor Nikki Haley Signs Landmark Solar Energy Bill

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-08-06 21:55:27 GMT
    Photo: Governor Nikki Haley is joined Wednesday by Senator Greg Gregory and representatives from the electric cooperatives, utilities, and environmental organizations for a ceremonial signing of S.1189, the S.C. Distributed Energy Resource Program Act.Photo: Governor Nikki Haley is joined Wednesday by Senator Greg Gregory and representatives from the electric cooperatives, utilities, and environmental organizations for a ceremonial signing of S.1189, the S.C. Distributed Energy Resource Program Act.
    Wednesday, Governor Nikki Haley signed the S.C. Distributed Energy Resource Program Act into law.
    Wednesday, Governor Nikki Haley signed the S.C. Distributed Energy Resource Program Act into law.
  • Columbia County Commission Passes SPLOST List

    Columbia County Commission Passes SPLOST List

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-08-06 02:42:33 GMT
    Across Georgia graphicAcross Georgia graphic
    Columbia County Commissioners passed the 2017-2022 $144 million SPLOST projects list, which includes $30 million earmarked for new hospital project, $9 million for a new Cultural Arts Center and $19 million for renovations and a parking garage at the Justice Center.
    Columbia County Commissioners passed the 2017-2022 $144 million SPLOST projects list, which includes $30 million earmarked for new hospital project, $9 million for a new Cultural Arts Center and $19 million for renovations and a parking garage at the Justice Center.
  • Fact Check: Nikki Haley’s New Welfare-to-Work Ad

    Fact Check: Nikki Haley’s New Welfare-to-Work Ad

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 9:05 PM EDT2014-08-06 01:05:18 GMT
    Gov. Nikki Haley has a new TV ad out in her re-election campaign that says 20,000 South Carolinians have been moved off of welfare by getting jobs.The ad is true, according to DSS.
    Gov. Nikki Haley has a new TV ad out in her re-election campaign that says 20,000 South Carolinians have been moved off of welfare by getting jobs.The ad is true, according to DSS.
  • Augusta Commissioner Questions ADA Compliance In Renovated Municipal Building

    Augusta Commissioner Questions ADA Compliance In Renovated Municipal Building

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-08-05 21:44:03 GMT
    Photo of the Augusta Commission Chambers at the Augusta Municipal BuildingPhoto of the Augusta Commission Chambers at the Augusta Municipal Building
    Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams is questioning the ADA-compliance of the renovations to the Augusta Commission Chambers at the Augusta Municipal Building. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams is questioning the ADA-compliance of the renovations to the Augusta Commission Chambers at the Augusta Municipal Building. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • Senator Lindsey Graham Says Help Is On The Way For Veterans Waiting For VA Health Care

    Senator Lindsey Graham Says Help Is On The Way For Veterans Waiting For VA Health Care

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 4:35 PM EDT2014-08-05 20:35:30 GMT
    Photo of U.S. Senator Lindsey GrahamPhoto of U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham
    U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says help is coming to veterans facing long waits at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers.
    U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says help is coming to veterans facing long waits at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers.
  • More People Playing, Winning Money in SC Education Lottery

    More People Playing, Winning Money in SC Education Lottery

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 1:12 AM EDT2014-08-05 05:12:42 GMT
    The South Carolina Education Lottery set records for ticket sales and the amount of money raised for education in the last fiscal year.
    The South Carolina Education Lottery set records for ticket sales and the amount of money raised for education in the last fiscal year.
  • Augusta Commissioner Wants To Know Who Went Hollywood At "Get On Up" Premiere

    Augusta Commissioner Wants To Know Who Went Hollywood At "Get On Up" Premiere

    Monday, August 4 2014 7:15 PM EDT2014-08-04 23:15:57 GMT
    Photo of Augusta Commissioner Marion WilliamsPhoto of Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams
    Two weeks ago, Augusta went Hollywood for the premier of "Get On Up: The James Brown Story", but one August Commissioner wants to check the guest list of who got invited to the red carpet.
    Two weeks ago, Augusta went Hollywood for the premier of "Get On Up: The James Brown Story", but one August Commissioner wants to check the guest list of who got invited to the red carpet.
  • Augusta WatchDogs Group Calling For Audit Before City Raises Taxes

    Augusta WatchDogs Group Calling For Audit Before City Raises Taxes

    Saturday, August 2 2014 3:56 PM EDT2014-08-02 19:56:25 GMT
    An Augusta community activist group is calling on everyone who has a problem with higher property taxes to show up at the three scheduled public hearings.
    An Augusta community activist group is calling on everyone who has a problem with higher property taxes to show up at the three scheduled public hearings.

  • South Carolina Prescription Drug Abuse Council Meets To Tackle Prescription Drug Abuse

    South Carolina Prescription Drug Abuse Council Meets To Tackle Prescription Drug Abuse

    Friday, August 1 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-08-01 20:45:30 GMT
    Photo from Friday's South Carolina Prescription Drug Abuse Council meeting in Coumbia, South CarolinaPhoto from Friday's South Carolina Prescription Drug Abuse Council meeting in Coumbia, South Carolina
    That South Carolina Prescription Drug Abuse Council met Friday to start working on a statewide plan of attack to address the issue of prescription drug abuse.
    That South Carolina Prescription Drug Abuse Council met Friday to start working on a statewide plan of attack to address the issue of prescription drug abuse.
  • Same-Sex Couples Denied Marriage Licenses; Petition Drive Begins

    Same-Sex Couples Denied Marriage Licenses; Petition Drive Begins

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:31 AM EDT2014-07-31 05:31:34 GMT
    Several same-sex couples tried to get marriage licenses in Greenville Wednesday but were denied because of the state’s ban on gay marriages.
    Several same-sex couples tried to get marriage licenses in Greenville Wednesday but were denied because of the state’s ban on gay marriages.
  • Copenhaver Addresses City Issues And How To Clean Up The City

    Copenhaver Addresses City Issues And How To Clean Up The City

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:03 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:03:02 GMT
    In this segment of The Means Report, Mayor Deke Copenhaver talks to Brad about issues currently being discussed when it comes to Augusta city government and also talks about issues relating to cleaning up the city of Augusta.
    In this segment of The Means Report, Mayor Deke Copenhaver talks to Brad about issues currently being discussed when it comes to Augusta city government and also talks about issues relating to cleaning up the city of Augusta.
  • New Standard for Teaching Evolution in SC Gets Approval

    New Standard for Teaching Evolution in SC Gets Approval

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:56:27 GMT
    The joint committee of members of the SC Education Oversight Committee and state BOE passed a new standard unanimously for teaching evolution.
    The joint committee of members of the SC Education Oversight Committee and state BOE passed a new standard unanimously for teaching evolution.
  • Augusta Commissioners Will Meet Again Wednesday To Vote On Compromise Tax Increase

    Augusta Commissioners Will Meet Again Wednesday To Vote On Compromise Tax Increase

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:05 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:05:18 GMT
    Photo of Tuesday's Augusta Commission meetingPhoto of Tuesday's Augusta Commission meeting
    Monday, Augusta Commissioners rejected a two mill property tax increase to balance the budget. Wednesday, city leaders will get back to together to set the millage rate with a smaller tax increase compromise on the table. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    Monday, Augusta Commissioners rejected a two mill property tax increase to balance the budget. Wednesday, city leaders will get back to together to set the millage rate with a smaller tax increase compromise on the table. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • Augusta Commissioner Touts Interim City Administrator As Impressive

    Augusta Commissioner Touts Interim City Administrator As Impressive

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:58:19 GMT
    Photo of Augusta Commissioner Grady SmithPhoto of Augusta Commissioner Grady Smith
    After a nationwide search narrowed down Augusta's City Administrator search to three finalists. Commissioners could not agree on a person to replace Fred Russell, so should the job go to the interim instead?
    After a nationwide search narrowed down Augusta's City Administrator search to three finalists. Commissioners could not agree on a person to replace Fred Russell, so should the job go to the interim instead?
  • Is SC Becoming More Secretive, Speeding Fines SC Work Zones

    SC Headlines: July 28, 2014

    SC Headlines: July 28, 2014

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:55 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:55:56 GMT
    Watchdog groups in South Carolina are worried that several recent state Supreme Court rulings and other actions are making the state more secretive, making it harder for you to follow your government.
    Watchdog groups in South Carolina are worried that several recent state Supreme Court rulings and other actions are making the state more secretive, making it harder for you to follow your government.
  • Seventh Street Eyesore Still Standing

    Seventh Street Eyesore Still Standing

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:52:15 GMT
    Photo of the old Feed and Seed Mill on 7th Street in AugustaPhoto of the old Feed and Seed Mill on 7th Street in Augusta
    It was suppose to be torn down back in January, but portions of an old Feed and Seed Mill are still standing and Augusta Commissioners are asking why.
    It was suppose to be torn down back in January, but portions of an old Feed and Seed Mill are still standing and Augusta Commissioners are asking why.
  • Congressman John Barrow Announces More than $6.7 Million In FEMA Grants Following Winter Storms

    Congressman John Barrow Announces More than $6.7 Million In FEMA Grants Following Winter Storms

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:43:17 GMT
    Photo of Congressman John BarrowPhoto of Congressman John Barrow
    Monday, U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) announced over $6.7 million coming from FEMA to reimburse CSRA counties for money spent to clean up after 2014's winter storms.
    Monday, U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) announced over $6.7 million coming from FEMA to reimburse CSRA counties for money spent to clean up after 2014's winter storms.
  • Funding continues to be a major problem for MOX Program

    Funding continues to be major problem for MOX Program

    Funding continues to be major problem for MOX Program

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:16 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:16:14 GMT
    Governor Nikki Haley, U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, U.S. Representative Joe Wilson, and theU.S. Department of Energy Secretary met with local officials at theSavannah River Siteto talk about the future of the MOX program on Monday.The program will be funded through the end of September, buton Mondaythe groupfocused on what happens after that ends.Under the President's proposed budget, the MOX project would have been put on stand-by. But after a lawsuit, and an agreement with the...
    Governor Nikki Haley, U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, U.S. Representative Joe Wilson, and theU.S. Department of Energy Secretary met with local officials at theSavannah River Siteto talk about the future of the MOX program on Monday.The program will be funded through the end of September, buton Mondaythe groupfocused on what happens after that ends.Under the President's proposed budget, the MOX project would have been put on stand-by. But after a lawsuit, and an agreement with the...
  • Interviews Being Conducted In Search For New Richmond County School Superintendent

    Interviews Being Conducted In Search For New Richmond County School Superintendent

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-07-28 15:13:21 GMT
    Richmond county School System Logo graphicRichmond county School System Logo graphic
    The process of interviewing candidates for the position of Richmond County Superintendent of Schools began Friday.
    The process of interviewing candidates for the position of Richmond County Superintendent of Schools began Friday.
  • Augusta Commission To Vote On Tax Increase Monday

    Augusta Commission To Vote On Tax Increase Monday

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:34:23 GMT
    Augusta Seal graphicAugusta Seal graphic
    Augusta Commissioners will vote to set the millage rate on Monday. On the table is a two mil property tax hike that would raise the tax bill on the average house in Augusta by about $70.
    Augusta Commissioners will vote to set the millage rate on Monday. On the table is a two mil property tax hike that would raise the tax bill on the average house in Augusta by about $70.

  • Verdict On Project Jackson Lawsuit May Have To Wait

    Verdict On Project Jackson Lawsuit May Have To Wait

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:32:00 GMT
    Artist's rendering of the proposed Project Jackson developmentArtist's rendering of the proposed Project Jackson development
    It looks like a verdict on the Project Jackson case won't come until the end of August.
    It looks like a verdict on the Project Jackson case won't come until the end of August.
  • Another Liquor License Fee Increase In Augusta Could Be On The Way

    Another Liquor License Fee Increase In Augusta Could Be On The Way

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:44:16 GMT
    Photo of liquor bottles in a liquor store ion Broad Street in downtown AugustaPhoto of liquor bottles in a liquor store ion Broad Street in downtown Augusta
    Augusta is looking for new revenue, and officials are looking at taking another hit on those who sell alcohol by raising license fees for bars, restaurants and stores.
    Augusta is looking for new revenue, and officials are looking at taking another hit on those who sell alcohol by raising license fees for bars, restaurants and stores.

  • Mayor Copenhaver's E-Mail Says He Was Lied To By Commissioners

    Mayor Copenhaver's E-Mail Says He Was Lied To By Commissioners

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:40 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:40:25 GMT
    Photo of Augusta Mayor Deke CopenhaverPhoto of Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver
    Mayor Deke Copenhaver sends e-mail following failed City Administrator vote, saying he was lied to by Commissioners. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    Mayor Deke Copenhaver sends e-mail following failed City Administrator vote, saying he was lied to by Commissioners. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • WJBF EXTRA: Panel Looks At Racism In Augusta Politics

    WJBF EXTRA: Panel Looks At Racism In Augusta Politics

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:10:22 GMT
    Photo of Renetta DuBosePhoto of Renetta DuBose
    WJBF News Channel 6's Renetta DuBose hosts a panel discussion on racism in Augusta politics.
    WJBF News Channel 6's Renetta DuBose hosts a panel discussion on racism in Augusta politics.
  • PART 1: Racism in Augusta Politics

    PART 1: Racism in Augusta Politics

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:04:44 GMT
    Part 1 of 4 News Channel 6 kicked off a four part series on Racism in Augusta Politics. News Channel 6’s Renetta DuBose conducted a panel discussion with four individuals in the CSRA experienced in government, activism and the past and present operations of Augusta. In the wake of the golden anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement and the second term of this country's first African American President, we still ask ourselves this: Does racism still exist?
    Part 1 of 4 News Channel 6 kicked off a four part series on Racism in Augusta Politics. News Channel 6’s Renetta DuBose conducted a panel discussion with four individuals in the CSRA experienced in government, activism and the past and present operations of Augusta. In the wake of the golden anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement and the second term of this country's first African American President, we still ask ourselves this: Does racism still exist?
  • PART 2: Racism in Augusta Politics

    PART 2: Racism in Augusta Politics

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:02:00 GMT
    Part 2 of 4 How do we get this geographical difference in one city? “I think what we’ve seen a lot of over the years is white flight from difference areas. You’ve seen it happen in Downtown Augusta, everyone migrated to Columbia County. Then a lot of folk in the South Augusta community went to different areas and it left somewhat of a void. If you look at the communities now, it’s very clear that there is a grave difference in all of these areas.
    Part 2 of 4 How do we get this geographical difference in one city? “I think what we’ve seen a lot of over the years is white flight from difference areas. You’ve seen it happen in Downtown Augusta, everyone migrated to Columbia County. Then a lot of folk in the South Augusta community went to different areas and it left somewhat of a void. If you look at the communities now, it’s very clear that there is a grave difference in all of these areas.
  • PART 3: Racism in Augusta Politics

    PART 3: Racism in Augusta Politics

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:59 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:59:49 GMT
    Part 3 of 4 What then was the purpose of consolidating?
    Part 3 of 4 What then was the purpose of consolidating?
  • PART 4: Racism in Augusta Politics

    PART 4: Racism in Augusta Politics

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:59 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:59:12 GMT
    Have you seen blatant racism? “Everything that has been brought before the commission [such as] the parking deck that’s built on land that the city doesn’t own. Nothing is being done about that. Somebody knew about that. It is all about the power brokers in this city making money. It is not black and white, it is green,” said Lori Davis, Harrisburg Neighborhood Association Activist. Why is it that you ran on one Augusta and yet years later, Hardie Davis had to run on one Augusta? Why?
    Have you seen blatant racism? “Everything that has been brought before the commission [such as] the parking deck that’s built on land that the city doesn’t own. Nothing is being done about that. Somebody knew about that. It is all about the power brokers in this city making money. It is not black and white, it is green,” said Lori Davis, Harrisburg Neighborhood Association Activist. Why is it that you ran on one Augusta and yet years later, Hardie Davis had to run on one Augusta? Why?
  • DSS Will Ask to Hire 202 More People to Handle Caseload

    DSS Will Ask to Hire 202 More People to Handle Caseload

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:04:37 GMT
    South Carolina DSS will ask lawmakers next year for the budget to hire 202 more people, 109 of which would be caseworkers to lessen the burden on those with heavy caseloads now.
    South Carolina DSS will ask lawmakers next year for the budget to hire 202 more people, 109 of which would be caseworkers to lessen the burden on those with heavy caseloads now.
  • DEVELOPING ON 6: Augusta Suspends Search For New City Administrator

    DEVELOPING ON 6: Augusta Suspends Search For New City Administrator

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:04:34 GMT
    Photo from a Wednesday meeting to discuss the search for Augusta's new City AdministratorPhoto from a Wednesday meeting to discuss the search for Augusta's new City Administrator
    WJBF News Channel 6 has learned new information pertaining to the search for Augusta's new City Administrator.
    WJBF News Channel 6 has learned new information pertaining to the search for Augusta's new City Administrator.
  • Project Jackson Verdict Could Come This Week Or Late August

    Project Jackson Verdict Could Come This Week Or Late August

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:58:06 GMT
    A South Carolina judge could make a decision on the Project Jackson lawsuit by the end of the week, but that's only if both parties send the judge their final requests before Thursday morning.
    A South Carolina judge could make a decision on the Project Jackson lawsuit by the end of the week, but that's only if both parties send the judge their final requests before Thursday morning.
  • Face Of New Augusta Commission Set After Tuesday's Runoff

    Face Of New Augusta Commission Set After Tuesday's Runoff

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:56 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:56:35 GMT
    Graphic of the results in Tuesday's Augusta Commission District 6 runoffGraphic of the results in Tuesday's Augusta Commission District 6 runoff
    The face of the new Augusta Commission is now set after Tuesday's runoff election.
    The face of the new Augusta Commission is now set after Tuesday's runoff election.
  • 6th Commission District Candidates Look To Turnout As Key Factor

    6th Commission District Candidates Look To Turnout As Key Factor

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:51 AM EDT2014-07-23 14:51:19 GMT
    ABC Vote 2014 graphicABC Vote 2014 graphic
    Voters in the 6th Commission District are deciding the runoff between Ben Hasan and Bob Finnegan. This big decision that could change the balance on the Commission is being decided by a small number of voters.
    Voters in the 6th Commission District are deciding the runoff between Ben Hasan and Bob Finnegan. This big decision that could change the balance on the Commission is being decided by a small number of voters.
  • SC 45th Nationwide in Children’s Well-Being

    SC 45th Nationwide in Children’s Well-Being

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:35 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:35:02 GMT
    South Carolina ranks 45th in the nation in the latest “Kids Count” survey of children’s well-being. It looks at areas like economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.
    South Carolina ranks 45th in the nation in the latest “Kids Count” survey of children’s well-being. It looks at areas like economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.
  • Mayor Calls Meeting To Vote On New Administrator

    Mayor Calls Meeting To Vote On New Administrator

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:47:38 GMT
    Augusta Seal graphicAugusta Seal graphic
    Augusta is preparing to pick a new City Administrator to replace Fred Russell.
    Augusta is preparing to pick a new City Administrator to replace Fred Russell.
  • President Obama offered 'a hit' of pot while in Colorado

    President Obama offered 'a hit' of pot while in Colorado

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 4:30 PM EDT2014-07-09 20:30:51 GMT
    President Obama... From Matt Anton on InstagramPresident Obama... From Matt Anton on Instagram
    "Do you want to hit this?" a man asked President Barack Obama in a bar in Denver Tuesday night. The President laughed but didn't indulge.It wasn't the only time Obama was offered weed on his night out. That's apparently what happens in Colorado, which recently legalized recreational marijuana.The man posted the exchange on Instagram for the world to see."Asked (President) if he wanted a hit of pot...he laughed!" wrote Matt Anton on his social media account.Obama has admitted to smoking pot as...
    "Do you want to hit this?" a man asked President Barack Obama in a bar in Denver Tuesday night. The President laughed but didn't indulge.It wasn't the only time Obama was offered weed on his night out. That's apparently what happens in Colorado, which recently legalized recreational marijuana.The man posted the exchange on Instagram for the world to see."Asked (President) if he wanted a hit of pot...he laughed!" wrote Matt Anton on his social media account.Obama has admitted to smoking pot as...
  • No SC law named that specifically addresses hot car deaths among children

    No SC law named that specifically addresses hot car deaths among children

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 9:20 AM EDT2014-07-08 13:20:32 GMT
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) - According to Kidsandcars.org, on average, 38 children die each year after a parent or caregiver leaves them inside a hot car.So far this year, 12 children died from heatstroke inside vehicles across the country. Two of those deaths were in the Pee Dee.Right now, there are no laws in South Carolina that specifically deal with heat related car deaths among children.In the case of Hartsville toddler, Sophia Goyeneche-Gray, police charged her father Richie Gray with un...
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) - According to Kidsandcars.org, on average, 38 children die each year after a parent or caregiver leaves them inside a hot car.So far this year, 12 children died from heatstroke inside vehicles across the country. Two of those deaths were in the Pee Dee.Right now, there are no laws in South Carolina that specifically deal with heat related car deaths among children.In the case of Hartsville toddler, Sophia Goyeneche-Gray, police charged her father Richie Gray with un...
  • SC Voter ID Law: 44 primary voters without photo ID not counted

    SC Voter ID Law: 44 primary voters without photo ID not counted

    Monday, July 7 2014 11:36 PM EDT2014-07-08 03:36:40 GMT
    By Robert KittleThe June primaries were the first statewide test of South Carolina’s new Voter ID law and it kept 44 people who didn’t have photo IDs from having their ballots counted.Chris Whitmire, spokesman for the State Election Commission says, "These are voters who forgot their ID, left it at home and were allowed to vote a provisional ballot and then given the option of coming back later, showing their photo ID later to make sure their vote counted. So for those people their vote didn'...
    By Robert KittleThe June primaries were the first statewide test of South Carolina’s new Voter ID law and it kept 44 people who didn’t have photo IDs from having their ballots counted.Chris Whitmire, spokesman for the State Election Commission says, "These are voters who forgot their ID, left it at home and were allowed to vote a provisional ballot and then given the option of coming back later, showing their photo ID later to make sure their vote counted. So for those people their vote didn'...
  • Gov. Haley receives commemorative SC gun from PTR

    Gov. Haley receives commemorative SC gun from PTR

    Monday, June 30 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-07-01 01:30:44 GMT
    Governor Nikki Haley toured the PTR Industries facility in Aynor Monday and received a commemorative South Carolina gun from PTR Industries.
    Governor Nikki Haley toured the PTR Industries facility in Aynor Monday and received a commemorative South Carolina gun from PTR Industries.
  • NC woman killed while walking on Florida beach; suspect bails out of jail

    NC woman killed while walking on Florida beach; suspect bails out of jail

    Thursday, June 26 2014 6:18 AM EDT2014-06-26 10:18:10 GMT
    A North Carolina woman is dead after a car crashed through a locked gate and hit her as she walked on the beach with her family.The 45-year-old woman, from Hendersonville, North Carolina, was pronounced dead at the scene in Port Orange on Tuesday night.Volusia County Beach Safety spokeswoman Tammy Marris told the Daytona Beach News-Journal the woman's family members were able to get out of the way and were not hit by the car.The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. They say 35-y...
    A North Carolina woman is dead after a car crashed through a locked gate and hit her as she walked on the beach with her family.The 45-year-old woman, from Hendersonville, North Carolina, was pronounced dead at the scene in Port Orange on Tuesday night.Volusia County Beach Safety spokeswoman Tammy Marris told the Daytona Beach News-Journal the woman's family members were able to get out of the way and were not hit by the car.The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. They say 35-y...
  • Bill to help fix SC roads running out of time

    Bill to help fix SC roads running out of time

    Monday, June 2 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-06-03 02:51:32 GMT
    By Robert Kittle A bill to put more money toward fixing South Carolina’s roads and bridges is running out of time at the Statehouse. The regular legislative session ends Thursday, and the road funding bill in the state Senate doesn’t look like it will pass. "Unfortunately, I think it's becoming less likely, and I think it's a shame," says Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Columbia. The bill would take half the money from the sales tax on cars and trucks and put it toward roads. Now, that money goes into...
    By Robert Kittle A bill to put more money toward fixing South Carolina’s roads and bridges is running out of time at the Statehouse. The regular legislative session ends Thursday, and the road funding bill in the state Senate doesn’t look like it will pass. "Unfortunately, I think it's becoming less likely, and I think it's a shame," says Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Columbia. The bill would take half the money from the sales tax on cars and trucks and put it toward roads. Now, that money goes into...
  • South Carolina DSS director resigns

    South Carolina DSS director resigns

    Monday, June 2 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-06-02 17:20:47 GMT
    The embattled director of South Carolina's Department of Social Services has resigned, a day before senators planned to take up a no-confidence resolution on her leadership. Gov. Nikki Haley's office says she accepted Lillian Koller's resignation Monday. Koller's letter said it's become increasingly apparent that she's causing a distraction that's making it more difficult for DSS to continue improvements made at the agency during her tenure. Her resignation comes a day before the Senate was...
    The embattled director of South Carolina's Department of Social Services has resigned, a day before senators planned to take up a no-confidence resolution on her leadership. Gov. Nikki Haley's office says she accepted Lillian Koller's resignation Monday. Koller's letter said it's become increasingly apparent that she's causing a distraction that's making it more difficult for DSS to continue improvements made at the agency during her tenure. Her resignation comes a day before the Senate was...
  • Fact Check: New ad in SC governor's slams Haley's DSS record

    Fact Check: New ad in SC governor's slams Haley's DSS record

    Wednesday, May 28 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-05-29 03:38:16 GMT
    By Robert Kittle A new ad by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen slams Gov. Nikki Haley and the Department of Social Services because of recent cases of children who died after DSS got involved with their families. The ad stars Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, who says, "I've handled thousands of child abuse cases. We have to protect these vulnerable kids. But children are dying, children Nikki Haley's administration is supposed to protect."
    By Robert Kittle A new ad by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen slams Gov. Nikki Haley and the Department of Social Services because of recent cases of children who died after DSS got involved with their families. The ad stars Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, who says, "I've handled thousands of child abuse cases. We have to protect these vulnerable kids. But children are dying, children Nikki Haley's administration is supposed to protect."
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