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  • 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.
  • WJBF EXCLUSIVE: Mayor Deke Copenhaver Talks Career Move

    WJBF EXCLUSIVE: Mayor Deke Copenhaver Talks Career Move

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:51 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:51:50 GMT
    He called Wednesday one of the most disappointing days in office. Now, Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver is getting set for a brand new career. He talked about it exclusively with Brad Means Thursday, during the taping of this weekend's "The Means Report".
    He called Wednesday one of the most disappointing days in office. Now, Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver is getting set for a brand new career. He talked about it exclusively with Brad Means Thursday, during the taping of this weekend's "The Means Report".
  • 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.
  • First South Carolina Bridge Built Using New Money Source Opens

    First South Carolina Bridge Built Using New Money Source Opens

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-07-22 16:54:02 GMT
    Photo of a bridge on Jumping Branch Road, near Blacksburg, South CarolinaPhoto of a bridge on Jumping Branch Road, near Blacksburg, South Carolina
    The first bridge in South Carolina built using a new source of money is open to traffic, after a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday. WJBF News Channel 6's South Carolina Capitol reporter, Robert Kittle, explains.
    The first bridge in South Carolina built using a new source of money is open to traffic, after a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday. WJBF News Channel 6's South Carolina Capitol reporter, Robert Kittle, explains.
  • Worries About Turnout In Tuesday's Primary Runoff Election

    Worries About Turnout In Tuesday's Primary Runoff Election

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:18 AM EDT2014-07-22 14:18:27 GMT
    Augusta voters can head to the polls on Tuesday to decide the outcome of several races in Georgia's primary runoff election. The question is...how many will turn out to vote?
    Augusta voters can head to the polls on Tuesday to decide the outcome of several races in Georgia's primary runoff election. The question is...how many will turn out to vote?
  • Joint effort by Augusta Warrior Project and Fort Gordon connects veterans with services

    Ribbon--Cutting for AWP Transition Success Center

    Ribbon--Cutting for AWP Transition Success Center

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-07-22 00:05:04 GMT
    A ribbon cutting Monday morning marked the opening of the Transition Success Center. The facility is a joint effort by the Augusta Warrior Project and Fort Gordon.
    A ribbon cutting Monday morning marked the opening of the Transition Success Center. The facility is a joint effort by the Augusta Warrior Project and Fort Gordon.
  • Sheriff Sends Letter To Augusta Leaders Proposing 1.4 Million Dollars In Raises For Deputies

    Sheriff Sends Letter To Augusta Leaders Proposing 1.4 Million Dollars In Raises For Deputies

    Monday, July 21 2014 7:13 PM EDT2014-07-21 23:13:59 GMT
    Richmond County Sheriff's Office (RCSO) New LogoRichmond County Sheriff's Office (RCSO) New Logo
    Commissioners are looking at a tax hike to give employees a $1,000 pay hike. Sheriff Richard Roundtree says it's a start, but doesn't go far enough. WJBF News channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    Commissioners are looking at a tax hike to give employees a $1,000 pay hike. Sheriff Richard Roundtree says it's a start, but doesn't go far enough. WJBF News channel 6's George Eskola has the story.

  • 6th District Run-Off Will Decide Final Make Up of Augusta Commission

    6th District Run-Off Will Decide Final Make Up of Augusta Commission

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:59:40 GMT
    Augusta Seal graphicAugusta Seal graphic
    Tuesday's runoff in Augusta's 6th Commission District race will decide the final look of the Commission.
    Tuesday's runoff in Augusta's 6th Commission District race will decide the final look of the Commission.
  • Rescue Group Removing Dogs From Augusta's Animal Shelter

    Rescue Group Removing Dogs From Augusta's Animal Shelter

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:25:28 GMT
    Photo of dogs being removed from Augusta's animal shelterPhoto of dogs being removed from Augusta's animal shelter
    As per a new city ordinance, rescue groups are removing dogs from Augusta's animal shelter.
    As per a new city ordinance, rescue groups are removing dogs from Augusta's animal shelter.
  • Republican Candidates For Georgia's Open U.S. Senate Seat Stop In Augusta

    Republican Candidates For Georgia's Open U.S. Senate Seat Stop In Augusta

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:51:26 GMT
    ABC Vote 2014 graphicABC Vote 2014 graphic
    The two Republicans still vying for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat made campaign stops in Augusta Monday.
    The two Republicans still vying for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat made campaign stops in Augusta Monday.
  • Georgia AG wants same-sex marriage suit dismissed

    Georgia AG wants same-sex marriage suit dismissed

    Georgia's attorney general is asking a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by a gay rights group challenging the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.
    Georgia's attorney general is asking a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by a gay rights group challenging the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.
  • What's Next For Project Jackson?

    What's Next For Project Jackson?

    Sunday, July 20 2014 4:37 PM EDT2014-07-20 20:37:32 GMT
    As a South Carolina judge waits on both parties to turn in their final requests, a lot of people are wondering how the lawsuit will affect Project Jackson.
    As a South Carolina judge waits on both parties to turn in their final requests, a lot of people are wondering how the lawsuit will affect Project Jackson.
  • Panel supports early release for 46K drug felons

    Panel supports early release for 46K drug felons

    Sunday, July 20 2014 8:51 AM EDT2014-07-20 12:51:40 GMT
    The U.S. Sentencing Commission is voting on a proposal that could result in the early release of tens of thousands of drug inmates.
    Tens of thousands of federal inmates serving time for drug crimes may be eligible for early release under a cost-cutting proposal adopted Friday that would dramatically reduce the nation's prison population over time.
  • Fate Of Project Jackson In The Hands Of Judge

    Fate Of Project Jackson In The Hands Of Judge

    Friday, July 18 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-07-19 00:06:55 GMT
    Judge J. Ernest Kinard, Jr. says he should make a decision on the case by Thursday of next week.
    Judge J. Ernest Kinard, Jr. says he should make a decision on the case by Thursday of next week.
  • Washington Residents Plan March To Save Police Department

    Washington Residents Plan March To Save Police Department

    Thursday, July 17 2014 10:36 PM EDT2014-07-18 02:36:11 GMT
    Some are calling it a modern day " March on Washington." Hundreds of residents of Washington, Georgia are preparing to march in protest of a proposal to get rid of the Police Department. Dee Griffin has a look at why residents are upset. Standing together these ministers, activists and residents are trying to make sure the city doesn't tear apart its law enforcement. "He has a package that they have put together for the Police Department to merge which we haven't done the procedure to go thr...
    Some are calling it a modern day " March on Washington." Hundreds of residents of Washington, Georgia are preparing to march in protest of a proposal to get rid of the Police Department. Dee Griffin has a look at why residents are upset. Standing together these ministers, activists and residents are trying to make sure the city doesn't tear apart its law enforcement. "He has a package that they have put together for the Police Department to merge which we haven't done the procedure to go thr...
  • Kingston, Perdue offer few details on budget fixes

    Kingston, Perdue offer few details on budget fixes

    The two Republicans running for the U.S. Senate in Georgia both criticize the federal government's spending and debt.
    The two Republicans running for the U.S. Senate in Georgia both criticize the federal government's spending and debt.
  • 100 workers hired to handle GA child safety probes

    100 workers hired to handle GA child safety probes

    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has approved hiring 100 new child protective service workers to help with a recent spike in new cases.
    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has approved hiring 100 new child protective service workers to help with a recent spike in new cases.
  • In Ga. Senate race, Kingston says he can unite GOP

    In Ga. Senate race, Kingston says he can unite GOP

    Rep. Jack Kingston says he's the Senate candidate in Georgia who can unite the bickering Republican factions - the establishment and tea partyers.
    Rep. Jack Kingston says he's the Senate candidate in Georgia who can unite the bickering Republican factions - the establishment and tea partyers.
  • Ga. first lady to discuss childhood immunizations

    Ga. first lady to discuss childhood immunizations

    Georgia's first lady, Sandra Deal, is expected to make a visit to the Atlanta Medical Center this week to discuss the importance of childhood immunizations.
    Georgia's first lady, Sandra Deal, is expected to make a visit to the Atlanta Medical Center this week to discuss the importance of childhood immunizations.
  • Despite New Law Allowing It, SC Families Can’t Get Cannabis Oil

    Despite New Law Allowing It, SC Families Can’t Get Cannabis Oil

    Friday, July 11 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-07-12 02:05:05 GMT
    Marijuana Leaf Drugs graphicMarijuana Leaf Drugs graphic
    A new South Carolina law allows the possession of cannabis oil, with a doctor’s prescription, for the treatment of epilepsy. But there’s a big problem: no one can get it.
    A new South Carolina law allows the possession of cannabis oil, with a doctor’s prescription, for the treatment of epilepsy. But there’s a big problem: no one can get it.
  • Rescue Groups Will Need Help To Take Pets If Adoption Policy Is Changed

    Rescue Groups Will Need Help To Take Pets If Adoption Policy Is Changed

    Friday, July 11 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-07-11 23:20:27 GMT
    Photo of a dog at Augusta's animal shelterPhoto of a dog at Augusta's animal shelter
    After a public outcry, Augusta looks at changing adoption policy at the animal shelter to let rescue groups take unaltered pets as advocates are crying for help to get these animals to new home. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    After a public outcry, Augusta looks at changing adoption policy at the animal shelter to let rescue groups take unaltered pets as advocates are crying for help to get these animals to new home. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • Augusta Asking For Citizen Feedback Through Online Survey

    Augusta Asking For Citizen Feedback Through Online Survey

    Friday, July 11 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-07-11 22:18:54 GMT
    Ever wanted to tell Augusta officials what you think about the city? With a new online survey, you can.
    Ever wanted to tell Augusta officials what you think about the city? With a new online survey, you can.
  • UPDATED ON 6: Acting VA Secretary Visits Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center

    UPDATED ON 6: Acting VA Secretary Visits Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center

    Thursday, July 10 2014 5:17 PM EDT2014-07-10 21:17:02 GMT
    Photo of acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson speaking at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta on ThursdayPhoto of acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson speaking at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta on Thursday
    The acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) visited the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta Thursday.
    The acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) visited the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta Thursday.
  • Augusta City Administrator Candidates Face Commissioners

    Augusta City Administrator Candidates Face Commissioners

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-07-09 22:10:21 GMT
    Augusta Seal graphicAugusta Seal graphic
    The three top candidates for Augusta's City Administrator job make their pitches to replace Fred Russell. All three tout different and similar strengths as they try and land the job. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    The three top candidates for Augusta's City Administrator job make their pitches to replace Fred Russell. All three tout different and similar strengths as they try and land the job. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • 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...
  • SC Immigration Lawsuit

    SC Immigration Lawsuit

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 10:18 PM EDT2014-07-09 02:18:37 GMT
    South Carolina is being ordered to pay $98,000 in legal fees to a group that sued over the state's immigration law.
    South Carolina is being ordered to pay $98,000 in legal fees to a group that sued over the state's immigration law.
  • Augusta Fire Chief Sounds The Alarm For $1 Million For Emergency Sirens

    Augusta Fire Chief Sounds The Alarm For $1 Million For Emergency Sirens

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-07-08 23:14:22 GMT
    Photo of an emergency sirenPhoto of an emergency siren
    Augusta Fire Chief Chris James is proposing installing 50 to 60 emergency sirens across Augusta with the hope FEMA would cover 85 percent of the more than $1 million cost. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    Augusta Fire Chief Chris James is proposing installing 50 to 60 emergency sirens across Augusta with the hope FEMA would cover 85 percent of the more than $1 million cost. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • Augusta Needed Reserves To Balance 2013 City Budget

    Augusta Needed Reserves To Balance 2013 City Budget

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-07-08 23:08:47 GMT
    Photo of the amount needed from reserves to balance Augusta's 2013 city budgetPhoto of the amount needed from reserves to balance Augusta's 2013 city budget
    An audit of last year's finances show Augusta needed to raid the reserves by more than $770,000 to balance out the city budget. There was no surplus to spend, but it wasn't as bad as was budgeted.
    An audit of last year's finances show Augusta needed to raid the reserves by more than $770,000 to balance out the city budget. There was no surplus to spend, but it wasn't as bad as was budgeted.
  • Augusta Disparity Study In Disarray

    Augusta Disparity Study In Disarray

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-07-08 23:03:46 GMT
    Photo of Augusta Commissioner Alvin MasonPhoto of Augusta Commissioner Alvin Mason
    A lack of progress and personality clashes cause Augusta Commission anger and frustration over how to proceed with a disparity study.
    A lack of progress and personality clashes cause Augusta Commission anger and frustration over how to proceed with a disparity study.
  • South Carolina House Of Representatives Furloughs Did Not Cut Lawmakers’ Salaries

    South Carolina House Of Representatives Furloughs Did Not Cut Lawmakers’ Salaries

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-07-08 22:47:05 GMT
    The SC House didn’t meet for three weeks this session but members’ salaries were not reduced.The SC House didn’t meet for three weeks this session but members’ salaries were not reduced.
    When the South Carolina House of Representatives took three weeks of furlough this year to save taxpayers money, it saved about $150,000 in expense reimbursements, but their pay was not cut. WJBF News Channel 6's South Carolina Capitol reporter, Robert Kittle, explains.
    When the South Carolina House of Representatives took three weeks of furlough this year to save taxpayers money, it saved about $150,000 in expense reimbursements, but their pay was not cut. WJBF News Channel 6's South Carolina Capitol reporter, Robert Kittle, explains.
  • Chimp attack victim seeks primate sale rules

    Chimp attack victim seeks primate sale rules

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-07-08 20:50:59 GMT
    File Photo: TODAY of chimp attack victim, Charla NashFile Photo: TODAY of chimp attack victim, Charla Nash
    A Connecticut woman blinded and disfigured by a chimpanzee attack will visit Washington this week to urge the passage of rules to make it harder to keep primates as pets.Charla Nash, who lost her nose, lips, eyelids and hands after she was mauled by her employer's 200-pound pet chimpanzee in 2009, said people who buy baby chimps would be wrong to think they will be harmless, childlike companions."There are many people that know nothing about myself and what happened. The more awareness is mad...
    A Connecticut woman blinded and disfigured by a chimpanzee attack will visit Washington this week to urge the passage of rules to make it harder to keep primates as pets.Charla Nash, who lost her nose, lips, eyelids and hands after she was mauled by her employer's 200-pound pet chimpanzee in 2009, said people who buy baby chimps would be wrong to think they will be harmless, childlike companions."There are many people that know nothing about myself and what happened. The more awareness is mad...
  • 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'...
  • Commission Doesn't Act On Vacant Lot Trash Fee, Clock Ticks to Seeing It On Tax Bills

    Commission Doesn't Act On Vacant Lot Trash Fee, Clock Ticks to Seeing It On Tax Bills

    Monday, July 7 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-07-07 23:02:34 GMT
    Photo of a vacant lt in Richmond CountyPhoto of a vacant lt in Richmond County
    A mandatory $155 garbage fee for owners of vacant lots created a lot of backlash. The proposal is to make it optional, but a lack of Augusta Commission action could see the fee on this year's tax bill despite the outcry. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    A mandatory $155 garbage fee for owners of vacant lots created a lot of backlash. The proposal is to make it optional, but a lack of Augusta Commission action could see the fee on this year's tax bill despite the outcry. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • Who Are The Finalists For Augusta's City Administrator Job?

    Who Are The Finalists For Augusta's City Administrator Job?

    Monday, July 7 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-07-07 22:55:27 GMT
    Photo of an Augusta Commission meetingPhoto of an Augusta Commission meeting
    Are Augusta leaders tip-toeing around state law when it comes to releasing the names of the three finalists for the vacant City Administrator job?
    Are Augusta leaders tip-toeing around state law when it comes to releasing the names of the three finalists for the vacant City Administrator job?
  • Three Words Cost Augusta $65,000

    Three Words Cost Augusta $65,000

    Thursday, July 3 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-07-03 23:01:10 GMT
    Photo of words "at the courthouse" in Augusta's city charterPhoto of words "at the courthouse" in Augusta's city charter
    Augusta Commissioners approved $65,000 alterations to the second floor of the Augusta Municipal Building to accommodate the courts, but Commissioners could have gotten out of the expense if they had voted to remove three words from the City Charter. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola explains.
    Augusta Commissioners approved $65,000 alterations to the second floor of the Augusta Municipal Building to accommodate the courts, but Commissioners could have gotten out of the expense if they had voted to remove three words from the City Charter. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola explains.
  • Fourth Fails To Motivate Early Voters.

    Fourth Fails To Motivate Early Voters.

    Thursday, July 3 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-07-03 22:05:30 GMT
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    Advanced voting for Georgia's July 22nd runoff has been extremely slow, and even Independence Day eve wasn't enough to bring out the voters.
    Advanced voting for Georgia's July 22nd runoff has been extremely slow, and even Independence Day eve wasn't enough to bring out the voters.
  • Governor Nathan Deal: Georgia To Invest In Early Childhood Teachers

    Governor Nathan Deal: Georgia To Invest In Early Childhood Teachers

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-07-02 21:33:09 GMT
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    Wednesday, Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) announced the launch of additional financial support for Georgia’s early childhood educators to enhance their credentials through three new programs.
    Wednesday, Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) announced the launch of additional financial support for Georgia’s early childhood educators to enhance their credentials through three new programs.
  • South Carolina Tax Cut Puts Local Projects in Jeopardy

    South Carolina Tax Cut Puts Local Projects in Jeopardy

    South Carolina Tax Cut Puts Local Projects in Jeopardy

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 5:11 PM EDT2014-07-02 21:11:31 GMT
    When people in South Carolina check out at the store, they are seeing lower totals at the cash register because of a tax break on groceries. However, the money they are saving is causing cities and counties to cut back on the number of local projects. When you see a new park pop up or a fire station expansion, these are the types of buildings that Capital Projects Sales Tax helps build. Last year, the state passed a l...
    When people in South Carolina check out at the store, they are seeing lower totals at the cash register because of a tax break on groceries. However, the money they are saving is causing cities and counties to cut back on the number of local projects. When you see a new park pop up or a fire station expansion, these are the types of buildings that Capital Projects Sales Tax helps build. Last year, the state passed a l...
  • Georgia To Delay Action On Welfare Drug Testing

    Georgia To Delay Action On Welfare Drug Testing

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 4:26 PM EDT2014-07-02 20:26:49 GMT
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    Georgia officials say they will delay enforcement of a new law that allows drug testing of welfare recipients.
    Georgia officials say they will delay enforcement of a new law that allows drug testing of welfare recipients.
  • Augusta Municipal Building Changes Will Cost In Excess Of $500,000

    Augusta Municipal Building Changes Will Cost In Excess Of $500,000

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-07-01 22:50:55 GMT
    Photo of the outside of the Augusta Municipal BuildingPhoto of the outside of the Augusta Municipal Building
    Augusta Commissioners approved changes to the troubled Augusta Municipal Building facelift, reinstating construction and changing floor plans for the Clerk and the courts at a cost of $500,000. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    Augusta Commissioners approved changes to the troubled Augusta Municipal Building facelift, reinstating construction and changing floor plans for the Clerk and the courts at a cost of $500,000. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • "The Patch" Golf Course Now Under New Management

    "The Patch" Golf Course Now Under New Management

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-07-01 22:26:09 GMT
    Photo of the clubhouse at the Augusta Municipal GOLF Course, also known as "The Patch"Photo of the clubhouse at the Augusta Municipal GOLF Course, also known as "The Patch"
    After nearly two years adrift, a new management company is on the job at the Augusta Municipal Golf Course.
    After nearly two years adrift, a new management company is on the job at the Augusta Municipal Golf Course.
  • Augusta's Mayor Pro-Tem Opposes Tax Increase

    Augusta's Mayor Pro-Tem Opposes Tax Increase

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-07-01 22:19:48 GMT
    Photo of Augusta Mayor Pro-Tem Corey JohnsonPhoto of Augusta Mayor Pro-Tem Corey Johnson
    A property tax increase is on the table to balance Augusta's city budget, but Mayor Pro-Tem Corey Johnson says he can't support it.
    A property tax increase is on the table to balance Augusta's city budget, but Mayor Pro-Tem Corey Johnson says he can't support it.
  • Congressman John Barrow Announces $10.9 Million Grant For CSRA Head Start Program

    Congressman John Barrow Announces $10.9 Million Grant For CSRA Head Start Program

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-07-01 21:56:59 GMT
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    Tuesday, U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) announced that the Central Savannah River Area Economic Opportunity Authority would receive a $10,941,160 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
    Tuesday, U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) announced that the Central Savannah River Area Economic Opportunity Authority would receive a $10,941,160 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • South Carolina Not Footing the Whole Bill for Storm Clean-Up

    South Carolina Not Footing the Whole Bill for Storm Clean-Up

    South Carolina Not Footing the Whole Bill for Storm Clean-Up

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-07-01 21:03:33 GMT
    Aiken County is ready to cash in when it comes to ice storm clean-up costs. This county was one of the hardest hit areas in theCSRA during February's ice storm. As the debris clean-up finally finishes, the total costs are coming in, and the price tag is not pretty.Just imagine 1.5 million cubic yards. This is the amount of debris picked up in Aiken County after the ice storm. The county projected the aftermath to be a...
    Aiken County is ready to cash in when it comes to ice storm clean-up costs. This county was one of the hardest hit areas in theCSRA during February's ice storm. As the debris clean-up finally finishes, the total costs are coming in, and the price tag is not pretty.Just imagine 1.5 million cubic yards. This is the amount of debris picked up in Aiken County after the ice storm. The county projected the aftermath to be a...
  • DSS Caseloads Larger Than Recommended in 12 Counties

    DSS Caseloads Larger Than Recommended in 12 Counties

    Monday, June 30 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-07-01 02:37:03 GMT
    Caseworkers at the South Carolina Department of Social Services are handling caseloads above what’s recommended by a national child welfare group, according to DSS’s own numbers. 7 On Your Side obtained the numbers for how many cases all caseworkers were handling on May 19. The Child Welfare League of America recommends that caseworkers handle no more than 12 cases that involve investigations, 17 cases of family preservation, or 12 to 15 foster care cases. But two caseworkers in Lexington Cou...
    Caseworkers at the South Carolina Department of Social Services are handling caseloads above what’s recommended by a national child welfare group, according to DSS’s own numbers. 7 On Your Side obtained the numbers for how many cases all caseworkers were handling on May 19. The Child Welfare League of America recommends that caseworkers handle no more than 12 cases that involve investigations, 17 cases of family preservation, or 12 to 15 foster care cases. But two caseworkers in Lexington Cou...
  • 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.
  • Augusta Mayor Says Commissioners Should Give Up Hiring And Firing Power

    Augusta Mayor Says Commissioners Should Give Up Hiring And Firing Power

    Monday, June 30 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-06-30 23:08:02 GMT
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    Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver says Commissioners need to get out of the business of hiring and firing department directors, and instead the power should go to the Mayor and Administrator. That, however, would require a change in the city charter.WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver says Commissioners need to get out of the business of hiring and firing department directors, and instead the power should go to the Mayor and Administrator. That, however, would require a change in the city charter.WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • New Position Suggested For Augusta's Animal Shelter

    New Position Suggested For Augusta's Animal Shelter

    Monday, June 30 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-06-30 22:24:11 GMT
    Photo of a dog in a kennel at Augusta's animal shelterPhoto of a dog in a kennel at Augusta's animal shelter
    A new proposal to reduce the number of animals being put down at Augusta Animal Services' shelter Department will be floated next week as city leaders  sit down to discuss possible policy changes at the department.
    A new proposal to reduce the number of animals being put down at Augusta Animal Services' shelter Department will be floated next week as city leaders  sit down to discuss possible policy changes at the department.
  • Hobby Lobby Wins Contraceptive Ruling In U.S. Supreme Court

    Hobby Lobby Wins Contraceptive Ruling In U.S. Supreme Court

    Monday, June 30 2014 11:53 AM EDT2014-06-30 15:53:19 GMT
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    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that two for profit corporations with sincerely held religious beliefs do not have to provide a full range of contraceptives at no cost to their employees pursuant to the Affordable Care Act.
    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that two for profit corporations with sincerely held religious beliefs do not have to provide a full range of contraceptives at no cost to their employees pursuant to the Affordable Care Act.
  • Professional Boxer To Appear On Parade of Quartets

    Professional Boxer To Appear On Parade of Quartets

    Friday, June 27 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-06-27 20:50:30 GMT
    Photo of Justin “Jip” DeLoach and Karlton Howard, executive producer of "The Parade of Quartets" showPhoto of Justin “Jip” DeLoach and Karlton Howard, executive producer of "The Parade of Quartets" show
    Friday, State Representative Henry “Wayne” Howard (D-Augusta) announced that Justin "Jip" DeLoach, Augusta native and professional middle weight boxer, will appear on Augusta's “Parade of Quartets” television program on Sunday, June 29th.
    Friday, State Representative Henry “Wayne” Howard (D-Augusta) announced that Justin "Jip" DeLoach, Augusta native and professional middle weight boxer, will appear on Augusta's “Parade of Quartets” television program on Sunday, June 29th.
  • New Pet Licenses, Mandatory Spay and Neuter Rules Before Commissioners

    New Pet Licenses, Mandatory Spay and Neuter Rules Before Commissioners

    Thursday, June 26 2014 9:59 PM EDT2014-06-27 01:59:19 GMT
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    The long awaited changes to Augusta's Animal Services ordinance are now before Augusta Commissioners. Proposed changes include pet tags and fees, and mandatory sterilization. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    The long awaited changes to Augusta's Animal Services ordinance are now before Augusta Commissioners. Proposed changes include pet tags and fees, and mandatory sterilization. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • Augusta Commission Wants Better Cooperation With Rescue Groups At Animal Shelter

    Augusta Commission Wants Better Cooperation With Rescue Groups At Animal Shelter

    Thursday, June 26 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-06-27 01:47:05 GMT
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    Augusta's city leaders want to see better cooperation between Augusta Animal Services and animal rescue groups.
    Augusta's city leaders want to see better cooperation between Augusta Animal Services and animal rescue groups.
  • Another Augusta Disparity Study Could Be Put Off

    Another Augusta Disparity Study Could Be Put Off

    Thursday, June 26 2014 9:35 PM EDT2014-06-27 01:35:40 GMT
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    Augusta Commissioners are back discussing how to get more city business into women- and minority-owned firms.
    Augusta Commissioners are back discussing how to get more city business into women- and minority-owned firms.
  • 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...
  • Neighbors Say Traffic's Going Too Fast On Sand Bar Ferry Road At State Line

    Neighbors Say Traffic's Going Too Fast On Sand Bar Ferry Road At State Line

    Wednesday, June 25 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-06-25 23:07:46 GMT
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    Traffic improvements in east Augusta has led to better roads, but residents say that's leading to dangerous speeding and there's little Augusta can do about it. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the details.
    Traffic improvements in east Augusta has led to better roads, but residents say that's leading to dangerous speeding and there's little Augusta can do about it. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the details.
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    Augusta Animal Shelter Getting Vet Help And Maybe New Regulations For Pet Owners

    Augusta Animal Shelter Getting Vet Help And Maybe New Regulations For Pet Owners

    Wednesday, June 25 2014 6:56 PM EDT2014-06-25 22:56:45 GMT
    Photo of a dog in a kennel at Augusta Animal ServicesPhoto of a dog in a kennel at Augusta Animal Services
    Augusta pet owners could be getting licenses for their dogs and cats, be mandated to have them fixed, and not chained up while vets volunteer at the Augusta's animal shelter to help with adoptions.
    Augusta pet owners could be getting licenses for their dogs and cats, be mandated to have them fixed, and not chained up while vets volunteer at the Augusta's animal shelter to help with adoptions.
  • List Of Qualified Candidates For Columbia County Special Election

    List Of Qualified Candidates For Columbia County Special Election

    Wednesday, June 25 2014 1:05 PM EDT2014-06-25 17:05:33 GMT
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    Click for a list of candidates who have qualified for special elections in Columbia County Commission District 3 and Tax Commissioner positions.
    Click for a list of candidates who have qualified for special elections in Columbia County Commission District 3 and Tax Commissioner positions.
  • Following FEMA Could Have Delayed Augusta Storm Cleanup Finish by Months

    Following FEMA Could Have Delayed Augusta Storm Cleanup Finish by Months

    Tuesday, June 24 2014 6:56 PM EDT2014-06-24 22:56:32 GMT
    Photo of ice storm debris in AugustaPhoto of ice storm debris in Augusta
    FEMA says Augusta needed to follow its federal guidelines and bid out the final stage of the ice storm cleanup once Masters arrived, but that would have left a mess on city property.
    FEMA says Augusta needed to follow its federal guidelines and bid out the final stage of the ice storm cleanup once Masters arrived, but that would have left a mess on city property.
  • Harlem Department Of Public Safety Adding Two Substations

    Harlem Department Of Public Safety Adding Two Substations

    Tuesday, June 24 2014 3:09 PM EDT2014-06-24 19:09:00 GMT
    Photo of the HArlem Department of Public SafetyPhoto of the HArlem Department of Public Safety
    The city of Harlem is beefing up police presence in town with two new substations that will be going up on the east and west sides of the city.
    The city of Harlem is beefing up police presence in town with two new substations that will be going up on the east and west sides of the city.
  • Fort Gordon Hosts Acquisition Forecast Forum

    Fort Gordon Hosts Acquisition Forecast Forum

    Monday, June 23 2014 11:37 PM EDT2014-06-24 03:37:39 GMT
    We begin tonight with potential business opportunities with the federal government. For months now, we've been talking about the big changes coming to Fort Gordon with the Cyber Command Center and all the growth it will bring to the area. Now, Fort Gordon is looking to attract new and innovated business owners.That's why Fort Gordon's Contracting Office hosted an Acquisition Forecast Forum this morning for local small business owners.During the forum, experts briefed business owners on how th...
    We begin tonight with potential business opportunities with the federal government. For months now, we've been talking about the big changes coming to Fort Gordon with the Cyber Command Center and all the growth it will bring to the area. Now, Fort Gordon is looking to attract new and innovated business owners.That's why Fort Gordon's Contracting Office hosted an Acquisition Forecast Forum this morning for local small business owners.During the forum, experts briefed business owners on how th...
  • USC Raising Tuition; President Says Current Path Not Sustainable

    USC Raising Tuition; President Says Current Path Not Sustainable

    Monday, June 23 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-06-23 22:45:46 GMT
    Tuition at the University of South Carolina will be going up 3.2 percent this fall, an increase of $171 per semester for in-state students. The school says it’s because of spending increases that the state is requiring but is not completely paying for. USC student Shenay Turner says, "I don't like it. I'm a first-generation college student so it's already hard for me to be here. I have to have loans in addition to my scholarships and grants and every year since I've been here--I'm a senior no...
    Tuition at the University of South Carolina will be going up 3.2 percent this fall, an increase of $171 per semester for in-state students. The school says it’s because of spending increases that the state is requiring but is not completely paying for. USC student Shenay Turner says, "I don't like it. I'm a first-generation college student so it's already hard for me to be here. I have to have loans in addition to my scholarships and grants and every year since I've been here--I'm a senior no...
  • Deadline for Tax Commissioner Seat Draws Near

    Deadline for Tax Commissioner Seat Draws Near

    Deadline for Tax Commissioner Seat Draws Near

    Monday, June 23 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-06-23 22:01:13 GMT
    It's been more than four months since Kay Allen resigned as Columbia County Tax Commissioner. Now, the deadline is drawing closer for a new candidate to take the position.Although there were many names thrown into the ring following Allen's resignation, the Columbia County Board of Elections reports three people have qualified for the seat. Wayne Bridges made his announcement in March, and the second candidate, Tom Sc...
    It's been more than four months since Kay Allen resigned as Columbia County Tax Commissioner. Now, the deadline is drawing closer for a new candidate to take the position.Although there were many names thrown into the ring following Allen's resignation, the Columbia County Board of Elections reports three people have qualified for the seat. Wayne Bridges made his announcement in March, and the second candidate, Tom Sc...
  • New Water Problems Fixed in Keysville

    New Water Problems Fixed in Keysville

    Monday, June 23 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-06-23 21:51:01 GMT

    Neighbors upset about more water problems in Keysville, GA

    Neighbors upset about more water problems in Keysville, GA

  • FEMA May Not Fully Reimburse Augusta For Storm Debris Cleanup

    FEMA May Not Fully Reimburse Augusta For Storm Debris Cleanup

    Saturday, June 21 2014 7:17 PM EDT2014-06-21 23:17:28 GMT
    Mayor Deke Copenhaver tells News Channel 6 that FEMA sent a letter to the city stating that Augusta may not get total reimbursement because of the city’s contracting process.
    Mayor Deke Copenhaver tells News Channel 6 that FEMA sent a letter to the city stating that Augusta may not get total reimbursement because of the city’s contracting process.
  • SC Senate Kills Ethics Bill, Goes Home

    SC Senate Kills Ethics Bill, Goes Home

    Thursday, June 19 2014 7:10 PM EDT2014-06-19 23:10:58 GMT
    The South Carolina Senate adjourned for the year at 5 o’clock Thursday without taking a vote on an ethics reform bill, which kills the bill. The bill would have required public officials to disclose who pays them, but not how much. It also would have required independent groups that try to influence elections to report some of their donors. Sen. Wes Hayes, R-Rock Hill, chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee says not requiring that now has caused problems in previous elections. "You have peo...
    The South Carolina Senate adjourned for the year at 5 o’clock Thursday without taking a vote on an ethics reform bill, which kills the bill. The bill would have required public officials to disclose who pays them, but not how much. It also would have required independent groups that try to influence elections to report some of their donors. Sen. Wes Hayes, R-Rock Hill, chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee says not requiring that now has caused problems in previous elections. "You have peo...
  • USC Student Awarded Medal of Honor

    USC Student Awarded Medal of Honor

    Thursday, June 19 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-06-19 23:00:28 GMT
    A South Carolina Gamecock and Marine Corps veteran has top honors from the military.William Kyle Carpenter was awarded the Medal of Honor Thursday.In November 2010, Carpenter jumped onto a live grenade during a firefight with the Taliban to protect a fellow Marine.He lost his right eye, most of his jaw and suffers from a collapsed lung. What's even more amazing is that he was briefly declared dead -- but somehow survived.Since his heroic move, Carpenter has run a marathon, gone skydiving and ...
    A South Carolina Gamecock and Marine Corps veteran has top honors from the military.William Kyle Carpenter was awarded the Medal of Honor Thursday.In November 2010, Carpenter jumped onto a live grenade during a firefight with the Taliban to protect a fellow Marine.He lost his right eye, most of his jaw and suffers from a collapsed lung. What's even more amazing is that he was briefly declared dead -- but somehow survived.Since his heroic move, Carpenter has run a marathon, gone skydiving and ...
  • Funding Approved To Continue Redevelopment In Two Historic Augusta Neighborhoods

    Funding Approved To Continue Redevelopment In Two Historic Augusta Neighborhoods

    Thursday, June 19 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-06-19 22:59:39 GMT
    Photo of an Augusta Urban Redevelopment Agency documentPhoto of an Augusta Urban Redevelopment Agency document
    Augusta's new look Urban Redevelopment Agency approved funding to continue redevelopment of two historic Augusta neighborhoods Thursday.
    Augusta's new look Urban Redevelopment Agency approved funding to continue redevelopment of two historic Augusta neighborhoods Thursday.
  • SC Lawmakers Restore Millions for Family Caregivers

    SC Lawmakers Restore Millions for Family Caregivers

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 9:35 PM EDT2014-06-19 01:35:49 GMT
    Thousands of South Carolinians who are caring in their homes for loved ones with illnesses or disabilities will be able to get some help, after state senators voted Wednesday to restore $2 million to the state budget. Gov. Nikki Haley had vetoed the money that would be used for respite care. Respite care provides a break to those caregivers so they can run errands, get some rest, or just have a break from providing round-the-clock care. Amy Davenport cares for her 29-year-old daughter Stepha...
    Thousands of South Carolinians who are caring in their homes for loved ones with illnesses or disabilities will be able to get some help, after state senators voted Wednesday to restore $2 million to the state budget. Gov. Nikki Haley had vetoed the money that would be used for respite care. Respite care provides a break to those caregivers so they can run errands, get some rest, or just have a break from providing round-the-clock care. Amy Davenport cares for her 29-year-old daughter Stepha...
  • SC House Of Representatives Overrides Most of Governor Haley’s Budget Vetoes, Including Raise

    SC House Of Representatives Overrides Most of Governor Haley’s Budget Vetoes, Including Raise

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 11:05 AM EDT2014-06-18 15:05:05 GMT
    Photo of the South Carolina House of Representatives working on budget vetoes Tuesday.Photo of the South Carolina House of Representatives working on budget vetoes Tuesday.
    The South Carolina House of Representatives overrode most of Governor Nikki Haley’s 76 budget vetoes Tuesday, including voting to put a $12,000 a year raise for themselves back into the budget.
    The South Carolina House of Representatives overrode most of Governor Nikki Haley’s 76 budget vetoes Tuesday, including voting to put a $12,000 a year raise for themselves back into the budget.
  • Governor Nikki Haley, South Carolina Celebrate Over 50,000 New Jobs Since January 2011

    Governor Nikki Haley, South Carolina Celebrate Over 50,000 New Jobs Since January 2011

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-06-18 14:25:28 GMT
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    Wednesday, Governor Nikki Haley and state business leaders responded to the news that South Carolina has announced over 50,000 new jobs since 2011.
    Wednesday, Governor Nikki Haley and state business leaders responded to the news that South Carolina has announced over 50,000 new jobs since 2011.
  • Augusta Commissioners Talk Trash

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 8:33 AM EDT2014-06-18 12:33:14 GMT
    Photo of an Augusta trash truckPhoto of an Augusta trash truck
    Augusta Commissioners discuss equalizing garbage fees across the city and now charging owners of vacant lots a trash fee, but the talk isn't over. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    Augusta Commissioners discuss equalizing garbage fees across the city and now charging owners of vacant lots a trash fee, but the talk isn't over. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • Augusta Commissioner Questions Head Hunter Contract

    Augusta Commissioner Questions Head Hunter Contract

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 7:12 PM EDT2014-06-17 23:12:27 GMT
    Photo of Augusta Commissioner Marion WilliamsPhoto of Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams
    Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams says city policy was violated with the hiring of a head-hunting firm to search for a new City Administrator.
    Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams says city policy was violated with the hiring of a head-hunting firm to search for a new City Administrator.
  • Lexington County Sheriff James Metts Indicted In Connection With Bribery Scheme To Aid Illegal Aliens

    Lexington County Sheriff James Metts Indicted In Connection With Bribery Scheme To Aid Illegal Aliens

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-06-17 21:09:09 GMT
    Photo of Lexington County (SC) Sheriff James MettsPhoto of Lexington County (SC) Sheriff James Metts
    United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated Tuesday that James R. Metts (68), of Lexington, SC, was charged by a federal grand jury in a 10-count indictment.
    United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated Tuesday that James R. Metts (68), of Lexington, SC, was charged by a federal grand jury in a 10-count indictment.
  • South Carolina Bill Would Ban Day Cares From Giving Medications With Parents' Permission

    South Carolina Bill Would Ban Day Cares From Giving Medications With Parents' Permission

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-06-17 20:43:33 GMT
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    South Carolina lawmakers are trying to work out their differences on a bill banning daycares from giving medicine to your children without permission.
    South Carolina lawmakers are trying to work out their differences on a bill banning daycares from giving medicine to your children without permission.
  • Georgia State Patrol Places Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith On Administrative Leave

    Georgia State Patrol Places Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith On Administrative Leave

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 12:11 PM EDT2014-06-17 16:11:31 GMT
    Photo of Augusta Commissioner Donnie SmithPhoto of Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith
    WJBF News Channel 6 has learned that Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith has been placed on administrative leave by the Georgia State Patrol.
    WJBF News Channel 6 has learned that Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith has been placed on administrative leave by the Georgia State Patrol.
  • Cars for SC Foster Care Kids

    Cars for SC Foster Care Kids

    Monday, June 16 2014 10:04 PM EDT2014-06-17 02:04:59 GMT
    A program called "On the Road Again" has given more than 70 vehicles to qualified foster youth in SC over the past four years.
    A program called "On the Road Again" has given more than 70 vehicles to qualified foster youth in SC over the past four years.
  • Commissioners Say They Didn't Know About Vacant Lot Garbage Fee, Recommendation Is To Make It Optional

    Commissioners Say They Didn't Know About Vacant Lot Garbage Fee, Recommendation Is To Make It Optional

    Monday, June 16 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-06-16 21:51:35 GMT
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    Thousands of owners of vacant lots are facing a new $155 garbage fee, but Commissioners say they were not aware of that when they approved it last year now the backlash could make the fee optional instead of mandatory.
    Thousands of owners of vacant lots are facing a new $155 garbage fee, but Commissioners say they were not aware of that when they approved it last year now the backlash could make the fee optional instead of mandatory.
  • Hiring Administrator Head-Hunter Did Not Violate City Policy

    Hiring Administrator Head-Hunter Did Not Violate City Policy

    Monday, June 16 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-06-16 21:51:30 GMT
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    After firing Fred Russell, Augusta Commissioners approved hiring a head-hunting firm to search for a replacement, but the $15,000 contract never came back to Commissioners for final approval and did that violate city code?
    After firing Fred Russell, Augusta Commissioners approved hiring a head-hunting firm to search for a replacement, but the $15,000 contract never came back to Commissioners for final approval and did that violate city code?
  • Grovetown City Council Member Dies

    Grovetown City Council Member Dies

    Monday, June 16 2014 3:10 PM EDT2014-06-16 19:10:46 GMT
    Photo of Dale StoddardPhoto of Dale Stoddard
    WJBF News Channel 6 has learned that a member of the Grovetown City Council has died.
    WJBF News Channel 6 has learned that a member of the Grovetown City Council has died.
  • 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."
  • Augusta Commission Approves $2.5 Million Loan For Laney-Walker

    Augusta Commission Approves $2.5 Million Loan For Laney-Walker

    Augusta Commissioners approved a $2.5 million dollar loan to continue a redevelopment project for the Laney-Walker and Bethlehem communities. News Channel 6's Mike Miller has the story.
    Augusta Commissioners approved a $2.5 million dollar loan to continue a redevelopment project for the Laney-Walker and Bethlehem communities. News Channel 6's Mike Miller has the story.
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