COLUMBIA— A new report says many public charter schools in South Carolina lack adequate facilities.
The report by the Charter School Facilities Initiative recommends that state lawmakers take action to help provide additional space, The State newspaper reported.
South Carolina has 49 public charter schools that operate from buildings, as opposed to online classes.
Crowds were light this morning at the Augusta Mall and nearby retail stores.
There was no traffic congestion and plenty of parking spaces available at the Augusta Mall by 9:30 a.m., as many shoppers had already taken advantage of stores opening Thanksgiving night.
Augusta Mall General Manager Andy Wilke said crowds were large from about 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. This year, the majority of the mall’s shops opened at midnight Friday.
The parking lot at Toys “R” Us remained full but there were many open spaces at neighboring stores TJ Maxx and Ross.
Georgia technical college officials are making a final push to get people to the state high school equivalency test, the GED, before the end of the year.
“We’ve really been making a conscientious effort to contact students who have completed parts of it to let them know if they didn’t complete the test by the deadline they’d have to start the whole process over,” said Athens Technical College Executive Vice-president Dan Smith.
The last day to take the GED test through Athens Tech is Dec. 13, Smith said.
ATLANTA — Georgia veterans filing disability claims often face longer delays than their counterparts in other states.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Atlanta’s U.S. Veterans Affairs office has almost 21,000 claims that have been pending for longer than 125. That’s the third highest total among 56 veterans benefits offices around the country. Only offices in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Winston-Salem, N.C. have more.
FARMINGTON, Ga. – While three Augustans remain in jail, the 40-year-old man they are charged with kidnapping says he’s lucky to be alive.
Detrick Favors, who lives in a rural community south of Athens, said he was held captive nine hours Nov. 14 after being kidnapped at gunpoint from his home in Oconee County.
Favors said he was in a vehicle, his head covered with a jacket, as he was driven throughout Athens before his release in Morgan County.
Deputies used a stun gun on a man who ran from a traffic stop shortly after midnight Thursday, then they found him with more than 100 grams of marijuana.
Rico Marcell Wright, 33, fled after deputies stopped his 1997 Ford Explorer on Twiggs Street and Robin Lane, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
After Wright failed to obey several commands to stop running and then refused to keep his hands from his pockets when officers caught up, Deputy Chris Tucker used the stun weapon.
Police are searching for a man who fled East Central Regional Hospital early Thursday.
Joshawa Leundre Clark, 21, ran from the hospital about 1:40 a.m., according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report. He was admitted to the institution on a court order because he was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.
He is described as a black male, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans, red socks and orange shower shoes.
WALKER COUNTY, Ga. — In a case that could renew the debate over stand-your-ground laws, authorities in northwest Georgia say one man shot and killed another after the shooter felt threatened by a 72-year-old who turned out to be a wandering Alzheimer's patient.
Walker County authorities told the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1bXSw3m ) that the victim, Ronald Westbrook, walked about three miles in the sub-freezing temperatures before knocking on Joe Hendrix's door just before 4 a.m. Wednesday.
BEAUFORT, S.C. — Authorities have charged two Parris Island Marines in connection with an attempted armed robbery which left another Marine dead.
The Beaufort Gazette reports Beaufort police say 18-year-old Pfc. Sierra Danielle Powers and 20-year-old Pfc. Brandi Toniqua Hardy are charged with criminal conspiracy for their roles in the attempted robbery during a drug deal last Friday. Both are in jail pending bond hearings.
For the first time Easter Seals will feature a Fort Gordon landmark for its annual Ornament of Hope. Also for the first time the ornament will include color.
Brenda Floyd, special events manager for Easter Seals of East Georgia, said the group approached Fort Gordon officials about a building to feature on the ornament and finally decided on the signal towers.
“It’s a landmark,” Floyd said.
AIKEN — One of Aiken’s most cherished and unique traditions turned 100 on Thursday.
The Blessing of the Hounds – the formal start of the drag hunt season for the Aiken Hounds – was held in Hitchcock Woods as hundreds gathered on a crisp, clear Thanksgiving Day morning.
The ceremony to give hunters and their animals safe passage originated in the eighth century with St. Hubert of Liege, patron saint of hunters.
An estimated 2,000 soldiers, family members and retirees took part in the annual holiday meal at Fort Gordon Thursday in which officers traditionally serve their soldiers.
About 1,380 pounds of turkey, 920 pounds of ham, 400 pounds of pumpkins and 520 pounds of shrimp were prepared for the meal, a spokesman said.
Augusta unemployment rose slightly in October, but was still improved over the same month in 2012, the state labor department said Thursday.
In data released Thanksgiving Day, the Georgia Department of Labor reported metro Augusta’s jobless rate increased to 8.1 percent in October, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.9 percent in September. That rate, however, was better than the 8.6 percent of October a year ago.
LILBURN, Ga. — Police say a 15-year-old boy died after falling from his dirt bike in Gwinnett County.
Lilburn police Capt. Thomas Bardugon told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the teen may have been trying to cross a small creek when his dirt bike hit a sudden drop. Bardugon says the teen hit an embankment and authorities believe the teen may have broken his neck.
Georgia residents are bundling up as temperatures make this Thanksgiving the coldest in recent memory.
The low reached 23 degrees overnight in Atlanta, according to the National Weather Service. That’s just two degrees warmer than the record low in 1911.
It was 27 this morning in Augusta, the record for the date was 21 in 1974.
It might be wrong to return a library book late – or to not return it at all – but that overdue copy of 50 Shades of Grey sitting on your coffee table or collecting dust in your home office could damage your credit score.
More than 25,000 items are at least six months overdue in the East Central Georgia Regional Library System, which includes Richmond and Burke counties.
Police were searching Wednesday for a man suspected of robbing the Suntrust Bank on Peach Orchard Road.
A Richmond County Sheriff’s deputy and two others were also injured in a wreck that happened when the officer was responding to the call about 2:30 p.m.
According to a news release, the robbery suspect is a black man with medium brown complexion, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and 200 pounds. He wore a black mask and blue jeans with distinctive orange X’s on both back pockets.
A handful of area pastors have thrown their support behind Jefferson County candidate Diane Evans in her runoff Tuesday for House District 127 with Brian Prince, a retired Army lieutenant colonel.
Evans’ campaign released a letter of support Tuesday signed by the Revs. K.B. Martin, Clarence Moore, Karlton Howard and Chavas Boyd; the Rev. Willie Jones, of Stapleton; the Rev. Carl Simmons, of Louisville; and the Rev. Isaac Culbreath, of Louisville.