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Augusta-Richmond County School System to shut down in-person learning at 3:45 pm on September 3 and go virtual for two days after the holiday

Augusta, Ga. — There will be another school district shutting down in-person learning after this week.

According to Kicks 99.5 FM, the Augusta-Richmond County School System, the largest school district in the Aiken Area, will shut down in-person learning at 3:45 pm on Friday, September 3.

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Manager of Hooters arrested for sexual assault

Augusta, Ga. — A 26-year-old Hooters manager was arrested on Tuesday morning for sexual assault on an employee.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, one of the several sexual assault victims said that she spilled something on her uniform Monday night and asked the suspect for a new one.

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Five things Georgians need to know about Kelly Loeffler

Augusta, Ga. — On January 5, 2021, Georgians will head back to the polls to vote on two runoff elections to determine which party will control the US Senate.

Below the fold are five things you need to know about Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.).

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Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree tests positive for COVID-19

Augusta, Ga. — The sheriff of Richmond County tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday afternoon.

According to the Jail Report, Sheriff Richard Roundtree was informed that he tested positive. However, he was also informed that he was asymptomatic for the crippling virus.

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Augusta girl, 17, launches app designed to combat sexual violence

Augusta, Ga. – An Augusta-Richmond County teen girl has launched an app that is actually very important.

Anika Kablan, 17, of Augusta, Ga., officially launched an app called Recoup Incorporated this week. The app, which is designed to combat sexual violence, is available on the IPad.

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Columbia County transgender man dies – judicial activist David Roper is one cause of death

Grovetown, Ga. — A 25-year-old transgender man is dead and a judicial activist sitting on the bench at a Columbia County courthouse in Evans is to blame.

Rowan Feldhaus, 25, died after complications from surgery and another reason –  judicial activist David Roper’s refusal to allow name changes to go through in a timely manner.

“It was complications post surgery and then he was readmitted post surgery and it started snowballing from there,” his friend, Austin Atkins, said.

Rowan Feldhaus, 25, of Augusta, was in the final stages of transitioning into a man. He started the process about 25 months ago. Last year, he petitioned the court to legally change his name to Rowan Elijah.

Roper denied his request stating, “My policy has been that I will not change a name from an obvious female name to an obvious male name and vice versa.” The same judge also denied another local transgender man from changing his name too.

Roper’s decision led to Mr. Feldhaus’s death. He needs to be removed from the bench.

WRDW News 12

Unable to go to the main event in DC? Women’s March is hosting events in Augusta and Statesboro!

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If you are unable to make it to the main Women’s March in Washington, DC, do not despair. There are two events happening locally on Saturday.

The first event is happening in Statesboro on the campus of Georgia Southern University. It will take place at high noon on Sweetheart Circle. Here’s how to get there.

From Santee:

Head southbound on Five Chop Road (US 301) to Orangeburg. Once in Orangeburg, turn left onto Stonewall Jackson Blvd (US 601 Truck).
Remain on Stonewall Jackson Blvd until the intersection with Old Edisto Dr (US 301/601/SC 4).
Turn left on to Old Edisto Dr.
Remain on US 301/601 through Bamberg. Then, hang right when the two highways split to remain on the MAIN HY (US 301).
Remain southbound on US 301 for 78 miles, until you are in the Statesboro City Limits. By now, you have crossed the entirety of Allendale County, the state line, and have also been through Screven County.
Remain straight and you will hit US 301 Business, which is also known as East Parrish St. Remain straight until its intersection with North Main St. Turn left on North Main St.
Remain on North Main St, which will become South Main St. Turn left on to Fair Road (GA 67).
From there, turn right on to Chandler Rd, which will take you to the Georgia Southern Campus, where the meet up will occur.

From Williston:

Go east on MAIN ST (US 78) until you are in Elko. Turn right on to BAY ST (SC 37).
Remain southbound on SC 37 for the remainder of its length. The highway will become ELLENTON ST, aka US 278.
Remain on US 278 in Barnwell until it splits from SC 3 south of the city limits. At that point, bear right on to SC 3.
Remain on SC 3 until its intersection with BURTONS FERRY HY (US 301) in western Allendale County. Turn right on to BURTONS FERRY HY.
Remain southbound on US 301 until you are in the Statesboro City Limits. By now, you have crossed the state line and have also been through Screven County.
Remain straight and you will hit US 301 Business, which is also known as East Parrish St. Remain straight until its intersection with North Main St. Turn left on North Main St.
Remain on North Main St, which will become South Main St. Turn left on to Fair Road (GA 67).
From there, turn right on to Chandler Rd, which will take you to the Georgia Southern Campus, where the meet up will occur.

From Hampton:

Go westbound on LURAY HY (SC 363) until its western terminus in Luray. Turn left on to SAVANNAH HY (US 321).
Remain on SAVANNAH HY until its intersection with CLYO HY (SC 119). Remain straight on to CLYO HY.
After crossing Jasper County, then you will hit the state line and Effingham County, Ga. At that point, in the Clyo, Ga. City Limits, turn right on to Clyo-Kildare Rd.
Remain on Clyo-Kildare Rd until you are in the Oliver, Ga. City Limits. By then, the road name will have changed to Oliver-Kildare Rd. In Oliver, turn left on to GA 24.
Remain on GA 24. In extreme northeastern Bulloch County, GA 24 will go to the right at Stilson-Leefield Rd. Follow GA 24 by turning right.
Remain on GA 24 until you hit the Statesboro City Limits. At its intersection with the Veterans Memorial Parkway (US 301), turn left.
Remain on the Veterans Memorial Parkway until its intersection with Fair Road (GA 67). Turn right on to Fair Road.
From there, turn left on to Chandler Rd (just past Domino’s), which will take you to the Georgia Southern Campus, where the meet up will occur.

There will also be a Women’s March in Augusta, Ga. That event will happen in Downtown Augusta at Reynolds and 12th Streets.

The Frisky

Former WJBF VIPIR 6 meteorologist arrested for exploitation of minors

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Augusta, Ga. — A former WJBF NewsChannel 6 VIPIR meteorologist was arrested today for sexual assault of children.

According to the jail log from the Augusta-Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect reportedly used Facebook to pose as a younger male to entice a thirteen-year-old girl to send him pictures of a sexual nature in a private message. The suspect reportedly also sent the girl a picture of an adult man’s penis. The incident report does not specify if the penis was his. This incident allegedly took place on February 20.

Kevin Niewood, 27, was arrested by the Augusta-Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and was charged with sexual exploitation of children and electronically furnishing obscene material to a minor.

He is currently being processed to the Augusta-Richmond County Jail.

WFXG Fox 54

Local military serviceman hit with child molestation charges

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Grovetown, Ga. — A Fort Gordon US Army Sargent was arrested for molesting a Clemson area girl inside of his residence.

Officers from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said that the victim ran away from her home in the Greater Clemson area recently. The suspect had been communicating with the victim online, although officers declined to reveal which social media outlet they were communicating on.

Officers spotted the victim in the laundry room of the suspect’s apartment.

The victim was returned to the custody of her parents on Wednesday.

Army Sgt. Christopher Thomas Muse, 31, was arrested by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and is charged with child molestation and interstate interference with custody.

Mr. Muse is at the Columbia County Jail in Evans.  He could also be court-martialed by the military on the molestation charge.

WSPA News Channel 7

Will Paine College to the right thing and revoke Bill Cosby’s degree?

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — The very next college to strip serial rapist Bill Cosby of his honorary degree just may be one of the three HBCUs right here at home.

Paine College indicates that they may strip Mr. Cosby of his honorary degree after he admitted to raping 39 women, 27 of which talked about their harrowing experience on NBC’s Dateline.

According to Interim President Sam Sullivan, those depositions and allegations have led to the Augusta college to consider revoking the 78-year-old’s honorary degree. The comedian performed in Augusta on February 28.

After much pressure and outcry from many Black Americans and feminists alike, Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga. stripped Mr. Cosby of his honorary degree this past spring.

WJBF-DT News Channel 6

Confirmed: Tornados hit four local counties

AIKEN — It’s official.

The National Weather Service in Columbia said that two tornados hit four local counties on Sunday, including a long-tracked tornado that formed in Burke County and tracked all the way to near Chapin in Lexington County.

That particular tornado was the catalyst of the damage done to the city of Aiken, both North Aiken and South Aiken.

The second, more brief tornado, was confirmed in Edgefield County.

They were among five twisters confirmed between the Columbia and Wilmington county warning areas within the state.

RBC Heritage Trivia

New Masters Champion Jordan Spieth will be in the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island this week.

When was the last time a golfer won both the Masters and the Heritage in the same year?

Answer on Wednesday.

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