Hands behind your back: Turning yourself in on warrants

The North Augusta Department of Public Safety announced last week that it served several people with outstanding warrants. At the end of a press release, officials encouraged anyone with an outstanding warrant to turn themselves in.

So, how do you know if you have a warrant in your name, and how do you go about turning yourself in?

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Event raises money to memorialize slain officer

College football came a week early to Aiken.

On Friday night, The Alley came alive with the rumble of “Tiger Rag” and “2001,” the sounds of people laughing and having a good time, and the smells of chicken and beer – all among a sea of orange, garnet and a little bit of red and black.

The purpose of the Pep Rally in The Alley college football kickoff held more of a somber note, though. The event was held to raise money for the purchase of a police canine in memory of Aiken Public Safety Master Cpl. Sandy Rogers, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in January 2012.

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New outlet mall in Augusta a no-go

Plans for a new outlet mall in Augusta have been scrapped.

Al Dallas, assistant to Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver, said Friday that the developer, Ben Carter Enterprises, is no longer pursuing development of the mall that was planned off Riverwatch Parkway near Cabela’s.

“It’s obviously disappointing news,” Dallas said. “The developer was unable to get commitments from signature tenants to secure the mall.”

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EPA to give update on superfund Site in Williston

The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, will hold a public meeting next week to give an update on the plan to clean up and remediate the Admiral Home Appliances superfund site in Williston.

The meeting will be held in Williston on Monday at City Hall located at 13112 Main St. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

The superfund site is located southeast of Williston on County Road 65 in Barnwell County. The site is an area where various owners operated manufacturing facilities and is therefore considered a health risk by individuals and groups, such as the South Carolina Sierra Club.

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In midst of Ferguson riots, local police stand by surplus program

After unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed earlier this month by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson, tension in that community has bubbled over into protests and riots, and the military-style equipment being used as a control mechanism by police agencies in Ferguson has become a hot topic in recent weeks.

Images of police officers brandishing military-style weapons atop mine-resistant vehicles, also known as MRAPs, in front of protestors has become part of the current 24/7 media story. Those actions spurred local and federal officials to call for the “demilitarization of police” across the country.

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