New Augusta D.A. Grants First Radio Interview To 1230

April 28, 2008

WNRRAugusta – In her first radio interview, Augusta’s new District Attorney Ashley Wright talked about her new appointment and the goals she hopes to accomplish. Her appointment is a historic first for Augusta: Wright is the first female District Attorney for Augusta, and one of only 6 currently serving in the State of Georgia.

Wright was appointed to the post last Wednesday by Georgia’s Governor. She is the daughter of a local practicing Attorney, and has been involved with the District Attorneys office for a while. She replaces Danny Craig, who has been appointed to a Judge’s seat. 

Wright appeared on People and Issues with Helen (WNRR 12:00-3:00PM Weekdays).


Arrest In Aiken Bomb Threat Case

April 25, 2008

WNRR Augusta – (ACSO Release)

New Ellenton Man Arrested for Making Bomb Threat to Medical Center


Aiken, SC., April 25 – The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a New Ellenton man, who earlier this week threatened to blow up the Margaret J. Weston Medical Center , 4645 Augusta Road , in Clearwater , South Carolina .


Richard D. Bowles Sr., 50, 151 Daniel Boone Drive , New Ellenton, South Carolina , is charged with Conveying False Information Regarding Attempted Use of a Destructive Device.


On Wednesday, the subject surrendered to investigators at ACSO.


Bowles on April 22 became angry on the telephone when he was unable to obtain services from the medical center. At some point during the telephone conversation, he threatened to blow up the building.


The subject is free on bond from the Aiken County Detention Center .


Aiken Woman Jailed ‘Murder For Hire’ Plot

April 25, 2008

WNRR Augusta – (ACSO Release)

ACSO Foils Murder-for-Hire Plot


Aiken, SC., April 25 – The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Thursday afternoon arrested an Aiken woman, who tried to hire an undercover ACSO investigator to murder her husband.


Margaret D. Stephens, 41, 411 Heathwood Drive , Aiken , South Carolina , is charged with Solicitation to Commit a Felony – Murder.


About 3:30 p.m., Stephens met an undercover investigator in the parking lot of Save-A-Lot, at the corner of York Street and Hampton Avenue , in Aiken.


“Mrs. Stephens told our investigator she wanted the death to look like an accident and agreed to a price,” said Sheriff Michael Hunt. “We gave her a chance to change her mind, but she chose not to do it.”


ACSO is withholding the identity of the victim.


About a week ago, ACSO learned of the plot from an independent source. ACSO learned from its investigation the subject was distraught about her family situation and was attempting to regain control of the family finances.


Upon conviction, Solicitation to Commit a Felony – Murder carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.


The subject is being held at the Aiken County Detention Center .

Mayor To Attend ‘Payback’

April 25, 2008

WNRR Augusta – (City Of Augusta Press Release)

Press Release


Date:          April 25, 2008


Re:             Mayor Copenhaver to Attend Payback (James Brown Celebration)


On Saturday, May 3rd, the city of Augusta will celebrate James Brown with a new James Brown exhibit at the Augusta Museum of History and an all day music festival featuring the Doobie Brothers, Branford Marsalis, The Soul Generals, Modern Skirts, Greg Hester and Swanee Quintet.  


“James Brown is now and will always be a legend in the music industry.  It is fitting that this tribute to his legacy has such a stellar line up of musical talent.  It is my honor to attend a concert in honor of a man who promoted the City of Augusta wherever he went and who was also a good friend.”


 Tickets are on sale.  For more information visit or contact the Museum of History at 706.722.8454.

GA Officials: CSRA Unemployment Rise

April 24, 2008

WNRR Augusta (GA Labor Release)

ATLANTA “ The Georgia Department of Labor reported today that the
unemployment rate in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) rose to 6.1
percent in March, up one-tenth of one percent from 6.0 percent in
February. And, the rate is up one full percentage point over the year, from
5.1 percent in March of 2007.

Meanwhile, the state’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.3 percent
from February to March. But, the rate is up 1.2 percent over the year,
from 4.1 percent in March of 2007.  

The current state rate is one-tenth of one percent higher than the U.S.
unadjusted rate of 5.2 percent.  

While the state rate was unchanged, preliminary data from February to
March show Georgia gained 10,200 payroll jobs, an increase of two-tenths
of one percent.

Georgia labor market data are not seasonally adjusted and are available


Pet Adoption Event Announced

April 23, 2008

                                                             Special Pet Adoption Event!

Friday, April 25, 2008 – 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 26, 2008 – 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Columbia County Animal Care & Control Shelter

  6337 Columbia Road in Appling
(706) 541-4077

Please mark your calendars!   Columbia County Animal Care & Control will hold a special pet adoption event on Friday, April 25, 2008 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday April 26, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the animal shelter located at 6337 Columbia Road in Appling. 
(Please wear closed in shoes to go into the kennel area.)

All dogs and puppies will be available for $10.00…and all cats and kittens will be available for $5.00 on these two days!  These little guys need homes!

Here are some of the pets that will be available at the special adoption event!

Female – Brown Boxer Mix Puppy

Female – Black Schnauzer


Female – Black/Tan Dachshund Mix


Female – Brown/Black Boxer Mix Puppy (This one is very playful)

Male – Tan/Black German Shepherd Mix

Male Orange Tabby – Domestic Short Hair / Has been neutered!

Male – Orange Tabby – Domestic Short Hair Kitten


Male – Black/White Domestic Short Hair / Has been neutered!


From Interstate 20

·         Exit US 221 north toward Appling

·         Go approximately 2 miles and turn right on Columbia Road at the 76 Gas Station

·         Go approximately 1/2 mile and the entrance to Animal Control will be on the left right past the Columbia County Detention Center


FEMA Releases GA Disaster Update

April 23, 2008

WNRR Augusta – (FEMA/GEMA Press Release)




ATLANTA – In a fast-paced month of disaster recovery efforts, state and federal recovery officials pointed to on-going progress in bringing a wide range of disaster assistance to Georgia individuals, businesses and public entities hit hard by mid-March tornadoes and severe storms.


Recovery officials said that since the initial Presidential declaration, more than 99 percent of $928,100 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual and Households Program assistance has been disbursed to approved applicants. Approved U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster-related loans to homeowners, renters and businesses now total approximately $446,000.


The deadline for homeowners, renters and business owners in the seven declared counties to register for disaster assistance is May 19.


On March 20, President Bush initially declared Fulton County residents eligible for FEMA’s Individual and Households Program assistance. Two days later, residents in Bartow, Burke, DeKalb, Floyd, Jefferson and Polk counties were declared eligible for the program.


In addition, Burke, Fulton and Jefferson counties were declared eligible for FEMA’s Public Assistance program to help reimburse local gov ernments, eligible state agencies and certain qualified non-profits for uninsured disaster-related infrastructure costs.


To date, 25 Public Assistance project worksheets submitted by eligible applicants are nearing completion. Each project worksheet spells out the project purpose, cost, timeline and other information. An applicant may have a number of projects – debris removal, emergency protective services, roads, bridges, public parks, etc. Approved Public Assistance projects are funded on a cost-share basis, with FEMA funding 75 percent of the approved reimbursement and the remaining 25 percent shared by the state and local gov ernments.



One month snapshot:


  • As of close of business April 22, a total of 1,533 individuals, households and businesses have applied for disaster assistance.


  • Total assistance, including FEMA’s Individual and Households Program and low-interest disaster loans from the SBA, now stands at $1,374,016.


  • FEMA’s Individual and Households Program (IHP) provides assistance in two main categories, Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance. IHP approved funding to 328 applicants totals $928,100. Disbursed funds total $923,700, or 99.5 percent.


  • Housing Assistance helps pay for rental assistance, temporary lodging and housing repairs. Approved Housing Assistance funding to 288 homeowners and renters totals more than $704,700.


  • Other Needs Assistance helps cover personal property loss, medical costs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance to individuals and households. Approved Other Needs Assistance funding to 144 individuals and households totals more than $223,300.


  • The SBA provides disaster loans to homeowners, renters, non-profit organizations and businesses of all sizes. The SBA has issued 913 applications for disaster loans to individuals and businesses. To date, 17 homes and business loans have been approved for approximately $446,000.


·         During the first month of extensive disaster outreach, eight Disaster Recovery Centers provided face-to-face customer service to 630 residents from the declared counties. One-to-one help remains available to registered applicants through the Helpline option available at FEMA’s toll-free at numbers, 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585 for the hearing- or speech-impaired. The Helpline, staffed by multilingual recovery specialists, is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, until further notice.


·         In-person disaster outreach continues in Fulton County , where an SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC), also serving DeKalb County residents and businesses, is located at City Hall East, 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue N.E. (fifth floor), Atlanta . Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., until further notice.


·         FEMA-contracted housing inspectors have completed more than 814 of 824 requests to view reported housing damages (98.8 percent). Turnaround time from registration to inspection averages less than two days.



 ·         To date, 29 Disaster Unemployment Assistance claims have been filed for this state-run, FEMA-funded program. Disaster Unemployment   Assistance claims may be filed at any Georgia Department of Labor Career Center . Residents of Bartow, Burke, DeKalb, Floyd, Jefferson and Polk counties must apply by Wednesday, April 23. (The April 21 deadline for Fulton County applicants has passed.) Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides benefits for workers who would not normally qualify for unemployment compensation, including farmers,

farm workers, diversified farming operators, loggers, commission-paid employees, those who are self-employed and others who are not eligible for the state’s program.


·         Residents with disaster-related damage are urged to register by calling FEMA

toll-free 800-621-3362 (FEMA) by the May 19 deadline. Those with a speech or

hearing impairment may call TTY 800-462-7585 to apply. Multilingual operators are available to speak to applicants. The toll-free telephone numbers are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, until further notice. Applicants may also register online at