Station Note: Glenn Beck Upcoming Vacation – Guests Hosts Named

June 30, 2008

WNRR Augusta –

Talk how host Glenn Beck will be going on vacation next week, and Premiere Radio has announced the lineup for his fill-in hosts. We publish this as a service to our loyal Glenn Beck listeners.

Please be advised that Glenn Beck will be out on vacation from July 4th through July 11th, 2008.
 
Fri     July 4th – Best of Beck
 
Mon  Jul 7: fill-in host – Kevin Wall

Tue   Jul 8: fill-in host – Pat Gray

Wed  Jul 9: fill-in host – Doc Thompson

Thu   Jul 10: fill-in host – Pat Gray

Fri    Jul 11: fill-in host – Kevin Wall 

 

Glenn is scheduled to return to the studio on Monday, July 14th.

‘Target’ Peeping Tom Arrested

June 26, 2008

WNRR Augusta – (RCSO Release)

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Charles David Tremblay, 32 of Augusta has been arrested and charged in connection with the incidents at Target in which he was caught on video surveillance using his cell phone to take pictures or video under the skirts of unsuspecting female shoppers.  Tremblay was arrested today at around 4 PM as he arrived for work at Wild Wings on Washington Road. 

 

Tremblay was investigated in November of 2007 for a similar incident at the Augusta Mall.  In that case, a bystander saw Tremblay place his phone under the skirt of an unsuspecting female.  The Sheriff’s Office applied for a warrant in that case, but was denied due to a lack of probable cause because there was no picture on the phone when it was inspected.  He has now been charged in that November case. 

We would still like for the woman in the Target video to come forward and report the case to us so that we can charge him with another count.  So far he’s been charged with two counts of Peeping Tom, one for Target and one for the Augusta Mall.

Tremblay has already been convicted of 3 counts of Peeping Tom and is currently on probation for those convictions, which came out of Athens, Georgia.


New Figures Released In May Storm Assistance

June 26, 2008

WNRR Augusta – (GEMA Release)

RECOVERY EFFORTS FOCUS ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE REQUESTS

ATLANTA – Response and recovery efforts from the May 11-12 storms and
tornadoes have centered on delivering help to Georgians through the
Individual Assistance (IA) Program. Attention is now transitioning to
another arm of federal and state disaster assistance – the Public
Assistance program –   as state and local government applicants this week
submitted 53 eligible Requests for Public
Assistance (RPAs).

“Many of the RPAs, general requests for assistance, are for debris
removal
,” said Joe McKinney, Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA)
deputy state coordinating officer. “About
700,000 cubic yards of debris were left by the storms; and 25 percent
has been cleared. Other RPAs are for help with repairs to utilities,
higher education buildings, hospitals and other public buildings.”

Eligible RPAs trigger specific assistance requests or Project
Worksheets (PW).

“Project Worksheets deal with the nuts and bolts of the requests for
Public Assistance,” said Federal Emergency Management Agency Federal
Coordinating Officer, Jeff Bryant. “Submitted RPAs are expected to
generate about 210 project worksheets requiring a rough estimate of $10
million in
disaster assistance.”

GEMA and FEMA continue to work with communities through the Hazard
Mitigation Grant Program and with individuals and families. The deadline to
apply for IA is July 22; funds will continue to be disbursed to meet
eligible needs. State and federal officials report the following:
• Exactly 5,111 individuals (homeowners, renters and business owners)
already have applied      for assistance.
• More than $1.3 million in grants has been approved in housing
assistance for applicants to be used for temporary disaster housing or to
help make disaster-damaged homes safe, sanitary     and functional.
• A total of $373,584 in Other Needs Assistance (ONA) already is
approved for 418 applicants to replace personal property and to help meet
medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious
disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and
charitable     aid programs.
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• Some 315 homeowners, renters and businesses have returned their
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) applications for low-interest
loans. So far, the SBA has approved         $1.3 million for 59 loans.
• July 22 is the deadline for applicants who received SBA
low-interest loan applications to complete and return the applications. If the SBA
application is not returned, the applicant may not receive other forms
of federal assistance.
A county-by-county breakdown follows:
County Applications Individuals & Household Program Housing Assistance
Other Needs Assistance
Bibb 3,665 $929,725 $717,225 $212,500
Carroll 300 $202,379 $162,359 $40,020
Douglas 100 $24,406 $21,444 $2,962
Emanuel 74 $20,123 $19,553 $570
Jefferson 83 $29,805 $15,541 $14,264
Jenkins 66 $192,896 $152,466 $40,430
Johnson 388 $184,176 $153,424 $30,751
Laurens 99 $59,336 $44,511 $14,825
McIntosh 75 $37,053 $22,820 $14,233
Twiggs 154 $39,065 $36,035 $3,030

To apply by the July 22 deadline for assistance residents should call
the FEMA Helpline at
1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for speech- or
hearing-impaired applicants. Both lines are currently available 24 hours a day,
seven days a week. Residents also may apply on line at www.fema.gov.

FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for,
preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from
all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of
terror.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race,
color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or
economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated
against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call
800-462-7585.

SBA’s disaster loans are the primary form of federal assistance for
non-farm, private sector disaster losses.  Disaster loans from SBA helps
homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and nonprofit
organizations fund repair and replacement of disaster damaged real and personal
property.  These disaster loans cover uninsured and uncompensated losses
and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.  For
information about SBA programs, applicants may call 800-659-2955 or
online at www.sba.gov.


Mayor To Observe HIV Testing Day

June 26, 2008

WNRR Augusta – (City Press Release)

Mayor Copenhaver, Dr. Ketty Gonzalez and the Richmond County Health Department will observe National HIV Testing Day on June 27, 2008 at 11am at the Dr. Frank M. Rumph Richmond County Health Department located at 950 Laney Walker Blvd .  Education remains to be one of the most powerful tools in the fight against HIV and AIDS.  Quotes Mayor Copenhaver, “We are constantly working on making people aware of HIV and I encourage early diagnosis and routine testing.“

 The public is welcome.  For more information, please contact Karyn Nixon @ knixon@augustaga.gov or 706.821.1833.


Augusta’s Unemployment Rate Up

June 26, 2008

WNRR Augusta – (GA Press Release)

Metro Augusta’s unemployment rate rises in May

ATLANTA “ The Georgia Department of Labor reported today that the
unemployment rate in the metro Augusta area rose to a preliminary 5.6
percent in May, up six-tenths of one percent from a revised 5.0 percent in
April.

Meanwhile, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate jumped
to 5.8 percent in May, up five-tenths of one percent from 5.3 percent in
April.  The unemployment rate increased because layoffs in
manufacturing and other industries pushed the total number of unemployed workers
up from 258,191 in April to 284,816 in May, the highest level ever
recorded in Georgia.

The current adjusted state rate, which is three-tenths of one percent
higher than the U.S. seasonally-adjusted rate of 5.5 percent, continued
to top the national rate for the past four months.  The state rate was
the highest recorded for the month of May since 1993.

Job growth in May failed to keep pace with the number of job seekers
looking for work, contributing to the increase in the state unemployment
rate. Preliminary unadjusted data from April to May show Georgia gained
only 9,400 payroll jobs, an increase of two-tenths of one percent. The
data includes workers who hold more than one job. In metro Augusta,
the number of jobs was down 700, or three-tenths of one percent, from
220,200 to 219,500. 

The local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia
labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us.


Securenet: ‘WNRR Webstreaming Is Working’

June 18, 2008

WNRR Augusta – (Station Note) SecureNet Systems, the company that operates the internet radio streaming program for WNRR, has announced a fix for the problems users have been experiencing. A new ‘Listen Live’ button has been placed on the homepage. This button should now allow all Windows users to continue to hear WNRR as before. The problem reportedly started with an unannounced Adobe Player upgrade that many users were not prepared for.


Fire On Ft. Gordon

June 17, 2008

WNRR/WRDW/Callers

Update: The fire was contained shortly before 6:00pm, and burned about 20 acres. All power has been restored, and no injuries were reported.

Witnesses and emergency officials are confirming a brush fire this afternoon on Fort Gordon. The fire is reported to be near the Lakeview Housing Area. Some residents are being evacuated, and moved to Gym 3 on post for safety. Reports say that Military Police are restricting access to the Fort as of 2:00PM EST. Tune to AM 1230 for the latest on this developing story.