Rape Crisis Volunteers Needed

August 21, 2008

WNRR Augusta – (Press Release)

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA (8/20/08) – Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services, the only provider of services to survivors of Sexual Assault in the CSRA will have their next volunteer training for September 4 – 18, 2008.  Anyone interested in volunteering with this organization that is vital to the community is invited to attend the first session on Thursday, September 4, from 5:30 – 9:00 pm in Cafeteria Classroom #1 at University Hospital.

Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services is a United Way supported agency, operating under University Hospital, that provides help for survivors of sexual assault regardless of how long ago it happened or whether it was reported. 

Sexual assault is an act of violence that is intended to control or humiliate.  As the most underreported of all crimes, it is more widespread than most people recognize. One out of three women and one out of five men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes.  Rape and sexual abuse are often labeled “crimes of silence” because of low reporting rates and social discomfort with their public discussion.

Anne Ealick Henry, Director of Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services, said “The success of services provided by Rape Crisis depends exclusively on our volunteers.  For over thirty years Rape Crisis has provided the CSRA with a 24-hour Crisis Line, emergency room advocacy at all area hospitals, court and legal advocacy, community education and counseling and therapy for survivors of sexual assault.  Our volunteers are the very core which has allowed the Program to continue for more than three decades.” 

Included in the formal training are presentations that address a variety of issues related to sexual assault, including how these types of cases are investigated and prosecuted and about the emotional aspects of this crime.  To become a volunteer with Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services, one must be able to attend all of the scheduled sessions.  The training will be completed by attending self defense classes, of which the dates, times, and locations will be announced at training. 

 

The full Volunteer Training Schedule is as follows:

 

Thursday, September 4        5:30 PM – 9:00 PM     Cafeteria Classroom # 1

Friday, September 5             6:00 PM – 9:00 PM     Cafeteria Classroom # 1

Saturday, September 6         8:00 AM – 5:00 PM     Cafeteria Classroom # 1

Sunday, September 7            1:00 PM – 5:00 PM     Cafeteria Classroom # 1

Monday, September 8           5:30 PM – 9:00 PM     Cafeteria Classroom # 6

(All Classrooms are located in the Cafeteria Dining Room at University Hospital)

 

Volunteers serve the agency in a number of ways, including: answering crisis calls, providing emergency room advocacy for victims of sexual assault, or volunteering in the office.  Rape Crisis is also in need volunteers to offer advocacy in the court system by sitting through various court proceedings in Burke, Richmond, and Columbia Counties.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Rape Crisis, please call  (706) 774-2746 .


Augusta’s Unemployment Rate Rises

August 21, 2008

WNRR Augusta – GA Press Release

The Georgia Department of Labor reported today that the
unemployment rate in the metro Augusta area rose to a preliminary 6.7
percent in July, up six-tenths of one percent from a revised 6.1 percent in
June.

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said, “We are experiencing
a rising tide of unemployment not seen in Georgia in more than fifteen
years. The surge of jobless workers into our career centers is
challenging our ability to keep pace with the demand for assistance at a time
when it is most needed. We ask our customers for their patience and
cooperation as we work together to meet and overcome these economic
challenges.”

Meanwhile, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to
6.2 percent in July, up six-tenths of one percent from 5.6 percent in
June. The July rate was the highest recorded since March of 1993.

The current adjusted state rate, which is five-tenths of one percent
higher than the U.S. seasonally-adjusted rate of 5.7 percent, continued
to top the national rate for the sixth straight month. At present,
304,536 unemployed Georgians are now looking for work.

At the same time, initial unemployment insurance claims, which are
considered to be a leading economic indicator, rose by 30 percent in
Georgia in July to 59,165.

Preliminary unadjusted data show Georgia lost 46,600 payroll jobs from
June to July, a decrease of 1.1 percent. The job losses came
across-the-board in manufacturing, construction, trade, and services. In metro
Augusta, the number of jobs was down 3,800, or 1.7 percent, from 218,800
to 215,000.

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


GA Plans ‘Fay’ Response

August 20, 2008

WNRR Augusta – FEMA

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS STATE RESPONSE TO TROPICAL STORM FAY

 

ATLANTAThe Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is coordinating the plans and preparatory activities of numerous federal agencies in close communication with state, tribal and local officials as Tropical Storm Fay continues to affect large portions of Florida . 

 

The robust system put in place by the state of Florida is meeting all the initial response and recovery needs.  Georgia , Alabama , North Carolina , South Carolina and other states along the storm’s predicted path are also stepping up their own preparations.  FEMA and its federal partners are in close communications with Florida and other states to review plans and respond to any request for assistance.

 

Snapshot of Federal Activities:

 

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • FEMA has brought its National Response Coordination Center and its Regional Response Coordination Centers to heightened states of readiness.
  • FEMA National Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces, Mobile Emergency Response System Detachments, and the National Incident Management Assistance Team East have been alerted and are standing by for potential deployment.
  • FEMA logistics commodities pre-staged in Florida :
    • 746,000 meals (35 trailers);
    • 9,600 tarps;
    • 616 rolls (20×100) of plastic sheeting.
  • Fourteen Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers are standing by for deployment if needed.

 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

  • USACE has Planning and Prime Power Teams on alert.

 The American Red Cross (ARC)

  • ARC deployed 506 staff to Florida to support:
    • 29 shelters providing assistance to more than 1,300 people.
    • Deployment of supplies from three warehouses located in the state.

 

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

  • USCG has an Incident Management Team on alert.
  • USCG is working to reopen ports impacted by the storms and to bring other ports back to full capacity.

 

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • HHS has placed one Disaster Medical Assistance Team on alert and notified three additional teams to be prepared, should they be needed, to deploy.
  • HHS has five caches of emergency medical supplies on hand in Florida .

 

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

  • DOT is monitoring traffic patterns relating to voluntary evacuations and the potential for additional evacuations.
  • DOT has 500,000 sandbags on hand to assist with flood protection measures along critical transportation routes.
  • DOT is communicating with the state and private sector to monitor fuel levels.  Approximately 85 percent of gas stations along evacuation routes report sufficient fuel on hand to support any evacuations.


The U.S. Department of Defense, National Guard Bureau, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Transportation Security Administration, and the National Infrastructure Coordination Center all report a heightened state of awareness and updated planning activities to facilitate an efficient response.

 

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. 

 


Fay Update: Augusta ‘Out Of Swath’

August 20, 2008

WNRR Augusta – Most of the CSRA will miss the severe affects of tripocal storm Fay, accoring to emergency leaders. The Columbia County Emergency Management Agency released this information Wednesday:

Tropical Storm Fay’s projected path continues to edge away from us and our area is now out of the swath.  There is no reason to believe at this time that any local activities will be affected by this system.    

 

That doesn’t mean that TS Fay’s path won’t change again, but as of this morning, it does look like our local focus will now shift from dealing with local problems to standing by for any assistance needed by our south Georgia counties. 

 

The Columbia County Mobile Operations Center (MOC) is already on stand-by with GEMA and our shelters will be available in case there are any evacuations from the affected areas.  We will have a statewide conference call during the late morning hours and we will continue to closely monitor this system for any changes and I will keep you posted. 

 


We’re Watching The Tropics

August 17, 2008

WNRR Augusta – As Fay gains strength in the tropics, Georgia-Carolina remains in most of the projected paths. Local Emergency Management officials are also watching the forecast maps, to see how strong the storm will be if/when it reaches our area. Stay tuned to Newsradio1230, and Newsradio1230.com for the latest storm updates.


Graniteville Woman Arrested In Assault

August 14, 2008

WNRR Augusta – (ACSO News Release)

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Graniteville woman concerning a series of sexual assaults involving a 13-year-old girl.

 

Stephanie G. Kirkland, 20, 225 Julianne Drive , Graniteville , South Carolina , is charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct – Second Degree (three counts) and Lewd Act Upon a Minor (four counts).

 

Kirkland surrendered to investigators Tuesday at ACSO.

 

Between May and December 2007, the subject sexually assaulted the victim at three different locations.

 

Kirkland is being held at the Aiken County Detention Center .

 


Columbia County Republican Breakfast Announced

August 14, 2008

WNRR Augusta – (CCRP Press Release)

Columbia County Republican Party Monthly Breakfast

 

EVANS, GA – The Columbia County Republican Party will hold its monthly breakfast meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 23rd at Fatz Cafe on Belair Rd in Evans.

Our guest speaker is Dr. Wayne Moseley, the Georgia Chair of “Veterans for McCain”.  Dr Moseley is also a Lt Col in the Georgia Army National Guard and has served 2 tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan .

 

The cost for the breakfast is $6 per person. Reservations are not required.

 

Please visit the Columbia County Republican Party web site at www.columbiacountyrepublicanparty.org, or call 706-955-2012 for more information.