Corps Seek Your ‘River’ Advice

October 16, 2008

WNRR Augusta – (USACE)

SAVANNAH, GA. Can the Corps of Engineers reduce the outflows from the J. Strom Thurmond Dam an additional 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) without a significant impact on the downstream environment? Savannah District officials seek comments to that question in an expedited draft environmental assessment they released today. The public comment period runs through Oct. 27.
Officials from the Georgia and South Carolina Departments of Natural Resources and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control requested a reduction in downstream outflows from Thurmond Dam from Nov. 1, 2008, through Feb. 28, 2009. Since October 2007, the Corps of Engineers has released only 3,600 cfs of water through the Thurmond Dam, the current minimum flow required by the two states. Officials seek public input on the impacts a further reduction to 3,100 cfs during the cooler winter months will have on the Savannah River below Thurmond.
Through this proposed reduction, officials hope to conserve more water in the Corps’ three reservoirs on the upper Savannah River – Lakes Hartwell, Russell, and Thurmond – while still meeting the needs of the downstream users and environment. The extended severe drought gripping the Southeast U.S. for the past 30 months has greatly depleted the usable water in the three reservoirs. The predicted continuation of the drought prompted state officials to request a further reduction of outflows during the winter through an expedited assessment.
The public may view the draft environmental assessment through the Savannah District homepage at or may obtain a copy by contacting William Bailey at 912-652-5781

Aiken Women Linked To Check Crimes

October 16, 2008

WNRR Augusta – (ACSO News Release)

Aiken, SC., October 15 – The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office has arrested one woman and is searching for a another concerning the forgery on September 6 of a check stolen from an area college or university at Lucky Seven, 1108 Hampton Avenue, in Aiken, South Carolina.


Alexis S. Cullum, 18, 1489 University Parkway , Aiken , South Carolina , is charged with Forgery. On Tuesday, Cullum surrendered to deputies at ACSO.


Lucendia L. Randolph, 25, 507 Sundy Avenue , Aiken , South Carolina , also will be charged with Forgery.


The fraud was discovered last month when the student, for whom the $1900 check was intended, never received it in the mail.


Subject Description

Gender: Female   Race: Black   Height: 5’3” – 5’5”   Weight: 130 – 150  Other: Possibly pregnant


Anyone with information on the whereabouts of this individual is asked to contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office: (800) 922-9709. Individuals also should call Crimestoppers of the Midlands : (888) CRIME – SC. Callers can remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of between $50 and $1000.


Mayor to ‘Cut Fair Ribbon’

October 16, 2008

WNRR Augusta – (City Press Release)

Mayor Deke Copenhaver will attend the ribbon cutting of the opening of the 2008 Georgia-Carolina State Fair on Thursday, October 16th at 5:30pm.  Presented by the Augusta Exchange Club, the Fair will feature new rides this year that are so heavy they had to be brought in by train.  The new rides include the Top Spin and a new Double Carousel.  The Fair opens to the public on Friday, October 17th and will run through Sunday, October 26th.

States Mayor Copenhaver, “I am pleased to once again have the opportunity to attend the opening of the Georgia-Carolina State Fair.  During these difficult economic times, it is very encouraging to know that the Exchange Club will once again grant an opportunity to the citizens of our community to come together in an affordable and family friendly atmosphere.  I would like to personally thank the Exchange Club for their efforts as this event is something that our city looks forward to each and every year.”

New Unemployment Numbers Show Increase

October 16, 2008

WNRR Augusta – (State Press Release)

September unemployment rate rises to 6.5 percent; Thurmond reassures
jobless Georgians

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) reported today that
the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.5 percent
in September, the highest rate in 16 years. The jobless rate was up
two percentage points from 4.5 percent at this same time last year. The
September unemployment rate was up two-tenths of one percentage point
from 6.3 percent in August.

“Despite the troubling unemployment statistics, I want to reassure
jobless Georgians that the department of labor is committed to helping
them get back to work,” said State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond.
“It is critical that job seekers continue to look for work and take
full advantage of our employment services. These services include job
referrals, job search workshops, resume writing assistance, computer
access, and referrals to education and training opportunities.” 

The last time Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate reached
this level was in November of 1992 when it was 6.6 percent. The state
rate remained above the national rate of 6.1 percent for the eighth
straight month. The number of jobs decreased 24,800 from August to
September, down in most major industries. At present, 317,490 unemployed
Georgians are looking for work.

Over the last year, the number of payroll jobs decreased 53,200 or 1.3
percent. This is the largest September-to-September decline in jobs
since 64,500 were lost from September of 2001 to September of 2002, the
period following the 911 terrorist attacks. The over-the-year job losses
came across-the-board in manufacturing, construction, trade, and

Georgia labor market data are available at


WNRR Operates On Temporary Reduced Transmitter Power

October 13, 2008

WNRR is currently upgrading an AC power componet to our main transmitter. During this time, we will be operating at a reduced power strength. We expect to resume normal power by Tuesday afternoon. For a clear signal anytime, visit us online at

Thank you.

‘No Record, But Lots Of Fun Memories’ Say Picnic Participants

October 12, 2008

‘No Record, But Lots Of Fun Memories’ Say Picnic Participants, originally uploaded by Newsradio1230.

WNRR- The world record for the Largest Family Picnic was not set Sunday. Allthough thousands attended, eight thousand were needed to break the official record. ‘It was absloutly incredible to be a part of the CSRA’S largest family picnic, history was made and we were proud to be a small part of it” says WAFJ Station Manager Steve Swanson. WAFJ was a featured sponsor of the event.

Performing Artist Amy Grant also provided an hour-long concert. Proceeds from todays event benefit the YMCA’s Miracle Field Project.

The official total number of guests has not been announced.

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‘Worlds Largest Picnic’ Underway

October 12, 2008

‘Worlds Largest Picnic’ Underway, originally uploaded by Newsradio1230.

WNRR- Around 4pm performing artist Amy Grant took the stage at the First Tee of Augusta to perform a collection of hits. Grant, who was born in Augusta, was joined by thousands of fans, set to participate in the attempted record-setting event. WNRR will let you know the final numbers just as soon as they are announced.

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