North Augusta shooting suspects connected to double-homicide in Columbia

The two individuals arrested for a shooting that occurred in North Augusta have now been charged in a double-homicide that occurred in Richland County.

Carlos Flores, 18, and a 15-year-old female were both arrested Thursday afternoon during a traffic stop, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. Flores and the unidentified juvenile, who are connected to a shooting that occurred Wednesday on Amos Court that injured one man, are also suspects in the murder of two men in Columbia which occurred on Thursday, according to Lt. Curtis Wilson with the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

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Whitney Field pavilion nears completion

Three weeks ago, Lawnmaster Outdoor Living began work on a first-ever Whitney Field pavilion for the Aiken Polo Club.

Terri Morris, the club's business manager, said the long-awaited facility should be ready today, needing only a few final touches.

“This has been a dream that actually started about seven years ago,” she said.

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DOE official: MOX is ‘preferred solution’

A high-ranking official in the Energy Department said the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication facility, or MOX, under construction at the Savannah River Site is the “preferred solution” to dispose of weapons-grade plutonium if sustained funding available over time, despite the federal government's efforts to place the project in a cold stand-by.

According to an article in the Nuclear Security & Deterrence Monitor – a publication that follows nuclear activities – Department of Energy Deputy Secretary nominee Liz Sherwood-Randall reported the news.

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Old house retains its family heart

A writer named Jack Findley once noted that the past is always with us – an antique car, golden oldies and a 140-year-old home on Beaverdam Road outside Aiken.

Earlier this week, sisters Mary Ann Sizemore, of Aiken, and Martha Anderson, of Dothan, Alabama, happily puttered around the house their grandparents, Luther and Sally Seigler, purchased in 1907.

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S.C. tax-free weekend begins Aug. 1

Starting Aug. 1, families have the opportunity to spend a little less at the cash register for their back-to-school items.

The sales tax-free holiday begins on Friday at 12:01 a.m., and ends at midnight on Sunday.

Shoppers won't have to pay the 6 percent state sales tax and use tax for items including clothing, pens and pencils, notebooks, notebook paper, towels, backpacks and bedsheets. Other exempt items include calculators, bath and bed items, foot ware and computers.

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