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  • Doctors Hospital previews $22 million ER expansion

    Doctors Hospital previews $22 million ER expansion

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 10:42 PM EDT2018-09-19 02:42:11 GMT
    Doctors Hospital to Cut Ribbon and Preview $21.8 Million ER ExpansionDoctors Hospital to Cut Ribbon and Preview $21.8 Million ER Expansion
    Doctors Hospital to Cut Ribbon and Preview $21.8 Million ER ExpansionDoctors Hospital to Cut Ribbon and Preview $21.8 Million ER Expansion
    Doctor's Hospital will soon be able to welcome more emergency patients. The hospital previewed its $28 million emergency room expansion with a ribbon cutting ceremony - and showing off new life saving tools and rooms.  #HappeningNow: A packed house at .@DoctorsAugusta. They’re about to cut the ribbon on a $21.8 million expansion. The #hospital will preview the Emergency Department after a #ribboncutting ceremony with a community open house. .@WFXGFOX54 pic.twitter.com/yr...More >>
    Doctor's Hospital will soon be able to welcome more emergency patients. The hospital previewed its $28 million emergency room expansion with a ribbon cutting ceremony - and showing off new life saving tools and rooms.  #HappeningNow: A packed house at .@DoctorsAugusta. They’re about to cut the ribbon on a $21.8 million expansion. The #hospital will preview the Emergency Department after a #ribboncutting ceremony with a community open house. .@WFXGFOX54 pic.twitter.com/yr...More >>
  • Nine Alleged Sex Money Murder Bloods members indicted in Richmond County

    Nine Alleged Sex Money Murder Bloods members indicted in Richmond County

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 5:13 AM EDT2018-09-19 09:13:05 GMT

    A months long investigation has lead to nine alleged members of the Sex, Money, Murder (SMM) criminal street gang being arrested, indicted or awaiting indictment at both the State and Federal level.  Several agencies were involved including the Richmond County Sheriff's Office (RCSO) Gang Intelligence Unit (GIU), and the FBI CSRA Safe Streets TAsk Force were involved in the investigation. SMM is a subset of the Bloods criminal street gang.  SMM, and its members, w...

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    A months long investigation has lead to nine alleged members of the Sex, Money, Murder (SMM) criminal street gang being arrested, indicted or awaiting indictment at both the State and Federal level.  Several agencies were involved including the Richmond County Sheriff's Office (RCSO) Gang Intelligence Unit (GIU), and the FBI CSRA Safe Streets TAsk Force were involved in the investigation. SMM is a subset of the Bloods criminal street gang.  SMM, and its members, w...

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  • Car strikes school in Richmond County; no students injured

    Car strikes school in Richmond County; no students injured

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 11:13 AM EDT2018-09-19 15:13:45 GMT
    Richmond County Deputies are on the scene of an accident with injuries that occurred at Tobacco Road at Gracewood Drive. A white Toyota traveling east on Tobacco Road collided with a silver Toyota pulling out from Gracewood Drive. After the impact, the driver of the white Toyota left the roadway and struck the school. There were children in the classrooms when the building was hit, but the damage was to the building only and no children were harmed. Both drivers were transported ...More >>
    Richmond County Deputies are on the scene of an accident with injuries that occurred at Tobacco Road at Gracewood Drive. A white Toyota traveling east on Tobacco Road collided with a silver Toyota pulling out from Gracewood Drive. After the impact, the driver of the white Toyota left the roadway and struck the school. There were children in the classrooms when the building was hit, but the damage was to the building only and no children were harmed. Both drivers were transported ...More >>

The Affordable Care Act is being widely criticized after statistics show that only one-hundred thousand people were able to sign up online for new policies.

Since the web site launched glitches have prevented thousands of people from accessing the online marketplace, and folks are frustrated.

"I understand why folks are frustrated, I would be too," President Obama said Thursday morning when he addressed the report released by the Department of Health and Human Services. The project showed that less than one percent of the nations uninsured were able to sign up for healthcare in the first month of the website launch.

"I think the numbers low, not only in South Carolina but across the nation because of the glitches in the system. The website was not operating properly. They weren't able to successfully get in and complete and application and a lot of people got frustrated with that, said Gail Diggs, director of outreach for Rural Healthcare Services.

In South Carolina, only five-hundred and seventy-two people were able to successfully enroll in new healthcare plans. That's less than one percent of the total nation. Rural Healthcare Services assists people in the CSRA who need help signing up in the marketplace. Diggs said aside from the website issues, there a number of reasons why South Carolina's numbers are so low.

"Some people are afraid. They don't know what it means for them. They don't understand it," she stated.

She also believes that the recent statistics are misleading...

"It minimizing the impact that we are actually making."

She says that seventy-five percent of the people she helps prefer signing up for insurance by phone or mail; not on the website. She said it's entirely too soon even consider eliminating Obamacare.

"A lot more people are taking advantage of it. I think it's a little early to entirely rule out the affordable health care act."

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  • Cancer patients and survivors enjoy the 15th annual "Spa Day"

    Cancer patients and survivors enjoy the 15th annual "Spa Day"

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 8:00 PM EDT2018-09-20 00:00:41 GMT
    One of the massage rooms in Tuscany Spa (WFXG)One of the massage rooms in Tuscany Spa (WFXG)
    One of the massage rooms in Tuscany Spa (WFXG)One of the massage rooms in Tuscany Spa (WFXG)
    Around 90 women came out to Tuscany Spa in Evans for the 15th annual Spa Day for gynecological cancer patients and survivors on Sept. 19. The spa day was fully paid for by the CSRA Gynecological cancer survivors support group. This event is put on every year and gives survivors and patients a chance to escape reality, even just for a day. Dr. Sharad Ghamande, Director of Gynecological Oncology at the Georgia Cancer Center, said, "The event gives these women a chance to express th...More >>
    Around 90 women came out to Tuscany Spa in Evans for the 15th annual Spa Day for gynecological cancer patients and survivors on Sept. 19. The spa day was fully paid for by the CSRA Gynecological cancer survivors support group. This event is put on every year and gives survivors and patients a chance to escape reality, even just for a day. Dr. Sharad Ghamande, Director of Gynecological Oncology at the Georgia Cancer Center, said, "The event gives these women a chance to express th...More >>
  • Plane crashes into several cars in Texas neighborhood

    Plane crashes into several cars in Texas neighborhood

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 7:36 PM EDT2018-09-19 23:36:07 GMT
    A small plane crashed and hit several vehicles Wednesday in a Sugar Land, TX, neighborhood. (Source: KTRK/CNN)A small plane crashed and hit several vehicles Wednesday in a Sugar Land, TX, neighborhood. (Source: KTRK/CNN)

    A small plane crashed and hit several vehicles Wednesday in Sugar Land, TX.

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    A small plane crashed and hit several vehicles Wednesday in Sugar Land, TX.

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  • Grovetown woman says she and friend were stabbed by Uber driver

    Grovetown woman says she and friend were stabbed by Uber driver

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 7:32 PM EDT2018-09-19 23:32:28 GMT
    Stab wounds suffered by Amber Teahon (source: Amber TeahonStab wounds suffered by Amber Teahon (source: Amber Teahon
    Stab wounds suffered by Amber Teahon (source: Amber TeahonStab wounds suffered by Amber Teahon (source: Amber Teahon

    Amber Teahon, a resident of Grovetown, tells FOX 54 that she and two friends were picked up by an Uber in the early morning hours on Sunday, Sept. 16. Teahon says after getting lost multiple times, the driver pulled into Reynolds Pond subdivision and demanded that the group get out of her car.

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    Amber Teahon, a resident of Grovetown, tells FOX 54 that she and two friends were picked up by an Uber in the early morning hours on Sunday, Sept. 16. Teahon says after getting lost multiple times, the driver pulled into Reynolds Pond subdivision and demanded that the group get out of her car.

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