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Augusta VA facing similar struggles a year after cancer-related deaths

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:05pm

A year after thousands of delayed gastrointestinal procedures at the Charlie Norwoood Veterans Affairs Medical Center led to three cancer-related deaths, the Augusta hospital still lacks permanent leadership and a former whistleblower continues to lobby for accountability at the facility.

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Recycling events will take place for Thanksgiving cooking oils

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:39pm

Richmond and Columbia counties are holding recycling events for Thanksgiving cooking oil, according to Pam Tucker, Columbia County director of emergency and operations division.

Recycling will be offered Friday, Dec. 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. until noon.

Drop-off locations are the Augusta Utilities Department and Columbia County Water Utility.

The following types of cooking oil will be accepted: animal fat grease, canola oil, corn oil, lard, olive oil, peanut oil, sesame oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil and vegetable oil.

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Suspect robs Family Dollar, flees on foot

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 9:42pm

Deputies are searching for a male suspect accused of armed robbery Tuesday evening.

Approximately 9:29 p.m., officers responded to 1991 Broad Street where a black man allegedly robbed a Family Dollar at gunpoint before leaving on foot, according to Richmond County dispatch.

The suspect is described as 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds with dreadlocked hair and last seen wearing all black clothing and a blue ski mask.

Georgia High School Writing Test scores increase

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 9:11pm

The Georgia Department of Education released statewide results for the High School Writing Test on Tuesday, with data showing more special education and English learners meeting or exceeding testing standards.

Ninety-six percent of Georgia 11th-graders met or exceeded test standards this year, a two-point improvement over 2013 scores. All individual student demographics showed gains, some with significant improvements.

The test is designed to test students’ ability to persuade through written essays.

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Vietnam veteran writes book on 319th Transportation Co.

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 3:49pm

William “Bill” Patterson always feared driving to and from Tay Ninh.

The Vietnam War veteran said the trip to the southwestern Vietnamese city was a full-day outing at best, and often lasted overnight because of the long distance, enemy fire and poorly maintained roads he and other military truck drivers had to navigate to deliver ammunition and supplies to American combat troops.

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Funds for home heating assistance depleted for year

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 3:34pm

 

Funds that assist low-income residents with home heating costs during winter months have run out for the year.

The CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority depleted its initial funds fulfilling requests from elderly residents, said Patricia Johnson, coordinator of the Energy Assistance Program. The agency will not know if additional funds will be made available by the state until at least the end of December.

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Plant Vogtle expansion falling further behind schedule, construction monitor reports

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 3:25pm

 

Scheduling delays for two nuclear reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle are worsening, according to a report from a state-hired construction monitor.

William Jacobs, who monitors the Vogtle project for the Georgia Public Service Commission, wrote in a report released Monday that he thinks the new units will be delayed past their current forecasted completions of late 2017 and 2018. Based on current activities, “it is impossible to determine” when the units will be begin producing commercial power.

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Palace Malice returns to training

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:49am

 

AIKEN — Palace Malice is back in training, and he’s rarin’ to go.

The 4-year-old colt, jointly owned by Dogwood Stable and Three Chimneys Farm, expended some pent-up energy Tuesday morning at the Aiken Training Track when he got loose for a few anxious moments.

Palace Malice reared up and exercise rider Gene Tucker fell off the 2013 Belmont Stakes winner as a planned one-mile jog around the track was coming to an end. The colt headed for the barn area, but Dogwood vice president Jack Sadler acted quickly and helped corral him.

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Mike Padgett wreck kills woman, 20

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:27am

A woman died Tuesday morning after her northbound Jeep Cherokee crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a tractor trailer truck on Mike Padgett Highway.

She was identified as Kimberley Ivey Kitchens, 20, according to the coroner.

Police were called the 4500 block of Mike Padgett Highway just before 7 a.m. for the crash.

According to a Richmond County sheriff’s news release, she lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a curve.

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Holiday drinkers offered free tow

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 8:58am

Don’t get caught behind bars this Thanksgiving.

Bud Light and AAA are teaming up again to prevent accidents, deaths and unsightly police mug shots by offering free tow for intoxicated drivers.

Since the Tow to Go program began in 1998, it had resulted in the safe removal of more than 23,000 impaired drivers from the roads. The service is designed to use as a last resort and is offered based on availability of AAA drivers and tow trucks during times of high call volume.

Anyone planning on drinking is advised to arrange for a designated driver ahead of time.

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Holiday drinkers offered free tow

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 8:57am

Don’t get caught behind bars this Thanksgiving.

Bud Light and AAA are teaming up again to prevent accidents, deaths and unsightly police mug shots by offering free tow for intoxicated drivers.

Since the Tow to Go program began in 1998, it had resulted in the safe removal of more than 23,000 impaired drivers from the roads. The service is designed to use as a last resort and is offered based on availability of AAA drivers and tow trucks during times of high call volume.

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Repairs prompt Salvation Army's request for food donations from community

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 8:54am

The Salvation Army is seeking food donations to cover a period when the kitchen will be closed for repairs.

The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope kitchen will be closed from Monday through Dec. 7 for “much needed renovations,” according to a news release.

Without a way to serve its normal three daily meals, the Center of Hope is calling on churches, restaurants and organizations to help fill the gaps by donating food. Each year the center serves more than 100,000 meals.

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80 Ferguson arrests overnight

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 8:26am

FERGUSON, Mo. — Authorities say that more than 80 people were arrested as chaos enveloped sections of the St. Louis area overnight.

St. Louis County police released records early Tuesday showing 61 people were arrested in Ferguson on charges including burglary and trespassing.

And St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said 21 people were arrested in the city.

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SC man dies burning leaves

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 8:10am

DARLINGTON, S.C. — A Darlington man has died from injuries suffered while burning leaves.

Darlington County Coroner J. Todd Hardee told local media outlets that 78-year-old Foster Henneghan died Monday in an Augusta hospital.

Hardee said Henneghan was burning leaves Saturday when the fire got out of control and burned him.

New UGA extension service director

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 8:05am

ATHENS, Ga. — The University of Georgia Extension is getting a new director.

J. Scott Angle, dean and director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has announced that Laura Perry Johnson will take the helm of UGA Extension Jan. 1. Her official title will be associate dean of extension.

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Atlanta Ferguson protest planned

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 8:02am

ATLANTA — Activists plan to rally in downtown Atlanta in response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.

Organizers say the “Community Speakout” is set for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Underground Atlanta, a shopping area in the heart of the city.

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Fires burn in Ferguson, gunshots heard after no indictment

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 3:58am

 

FERGUSON, Mo.  — Flames engulfed at least a dozen businesses in Ferguson early today and gunfire kept firefighters at bay after protests over the decision not to indict a police officer in Michael Brown's death turned violent, despite pleas for peace from Brown's family and others.

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Grand jury won't indict Ferguson cop in shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:59pm

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A grand jury has decided not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by a white officer sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and exposed deep racial tension.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced the decision Monday evening. A grand jury of nine whites and three blacks had been meeting weekly since Aug. 20 to consider evidence. The panel met for 70 hours and heard from 60 witnesses.

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Augusta administrator Janice Allen Jackson wants deputy administrators to remain until replacements hired

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:21pm

As her plate of responsibilities continues to fill, new City Admini­strator Janice Allen Jackson asked the Augusta Commission to retain interim administrators Tameka Allen and Steve Cassell in her office until she fills two deputy administrator slots.

After a lengthy closed-door discussion Monday, commissioners authorized returning Allen to deputy administrator and information technology director, a dual role she’s held for a decade, and keeping Cassell on as deputy administrator.

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Georgia emergency management chief Charley English demoted to deputy; Gen. Jim Butterworth named as replacement

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 8:12pm

 

ATLANTA — The head of Georgia’s emergency management agency has been demoted to a deputy position, months after becoming the public face of the state’s weak response to a January snowstorm that trapped motorists on highways in metro Atlanta for hours.

Adjutant Gen. Jim Butterworth, who was appointed to lead the Georgia National Guard in 2011, will take over as director of the Georgia Department of Emergency Management.

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