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Augusta firefighter causes $8,500 in damage to new aerial truck

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 1 hour 12 sec ago

An Augusta firefighter had a nearly $8,500 whoopsie with a new aerial truck before it was even put into commission.

A lieutenant, whom the fire department declined to name, damaged the truck’s console shell – an area located at the top of the truck and the bottom of the aerial ladder – while driving it into the garage behind the fire administration building on Deans Bridge Road around 4:45 p.m. Dec. 4, said Augusta Fire Department Public Information Officer Dee Griffin.

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MCG students buy toys for children's hospital patients

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 1 hour 32 min ago

A half-dozen students from the Medical College of Georgia enjoyed the fruits of their labor Wednesday, as they loaded more than 250 toys into a giant box wrapped like a present at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

The toys will brighten the faces of children in the hospital and clinics throughout the facility, and that is what the medical students have been working for all year.

Each class chooses a charity to support through donations or volunteering, said second-year medical student A.J. Evans.

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Brush fires reported on Hwy. 520

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 1 hour 38 min ago

Crews are battling three separate brush fires on Interstate 520 in North Augusta.

Approximately 3:30 p.m., deputies were called to the exit ramp of Hwy. 1 on 520, where grass had caught fire near the roadway, according to Lt. Tim Thornton.

Two other brush fires were reported near the same area of I-520.

“All the fires are contained and the highway remains open,” Thornton said.

A cause has not been officially determined, but Thornton does not believe the fires were set intentionally.

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Gee scores 28, but GRU women lose again

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 2 hours 12 min ago

 

It was a moral victory Thursday for the Georgia Regents women.

But the Jaguars are tired of coming up short.

Despite playing with a renewed sense of effort, Georgia Regents struggled with turnovers and fell to Georgia Southwestern, 62-58, at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

After a lackluster 18-point loss Monday to Coker, guard Camille Gee said her team gave a better effort in its Peach Belt Conference opener. Now, she said, the Jaguars (1-7, 0-1) have to play more consistent.

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Empty Stocking Fund donations

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 2 hours 22 min ago

Previously acknowledged: $83,390.94

 

Elizabeth Griffin $50

In honor of Pruitt Health Hospice Volunteers $35

Beckie and Jack $35

In loving memory of our daughter Tiffany Lea Temples $50

In memory of Yaya and Papou $100

In loving memory of my Beloved Wife Anna!!! $100

From Brandy, Louis, and Ludwig Merry Christmas $150

Eulala Weddle $25

In memory of my husband William B. Adams, Jr. $25

In memory of Bea, Donald and Pat $200

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University will appeal Columbia County denial

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 3 hours 10 min ago

University Hospital will appeal the state’s decision to deny it a license to build a hospital in Columbia County in favor of Georgia Regents Medical Center.

University’s board voted Thursday to proceed with the appeal, which will probably be filed next week, said Ed Burr, senior vice president for legal affairs. The appeal will follow a complicated and lengthy process that means it likely won’t be heard until May at the earliest, he said.

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Jaguars rally late, win in front of largest crowd

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 4 hours 40 min ago

They chanted. They stomped. And as Georgia Regents pulled away late, the 2,000 Richmond County fifth-graders in attendance started doing The Wave.

Yes, The Wave.

On Education Day, students rocked and rolled throughout the game as the 23rd-ranked Jaguars went on a big run late for a 68-58 conference-opening win over Georgia Southwestern.

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Grants available for science, math, technology teachers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 5 hours 47 min ago

Elementary and middle school educators can apply for small grants to use for science, math and technology curriculum.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the primary operations contractor for Savannah River Site, will give $500, $750 and $1,000 grants for innovative teaching methods, according to a news release. A total of $75,000 will be awarded.

Georgia educators in Columbia and Richmond counties can apply. South Carolina educators in Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell and Edgefield counties are also eligible.

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College football awards show, which includes Ray Guy Award, moving to Atlanta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 6 hours 5 min ago

 

The Home Depot College Football Awards will move to the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience in downtown Atlanta in 2015 as part of a new multi-year agreement between ESPN and the Hall of Fame, it was announced Thursday.

The Ray Guy Award, which is presented annually by the Augusta Sports Council to the nation’s top collegiate punter, has been part of the program since 2000 and will now be presented in Atlanta.

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Woman charged for driving drunk with kids in car

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 6 hours 16 min ago

A Hephzibah woman has been charged after driving under the influence with three children in the car.

Police went to Walden Avenue around 11:35 p.m. Wednesday after a man reported his girlfriend was driving drunk and causing problems. Police arrived at the scene to find Pamela Alicia Lowery, 29, sitting in the driver seat of a 1997 Chevrolet Suburban located near the Highland Avenue intersection and her boyfriend standing in a parking lot nearby.

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Mayor-elect site goes live, announces inaugural events

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 8 hours 24 min ago

Mayor-elect Hardie Davis’ website is now live and announcing plans for a citywide celebration to culminate in his inauguration Jan. 5.

The site, OneAugustaGa.com, provides information about the events, which begin with a “Hands Across Augusta” day of community service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3. Locations are to be announced.

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One dead in Aiken County crash

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 9 hours 57 min ago

A New Ellenton woman is dead after an Aiken County wreck Wednesday evening.

Elfriede E. Alonzo, 74, was pronounced dead at Georgia Regents Medical Center emergency room around 9:18 p.m., Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said today.

South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said Alonzo, driving a 2014 Hyundai, pulled off of Crosby Road onto Whiskey Road around 8:10 p.m. into the path of an oncoming 2007 Hummer driven by Clem Brown Jr., 57, of North Augusta. The Hummer struck the Hyundai on the driver side.

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Libazs saves Paine with block in overtime

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:07pm

With the clock winding down in overtime, Livingstone called up what seemed to be a perfect play.

Ty Newman dished the ball down low to Eric Mayo, who put on a clinic all night. But when Mayo went up for the game-winning layup, Paine’s Arnis Libazs was waiting.

With his only block Wednes­day night, Libazs helped preserve a 69-68 comeback win by the Lions at the HEAL Complex.

“I just saw he was going up,” said Libazs, Paine’s junior center from Latvia, said. “I was just waiting, trying not to foul him and go for the block.”

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Echols announces exit from District 7 special election

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 7:52pm

Kenny Echols, a retired health care administrator and former Richmond County school board member, said he’s out of the running to complete resigned District 7 commissioner Donnie Smith’s term.

Echols, who lost the 2012 District 7 commission election to Smith, said he’s looking forward to spending time with his wife after she retires next year at their second home in St. Simons Island.

“I was overwhelmed by the responses I’d been receiving to run,” Echols said. But, “family is a lot more important.”

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Obama announces effort to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:36pm

Some Augustans with ties to Cuba reacted with elation Wednesday over President Obama’s move to re-establish diplomatic ties between the United States and the island nation.

Twenty-six-year-old Chris Blanco, an Augusta native, used one word when describing Obama’s decision.

“Incredible.”

For Blanco, the thought of an affable relationship between the two countries “is something I dreamed would happen in my lifetime.”

Blanco’s father, Max, was born in Cuba in 1957 before fleeing the country in 1961.

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Deadly drag race between car, motorcycle leads to prison term

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 5:03pm

 

Rodney Kelly and Kyterian Jones wanted to see which was faster, Kelly’s souped up Chevrolet Monte Carlo or Jones’ motorcycle. The race ended tragically with two dead, one injured and Kelly in a prison cell.

On Wednesday, Kelly, 26, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to vehicular homicide and serious injury by a vehicle for the July 28, 2013, death of 23-year-old Marcus Kelly and the broken leg sustained by 17-year-old Jerome Gilmore.

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Augusta man acquitted in shooting case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:46pm

 

An Augusta man accused of aggravated assault and weapon charges was acquitted Tuesday.

A Richmond County Superior Court jury found Kenneth L. Anderson, 23, not guilty at the conclusion of a trial that stretched over two weeks.

Anderson was charged with aggravated assault in the Nov. 17, 2013, shooting of Xavier Alvin on 15th Street. Alvin was left paralyzed from the waist down.

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McDuffie school system closes after influenza outbreak

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:38pm

One day after closing an elementary school due to excessive absences caused by an outbreak of influenza, strep infection and stomach viruses, the McDuffie County School System has decided to close all seven of its schools, according to its superintendent.

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Two men in custody after investigation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:39am

Two men were arrested Tuesday following a narcotics investigation in the parking lot of Taco Bell on Washington Road.

Joshua Brooks Woodward, 22, was charged with possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to Richmond County Sgt. Michael McDaniel.

Robert Harrison Wagner, 32, was charged with magistrate court bench warrant.

A bond amount has not been set for Woodward, while Wagner’s bond is $175.

 

Columbia County commission passes vote to stormwater utilty fees by 2017

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:14am

 

Columbia County commissioners voted Tuesday to implement a series of increases to the county’s stormwater utility fee, more than doubling the current fee by 2017.

The measure passed 3-2, with Chairman Ron Cross and newly seated District 3 Com­mis­sioner Mack Taylor voting against the fee increase.

The other commissioners voted in favor of the increases with reluctance, they said, seeing no alternative to stanching losses in the stormwater utility budget, which dipped into $4 million in reserves this past year to address infrastructure repairs.

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