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Hundreds of local AT&T customers still without landline phone service

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 1 hour 31 min ago

Between 500 and 600 customers in Augusta have been without landline phone service since Thursday, according to AT&T maintenance officials.

Crews say the issue arose when a contractor drilled through the phone cable near Forest Hills Apartments on Walton Way.

“It’s a very timely process and we’ve been working 24-hour shifts since Thursday,” said Brandon Taylor, an AT&T employee, on Monday afternoon. “I’m on hour No. 34 right now.”

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Proposal would cut time for suing over Georgia workplace injuries

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 2 hours 15 min ago

By Walter C. Jones

Morris News Service

ATLANTA – Workers would have less time to see if a job-related accident or chemical exposure resulted in a disability under legislation that a joint legislative panel considered Monday.

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Richmond teacher faces drug charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 4 hours 15 min ago

An Augusta teacher is facing felony drug charges after a traffic stop in Hephzibah over the weekend.

Terry Rerrell Pinckney, 39, of Hephzibah, was booked into the Richmond County jail around 6:30 p.m. Sunday on charges of speeding and felony possession of marijuana.

According to a warrant, Pinckney was stopped at Highway 25 and Wilson Road by a Hephzibah police officer for speeding. During the traffic stop, police discovered 30.6 grams of marijuana in his possession.

Pinckney has since bonded out of jail.

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Falcons fined, lose draft pick for pumping in fake noise

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 5 hours 4 min ago

NEW YORK — The NFL has fined the Atlanta Falcons, stripped the organization of a draft pick and suspended team president Rich McKay from the league’s Competition Committee beginning April 1 following the team’s use of fake noise at home games.

In statement released Monday, the league announced that the Falcons have been fined $350,000 and will forfeit their fifth-round selection in the 2016 draft. If the Falcons have multiple picks in that round, the highest selection will be forfeited.

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Two more meetings set on stormwater fee

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 5 hours 20 min ago

Two more public meetings are scheduled on Augusta’s implementation of a new monthly stormwater utility fee.

The fee, proposed at $6.40 a month for most households, is intended to cover the cost of maintenance and construction of stormwater infrastructure such as storm drains, pipes and ditches.

The meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. today at Gracewood Community Center, 2309 Tobacco Road, and 6 p.m. Wednesday at Augusta Municipal Building, 535 Telfair St.

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Light earthquake shakes Blackville, S.C.

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 11 hours 1 min ago

Barnwell County residents woke early Monday to a loud rumble that turned out to be a minor earthquake.

“It kind of sounded like a loud rumble of thunder,” said Roger Riley, the South Carolina county’s emergency management director.

The 2.3-magnitude earthquake was recorded 2.78 miles from Blackville at 2:19 a.m. According to the U.S. Geological Survey Web site, the quake occurred about 0.3 miles below the surface.

Residents in Anderson, Aiken, Barnwell and Pawley’s Island felt “weak” shakes from the earthquake.

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Wave-like clouds draw plenty of attention

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 11 hours 10 min ago


An unusual band of wave-like clouds sent people to buzzing early Monday as a storm approached the Augusta area.

“It’s very unusual,” National Weather Service meteorologist Tony Petrolito said of the clouds. “I’ve never seen them before.”

The clouds, called undulatus asperatus, which mean “agitated waves,” often resemble rough seas and have been reported all over the world, always creating a buzz for their unusual pattern, weather reports show. Yet, the cloud formation has not been formally recognized by the World Meteorological Organization.

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HEAT team sparks change in driver behavior, officials say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 8:30pm


Less than two years after the Rich­mond County Sheriff's Office received a traffic enforcement grant designed to target dangerous driving behavior, officials say they're seeing results.

The department was approved for the $625,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in October 2013.

The Highway Enforcement of Ag­gressive Traffic grant, which the sheriff’s office had previously received from 2006 to 2009, allows it to field a team of three officers with a focus on aggressive and drunken drivers.

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Harris, Frantom reminding District 7 voters to exercise right in April 14 runoff

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 8:24pm

Advance voting and voting by mail in the District 7 Augusta Commission special election runoff starts Monday.

The two candidates in the runoff to complete resigned Commissioner Donnie Smith’s term said they had been reminding voters not to overlook the April 14 runoff after the bustle of Masters Week.

“We’re trying to spur the voters, make sure they know there’s an election going on,” said Sean Frantom, the development director for Ronald McDon­ald House Charities of Au­gusta, who garnered 43.7 percent of the vote in the March 17 election.

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Jimmy Walker wins hometown Texas Open

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 6:11pm

SAN ANTONIO — Jimmy Walker made himself right at home on the Texas Open leaderboard.

Walker won his hometown event Sunday to become the first two-time winner this season on the PGA Tour, beating fellow Texan Jordan Spieth by four strokes.

“(Spieth) really made me fight hard,” Walker said. “He kept hitting it close, and I had to keep making putts.”

Walker made birdie putts of 15 feet at No. 16 and 17 feet at the 17th in a 2-under 70 that left him at 11-under 277 at TPC San Antonio, a 35-minute drive from his home.

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Pearl the obese dog gradually losing weight

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 4:45pm


Pearl walked through the doorway of Aiken Pet Fitness and Rehabilitation on Friday, took a look around, and immediately waddled back out toward the car.

It was the fifth trip to physical therapy in six months for the morbidly obese Jack Russell mix, and she appeared to know it.

For a dog who doesn’t particularly like to work or walk or leave the house, it’s not always easy to get her motivated, said Hayley Zielinski, co-founder of Dog Networking Agents rescue group.

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Gracewood parents brace for move out

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 12:06am
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Death haunts mother who can't get answers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:55pm
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Woman dies after Heard Avenue fire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:52pm

A fire at a Heard Avenue duplex late Saturday claimed the life of an Augusta woman, officials said.

According to a statement from the Augusta Fire Department, firefighters were called to the blaze at 1431 Heard Ave. about 9:32 p.m.

Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said the victim, 45-year-old Sherrel Dunn, of Augusta, was found unresponsive and taken to Trinity Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 10:30 p.m.. An autopsy will be scheduled at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta, Bowen said.

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Augusta man accused of armed robbery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 9:21pm

An Augusta man is accused of armed robbery after deputies say he held a woman at gunpoint early Saturday.

De’Andre James Wright, 22, of Normandy Place, has been charged with one count of armed robbery, according to Richmond County jail records.

About 1:45 a.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Hampton Inn at 3030 Washington Road in reference to the theft, according to a report.

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International Star claims Louisiana Derby

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 8:59pm


NEW ORLEANS — When the dust had settled and the result of the Louisiana Derby was official, the story was the same as it’s been all winter in the Crescent City – there was International Star in the winner’s circle.

A winner of the Lecomte and Risen Star stakes, International Star outgamed the Todd Pletcher-trained Stanford on Saturday afternoon in a battle down the stretch before prevailing by a neck.

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Tiger Woods Watch is on again

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 6:21pm

Tiger Watch has become another Masters Tournament tradition unlike any other.

What used to be a exercise in following HOW Tiger Woods played, however, has devolved into monitoring IF he’ll play.

For the second consecutive year, April approaches with no word on whether or not Woods will compete in the major that first defined his greatness in 1997.

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Fort Gordon Warrior Transition Battalion complaints rank fifth in Army

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 5:20pm


The U.S. Army Reserve held a retirement ceremony at Fort Gordon last April to honor Chief Warrant Officer 3 Alan Hart after 16 years spent securing the military’s computer networks from cyber threats.

His family and closest friends were in attendance, along with former members from his home unit in Massachusetts.

But no one showed up from the Fort Gordon Warrior Transition Battalion company in which Hart, 39, spent two years receiving treatment and outpatient care for a back injury he developed while deployed to Iraq in two separate tours in 2008 and 2011.

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As public meetings end on imposing stormwater utility fees; some questions remain unanswered

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 4:51pm

Residents seeking a guarantee Augusta’s stormwater fee will fix their drainage issues can be fairly sure of one thing: The fee will pay people.

The fee – $6.40 a month for a typical household – has been a hard sell for city staff and consultants who presented the plan at 10 public meetings that ended Thursday.

Everywhere they went, residents questioned where the funds, deposited into a dedicated “enterprise fund,” would be spent.

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Gov. Deal signs executive order requiring state agency readiness for medical marijuana law

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 1:50am


ATLANTA — In an emotional ceremony in his Capitol office, Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Friday ordering state agencies to start preparations now for the enactment of the state’s medical marijuana bill.

Deal said Friday he’ll sign it into law soon after the current legislative session ends April 2 to avoid possible procedural conflicts with other pieces of legislation.

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