JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Nelson Mandela, who spent years struggling against apartheid in South Africa and became the country’s first black president in 1994, has died, South Africa’s president announced Thursday.
The Federal Aviation Administration honored Augusta Regional Airport for ongoing efforts to improve airport safety.
Augusta Regional was one of five airports in the southeast to win the Airport Safety Mark of Distinction, according to a news release. The airport was recognized for Aircraft Rescue Firefighting training improvements, prevention of runway incursions and development of a Wildlife Hazard Management plan among other improvements.
Nominations for the award are based on recommendations from the FAA safety inspector assigned to the airport.
Time for one last shout.
The lame-duck BCS system is giving us a final reason to rejoice in its demise with a full-throated debate over the relative beauty of each remaining pageant contestant.
In a counter intuitive way, we’re going to miss this arguing when it’s gone (though I’m sure there will be plenty more to complain about until the playoff field eventually expands from four to a more palatable size of eight, 10 or 16).
An Augusta man who killed his estranged wife because he thought she was going to end their marriage was sentenced Thursday to life in prison plus 10 years.
Harvey J. Mitchell, 32, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to murder and weapon charges.
Keya Mitchell, 34, had left her husband and was living with her mother in Cedarwood Apartments in August 2012. Although she had requested an order of protection, the petition was withdrawn July 10.
CHAMBLEE, Ga. — A motorist who plugged his electric car into an outlet at a school near Atlanta is facing a theft charge, sparking debate about where and when it’s acceptable to use power.
Kaveh Kamooneh of Decatur tells WXIA-TV that he charged his Nissan Leaf for 20 minutes, drawing about a nickel’s worth of electricity while playing tennis at Chamblee Middle School last month. It resulted in a 15-hour jail stay.
Chamblee Police Chief Marc Johnson tells The Associated Press that the outlet was not a charging station.
ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal will visit the Master’s Table Soup Kitchen and the Dwight Eisenhower Army Medical Center on Saturday, Dec. 7, according to a news release from the Governor's Office on Thursday.
The summer day when Beverly Butler got a formal-looking letter in the mail, she thought it was a done deal.
“At that time, I had mentally made up my mind to be unemployed,” she said.
After four years as a paraprofessional at Rollins Elementary School, Butler became one of 56 employees told they would be laid off this year by the Richmond County school system to balance a budget crippled by state funding cuts. Butler, who had retired years earlier as the director of a substance abuse program in New York, accepted that she would have less income and less to do.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A prosecutor says Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will not be charged in a sexual assault case.
State Attorney Willie Meggs made the announcement Thursday. The 19-year-old Heisman Trophy candidate was accused of raping a female student in December last year, but Meggs says there is not enough evidence for anyone to be charged in the case.
The Tallahassee Police Department turned the case over to Meggs on Nov. 12 after several media inquiries. Meggs interviewed the accuser Nov. 21.
WINDER, Ga. -- The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 14-month-old boy who was accidentally run over by his mother, authorities said.
The child, whose name was not released, was killed about noon Wednesday in the driveway of a home on Bowman Terrace in Winder, a sheriff’s spokesman said.
The child’s mother had dropped him off at his grandmother’s house and as the mother prepared to leave “the child unknowingly got behind the vehicle and was struck and killed,” according to the report.
EASTMAN, Ga -- A man in middle Georgia’s Dodge County was charged with murder Tuesday for an alleged 1998 slaying that authorities didn’t know about until Monday evening.
A tipster implicated Ricky Lamar Jones, 53, who was jailed after meeting with investigators about the death of his brother-in-law William Marcus Walters.
CHESTER, S.C. — A Chester man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for stabbing his girlfriend and killing her unborn child.
The Herald of Rock Hill reports that 40-year-old Aris Nichols was sentenced Wednesday after pleading no contest to attempted murder and death or injury to a child in utero.
Police say 23-year-old Brittany Jordan was several months pregnant when she was stabbed several times in April 2012 in the couple’s home just west of Chester.
Their unborn son did not survive, and Jordan was hospitalized for weeks.
A leader in Georgia’s Senate said the budget will dominate the upcoming legislative session, with little else “ambitious” to come up from elected officials.
“Beyond the budget … I don’t know that there’s going to be a very ambitious agenda at all,” said Sen. David Shafer, the president pro tempore of the Senate.
The Duluth Republican was the featured speaker Thursday at the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce pre-legislative breakfast at the Augusta Convention Center.
THOMSON — A bus driver in Glascock County has been placed on leave pending a legal investigation into her arrest for DUI.
Angel Renee Coxwell was arrested Nov. 1 by the Georgia State Patrol near Dearing Elementary in McDuffie County. Authorities said Coxwell delivers a Glascock County child for special services at Dearing Elementary.
There was not a child on the bus at the time of the traffic stop.
A McDuffie County sheriff’s deputy noticed a Glascock County school bus swerving on the road near the school. After a traffic stop, the state patrol was called.
JONESBORO, Ga. — Police are trying to figure out what happened to a man whose body was found in a closed fitness center south of Atlanta.
The body was found shortly after noon on Wednesday at the now-defunct Hoops and Fitness athletic center on Tara Boulevard in Jonesboro.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that authorities believe the man was in his mid-30s to mid-40s. He hasn’t been identified.
Few other details were immediately available.
GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Authorities say two teenage boys are facing charges in connection with a threatening note found in a boys’ restroom at Gainesville High School.
Gainesville police Cpl. Kevin Holbrook said one of the teens has been charged with terroristic threats and acts, interference with government property and disruption of a public school.
He said the second juvenile is charged with making false statements during the investigation.
A North Augusta man lost his pickup Wednesday morning after leaving it unlocked with the keys in the ignition to grab a quick cup of a coffee from a local convenience store, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The theft occurred about 8:40 p.m. at Circle K, 2999 Washington Road.
According to the incident report, the victim, a 52-year-old North Augusta man, went inside the food mart for four minutes to purchase a cup of coffee. When he returned, the vehicle, a 1987 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck valued at $2,000, was gone.
An Augusta man who killed two women in a drunk-driving crash has been paroled after serving half of a prison term imposed in 2003.
David Wallace Fulcher’s blood-alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit the afternoon of July 30, 2002, when he plowed into the back of Hattie Umoh’s vehicle as she waited at a red light at Deans Bridge Road and Gordon Highway. Her vehicle was crushed between Fulcher’s pickup truck and a dump truck.
Charles Maddox walked into the classroom at the Augusta public library headquarters and pointed warily at the laptop computer on the table.
“I don’t know nothing about that,” he said.
The trial of a Dearing man accused in the 2011 slaying of his ex-wife who was dragged several miles after her death is scheduled for mid-January.
According to McDuffie County Superior Court officials, Ricky Charles Wells’ trial is scheduled for Jan. 14-17 in McDuffie County. Wells and his girlfriend, Tina Wells, of Boneville, are charged in the Sept. 29, 2011, death of Jennifer Kitchens Wells, 36, of Gibson, Ga.
Following the lead of fire departments across the state, the Augusta Fire Department has plans to introduce a reserve firefighter program.
The department, which employs more than 300 firefighters, requested the reserve program – scheduled for a summer start – in its 2014 budget. The Augusta Commission approved its budget Tuesday night, and Fire Chief Chris James said he is waiting to hear from the city finance department about the more than $374,000 he requested for the program.