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Wiring stolen from old theater

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 10:15pm

Deputies say vandals stripped an old movie theater in south Augusta of its aluminum and copper wiring, causing more than $100,000 in damage.

According to an incident report, Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the building at 1631 Gordon Highway about noon Friday in reference to the incident.

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Georgia rolls past Charleston Southern

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 4:51pm


ATHENS, Ga. — The top goal that Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt put on a board for his players this past week: Get Over Ourselves.

Consider that done on Saturday.

The No. 9 Bulldogs followed up their big win over Auburn by doing more than going through the motions against an overmatched FCS opponent to notch an expected runaway victory over Charleston Southern 55-9 in Sanford Stadium.

“I just think we came out there with a really good edge, with the right mindset and good execution,” coach Mark Richt said.

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Former president, governors turn out for Carl Sanders memorial

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 1:37pm

ATLANTA – A large crowd filled a downtown Atlanta church Saturday for the memorial service for Carl Sanders, an Augusta native who had served as governor in the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

All living former governors, including ex-President Jimmy Carter, were present. But only Roy Barnes spoke.

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Aiken County couple dead in murder-suicide

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:58am

A 62-year-old Savannah River Nuclear Solutions employee fatally shot his wife then took his own life in Aiken County, officials said Saturday morning.

A preliminary investigation into the early morning shooting on Asbury Drive in the Cedar Creek subdivision indicates James Tomac killed Teresa Tomac, 44, a Department of Energy employee, before killing himself, according to a statement from Coroner Tim Carlton.

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Washington County survives 'off night', defeats Callaway in second round

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:02am

SANDERSVILLE, Ga. — In an uncharacteristic off night offensively, No. 1 Washington County still “survived and advanced” with a 31-7 victory over Callaway in the second round of the Class AAA playoffs.

Despite Golden Hawks quarterback A.J. Gray being held below 100 yards both rushing and passing for the first time all season and losing a pair of fumbles in the red zone, the dual threat scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in the second half for the top seed to advance to the quarterfinals next week against Pierce County.

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Man admits to setting several brush fires

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:17pm

A 38-year-old man was arrested Thursday after admitting to deputies that he set multiple brush fires near Tobacco Road.

Williams Russell Masters, of Hephzibah, has been charged with second degree arson, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

About 1:30 p.m., sheriff’s deputies and firefighters were called to the 2400 block of Tobacco Road in reference to smoke coming from the woods. Crews again responded to the area two hours later after someone witnessed Masters setting fire to pine straw on the 4100 block of Wallie Drive.

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Police looking for suspect who took tools from victim's truck

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 9:49pm

Deputies are searching for a suspect accused of striking a man with a crowbar early Friday after stealing tools.

Approximately 12:15 a.m., deputies responded to the 2400 block of Norton Drive where an unknown suspect was seen stealing tools out of the toolbox of a truck, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim, who owns the truck, began chasing the suspect, when the suspect struck the victim in the arm with a crowbar.

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18-year-old arrested for taking socks from Spencer's Gifts

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 9:34pm

An 18-year-old woman is in custody after police say she stole two pairs of “pot leaf” socks Thursday from an Augusta business.

Approximately 2:29 p.m., Amy Michelle Major, of Augusta, attempted to walk out of Spencer’s Gifts in Augusta Mall without paying for the socks, according to a report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

The store manager told deputies he witnessed Major remove the tags from the items, conceal them in her jacket, and then attempt to leave the store – at which time she was stopped.

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Fort Gordon Christmas House opens

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 8:10pm


Soldiers and civilians got an early peek at the toys stacked floor to ceiling in Fort Gordon’s Christmas House on Friday after a 30-minute opening ceremony filled with carols, cookies and Santa Claus.

The toys collected during the past four months will be distributed Dec. 3 and 4 to more than 200 military families – 100 fewer than last year – that need holiday help, said Shawn Williams, Christmas House co-chairwoman.

Williams said that she likes to believe the decrease signals an improving economy but that there are many in need of extra holiday cheer.

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Man, 38, charged with arson

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 5:26pm

A 38-year-old man is accused of arson after deputies say he set an Augusta home on fire Monday.

About 4 p.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies and firefighters were called to the 4100 block of Wallie Drive in reference to the fire, Sgt. Monica Belser said in an e-mail.

Authorities said William Russell Masters admitted to starting the fire and was later booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on a charge of arson in the second degree.

Venue change sought in Aiken police slaying

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:36pm


AIKEN — Defense attorney Mark MacDougall pushed hard Friday for a change of venue in the death penalty trial of Stephon Carter, accused in the 2011 slaying of an Aiken police officer.

Carter, 21, of Aiken, is charged with fatally shooting Public Safety Officer Scotty Rich­ardson and wounding a second officer during a Dec. 20, 2011, traffic stop on Brandt Court.

He appeared in court Friday in Aiken County for a pre-trial hearing, with the trial scheduled for January.

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Draw-down continues at Langley Dam

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 2:41pm

AIKEN — A siphoning system was expected be completed and operating Friday night to aid in the continued controlled draw-down of water at Langley Dam, according to a statement from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Department.

The dam will continue to be monitored around the clock, but the draw-down might cause a rise in the Horse Creek water level, the statement said.

The sheriff’s office encouraged those living downstream of the dam to stay informed of the its condition and to have a plan in the event they must be evacuated, the statement said.

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Bill Cosby's appearance in Augusta will go on

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 1:54pm


Comedian Bill Cosby’s show in Augusta will continue, despite accusations that he has sexually assaulted women.

Cosby is scheduled to appear at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at Bell Auditorium as part of the Taylor BMW Broadway in Augusta series.

“The promoter has informed us that the show is on as planned,” said Katie Cason, the director of marketing for Augusta Entertainment Complex.

NBC has scrapped a Cosby sitcom that was in the works, and TV Land pulled The Cosby Show reruns from the airwaves.


Cop-killer suspect in Aiken court today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 1:35pm


AIKEN -- Stephon Morrell Carter, of Aiken, was in court Friday for a hearing in the slaying of an Aiken policeman almost three years ago.

Aiken Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Rich­ardson was killed and another officer was wounded during a shootout on Dec. 20, 2011. Second Judicial Circuit Solicitor J. Strom Thurmond Jr. filed notice in 2012 that he intended to seek the death penalty against Carter.

Augusta lumber mill getting $25 million upgrade

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 1:07pm

An Augusta lumber mill is getting an equipment upgrade to make on-site operations more efficient.

A $25 million commercial building permit filed this month by Canadian firm West Fraser Timber Co. has paved the way for two replacement dry kilns at its south Augusta mill on Mike Padgett Highway.

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David Moody, DOE-Savannah River operations manager, retiring in June

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:48pm


David Moody, the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site operations manager, announced he will retire in June.

Moody is retiring from federal service after 36 years working for the DOE. He began his position at SRS, which he will hold until his retirement, four years ago.

Since joining SRS, Moody has led cleanup efforts including permanently closing four radioactive liquid-waste tanks, maximizing production of vitrified high-level waste canisters, upgrading H-Canyon and other accomplishments.

Augusta second place again in digital city ranking

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:33pm

For the second year in a row, Augusta ranked second as a top digital city in the nation.

Augusta was recognized in an annual survey by the Center for Digital Government, a California-based national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices.

Last year, the city also earned the second place spot in the mid-sized city tier of 125,000 to 249,999 in population. Augusta was ranked No. 6 in 2012.

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Elanco investing $100 million, adding jobs at Augusta plant

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:15pm

A global animal health products company announced Friday a $100 million investment at its Augusta plant that is expected to create 100 new jobs within the next three years.

Elanco, the animal health division of global pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly and Co., said infrastructure and manufacturing enhancements will be made at the Au­gus­ta Technology Center on Lovers Lane, according to a news release.

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Operation Hand-Warmer enters third year

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:09pm

Operation Hand-Warmer is back for its third year, rallying Augusta residents to donate snacks and heat-trapping clothing to troops overseas.

Hand- and toe-warmers will be collected at nine locations across the Augusta area through Dec. 8, including all five of Gary’s Hamburgers restaurants in Augusta, Martinez, North Augusta, Graniteville and Johnston, S.C.

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SC facing early drought

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 7:06am

COLUMBIA— State officials say all of South Carolina is now in the early stages of drought.

The state Drought Response Committee voted Thursday to place all 46 counties in South Carolina in an incipient drought. The lowest stage of drought means conditions are getting unusually dry.

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