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Draining of Augusta Canal to allow bridge repairs

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 3 hours 18 min ago

The Augusta Canal will soon be drained to allow for maintenance and bridge repairs.

According to an Augusta Canal Authority news release, the draining will begin July 5 and will take several days. The canal is expected to remain drained for about three months.

Work on the Butt Memorial Bridge at 15th Street and the Broad Street bridge near King Mill will begin July 18 and will consist of the replacement of the underside decking and other restoration.

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Superior Court Judge J. David Roper to retire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 4 hours 11 min ago

Superior Court Judge J. David Roper announced Monday that he is retiring.

Roper sent out an e-mail announcing his decision, a few weeks shy of his 70th birthday.

Roper said he is notifying the governor about an appointment to fill his seat. Roper’s term ends in 2018.

His last day would be Feb. 5, according to an e-mail announcement.

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Fire damages abandoned Martinez house

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 6 hours 23 min ago

An abandoned home in Martinez was damaged by fire this morning.

Firefighters were called to 411 Beverly Road about 2 a.m. and discovered it fully engulfed upon arrival. The fire was quickly extinguished, according to an incident report. Firefighters had to cut the chain to the nearby Hollywood Self Storage to ensure the fire had not spread to the business.

Morning wreck on I-20 at state line

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 8 hours 6 min ago



A wreck is slowing traffic on Interstate 20 near Exit 200 at the state line.

No word on injuries.

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Night paving at Gordon Highway, Deans Bridge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 9 hours 13 min ago

Night paving at the Deans Bridge Road and Gordon Highway intersection will continue for most of the week.

Paving has been scheduled through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., weather permitting.

The $895,000 project will include improvements to the intersections such as the addition of pedestrian facilities and modifications to the right turning movements and channeling islands at each quadrant of the intersection.

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Assailant sought after sleeping man assaulted in home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 9 hours 16 min ago


Police said a 65-year-old homeowner had to be hospitalized after he was assaulted during a burglary Saturday morning.

According to an incident report, deputies were called to Morningside Drive about 6 a.m. for an assault and found the resident disoriented and with a swollen face.

The resident told police he was sleeping in his bedroom when he woke up to someone striking him in the head with what appeared to be a black flashlight. The man then ran away.

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I-20 canal bridge work today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 5:00pm

The Georgia Department of Transportation will inspect and make minor repairs to the eastbound Inter­state 20 Augusta Canal bridge Monday.

According to a news release, work details include handrail and concrete finishing around the rail pedestals. Commuters are asked to slow down when approaching the area and allow extra distance between vehicles.

If weather permits the work, traffic will be affected from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at mile marker 201.

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Evans church evacuated after gas leak

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 1:24pm


An Evans church was evacuated Sunday morning after a natural gas leak was reported.

The leak was reported at 11:18 a.m. inside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 835 North Belair Road, according to a statement from Pam Tucker, Columbia County’s emergency services director.

Between 700 and 1,000 people were evacuated and fire, emergency management, and law enforcement personnel were on the scene while the leak was repaired.

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Early morning fatality in McCormick

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 9:13pm

The South Carolina Highway Patrol continues to investigate Saturday’s McCormick County accident that killed a passenger and injured two others, including the driver.

According to Lance Cpl. David Jones, a man driving a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe on Pierce Road about 2:45 a.m. lost control, ran off the highway and struck a tree.

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Dr. Keel to speak to Pride and Progress

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 8:06pm

Dr. Brooks Keel, president of Augusta University, will be the speaker at Tuesday’s Pride and Progress meeting.

Pride and Progress of Augusta-Richmond County is a nonprofit and nonpartisan grassroots group dedicated to improving the community.

Keel will speak at 7 p.m. at University Medical Center South, 3121 Peach Orchard Road, Room 201. Refreshments will be provided.

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Augusta Chronicle wins 7 Georgia AP awards

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 5:23pm

The Georgia Associated Press honored The Augusta Chronicle on Saturday with seven awards for news reporting efforts in 2015, including first-place honors for deadline reporting, sports writing, best Web site and best picture story.

The Chronicle competed with Georgia’s largest newspapers in the annual contest, judged by out-of-state journalists.

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Saturday temp hits 100 degrees

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 4:27pm

Augusta’s temperature officially hit 100 degrees at Bush Field Saturday afternoon and might get hotter before sundown, according to the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.

It was the second day Augusta’s high reached triple digits. The official high on Friday was 101 degrees.

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U.S. Judge Royal, of Ga., changing status

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 6:28am

U.S. District Court Judge Ashley Royal, of Macon, will take senior judge status in the coming months, The Telegraph newspaper reports.

Royal, 66, a 1967 Richmond Academy graduate and member of the school's Hall of Fame, will take senior status on Sept. 1, entering a semiretirement that allows federal judges to continue working part time with a smaller caseload.

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Supporters optimistic about Augusta LGBT inclusion despite rankings, recent events

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 11:21pm


Activists say Augusta as a whole has come far since the first Augusta Pride festival in 2010, despite recent events and low institutional support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

Augusta Pride has “a very good relationship with the city,” event president Takya Browning said.

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Peebles to join marshal's office

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 10:08pm


One of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office’s top officers will be leaving to join the marshal’s office.

Richmond County Mar­shal-elect Ramone Lam­kin confirmed that sheriff’s Maj. Scott Peebles will be joining him in January when he assumes the job.

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New River Watch lights turn on

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 6:57pm


Nighttime motorists on River Watch Parkway should notice a big difference on the road.

New lights on the parkway were officially turned on Wednesday evening.

“The lights are working as designed to limit trespass outside the shoulders,” Georgia Department of Transportation Spokesman Kyle Collins said in an e-mail. “... Illumination is where it needs to be for driver safety and visibility.”

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Man charged after he allegedly impersonated police officer

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 4:28pm


An Augusta man is facing charges after he allegedly impersonated a police officer in front of a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office employee.

A woman who works at the sheriff’s office but is not a sworn officer told deputies she was in her vehicle on Deans Bridge Road about 7:40 a.m. May 19 when a silver Chrysler 200 pulled out in front of her. She blew the horn, she stated. When they came to a red light, the man who was later identified as Martez Demond Hayes got out of his car and approached her vehicle.

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Fire damages several Wylds Roads apartments

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 2:12pm

No one was injured in a fire that damaged four Wylds Road apartments Friday, Augusta Fire Chief Chris James said.

Several fire department units were called around noon to the fire, which was put out about 1:30 p.m., James said.

“When we first pulled up, the fire was already coming out of the roof; it was already fully involved,” he said.

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Man arrested in Waffle House robbery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 12:17pm


A man has been charged in connection to the armed robbery of an Aiken Waffle House overnight.

Jamarion Raheem Bell, 24, of Aiken, was booked into the Aiken County Detention Center on charges of armed robbery and possession of a weapon during commission of a crime.

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Global stocks tumble after Britain votes to leave the EU

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 9:43am


NEW YORK — Stocks plunged in the U.S. and worldwide Friday after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The result stunned investors, who reacted by rushing to the safety of gold and U.S. government bonds as they wondered what will come next for Britain, Europe and the global economy.


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