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Augusta linked to Florida baby case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 1 hour 14 min ago


Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were involved in a multistate investigation into the disappearance of a 9-week-old Florida boy.

Chance Walsh was last seen Sept. 9. His parents, Kristen Bury, 32, and Joseph Walsh, 36, were booked into a South Carolina jail Tuesday awaiting extradition to Sarasota, Fla., on child neglect charges.

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French train hero stabbed in California

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 1 hour 37 min ago



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, who was hailed as a hero for helping to tackle a gunman and thwart a terror attack on a French train in August, was stabbed in California and was in stable condition, an Air Force spokesman said Thursday.


Lt. Col. Christopher Karns said that he had no details on the circumstances surrounding the stabbing, which was being handled by local law enforcement officials. He said Stone was being treated in a hospital in the Sacramento area.


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McCarthy out of speaker race

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 1 hour 44 min ago

WASHINGTON — In a stunning move, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy today withdrew his candidacy for speaker of the U.S. House.

GOP lawmakers said McCarthy told colleagues at the start of a closed meeting that he was not the right person for the job. He recommended that the election be postponed and Speaker John Boehner delayed it.

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Three plead guilty in loan scheme at Augusta business

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 7:55pm

Three former employees of a Broad Street loan company pleaded guilty Wednesday to taking part in a fraudulent loan scheme that took the company for more than a million dollars.

Michelle Sullivan, Sherelle Blount and Corney Michelle Garnett pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy in defrauding Colonial Finance Co. The same charges against Danny Terrell Jr. and Jamerson B. Turner remain in trial status.

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Senate OKs defense bill with Army Cyber Command funding

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 3:12pm

Funding for a new Army Cyber Command headquarters at Fort Gordon now rests in the hands of President Obama.

In the face of a presidential veto threat, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted 70-27 to approve a $612 billion defense spending bill that includes $90 million to expand the National Security Agency’s facility at Fort Gordon to house Army cyber operations.

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Doctor, wife plead guilty to bribery after raid of Augusta clinic

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 2:16pm

A couple who offered bribes to a Drug En­force­ment Administration agent in De­cember after a raid of their Central Avenue clinic pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Dr. Achhinder Ohri and Neeta Ohri were each indicted on a felony charge of bribery of a public official. The crime is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, supervised release of up to three years and a fine of up to $250,000.

The two, who initially pleaded not guilty, will be sentenced at a later date.

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South Carolina-LSU game moved to Baton Rouge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 11:57am


COLUMBIA — South Carolina is moving its home game against Louisiana State to Baton Rouge because of massive flooding around the university.

The time for Saturday’s game at LSU has not been announced.

South Carolina officials wanted to keep the game in Columbia, but said Wednesday that law enforcement who would direct traffic and keep Williams-Brice Stadium safe were needed elsewhere in the area to help clean up from the massive flooding.

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Area South Carolina football teams make more adjustments to schedule

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 11:45am

This past week’s inclement weather has led to more changes to the upcoming high school football schedule.

North Augusta’s home game against Lexington has been moved to 6:30 p.m. Monday. The game was set for this Friday.

Silver Bluff, which was originally scheduled to play at Ridgeland-Hardeeville on Oct. 2, will now play the game on Nov. 6.

Williston-Elko moved its home game against North to Monday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m.

Aiken’s road game at Airport is now 7 p.m. Monday.

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Jessye Norman to miss concert in Augusta; street naming postponed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 11:16am

Opera singer Jessye Norman will not attend the planned honorary Jessye Norman Boulevard sign unveiling scheduled for Friday. The ceremony will be delayed until she can come to Augusta.

Norman also will be unable to attend Sunday’s Jessye Norman School of the Arts benefit concert, Family Ties: Augusta’s Famous Siblings, which features Russell Joel Brown, Karen Brown, Wycliffe Gordon and Karen Gordon. The concert will be held as scheduled.

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Richmond County deputy resigns after arrest in family violence case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 10:26am

A Richmond County sheriff’s deputy resigned Wednesday following his arrest in Columbia County involving an alleged altercation with his wife.

Deputy David Arnold Sward Jr., 37, was charged with simple battery-family violence and interference with a 911 call. He was released Wednesday from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $2,700 bond, according to jail records.

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Augusta mayor: No staff vehicle, no budget increase

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 10:12pm

Mayor Hardie Davis said he’s done reading “numerous” reports about his request to put his staff in a new, taxpayer-funded Ford Explorer and committed Tuesday to abandoning the request and seeking no new funds from the 2016 budget, while urging commissioners to give up their gas cards.

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Aiken County schools reopen Wednesday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:58pm


Aiken County Public Schools announced that it will resume its normal schedule Wednesday after significant flooding and road closures kept students out of the classroom for two days.

According to an online bulletin posted Tuesday afternoon, the school system encouraged parents and guardians to use caution in traveling to schools tomorrow.

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South Carolina-LSU game might not be played in Columbia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 2:02pm

COLUMBIA — South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner is not “100 percent sure” that Saturday’s football game against No. 7 Louisiana State will be played at Williams-Brice Stadium because of the devastating floods that hit the state this past weekend.

Tanner said Tuesday that officials at both schools and the Southeastern Conference have gone through several scenarios, including playing the game at LSU. He said a decision will be made within the next day and half whether the game can go on.

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Aquinas, Burke County and Lincoln County represent area in Georgia high school football rankings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 1:47pm


Burke County’s upset win against then-No. 6 Thomson led to a swap in the Class AAAA rankings.

In the new Georgia Sports Writers Association high school football polls, the Bears (5-1) went from unranked to No. 8 following Friday’s 26-20 home win against Thomson. The Bulldogs dropped out of the poll.

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Grovetown home destroyed by fire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 12:26pm

A fire destroyed the home of a Grovetown woman Tuesday morning.
Carole Camak, co-founder of Higher Ground ministries, said the fire started just after 10 a.m. at the home on 75 acres named for the ministry, on the east side of Grovetown on Harlem-Grovetown Road.
“I was in the house,” Camak said. “I’d been ironing, but I’d put all that away.”

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Burke County junior football player dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 9:57am

WAYNESBORO, Ga. — Rod Williams liked making people laugh. One of his go-to ways was to imitate the football coaches.

His coach Eric Parker act, though? That was the best.

That’s what Burke County High School football teammate Quan Wilson will remember about his friend Williams, who passed away Monday night.

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Weather takes down historic Aiken oak

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 8:50am


Strong winds helped push down a historic Aiken tree that many had been struggled to keep alive for decades.

The tree on Marion Street uprooted itself Sunday morning, said Tom Rapp, Aiken’s horticulturist and arborist. When he arrived to look at the damage he found that 95 percent of the tree’s root system was gone, explaining its decline over the years.

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Golden Harvest seeks water for flood victims

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 8:18am


Golden Harvest Food Bank is seeking water donations to send to first responders and those affected by flooding.

“Our South Carolina counties and our sister food bank in Columbia is in enormous need right now, and we’re ready to help them,” said Travis Neal, executive director of Golden Harvest Good Bank. “Water is their primary need, but our warehouses are drink-dry right now.”

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Aiken High student killed while walking to bus stop

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 2:23pm

The Augusta Chronicle

An Aiken High School student was killed Oct. 2 in Aiken County after being struck by a vehicle while walking to a school bus stop.

Chief Deputy Coroner Darryl Ables identified the victim as Skylar Pennington, 16. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near her Columbia Highway North home.

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Columbia County deputy in accident

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 1:18pm


Staff Writer

A Columbia County sheriff’s officer and another driver were injured in a crash during a chase late on Sept. 30.

Capt. Steve Morris said deputies were called to a residence on Candlewood Drive about 9 p.m. for a domestic dispute, but the suspect, Cecil Herrin, 45, left on a motorcycle before officers arrived.

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