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City funds remain with banks years after loan program forgotten

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What happened to Au­gus­ta’s Minority Link Deposit program?

Fifteen years ago, the city invested millions in CDs with several local banks in exchange for the banks’ agreeing to shave interest points off loans to qualified small businesses and women- and minority-owned businesses under contract with the city.

Years have passed, and Au­gusta Commission member Marion Williams is questioning what happened to the money.

The simple answer is: Not too much.

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Suspect arrested in shooting of Georgia deputy

4 hours 37 min ago

ATLANTA — Authorities in Georgia say a suspect has been arrested after a sheriff's deputy was shot in the face during a traffic stop south of Atlanta.

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Cooney Circle death called suspicious

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 10:26pm

Sheriff’s deputies and the Richmond County Coroner’s Office are investigating a suspicious death discovered Saturday on Cooney Circle off Olive Road.

According to a statement from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, emergency responders were called to the 1900 block of Cooney Circle about 7 p.m. and found a person dead inside a residence.

Investigators are interviewing neighbors and friends.

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SC rec director faces drug charge

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 3:23pm

COLUMBIA — Authorities say the director of recreation in Richland County has been charged with several drug trafficking offenses.

Richland County deputies told media outlets that 38-year-old James Anthony Brown was arrested Friday at a home near an elementary school in the northeast part of the county.

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Man shot outside Columbia Mall

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 3:20pm

COLUMBIA — Authorities say a man has been shot in the parking lot of a shopping mall in Columbia.

Richland County deputies said in a news release that the man was wounded in the lower body around noon Saturday.

Authorities say he was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. His name was not released.

No one else was injured, and no arrests have been made.

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Columbia County shooting suspect search continues

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 9:01am


Columbia County sheriff's deputies said this morning they continue to search for suspects after a burglary report in which shots were fired Friday night on Old Petersburg Road.

Deputies are inspecting the scene near Stephens Road and members of the Criminal Investigations Division are following up leads, according to a statement issued early today.

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3 suspects sought after Columbia County shooting

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 11:01pm

Columbia County police were searching for three suspects Friday night after a shooting at Old Petersburg and Baston roads.

According to Capt. Butch Askew, deputies responded to a burglary in progress in the 3000 block of Old Petersburg Road at about 8:45 p.m. Askew said a black male was seen fleeing the area. A deputy ran after the suspect, who headed westbound on Old Petersburg Road.

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Nadal withdraws from French Open with wrist injury

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 11:12am


PARIS — Nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Grand Slam tournament on Friday, citing an injury to his left wrist.

He announced his withdrawal the day before he would have been scheduled to play in the third round.

The left-handed Spaniard wore a blue brace on his wrist during what he called “one of the toughest press conferences in my career.”

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Bobby Jones bridge work to affect traffic

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 10:44am

A $1.1 million bridge-preservation project will affect traffic through Monday on the Richmond Hill Road bridge over Bobby Jones Expressway.

The state Department of Transpor­ta­tion advises motorists to be careful in the area between Cheshire Drive and Walker Court, where flagmen will be stationed.

On Tuesday, the contractor will move to the I-520 east and westbound bridges over Old Louisville Road. Motorists can expect to see lane closures and heavy equipment at work.

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Update: Georgia Highway 221 now open after meat truck mishap

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 9:26am

Columbia County authorities say a highway between Georgia and South Carolina is now open.

Earlier Friday, an overturned meat truck had blocked both lanes on Highway 221 at Linder McGurdy Road, closing the entire roadway.

According to Columbia County Sheriff’s Capt. Butch Askew the tractor trailer was carrying refrigerated meats and overturned around 8:30 a.m. about a mile from the dam on the Georgia, South Carolina state line.

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2 found dead in SC house fire

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 8:02am

LEXINGTON, S.C. — Two people have been found dead in a house fire in Lexington County.

Multiple media outlets reported the fire was reported early Thursday morning just off Interstate 20 outside Lexington.,

Officials are still working to identify the victims. Autopsies were scheduled Friday.

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3-year-old dies in SC pool mishap

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 8:00am

HANAHAN, S.C. — Authorities are investigating after a 3-year-old boy died a week after he was found floating in a pool at a Hanahan apartment complex.

Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury tells local media outlets that Daimere George died at the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital in Charleston late Wednesday.

Salisbury says an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

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Columbia prison inmate escapes

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 7:57am

COLUMBIA — Officials are looking for an inmate who escaped from a Columbia prison.

Multiple media outlets reported that 24-year-old Catrell Davis escaped from Walden Correctional Institution around 6 p.m. Thursday.

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the inmate had been spotted with a woman. Deputies said the inmate and woman are thought to have left the area after releasing another woman and her child from a car.

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State may close Atlanta streetcars

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 7:55am

ATLANTA — State transportation authorities have threatened to shut down the Atlanta Streetcar next month unless the city resolves dozens of problems outlined in recent audits.

News outlets report the Georgia Department of Transportation wrote a letter Monday to Mayor Kasim Reed and Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Agency CEO Keith Parker, giving the city until June 14 to submit plans to address 60 outstanding problems outlined in the reports.

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Forecast: Augusta jobs to grow 1.5 percent

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:39pm

ATLANTA – Employment in metro Augusta will grow by 1.5 percent this year, according to a university economic forecast released Thursday.

Expanding the most are stores, restaurants and government while manufacturing is shrinking.

The quarterly outlook by the Georgia State University Economic Forecasting Center calls for the area’s growth to lag the state’s 2.7 percent this year.

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GHSA basketball state championship games will leave Macon for the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:00pm


The Georgia High School Association’s 2017 state championship games for basketball will be held at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia, the GHSA announced on its website.

The Macon Centreplex previously held hosting duties for the state championships. During this year’s finals, the basketball goals were incorrectly set up too far back. No Augusta-area team reached a state championship game this past season.

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UGA athletic board approves budget

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:59pm


GREENSBORO, Ga. — The Georgia Athletic Association board of directors took the first step of bringing a new football locker room and recruiting room to the west end zone side of Sanford Stadium when it approved $1 million for a design study and other planning for the project.

It was part of $9 million in athletic facility improvements that got the go-ahead Thursday at its spring meeting at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation.

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Beech Island resident wins $150,000 in Powerball

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:36pm


A Beech Island resident is more than $100,000 richer after matching some of Wednesday’s Powerball numbers.

The South Carolina Lottery did not release the name of the winner, but said the ticket was purchased at 3 Way Food Mart 13 on Jefferson Davis Highway.

The player won $50,000, but because he purchased PowerPlay for an additional $1 the winnings tripled to $150,000.

According to the lottery’s Web site, a player would have to match four numbers plus the Powerball to win $50,000.


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Georgia AD apologizes to board for Ludacris rider fallout

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:28pm

GREENSBORO, Ga. — Greg McGarity trumpeted the success of a Southeastern Conference record spring game attendance at G-Day on Thursday under first-year coach Kirby Smart, but he also took a moment when addressing the UGA athletic board of directors for the first time since then to offer an apology.

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Motorcycle passenger dies when horse hit

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:41am

An Orangeburg, S.C., woman was killed early Thursday when the motorcycle her husband was driving struck a horse on Interstate 20 in Aiken County.

Chequita Snow Burgess, 30, was pronounced dead at the scene, Coroner Tim Carlton said. She was a passenger on the motorcycle driven by her husband James Burgess, 29, who is hospitalized with serious injuries.

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