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Augusta parks plan calls for more parks

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 11:42pm

One finding in a new Augusta Recreation master plan released Wednesday might surprise Augusta residents familiar with the city’s 60-plus parks and recreation facilities.

Included in the 94-page document is the recommendation that Augusta needs more park space – an additional 47 acres of “neighborhood park” and 64 acres of “community park” space – to meet a national standard of service.

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Augusta riverfront development deal advances

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 9:06pm

Kirby Glaze is no stranger to Augusta’s pension property or to government development projects.

A decade ago Glaze, then a consulting attorney for Georgia Municipal Association, contended the city’s sale of 511 Reynolds St. to the Downtown Development Authority for the proposed Watermark development project was a legal transfer, according to The Augusta Chronicle archives.

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North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights, feds say

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 5:35pm

RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights protections and can’t be enforced, The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday.

The Justice Department’s intervention puts the state in danger of losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal school funding.

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3 sought for questioning in investigation of woman's death

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 4:00pm


Investigators are seeking three people for questioning in an April death investigation involving a 22-year-old woman.

Hannah Newman was found dead in her Oakdale Road home by her father on April 17. She had been involved in several fights days earlier in downtown Augusta and near her home that resulted in her being struck in the head and body multiple times.

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Man finds car on cement blocks missing tires at Augusta Mall

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 3:22pm

A Martinez man told police someone stole his factory rims and tires off his vehicle while it was parked at the Augusta Mall.

The victim, 37, called police about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday after he found his 2011 Dodge Charger missing its driver-side tires and rims and sitting on concrete blocks in the Sears parking lot. The vehicle did not appear to have been broken into or damaged in any other way. An incident report states the car had been in the employee section of the parking lot on the bottom level of Sears from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Kasich drops out of Republican presidential contest

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 12:35pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The last man standing in Donald Trump's path to the Republican nomination, Ohio Gov. John Kasich ended his campaign Wednesday, making Trump the party's presumptive nominee.

Speaking to reporters in Columbus, Ohio, Kasich didn't outline his reasons for ending his bid or mention Trump. Instead, he offered an emotional recount of his exchanges with voters on and renewed his call for Americans to spend more time helping one another.

He acknowledged it was a message that never seemed to resonate.

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Home invasion in Atlanta mayor neighborhood

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 7:39am

ATLANTA — Police say they’re investigating a robbery at a home in the neighborhood where Atlanta’s mayor lives.

WSB-TV reports that two people were hurt after a group of men stormed the home early Wednesday morning, stole their car and beat them with guns.

Atlanta Police Capt. Celeste Murphy tells CBS46 News that the assailants struck two of the residents on the back of the head with a gun.

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SC man tries to run over pregnant wife

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 7:36am

BUFFALO, S.C. — Authorities say a man in Buffalo, South Carolina, tried to run over his pregnant wife.

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reports that deputies arrested 21-year-old Robert Cody McGill on a charge of criminal domestic violence on Monday.

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Ted Cruz exits Republican race for president

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 8:45pm


INDIANAPOLIS — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ended his presidential campaign Tuesday, eliminating the biggest impediment to Donald Trump’s march to the Republican nomination.

The conservative tea party firebrand who tried to cast himself as the only viable alternative to Trump ended his campaign after a stinging defeat in Indiana’s Republican primary.

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No tax increase in Columbia County budget proposal

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 8:17pm


Property owners in Columbia County will not see their taxes go up in a proposed 2016-2017 budget given to commissioners Tuesday.

The presentation during a Columbia County Commission public hearing marks the final meeting prior to the approval of the budget on June 7. The county’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.

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Depot site owned by city of Augusta subject of closed-door dealmaking

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 7:58pm


City officials remain tight-lipped about a deal to develop more than six acres of downtown riverfront real estate.

Going for approval Wednesday at a rescheduled Augusta Commission meeting is a proposed agenda addition giving the Downtown Development Authority authorization to market the former train depot site on 511 Reynolds St. to developers.

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Trump virtually clinches Republican nomination; Sanders wins Democratic primary in Indiana

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 7:28pm


INDIANAPOLIS — In a stunning triumph for a political outsider, Donald Trump all but clinched the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a resounding victory in Indiana that knocked rival Ted Cruz out of the race and cleared Trump’s path to a likely November face-off with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.


Trump still needs about 200 delegates to formally secure the nomination, but Cruz’s decision to end his campaign removed his last major obstacle.


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Deal vetoes 'campus-carry' bill

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 4:27pm

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a bill Tuesday allowing concealed handguns on college campuses, rejecting the proposal that a legislature controlled by his own party had easily approved in an election year.

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Second man suspected in shooting at Augusta club

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 4:17pm

A second man has been charged in connection with a shooting at a downtown club last month.

Niatavius Diquyll Green, 23, was booked into the Richmond County jail Monday on two counts of aggravated assault and a count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Jeremy Shea Privett, 26, was charged in connection with the crime the day of the incident.

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Newly hired city tennis pro quits

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 2:17pm

Augusta’s new tennis pro has resigned after being offered a raise to remain as men’s tennis coach at Southern Virginia University, said Glenn Parker, director of city Recreation, Parks and Facilities.

Tom Snelson was hired last week to serve as tennis program supervisor and head pro for Augusta Recreation, replacing longtime supervisor Dick Hatfield and interim Newman Tennis Center director Karen Ard.

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Monday evening crash kills Augusta man

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 9:01am


An Augusta area man died Monday afternoon after being partially ejected during a rollover crash on Old Waynesboro Road.

Willie S. Merriweather, 56, was transported to Augusta University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead soon after the 6 p.m. crash, according to Coroner Mark Bowen.

Police were called to the 4000 block of Old Waynesboro Road after the driver, 46-year-old Warren Nicholson, lost control of his truck resulting in it flipping several times.

Bowen said Merriweather was unrestrained.

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North Augusta doesn't have enough money for new gyms

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 10:31pm

The North Augusta City Coun­cil found out Monday night that it has about half the money it needs to add two gyms to the Riverview Park Activities Center.

The cheapest of three options will cost about $4.8 million, and the city has about $2.5 million.

“That’s what you call a shortfall,” Mayor Lark Jones said.

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Lakeside bests River Ridge, returns to state tennis finals

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 9:14pm


In a rematch of last year’s state semifinal showdown, the Lakeside boys tennis team continued to do what it’s done all postseason.

The Panthers knocked off River Ridge, 3-0, in the Class AAAAA Tourna­ment on Monday.

Lakeside (20-1), which has yet to lose a point in the state playoffs, will face the Dunwoody-Starr’s Mill winner Saturday at the Clayton County International Park in Jonesboro, Ga. The Panthers are seeking their second consecutive state championship.

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Payroll error causes school system employees to be paid twice

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:07pm


A payroll error that caused all Richmond County School System employees to be paid twice last week is expected to be cleared up by Wednesday, a spokesman said.

Kaden Jacobs, the system’s communication and community engagement manager, said a “data entry error” made by a central office employee caused double payments to be direct-deposited into the employees’ bank accounts.

“The error was discovered on Thursday night, and a reversal for the excess funds was immediately submitted,” Jacobs said.

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Police collect 200 lbs. of drugs

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 1:55pm

About 200 pounds of drugs were collected by Richmond County sheriff’s deputies during a drug take back event on Saturday.

Lt. Allan Rollins said the sheriff’s office was pleased with the response at Richmond County’s two collection sites.

“This is a great opportunity to keep drugs out of our landfills, out of our water supply and most importantly out of the hands of people who abuse drugs,” Rollins said.

Photos taken by deputies shortly after the event show several large trash bags of the collected pharmaceuticals.

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