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Silver Bluff earns spot in state championship game

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 12:23am


PETTICOAT JUNCTION — Winning the fourth quarter has been big for Al Lown’s team in recent weeks, but this one was over in the first half. And it came with a pretty big prize, too.

Silver Bluff jumped on Marion early in the Class AA Division II Lower State title game and put together a dominating ground game with some big stops from the defense to win 28-12 and advance to the school’s seventh state championship game appearance.

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Buford overpowers Thomson for latest playoff rout

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 11:53pm

THOMSON — Buford entered the electric atmosphere of The Brickyard with a businesslike approach, and it left with its latest playoff rout.

The Wolves controlled all phases of the game to shut down Thomson 49-7 on Friday night in the Class AAAA quarterfinals.

Thomson reached the third round for the first time since 2012 and was vying for its first semifinal appearance since 2002, but the Bulldogs left as Buford’s latest victim.

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Woman goes into labor at Mall

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 3:27pm


The Augusta Mall was experiencing its peak crowds Friday afternoon when a pregnant woman started experiencing labor pains near the food court.

According to Richmond County scanner traffic, an ambulance was called to the scene about 2:30 p.m. when the 20-year-old mother-to-be, who was seven and a half months pregnant, appeared to be in labor in the restroom by the food court.

Fire department spokeswoman Dee Griffin confirmed the young woman was in labor and was transported to a hospital by ambulance.

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Black Friday shopping trends change

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 11:50am


Experienced Black Friday shoppers, such as Dianne Reynolds, say the most hyped shopping day of the season is changing.

“I like to get out in the hustle and bustle, but it’s just not here anymore,” said Reynolds inside the Kohl’s store in Evans. She said she has been faithfully shopping the day after Thanksgiving for the past 15 years.

Since select retailers started their sales on Thanksgiving Day, the crowd of Black Friday shoppers has gotten slimmer, she said.

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Thanksgiving meal provides healing opportunity for Augusta homeless

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 7:16pm


Sitting among the pews at the Augusta Rescue Mission, Julious Wilson watched as people trickled into the nearby dining area to prepare a Thanksgiving meal. He watched and counted his blessings.

It was on a rainy, cold day in January that he swallowed his pride and joined the mission to find his footing. Since his father died in 2010, he’s battled depression and struggled to find a steady job.

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Georgia police seek man wanted in death of infant, sought for attempted homicide

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 4:15pm


ATLANTA — Police in Georgia are searching for a man accused in the beating death of an infant.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( ) reported Thursday that 26-year-old Jaquest Deeric Norris is also being sought by Florida authorities on charges of attempted murder and home invasion.

Atlanta police said Wednesday that Norris is wanted in the death of nine-month-old Monte Jones, who died Nov. 11. Authorities said investigators also found evidence of sexual assault.

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Ex-boxing champion O'Neil Bell fatally shot, Atlanta police say

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 2:11pm

ATLANTA  — Police say a former boxing champion has been shot to death during a robbery in Atlanta.

Atlanta Police Sgt. Warren Pickard says 40-year-old O’Neil Bell was gunned down Wednesday morning. Pickard says Bell and another person were shot while getting off a bus before two suspects robbed them. Bell was pronounced dead at the scene in southwest Atlanta.

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Iron Bowl, Egg Bowl among premium matchups in the SEC

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 2:01pm

Here are some things to watch during the final week of the regular season in the Southeastern Conference:

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Fort Gordon prepares to feed 7,000 on Thanksgiving

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 5:09pm

Just after 2 p.m. on Wednesday, the cooks at Fort Gordon were running through a printed checklist, marking off with a yellow highlighter items yet to be cooked .

One line called for 430 pounds of whole turkeys. Another listed 126 pounds of smoked ham, and yet another read 160 pounds of shrimp.

And that was just one of the three dining facilities expected to serve more than 7,000 soldiers, family members and retirees for three hours on Thanksgiving Day.

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Woman kills would-be robber

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 2:55pm

A woman shot and killed a man who tried to rob her Wednesday when she showed up at a meeting to buy a car that had been advertised on Craigslist.

A second would-be robber ran away and remains at large, according to Capt. Eric Abdullah. That man
apparently was not wounded.

About 1 p.m., deputies were dispatched to Willis Hill and Wire roads after receiving two 911 calls about shots being fired.

Frank Frazier Jr., 23, of Aiken, was pronounced dead by Aiken County EMS personnel.

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Murder suspect freed in error still loose

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 2:33pm


A Waynesboro murder suspect remains on the run after being accidentally released last month from the Richmond County jail.

Terrance Brown was wanted for the April 14 fatal shooting of Mandrekgus Delvin Bonner, 26, but on Oct. 30 he was booked into the Richmond County jail under an alias on an unrelated disorderly conduct charge.

Bonner was shot outside of his home on 11th Street in Waynesboro. Eleven suspects were sought in his death. At least seven of the suspects have been caught.

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SLED denies request for 911 call preceding fatal shooting

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 2:28pm


The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division says it won’t turn over the 911 call made prior to a fatal officer-involved shooting in Aiken earlier this month, citing a pending investigation.

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Teen kicked out of home, mom charged

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 2:08pm


An Augusta mother is facing charges for kicking her 14-year-old daughter out of her home for laughing at her during an argument.

Shikara Scott, 35, was booked into the Richmond County jail Wednesday on a charge of deprivation of a minor.

The teen’s father, who lives lives in Wadley, Ga., told police he was called to pick up his daughter from an abandoned house overnight Sunday. He arrived to find her shivering, wearing a thin windbreaker and socks, which were wet from walking outside.

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Sheriff in Savannah dies

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 11:35am


SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Chatham County Sheriff Al St Lawrence, who had been battling cancer, died Tuesday night.

Roy Harris, former chief deputy, has been sworn in as sheriff following the death.

St Lawrence, 81, had been battling cancer since at least July when he disclosed his condition to the department’s command staff.

In a memo released just a few weeks ago, St Lawrence said, “I’m fighting it, and I believe I will be able to win this fight.”

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Don't like it, 'leave,' Georgia sheriff sign says

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 7:59am


 HAMILTON, Ga. -- In an effort to “stir people’s belief and patriotism,” Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley posted a new sign Tuesday morning outside of his department that says his county is politically incorrect, and if you have a problem with that, you can leave.


Paid for by Jolley, the sign reads: “WARNING: Harris County is politically incorrect. We say: Merry Christmas, God Bless America and In God We Trust. We salute our troops and our flag. If this offends you… LEAVE!”


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Deadly 'kissing bug' in Georgia

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 7:17am

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a deadly insect known as the “kissing bug” has made its way to Georgia.


The CDC says there have been sightings of the bug, also known as the triatomine bug, in some southern states. It’s unclear when, where or how many of the bugs have been reported. The bugs feed on the blood of mammals, including humans, and may carry a parasite that causes Chagas disease — which the CDC says can be fatal if left untreated.


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McDuffie slaying suspect captured

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 7:06am


A McDuffie County woman sought in the Tuesday night slaying of her 59-year-old father was captured early Wednesday in an Interstate 20 traffic stop in Taliaferro County.

According to the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office, Kimberly Johnson, 27, of Dearing, had fled the scene of the fatal shooting of Sanders Johnson on Randall Hunt Road.

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Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis reveals budget need of $27,000 in news release

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 8:30pm

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis sent a no-apologies statement to city commissioners and the media Tuesday defending his office’s spending and saying he needs $27,000 more to finish the fiscal year.

Despite earlier comments that he’d stay within the $305,710 budget the commission authorized for his first year in office, Davis now has just $6,159.95 in the bank, insufficient to cover some $25,620 in payroll for the three-person office.

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Hundreds attend Fall Safety Festival at Daniel Field

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 4:32pm

Each of the hundreds who attended Tuesday’s Fall Safety Festival at Daniel Field left with something, whether it was the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap, a plate of traditional Thanksgiving food or the reassurance that children were strapped in safely.

“This is an example of a unified effort from everyone,” said Don Clark, a local day-care owner who helped organize the event. “I’m super proud of it.”

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Atlanta bus, dump truck crash injures 7

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:45am

ATLANTA — Authorities say seven people were being taken to a hospital after a dump truck collided with a public bus.

MARTA spokeswoman Alisa Jackson said in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that all seven were headed to Grady Memorial Hospital with injuries she described as not life-threatening. MARTA is short for Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.

The newspaper reports that the crash happened shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday at Perry Boulevard and Marietta Road.

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