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Ga. woman killed looking at snake

1 hour 15 min ago

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Officials say a Georgia woman has been fatally struck by a vehicle after getting out of her car to look at a snake in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.

Multiple news agencies report that park officials say 64-year-old Shirley Jean Alexander Clifton, of Woodstock, Georgia, was hit by an oncoming car Friday night along Foothills Parkway West near Chilhowee Lake.

Park rangers say Clifton had left her car to look at a snake on the road before she was struck.

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SC job seekers crash Volvo Web site

1 hour 28 min ago

CHARLESTON, S.C. — It seems a lot of people want to help Volvo build cars at its first auto manufacturing plant in North America.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that when the company announced last week a slate of job openings for its new $500 million plant northwest of Charleston, thousands of people went online crashing the Berkeley County jobs website.

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Rebel flag remover steps forward

2 hours 52 min ago


BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The person who removed 70 Confederate flags from the graves of Civil War veterans about two weeks ago at Brunswick’s historic Oak Grove Cemetery has stepped forward, and it’s not the usual suspect of vandals or activists.


The leader of a local Confederate heritage group had called Brunswick police when he visited the cemetery about two weeks ago and found that 70 of the 78 flags placed on burial sites in April were missing.


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Children's hospital touts donations

3 hours 1 min ago

The local Children’s Hospital of Georgia is celebrating more than $1.2 million in donations and pledges.

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New restaurant eyes North Augusta site

3 hours 51 min ago


NORTH AUGUSTA -- A Your Pie pizza restaurant could be coming to downtown North Augusta as the first tenant in the revitalized Ming Yat building on Georgia Avenue.

Patrick Landon, whose Bjoland Restaurant Group owns 10 Bojangles restaurants in the Augusta area, announced his intentions in a legal advertisement required to obtain a license for beer and wine consumption on premises.

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Camera shows man punching bank window

5 hours 6 min ago

Surveillance footage caught a man punching out a bank window downtown Thursday evening.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to Georgia Bank and Trust, 32 Eighth St., early Friday after a lawn care business noticed one of the side windows had been broken out.

A bank representative told police it did not appear that anyone entered the bank, but deputies observed a large amount of blood around the window and down the walkway to Reynolds Street.

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Deputy's son charged in slaying

6 hours 8 min ago

The son of a Georgia sheriff’s deputy has been arrested and charged with murder after the shooting death of a man in Thomson.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge Pat Morgan says Ricquavius Tarver, 22, of Warrenton, the son of Taliaferro County Deputy Ricky Tarver, is facing charges for murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He is being held at the McDuffie County Detention Center.

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Ex-Augusta State star Patrick Reed wins The Barclays, earns spot on Ryder Cup team

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 6:11pm


FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Patrick Reed had a crystal trophy, a clear shot at the richest payoff in golf and a spot on the Ryder Cup team.

All he could offer Rickie Fowler was best wishes to join him at Hazeltine.

Reed picked up two victories Sunday at The Barclays. He rallied from an early two-shot deficit to win the FedEx Cup playoff opener and assure himself a clear shot at the $10 million bonus. And he secured a spot on the U.S. team at Hazeltine that will try to win back the Ryder Cup.

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Kyle Larson takes advantage of late restart for first Cup victory

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 5:57pm


BROOKLYN, Mich. — During the last couple laps of his first Sprint Cup victory, Kyle Larson was emotional.

“I think with two to go, I was starting to get choked up,” he said. “We worked really, really hard to get a win, and just haven’t done it. Finally all the hard work by everybody, hundreds of people at our race shop, people who have got me through to the Cup Series, it was all paying off.”

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Endwell, N.Y. wins Little League World Series

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 5:55pm


SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — As Ryan Harlost stepped to the mound on Sunday, he took it all in.

Chants of “U-S-A, U-S-A!” droned over his left shoulder as he dipped it to deliver a warm-up pitch. South Korean arms and flags waved furiously to his right. Little kids who asked for his autograph earlier in the week used makeshift sleds to slide down the hill toward most of the 22,000-plus fans who packed Lamade Stadium.

The Endwell, N.Y., pitcher admitted it made him uneasy. He sure didn’t show it.

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Thomson man fatally shot Saturday

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 9:14pm

A Thomson man was killed in a shooting Saturday evening.

Roosevelt Wendell Demmons, 32, was shot at CC’s Car Wash/CDL Dollar Down Auto Sales on East Hill Street, Special Agent Pat Morgan of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said. The shooting occurred around 6 p.m.

The GBI and Thomson police are investigating the shooting. No arrests had been made late Saturday, but authorities are questioning a suspect.

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Man fatally shot late Friday

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 3:40pm

A man was fatally shot late Friday on Dugas Street in Augusta.

Lawaun Jermaine Flournoy, 38, had been shot multiple times when authorities found him in the 1000 block of Dugas after responding to a call about 11:30 p.m. Emergency medical technicians pronounced him dead about 12:10 a.m.

No arrests have been made in the shooting. The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that an investigation is ongoing. An autopsy was scheduled today at the GBI crime lab in Atlanta.

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North Augusta holds off Evans to remain undefeated

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 12:28am

North Augusta coach Brian Thomas was quick to point out his team has several mistakes to fix.

Nonetheless, the Yellow Jackets will go into their bye week still undefeated after pulling out a 28-20 win over Evans.

“I’m pleased we won,” Thomas said. “That’s the good thing. We won. That’s what matters, the bottom line.”

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Last-second field goal lifts Aquinas over Laney

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 12:26am


Crimmins Hankinson’s 44-yard field goal as time expired capped a crazy finish and lifted Aquinas to its first victory, 19-18, over Laney on Friday night at Laney Stadium in a cross-town renewal that waited 41 years.

The Irish (1-1) rallied to set up Hankinson’s kick after the Wildcats scored with 38 seconds left on Mario Sumpter’s 40-yard touchdown pass to K.J. Redfield on fourth-and-12.

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Hyde Park activist not pleased with city buyout offer

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 12:06am


The man who fought to get Augusta to address contamination concerns in the Hyde Park community now is questioning the city’s offer of $90,500 for his four rental properties there.

Hyde Park was long rumored to be contaminated and was marked with signs warning children not to play in the dirt. In 2011, it became the target of a sweeping city buyout, for the stated purpose of creating a 44-acre regional stormwater detention pond.

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3 charged after fight at Augusta apartments leads to stabbing

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 7:59pm


A 14-year-old and two women are facing charges after a fight resulted in a stabbing at River Glen Apartments on Sunday.

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3 arrested after drugs, guns found at home

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:46pm


Police discovered money, a stolen gun and marijuana after executing a search warrant at an April Drive home Wednesday.

After entering through a barricaded front door, narcotics investigators detected a strong odor of marijuana. They discovered bags of marijuana along with an assault rifle, a .45-caliber handgun and a magazine drum holding 100 rounds of ammunition.

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Augusta man gets probation in cyclist's death

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:24pm


An Augusta man who killed a bicyclist just before dawn in 2013 was acquitted Friday of felony vehicular homicide charges.

Judge J. David Roper found evidence that Christopher Provost committed only misdemeanor vehicular homicide when he struck 42-year-old Dennis Skillman on Mike Padgett Highway just north of Tobacco Road on May 15, 2013. Roper sentenced him to one year of probation under the First Offender Act.

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Aiken bridge to close on Monday

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:23pm

An Aiken County bridge will be closed to traffic through mid-October starting Monday.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation said a bridge on Silver Bluff Road will be replaced and should be reopened to traffic on Oct. 12.

During construction, traffic will be detoured along Atomic, Dragstrip, Green Pond and Williston roads.

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2-year-old shot in North Augusta

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:31pm


The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the Friday afternoon shooting of a 2-year-old at his North Augusta home.

Lt. Steve Shunn said police were called to the home on Hutchinson Drive at 1:24 p.m. and arrived at 1:30 p.m. to find the child with gunshot wounds to both legs. The child was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Shunn said the child was at home with family members when the shooting occurred. No other details are available as police continue to investigate the incident.

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