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.
In Class A, though both Aquinas and Lincoln County won, the Red Devils jumped the Irish to No. 5. Lincoln County is 6-0 and blanked Warren County, 31-0. The Irish, who dropped to sixth, won at Hancock Central 48-14 to improve to 5-1.
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.”
A Burke County High School football player has died.
Rod Williams, a 17-year-old offensive lineman, passed away Monday night. On Tuesday morning, the school held a vigil at the flag pole to remember Williams. Grief counselors are also at the school.
Burke County football coach Eric Parker said Williams collapsed about six or seven minutes into practice on Sept. 22. Medical staff then did CPR and transported him to Georgia Regents Medical Center.
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.
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.”
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.
BY BIANCA CAIN JOHNSON
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.
North Augusta’s Rashad Byrd has been selected for the South Carolina roster in December’s Shrine Bowl.
Byrd, North Augusta’s star linebacker, is the area’s only local representative for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, which features top high school football players in a North Carolina-South Carolina game.
This year’s Shrine Bowl is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C.
If Grovetown wants to make a Class AAAAA state playoff push, it can’t lose its grip on a local rivalry series.
The Warriors are home at 7:30 p.m. Friday against fellow Columbia County school Greenbrier for a Region 2-AAAAA game that’s also The Augusta Chronicle’s Game of the Week.
At 2-2 in region play, Grovetown (3-2 overall) can’t slip up against Greenbrier, which is 0-4 in the region, if it wants to think realistically about making the state playoffs for the first time.
The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is seeking bottled water donations for first responders in the Columbia area.
Bottled water or any other packaged supplies can be dropped off at the sheriff’s office at 420 Hampton Ave. NE in Aiken or at Beasley Media Group, 4051 Jimmie Dyess Parkway in Augusta. If the donation is too large to transport, pick up arrangements can be made by calling (803) 642-1790.
Police continue to encourage citizens to limit travels to any area affected by rising water levels or roadways damaged by flooding.
ATLANTA — Devonta Freeman scored three more touchdowns and the Atlanta Falcons remained unbeaten, romping to a 48-21 victory over the hapless Houston Texans on Sunday.
Freeman, who took over as the starting running back after rookie Tevin Coleman sustained a rib injury in Week 2, has scored six TDs in the past two games. The Falcons improved to 4-0 for only the fourth time in franchise history.
Freeman had touchdown runs of 16, 23 and 6 yards. He set up another score with a 44-yard reception.
Schools in Aiken and Edgefield counties will be closed Monday because of the heavy rain in South Carolina. Schools in Bamberg District 1 will also be closed Monday.
The Aiken County closings extend to all afterschool activities, athletics, the adult education program, the Freedman Parenting Center and the administrative office.
Edgefield County schools will be closed for students and employees, according to Greg Anderson, with the school system. There is no word yet when schools will reopen.
COLUMBIA — A dangerous rainstorm drenching the East Coast brought more misery Sunday to South Carolina – cutting power to thousands, forcing hundreds of water rescues and closing scores of roads because of floodwaters.
Emergency management officials sent a statewide alert telling people to stay off roads and remain indoors unless their homes were in danger of flooding. Interstates were closed by flooding – including a 75-mile stretch of I-95 between Interstates 20 and 26.
HONG KONG — Third-round leader Jin Cheng of China won the Asia-Pacific Amateur championship without hitting a ball on Sunday after the fourth round was abandoned due to heavy rain and high winds at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club.
Jin, who led by two strokes after each of the first two rounds, had a 54-hole total of 11-under 199 to edge Australian amateur champion Cameron Davis and his countryman Ryan Ruffels by one stroke.
COLUMBIA -- The National Weather Service is reporting major flooding in the South Carolina capital, the result of a dangerous rainstorm drenching parts of the East Coast.
Police say officers and firefighters have been rescuing stranded motorists around Columbia. Fire officials said this morning that they had made more than 50 swift-water rescues, and they’re responding to dozens more calls for help.
In Athens, Ga., No. 13 Alabama jumped on No. 8 in the second quarter and didn't let up in a 38-10 victory over the Bulldogs.
The Crimson Tide (4-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) pounced on Georgia the same way it did in 2008 in the infamous "Blackout" game, when the Bulldogs wore black jerseys and fell down 31-0 at halftime in Sanford Stadium.
Weekend rains that canceled festivals and dampened football games could bring high water hazards to the Savannah River in the days ahead, officials said Saturday.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers warned that high water and increased flows could bring floating debris, submerged retaining walls and higher river velocity downstream of Thurmond Dam. High water is also a possibility in the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam Park and at Furys Ferry, according to a news release.
CHARLESTON, S.C. — President Obama declared a state of emergency in South Carolina on Saturday as parts of the East Coast saw record-setting rain that shut down roads, waterlogged crops and showed little sign of letting up.
Much of the drenching was centered in the Carolinas, but coastal communities as far away as New Jersey were feeling the effects of unrelenting rainfall. Rain and flood warnings remained in effect for many parts of the East Coast through today. At least five weather-related deaths have been reported.
WALHALLA, S.C. — Authorities say four people from Indiana on their way to the Clemson-Notre Dame football game died Friday.
The men were flying from Warsaw, Ind.,, to Clemson, to attend Saturday's game.
Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis identified the men who died Friday afternoon as: 71-year-old Charles D. Smith; his son, 44-year-old Scott A. Smith; 54-year-old Tony L. Elliott; and 51-year-old Scott D. Bibler.
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. — The universal playmaking of former Washington County star A.J. Gray had been missing from the House of Pain until Laney’s Vicen’te Thompkins did his best impression for the visitors Friday night.
Thompkins rushed for the go-ahead 58-yard touchdown with 4:36 left and then sealed the victory with his third interception of the night in the end zone with 46 seconds left as Laney won 36-29 for its first victory at Washington County since 1989.