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Harrell Tiller, longtime political figure, dies

55 min 4 sec ago


Harrell S. Tiller, 89, former Richmond County commissioner and school board member, has died, according to Thomas Poteet Funeral Home.

Tiller, a fixture in local politics in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, passed away Sunday.

Funeral arrangements are pending.


Region eyes Christmas Eve storms

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ATLANTA — Forecasters say strong storms, some with the potential for isolated tornadoes, are possible over large parts of Georgia on Christmas Eve.


The National Weather Service said the storms will form along and ahead of a cold front that’s expected to move across north and central Georgia on Wednesday.


Forecasters say the storms are expected to strike areas in west Georgia from 6 a.m. through noon Wednesday; and from noon to 8 p.m. in areas east of Atlanta.


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North Korea might return to terrorism sponsor list over 'Interview'

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 10:55pm

HONOLULU — President Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an “act of cybervandalism,” not one of war, against a movie company.

Sony Pictures Entertainment, which said it canceled the theatrical release of “The Interview” after distributors refused to show it, pledged to find a way to get the film out. “How it’s going to be distributed, I don’t think anybody knows quite yet,” Sony lawyer David Boies said.

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Gold 'grill' stolen from Augusta home, pawned

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 10:51pm

Police say someone stole a set of 10-karat gold teeth caps this month and later pawned the “grill” for $25.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called about the theft Dec. 8, an incident report says. The victim said a handheld game system, a laptop and the $500 set of teeth caps were stolen from the home in the 2100 block of Willhaven Drive.

A few days later, deputies learned the thief pawned the teeth at AAA Gun & Pawn Brokers at 2760 Tobacco Road on Dec. 3 for $25.

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You remembered: Broad Street on Christmas

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 7:09pm

Editor’s note: Last week we asked your remembrances of Christmas when all the stores were on Augusta’s Broad Street.



It was a scene straight out of the song Silver Bells.

Waiters in white tunics carrying trays of food ushered shoppers with their packages and bags of treasures to tables. It was Christmas Eve sometime in the early to mid-1950s in the old S&S Cafeteria on Broad Street.

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The Way We Were: Fort Gordon

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 6:47pm


What do movie star Robert Duvall, U.S. District Court Judge Dudley Bowen and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal all have in common?

You’re right if you know they all served in the Army at Augusta’s Fort Gordon.

Duvall might be the surprise, but while stationed here in the 1950s at then-Camp Gordon, he acted in an amateur production of the comedy “Room Service” in Augusta.

Deal, a native of Millen who grew up in Sandersville, was at the post in the 1960s before embarking on a law career in north Georgia.

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Pardon Our Mess: Light pole knocked over at Walton Way gas station

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 6:45pm

WHERE: Parking lot of Sunoco gas station in the 2000 block of Walton Way

WHAT: A light pole has been knocked over and wires are exposed.

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Property owner

ACTION PROMISED: Swanny Lee, the owner, said that the light pole was hit by a truck July 11, 2013, and that she’s contacted the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office repeatedly.

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Empty Stocking Fund donations

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 6:27pm

Previously acknowledged: $98,294.94


Merry Christmas Jimmy and Joanne $50

J.R. Cadieux $250

In memory of Deister, Boop, Caesar, Poppee and Panky $50

Mittie Conners and Maria Nicholson $50

The Potocik Family $50

In memory of my sons Tony and Greg Schweitzer $100

In memory of Ward Claussen $25

S.E. Williams $25

“In honor of great-grandchildren Evan, Liam, Hannah, Addison, Mobley and Caroline” $50

Bret, Bart, Troy and Tony $100

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Man hurt in shooting after argument, police say

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 4:53pm


One man was hospitalized after a shooting on Flintwood Drive in Augusta early Sunday, police say.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 2000 block of Flintwood Drive about 6:30 a.m., Sgt. Monica Belser said in an e-mail.

The victim, Robert Shipley, was shot in the forehead while arguing with Lauren Weldon, Belser said.

Shipley was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center in critical condition. Weldon was taken into custody but has only been charged with trafficking methamphetamine and possession of marijuana less than an ounce.

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Falcons beat Saints 30-14

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 4:43pm

NEW ORLEANS  — Julio Jones returned from a hip injury to catch seven passes for 107 yards, and the Atlanta   Falcons   remained in playoff contention with a 30-14 victory over New Orleans on Sunday.

Matt Ryan completed 30 of 40 passed for 322 yards and a touchdown, and Devonta Freeman ran for a 31-yard score for Atlanta (6-9), which can win the NFC South by beating Carolina next week.

The Saints (6-9), who committed three turnovers in the fourth quarter, lost their fifth straight at home and were eliminated.

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Authorities investigate 2 unrelated homicides in Thomson

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 4:19pm

Authorities are investigating two unrelated slayings in Thomson that happened in a 24-hour span this weekend.

About 1 p.m. Sunday, the Thom­son Police Department and the Geor­gia Bureau of Inves­ti­gation were called about a homicide in the 400 block of Shiloh Drive, according to GBI Special Agent in Charge Pat Morgan.

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Family hopes poem can solve slaying

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 1:47pm

STAHAM, Ga. — Retired physician C.B. Skelton writes poetry. But few works ever penned by the doctor contained as much emotional urgency as did the poem he wrote at the request of a grieving father.


Dickie Cole recently approached Skelton with the hope that the man known as the “Poet Laureate of Barrow County” could write a poem that might convince someone to identify the person who killed his son on Nov. 19, 2013.


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Federal Aviation Administration restricts landings at Daniel Field, citing trees and other objects in airspace

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 11:41pm

Augusta’s small general aviation airport has big problems with trees, light poles and other structures getting in the way of safe landings for planes at night.

Daniel Field, managed by operations company Augusta Aviation, has spent more than $30,000 conducting land surveys, removing 30 trees and installing red blinking lights on top of the Newman Tennis Center clubhouse and light poles, said Becky Shealy, vice president of business development for Augusta Aviation.

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Empty Stocking Fund donations

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 8:56pm

Previously acknowledged: $91,044.94


Maureen Bravo $25

Lynn Tesch $100

Anonymous $5,000

The Sidley Family $50

In memory of Jean Carr $50

In loving memory of our beloved friend, Dr. Alton (Butch) Garrison from Tommy and Evelyn Price $25

Kenneth Patisaul $100

Dr. and Mrs. David Faircloth $100

Cristol Johnson $50

Anonymous $25

In memory of Jesse Yassney $50

John McCollum $100

Terence Egan $100

Mike and Julie Newman $25

Anonymous $50

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Georgia Regents 'soft' in loss to Montevallo

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 6:54pm

Georgia Regents coach Dip Metress didn’t mince his words after Saturday’s home loss.

Devonte Thomas posted 23 points, but the Jaguars suffered their worst offensive effort of the season in a 72-67 defeat to Montevallo at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

“We were soft as margarine,” Metress said. “How to beat Georgia Regents is go right at their heart, because we’re soft. We were soft, we played scared and we wouldn’t play through contact. If we don’t solve that, we’re not winning anything.”

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Georgia Regents' women rally for Peach Belt win over Montevallo

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 4:40pm


Rap music blared from the Georgia Regents women’s locker room after Satur­day’s game.

The Jaguars overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half for a 60-50 win over Montevallo at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

“Confidence-wise, we really needed it,” freshman guard Joshlyn Belcher said. “Hopefully, we’ll really build upon this.”

Georgia Regents (2-7, 1-1) snapped a three-game losing streak and turned its season around, improving to .500 in Peach Belt Conference play.

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Woman charged with deprivation of minor

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 1:08am


An Augusta woman was arrested Friday on charges of deprivation to her 8-year-old daughter.

Jessica Stripling, 28, of the 3600 block of Wrights­boro Road, was arrested after a welfare check revealed unsanitary conditions in the home used by Stripling, her child and other relatives, according to a Richmond County sheriff’s report.

Deputies saw a bedpan filled with urine on a table with cockroaches crawling around. They smelled a strong odor of feces, cigarettes and urine.

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Richmond County Sheriff's Office names employees of the year

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 5:49pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office announced its employees of the year Thursday at its annual Christmas party.

Katherine Bolden was selected as jail employee of the year; Kimberly Briscoe was named administrative employee of the year; Josh Faison was chosen as investigator of the year; Steven Kophazy was honored as deputy of the year.

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Saturday Shootout: Rhodes gets triple-double in win

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 5:05pm


Tannasia Rhodes. The Paine guard messed around and almost got a quadruple-double in the Lady Lions’ win Thursday over Coastal Georgia. A senior guard from Hephzibah, Rhodes recorded 13 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and 7 steals.



Benedict men. Two seasons ago, the Tigers won 24 games and claimed the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title. This season, Benedict is off to a 2-5 start.



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Braves deal Justin Upton to Padres

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:05am

ATLANTA — With the focus firmly on the opening of their new stadium, the Atlanta Braves dealt away slugger Justin Upton and made it clear that contending next season is not their primary goal.

Just one year removed from an NL East championship and a perennial playoff team, the Braves are now aiming to rebuild and take a top club into suburban SunTrust Park in 2017.

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