New Augusta Public Transit buses unveiled

3 hours 45 min ago

Excitement was high at a Friday unveiling of new Augusta Public Transit buses and paratransit vehicles – but city leaders say expanding the system to better meet the public’s needs will take time and money.

Environmental science students from two magnet high school schools gave their seal of approval for the new, more efficient buses, painted with vibrant splashes of green and brown and a large city logo.

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Class action lawsuit to proceed against Sentinel Offender Services

3 hours 59 min ago

One of the civil lawsuits against private probation company Sentinel Offender Services will proceed to trial as a class-action case.

Friday’s ruling by Judge Daniel J. Craig means that anyone sentenced for a misdemeanor offense in Columbia County Superior Court may be a party to the lawsuit that seeks to recover from Sentinel all fees paid to the for-profit company.

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Police arrest two men in Burke County shooting

5 hours 10 min ago

Two of three men who police said shot and attempted to rob a man in Burke County early Thursday are in custody.

According to a Burke County sheriff’s news release, deputies were called to a Claxton Road residence in the Girard area about 9:35 a.m. The victim told police he was returning to his home when three people attempted to rob him. The robbers shot the victim in the leg and ran into the woods.

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Man charged with exploiting the elderly

5 hours 18 min ago

A “handyman” is facing charges for exploiting a 92-year-old Augusta woman.

Police were first called to the woman’s Murphy Street home on Aug. 16 after her daughter realized she had written more than 25 checks to Ronald Clayton Newman, 58, who worked as a handyman. According to an incident report, the woman does not recall writing the checks, but the bank confirmed that the signature on the checks matched the one on file. Her daughter told police she believes Newman took advantage of her mother by having her continually write checks.

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Police investigating gas station robbery

5 hours 25 min ago

Police are investigating the robbery of a Peach Orchard Road gas station early Thursday.

According to a Richmond County sheriff’s incident report, a man in a mask went into Circle K, 2822 Peach Orchard Road, about 2:15 a.m. and demanded cash. The clerk told police she gave him $40 from the cash drawer before he left, taking her cell phone with him.

The clerk told police she did not see a weapon and the bandit gave no indication that he had one.

Augusta man robbed of car, money

5 hours 31 min ago

An Augusta man told police an armed robber took his money and car, which also contained 10 pairs of sneakers.

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Sheriff, mayor hold solidarity walk

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 7:52pm


On a recent drive to work, Richard Roundtree turned onto Laney Walker Boulevard and immediately noticed a patrol car behind him.

Roundtree – the Sheriff of Richmond County – slowed and crept almost two miles before arriving at his office on Walton Way.

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Fort Gordon gets new command sergeant major

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 2:49pm


Fort Gordon’s new garrison command sergeant major said he hopes to create more unity between the fort and the surrounding communities as the Army base continues to expand and grow.

“We are one community,” CSM Charlie Bryant Jr. said Thursday morning immediately after taking over the reins from outgoing CSM Marcus Campbell. “We want to embrace everyone as one family.”

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ACC moves championship game to Orlando

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 11:18am

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Atlantic Coast Conference is moving its 2016 football championship to Orlando’s Camping World Stadium.

The conference made the announcement about the Dec. 3 game Thursday.

Orlando emerged as a possible location after the ACC joined other sports leagues in pulling out of North Carolina amid backlash over controversial state House Bill 2.

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Graves Mountain plans mineral dig

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 10:05am

Graves Mountain, a former mine known for its rare minerals, will be open to the public Oct. 7-9 for the semiannual Rock, Swap & Dig event, in which visitors can chisel away at rock outcrops in search of minerals.

The mine will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Although admission is free, donations to offset the cost of the event are accepted, said Clarence “Junior” Norman, the caretaker of the Lincoln County, Ga., site.

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Augusta document storage a growing problem

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:53pm


Augusta has a document problem – currently about 9,600 boxes of them.

The city’s aging, landlocked Records Retention building on Fifth Street is currently “at capacity,” its 8,700 square feet packed from floor to ceiling with approximately 26,000 boxes of records, Central Services Director Takiyah Douse told Augusta Commission members.

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AU paycheck changes ease and add to employee burden

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:29pm

Because they deal with residents who work crazy hours at Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Debbie Langston and Laurel Jones also must work crazy hours. That could become a problem because they will soon have to clock in, even though they should be exempt from new federal rules.

And they could end up losing vacation time they can’t take because of it.

“It’s just going to be a nightmare,” Langston said.

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Augusta homicide suspect's statement admissible as evidence

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 6:02pm


If the case against a suspect in the killing of a South Carolina surgeon in Augusta in 2013 goes to trial, the jury will be able to listen and watch the video recording of his police statement.

At the conclusion of a hearing Wednesday in Richmond County Superior Court, Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. ruled the videotaped statement was legally obtained, freely given and is admissible as evidence during Glenn V. Riggs II’ trial.

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Giants, GreenJackets announce two-year contract extension

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 3:17pm

The San Francisco Giants and Augusta GreenJackets announced Wednesday a two-year extension to the current player development contract.

The contract keeps Augusta as the Giants’ Low-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League through the 2018 season. The partnership dates back to 2005 and the 2017 season will mark the 13th year between the two.

The Giants-GreenJackets agreement was the final contract inked this off-season in the South Atlantic League.

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Local students join peers nationwide in prayer

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 1:42pm


About 40 high schools students stood on the dewey football field at Westminster Schools of Augusta on Wednesday morning, joining their peers from across the area and country for the 26th annual See You at the Pole.

Accompanied by only an acoustic guitar, the students sang a couple of worship songs before splintering off into smaller groups to pray for their school, community, families and country.

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Augusta road lighting project gets shorter and more frequent

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 1:29am


The number of light poles in a Walton Way street lighting project is increasing.

The decorative poles, a Trans­portation Investment Act-funded project, are being installed along the Augusta road between Bransford Road and 15th Street.

After the project was designed and started, however, Engineering Director Abie Ladson said contractors encountered obstacles – existing utility lines and trees.

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City offers workshop Wednesday on doing business with it

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 5:31pm

Those seeking certification to do business with the city of Augusta can learn about the process at the “Fast Track Certification Workshop” Wednesday afternoon at the city municipal building at 535 Telfair St., from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

The workshop, scheduled in the Compliance Department on the seventh floor, is free and open to the public. City Compliance Director Kellie Irving said nearly $25 million is earmarked for purchases and contract services each year.

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Plant Vogtle employees sue over overtime wages

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 4:21pm


Employees working on the construction of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle have filed lawsuits alleging they are forced to work overtime without compensation.

Two lawsuits against WECTEC Contractors and Fluor Enterprises were originally filed in August in Burke County Superior Court. They were transferred to U.S. District Court on Monday.

The lawsuits seek class action status for all other similarly situated employees.

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Cyber command officer waives preliminary hearing in child pornography case

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 4:19pm

An officer assigned to the Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon who is suspected of downloading child pornography waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Morris Hurwitz, 48, of Evans, also waived his right to a speedy trial. He was arrested on Sept. 16 on a charge of receipt, transport or distributing child pornography. Hurwitz is being held in custody without bond.

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Man who stole quarters wanted for questioning

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 3:09pm


Police are seeking a man for questioning in the theft of hundreds of dollars in quarters.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the man was captured on surveillance video Sept. 19 prying open the coin vault at 25 Cent Car Wash, 3743 Peach Orchard Road, about 7 a.m. and removing $300 in quarters. Anyone with information on the man is asked to contact Deputy James Price at (706) 821-1056 or 821-1080.