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County gets infrastructure funds

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Richmond County has received nearly $1.1 million to upgrade its infrastructure.

Officials with the U.S. Economic Development Administration say the money will let the area improve its wastewater system, which was damaged by severe storms this year. They expect the work to create 100 new jobs and generate $170 million in private investment.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker says the upgrades are critical to the local economy.

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North Augusta romps past Aiken

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:08pm

PLAY OF THE GAME: With Aiken punting from its 19-yard line late in the first quarter, North Augusta’s Rashad Byrd darted into the backfield and blocked the kick. The Yellow Jackets recovered and scored on a Byrd reception four plays later to take a 14-0 lead.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Yellow Jacket quarterback Trib Reece was 12 of 20 with four first-half touchdown passes. The senior also ran for a score in the fourth quarter.

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Martinez Elementary School pupil evaluated for possible tuberculosis exposure

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 10:51pm

 

A Martinez Elementary School pupil was pulled out of school Thursday after it was discovered he was possibly exposed to tuberculosis.

The Georgia Department of Public Health informed school officials to isolate the fourth-grader and send him home until he could be further evaluated, Columbia County Superintendent Sandra Carraway said Friday.

She said she did not know whether the pupil was showing symptoms, but the school system is taking precautionary steps to test other children and teachers who might have been exposed.

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Man robbed at gunpoint on Washington Road

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 9:36pm

Deputies are looking for three black males after an armed robbery Friday in Richmond County.

Approximately 1:46 a.m., deputies responded to 3038 Washington Road where a 26-year-old victim was found bleeding from the face, according to a RCSO incident report.

The victim stated he was on the way home when he pulled into a hotel parking lot “to make sure he had his wallet, which he thought he left at the gym.” As the victim checked his trunk, three black males approached brandishing handguns, the report stated.

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Five sought in armed robbery

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 9:26pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for five suspects following an armed robbery late Thursday in Augusta.

Approximately 11 p.m., a 37-year-old victim told deputies he was robbed of his jean shorts, cell phone and wallet at the corner of Fenwick Street and Tuttle Street.

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John Barrow, Joe Wilson support bill to train Syrians; Paul Broun does not

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 8:50pm

 

Two House lawmakers from the Augusta area voted in favor this week of President Obama’s plan to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants, but one said he couldn’t support the measure, for fear that U.S. weapons might fall into the hands of Islamic radicals.

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SMART Girls helping build skills for local females

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 7:37pm

Moments after completing an assignment, Karissa Samuels raised her hand towards SMART Girls program coordinator Jameka Gardner.

Karissa’s answers were meant to remain confidential. But the 11-year-old wanted to share.

“I am a daughter and a friend,” the Thomson-McDuffie Middle School student read aloud to 10 peers. “I am adorable. I am a fan of me. I am a Christian. I am fun – until you push my buttons. I am beautiful no matter what you think. I am my biggest cheerleader. I am Karissa Mechele Samuels.”

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3 guilty in Ga. salmonella-tainted peanut trial

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 7:29pm

ALBANY, Ga.— A federal jury convicted the owner of a peanut plant and two others Friday in a salmonella outbreak that prompted one of the largest U.S. food recalls ever, sickened hundreds across the country and was linked to several deaths.

Experts say the seven-week trial in Albany, Georgia, marked the first time corporate executives and plant workers were tried in a food poisoning case.

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Man shot to death on Second Avenue

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 6:52pm

A 34-year-old Augusta man was fatally shot Friday morning on Second Avenue.

He was identified as Anthony Walker, of the 1900 block of Second Avenue, according to a statement from Coroner Mark Bowen.

He was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Center, Bowen said. The GBI crime lab in Atlanta will perform an autopsy.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies said they responded to the shooting at 4:44 a.m. in the 1900 block of Second Avenue. According to a statement by police, Walker was shot in the stomach.

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Minor earthquake hits New Ellenton

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 5:08pm

For the second time in less than a week, a small earthquake rattled the Augusta area, this time in Aiken County.

At 4:38 p.m. Friday, a 2.6-magnitude earthquake was registered about 2.5 miles west of New Ellenton, according to the U.S. Geological Survey Web site. It was measured at a depth of 3.7 miles below the surface.

Surveys submitted to the Geological Survey show the quake was felt as far away as Johnson City, Tenn., and Columbia and Pinewood, S.C.

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Teen charged with having survival knife on campus

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 3:01pm

A 19-year-old Augusta Technical College student was arrested Wednesday after police discovered he had a “large survival knife” on campus.

Campus police were alerted by a teacher about 6 p.m. that D’Angelo Lee, of Martinez, had the knife. Officers went to the classroom, where Lee admitted the knife was in his book bag, according to an Augusta Tech police department incident report.

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Multimillion dollar water park to be built near Grovetown

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 2:53pm

 

The owner of the popular Lights of the South holiday attraction plans to build a $20 million water and amusement park on the property near Grovetown.

According to planning documents filed with Columbia County on Sept. 12, Benjamin Bell is seeking a rezoning to allow for the construction of a water park called Scuttle’s Island, which will operate between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

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Compass Academy founder gets 14 years for fraud, owes $6.4 million

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 1:49pm

 Jonathan “Jay” Brooks, the founder of Aiken’s failed Compass Academy, is expected to begin a 14-year prison sentence Saturday in South Carolina after pleading guilty this week to using the defunct private school and a fictional account to defraud investors of $6.4 million.

Brooks, 42, is expected to go through in-processing at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia to determine in which South Carolina prison he will spend his term, said Creighton Waters, South Carolina assistant deputy attorney general.

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2.1% inflation expected

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 1:01pm

 

ATLANTA -- Business executives in the Southeast see inflation a little higher than the Federal Reserve does, according to a survey released Friday.

The survey was conducted last week by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, ahead of this week’s meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee that sets interest rates paid by banks which most other rates are based on.

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Aiken police get narcotics dog from NFL quarterback grant

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:20am

 

The Aiken Department of Public Safety will be getting a new narcotics dog, thanks to a grant from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback announced Thursday the foundation will be distributing the grant to Aiken Public Safety when the Steelers play the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

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TB case reported at Martinez Elementary

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 8:28am

A Martinez Elementary School pupil was pulled out of school Thursday after it was discovered he was possibly exposed to tuberculosis.

The Georgia Department of Public Health informed school officials to isolate the fourth-grader and send him home until he could be further evaluated, said Superintendent Dr. Sandra Carraway.

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Man fatally shot on 2nd Ave.

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 6:58am

 A 34-year-old Augusta man was fatally shot Friday morning on Second Avenue.

He was identified as Anthony Walker, of the 1900 block of Second Avenue, according to a statement from Coroner Mark Bowen.

He was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Center, Bowen said. The GBI crime lab in Atlanta will perform an autopsy.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies said they responded to the shooting at 4:44 a.m. today in the 1900 block of Second Avenue.

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Scots reject independence in historic vote

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 1:23am

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to the British political establishment. Scots voted 55 percent to 45 percent Thursday against independence in a vote that saw an unprecedented turnout.

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Augusta man faces possible indictment on murder, aggravated assault charges

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 7:32pm

An Augusta man who shot four people, killing one, faces possible indictment on murder and aggravated assault charges after a preliminary hearing Thursday.

Richmond County Civil Court Presiding Judge H. Scott Allen found probable cause existed to send the case against Robert Anderson Jr., 49, to the grand jury.

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UGA expects enrollment record

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:03pm

 

ATHENS, Ga. -- Final figures aren’t in yet, but the University of Georgia already has set a new enrollment record this year.

As of Sept. 9, the university’s combined graduate, professional and undergraduate enrollment stood at 34,988.

That was right after UGA officials sent out notices to students that they had been dropped for nonpayment of tuition. But enrollment always goes up after that point in the process as students pay up to remain enrolled, said UGA Registrar Jan Hathcote.

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