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I-20 canal bridge work planned Monday

1 hour 44 min ago

The Georgia Department of Transportation will inspect and make minor repairs to the eastbound Inter­state 20 Augusta Canal bridge Monday.

According to a news release, work details include handrail and concrete finishing around the rail pedestals. Commuters are asked to slow down when approaching the area and allow extra distance between vehicles.

If weather permits the work, traffic will be affected from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at mile marker 201.

Evans church evacuated after gas leak

5 hours 19 min ago

An Evans church was evacuated Sunday morning after a natural gas leak was reported.

The leak was reported at 11:18 a.m. inside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 835 North Belair Road, according to a statement from Pam Tucker, Columbia County’s emergency services director.

Between 700 and 1,000 people were evacuated and fire, emergency management, and law enforcement personnel were on the scene while the leak was repaired.

There were no injuries, Tucker said in an e-mail.

Early morning fatality in McCormick

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 9:13pm

The South Carolina Highway Patrol continues to investigate Saturday’s McCormick County accident that killed a passenger and injured two others, including the driver.

According to Lance Cpl. David Jones, a man driving a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe on Pierce Road about 2:45 a.m. lost control, ran off the highway and struck a tree.

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Dr. Keel to speak to Pride and Progress

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 8:06pm

Dr. Brooks Keel, president of Augusta University, will be the speaker at Tuesday’s Pride and Progress meeting.

Pride and Progress of Augusta-Richmond County is a nonprofit and nonpartisan grassroots group dedicated to improving the community.

Keel will speak at 7 p.m. at University Medical Center South, 3121 Peach Orchard Road, Room 201. Refreshments will be provided.


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Augusta Chronicle wins 7 Georgia AP awards

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 5:23pm

The Georgia Associated Press honored The Augusta Chronicle on Saturday with seven awards for news reporting efforts in 2015, including first-place honors for deadline reporting, sports writing, best Web site and best picture story.

The Chronicle competed with Georgia’s largest newspapers in the annual contest, judged by out-of-state journalists.

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Saturday temp hits 100 degrees

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 4:27pm

Augusta’s temperature officially hit 100 degrees at Bush Field Saturday afternoon and might get hotter before sundown, according to the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.

It was the second day Augusta’s high reached triple digits. The official high on Friday was 101 degrees.

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U.S. Judge Royal, of Ga., changing status

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 6:28am

U.S. District Court Judge Ashley Royal, of Macon, will take senior judge status in the coming months, The Telegraph newspaper reports.

Royal, 66, a 1967 Richmond Academy graduate and member of the school's Hall of Fame, will take senior status on Sept. 1, entering a semiretirement that allows federal judges to continue working part time with a smaller caseload.

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Supporters optimistic about Augusta LGBT inclusion despite rankings, recent events

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 11:21pm


Activists say Augusta as a whole has come far since the first Augusta Pride festival in 2010, despite recent events and low institutional support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

Augusta Pride has “a very good relationship with the city,” event president Takya Browning said.

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Peebles to join marshal's office

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 10:08pm


One of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office’s top officers will be leaving to join the marshal’s office.

Richmond County Mar­shal-elect Ramone Lam­kin confirmed that sheriff’s Maj. Scott Peebles will be joining him in January when he assumes the job.

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New River Watch lights turn on

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 6:57pm


Nighttime motorists on River Watch Parkway should notice a big difference on the road.

New lights on the parkway were officially turned on Wednesday evening.

“The lights are working as designed to limit trespass outside the shoulders,” Georgia Department of Transportation Spokesman Kyle Collins said in an e-mail. “... Illumination is where it needs to be for driver safety and visibility.”

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Man charged after he allegedly impersonated police officer

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 4:28pm


An Augusta man is facing charges after he allegedly impersonated a police officer in front of a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office employee.

A woman who works at the sheriff’s office but is not a sworn officer told deputies she was in her vehicle on Deans Bridge Road about 7:40 a.m. May 19 when a silver Chrysler 200 pulled out in front of her. She blew the horn, she stated. When they came to a red light, the man who was later identified as Martez Demond Hayes got out of his car and approached her vehicle.

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Fire damages several Wylds Roads apartments

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 2:12pm

No one was injured in a fire that damaged four Wylds Road apartments Friday, Augusta Fire Chief Chris James said.

Several fire department units were called around noon to the fire, which was put out about 1:30 p.m., James said.

“When we first pulled up, the fire was already coming out of the roof; it was already fully involved,” he said.

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Man arrested in Waffle House robbery

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 12:17pm


A man has been charged in connection to the armed robbery of an Aiken Waffle House overnight.

Jamarion Raheem Bell, 24, of Aiken, was booked into the Aiken County Detention Center on charges of armed robbery and possession of a weapon during commission of a crime.

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Global stocks tumble after Britain votes to leave the EU

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 9:43am


NEW YORK — Stocks plunged in the U.S. and worldwide Friday after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The result stunned investors, who reacted by rushing to the safety of gold and U.S. government bonds as they wondered what will come next for Britain, Europe and the global economy.


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Britain votes to leave EU; leader to quit; markets rocked

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 9:13am

LONDON — Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign, toppling the prime minister Friday, sending global markets plunging and shattering the stability of a project in continental unity designed half a century ago to prevent World War III.

The decision launches a years long process to renegotiate trade, business and political links between the United Kingdom and what would become a 27-nation bloc, an unprecedented divorce that could take decades to complete.

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World reacts to Britain vote to exit

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 7:45am

"Damn! A bad day for Europe." — Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's vice chancellor and economy minister, on Twitter.


"I will do everything I can as prime minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months, but I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers the country to its next destination." — British Prime Minister David Cameron speaking to reporters outside his Downing Street office. He said a new prime minister should be in place by October.


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Britain votes to leave EU: leader to quit; markets rocked

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 6:13am

LONDON  — Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign, toppling the government Friday, sending global markets plunging and shattering the stability of a project in continental unity designed half a century ago to prevent World War III.

The decision launches a yearslong process to renegotiate trade, business and political links between the United Kingdom and what will become a 27-nation bloc, an unprecedented divorce that could take decades to complete.

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Allen dismisses gun sit-in on House floor

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 11:21pm


WASHINGTON - As Democrats closed out a marathon sit-in on the U.S. House floor demanding action on gun control, Augusta Congressman Rick W. Allen on Thursday echoed many Republicans in calling the protest “childish games” that obstruct the legislative process and serve as “a distraction from the real issue at hand ­— terrorism.”

Spokeswoman Madison Fox said Allen didn’t support an up-or-down gun vote because the measures in question had already been struck down in the U.S. Senate and the House Appropriations Committee.

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Ethics board lifts stay, clears way for prosecution of Augusta House member

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 7:51pm

Possible criminal charges and hefty fines on hiatus during the legislative session return to haunt state Rep. Earnest Smith after a Thursday decision by the state ethics commission.

The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission voted Thursday to lift a stay in effect during the session that had given Smith an opportunity to document or correct numerous issues that gave rise to a record-setting 93 violations of campaign finance laws.

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Victim identified after deadly house fire

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 2:24pm

Authorities have identified the man who died in a house fire in North Augusta on Wednesday evening.

Leotis Sullivan Sr., 69, was pronounced dead at the scene around 9 p.m., according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton. The fire, which began around 8 p.m., occurred on Woodberry Lane in Belvedere. Sullivan was the owner of the home, Carlton confirmed.

Autopsy results showed that Sullivan died from carbon monoxide poisoning and thermal injury, according to Carlton. He said Sullivan’s death will be ruled accidental.