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Will Murray win 'Bachelorette'?

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Today is the day that many “Bachelorette” and a lot of Georgia Bulldog fans have been waiting for — Will Josh Murray win the Bachelorette’s heart and propose to her?


If you’ve been reading OnlineAthens/Athens Banner-Herald, you’ve heard our reports of (spoiler alert) that yes, he does.


Blogger Reality Steve has been reporting since before the show began airing that Josh is the one that takes home the former assistant district attorney from Atlanta Andi Dorfman.


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Weather service issues SC heat advisory

1 hour 3 min ago

COLUMBIA — The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for much of eastern South Carolina.

The weather service says the warning about excessive heat will be in effect Monday from midday until early evening.

Forecasters say heat index values as high as 110 degrees are possible because of temperatures in the mid- to upper-90s and high humidity.

The advisory is in effect in Allendale, Berkeley, Colleton, Charleston, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Marion and Williamsburg counties.

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Fatal fall from SC bridge

1 hour 6 min ago

DUNCAN, S.C. — Spartanburg County authorities are investigating the death of a man who apparently fell from a bridge over Interstate 85.

Coroner Rusty Clevenger said the man was pronounced dead Sunday evening at the scene in the emergency lane of I-85 near the state Highway 290 bridge near Duncan.

Clevenger said a witness reported seeing the man fall from the bridge. The coroner said passing motorists stopped to check on the man, and it did not appear he was struck by a vehicle.

The man’s name has not been released.

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4 kids hurt when car rolls in driveway

1 hour 9 min ago

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Four children were hospitalized after a car came out of gear, rolled backward and struck the kids as they played in a neighbor’s yard.

Authorities said two of the children sustained critical injuries in the accident Sunday afternoon in north Hall County.

The Times reports 8-year-old Julian Rangeo; and 5-year-old Sebastian Rangeo were flown by helicopter to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, where they were in stable condition late Sunday night.

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Augusta Commission set to approve $9 million tax increase

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 10:44pm

Augusta Commission members are set to tentatively pass a $9 million property tax increase at a called meeting today.

The 2-mill increase, effectively $70 more annually for the owner of a $100,000 house who claims the standard homestead exemption, would be the largest Richmond County has seen in a decade. The last time the local government raised the mill rate by more than a quarter percent was in 2006, when a 1-mill hike went to law enforcement.

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Butler High School's new principal plans to move school forward

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 10:15pm


Three weeks before she officially began as the principal of Butler High School, Stacey Mabray called all faculty and staff to the school June 10 for a two-day retreat.

Mabray, however, insisted on calling the event a “forward,” because “Butler Bulldogs never retreat,” she said. It was her first gesture showing she was serious about changing the tone of the school.

The theme of the gathering was “perception is reality,” and Mabray wanted to find out how Butler was perceived by its teachers, students and the public.

The feedback wasn’t great.

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Augusta woman reports armed robbery at Skinner Mill Road home

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 6:58pm


Deputies say a man robbed an Augusta woman at gunpoint Friday, stealing cash and more than $2,100 worth of jewelry from her home.

About 2:30 p.m., Denise Mines, 35, had just returned home on Skinner Mill Road when she heard a knock on her door, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report. Expecting her sister, Mines opened the door and was greeted by a white man brandishing a black handgun.

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Rhodes: 'Get On Up' is accurate depiction of James Brown's life

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 6:32pm

Almost every where I went Friday morning people who knew that I went to the Augusta premiere of Get On Up the night before were asking me, “Well, how did it go last night?”

Let me put it to you this way:

I would rate it five out of five stars! Do not miss this one!! James Brown, for sure, is back on the good foot with an incredibly lifelike portrayal by South Carolina-born actor Chadwick Boseman.

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Richmond County school safety chief touts restructure

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 6:00pm

Throughout his law enforcement career, Alfonzo Williams has maintained the practice of fitting round pegs into round holes. That is, he does what makes the most sense.

It’s a school of thought he picked up from his old police chief with the Augusta Police Department. Now the director of the Richmond County School Safety and Security Department, Williams said he continues an effort to provide the best possible service for students, faculty and staff of Richmond County schools.

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Tim Clark rallies to win Canadian Open

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 4:22pm


MONTREAL — A strong finish put Tim Clark over the top at the Canadian Open.

Clark birdied five of the last eight holes Sunday, rallying for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk.

Clark closed with 5-under 65 at rainy Royal Montreal for his second PGA Tour victory. The 38-year-old South African player also won the 2010 Players Championship.

Furyk, a two-time Canadian Open champion who took a three-stroke lead into the final round, finished with 69. The 44-year-old American matched Clark with a birdie on the 17th and a par on the 18th.

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Boy, 14, drowns at SC state park

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 1:20pm

GREAT FALLS, S.C. — A 14-year-old boy drowned at Lake Wateree State Park while swimming with his family.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports Jeramie Coleman drowned Saturday. Fairfield County Coroner Barkley Ramsey says the teen swam too far into the lake and began struggling. Bystanders tried unsuccessfully to rescue him.

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3 on trial in Ga. salmonella peanut plot

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 12:38pm



ATLANTA — Three people accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls in history are set to go to trial this week in south Georgia.


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Atlanta airport offers faster screenings

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 12:34pm

ATLANTA — Passengers at Atlanta’s main airport can now apply at a second site to join a security program that offers faster screenings.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport recently opened another site outside its security checkpoint where travelers can apply to join the PreCheck program run by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration.

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Ga. to tap tax refunds for unpaid fines

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 12:28pm

A law expected to be implemented in 2015 will allow state and local court systems to recoup unpaid fines from Georgians’ state income tax returns.

Mike Cuccaro, assistant director for the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts tells the Telegraph of Macon similar laws implemented in other states have generated about $2 million in annual collections.

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Unreported crimes make statistics incomplete, professor says

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:24pm


You might want to use a little more caution when perusing the latest crime statistics. A university professor says you might not be getting the whole picture.

Each year, it’s become customary for news outlets to use the number of crimes reported at the national, state and local levels to identify trends, said Robert Brame, a professor of criminology at the University of South Carolina.

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Augusta-area author Louise Shivers, 84, dies

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:03pm


Augusta-area novelist and Georgia Regents University writer-in-residence Louise Shivers died Saturday morning of heart complications, family members confirmed. She was 84.

Shivers, who hailed from eastern North Carolina, was perhaps best known as the author of the 1983 novel Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail, which won acclaim by USA Today as the Best First Novel of the Year. It later was turned into the feature film Summer Heat, which premiered in 1987 at the Imperial Theatre in Augusta, said Beth Siciliano, Shivers’ daughter.

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Stranger helps raise $40,000 for North Augusta mother who left child in park while she was at work

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:59pm


A thousand miles didn’t stop a New Hampshire woman from extending a helping hand to a local mother accused of leaving her 9-year-old daughter at a park while she worked her shift at a fast-food restaurant.

Clair Ryan, a 31-year-old from Nashua, N.H., has connected people across the nation who contributed $10, $50 or, in some instances, several hundred dollars to Debra Harrell, a North Augusta single mother who works at McDonald’s.

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Grovetown escapees captured

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 2:51pm


Two inmates who escaped the Grovetown Department of Public Safety Detention Center late Friday are back in police custody, officials said.

Michael Davis, 24, and Joshua Gray, 21, who escaped about 8:20 p.m., were caught Saturday morning in Richmond County as they attempted to check in at the Knights Inn on Boy Scout Road, Chief Gary Owens said.

The two escaped through a broken fence at the department’s temporary holding facility, he said, and made their way to the home of Gray’s mother, Malisa Self.

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Grovetown police looking for escaped inmates

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:34pm

Officials confirmed that two inmates escaped Friday evening from the Grovetown Police Department Detention Center.

The suspects, who escaped at approximately 8:20 p.m., are Michael Davis, 24, and Joshua Gray, 21, according to the Grovetown Department of Public Safety.

Davis is described as a black male, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts.

Gray, a white male subject, is described as 5-foot-9, 145 pounds and was last seen wearing a dark in color T-shirt and black shorts.

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Augusta female sought after pointing gun in another woman's face

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:22pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for an Augusta woman accused of pointing a firearm at another female Friday afternoon.

About 1:55 p.m., deputies responded to the 3200 block of Brandywine Drive, where China Welsh, 39, said that Kesha Hazel “approached her vehicle and pointed a black handgun in her face,” according to an incident report.

The suspect then allegedly said, “I got you” and left the scene, the report said.

Welsh told deputies the incident was a result of a verbal altercation over previous incidents.

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