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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Previously acknowledged: $91,044.94
Maureen Bravo $25
Lynn Tesch $100
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
In memory of Jesse Yassney $50
John McCollum $100
Terence Egan $100
Mike and Julie Newman $25
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.