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Aquinas, Burke County and Lincoln County represent area in Georgia high school football rankings

1 hour 22 min ago

Burke County’s upset win against then-No. 6 Thomson led to a swap in the Class AAAA rankings.

In the new Georgia Sports Writers Association high school football polls, the Bears (5-1) went from unranked to No. 8 following Friday’s 26-20 home win against Thomson. The Bulldogs dropped out of the poll.

In Class A, though both Aquinas and Lincoln County won, the Red Devils jumped the Irish to No. 5. Lincoln County is 6-0 and blanked Warren County, 31-0. The Irish, who dropped to sixth, won at Hancock Central 48-14 to improve to 5-1.

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Grovetown home destroyed by fire

2 hours 44 min ago

A fire destroyed the home of a Grovetown woman Tuesday morning.
Carole Camak, co-founder of Higher Ground ministries, said the fire started just after 10 a.m. at the home on 75 acres named for the ministry, on the east side of Grovetown on Harlem-Grovetown Road.
“I was in the house,” Camak said. “I’d been ironing, but I’d put all that away.”

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Burke County junior football player dies

5 hours 12 min ago


A Burke County High School football player has died.

Rod Williams, a 17-year-old offensive lineman, passed away Monday night. On Tuesday morning, the school held a vigil at the flag pole to remember Williams. Grief counselors are also at the school.

Burke County football coach Eric Parker said Williams collapsed about six or seven minutes into practice on Sept. 22. Medical staff then did CPR and transported him to Georgia Regents Medical Center.

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Weather takes down historic Aiken oak

6 hours 19 min ago


Strong winds helped push down a historic Aiken tree that many had been struggled to keep alive for decades.

The tree on Marion Street uprooted itself Sunday morning, said Tom Rapp, Aiken’s horticulturist and arborist. When he arrived to look at the damage he found that 95 percent of the tree’s root system was gone, explaining its decline over the years.

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Golden Harvest seeks water for flood victims

6 hours 52 min ago


Golden Harvest Food Bank is seeking water donations to send to first responders and those affected by flooding.

“Our South Carolina counties and our sister food bank in Columbia is in enormous need right now, and we’re ready to help them,” said Travis Neal, executive director of Golden Harvest Good Bank. “Water is their primary need, but our warehouses are drink-dry right now.”

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Aiken High student killed while walking to bus stop

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 2:23pm

The Augusta Chronicle

An Aiken High School student was killed Oct. 2 in Aiken County after being struck by a vehicle while walking to a school bus stop.

Chief Deputy Coroner Darryl Ables identified the victim as Skylar Pennington, 16. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near her Columbia Highway North home.

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Columbia County deputy in accident

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 1:18pm


Staff Writer

A Columbia County sheriff’s officer and another driver were injured in a crash during a chase late on Sept. 30.

Capt. Steve Morris said deputies were called to a residence on Candlewood Drive about 9 p.m. for a domestic dispute, but the suspect, Cecil Herrin, 45, left on a motorcycle before officers arrived.

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North Augusta star Byrd picked for Shrine Bowl

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 12:52pm

North Augusta’s Rashad Byrd has been selected for the South Carolina roster in December’s Shrine Bowl.

Byrd, North Augusta’s star linebacker, is the area’s only local representative for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, which features top high school football players in a North Carolina-South Carolina game.

This year’s Shrine Bowl is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C.

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Grovetown-Greenbrier's county meeting is The Chronicle's Game of the Week

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:43am

If Grovetown wants to make a Class AAAAA state playoff push, it can’t lose its grip on a local rivalry series.

The Warriors are home at 7:30 p.m. Friday against fellow Columbia County school Greenbrier for a Region 2-AAAAA game that’s also The Augusta Chronicle’s Game of the Week.

At 2-2 in region play, Grovetown (3-2 overall) can’t slip up against Greenbrier, which is 0-4 in the region, if it wants to think realistically about making the state playoffs for the first time.

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Aiken deputies seek bottled water donations

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:24am

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is seeking bottled water donations for first responders in the Columbia area.

Bottled water or any other packaged supplies can be dropped off at the sheriff’s office at 420 Hampton Ave. NE in Aiken or at Beasley Media Group, 4051 Jimmie Dyess Parkway in Augusta. If the donation is too large to transport, pick up arrangements can be made by calling (803) 642-1790.

Police continue to encourage citizens to limit travels to any area affected by rising water levels or roadways damaged by flooding.

Devonta Freeman leads Falcons to another win, 48-21 over Texans

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 4:43pm

ATLANTA — Devonta Freeman scored three more touchdowns and the Atlanta Falcons remained unbeaten, romping to a 48-21 victory over the hapless Houston Texans on Sunday.

Freeman, who took over as the starting running back after rookie Tevin Coleman sustained a rib injury in Week 2, has scored six TDs in the past two games. The Falcons improved to 4-0 for only the fourth time in franchise history.

Freeman had touchdown runs of 16, 23 and 6 yards. He set up another score with a 44-yard reception.

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Aiken, Edgefield schools closed today

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 4:02pm

Schools in Aiken and Edge­field counties will be closed Monday because of the heavy rain in South Carolina. Schools in Bamberg District 1 will also be closed Monday.

The Aiken County closings extend to all afterschool activities, athletics, the adult education program, the Freed­man Parenting Center and the administrative office.

Edgefield County schools will be closed for students and employees, according to Greg Anderson, with the school system. There is no word yet when schools will reopen.

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Hundreds rescued as water rises in South Carolina

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 12:28pm

COLUMBIA — A dangerous rainstorm drenching the East Coast brought more misery Sunday to South Carolina – cutting power to thousands, forcing hundreds of water rescues and closing scores of roads because of floodwaters.

Emergency management officials sent a statewide alert telling people to stay off roads and remain indoors unless their homes were in danger of flooding. Interstates were closed by flooding – including a 75-mile stretch of I-95 between Interstates 20 and 26.

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Jin wins Asia-Pacific Amateur, spot in 2016 Masters

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 11:27am

HONG KONG — Third-round leader Jin Cheng of China won the Asia-Pacific Amateur championship without hitting a ball on Sunday after the fourth round was abandoned due to heavy rain and high winds at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club.

Jin, who led by two strokes after each of the first two rounds, had a 54-hole total of 11-under 199 to edge Australian amateur champion Cameron Davis and his countryman Ryan Ruffels by one stroke.

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Stay off flooded steets, Columbia mayor warns

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 10:11am

COLUMBIA -- The National Weather Service is reporting major flooding in the South Carolina capital, the result of a dangerous rainstorm drenching parts of the East Coast.

Police say officers and firefighters have been rescuing stranded motorists around Columbia. Fire officials said this morning that they had made more than 50 swift-water rescues, and they’re responding to dozens more calls for help.

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No. 13 Alabama destroys No. 8 Georgia

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 7:03pm

In Athens, Ga., No. 13 Alabama jumped on No. 8 in the second quarter and didn't let up in a 38-10 victory over the Bulldogs.

The Crimson Tide (4-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) pounced on Georgia the same way it did in 2008 in the infamous "Blackout" game, when the Bulldogs wore black jerseys and fell down 31-0 at halftime in Sanford Stadium.

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Corps warns of rising water below Thurmond Dam

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 4:00pm


Weekend rains that canceled festivals and dampened football games could bring high water hazards to the Savannah River in the days ahead, officials said Saturday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engi­neers warned that high water and increased flows could bring floating debris, submerged retaining walls and higher river velocity downstream of Thurmond Dam. High water is also a possibility in the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam Park and at Furys Ferry, according to a news release.

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Obama declares emergency over South Carolina floods

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 11:19am

CHARLESTON, S.C. — President Obama declared a state of emergency in South Carolina on Saturday as parts of the East Coast saw record-setting rain that shut down roads, waterlogged crops and showed little sign of letting up.

Much of the drenching was centered in the Carolinas, but coastal communities as far away as New Jersey were feeling the effects of unrelenting rainfall. Rain and flood warnings remained in effect for many parts of the East Coast through today. At least five weather-related deaths have been reported.

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Plane crash kills 4 on way to Clemson game

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 11:07am

Associated Press

WALHALLA, S.C. — Authorities say four people from Indiana on their way to the Clemson-Notre Dame football game died Friday.

The men were flying from Warsaw, Ind.,, to Clemson,   to attend Saturday's game.

Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis identified the men who died Friday afternoon as: 71-year-old Charles D. Smith; his son, 44-year-old Scott A. Smith; 54-year-old Tony L. Elliott; and 51-year-old Scott D. Bibler.

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Thompkins lifts Laney at WACO

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 12:08am

SANDERSVILLE, Ga. — The universal playmaking of former Washington County star A.J. Gray had been missing from the House of Pain until Laney’s Vicen’te Thompkins did his best impression for the visitors Friday night.

Thompkins rushed for the go-ahead 58-yard touchdown with 4:36 left and then sealed the victory with his third interception of the night in the end zone with 46 seconds left as Laney won 36-29 for its first victory at Washington County since 1989.

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