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Police, family still seek answers in Glenn Hills student Leon Ellison's 1994 shooting death

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 7:18pm

It has been 21 years, but former Richmond County Investigator Kenneth Boose still remembers the slaying of Leon Ellison.

“I worked that case really, really hard, but we were never able to solve it,” he said. “No motive, no suspects, just nothing. That one still haunts me.”

Ellison, a 17-year-old Glenn Hills High School student, was found shot in the head April 10, 1994, in the 4400 block of Peach Orchard Road.

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Jimmie Johnson pulls away for another Atlanta Sprint Cup win

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 6:29pm


HAMPTON, Ga. — Jimmie Johnson’s race team was too slow getting his car through inspection for Friday’s qualifying session at the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

He made up for it with the fastest car in Sunday’s main event.

Johnson was forced to use last year’s points to start the race in 37th with a provisional exemption. But he didn’t stay there long on a rainy, foggy day.

“This thing was just bad-fast,” Johnson said after leading the final 21 laps.

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Police make arrest after Hephzibah homicide

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 5:31pm


A man was arrested after a homicide in Hephzibah early Sunday, officials said.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies called to a disturbance in the 4200 block of Rheney Road about 4:45 a.m. found the body of 75-year-old Bobby M. Shue, of Augusta, along with 60-year-old Deborah Ouzts, who had been “brutally assaulted,” according to a statement from Sgt. Monica Belser,

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Bill Cosby delivers comedy with no drama

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 11:36pm


Bill Cosby’s performance in Augusta on Saturday night went on without interruption or reference by the 77-year-old comedian to allegations by a growing number of women that he drugged or assaulted them years ago.

“We will not cover that today,” he told an audience member at Bell Auditorium as the show started. “What we’re going to cover is the performance of Bill Cosby.”

Cosby’s two-hour monologue touched on memories of life as a 4-year-old to a recent effort to impress his wife with a “snap-up,” jumping from a supine position to land on his feet.

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State legislators won't push bill giving mayor more power this session

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 10:50pm


The state legislators that Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis needs to draft legislation that will give him more power say that won’t happen this year, with less than a month remaining in the legislative session.

“I think we need a lot, lot more conversation around that,” said Rep. Barbara Sims, R-Augusta. “The timing is not right.”

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Spending in Hyde Park relocation project not adding up

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 10:36pm

The city is unable to account for nearly a quarter-million dollars on the troubled Hyde Park relocation project, based on invoices it provided to The Augusta Chronicle.

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Young Harris shocks Georgia Regents in Peach Belt opener

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 10:34pm

The Georgia Regents men’s basketball team will practice today as planned. After that, nothing is certain.

C.J. Wilson scored 27 points Saturday night as No. 4 seed Young Harris shocked East Division co-champ Georgia Regents, 83-76, in the Peach Belt Conference Tourna­ment quarterfinals at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

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Man stabbed during fight with sister

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 6:08pm

A 26-year-old man was hospitalized Saturday after he was stabbed while slapping his sister, officials said.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in the 200 block of Telfair Street about 3:30 a.m., according to a statement from Sgt. Monica Belser.

Vance Wade; his sister, Sherice Wade, 24; and Stephanie Jackson, 25, had been drinking when an a fight broke out, the police statement said.

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1 killed, 1 hurt at Waynesboro bar and grill

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 6:05pm

One man was killed and another injured in a shooting and stabbing at a Waynesboro bar and grill late Friday, officials said.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office was called to BFE Bar and Grill at 2056 Hancock Landing Road about 10:30 p.m. and found 28-year-old Edward Daniel New­house with stab wounds, Sgt. Dedric Smith said. He was pronounced dead at 11:17 p.m. at Burke Medical Center, county Coroner Susan Salemi said.

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Michaux: Woods won't catch Nicklaus

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 3:23pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Jack Nicklaus will be invited into the NBC booth later this afternoon. He’s the unofficial host of the Honda Classic played on a PGA National Champions course he redesigned near his home in North Palm Beach.

Among the things announcers Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller will talk about with Nicklaus is “The Bear Trap” – the hazard-infested three-hole stretch of 15, 16 and 17 that will go a long way to determining who holds the trophy.

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Fox Creek outlasts Calhoun County for Upper State title

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 3:21pm

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Fox Creek found itself tied going to the final quarter, but the Predators unraveled the knot to continue their historic dance.

Fox Creek’s run continued Saturday by beating Calhoun County 64-57 to win the Class A Upper State title at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

After reaching the semifinals for the first time ever, Fox Creek will play for a Class A state championship for the first time in program history March 7 at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia.

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Jaguars set to face Young Harris in Peach Belt Tournament opener

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 8:38pm


With Georgia Regents holding a large lead Wednesday night over USC Aiken, Jaguars coach Dip Metress took advantage of the situation.

He elected to rest the team’s leading scorer, Keshun Sherrill, the final 8:29 of the contest. Not only did Metress give his sophomore point guard a breather, he allowed guards D’Angelo Boyce and Keith Crump to see some additional time in the spread offense down the stretch.

“You never know what can happen in a conference tournament,” Metress said. “A guy could foul out.”

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Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library asks for public's help identifying historic photos

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 8:34pm


A snapshot of nearly all Columbia County’s history – its fields of golden wheat, pastures of crimson clover and crops of valuable tobacco – can be seen in more than 150 photographs donated to the Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library.

The people and property pictured from the early 1900s to mid-1960s, however, remain a mystery.

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Soldier receives Purple Heart for injuries during deployment to Afghanistan

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 8:19pm


Army Sgt. Beth VanVleet received a Pur­ple Heart on Friday for injuries sustained in Afghanistan in 2012.

On July 10, 2012, VanVleet was acting as an assistant to Chaplain Joseph Joe at a forward operating base in Logar province, according to Fort Gordon Public Affairs Officer J.C. Mathews.

When an alarm sounded warning of incoming indirect fire, the soldiers dropped to the ground and listened for impact before beginning to move to a bunker across from the dining facility, Mathews said.

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Augusta Interfaith Coalition urges community to support Paine College

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 7:47pm


Augusta’s Interfaith Coalition, a collaboration of more than 400 churches and civic groups, is imploring the community to make a drastic financial show of support for Paine College as the school attempts to regain fiscal stability and resolve accreditation problems.

The Coalition has adopted March 21 as Paine College Rally Day and is asking that monetary donations, prayers and encouragement be sent to the college in the weeks leading up to this designated day of support.

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Bond denied for robbery suspect tied to fatal 2002 kidnapping

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 6:27pm


A man involved in a fatal kidnapping nearly 13 years ago was denied bond Friday on new charges filed in a recent robbery attempt that left the victim with gunshot and knife wounds.

Randy Allen Conrad II, 29, has been jailed since his arrest on charges of aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

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Aiken Lobster Race postponed until 2016

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 6:22pm

The annual Aiken Lobster Race has been cancelled for 2015, according to a post Friday afternoon on its Facebook Page.

The statement says the race will return May 7, 2016, with the hopes of making it “the biggest, best Lobster Race ever.”

This year would have marked the 31st annual running. Proceeds from the event are donated to programs for the mentally and physically challenged in Aiken County.

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Warrenville man crashes car into medical building

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 6:20pm

A Warrenville man has been charged with DUI after crashing his car into the Margaret J. Weston Medical Center early Friday.

About 6:30 a.m., deputies responded to South Carolina Highway 421, where James Ford, 35, wrecked a 2003 Ford Expedition, according to Lance Cpl. Judd Jones with Highway Patrol.

Ford was driving south on Highway 421 when he went off the right shoulder, over-corrected, crossed the highway and struck the building, Jones stated.

In addition to DUI, Ford was charged with not having a driver’s license and improper display of tag.

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Georgia Regents' Keith Crump finding a groove

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 6:16pm


Keith Crump. The Georgia Regents sophomore guard, who is starting to get in a groove on the court, is one of the main reasons for his team’s 11-game winning streak. Crump ranks third in assists and rebounds on the team, and Wednesday he recorded his first career double with 14 points and 11 boards.



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Three arrested in Aiken County EBT fraud

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 5:58pm


Three people were arrested Thursday when Aiken County authorities concluded a six-month investigation into EBT fraud at a Warrenville store.

While executing a search warrant at Smoak’s Country Store at 395 Piney Heights Road, Aiken County sheriff’s investigators discovered a cache of illegal pills and a large quantity of money associated with the distribution of narcotics.

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