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Historic Baptist site condemned for occupancy

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 1:32pm

The downtown Augusta birthplace of the Southern Baptist Convention has been condemned for occupancy after a routine inspection revealed chunks of plaster falling from the historic building’s ceiling.

City Inspector L.E. Lariscy Sr. said a report of homeless people sleeping on the 802 Greene St. church’s front porch prompted a city inspection of the interior.

He also discovered that a small prayer group was heating a rear portion of the building with a propane burner, which is unsafe for indoor use, he said.

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Scuttle's Island Water Park selects management operator

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 1:30pm

Florida-based Innovative Attraction Management has been selected as the operator of North Augusta’s proposed Scuttle’s Island Water Park.

In a news release Monday, the firm announced that it will serve as turn-key management operation for the park, which is scheduled to open on Memorial Day.

IAM will handle all operational duties, according the release, and plans to implement its StarGuard ELITE Lifeguard Risk Prevention program at the 40-acre attraction.

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October death of Augusta University student ruled a suicide, coroner says

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 1:23pm


The death of an Augusta University student last month has been ruled a suicide, Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said.

An autopsy performed at a private lab in Newberry, S.C., revealed that Michael Demetrius Wilson, 20, of Brunswick, died due to asphyxia and hypoxia, Bowen said. In layman’s terms, his body didn’t receive enough oxygen.

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Turkey donations bring cheer

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 12:16pm

Not a single person, no matter the role, at the James Brown Turkey Giveaway on Monday said he wouldn’t have a better holiday because of it.

For those getting turkeys, such as John Dent, the benefits were obvious.

“Me and my grandkids are going to eat Thursday and Friday,” he said of the 12 grandchildren who would fill his home and share his turkey.

The rest of the details were set. He would get the bird deep-fried and his daughter would provide the fixings.

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Officials urge caution for Thanksgiving travelers

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 12:01pm

For the seventh straight year, an increase in travelers is expected this Thanksgiving holiday.

According to a press release from AAA, 46.9 million Americans are estimated to journey at least 50 miles during the Thanksgiving holiday, a 0.6 percent increase from the 46.6 million in 2014.

The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday to Sunday.

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Autopsy finds pastor died of smoke inhalation in church fire

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:01am

Autopsy shows pastor died of smoke inhalation in church fire

An autopsy has determined the cause of death for an 82-year-old pastor who died in an October fire at Lively Stone Apostolic Church.

Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose said Ernest Rhodes died from smoke inhalation and thermal injuries. Other conditions played a role, including advanced age and medical histories of hypertension and unspecified cardiac arrhythmia.

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Theft suspect Luke Bunyon sought

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 9:50am

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in locating Luke Bunyon, 37.

He is wanted in connection to a robbery by sudden snatch that took place Monday, according to a news release. He is about 5-feet, 6-inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds.

He is known to frequent the Harrisburg area, including Bohler Avenue, and Dogwood Terrace.

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Sheriff's office gets accreditation

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 9:40am

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office received national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. at its fall conference in Miami on Saturday, according to a news release.

During the commission hearing, Sheriff Richard Roundtree answered questions from Commissioner Julie Righter-Dove regarding the sheriff’s office’s recruitment plan, physical fitness program, CHAMPS program, the “ No One Wins – Stop Gun Violence Now” program and proactive policing.

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Kisner earns first PGA Tour victory

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 11:25pm


After hitting his approach onto the green at the final hole Sunday at the RSM Classic, Kevin Kisner finally allowed himself a smile.

Why not?

The Aiken native knew his first PGA Tour victory was just a few moments away.

The 31-year-old made par to finish off his 6-under-par 64 for a six-shot victory at the tournament held at St. Simons Island, Ga.

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Aiken's Kisner earns first PGA Tour victory

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 4:32pm


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — No one could catch Kevin Kisner on Sunday at the RSM Classic.

The Aiken native shot 6-under-par 64 to win by six shots over Kevin Chappell for his first PGA Tour victory.

After hitting his approach onto the green at the final hole, Kisner finally allowed himself a smile.

“We did it,” Kisner said as he scooped up his daughter and greeted wife Brittany at the 18th hole.

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Adam Vinatieri kicks another winner as Colts beat Falcons

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 4:24pm


ATLANTA — Give a hand to the old guys.

Relying on a pair of 40-somethings, the Indianapolis Colts rallied from a pair of two-touchdown deficits to beat the slumping Atlanta Falcons 24-21 on Sunday.

Adam Vinatieri, the oldest player in the league at 42, added another winning kick to his sterling resume, booting a 43-yarder with 52 seconds remaining. The Colts won with Matt Hasselbeck, 40, throwing a pair of touchdown passes filling in for injured Andrew Luck.

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Georgia gets past Georgia Southern

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 10:24pm

ATHENS, GA. - Sony Michel ran for a 25-yard touchdown on Georgia's only overtime play, leading the Bulldogs to a 23-17 win over Georgia Southern on Saturday night.

Michel ran straight through the line and scored high-stepping into the end zone as Georgia (8-3) survived the upset bid by Georgia Southern (7-3). Michel had 23 carries for 132 yards.

Leonard Floyd was in on three tackles for losses on Georgia Southern's overtime possession, including L.A. Ramsby's loss of three yards on a fourth-and-1 direct snap.

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Miami beats Georgia Tech 38-21

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 4:14pm


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Miami’s seniors left their home field as winners, one more time. So did a coaching staff that kept the season together when an all-out collapse seemed like a very real possibility.

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Citadel stuns big brother USC in 23-22 win

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 3:42pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tyler Renew scored the winning touchdown with a 56-yard run up the middle as lower division The Citadel shocked South Carolina 23-22 on Saturday.

The Gamecocks (3-8) hadn’t lost to a Football Championship Subdivision team in 25 years. The Bulldogs (8-3) beat them back then too in 1990.

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The Latest: More than 500 flights canceled in Chicago

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 3:22pm



The latest developments in a storm bringing snow to parts of the Midwest (all times local):

1:55 p.m.

Flight cancellations at Chicago’s two airports are growing as the slow-moving storm system dumps snow in northern Illinois.

Flight-tracking website showed more than 350 flights in and out of O’Hare International Airport had been canceled as of Saturday afternoon. The airport had received 7 inches by midday Saturday.

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Army soldier from South Carolina dies in 'non-combat' incident in Iraq

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 2:10pm

FORT DRUM, N.Y. — The U.S. Army says a soldier from South Carolina has died during a non-combat incident at a military facility in Iraq.

A spokeswoman for the Army says 19-year-old Pvt. Christopher Castaneda died Thursday at the Al Asad Air Base in Iraq.

Spokeswoman Kathleen Young said in a statement Friday that Castaneda died in a “non-combat related incident,” but provided no further details. The Army did not immediately respond to a request for additional information.

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Police seize guns, drugs from Georgia home where daycare was operated

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 2:04pm



SNELLVILLE, Ga. — Gwinnett County police say they seized guns and drugs from a home where a daycare was operated.

Police say officers got a tip that a resident of the Snellville home was selling drugs. They pulled over Jimmy Simpkins, who had just left the home around 11:30 p.m. Thursday and arrested him after they found cocaine in the car.

Officers got a search warrant and seized several guns, cash, counterfeit currency, drugs and packaging material. They arrested Eric Zavare Ray and Joseph Simpkins.

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North Augusta loses on late field goal

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 11:58pm

BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. — North Augusta went down swinging.

The Yellow Jackets very nearly pulled off a playoff upset on the road, but Blythewood kicker Cody Turner made a 20-yard field goal on the final play of the game to give the Bengals a 29-27 victory Friday night.

Blythewood (9-3) had taken a two-score lead in the fourth quarter and appeared to be in complete control as the North Augusta (7-5) offense continued to sputter.

Enter Rashad Byrd.

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Thomas has big night as Thomson rolls past Grady

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 11:15pm


THOMSON — With the star attraction on the other end of the field, Thomson coach Rob Ridings made sure to get his players’ attention.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton traveled Friday to the Brickyard to watch his younger brother, Grady’s Caylin Newton play. And after the contest, the Bulldogs watched the older Newton stride across the field as Ridings tried to hold his post-game discussion.

“Eyes up here on me,” Ridings demanded, wanting his players to focus. After all, there’s more football to be played this year.

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Red Devils falter in first round again

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:37pm


LINCOLNTON, Ga. – Ryan O’Neill couldn’t get off Buddy Bufford Field. Every few yards, a teammate, friends, family or fan came up and hugged him as he tried to hold back tears.

“It’s not your fault,” was the same refrain O’Neill heard over and over.

The senior kicker for Lincoln County has been one of the best in the state for four seasons. His big leg has drawn recruiters from Kennesaw State and West Georgia, among others.

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