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Blue Cross to become sole provider in much of Georgia

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 12:11am

In nearly two-thirds of the counties in the state, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia will be the sole provider for anyone who wants to get insurance under the Affordable Care Act. It is a responsibility the company does not take lightly, and it would like to find a way to make it work, its president said.

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Man accused of killing Florida priest attempts suicide again

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 6:11pm

Steven James Murray, the man accused of killing a Florida priest, attempted to hang himself Saturday at the Clayton County Jail, officials confirmed.

According to Burke County Sheriff Greg Coursey, Murray was hospitalized after the suicide attempt and later transported back to the Clayton County Jail where he remains on suicide watch.

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Augusta venues' performance backs plan for new arena, supporters say

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 5:25pm

A fiscal "best year yet" bolsters plans to build a new arena to replace the aging James Brown, backers say.

Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, formerly Global Spectrum, has managed the Augusta Entertainment Complex of James Brown Arena and the Bell Auditorium since 2009, including concessions, hospitality, ticketing and marketing.

For a third year, Spectra reduced the facilities' deficit – while booking 129 events, 33 more than last year – according to an announcement from the company.

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Shepeard will test blood for Zika

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 4:35pm

 

Blood coming in to Shepeard Community Blood Center will soon be tested for Zika due to a new guidance issued by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday.

Georgia and South Carolina were among the 11 states that are expected to begin testing in the next month. Previously blood testing was mostly limited to Florida and Puerto Rico. Testing is expected to begin in all states in the next 12 weeks.

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3 charged with concealing Grovetown woman's death

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 4:27pm

 

Three people have been charged with concealing the death of an elderly Grovetown woman.

Grovetown Department of Public Safety officers discovered the body of Namie Christy, 78, at her East Robinson Avenue home after receiving a 911 call from one of the suspects on July 29. Investigator Jacob Rambo said authorities are awaiting autopsy results to give more details into her cause of death or how long she had been dead.

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$75 million park plan going to committee

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 4:18pm

Augusta’s public services com­mit­tee has a big – and pricey – decision Tuesday on whether to commit as much as $75 million to enhancing recreation and parks.

Under development for about 18 months by local firm Cranston Engi­neer­ing and several subconsultants, the plan calls for new parks, trails and other upgrades as well as additional plans for individual parks and a five-year plan update.

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Richmond Academy-Aiken is latest renewal as Game of the Week

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 3:28pm

For the second consecutive week, two area teams with a rich history will meet Friday night for the first time in four decades.

Richmond Academy will visit Aiken at Hagood Stadium for the first time since 1975 when the two face off at 7:30 p.m. in The Augusta Chronicle’s Game of the Week.

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Hospital releases boy, 2, shot in legs

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 1:51pm

 

A 2-year-old shot at his North Augusta home Friday has been released from the hospital, police confirmed today.

Aiken County sheriff’s deputies were called to the home on Hutchinson Drive about 1:30 p.m. to find the child with gunshot wounds to both legs. Lt. Steve Shunn said soon after the incident that the child was at home with family members when the shooting occurred, but more details were not provided due to the pending investigation.

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Ga. woman killed looking at snake

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:50pm

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Officials say a Georgia woman has been fatally struck by a vehicle after getting out of her car to look at a snake in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.

 

Multiple news agencies report that park officials say 64-year-old Shirley Jean Alexander Clifton, of Woodstock, Georgia, was hit by an oncoming car Friday night along Foothills Parkway West near Chilhowee Lake.

 

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SC job seekers crash Volvo Web site

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:37pm

 

CHARLESTON, S.C. — It seems a lot of people want to help Volvo build cars at its first auto manufacturing plant in North America.

 

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that when the company announced last week a slate of job openings for its new $500 million plant northwest of Charleston, thousands of people went online crashing the Berkeley County jobs website.

 

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Rebel flag remover steps forward

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 11:13am

 

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The person who removed 70 Confederate flags from the graves of Civil War veterans about two weeks ago at Brunswick’s historic Oak Grove Cemetery has stepped forward, and it’s not the usual suspect of vandals or activists.

 

The leader of a local Confederate heritage group had called Brunswick police when he visited the cemetery about two weeks ago and found that 70 of the 78 flags placed on burial sites in April were missing.

 

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Children's hospital touts donations

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 11:04am

 

The local Children’s Hospital of Georgia is celebrating more than $1.2 million in donations and pledges.

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Your Pie pizza chain eyes North Augusta site

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 10:13am

 

NORTH AUGUSTA — A Your Pie pizza restaurant could be coming to downtown North Augusta as the first tenant in the revitalized Ming Yat building on Georgia Avenue.

Patrick Landon, whose Bojland Restau­rant Group owns 10 Bojangles’ restaurants in the Augusta area, announced his intentions in a legal advertisement required to obtain a license for beer and wine consumption on premises.

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Camera shows man punching bank window

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 8:59am

 

Surveillance footage caught a man punching out a bank window downtown Thursday evening.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to Georgia Bank and Trust, 32 Eighth St., early Friday after a lawn care business noticed one of the side windows had been broken out.

A bank representative told police it did not appear that anyone entered the bank, but deputies observed a large amount of blood around the window and down the walkway to Reynolds Street.

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Deputy's son charged in slaying

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 7:57am

 

The son of a Georgia sheriff’s deputy has been arrested and charged with murder after the shooting death of a man in Thomson.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge Pat Morgan says Ricquavius Tarver, 22, of Warrenton, the son of Taliaferro County Deputy Ricky Tarver, is facing charges for murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He is being held at the McDuffie County Detention Center.

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Ex-Augusta State star Patrick Reed wins The Barclays, earns spot on Ryder Cup team

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 6:11pm

 

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Patrick Reed had a crystal trophy, a clear shot at the richest payoff in golf and a spot on the Ryder Cup team.

All he could offer Rickie Fowler was best wishes to join him at Hazeltine.

Reed picked up two victories Sunday at The Barclays. He rallied from an early two-shot deficit to win the FedEx Cup playoff opener and assure himself a clear shot at the $10 million bonus. And he secured a spot on the U.S. team at Hazeltine that will try to win back the Ryder Cup.

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Kyle Larson takes advantage of late restart for first Cup victory

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 5:57pm

 

BROOKLYN, Mich. — During the last couple laps of his first Sprint Cup victory, Kyle Larson was emotional.

“I think with two to go, I was starting to get choked up,” he said. “We worked really, really hard to get a win, and just haven’t done it. Finally all the hard work by everybody, hundreds of people at our race shop, people who have got me through to the Cup Series, it was all paying off.”

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Endwell, N.Y. wins Little League World Series

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 5:55pm

 

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — As Ryan Harlost stepped to the mound on Sunday, he took it all in.

Chants of “U-S-A, U-S-A!” droned over his left shoulder as he dipped it to deliver a warm-up pitch. South Korean arms and flags waved furiously to his right. Little kids who asked for his autograph earlier in the week used makeshift sleds to slide down the hill toward most of the 22,000-plus fans who packed Lamade Stadium.

The Endwell, N.Y., pitcher admitted it made him uneasy. He sure didn’t show it.

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Thomson man fatally shot Saturday

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 9:14pm

A Thomson man was killed in a shooting Saturday evening.

Roosevelt Wendell Demmons, 32, was shot at CC’s Car Wash/CDL Dollar Down Auto Sales on East Hill Street, Special Agent Pat Morgan of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said. The shooting occurred around 6 p.m.

The GBI and Thomson police are investigating the shooting. No arrests had been made late Saturday, but authorities are questioning a suspect.

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Man fatally shot late Friday

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 3:40pm

A man was fatally shot late Friday on Dugas Street in Augusta.

Lawaun Jermaine Flournoy, 38, had been shot multiple times when authorities found him in the 1000 block of Dugas after responding to a call about 11:30 p.m. Emergency medical technicians pronounced him dead about 12:10 a.m.

No arrests have been made in the shooting. The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that an investigation is ongoing. An autopsy was scheduled today at the GBI crime lab in Atlanta.

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