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Annual CSRA College Night on Sept. 10

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 5:07pm

The annual CSRA College Night for high school students will be Sept. 10 at James Brown Arena, according to a news release from sponsor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions.

More than 140 colleges and universities will distribute information, and attendees have a chance to win scholarships worth $12,000. Seminars on HOPE and LIFE scholarships, financial aid and essay writing will be offered.

The event is 5-8:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Lincoln County authorities investigating death

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 5:01pm

 

The body of a 33-year-old woman has been sent to the GBI crime lab in Atlanta after she was found dead Monday, Lincoln County Sheriff Bruce Beggs said.

The woman, identified as Tiffany Marshall, was found unresponsive by her roommate about 1 p.m. Law enforcement and first responders were dispatched to Partridge Town Road but were unable to revive her.

Beggs said investigators found no signs of foul play, but as a precaution the body has been sent to the state crime lab by Coroner Paul Reviere for a more thorough investigation.

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Augusta VA manager jailed after violating bond

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:50pm

A manager at the Charlie Nor­wood VA Medical Center in Augusta who faces federal charges in connection with veterans’ medical care was jailed Monday for violating bond.

On Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Epps revoked the $15,000 bond he set for Cathedral Hen­derson, 50, on July 17.

According to court documents, Henderson violated bond by contacting a potential witness in the prosecution’s case, which alleges that he ordered staff to falsify the medical records of veterans in need of care not available at the VA hospital.

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GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum to speak in Aiken Tuesday

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 3:16pm

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is scheduled to speak in Aiken on Tuesday at Newberry Hall.

Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania who won in Iowa as a candidate during a 2012 bid for the Republican nomination, is scheduled to appear as guest speaker for the Aiken Republican Club’s July luncheon meeting. Registration and a social time begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch at 11:55 a.m.

The cost of the luncheon is $17 for members and $22 for non-members.

13 laws SC drivers should know

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 1:10pm

 

 

Highway laws can vary from state to state, but that’s no excuse to break them. South Carolina law enforcement officials have seen plenty of misconception and oversights.

 

 

1. If another motorist waves you onto a roadway, you are the one who’s liable if a crash occurs.

“There are a lot of nice folks that really try to help, but you are responsible if you pull out into traffic and collide with another vehicle,” said Sgt. Bob Beres, commander of the Office of Community Relations with the S.C. Highway Patrol.

 

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Crime lab swamped by rape evidence demands

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 9:15am

ATLANTA – Georgia law enforcement agencies have swamped the state crime lab with requests to provide DNA analysis on “rape kits,” the evidence- collecting gear used to gather evidence in sexual assault cases.

The surge of requests followed criticism that old evidence wasn’t being tested, often because of the victims’ reluctance or civil rights privacy concerns.

As of mid-July the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab in suburban Atlanta had a backlog of 863 sample requests, and 270 of them are untested rape kits.

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State Bank and Trust signage takes over First Bank branches in merger

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 9:08am

First Bank of Georgia was rebranded over the weekend to State Bank and Trust branches, its parent company.

State Bank Financial Corp. president Tom Wiley said in an earnings conference call on Thursday that the Augusta area bank signage would be changed over.

“We anticipate full integration will be complete in the fourth quarter of 2015,” he said.

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Lawmakers claims construction tax fraud

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 8:54am

SAVANNAH, Ga. – A Democratic legislator says construction and movie-production companies are tax frauds and insists that the Department of Labor needs more inspectors to police worker misclassification.

Sen. Lester Jackson, D-Savannah, said employers that classify workers as independent contractors who are in actuality employees are cheating the state out of unemployment taxes.

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Confederate flags ripped up at Hephzibah home

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 4:51pm

A pair of Confederate flags were ripped up outside a Hephzibah home, police say.

Around 7:38 p.m. Saturday, deputies responded to the home in the 2500 block of Railroad Avenue, where an 88-year-old woman lives.

A small Confederate flag that had been on the porch was ripped up and left it in the yard, a report states. Another flag was taken from an antenna, ripped up and stuffed in a mailbox.

The woman does not wish to prosecute, but relatives are concerned that the person responsible will return and harm the victim or her property, the report said.

Black Panther-KKK rallies at SC Capitol questioned

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 1:42pm

COLUMBIA— South Carolina lawmakers plan a hearing this week to ask officials why the Ku Klux Klan and New Black Panthers Party were allowed to hold rallies at the Statehouse at the same time earlier this month.

State Sen. John Courson told The State newspaper the number of officers needed to protect people at the dueling July 18 rallies was the largest police presence he has seen at the capitol in 30 years as a legislator.

Five people were arrested, and Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says the crowd nearly got out of control.

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Man crushed at SC steel plant

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 1:39pm

HUGER, S.C. — The Berkeley County coroner says an out-of-state contractor has died at the Nucor steel plant after he was crushed between two machines.

Coroner Bill Salisbury said crews worked for six hours to rescue the man who was trapped around 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the plant near Huger, but he died before he could be freed.

The name of the man has not been released.

Berkeley County deputies and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating how the man was trapped between the machines.

3 victims identified in Interstate 20 wreck

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 12:57pm

Three people were killed in a single-car accident on Interstate 20 near the Talia­ferro County line early Sun­day.

According to Warren Coun­ty Coroner Paul Lowe, the driver of the Toyota Scion was Joshua Steven Miller, 22, of Covington, Ga. His passengers were McKenzie Blair Smith, 22, of Conyers, Ga., and Eliseo Degante Jr., 27, of Newborn, Ga.

Authorities believe the car was going more than 100 mph when Miller lost control of it. The car left the road, struck two smaller trees then slammed into a large tree, tearing the vehicle in two, Lowe said.

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88-year-old missing from Graniteville home

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 10:36pm

 

The Aiken County Sher­iff’s Office is looking for an 88-year-old Graniteville man who went missing from his home Saturday afternoon.

David Pearson lives at 652 Whaley Pond Road. His family, worried that Pearson’s dementia had caused him to wander off, searched the immediate area for two hours before calling deputies.

Pearson is a white male weighing about 180 pounds with a slim build and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a white short-sleeved shirt, long khaki pants and possibly black shoes.

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Phillies' Cole Hamels no-hits Cubs

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 6:56pm

 

CHICAGO — Phillies ace Cole Hamels enhanced his trade value even more, becoming the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs in 50 years while leading Philadelphia to a 5-0 win Saturday.

There was drama down to the final out, when rookie center fielder Odubel Herrera stumbled on the warning track, but managed to lean forward and catch Kris Bryant’s flyball to end the game.

Hamels struck out 13 in the first no-hitter versus the Cubs since Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game in 1965.

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Cute kids take prime spots on mom's refrigerator door

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 5:34pm

You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.

– Desmond Tutu

I went home over the weekend to visit my parents. A niece and her family were driving up from Louisiana and I hadn’t seen them in a while. I also like to watch my parents interact with their great-grandchildren. They don’t get much happier.

In the kitchen I came across my mother’s current events scrapbook, also known as the refrigerator door.

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Georgia debates Confederate carving set in stone and state law

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 2:08pm

ATLANTA — Art, monument or embarrassment?

The “Confederate Memorial Carving” in a state park outside of Atlanta is once again stirring controversy, as Georgia officials try to decide what, if anything, to do about a huge sculpture that memorializes three of the South’s Civil War heroes but causes offense to blacks and others.

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Augusta city administrator's SPLOST proposal excludes many non-government entities

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 9:06pm

Non-government organizations such as Paine College and Symphony Orchestra Augusta are excluded in City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson’s proposal for the Nov. 3 sales tax referendum.

The decision whether to include them remains hotly contested among Augusta commissioners and the groups will be presenting their requests to the commission Tuesday.

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Augusta man accused of rape denied bond

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 3:29pm

 

Bond was denied Friday for an Augusta man accused of beating and raping an ex-girlfriend.

Christopher Davis, 46, was on bond for a prior attack on the woman when he was arrested earlier this month for the sexual assault. The deputy who met with the victim at a hospital on July 20 reported she was covered with bruises, abrasions and cuts.

The woman told the officer that she broke up with Davis after he attacked her on June 22, punching her in the face with closed fists.

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AT&T purchase of DirecTV cleared by FCC, will be biggest pay TV provider in US

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 3:25pm

NEW YORK — AT&T’s $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV is set to close after winning approval from the Federal Communications Commission.

The Justice Department had already cleared the deal, which will create the largest provider of cable or satellite TV in the U.S., with 26.4 million cable and satellite TV subscribers.

That’s more than Comcast as well as a bigger Charter, which is seeking government approval to buy Time Warner Cable.

Suppliers of TV are buying one another as video from Internet competitors like Netflix gets more popular and costs rise for channels.

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Richmond County Sheriff's Office body camera policy now in effect

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 3:23pm

 

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has finalized its body camera policy, which lays out when officers are required to record interactions with the public.

The sheriff’s office administration has been working on the policy since May, but it officially went into effect on Monday. Officials said training on the cameras will begin next week, but due to budget constraints, all officers will not immediately be outfitted.

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