Augusta road lighting project gets shorter and more frequent

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 1:29am


The number of light poles in a Walton Way street lighting project is increasing.

The decorative poles, a Trans­portation Investment Act-funded project, are being installed along the Augusta road between Bransford Road and 15th Street.

After the project was designed and started, however, Engineering Director Abie Ladson said contractors encountered obstacles – existing utility lines and trees.

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City offers workshop Wednesday on doing business with it

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 5:31pm

Those seeking certification to do business with the city of Augusta can learn about the process at the “Fast Track Certification Workshop” Wednesday afternoon at the city municipal building at 535 Telfair St., from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

The workshop, scheduled in the Compliance Department on the seventh floor, is free and open to the public. City Compliance Director Kellie Irving said nearly $25 million is earmarked for purchases and contract services each year.

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Plant Vogtle employees sue over overtime wages

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 4:21pm


Employees working on the construction of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle have filed lawsuits alleging they are forced to work overtime without compensation.

Two lawsuits against WECTEC Contractors and Fluor Enterprises were originally filed in August in Burke County Superior Court. They were transferred to U.S. District Court on Monday.

The lawsuits seek class action status for all other similarly situated employees.

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Cyber command officer waives preliminary hearing in child pornography case

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 4:19pm

An officer assigned to the Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon who is suspected of downloading child pornography waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Morris Hurwitz, 48, of Evans, also waived his right to a speedy trial. He was arrested on Sept. 16 on a charge of receipt, transport or distributing child pornography. Hurwitz is being held in custody without bond.

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Man who stole quarters wanted for questioning

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 3:09pm


Police are seeking a man for questioning in the theft of hundreds of dollars in quarters.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the man was captured on surveillance video Sept. 19 prying open the coin vault at 25 Cent Car Wash, 3743 Peach Orchard Road, about 7 a.m. and removing $300 in quarters. Anyone with information on the man is asked to contact Deputy James Price at (706) 821-1056 or 821-1080.


Thomson leads area teams in latest prep football poll

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 1:48pm


The three state-ranked area teams held firm in the latest Georgia Sports Writers Association High School Football Poll released Tuesday.

Thomson remained No. 2 in Class AAAA after a second consecutive bye week. The 4-0 Bulldogs will play host to Clarkston, a winless team from Class AAAAA, on Friday.

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Man flees traffic stop with child in car

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 1:39pm


A man is facing charges stemming from an incident Saturday in which he fled from a traffic stop while a child was in the vehicle.

Michael Donnell Jones, 25, of James Drive, was booked into the Richmond County jail Monday on charges of producing marijuana, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, fleeing and cruelty to children first degree, in addition to citations for failing to signal, expired license and reckless driving. Jones also had three outstanding warrants.

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Groups oppose plan to store nuclear fuel near SRS

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:59am

Three public interest groups in South Carolina are opposed to a new plan to store spent nuclear fuel near Savannah River Site.

SRS Watch, the League of Women Voters and the Sierra Club have joined together to fight Spent Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Group’s bid for a license to store spent fuel at the S.C. Advanced Technology Park on the eastern boundary ofSRS, according to a news release sent out Tuesday.

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Voter rolls growing ahead of November presidential election

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 2:38am


Area voter registration numbers are surging ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election.

Columbia County has 99,214 registered voters as of Sept. 19, while Richmond County has 98,484, according to elections officials in both counties.

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South Aiken-Aiken rivalry is Game of the Week

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 5:06pm

One of the most intriguing rivalries in the area returns to region play Friday night as both programs are off to positive starts.

When South Aiken visits Aiken at Hagood Stadium at 7:30 p.m., The Augusta Chronicle’s Game of the Week will have region implications for the first time since 2013. The matchup kicks off the Region 4-AAAA slate for both teams.

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Shoplifting theft suspect sought

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 3:01pm


Police are asking the public’s help in identifying a man suspected in a shoplifting incident.

According to a bulletin from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, a young man entered Hobbytown USA, 266 Bobby Jones Expressway, at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 16, placed an undisclosed item worth $1,300 in a bag and left without paying.

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Columbia County man charged with exposing himself

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 2:51pm

A 44-year-old man is facing charges after exposing himself to another driver Saturday morning.

Jeffrey Steven Stallings was booked into the Columbia County Detention Center Sunday morning on a charge of public indecency - third or subsequent conviction.

According to a Columbia County sheriff’s incident report, police initiated a traffic stop on Stallings’ vehicle on Belair Road at Interstate 20 after the 32-year-old woman reported the incident.

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Portion of Broad Street to close for work

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 2:33pm

A portion of Broad Street will be closed for the next month while crews make repairs to a bridge near King Mill.

The bridge, which is expected to be closed to traffic Tuesday, is one of several undergoing upgrades in the downtown area. The Archibald W. Butt Memorial Bridge on 15th Street closed last month for crews to begin an upgrade project, which will include a complete deck repair, the addition of bike lanes and the restoration of some of its historical elements.

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Greenbrier Elementary student admits gun threat

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 2:23pm

A Greenbrier Elementary student admitted to school officials last week that he threatened to bring a gun to school.

According to a Columbia County sheriff’s incident report, a parent contacted police after hearing the child had exposed his genitals to other students and threatened to bring a gun to school. Police made contact with the witnesses, who stated they did not see the student expose his genitals but they did hear the threat.

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McCormick prison inmate killed in fight

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 10:07am

MCCORMICK, S.C. — An inmate has been killed at one of the state’s high security prisons.

South Carolina Department of Corrections spokesman Dexter Lee tells The State the male prisoner was killed Sunday during a fight with another inmate at McCormick Correctional Institution in McCormick. The man hasn’t been identified pending notification of family.

The incident triggered a lockdown of the prison.

Authorities haven’t released details like how the inmate was killed.

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Burnettown policeman injured during arrest

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 9:50am

A Burnettown police officer underwent emergency surgery after being injured by a suspect last week.

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Salvation Army requesting towels

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 9:46am

The Salvation Army is in need of towels for the hundreds of showers being taken in the shelter each week.

According to the Salvation Army, about 120 people take showers in the Center of Hope shelter each day. That equals to more than 840 showers a week. Towels and washcloths wear out quickly, and the current supply is very low. According to a news release, the purchase of new towels would put a strain on an already tight budget as the shelter prepares for its busiest time of the year.

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Michaux: We should all thank Palmer

Sun, 09/25/2016 - 9:59pm

Golf will never be the same for two reasons. First, that Arnold Palmer lived. Second, that Arnold Palmer has died.

The single most important figure in the history of the game – you can argue with me about this if you want, but you’d be wrong – passed away Sunday at the age of 87. It’s disorienting thinking about a world without him.

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Masters legend Arnold Palmer dies

Sun, 09/25/2016 - 8:29pm

Arnold Palmer, who won the Masters Tournament four times and helped bring golf to the masses, died Sunday night, according to multiple media reports. He was 87.

Known as the “King,” Palmer won 62 PGA Tour events before evolving into a successful businessman and golf’s elder statesman. His go-for-broke style – hitching up his pants and unorthodox swing – endeared him to the public and helped make golf a sport for the common man.

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McIlroy wins PGA Tour Championship

Sun, 09/25/2016 - 7:05pm

ATLANTA — Rory McIlroy finally won the FedEx Cup when he least expected it.

McIlroy was three shots behind with three holes to play Sunday in the Tour Championship. Nearly two hours later, he holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the fourth extra hole to win the tournament and claim the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus.

"I took advantage of my opportunities today and yeah, here we are," McIlroy said, his voice hoarse from screaming over so many quality shots and big moments.

In its 10th year, the FedEx Cup never had a finish like this.

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