An unusual band of wave-like clouds sent people to buzzing early Monday as a storm approached the Augusta area.
“It’s very unusual,” National Weather Service meteorologist Tony Petrolito said of the clouds. “I’ve never seen them before.”
The clouds, called undulatus asperatus, which mean “agitated waves,” often resemble rough seas and have been reported all over the world, always creating a buzz for their unusual pattern, weather reports show. Yet, the cloud formation has not been formally recognized by the World Meteorological Organization.
Less than two years after the Richmond County Sheriff's Office received a traffic enforcement grant designed to target dangerous driving behavior, officials say they're seeing results.
The department was approved for the $625,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in October 2013.
The Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic grant, which the sheriff’s office had previously received from 2006 to 2009, allows it to field a team of three officers with a focus on aggressive and drunken drivers.
Advance voting and voting by mail in the District 7 Augusta Commission special election runoff starts Monday.
The two candidates in the runoff to complete resigned Commissioner Donnie Smith’s term said they had been reminding voters not to overlook the April 14 runoff after the bustle of Masters Week.
“We’re trying to spur the voters, make sure they know there’s an election going on,” said Sean Frantom, the development director for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta, who garnered 43.7 percent of the vote in the March 17 election.
SAN ANTONIO — Jimmy Walker made himself right at home on the Texas Open leaderboard.
Walker won his hometown event Sunday to become the first two-time winner this season on the PGA Tour, beating fellow Texan Jordan Spieth by four strokes.
“(Spieth) really made me fight hard,” Walker said. “He kept hitting it close, and I had to keep making putts.”
Walker made birdie putts of 15 feet at No. 16 and 17 feet at the 17th in a 2-under 70 that left him at 11-under 277 at TPC San Antonio, a 35-minute drive from his home.
Pearl walked through the doorway of Aiken Pet Fitness and Rehabilitation on Friday, took a look around, and immediately waddled back out toward the car.
It was the fifth trip to physical therapy in six months for the morbidly obese Jack Russell mix, and she appeared to know it.
For a dog who doesn’t particularly like to work or walk or leave the house, it’s not always easy to get her motivated, said Hayley Zielinski, co-founder of Dog Networking Agents rescue group.
A fire at a Heard Avenue duplex late Saturday claimed the life of an Augusta woman, officials said.
According to a statement from the Augusta Fire Department, firefighters were called to the blaze at 1431 Heard Ave. about 9:32 p.m.
Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said the victim, 45-year-old Sherrel Dunn, of Augusta, was found unresponsive and taken to Trinity Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 10:30 p.m.. An autopsy will be scheduled at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta, Bowen said.
An Augusta man is accused of armed robbery after deputies say he held a woman at gunpoint early Saturday.
De’Andre James Wright, 22, of Normandy Place, has been charged with one count of armed robbery, according to Richmond County jail records.
About 1:45 a.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Hampton Inn at 3030 Washington Road in reference to the theft, according to a report.
NEW ORLEANS — When the dust had settled and the result of the Louisiana Derby was official, the story was the same as it’s been all winter in the Crescent City – there was International Star in the winner’s circle.
A winner of the Lecomte and Risen Star stakes, International Star outgamed the Todd Pletcher-trained Stanford on Saturday afternoon in a battle down the stretch before prevailing by a neck.
Tiger Watch has become another Masters Tournament tradition unlike any other.
What used to be a exercise in following HOW Tiger Woods played, however, has devolved into monitoring IF he’ll play.
For the second consecutive year, April approaches with no word on whether or not Woods will compete in the major that first defined his greatness in 1997.
The U.S. Army Reserve held a retirement ceremony at Fort Gordon last April to honor Chief Warrant Officer 3 Alan Hart after 16 years spent securing the military’s computer networks from cyber threats.
His family and closest friends were in attendance, along with former members from his home unit in Massachusetts.
But no one showed up from the Fort Gordon Warrior Transition Battalion company in which Hart, 39, spent two years receiving treatment and outpatient care for a back injury he developed while deployed to Iraq in two separate tours in 2008 and 2011.
Residents seeking a guarantee Augusta’s stormwater fee will fix their drainage issues can be fairly sure of one thing: The fee will pay people.
The fee – $6.40 a month for a typical household – has been a hard sell for city staff and consultants who presented the plan at 10 public meetings that ended Thursday.
Everywhere they went, residents questioned where the funds, deposited into a dedicated “enterprise fund,” would be spent.
ATLANTA — In an emotional ceremony in his Capitol office, Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Friday ordering state agencies to start preparations now for the enactment of the state’s medical marijuana bill.
Deal said Friday he’ll sign it into law soon after the current legislative session ends April 2 to avoid possible procedural conflicts with other pieces of legislation.
A man in a motorized wheelchair was struck by a vehicle Friday afternoon in Richmond County.
At about 4:09 p.m., deputies responded to Deans Bridge Road, where Bernard Lee, 53, had driven his wheelchair in front of a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt, according to a statement from Richmond County Sgt. Monica Belser.
Lee – who suffered no injuries – was ruled at fault. He will not be charged.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Tiffany Mitchell drove to the basket and scored with 4.2 seconds left and South Carolina edged North Carolina 67-65 on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 16.
Mitchell finished with 18 points for the No. 1-seeded Gamecocks (33-2), who had to fight the entire way to push past North Carolina in a rematch of last year’s Sweet 16 game and advance to the Greensboro Regional final.
Alaina Coates also scored 18 points, including two key free throws for the lead with 46.1 seconds to go.
Comments from readers:
RAVE FOR THE comments on enforcement of handicapped parking laws. As a handicapped person, I have been forced to walk in the rain or to the point of being short of breath, because unmarked cars have used handicapped parking; only to be told at my destination that calling law enforcement would be useless. Officers, please respond when asked to investigate. The fees for violations are high enough to pay for your time.
OBAMA SAYS THE Ferguson protests “were understandable.” Based on what?
A suspect is sought for allegedly stealing items from Ulta Beauty on Robert C. Daniel Parkway.
Around 5:21 p.m. Wednesday, a female was seen taking an item from the shelf, concealing it in her purse and leaving the business without paying for the item, according to Richmond County Sgt. Monica Belser.
The suspect was accompanied by a second female that “watched out” during the theft.
Please contact the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 821-1020 with information regarding the suspects.
Augusta’s community cleanup is set for today.
Trash and recycling bags will be provided, and volunteers – who are asked to sign in by 8:30 a.m. – will receive free lunch and t-shirts.
Team leaders were still needed as of Friday, according to Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus. Anyone interested in being a team leader can call (706) 826-8991 to register.
Locations for volunteer sign-in and recycling drop-off include:
• Lake Olmstead Park, 2200 Broad Street Augusta
• May Park, 622 4th Street, Augusta
A Martinez home was heavily damaged by fire Friday afternoon, Columbia County fire officials said.
Firefighters were called to 406 Padrick Street in Martinez just after 3:30 p.m., when a resident of the home heard an explosion outside, according to Columbia County Battalion Chief Danny Kuhlmann.
Kuhlmann said the man found the home’s carport in flames and called 911.
Firefighters had the blaze under control and extinguished a few minutes after arrival, but the three-bedroom home suffered heavy fire, smoke and water damage.