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Car hits North Augusta City Hall wall

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:42pm

One person was injured after crashing into a wall in front of the North Augusta municipal building early Thursday morning.

Lt. Tim Thornton, of the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, said the driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle. Police believe he lost control and overturned, striking a brick wall at the building on Georgia Avenue.

Several hours after the crash, it appeared several bricks from the wall had been knocked down, but there was no damage to the building.

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Macon, Ga., pastor wins Augusta VA's resident chaplain of year

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:37pm

 

Not much of a public speaker, Dr. Dianne Lewis had to read from prepared notes Thursday when thanking all the people who helped her graduate from the Department of Veterans Affairs Clinical Pastoral Education Program.

Luckily, no speech was required after she was named the Augusta area’s resident chaplain of the year.

The first-time award was dedicated to Charlie Norwood, the late congressman for whom the Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Center was named in 2008.

Lewis, 52, was left speechless.

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Georgia Department of Labor reports net gain of 600 jobs in August

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:37pm

The Augusta metro area showed a net gain of 600 jobs in August, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

The Labor Department reported Thursday that there were 221,700 jobs in the six-county Augusta area. Gains were seen in health, education and hospitality, offsetting a loss of jobs in professional and business services.

Students went back to school in August, explaining job gains in local government and education and health services sectors.

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2 teens charged in armed robbery

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:43pm

Two teens are facing charges of robbing a woman at gunpoint outside her Madison on the Green apartment last week.

Africk Sanchez Morris and Benny Gary, both 17, have been charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The 26-year-old victim told police that after she pulled up at her apartment building on River Ridge Drive about 10:20 p.m. Sept. 10, two robbers demanded she hand over her belongings.

She told police she thought it was a joke until she saw the guns.

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Royal & Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews to allow women members

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:11pm

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews is no longer just for men.

The spiritual “Home of Golf” became the latest club to end years of male-only exclusivity on Thursday when its members voted overwhelmingly in favor of inviting women to join. The vote was effective immediately.

“I can confirm that The Royal & Ancient Golf of St. Andrews is now a mixed membership club,” R&A secretary Peter Dawson said in a brief statement he read just outside the clubhouse at the Old Course.

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Nightmare Plantation in Grovetown keeping doors closed this year

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:05pm

One area haunted house is celebrating its season-opening today, while another is keeping its doors closed for 2014.

The Grovetown-based haunted house Nightmare Plantation released a statement on its Web site saying the attraction is taking the year off but plans to reopen in 2015.

“We closed the haunt due to weather and damage from the (February) ice storm that was worse than we expected,” Chasidy McGill said. “For safety reasons, we decided to not open this year and wait until the damage is fully taken care of.”

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South Carolina judge won't rule again on Project Jackson

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:17am

 

A South Carolina judge won’t reconsider his ruling in favor of North Augusta’s Project Jackson development.

Circuit Court Judge Ernest Kinard handed down an order Wednesday denying plaintiff Stephen Donohue’s request for reconsideration.

Donohue had filed his motion Sept. 2 in Aiken County, saying North Augusta presented evidence in court that did not prove blight nor declining property values required for a Tax Increment Financing district, the method that North Augusta approved to finance the $144 million development.

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Body found on SC golf course

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 9:54am

 

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Charleston police are investigating after a body was found at a golf course.

 

Local media outlets report police were called around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday when a maintenance worker reported finding a man’s body in a pond on the Shadowmoss Golf Course.

 

The man’s name has not been released.

 

Police did not immediately release any other details about the death.

SC airport bomb dog dies in hot car

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 9:48am

GREER, S.C. — A bomb-sniffing dog with the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport police department has died after the air conditioning in her handler’s car failed.

 

Airport spokeswoman Rosilyn Weston tells local media outlets the K-9 named Emma died Tuesday.

 

Weston says it’s standard procedure for handlers to leave K-9s in running vehicles while a special air conditioning unit in the back of the car is running.

 

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Summer burn ban ends Oct. 1

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:31am

 

An open burning ban imposed in May will be lifted Oct. 1 for Richmond and Columbia counties.

Permits from the Georgia Forestry Department will still be required to burn. Permits will be issued only when weather conditions are deemed safe for burning and will expire after the day they are issued.

To obtain a permit, call (877) 652-2876 or apply online at www.gfc.state.ga.us.

Festival closes downtown streets

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:27am

 

Several downtown streets will be closed while crews prepare for this weekend’s Arts in the Hearts festival.

The festival runs from Friday to 7 p.m. Sunday. Officials said all closures will be reopened at festival’s end as soon as tents are removed and the sheriff’s office deems the area safe for traffic.

Already closed

- Parking well in the 700 block of Broad Street across from The Augusta Chronicle and Imperial Theatre

- McCartan Street next to the downtown Family Y

- Ninth Street from Ellis to Broad streets

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Tabernacle Baptist Church holds 'Stop the Violence' forum

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:34pm

Speaking to the assembled crowd at Tabernacle Baptist Church, the Rev. Charles Goodman gave a brief – yet direct – message.

“We don’t live in Baltimore. We don’t live in Ferguson,” the pastor told more than 100 in the audience. “But issues involving domestic violence and distrust with law enforcement are very real in our society.”

Goodman moderated the nine-member panel Wednesday at the “Stop the Violence: Honest Conversation” forum, a platform allowing individuals to vocalize their views on domestic violence and police relations in the black community.

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Private school Heritage Academy completes renovations

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 9:53pm

 

As Heritage Academy celebrated the $2.5 million worth of renovations to the school, its executive director gave credit to those who helped make it possible.

“All of this work wouldn’t be possible without the help of our community and its residents,” said Linda Tucciarone at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday in the historic Houghton Building on Greene Street.

The ceremony, which included a worship service attended by local politicians, business leaders and city residents, showcased Heritage Academy’s newly opened second floor.

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Tractor Supply Store robbed of gas-powered generator

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 9:39pm

Richmond County deputies are asking for public assistance in locating a white male accused of stealing a gas-powered generator from Tractor Supply store. The incident occurred on Sept. 5

The suspect is described as being in his early 40s, medium height, medium weight and has a receding hairline, according to a statement from Sgt. Glen Rahn.

According to Rahn, the suspect removed a gas powered generator from its box inside the store – located at 596 Bobby Jones Expressway – and left with the generator without paying.

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Voting by mail begins in Nov. 4 election

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 9:11pm

Voting by mail has begun for the Nov. 4 election.

Richmond County Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey said mail-out paper absentee ballots are now available for registered voters who complete an application and fax, e-mail, mail or hand deliver it to the elections office in Augusta Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

It’s not too late to register to vote in the general election, which includes several races that affect Richmond and Columbia counties.

The deadline to register is Oct. 6, Bailey said.

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Norfolk Southern invests in safety improvements

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 7:36pm

A year after a south Augusta train derailment caused a three-day closure of one of the area’s most traveled highways, Norfolk Southern is making safety improvements.

The rail operator has invested $2.2 billion in its infrastructure this year to spot problems in its tracks and railroad crossings before they arise, said Rick Harris, the director of corporate communications.

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Costs increase nearly $1 billion for salt waste facility at Savannah River Site

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 7:06pm

 

The construction costs of a critical facility for liquid waste cleanup efforts at Savannah River Site has risen nearly $1 billion, according to an official at the South Carolina site.

Latest projections from the U.S. Energy Department estimate the Salt Waste Processing Facility will cost $2.3 billion to build and start up – an increase of $982.5 million from the project cost set in 2009, according to DOE site spokesman Jim Giusti.

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New GSP task force in Richmond County last week

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 6:41pm

Richmond County was one of the first stops last week for a new Georgia State Patrol task force focused on drunken driving.

Eleven troopers in Troop E, which includes Grovetown, Washington, Madison, Milledgeville and Monroe patrol posts, formed the task force to look for intoxicated drivers in the 21 counties along Interstate 20 from Conyers to South Carolina.

The task force will deploy at least once a month for concentrated patrols and sobriety checkpoints.

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Two Butler High students facing gun possession, stolen property charges

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:45pm

Two Butler High School students are facing criminal charges in connection to a gun sale on school property.

The two students, 17-year-old Leroy Prince and 17-year-old Patrick Johnson, were arrested after an investigation Tuesday. According to police incident reports, Price brought two semi-automatic handguns to Butler High to sell. Johnson then met with Price and took a 9 millimeter handgun from him while still on school grounds. The handgun was reported stolen in 2007, according to the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office.

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Two arrested on drug, weapons charges

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:31pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division arrested two people Tuesday on drug trafficking and weapons charges.

Robert Karl Powick, 40, and Elise Lauren Staples, 32, have been charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to a statement from Sgt. Michael McDaniel.

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