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TCU passes Ala. in football poll

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 9:24am


Ohio State is No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll and TCU finished third, in front of two teams that made the playoff ahead of the Horned Frogs.


The Buckeyes finished on top of the AP Top 25 for the fifth time in program history, matching Miami and Southern California for fourth most behind Alabama (nine), Notre Dame (eight) and Oklahoma (seven).


Ohio State beat Oregon 42-20 on Monday night in the first College Football Playoff national championship game and got all 59 first-place votes in the media poll.


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Augustan part of Gov. Deal inaugural ceremony

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 7:35am


ATLANTA -- The start of Gov. Nathan Deal’s second term Monday began with his reflecting on his past achievements rather than laying out an agenda for the next four years.

He set the tone by joking about the rain showers that forced Monday’s ceremonies inside as compared to the crippling blizzard before his first inauguration four years ago that prompted festivities to the same House chambers that year.

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Pedestrian killed in Aiken County accident

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 11:11pm


The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a vehicle accident that killed a pedestrian in Aiken Monday night.

About 7:18 p.m., first responders were called to 2076 Augusta Road where the victim, 63-year-old Henry G. Reese, of Gloverville, was struck by a 2001 Chevrolet van while attempting to cross the four-lane road, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said in an e-mail.

Reese was pronounced dead at Georgia Regents Medical Center at 8:05 p.m. A toxicology report is pending. Carlton said Reese was wearing dark clothes when he was struck.

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GA lawmakers' bills support local pupil's push to lower age of political candidates

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 10:18pm


ATLANTA — A Grovetown middle-schooler’s proposal to change the state constitution to lower the minimum age for serving in the Georgia Legis­lature will be introduced by lawmakers.

Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Colum­bus, said Monday that he will sponsor a resolution to enact the proposal by Columbia Middle School pupil C.J. Pearson, 12.

Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, is sponsoring a companion resolution in the House. McKoon’s measure would lower the minimum age for senators from 25 to 21, while Harbin’s would lower it for the House from 21 to 18.

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Animal services board chairman BB Langham resigns

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 9:43pm


The chairman of the Augusta Animal Services advisory board resigned Friday, becoming the seventh person to leave the 10-member board in three months.

BB Langham said he resigned after District 5 Commissioner Bill Lockett called and asked him to leave the board. Langham declined to provide the reasons Lockett gave in asking for his resignation, saying “It has to do with politics, and I’ll leave it at that.”

Lockett did not return several calls for comment.

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Harris, Pittman qualify for District 7 special election

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 9:18pm

Augusta Commission District 7 hopefuls Louis “Hap” Harris and Sonny Pittman qualified Monday for the March 17 special election to complete the rest of Donnie Smith’s term.

According to Richmond County Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey, Pittman and Harris signed up to run for the seat, which requires a candidate be at least 21 and live in the district one year before the election. The fee is $360.

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Former Jag Patrick Reed wins Tournament of Champions

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 8:49pm


KAPALUA, Hawaii — Four shots behind with four holes to play, former Augusta State standout Patrick Reed made two birdies and holed out from 80 yards for an eagle Monday, and then closed out his unlikely rally by making an 18-foot birdie putt to beat Jimmy Walker in a playoff at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

The PGA Tour started a new year without a host of big names, but got a compelling finish at Kapalua.

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Team Lean weight loss challenge kicks off at Family Y

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 8:41pm


As she enrolled in Team Lean on Monday at the Wilson Family YMCA, Jennifer Huffman, of Martinez, was carrying part of her motivation on her left arm.

Eight-month-old Juliet mostly stared wide-eyed as her mom weighed and registered as part of a team of about 40 people at Vineyard Church of Augusta who are taking part in the annual weight loss contest.

“Post-baby weight,” Huffman said, looking down at her daughter, who sported a big pink bow on her head. “But more just getting back into shape, the way I was before I got pregnant.”

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Home building permits increase in Columbia County, decrease in Augusta

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 8:37pm


Area officials say Columbia County further defined itself as the region’s preferred living community last year, issuing more than three times as many home-construction permits as industry-heavy Augusta-Richmond County.

After a slow spring, new building permits for single-family homes surged 9 percent in Columbia County for an annual total of 1,185 units built, which is 100 more than the 1,085 houses constructed in 2013.

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Federal report on mismanaged projects makes example of MOX facility at Savannah River Site

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 8:30pm


A troubled plutonium conversion plant at Savannah River Site has become an example of unruly, mismanaged government projects needing reform, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Department.

Construction of the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility could cost as much as $12 billion because of project planning failures when the idea was conceived, according to the report. The initial estimate of capital costs in 2001 was $1.1 billion for the plant, which is intended to create commercial nuclear fuel from weapons-grade plutonium.

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City parking ordinance update gets lukewarm reception

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 8:26pm

A request by Augusta’s Downtown Development Authority to update the city’s parking ordinance met a lukewarm reception Monday.

Interim deputy Administrator Steve Cassell, who’s been working closely with DDA Director Margaret Woodard on developing a parking management plan for downtown, said a need to update the ordinance was raised during two public hearings on parking the city held Dec. 9.

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Qualifying schedule set for 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 5:52pm


The 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship qualifying schedule is now available on the event’s Web site,

Registration for the event will begin Jan. 22 at the Web site.

The competition is open to boys and girls ages 7-15 who will compete in separate divisions in four age categories. Qualifying opportunities are available in all 50 states during the months of May, June, July and August.

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Sitel to cut 675 Augusta jobs

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 4:08pm

Tennessee-based Sitel announced Monday that about 675 jobs will be eliminated from the Augusta call center this spring.

The positions will be shed from the facility at 2115 Windsor Spring Road between March 9 and 31 at the end of an undisclosed client project, according to a corporate news release.

Sitel is actively working with government offices and local employers to seek out new opportunities and benefits assistance for the affected employees, the release said. Employees were given about 60 days notice.

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