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University Hospital to manage Washington County hospital

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:39pm

University Hospital will help manage the Washington County Regional Medical Center even as it continues to increase its geographic spread across the area.

The Hospital Authority of Washington County signed a five-year management deal with University to start Jan. 1. University will provide some new leadership and business advice but the hospital retains its name and its 300 employees, according to a news release. The hospital in Sandersville is the county’s largest employer, according to the release.

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Freedom's Path veteran housing project approved for funding

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:25pm

A year after a legal dispute threatened to kill project funding, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs has awarded Freedom’s Path $790,000 in federal tax credits, with the hope the low-income housing development can help end veteran homelessness in Augusta by late 2016.

Freedom’s Path was one of 30 rental properties in Georgia the state selected for $22.4 million in federal housing tax credits this year to construct or rehabilitate new units for veterans, senior citizens and working families, the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) said in a news release.

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LED sign repairs increase during winter in Augusta

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:20pm

Eric Driggers is preparing for the heart of winter in the Augusta area, in which he said long cold snaps are known to darken displays on commercial signs using light-emitting diodes, or LED bulbs.

Driggers, the manager of AKO Signs in Martinez, said winter is the busiest season for repairs at the Athens-based advertising business, with technicians battling nature to be on-site of an outage within a couple days.

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Glenn Hills set for naming ceremony for new gym

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:37pm


Glenn Hills will have a Tuesday ceremony to name its new gym after former basketball player Michael Curry.

At a 3 p.m. program, the school will honor Curry, with remarks from current Glenn Hills boys coach and Curry’s high school teammate Travis McRae, Curry himself and from many others.

Curry, a Spartans basketball star in the 1980s and later an NBA player and head coach, is currently Florida Atlantic University’s head coach.

Curry coached the Detroit Pistons the 2008-09 season and is in his first year as the Owls’ coach.


Billions needed to fix SC roads

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 1:35pm


COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Transportation Commission has given final approval to a plan projecting the state will need to spend another $60 billion during the next quarter century on roads, money which the state does not have.


The Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan, which was the topic of public hearings around the state earlier this year, was approved at last week’s commission meeting in Columbia.


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Suspect sought in Coleman Avenue burglary

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:58pm


An Augusta woman called police after someone broke into her home and stole some unusual items.

The 27-year-old reported the unknown thief stole a sex toy from her bedroom and two boxes of Captain Crunch cereal from her kitchen between Friday evening and around noon Sunday, according to an incident report.

The thief also rummaged through the refrigerator, leaving food on the counters.

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Augusta man, 20, faces burglary, trespassing charges

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:55pm

A 20-year-old Augusta man is facing charges after a deputy caught him trying to steal multiple items, including a car, from a south Augusta automobile dealership.

Michael Joseph Manders has been charged with burglary in the second degree and criminal trespass. He is being held at the Richmond County jail.

A Richmond County deputy responded to a business alarm at Sunbelt Auto Saver, 3145 Peach Orchard Road, about 5:30 a.m. Sunday and found Manders running across the parking lot attempting to put a Toyota key into a Volkswagon Beetle, a report stated.

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Riverwalk attackers sentenced to 30 years in prison

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:40pm

The suspects in the brutal attack on a couple taking a stroll along the Riverwalk pleaded guilty Monday.

Robey E. Moses, 23, and Kevin D. Richardson, 22, admitted they were responsible for beating Ashley Solesbee and Wesley Spires with a baseball bat so severely that both suffered head fractures.

Moses and Domonique S. Hale, 21, admitted they were responsible for taking Vicente Mora’s vehicle and cellphone after knocking Mora unconscious on Broad Street the same night Solesbee and Spires were attacked.

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