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Augusta residents surveyed want more power for mayor, consider garbage service good

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 8:55pm

 

Augusta’s mayor should have more authority and the city attorney and administrator should report to him or her, according to nearly two-thirds of respondents in the first Augusta Citizen Survey.

“This city was changed to a commission-run governing body; it was a necessary evil,” said one respondent. “It is now time for us to get back to electing one qualified city leader.”

“Hire, terminate, vote and veto,” said another, describing the powers the mayor should have.

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After busy Labor Day, Georgia rangers prepare for hunting seasons

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 8:20pm

After a busy Labor Day weekend, working four boating incidents and one drowning in the Augusta area, state rangers said Wednesday they are shifting focus to the thousands of hunters who will be staking out woods for upcoming dove and deer seasons.

The weekend was busier than wildlife officials hoped, with the three-day holiday period yielding four drowning deaths, nine boating incidents and 17 boating-under-the-influence arrests statewide, according to statistics from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

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US Rep. Mark Sanford: Divorce accusations, requests for psychological exam 'preposterous'

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 8:09pm

CHARLESTON, S.C. — U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford said Wednesday that accusations and requests made by his ex-wife, Jenny, in their contentious divorce, including that he undergo a mental evaluation, are “preposterous, crazy and wrong.”

Attorneys for Jenny Sanford, in a family court motion last week, want a judge to limit the South Carolina Republican’s visitation with his youngest child. They also ask that Mark Sanford undergo psychological tests and take anger management and parenting courses.

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Police seek woman accused of forgery

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 7:50pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a white female accused of forgery.

About 1 p.m. Wednesday, the unidentified suspect was last seen leaving an area bank driving a dark gray Nissan Frontier bearing Georgia tag PCZ 2200. Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCSO Criminal Investigation Division at (706) 821-1020 or Inv. Bert Gates at (706) 821-1059.

 

North Augusta officer reassigned after killing 68-year-old

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 7:05pm

Officials confirmed Wednesday that North Augusta Public Safety Officer Justin Craven has been transferred to the records division after fatally shooting a man in February.

On Feb. 9, Earnest Satterwhite Sr., 68, led Craven on a high-speed chase through two counties before an altercation ended with Craven killing Satterwhite.

“Justin will still be working for us, but won’t be on the law enforcement side of things until this incident is resolved,” North Augusta Department of Public Safety Lt. Tim Thornton said.

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Latest money scam hits North Augusta

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 6:44pm

North Augusta Public Safety is warning citizens of the latest iteration of an old money scam.

On Wednesday, an area victim was mailed a notice asking them to pay a small amount to an executive office in exchange for entry into a million-dollar sweepstakes.

The sweepstakes is “fake and completely bogus,” Lt. Tim Thornton says.

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Health care report projects spending to pick up through 2023

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 6:42pm

Health care spending in the U.S. grew last year at a near historically low rate but is expected to pick up this year and over the coming decade due to expanded coverage through the Affordable Care Act, an improving economy and an aging population, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Wednesday.

Even those higher rates will not match increases from previous decades, however, the projection noted.

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Augusta Museum invites visitors behind the scenes

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 6:31pm

 

The Augusta Museum of History will lift the curtain and let visitors take a peek at what goes on behind the scenes to preserve artifacts each Saturday throughout September.

Lauren Virgo, the museum’s registrar, will lead the 45-minute tour, Preserving Your Treasures, twice each Saturday.

It will include a look at the
collection preparation area and processing laboratory to see how donations are handled.

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Speed limit increase aims to curb number of Harlem speeders

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 6:26pm

Harlem Department of Public Safety Chief Gary Jones is hoping to curb speeders on one stretch of city roadway by raising the speed limit.

Jones wants to raise the speed limit on Harlem-Grovetown Road between Oliver Hardy Court from 35 to 45 mph so his officers can use radar to check speeds and issue citations.

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Accusations in ex-Gov. Sanford divorce

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 3:00pm

 

 

CHARLESTON, S.C. — U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford said Wednesday that accusations and requests made by his ex-wife Jenny in their contentious divorce, including that he undergo a mental evaluation, are “preposterous, crazy and wrong.”

 

Attorneys for Jenny Sanford, in a family court motion last week, want a judge to limit the South Carolina Republican’s visitation with his youngest child. They also ask that Mark Sanford undergo psychological tests and take anger management and parenting courses.

 

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Murder indictment returned in May homicide in Richmond County

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 2:53pm

The Richmond County grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday against an Augusta man accused of murder.

Daniell F. Simmons, 27, was named in the indictment, which charges him with murder in the May 28 fatal shooting of 22-year-old Curtis Lemon Carter.

Carter was shot twice in the chest on the 2100 block of Second Avenue.

Simmons will be arraigned in Richmond County Superior Court this month.

Gun rights group GeorgiaCarry.org sues Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 2:27pm

The gun rights advocacy group GeorgiaCarry.org has filed a second lawsuit in Richmond County Superior Court.

The newest lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of Kevin Fox and names Sheriff Richard Roundtree as a defendant.

The suit seeks an injunction to prohibit the sheriff’s office from requiring a 10-day waiting period before a dealer can sell a used gun. A city ordinance passed in May 2013 requires a waiting period for the sale of used items to give law enforcement the opportunity to check for stolen merchandise.

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Standardized tests losing impact in Georgia

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:56pm

 Student scores on Georgia’s new standardized achievement tests won’t determine whether Georgia elementary and middle school students pass from one grade to the next, nor whether high school students flunk if they don’t pass state-designed courses administered at the end of courses.

The tests, scheduled to be administered for the first time in the spring, probably won’t even be used to evaluate teachers as the state adopts a new teacher assessment system.

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Dangerous sodium reactor spent fuel dissolved at Savannah River Site

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:38pm

Dangerously corroded spent nuclear fuel stored at Savannah River Site has been dissolved after a federal report indicated it needed immediate processing.

The fuel was from the Sodium Reactor Experiment, launched in California in the 1950s to determine whether nuclear power could provide household electricity. The sodium-cooled reactor made history in 1957 by powering homes, and two years later, became the first U.S. reactor to experience a meltdown.

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SC sheriff indicted; January trial set

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:24am

 

 

COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s longest-serving sheriff is set to go to trial early next year on bribery and conspiracy charges.

 

Chief U.S. District Judge Terry Wooten says suspended Lexington County Sheriff James Metts’ trial will begin Jan. 20. Wooten said Wednesday that he expects the trial to last two weeks.

 

Prosecutors say Metts allowed friends to buy favors, accepting cash in return for agreeing to assist people who were in the country illegally and who were being detained.

 

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Augusta's FOX-affiliate WFXG-54 blocked on DIRECTV

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:11am

 

Content on local FOX-affiliate WFXG-54 is being blocked for DIRECTV viewers.

The channel’s parent company, Raycom Media, and DIRECTV have been unable to reach a retransmission agreement after three months of negotiations, forcing a blackout that began Monday.

DIRECTV said in a statement that Raycom Media is asking that the satellite provider pay twice as much to receive “the same broadcast shows that remain available over-the-air for free.”

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Avoid probation case, council tells judges

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:51am

 

The Council of State Court Judges of Georgia crossed ethical boundaries when it filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the pending appeals of the civil lawsuits against Sentinel Offender Services.

The Judicial Qualifications Commission issued an opinion Tuesday that no council nor any judicial organization should file amicus curiae briefs in any pending litigation. Such filing, “would be improper and prohibited by the Georgia Code of Judicial Conduct.”

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