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3 finalists to lead SC med school

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 8:49am


CHARLESTON, S.C. — There are now three finalists for the job of president of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.


The Post and Courier reports the college board of trustees hopes to select a new president within the next several weeks to replace Dr. Ray Greenberg.


Greenberg left last year for a position at the University of Texas hospital system. About 50 people applied for the job.


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Wreck slows Walton Way traffic

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 7:51am

A overturned vehicle slowed traffic on Walton Way and damaged a Georgia Power pole Friday morning.

Police were called to the accident with injuries located between Belmont Avenue and Peachtree Road at 7:24 a.m. The Georgia State Patrol worked the crash site.

Georgia Power was on the scene to assess the damage to the cracked power pole.


Ga. middle school teacher busted growing pot

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 6:58am


ATHENS, Ga. -- An Athens-Clarke County middle school teacher was arrested Wednesday when authorities found an indoor marijuana farm at his home near the school where he taught.

Members of the Northeast Georgia Regional Drug Task Force went to the residence of Joseph Weston LePage to execute a search warrant. When no one was home, they forcibly entered, Athens-Clarke County police said.

The home is located around the corner from Clarke Middle School, where LePage is a sixth-grade social studies teacher.

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Man stabbed, girlfriend arrested

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:20pm


An Augusta man was hospitalized Wednesday night after being stabbed, and his girlfriend was arrested.

About 9:31 p.m., deputies found Patrick Ford standing in the 4500 block of Etterlee Road, covered in blood, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office report.

Shelley Coleman, Ford’s girlfriend, was charged with aggravated assault and taken to the Richmond County Detention Center, the report said.

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Unidentified victim shot, hospitalized

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:08pm


A man was hospitalized Thursday night after being shot in Richmond County.

About 8:46 p.m., deputies responded to the 100 block of East Espinosa Street and found a man had been shot on Japonica Avenue and then driven to his mother’s house on Espinosa Street, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office report.

The man, whose identity was not made public, was taken to Georgia Regents Hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.

No arrests had been made late Thursday.

Man steals car, wrecks it

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 9:35pm


Authorities are searching for a man who stole a car and wrecked it Thursday.

While shopping at Dollar General on 3250 Deans Bridge Road, victim William Palmer’s four-door Mazda was stolen from the store’s parking lot, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office report. Palmer told deputies he left the keys in the vehicle because he wasn’t planning to be inside the store long.

Deputies found the vehicle after it struck a 2006 Ford F-150 at the intersection of Deans Bridge Road and Georgetown Drive. The suspect was last seen running away on Georgetown Drive.

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Masters Week camp lets kids play at Y

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 8:07pm


If she were not spending this week at the Downtown Family Y, Khiasia Anderson said she would probably be at a relative’s house or somewhere else in Augusta, but the Y is better.

“Because we play games here and do other stuff,” said the 7-year-old second-grader at Hornsby Elementary School. “You can’t go swimming at the mall.”

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Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory White Smith dead at 62

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:38pm

Gregory White Smith, a world-renowned author who wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning biography on painter Jackson Pollock, the definitive biography on Vincent Van Gogh and who spent the past 25 years devoted to historic preservation and cultural enhancement in Aiken, died at his home Thursday. He was 62.

His death came after a 40-year battle with a rare brain tumor, Smith’s publishing company, Woodward/White Inc., said in a statement.

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Haas leads Masters after opening-roung 68

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:30pm

Bill Haas posted six birdies en route to an opening 4-under-par 68 to take the lead today at the Masters Tournament.

In his fifth Masters appearance, Haas recorded his first round in the 60s. He birdied Nos. 13 and 14 to move to 4-under for the day. Despite making bogey at No. 17, Haas birdied the par-4 18th hole.

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Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:04pm

WASHINGTON   — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration after the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care law, a White House official said Thursday.

Her resignation comes just one week after the end of the first enrollment period for the Obamacare law. While the opening weeks of the rollout were marred by website woes, the administration rebounded strongly by enrolling more than 7 million people in the new insurance marketplaces.

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Bill Haas has clubhouse lead at 4-under

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 5:27pm

Bill Haas posted six birdies en route to an opening 4-under-par 68 to take the clubhouse lead today at the Masters Tournament.

In his fifth Masters appearance, Haas recorded his first round in the 60s. He birdied Nos. 13 and 14 to move to 4-under for the day. Despite making bogey at No. 17, Haas birdied the par-4 18th hole.

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GRU could get marijuana oil trials

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:55pm

Children in Georgia with difficult to treat seizures could get access to a marijuana-derived oil through clinical trials at Georgia Regents University, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday. But even if the state gets selected, it could be three to six months to work out the details, said a lead researcher at GRU who would likely lead the clinical trials.

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Six birdies propel Haas to afternoon lead at Masters

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:34pm

Bill Haas posted six birdies en route to 4-under-par 68 to take the clubhouse lead this afternoon at the Masters Tournament.

In his fifth Masters appearance, Haas recorded his first sub-70 round. He birdied Nos. 13 and 14 to move to 4-under for the day. After making bogey at No. 17, Haas birdied the par-4 18th hole.

Haas currently leads defending champion Adam Scott by one. Scott is through 16 holes.

Kevin Stadler, Jonas Blixt, Gary Woodland, Jimmy Walker, K.J. Choi and Brandt Snedeker are all tied at 70.

No arrests for illegal ticket sales so far

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:30pm


Warnings have been issued, but so far there have been no arrests for illegal ticket sales during this year’s Masters Tournament.

Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said there have been reports of possible illegal ticket sales but officers have not filed charges against the buyers or sellers.

Signs warning golf patrons about the law could be behind the low number of incidents.

“We do feel they (the signs) are working,” Gay said Thursday.

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Gas prices up, but summer shouldn't be bad, AAA says

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:39pm

Gas prices are rising rapidly, but AAA projects the summer average price will stay below peak prices seen in recent years.

The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is the highest since August, causing concern for people planning travel.

Georgia is seeing its highest prices since September. Since last week, the price has risen almost 10 cents to $3.51, 4 cents higher than last year. The price is still 25 cents cheaper than 2013’s peak price and about 40 cents cheaper than peak prices in 2011 and 2012.

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Red Carpet Tour brings industrial site consultants to Augusta

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:24pm


For decades, state officials have been using the Red Carpet Tour – and its stop at the Masters Tournament on Thursday – as a strategy to attract new business to the state.

This year, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce is trying a new approach. The tour buses aren’t filled with prospective business owners, but with site selection experts from some of the largest consulting firms in the world.

The Red Carpet Tour has been coming to Augusta for 55 years. Officials cite 15,000 jobs and $3 billion in investment over those years.

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Cameras catch Athens school bus violators

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 9:11am

ATHENS, Ga. -- Some motorists who recently ignored school bus stop signals in Athens are beginning to receive hefty fines in the mail.

In its first full week of operation, a new camera system now used on several Clarke County School District buses captured images of 17 violators, said Athens-Clarke County police Sgt. James Carter, who administers the system.

Violators face a $300 fine for their first violation, $750 for a second offense and $1,000 for a third.

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FBI rescues kidnap victim in Atlanta

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 8:56am

ATLANTA — A North Carolina man reported missing from his home days ago was the target of a kidnapping plot, and he was rescued Wednesday from an apartment complex in Atlanta, the FBI said Thursday.

An elite FBI team safely rescued Frank Arthur Janssen shortly before noon Wednesday, FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch said in a statement.

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Guilty plea in SC prison guard plot

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 8:53am

COLUMBIA — An Orangeburg man has admitted conspiring to kill a prison guard in a hit orchestrated by an inmate on an illegal cellphone.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says 30-year-old Sean Echols pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to use interstate facilities in murder-for-hire. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

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SC moped crash proves fatal

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 8:51am


ANDERSON, S.C. — Authorities say one person has died after a moped collided with a truck in Anderson County.


The South Carolina Highway Patrol says the crash happened at around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.


Troopers say the driver of a 2009 Honda moped was traveling south, turned left into a private drive and struck a 1991 Nissan truck.


Troopers say the moped driver was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was not injured.


Authorities are still investigating.

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