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Hasan tops Finnegan in District 6 commission race

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:53pm

In a heated runoff to represent District 6 on the Augusta Commission, newspaper publisher Ben Hasan was victorious Tuesday, pulling in 1,243 votes, or 52.43 percent, to Fort Gordon retiree Bob Finnegan’s 1,128 votes, or 47.57 percent.

Supporters chanted “607” at Hasan’s victory party, the precinct number covering his Pepperidge subdivision which carried him to victory with 383 votes to Finnegan’s 20.

The win creates a six-member black majority on the commission for the first time since consolidation.

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Runoffs set fields for November elections

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:44pm


The retirement of Re­pub­lican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss set off a political game of musical chairs that will be partially settled with Tuesday’s runoff election.

Three congressmen from Georgia – Jack Kingston of Sa­van­nah, Paul Broun of Athens and Phil Gingrey of Mari­etta – left the House of Rep­re­sentatives because they wanted to replace Cham­bliss.

A crowd of politicians then competed for a chance to be elected to those vacant House seats.

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Perdue defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate runoff

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:25pm


ATLANTA — Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia’s U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a nationally significant general election matchup against Democrat Michelle Nunn.

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Harold Jones tallies 61 percent of vote to beat Corey Johnson for state Senate District 22 seat

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:55pm


Crediting his win to the community’s desire for change in politics, attorney Harold Jones swept the state Senate District 22 runoff Tuesday, edging out two-term Augusta Commissioner Corey Johnson for a seat in the Georgia Legislature.

Jones garnered 61 percent of the votes in a race with 12 percent turnout, and said voters gravitated toward his message of “representation for all.”

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Jones, Hasan take wins in Richmond County

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 9:55pm

NAME: Harold V. Jones

AGE: 44

BIRTHPLACE: Honolulu, Hawaii

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree, South Carolina State University; Juris Doctor, North Carolina Central University


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Kroger gives $20,000 in school supplies to Augusta teachers

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 9:10pm


As cars flooded parking areas and cluttered the roads surrounding Westside High School and packs of people began entering the building, it seemed like the beginning of the school year had occurred several weeks early.

But the teachers crowding into the school’s gym hadn’t come to do their jobs. They were just there to get their equipment.

The Kroger grocery store’s Atlanta division held its third annual school supply giveaway at Westside on Tues­day, distributing $20,000 in supplies to almost 700 Augusta teachers.

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Green tea lozenge helps dry mouth

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 8:47pm


A lozenge using green tea extract developed at Georgia Regents University appears to work surprisingly well in patients with chronic dry mouth, GRU researchers said.

In a randomized control trial of the MighTeaFlow lozenge versus a placebo with just the sugar substitute xylitol, the green-tea extract lozenge increased saliva flow nearly fourfold, the study found.

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Augusta might be close to naming city administrator

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 8:08pm


Augusta could be closer to having a permanent head of city government, with Mayor Deke Copenhaver calling a meeting Wednesday to “discuss and approve” his recommendation for the top post.

Today marks two weeks since Copenhaver revealed to fellow commissioners and the public his choice of three finalists for the top city job, which has been held on an interim basis since January by Deputy Administrator Tameka Allen. Allen did not apply for the job.

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission names new inspector to team at Plant Vogtle site

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 7:49pm


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has named a fourth inspector for the Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 construction site, according to a news release.

Resident inspector Sarah Temple joins senior resident inspector Justin Fuller and resident inspectors Coleman Abbott and Chad Huffman at the nuclear site near Waynesboro, Ga., about 30 miles south of Augusta.

Temple began her NRC career in 2010 as a civil engineer at the regional office in Atlanta. She also served as a resident inspector at the Watts Bar nuclear plant in Tennessee.

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Election Updates

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 7:48pm

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Now it's Perdue vs. Nunn

ATLANTA — Now that Georgia Republicans have settled on businessman David Perdue as their nominee for the state's open Senate seat, the real battle begins with a marquee match-up in the fall against Democrat Michelle Nunn that could help determine control of the chamber.

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Work progresses on safety concerns at empty Savannah River Site building

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 7:40pm


Significant progress has been made addressing ongoing concerns over plutonium hazards in an empty building at Savannah River Site, according to an official at the site.

Work to install an upgraded fire protection and alarm system for Building 235-F, de-energizing unnecessary electrical circuits and removing fixed combustibles such as carpet and walls, will be complete by October, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions project manager Dewitt Beeler said at a meeting Tuesday of the Savannah River Site Citizens Advisory Board.

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Police looking for man using stolen credit card

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:10pm


Police are looking for a man who used a stolen credit card to purchase items at a gas station.

An unidentified white male was captured on surveillance video using the card at Circle K, 2916 Washington Road, around 11 a.m. July 12.

Anyone with information on the man can contact the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 821-1020 or Investigator Bert Gates at 821-1059.

Suspect in home invasion arrested

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 5:15pm


A man shot during a home invasion at Butler Creek mobile home park last week was arrested Monday, police say.

Eric James Harlan, 26, was booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime and burglary in the first degree, according to Richmond County jail records.

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GRU residency program grant award extends additional vaccine opportunities for area seniors

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:16pm


More elderly patients will get a shot in the arm and perhaps avoid flu and pneumonia through a grant to the Family Medicine residency program at Georgia Regents University.

The American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation chose GRU’s residency program as one of 16 to receive a $10,000 grant to help it provide more flu and pneumococcal vaccines to the elderly, who account for 90 percent of all flu deaths and 60 percent of hospitalizations, the foundation said.

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Defense contractor plans new Augusta office

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 2:41pm


A Pennsylvania-based information technology and software development firm will be setting up shop in Augusta.

The Augusta Economic Development Authority announced Tuesday that Sabre Systems Inc. will be opening an office in Enterprise Mill, prompted by the upcoming move of Cyber Command to Fort Gordon.

Sabre Systems, headquartered in Warrington, Penn., has five other offices in Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia. In addition to being a defense contractor, the company has commercial clients, such as ArcelorMittal and Asplundh.

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Goodale House owner gets 60-day extension before trial

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:51pm

The clock is ticking on Augusta’s historic Goodale House, one of Georgia’s oldest surviving homes.

Richmond County Magistrate Judge H. Scott Allen gave the owner, Wes Sims, 60 days to begin restorations on the 215-year-old Federal-style building Tuesday, nine months after the court declared the property a nuisance.

Sims could have faced a maximum of 60 days in jail, a $1,000 fine, possible demolition of the house and loss of ownership to a private organization, such as Historic Augusta, which deemed the property endangered in 2012 for it to restore the home.

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Former South Carolina State trustee wants racketeering conviction, other charges dropped

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:51pm



COLUMBIA— A former South Carolina State University trustee has asked a federal judge to drop his convictions on more than two dozen charges, including racketeering.


In court documents filed last week, Jonathan Pinson said that prosecutors failed to prove the allegations against him and that U.S. District Judge David Norton made mistakes at trial.


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Fairfield, South Carolina sheriff resigns due to health reasons

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:48pm


WINNSBORO, S.C. — Fairfield County Sheriff Herman Young says he is stepping down after more than 20 years in office because of health reasons.


Young announced his resignation in a news release Tuesday. Chief Deputy Keith Lewis will run the sheriff’s office until an interim sheriff is appointed by the governor.


Young says being sheriff is a stressful job and he thinks it is time to take care of his health and spend more time with his family. He thanked Fairfield County for its support over the years.


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Martinez-Evans Little League team advances in state tournament

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:21pm


The Martinez-Evans Little League 11-12 year-old Americans hopped into the driver’s seat with a 9-1 win over host Warner Robins on Monday night.

The MELL Americans (3-0) earned the top seed out of Pool B in the 2014 Little League State Baseball Championship in Warner Robins, Ga., with the win.

The Americans will face Pool A’s No. 2 seed, Northern Little League, in single-elimination play on Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. The championship game is slated for Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m.

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Child's mouth taped shut; mom arrested

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:13am


An Augusta mother has been charged after nurses said she had taped her 2-year-old son’s mouth shut to keep him quiet.

Georgia Regents University police were called to the hospital Sunday after a nurse entered a room where the boy was being treated and discovered his mouth “disfigured,” an incident report states.

The nurse told police the mother, Stephanie Nicole Harris, 21, of Second Avenue, admitted to putting tape over his mouth because he was making too much noise.

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