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Pardon Our Mess: Overgrown grass in the median area of Laurel Lane

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:48pm

WHERE: Laurel Lane

WHAT: Overgrown grass in the median area

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Ditch crews with Augusta’s Engineering Department

ACTION PROMISED: Director Abie Ladson said Friday that he would put in a request to have a crew cut the grass the following week.


Hunter Mahan comes up with timely victory at Barclays

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:33pm


PARAMUS, N.J. — About the only thing that went wrong for Hunter Mahan at The Barclays was when the trophy broke. All he had to show for perhaps the biggest win of his career was a large wreath of roses.

“Am I supposed to put this on, Kentucky Derby style?” he said.

That would have been fitting. The closing stretch was exactly what he needed Sunday.

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Augusta commissioners to discuss millage rate, vacancy today

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:19pm


The Augusta Commission will have another chance to set the county’s mill rate today after it rejected an ordinance on third reading calling for a 1.75-mill increase last week.

After nearly two hours of debate, during which commissioners received biting criticism from residents who packed the commission chambers, a motion to pass the ordinance failed. Commissioners Bill Fennoy, Corey Johnson, Bill Lockett and Marion Williams voted in favor of the increase.

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Work continues on high-traffic routes in Richmond, Columbia counties

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:15pm

Relief isn’t coming anytime soon for motorists on several high-traffic commuter routes in Richmond and Columbia counties where construction is underway to widen the roads.

Drivers will continue to experience lane closures, occasional backups and detours on Bobby Jones Express­­way, Mike Padgett Highway, Wrightsboro Road and Old Petersburg and Old Evans roads, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

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Teen hurt in Thurmond Lake accident still critical

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 5:33pm

A 14-year-old boy injured in a personal watercraft accident last week on Thurmond Lake remains in critical condition, Georgia Re­gents Medical Center spokeswoman Jennifer Scott said Sunday.

Thomas Marshall Jay was airlifted to the hospital Aug. 17 after the accident in the Keg Creek area.

Capt. Mark Padgett, of the Geor­gia Department of Natural Resources, said the teen, who was a passenger on one watercraft traveling with two others, fell or jumped into the water before being injured. Preliminary results show one of the other water scooters might have hit him.

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Augusta housing department seeks public input via online survey

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 4:43pm


Augusta residents have a chance to tell city leaders how they think federal housing funds should be used to improve the community.

The city’s Housing and Development office is seeking input for its upcoming five-year plan that must be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to receive Community Development Block Grants and other federal allocations.

The city is collecting feedback using an online survey, and public forums will be held this fall.

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Brother shot in argument over woman, police say

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 4:25pm

Police say a man has been hospitalized after his brother shot him during an argument over a woman early Sunday.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to Princess Court about 3 a.m. A police statement said Oscar Armando Mata, 34, shot 21-year-old Jose Mata in the chest.

The victim was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center. Oscar Mata left the scene before deputies arrived, the statement said.

About 4:40 a.m., Columbia County sheriff’s deputies stopped Oscar Mata on Flowing Wells Road, where he was taken into custody without incident.

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UGA great Dan Magill dies at 93

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 12:17pm


ATHENS, Ga. — Dan Magill, a name synonymous with Georgia athletics and Athens for nearly a century and beloved by generations of Bulldogs fans, died Saturday night at the age of 93.

“I’ve always thought and still do that he’s probably the greatest Bulldog of all time,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said in May 2012.

What didn’t Magill do at Georgia?

He was a national championship winning head tennis coach, sports information director and executive secretary of the Bulldog Club. All at the same time.

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Strong California quake causes injuries, damage

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 9:28am

NAPA, Calif. — The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years sent scores of people to hospitals, ignited fires, damaged multiple historic buildings and knocked out power to tens of thousands on Sunday.

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Rescue groups say dogs fare poorly in Augusta shelter

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 9:49pm

When Molly’s Militia volunteer Kathlyn Hallinan saw the Rottweiler mix at Augusta Animal Services on Aug. 12, she was certain the dog was near death.

Three weeks after arriving at the shelter, the dog’s hips and ribs were protruding, discharge was running from her nose, she was heartworm-positive and needed veterinary attention fast.

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Historic Augusta accused of fraud by Goodale House owner

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 5:19pm

The owner of the Goodale House, one of Georgia’s oldest homes, filed a criminal complaint against Historic Augusta last week because he says the nonprofit organization fraudulently used his name last year to receive a $75,000 grant to buy the property.

Under Georgia law, nonprofit organizations are prohibited from “misrepresenting or misleading” anyone to believe that any person “sponsors, endorses or approves” solicitation of charitable funds without written consent to use their name.

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Police using military-grade equipment concerns some Augusta-area residents

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 4:48pm


Images of civil unrest and police officers armed head to toe in military-grade equipment in Ferguson, Mo., don’t sit well with Augusta resident Ry Miller. Even more unsettling is the thought of local militarized police.

After days of protest following the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer, Miller said he felt intimidated by pictures of police officers strapping themselves in riot gear and toting assault rifles.

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3 victims named in McDuffie wreck

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:09am


THOMSON, Ga. — A 1-year-old girl has died after being injured in a crash Friday afternoon in McDuffie County, bringing the death toll to three.

Scott Craven, 31, of Augusta, and Brandi Ray, 32, of Grovetown, were killed instantly in the crash on Georgia Highway 221. Craven’s 1-year-old daughter, Lily Mac, was critically injured and taken by helicopter to Georgia Regents Medical Center, but later died.

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Do Georgia colleges need so many sports?

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 9:25am


ATLANTA -- Every athletic program at Georgia’s public colleges and universities is coming under review, but it’s not coming from the NCAA, a conference or other sanctioning body.

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Bulldogs capitalize on Warriors errors

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:27pm


THOMSON — With touchdowns off a blocked punt and fumble return in a 35-second span of the fourth quarter, Thomson broke open a tight game and beat Jefferson County 26-13 in the opener for both teams at The Brickyard.

“It was good to get a win, that’s the biggest thing,” Thomson coach Rob Ridings said of his first game with the Bulldogs. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. We made a ton of mistakes but everything that we made out here I think we can correct.”

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Two men sought in armed robbery

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:21pm

Deputies are searching for two suspects who police say attacked a man Friday afternoon in Richmond County.

About 3:10 p.m., a victim told deputies that Deondre Brown and Donquese Moore, both of Augusta, beat and robbed him on the 2900 block of Newman Drive, according to an incident report.

The victim says he was kicked and punched by both suspects, and then Brown pointed a silver handgun at him and said “give it up, and if you run, I’ll shoot you,” the report said.

The victim said Brown and Moore took $30 and his cellphone.

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Man arrested after fleeing twice from deputies

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:11pm

Officers arrested a Hephzibah man Friday afternoon who fled twice from Richmond County deputies.

About 1:27 p.m., Jamal Courdiero Wright, 25, was pulled over for a routine traffic stop on the corner of James Drive and Patrick Avenue, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

While a deputy waited for backup, Wright left the vehicle and fled into a wooded area near Quail Court.

Deputies then contacted Jason Smith, owner of the vehicle, who drove his vehicle to his residence without permission from a deputy, the report said.

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Marshall leads Evans Knights to victory

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:05pm


Matlin Marshall spent all week studying – for his classwork and for Westside.

The extra work paid off in Evans’ season opener Friday night.

Marshall passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Knights rolled to a 41-0 victory over the Patriots.

“This has been keeping me busy,” said Marshall, the Knights’ senior signal caller. “I’ve been studying film on their defense, their defensive front, the line and the defensive backs and how they played. We kept hitting those little 5-yard stop routes because their corners were so deep.”

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Michelle Nunn uses government shutdown to appeal to Augusta voters

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 7:38pm


A day after her opponent expressed support for the partial government shutdown in a statewide debate, Democratic Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn visited Augusta on Friday to appeal to voters most affected by extended furloughs at Fort Gordon and Savannah River Site last year.

“We do not need to send someone to Washington who is going to shut down the government again and bring us to the point where we are faced with the terrible choices of sequestration,” Nunn said during a roundtable lunch discussion at 209 Café downtown.

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Columbia County coroner to borrow trailer instead of buy one

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 7:31pm

After expressing interest in purchasing a “mobile morgue” earlier in the week, Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said if the need for such a unit should arise he’ll save some money by borrowing one owned by the Richmond County Coroner’s Office instead.

Columbia County commissioners approved pay raises for Collins and his deputy coroners at Tuesday’s meeting, and after the meeting, Collins said he would like to purchase a refrigerated trailer to be used in cases involving mass casualties or infectious illnesses. The trailer was estimated to cost less than $45,000.

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