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Ironman 70.3 Augusta competitors get to know city, too

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 10:23pm

Jan Duffin scanned a large replica of a Big Island Bulletin story from 1978 describing a history of the Ironman competition.

Her partner, Mike Cruzcosa, had just finished registering for Sunday’s intermedix Ironman 70.3 Augusta and was signing up for next year’s Ironman race in Chattanooga, Tenn.

More than 3,200 athletes will register at the Augusta Convention Center for Sunday’s race.

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At least 12 shots fired by two suspects in gun battle on Walker Street

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 9:18pm

One suspect has been taken in for questioning, while another remains at large following a shooting incident Thursday evening in Richmond County.

Approximately 7:43 p.m., deputies responded to 2008 Walker Street in reference to two black males firing shots at one other, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers located suspect Antwaun Williams, 24, standing in the doorway of his Walker Street residence with a semi-automatic handgun nearby.

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Augusta Democrat John Barrow touts his bipartisan ranking

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 8:36pm


Rep. John Barrow responded Friday to recent Republican attacks that he votes with President Obama 85 percent of the time by flashing what he considers his “badge of honor:” a National Journal ranking calling the Augusta Democrat Congress’ most bipartisan member.

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City displays 36-star flag where 50-star should be, vice versa

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 8:19pm


The fifty-nifty United States have their place again flying high above Riverwalk Augusta.

Before Friday, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Oklahoma and 10 other states lost their stars on the American flag at Riverwalk’s display of historical flags. The flagpole designated for the current American flag waved the 36-star flag, which dates to 1865 – when the Civil War ended, Nevada earned its star as the nation’s newest state and the Reconstruction Era began.

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Teen suspect remains at large after Wednesday shooting on Morning Drive

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 6:27pm

Richmond County deputies confirmed Friday that a suspect remains at large following a Wednesday shooting on Morning Drive.

Sedrick Antonique Williams, 17, of the 1800 block of Formosa Drive, is being sought on charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He is considered armed and dangerous, police said in a news release.

Police were called to the 1900 block of Morning Drive about 5:08 p.m. Wednesday and found Darius Montreal Parks, 24, of Bream Avenue with a gunshot wound to the neck.

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One positive TB reaction at Columbia County elementary school

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 5:24pm


One person at Martinez Elementary School reacted positively to a tuberculosis skin test a week after a fourth-grader was removed from school for possible exposure to the disease.

The Columbia County Health Department administered the test to 62 children and adults at the school in Evans on Wednesday and results were revealed Friday, said the health department’s county Nurse Manager Linda Graves.

“We had one person to react,” Graves said. “That person is not considered a respiratory threat to anyone else.”

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Sunday voting to be discussed Monday

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 5:10pm

The Richmond County Board of Elections is set to take up the issue of Sunday voting at a called meeting Monday.

Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey said Sunday voting is available for the first time in Georgia for the general election Nov. 4, and several counties, including Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton and Lowndes have already agreed to provide it.

“I suspect there are many others that are discussing the matter in their counties, just as we will do on Monday,” she said.

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Fleeing suspect causes lockdown of schools

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 3:39pm

Police are seeking a man who ran away after a traffic stop this morning that resulted in lockdown of two nearby schools.

According to a news release, Shane Robert Champagne, 45, ran from his vehicle near Woodlake Subdivision on Windsor Spring Road about 10 a.m. after police attempted a traffic stop for a seatbelt violation. Two firearms were located in the vehicle.

Windsor Spring and Meadowbrook elementery schools were placed on lockdown for several hours while police attempted to locate the suspect.

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Suspect in slaying extradited to Columbia County

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 3:04pm

A Florida man indicted in the Aug. 14 killing of a Martinez man was extradited to Columbia County on Friday.

Daniel Nelson Robinson, 21, of Jacksonville, arrived at the Columbia County Detention Center just before 2 p.m., according to Capt. Steve Morris. Robinson was captured more than a month ago, several hours after, police say, he shot William “Bill” DaVitte, 55, and assaulted DaVitte’s wife in the parking lot of Marvin United Methodist Church.

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State transportation committee meeting Tuesday in Augusta

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 1:31pm


A state transportation committee tasked with identifying funding sources for infrastructure needs across Georgia will meet Tuesday in Augusta.

The Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding was created by state legislation to study alternative funding methods to supplement reduced federal funding for transportation. The 16-member committee is visiting eight Georgia cities to compile its report.

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Pringle to speak at Pride and Progress meeting

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 1:24pm


Dr. Angela Pringle will speak to Augusta’s Pride and Progress organization’s monthly meeting on Tuesday.

The new superintendent of education for Richmond County will be speaking at 7 p.m. at University Medical Center South, 3121 Peach Orchard Road, Room 201.

Pride and Progress is a nonprofit and nonpartisan grass roots community organization that seeks to facilitate positive change in the community.

Refreshments will be provided at the meeting.

Former Augusta State golfer Patrick Reed wins his debut match at the Ryder Cup with fellow American Jordan Spieth

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:47pm

GLENEAGLES, Scotland — U.S. captain Tom Watson sent out his two youngest rookies against Europe's biggest threat in the Ryder Cup, and it was a short match.

The Americans barely broke a sweat.

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed made an auspicious debut Friday in the Ryder Cup by running off five birdies in a six-hole stretch for a 5-and-4 victory in fourballs over Ian Poulter and Scottish favorite Stephen Gallacher.

They ended Poulter's seven-match winning streak.

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Richmond County school, safety officials investigating fight at Josey

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 11:57am

 Officials confirmed Friday they will wait till next week before deciding if criminal charges will be sought in a student brawl that occurred Thursday at T.W. Josey High School.

“There’s no doubt these students will face school punishment,” said Alfonzo Williams, Board of Education Police Chief. “But we’re still investigating on whether to go forward in a criminal investigation. We’ll have that questioned answered by Monday.”

Williams said it appears the fight started when one person stepped on another person’s foot.

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Yellow jackets swarm Georgia officer, police dog

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 7:35am

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. — A police officer has been released from a hospital after being attacked by a swarm of yellow jackets and stung dozens of times in the Atlanta suburb of Brookhaven.

Brookhaven police tell WXIA-TV Officer John Ritch was released from the hospital Thursday and was back home recovering. Authorities say his police dog Grizz, stung at least two dozen times in the Wednesday ordeal, is also recovering.

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Georgia lawmaker describes a 'screwed-up mess'

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 4:33am

ATLANTA -- A handful of House and Senate committees holding an unusual joint meeting Thursday learned that expert opinion is divided about the possible impact on the state’s economy from proposed federal environmental rules.

“If you are not sufficiently confused, then you have not been paying attention,” said Bryan Tolar, president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council. “This is a real, screwed-up mess.”

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Hephzibah man pours scalding water on fellow employee

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 8:59pm

A 44-year-old Hephzibah man was arrested Thursday after allegedly pouring hot water down the back of a fellow employee at an Augusta business plant.

Troy Deon Moss was charged with reckless conduct, while 19-year-old victim Kyron McGee was transported to Doctors Hospital with second and third degree burns to his mid-back and shoulder area, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

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Augusta woman sets fire in airport parking lot

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 8:52pm

An Augusta woman was arrested Thursday after setting a fire in the parking lot of Augusta Regional Airport.

Linda Bourassa, 56, of the 6600 block of Wrightsboro Road, was charged with third degree arson, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Approximately 11:50 a.m., deputies responded to the airport parking lot where Deputy S. Hammond observed a small fire and then “stomped out the fire with his feet,” according to the report.

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Commissioners likely to move ahead on District 7 appointment despite neighborhood group's complaints

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 8:09pm


Members of a west Augusta neighborhood group likely won’t be allowed to publicly vet candidates for an Augusta Commission appointment after all.

Despite demands made this week by the West Augusta Alliance to hold two public hearings with the candidates, Super District 10 Commissioner Grady Smith said he placed the appointment on Monday’s called meeting agenda just as commissioners have done in years past when a commissioner resigned.

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Dashboard video shows South Carolina state trooper shooting unarmed driver in Columbia

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 6:33pm

COLUMBIA — A South Carolina state trooper’s dashboard video shows an unarmed driver being shot just seconds after he was stopped for a seatbelt offense – and the trooper, who was fired last week, has now been charged with assault.

As Levar Jones cried in pain waiting for an ambulance, he repeated one question: “Why did you shoot me?”
Jones’ painful groans and then-Trooper Sean Groubert’s reply – “Well you dove head first back into your car” – were captured by the camera.

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State proposes fix for Gracewood

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 6:05pm


In the wake of federal criticism of patient care at the Gracewood campus of East Central Regional Hospital, the hospital’s Family Council has a message: OK, so fix it.

Federal inspectors found in a series of inspections that began in March and culminated last month that there were serious deficiencies in oversight and patient safety, particularly verbal and physical abuse of patients, and a number of injuries that were not thoroughly investigated or investigated at all.

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