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Sharon Jones to headline benefit show

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:06pm

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings will headline the Heart Song Concert in February at Bell Auditorium, the University Health Care Foundation said.

The Feb. 7 concert benefits University Hospital’s Smart Heart Fund and helps provide free screenings for student athletes and public safety personnel, such as firefighters, the foundation said in a news release. Tickets cost $50 and will go on sale Friday.

Slaying with Edgefield links remains mystery

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:36pm

Three weeks have passed since a body was found in a burned vehicle in Elbert County, and it remains unidentified even as the Georgia Crime Lab is using DNA to establish an identity.

Investigators in South Carolina and Georgia working the slaying have announced only that the person was shot to death. Two suspects have been charged with concealing a death in connection with the body, but no one has been charged in the actual killing, authorities said.

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Thousands walk for cancer 'miracle'

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:24pm

Wearing a pink cowboy hat with a big pink “Breast Cancer Survivor” button pinned to its front, Ruth Stephens sat on a wall in the Augusta Common as thousands of people in pink flooded past her on their way to Broad Street.

Stephens had knee surgery in 2010 and couldn’t make the three-mile journey through downtown for the 14th Annual Miracle Mile Walk, but her daughter, Sheena Walker, and her adopted daughter, Zekia Brouson, walked for her.

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Wagener man killed in Graniteville nightclub shooting

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:03pm

A 20-year-old Wagener man was killed and three others were hurt early Saturday in a shooting at a Graniteville nightclub.

Stacy M. Johnson was killed in the shooting at Round Two Bar and Grill, 192 Breezy Hill Road, according to a statement from Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

The shooting took place about 1:25 a.m. Johnson had gone to the nightclub with friends after attending a football game in Saluda, Carlton said. An autopsy was scheduled later Saturday.

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Laney routs Josey behind another strong defensive showing

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:20am

Laney’s recent dominance of an old Augusta rivalry continued behind another strong defensive showing Friday night.

Laney stuffed Josey at the line for much of the game as the Wildcats beat the Eagles 41-0 at Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium.

Following the trend of the past three meetings, Laney shut out Josey in a one-sided affair. Laney has won its past five games against Josey while allowing a total of six points.

“The defense has been playing well all year, and it was no different tonight,” Laney coach Lemuel Lackey said. “It was a good shutout for us.”

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21-year-old beaten, robbed

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:10pm

A 21-year-old woman was hospitalized Friday morning after being robbed and assaulted on Heard Avenue.

About 1:15 a.m., the victim, an Augusta resident, was walking along the 1500 block of Heard Avenue when a black Chevrolet Impala pulled behind her and three people got out, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

A black woman told two black men to take the victim’s purse. The victim began running but was caught and hit in the head with a small pipe at least four times, according to the report.

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Human rights group I Breathe I Rise hosts forum on sexual abuse in schools

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:46pm


It took 30 years for the world to find out what happened to Linda Martin.

But now that they know, she and other advocates are working to make sure no other child has to endure the sexual abuse she said she experienced at T.W. Josey High School in the 1980s.

“This is 30 years of waiting, this is 30 years of silence, this is 30 years of survival,” Martin said Friday.

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Daggett leads ARC to win over Evans

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:23pm


Richmond Academy has played well all season, but not well enough.

Against No. 5 Northside-Warner Robins, the Musketeers trailed by three in the fourth quarter before eventually falling. Richmond Academy led Houston County at halftime and was tied with Warner Robins at intermission, both games ending in defeat.

With his squad facing a similar situation Friday night, Musketeers coach Chris Hughes challenged his players at halftime. Richmond Academy responded in a big way.

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North Augusta homeowner appeals Project Jackson ruling

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:17pm


The North Augusta homeowner challenging the Project Jackson development has appealed a judge’s ruling, according to Aiken County online court records.

Plaintiff Stephen Donohue filed an appeal with the South Carolina Court of Appeals shortly after 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Donohue, who opposes the site for a new ballpark for the Augusta GreenJackets, sued the city in December claiming it violated the state’s Tax Increment Financing law when it created an ordinance to fund the project.

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Faces of Survival: Annette Moss

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:56pm

Annette Moss dreamed one night that she had breast cancer. A few days later she felt a lump in her left breast, but she put off seeing her doctor about it because she wasn’t sure.

“It felt like a lump, but it didn’t feel like a lump,” she said.

After three months it bothered her enough to have it checked out, and she learned she had Stage 2 breast cancer.

“I took a deep breath,” Moss said. “Where did this come from?”

She did not have a family history of breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy, eight rounds of chemotherapy and about 25 rounds of radiation.

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Officials: Property damage increases on Halloween

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:48pm

Local police and insurance agents say the real scare on Halloween is vandals targeting homes and vehicles for pumpkin smashing, toilet paper rolling, raw egg battering and theft.

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Aiken County motorcycle accident sends 1 to hospital

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:30pm

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a motorcycle collision in Aiken County that injured one person early Friday.

Troopers were called to Gateway Drive about 6:30 a.m., Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said.

A preliminary investigation found that the driver, who was not identified, lost control of a 1997 Harley-Davidson while traveling south on Gateway Drive.

The driver, who was wearing a helmet, was airlifted to Georgia Regents Medical Center in serious condition, Jones said.

Coroner's office investigating suspicious death

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:37pm

The Richmond County Coroner’s Office is investigating a suspicious death after a quadriplegic man was found dead in his Augusta home Wednesday morning.

Coroner Mark Bowen said Marty Fann, 43, of the 200 block of Fenwick Street, was found by authorities lying face down on his floor. Deputies responded to the scene about 9:50 a.m., according to a statement from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Fann had been under the care of an in-home medical program, Bowen said.

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Death penalty sought in Atlanta slayings

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:43pm

ATLANTA — The Fulton County district attorney says he’ll seek the death penalty for two men accused in the killing of a DeKalb County couple.

Richard Augusta “Fathead” Wilson and Andre Cleveland Gay face multiple charges, including murder, in the deaths of 23-year-old Jeronta Brown and his pregnant girlfriend, 21-year-old Briana Brooks. The two were kidnapped steps from their DeKalb County home Aug. 30 and were found with gunshot wounds 17 miles away in northwest Atlanta.

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Augusta man accused of setting wife on fire denied bond

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:03pm


An Augusta man accused of setting his wife on fire was denied bond for a second time Friday.

Ronnie Lee Jones, who has a history of violence against women dating back two decades, will remain in jail pending possible indictment and trial in Richmond County Superior Court.

Jones, 30, is charged with aggravated assault.

On Aug. 22 after an argument with Cynthia Jones, Ronnie Lee Jones splashed gasoline on his wife, knocked her to the floor and set her on fire, Assistant District Attorney Titus Nichols said Friday.

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Suspect used stolen credit card, deputies say

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:55pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help identifying a suspect they say used a stolen credit card to purchase goods earlier this month.

According to a news release Friday, the suspect entered Central Express at 2061 Central Ave. about 3 p.m. Oct. 7 and used the card.

Anyone with information can call Investigator Nathan Regedanz at (706) 821-1097 or any on-duty investigator at (706) 821-1080. Caller may remain anonymous.

West Augusta neighborhood unites for foreclosure rebound

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:50pm

It was not that long ago, Rodney Young remembered, when foreclosures and unsightly properties overran Brookfield West, a 275-home neighborhood split between Richmond and Columbia counties off River Watch Parkway.

After the neighborhood association’s former president Fran Stewart moved away in 2009, officer participation decreased, meetings stopped and homes fell into disrepair, he said.

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Publix recalls snack mix

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:43pm

NEW YORK — Supermarket chain Publix is recalling a snack mix because the label doesn’t warn shoppers that it contains peanuts.

Peanuts can cause a serious allergic reaction in some individuals and should be listed on the packaging. No illnesses have been reported, the Lakeland, Florida-based company said Friday.

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Paine students, faculty protest; acting president reinstated

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:14pm

 About 300 Paine College students, faculty and alumni boycotted the Founders’ Day Convocation ceremony Friday morning and peacefully protested outside of the chapel instead, demanding the school’s leadership rectify its problems before accreditation is lost.

The school’s Board of Trustees addressed one of the issues later in the day by reinstating recently ousted Acting President Samuel Sullivan.

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Annual food drive Saturday in Richmond, Aiken counties

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:06pm


Golden Harvest Food Bank volunteers hoping to scare out hunger are canvassing neighborhoods Saturday collecting bags of nonperishable food items.

The annual “It’s Spooky to Be Hungry” food drive is taking place in Aiken and Richmond counties. Collections in Columbia County are Oct. 25.

Participating neighborhoods preregistered for the event, and volunteers distributed flyers to households. Residents can leave a grocery sack of canned goods on their door step, or wait for volunteers to knock on their door.

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