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Harris, Frantom reminding District 7 voters to exercise right in April 14 runoff

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 8:24pm

Advance voting and voting by mail in the District 7 Augusta Commission special election runoff starts Monday.

The two candidates in the runoff to complete resigned Commissioner Donnie Smith’s term said they had been reminding voters not to overlook the April 14 runoff after the bustle of Masters Week.

“We’re trying to spur the voters, make sure they know there’s an election going on,” said Sean Frantom, the development director for Ronald McDon­ald House Charities of Au­gusta, who garnered 43.7 percent of the vote in the March 17 election.

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Jimmy Walker wins hometown Texas Open

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 6:11pm

SAN ANTONIO — Jimmy Walker made himself right at home on the Texas Open leaderboard.

Walker won his hometown event Sunday to become the first two-time winner this season on the PGA Tour, beating fellow Texan Jordan Spieth by four strokes.

“(Spieth) really made me fight hard,” Walker said. “He kept hitting it close, and I had to keep making putts.”

Walker made birdie putts of 15 feet at No. 16 and 17 feet at the 17th in a 2-under 70 that left him at 11-under 277 at TPC San Antonio, a 35-minute drive from his home.

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Pearl the obese dog gradually losing weight

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 4:45pm


Pearl walked through the doorway of Aiken Pet Fitness and Rehabilitation on Friday, took a look around, and immediately waddled back out toward the car.

It was the fifth trip to physical therapy in six months for the morbidly obese Jack Russell mix, and she appeared to know it.

For a dog who doesn’t particularly like to work or walk or leave the house, it’s not always easy to get her motivated, said Hayley Zielinski, co-founder of Dog Networking Agents rescue group.

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Gracewood parents brace for move out

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 12:06am
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Death haunts mother who can't get answers

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:55pm
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Woman dies after Heard Avenue fire

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:52pm

A fire at a Heard Avenue duplex late Saturday claimed the life of an Augusta woman, officials said.

According to a statement from the Augusta Fire Department, firefighters were called to the blaze at 1431 Heard Ave. about 9:32 p.m.

Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said the victim, 45-year-old Sherrel Dunn, of Augusta, was found unresponsive and taken to Trinity Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 10:30 p.m.. An autopsy will be scheduled at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta, Bowen said.

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Augusta man accused of armed robbery

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 9:21pm

An Augusta man is accused of armed robbery after deputies say he held a woman at gunpoint early Saturday.

De’Andre James Wright, 22, of Normandy Place, has been charged with one count of armed robbery, according to Richmond County jail records.

About 1:45 a.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Hampton Inn at 3030 Washington Road in reference to the theft, according to a report.

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International Star claims Louisiana Derby

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 8:59pm


NEW ORLEANS — When the dust had settled and the result of the Louisiana Derby was official, the story was the same as it’s been all winter in the Crescent City – there was International Star in the winner’s circle.

A winner of the Lecomte and Risen Star stakes, International Star outgamed the Todd Pletcher-trained Stanford on Saturday afternoon in a battle down the stretch before prevailing by a neck.

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Tiger Woods Watch is on again

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 6:21pm

Tiger Watch has become another Masters Tournament tradition unlike any other.

What used to be a exercise in following HOW Tiger Woods played, however, has devolved into monitoring IF he’ll play.

For the second consecutive year, April approaches with no word on whether or not Woods will compete in the major that first defined his greatness in 1997.

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Fort Gordon Warrior Transition Battalion complaints rank fifth in Army

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 5:20pm


The U.S. Army Reserve held a retirement ceremony at Fort Gordon last April to honor Chief Warrant Officer 3 Alan Hart after 16 years spent securing the military’s computer networks from cyber threats.

His family and closest friends were in attendance, along with former members from his home unit in Massachusetts.

But no one showed up from the Fort Gordon Warrior Transition Battalion company in which Hart, 39, spent two years receiving treatment and outpatient care for a back injury he developed while deployed to Iraq in two separate tours in 2008 and 2011.

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As public meetings end on imposing stormwater utility fees; some questions remain unanswered

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 4:51pm

Residents seeking a guarantee Augusta’s stormwater fee will fix their drainage issues can be fairly sure of one thing: The fee will pay people.

The fee – $6.40 a month for a typical household – has been a hard sell for city staff and consultants who presented the plan at 10 public meetings that ended Thursday.

Everywhere they went, residents questioned where the funds, deposited into a dedicated “enterprise fund,” would be spent.

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Gov. Deal signs executive order requiring state agency readiness for medical marijuana law

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 1:50am


ATLANTA — In an emotional ceremony in his Capitol office, Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Friday ordering state agencies to start preparations now for the enactment of the state’s medical marijuana bill.

Deal said Friday he’ll sign it into law soon after the current legislative session ends April 2 to avoid possible procedural conflicts with other pieces of legislation.

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Man in wheelchair uninjured after being struck by vehicle

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:42pm

A man in a motorized wheelchair was struck by a vehicle Friday afternoon in Richmond County.

At about 4:09 p.m., deputies responded to Deans Bridge Road, where Bernard Lee, 53, had driven his wheelchair in front of a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt, according to a statement from Richmond County Sgt. Monica Belser.

Lee – who suffered no injuries – was ruled at fault. He will not be charged.


Gamecock women edge Tar Heels to reach Elite Eight

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 9:47pm


GREENSBORO, N.C. — Tiffany Mitchell drove to the basket and scored with 4.2 seconds left and South Carolina edged North Carolina 67-65 on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 16.

Mitchell finished with 18 points for the No. 1-seeded Gamecocks (33-2), who had to fight the entire way to push past North Carolina in a rematch of last year’s Sweet 16 game and advance to the Greensboro Regional final.

Alaina Coates also scored 18 points, including two key free throws for the lead with 46.1 seconds to go.

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Rants & Raves

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 8:20pm

Comments from readers:

RAVE FOR THE comments on enforcement of handicapped parking laws. As a handicapped person, I have been forced to walk in the rain or to the point of being short of breath, because unmarked cars have used handicapped parking; only to be told at my destination that calling law enforcement would be useless. Officers, please respond when asked to investigate. The fees for violations are high enough to pay for your time.


OBAMA SAYS THE Ferguson protests “were understandable.” Based on what?


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Suspects sought in beauty supplies theft

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:08pm

A suspect is sought for allegedly stealing items from Ulta Beauty on Robert C. Daniel Parkway.

Around 5:21 p.m. Wednesday, a female was seen taking an item from the shelf, concealing it in her purse and leaving the business without paying for the item, according to Richmond County Sgt. Monica Belser.

The suspect was accompanied by a second female that “watched out” during the theft.

Please contact the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 821-1020 with information regarding the suspects.



Volunteers still needed for community cleanup day

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 5:44pm

Augusta’s community cleanup is set for today.

Trash and recycling bags will be provided, and volunteers – who are asked to sign in by 8:30 a.m. – will receive free lunch and t-shirts.

Team leaders were still needed as of Friday, according to Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus. Anyone interested in being a team leader can call (706) 826-8991 to register.

Locations for volunteer sign-in and recycling drop-off include:

• Lake Olmstead Park, 2200 Broad Street Augusta

• May Park, 622 4th Street, Augusta

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Martinez home heavily damaged in afternoon fire

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 5:42pm

A Martinez home was heavily damaged by fire Friday afternoon, Columbia County fire officials said.

Firefighters were called to 406 Padrick Street in Martinez just after 3:30 p.m., when a resident of the home heard an explosion outside, according to Columbia County Battalion Chief Danny Kuhlmann.

Kuhlmann said the man found the home’s carport in flames and called 911.

Firefighters had the blaze under control and extinguished a few minutes after arrival, but the three-bedroom home suffered heavy fire, smoke and water damage.

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Aiken County fugitive arrested in Augusta

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 5:41pm

A fugitive wanted by the Aiken Department of Public Safety was arrested Thursday in Richmond County.

Ricky Lorenzo Harden, Jr., was taken into custody by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Gang Unit, according to a statement from Aiken Lt. Jake Mahoney.

Harden was wanted by the Aiken Department of Public Safety on charges of assault and battery, distribution of marijuana and distribution of marijuana within a half-mile of a school.

Harden was being held in the Richmond County jail pending extradition to South Carolina.

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Wreck slows Washington Road traffic

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 3:52pm

 A wreck has block most lanes of Washington Road, according to Richmond County dispatch.

Around 3:40 p.m. the wreck and vehicle fire was blocking three of the four lanes near Center West Parkway. No details on the wreck or fire have been made available.

Avoid the area if possible.


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