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Georgia updates state disaster plan

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 9:34am

ATLANTA -- The state has drafted new procedure manuals for how to respond to environmental disasters, from hurricanes to chemical fires to pollution spills.

Tuesday, the Board of Natural Resources got briefed on the response plans for the Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Division. Although both report to the board, their operations are kept separate.

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NCAA: Gurley out 2 more games

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 9:21am

 

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia star running back Todd Gurley will serve two more games as part of his suspension for accepting more than $3,000 in cash from multiple memorabilia dealers for his autograph, the NCAA announced Wednesday morning.

That means the Bulldogs won’t have Gurley for Saturday’s game against Florida in Jacksonville and next week’s game at Kentucky.

It also almost certainly ends any chances Gurley had to contend for the Heisman Trophy.

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Naked woman takes truck, crashes and burns in Athens

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 8:29am

 

ATHENS, Ga. -- A woman stole a Madison County man’s pickup truck early Tuesday morning and then drove naked into Athens, where she crashed it into two vehicles.

Authorities said that when crashing the truck into vehicles off Danielsville Road at about 2:30 a.m., the 33-year-old Athens woman was yelling that she had been raped.

Witnesses reported the woman was saying that she had been assaulted by the truck’s owner, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

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Man stabbed at Atlanta MARTA station

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 8:25am

ATLANTA — Authorities are investigating an early-morning stabbing at a midtown Atlanta transit station.

Police say a man stabbed another man in the abdomen with a pocket knife around 4:50 a.m. Wednesday at the North Avenue station of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.

WSB-TV reports the man who was stabbed was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

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GOP seeks delay on Harrell seat election

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 8:23am

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The state Election Commission will meet Thursday to consider a request by Republicans to delay the election for former Speaker Bobby Harrell’s Charleston-area House seat.

Harrell resigned last week after pleading guilty to using campaign money for his own benefit.

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No SC plans for Ebola quarantine

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 8:20am

GREENVILLE, S.C. — South Carolina has not followed the example of those states that are requiring 21-day quarantines for health care workers returning from West Africa after caring for Ebola patients.

Gubernatorial spokesman Doug Mayer told The Greenville News that South Carolina is sticking with federal guidelines, which call for active monitoring of those workers but no quarantine.

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SC to discuss offshore wind power

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 8:18am

CONWAY, S.C. — A symposium scheduled to be held at Coastal Carolina University is focusing on the future of offshore wind energy in South Carolina.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the day-long symposium is being held on Wednesday at the school in Conway.

The event at the university’s Center for Marine and Wetlands Studies includes government regulators, engineers and other experts. It’s being chaired by state Sen. Thomas Alexander, a Walhalla Republican who is chairman of the Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee.

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Augusta VA director to resign

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 8:14pm

Robert Hamilton will resign as the director of the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Center, leaving the embattled Augusta hospital without a leader for the more than 40,000 veterans in Georgia and South Carolina who depend on the federal facility for health care.

Hospital spokesman Pete Scovill confirmed in a news release late Tuesday that Hamilton had announced to the Augusta VA’s 2,500 employees his plans to step down Nov. 30 to “focus on more personal goals.”

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Leapfrog reports show Doctors, University earn A for patient safety

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 7:01pm

 

Doctors Hospital of Augusta moved to the top of the class by earning, along with University Hospital, a top grade for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group. With Ebola and the potential spread of infection on the public’s mind, the need for patient safety is only increased, the group’s CEO said.

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DNR deer-management plan calls for maintaining herd size

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 6:52pm

 

ATLANTA — The state’s plan for managing Georgia’s deer population, revealed Tuesday, calls for ample hunting and habitat to hold the herd size at 1.1 million.

Efforts over the last two decades to stabilize and build the deer population succeeded so well that sightings are no longer as rare as they were in the 1970s. They eventually grew the herd to a peak of 1.6 million in the late 1990s, which was outstripping resources and making them a nuisance.

That plan is reaching its expiration, prompting the current update.

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Run to honor fallen Marines, sailors begins

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 6:46pm

 

A 1,500-mile relay run around Fort Gordon’s Barton Field began Tuesday, honoring each Marine and Navy sailor killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The 10th annual Tribute to the Fallen run continues nonstop until each servicemember has a mile run in their honor. About 100 Marines and sailors will share laps, handing off 21 rounds of ammunition that will be fired on Nov. 6.

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Area nonprofits to speak out on proposed cuts

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 6:38pm

 

Augusta not-for-profit groups are expected to speak out against proposed 25 percent cuts to the city portions of their funding at a Wednesday work session.

Interim Administrator Tameka Allen proposed the cuts – for entities to which the city is not contractually obligated – as a way to trim $650,000 from the 2015 budget, although the agencies’ reduced funding amounts were not included as line items on the draft she presented last week.

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Deer-car crash season at peak during Fall months in Augusta

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 6:37pm

 

Tracy Bryant can usually tell a vehicle has been hit by a deer when it pulls into one of Kendrick Paint and Body’s eight repair shops in the Augusta area.

“The majority of the time it still has hair in it,” the business’ operations manager said Tuesday, standing in front of a Columbia County Sheriff’s squad car with three strands of fur sticking out the front grill.

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Hearing Friday in Charleston for man charged in 2011 fatal police shooting

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 6:28pm

 

A pre-trial hearing for the man accused of killing Aiken Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson is scheduled for Friday at the Charleston County courthouse.

Stephon Morrell Carter’s trial has been assigned to South Carolina Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman. The hearing is being heard in Charleston to accommodate the judge’s schedule, and the trial has not been moved from Aiken County, said Second Circuit Solicitor Strom Thurmond.

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Run to honor fallen Marines, sailors begins

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:59pm

BY MEG MIRSHAK

The Augusta Chronicle

A 1,500-mile relay run around Fort Gordon’s Barton Field began Tuesday, honoring each Marine and sailor killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The 10th annual Tribute to the Fallen run continues nonstop until each service member has a mile run in their honor. About 100 Marines and sailors will share laps, handing off 21 rounds of ammunition that will be fired on Nov. 6.

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Sheriff's office turns steroid investigation over to GBI

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:26pm

 

An investigation into possible steroid use among Richmond County deputies has been handed over to the GBI, and a deputy turned in his resignation Monday.

Deputy Mike Swint, who has been the focus of multiple accusations through social media involving steroid abuse, wrote in a letter that he was stepping down from his job after 11 years. His resignation becomes official Nov. 11.

Sheriff Richard Roundtree would not confirm or deny that Swint’s resignation was related to steroid use.

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Thousands turn out for Lady Antebellum charity concert

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:57pm

Sandy Terronez’s perseverance paid off Monday night.

Sitting in the front row of folding chairs at the Lady Antebellum Pavilion in Evans, Terronez had staked out the perfect spot for the concert. It didn’t come easy.

“I came at 11 this morning and they kicked me out,” Terronez said. Undaunted, she returned at 3:30, before the gates opened and talked her way in again, somehow getting past hundreds of others who were already lined up outside the park. “They let me stay that time.”

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Free political event planned Tuesday night

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 8:23pm

 

Morris Communications Co.’s effort at encouraging political activism and civic responsibility culminates today with a free event, the ROAR for America rally, at the Legends Club on Washington Road.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and speakers will include Billy Morris, the chairman of Morris Communications and publisher of The Augusta Chronicle; Michael Ryan, Chronicle editorial page editor, who has led the ROAR: Renaissance of American Responsibility project for a year; and retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Perry Smith.

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Mayor-elect's office space untouched by committee

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 8:18pm

Mayor-elect Hardie Davis may get overflow office space he sought at Augusta Municipal Building after a move to convert the newly-remodeled space into the new city administrator’s offices failed to pass committee Monday.

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School system to use newly awarded $1 million in grants to boost technology

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 8:12pm

 

The Richmond County school system received more than $1 million in grant funding from several Georgia agencies Monday, and will use the money to upgrade its Internet capabilities and improve the system’s Bring Your Own Technology initiatives.

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