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UGA gets past Auburn 20-13

Sat, 11/14/2015 - 3:43pm


AUBURN, Ala. — Isaiah McKenzie returned a fourth-quarter punt 53 yards for a touchdown Saturday to lift Georgia to a 20-13 win over Auburn.

The Bulldogs (7-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) forced two fumbles after that, including one on the goal line. The Tigers (5-5, 2-5) managed only two Daniel Carlson field goals after their opening drive, the second coming with 1:14 left to play.

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3 teams said to be behind Paris attacks

Sat, 11/14/2015 - 2:22pm

PARIS — The Eiffel Tower stood dark in a symbol of mourning Saturday night as France struggled to absorb the deadliest violence on its soil since World War II: coordinated gun-and-suicide bombing attacks across Paris that left 129 people dead and 352 injured.

President Francois Hollande vowed that France would wage “merciless” war on the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the mayhem, as investigators raced to track down their accomplices and uncovered possible links to networks in Belgium and Syria.

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Out-of-state 'super speeders' ignore Georgia fines, audit shows

Sat, 11/14/2015 - 2:13pm



ATLANTA — Many out-of-state motorists who have been busted by Georgia’s “super speeder” law don’t pay up, state auditors found.

Georgia’s super speeder statute was approved in 2009 and adds an extra $200 fine onto a ticket for anyone convicted of speeding at 75 mph or more on a two-lane road or at least 85 mph on larger highways.

Over the past four years, drivers have run up $10.5 million in past-due super speeder fines, auditors found.

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Search suspended for SC woman who went overboard on cruise

Sat, 11/14/2015 - 2:10pm


MIAMI — Authorities have suspended the search for a woman they say intentionally went overboard from a cruise ship that had been chartered for an electronic dance party.

The U.S. Coast Guard and officials from Norwegian Cruise Line say Kaylyn Rose Sommer, 24, of Charleston, S.C, went overboard from a deck of the Norwegian Pearl around 7 p.m. Thursday as the ship was about 22 miles off the coast of Cuba.

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Two area football coaches named Border Bowl III honorary coaches

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 11:43pm


Two longtime area football coaches have been named Border Bowl III’s honorary coaches.

John Barnett is Team Georgia’s pick while Hubert Morris is Team South Carolina’s.

A 1975 Thomson graduate, Barnett spent more than two decades as the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator. While working with head coach Luther Welsh, Barnett and Thomson won state championships in 1984, 1985 and 2002.

Barnett also wrote a book about the history of Thomson football, Ghosts of the Brickyard.

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Mustangs rally to win playoff opener

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 11:31pm

LANGLEY — Beaufort found out the hard way that giving Daniel Carr a second chance isn’t a good idea.

The Midland Valley senior quarterback led a game-winning drive with under two minutes to play as the Mustangs rallied for a 35-28 victory in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs at L.L. Willis Stadium.

After botching a drive inside the Eagles’ 10 on the previous drive – Midland Valley snapped the ball on fourth down instead of calling a timeout – the Mustangs got the ball back at Beaufort’s 49 with 1:59 to play.

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Billy Mance runs wild as Thomson defeats Veterans

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 10:26pm

THOMSON — With his team trailing late in the third quarter, Zack Johnson found himself in a perfect position.

A junior safety, Johnson darted to the line on Logan Byrd’s short pass to Jaylen Lowder, who tipped the ball at the line. For Johnson, the play was a blur, an important blur for Thomson.

Johnson’s pick-six in the second half was one of several big plays the Bulldogs made after halftime in a wild 49-35 win over Veterans in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs at the Brickyard.

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Thurmond Lake water release felt near Augusta

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 5:08pm

A rainy, record-breaking month has prompted increased water releases from Thurmond Lake this week, causing Savannah River levels to rise and boat ramps near Augusta to close, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Friday.

Stan Simpson, a Corps water manager, said in a online post that Thurmond release rates have been just shy of 30,000 cubic feet per second this week and will average approximately 25,000 cubic feet per second over the next few days.

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Tybee Island continues talks on limiting open-air alcohol consumption

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 4:39pm

Tybee Island is having a bit of an identity crisis.

On the one hand, it is one of the last remaining coastal cities in the eastern U.S. that allows consumption of alcohol on its beaches and in its resort district.

On the other, this liberal approach to open-air alcohol consumption has garnered Tybee a reputation as a party town – one that during certain times of the year draws large crowds and all their associated problems.

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As many as 120 dead in string of Paris attacks

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 4:32pm

PARIS — French police are hunting possible accomplices of eight assailants who terrorized Paris concert-goers, cafe diners and soccer fans in this country's deadliest peacetime attacks, a succession of explosions and shootings that cast a dark shadow over this luminous tourist destination.

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Augusta veterans information briefing Nov. 20

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 4:18pm


The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Disabled American Veterans, local service organizations and community partners will hold a Veterans Information Briefing and Health Fair from 8 a.m. until noon Nov. 20, the Augusta hospital announced.

This event will take place at the Augusta VA’s Uptown Division off Wrightsboro Road in the third floor Auditorium (Room 3B-111). It is an opportunity for veterans to learn about benefits they have earned. Flu shots will be available for veterans.

Salvation Army kicks off Red Kettle campaign in Augusta area

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 3:06pm

Bell ringers say there’s no better way to get in the spirit and help the community than ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.

“This just starts the season off with a bang,” said Rachel Rhodes-Dyar, who rang a bell at the Georgia Southern University tent during the Red Kettle kickoff Friday at Kroger on Washington Road.

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River Watch lane closures next week

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 9:54am


Continued construction on River Watch Parkway will result in lane closures over the next week.

One southbound and northbound lane from 15th Street to River Shoals Parkway will be shut down from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thorough Nov. 25. The closures will allow for contractors to install a new storm drain system.


Weekend may see frost

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 8:23am


Meteorologists are predicting frost this weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a chance of frost on Saturday but the chances increase Sunday morning. The frost Saturday is expected to be “patchy” and confined to outlying normally colder, wind-protected locations. The high temperature Saturday will also be more fall-like and may struggle to get into the 60s.

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Poll: Carson leads Georgia Republicans

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 4:34am

ATLANTA -- The lead among Georgia Republicans has changed to put Ben Carson ahead of Donald Trump with Ted Cruz gaining momentum, according to a poll released Thursday.

Carson’s 26 percent support from those planning to vote in the Republican primary March 1 gives him a slight edge over Trump’s 24 percent. While the difference falls within the 4.7 percent margin of error, the significance is that it shows a change in position and a loss of support for Trump.

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Suspect detained after man shot in Augusta

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 7:59pm


Richmond County sheriff’s deputies have detained a suspect and are searching for another in connection to a Thursday night shooting in Augusta’s historic Harrisburg community.

At about 7:15 p.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on the 1900 block of Ellis Street in reference to shots being fired and a person being wounded, said Sgt. Glen Rahn, of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

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Autopsy results returned in fatal officer-involved shooting

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 4:56pm


An autopsy on a man killed in an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night shows he died from “multiple gunshot wounds,” Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said.

He refused to say how many times Brian Gavin, 57, of Aiken, had been shot, citing an ongoing investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, and wouldn’t say where on Gavin’s body he was hit.

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Conjoined twins born in Augusta die after two days

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 11:32am

Conjoined twins Chance Aiden Crafton and Chandler Kaiden Crafton died Wednesday night from “multiple complex medical complications” two days after they were born at Georgia Regents Medical Center, the hospital confirmed Thursday.

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Conjoined twins pass away

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 11:01am

The conjoined twins receiving treatment in the neonatal intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital of Georgia died last night due to multiple complex medical complications, according to a news statement.

The boys—who shared a heart and liver—were delivered by C-section on Monday at the Georgia Regents Medical Center and remained in critical condition in the NICU in the adjoining children’s hospital for two days.

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SC councilman faces child sex charge

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 7:00am





GEORGETOWN, S.C. — Authorities say a newly elected Georgetown city councilman has arrested and been charged with a sex crime involving a minor.


Local media outlets report that police said 43-year-old Sheldon Amonda Butts is charged with third-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor.


Butts surrendered to officers at the Georgetown County Detention Center on Nov. 7. It was not clear whether he has an attorney.


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