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Nike efforts at First Tee celebrated

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 12:18am

The First Tee of Augusta is marked with the swoosh after a substantial donation from Nike.

The youth golf program unveiled enhancements at its six-hole course and clubhouse at a ceremony Friday.

“On behalf of Nike, we are super-excited to be here and support young athletes,” said Marc Patrick, the company’s vice president of global golf marketing.

Grovetown participant Joshua Banks, 10, snipped the ribbon on the renovations.

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5 killed in Appling shootings; suspect confirmed dead

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 9:51pm

Five people were killed in two separate shootings in App­ling on Friday night in what authorities say were domestic-related incidents.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has confirmed suspect Wayne Anthony Hawes, 50, killed himself. He was found dead inside his home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. 

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Several injured in head-on collision

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 6:40pm

Several people were injured Friday in a collision on Windsor Spring Road. 

The accident happened near the intersection with Richmond Hill Road after a Volkswagen Beetle reportedly crossed the center line and hit a Nissan Altima, according to dispatch. Details about the injuries weren’t known.

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Doctors Hospital of Augusta given all clear after bomb threat

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 1:15pm

Doctors Hospital of Augusta has been given an all clear after a bomb threat was called in this afternoon, hospital spokesman Adam Landau confirmed.

“We had a bomb threat called in,” he said.

The hospital’s policy is to search the area for anything suspicious but “we do not evacuate,” Landau said. Law enforcement was called in, but nothing suspicious was discovered during the search, he said.

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Man sets self on fire, runs into house, police say

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:28am

Shortly after 8 a.m. Friday, units from the Richmond County Fire Department assisted by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fire alarm call and then reports that an individual had set himself on fire and run into the house.

According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, Steven Valakos, 37, had reportedly been involved in a domestic issue with the occupant of the residence and taken these actions. He is currently being treated for his injuries and the fire has been extinguished.

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Tiger Woods greets players at Junior Invitational at Sage Valley

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:05am

 

GRANITEVILLE — The first tee was the place to be Friday at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley.

A day after making a surprise appearance at the prestigious junior tournament, Tiger Woods was back to greet participants and take photos with them before they teed off in the second round.

“It’s awesome. He’s my superhero,” said Joaquin Niemann, of Chile. “To be here and meet him is really nice. This tournament has done a good job.”

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Judge will weigh Mercy Ministries' challenge of housing violations

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 9:22pm

A Harrisburg rooming house for the homeless cited for numerous code violations didn’t have its day in court – yet.

Richmond County Chief Civil and Magis­trate Court Judge William D. Jennings III agreed at a hearing Thurs­day to rule on Mercy Minis­tries’ motion to dismiss numerous city accusations of fire, building and zoning code violations at the Crawford Avenue facility for not being specific enough.

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Tiger Woods makes appearance at Junior Invitational

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 8:38pm

GRANITEVILLE — Social media lit up Thursday evening after Tiger Woods made a surprise appearance at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley.

Woods, a four-time Masters Tournament champion, talked to the 54 participants and their guests and also hit full shots, according to social media posts.

Woods hasn’t played in a PGA Tour event since August and he missed the Masters for the second time in three years after undergoing two back surgeries last year.

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Slain driver's DNA not found on North Augusta officer's gun

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 4:30pm

 

COLUMBIA — After a North Augusta police officer shot and killed a driver in 2014, he told investigators the man had grabbed his gun – but a newly released investigative file reveals that the driver’s DNA was not found on the muzzle of the officer’s weapon.

And a police dashcam video shows the unarmed driver appeared to briefly wave his empty hands out his window seconds before the shooting.

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Pop superstar Prince dies at 57

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 1:13pm

CHANHASSEN, Minn. — Prince, one of the most inventive and influential musicians of modern times with hits including “Little Red Corvette,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry,” was found dead at his home Thursday in suburban Minneapolis. He was 57.

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Remains identified as those of missing Florida priest

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:17pm

Remains found earlier this week in Burke County have been positively identified as those of missing Florida priest Father Rene Robert, the GBI announced this afternoon.

Crime lab technicians in Atlanta reviewed Rev. Rene Robert’s dental records this morning to positively identify the body found earlier this week in Burke County.

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ZZ Top's May 4 show in Augusta postponed

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 6:45pm

 

The ZZ Top concert planned for May 4 at Bell Auditorium has been postponed until October while one of the band members recovers from an injury.

ZZ Top’s concert dates on the current tour have been postponed through May 7. The Augusta date has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Tickets for the May 4 show will be honored for the Oct. 26 concert, however, refunds will be issued at the point of purchase until 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, according to a news release issued today from Spectra Venue Management.

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Plans announced to curb gun violence in Richmond County

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 3:49pm

 

Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree said Wednesday he wants to take 500 illegal guns off Augusta streets in 100 days, and he has the support of local judges and the district attorney to do it.

A recent rise in gun violence prompted Wednesday’s announcement, which also included plans for a 24-hour telephone tip line for the public and $200 rewards when tips lead to arrests.

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Bond denied for Steven James Murray in missing priest case

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 3:45pm

 

WAYNESBORO, Ga. — Bond was denied Wednesday for a former Aiken County man linked to the disappearance of a Florida priest and facing a charge of malice murder.

Steven James Murray, 28, now of Jacksonville, Fla., appeared in court in Burke County because that’s where remains, believed to be the Rev. Rene Robert, of St. Augustine, were found Monday. Murray had led authorities to the body, but authorities requested dental records before making a positive identification. That could happen Thursday.

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Fifth annual Harrisburg cleanup planned

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 2:40pm

More than 170 volunteers are expected to pick up trash Saturday during the fifth annual “Harrisburg Clean and Green” Day.

The nonprofit group Turn Back the Block organizes the clean-up as part of its larger effort to revitalize the historic mill village, said Christel Jiles, executive director.

Volunteers will collect trash along every street and alley throughout the neighborhood, she said. Live music, refreshements and kids activities will follow and the 9 a.m. event starts and ends at Martha Lester School on Broad Street.

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Harriet Tubman to go on $20 bill amid other changes

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 1:14pm

WASHINGTON — Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist who was born a slave, will stand with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin as among the iconic faces of U.S. currency.

The $20 bill will be redesigned with Tubman’s portrait on the front, marking two historic milestones, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced Wednesday. She will be the first African-American on U.S. paper money and the first woman depicted in 100 years.

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Georgia port expansion moving ahead, Gov. Deal says

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 1:01pm

 

ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday that he’s been assured that federal funding will be adequate to keep on schedule the deepening of the Savannah River even though it’s less than he wanted. He also announced a new study finding that state funds will reduce congestion delays on highways statewide.

The comments came as Deal spoke at the Georgia Logistics Summit, an annual conference for the shipping industry.

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Burke County sheriff endorses Alonzo Williams as successor

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 12:08pm

 

Burke County Sheriff Greg Coursey on Tuesday announced that he would endorse current Richmond County school chief Alfonzo Williams to be his successor.

The endorsement came during Williams’ affirmation banquet at the First Liberty Market in downtown Waynesboro.

“I wholeheartedly endorse him,” Coursey told The Augusta Chronicle on Wednesday. “He’s without a doubt the most qualified candidate in the race.”

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Truck overturns near I-20 in Grovetown

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 11:58am

The eastbound on ramp of Interstate 20 at Lewiston Road is closed temporarily for gravel clean up from an overturned truck Wednesday morning.

A trucker overturned about 9 a.m. Wednesday while getting onto I-20 off of Lewiston Road.

Authorities said the driver said another motorist cut him off and his vehicle’s weight shifted, causing the truck to overturn. The driver was taken to a hospital for evaluation, but was up and walking around after it overturned.

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Truck overturns near I-20 near Grovetown; ramp reopened

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 11:45am

 

The eastbound on ramp of Interstate 20 at Lewiston Road was reopened Wednesday evening after being temporarily closed for gravel clean up from an overturned truck.

A trucker overturned about 9 a.m. Wednesday while getting onto I-20 off of Lewiston Road.

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