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2 men arrested in Walgreens crash

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:20pm

Two men, one believed to have crashed into a Martinez drugstore last week, were arrested early Sunday.

Tomas Perez Jr., 27, of Riverdale, Ga., is charged with crashing a stolen truck into the Walgreens on Furys Ferry Road at Evans to Locks Road early Friday, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

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Fox Creek football coach Schneider steps down over health concerns

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:55am

Fox Creek football coach Russell Schneider has resigned to focus on his health.

Schneider said through text messages he was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation nearly a year ago, meaning he deals with an abnormal heart rhythm.

Along with getting procedures, Schneider hopes lowering stress by stepping away from coaching and spending time with his family will help his health.

“I was thinking about my kids,” said Schneider, whose wife is expecting their fifth child. “It all came together. I just need to step away, get this stuff right.”

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Local officials warned to prepare for road funding plan

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:45am

ATLANTA — Local officials from across the state were gritting their teeth Monday as one state leader after another warned them of difficult choices ahead on transportation funding.

Those attending the annual Mayors’ Day breakfast are particularly anxious because some of the proposals would limit their ability to fund cities, counties and schools with existing local sales taxes on gasoline purchases. That would leave them with the task of raising other taxes to make up the difference.

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Gov. Deal chides Georgia mayors

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:42am

 

ATLANTA -- Some communities are still sending too many nonviolent offenders to Georgia prisons because they don’t use the accountability courts the state recently created, Gov. Nathan Deal told local officials Monday.

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60 years ago Athens saw UFO mystery

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:15am

 

ATHENS, Ga. -- There were 15 or 20 of them in the skies above Athens that night, flying somewhere below 6,000 feet in a ‘V’ formation. Appearing to be the size and color of grapefruit, they moved smoothly and soundlessly. Going south to north, they sped from horizon to horizon in 10 seconds.

More than 60 years later, though, the most interesting description in the U.S. Air Force Project 10073 Record of what happened at 8:35 p.m. on April 26, 1954, in Athens, typed in all caps, is a single word: “UNIDENTIFIED.”

 

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SC fire truck overturns

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 7:28am

COLUMBIA — A Columbia-Richland Fire Service firefighter was hurt when the truck he was driving overturned at an intersection southeast of Columbia.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says the wreck happened shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday as the truck was turning off state Highway 48 and rolled over.

Cpl. Sonny Collins said the firefighter was taken to a Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital and was in stable condition. The firefighter’s name has not been released.

The patrol is still investigating the wreck.

Columbia County 225th birthday an extension of recent growth

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 11:18pm

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the schools attended by Kelly Sleeper.

Charlene Sharkey thumbed through historical records last week, amazed at the cost of local government in Columbia County’s first 100 years.

In 1890, it cost anywhere from $1 to $6.50 for a horse-and-wagon crew to make repairs and adjustments to causeways and farm roads.

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Bill Haas pulls away to win Humana Challenge

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 9:39pm

 

LA QUINTA, Calif. — Bill Haas pulled ahead with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th and parred the final two holes for a one-stroke victory Sunday in the Humana Challenge.

Haas closed with 5-under 67 for his sixth PGA Tour title and first since the 2013 AT&T National. He won the 2010 event for his first tour victory.

“Honestly, if you would have told me I would have done this last week, I would have laughed at you,” Haas said. “To be here is an unbelievable feeling.”

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Local builder wants conversation with commission on city's bidding process

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 9:05pm

City projects that are bid on over and over are a waste of time and money for small businesses, said an attorney seeking to “start a dialogue” about possibly changing Augusta’s procurement process.

Larry McCord Design/Build has been the lowest responsible bidder four times on Augusta Housing and Community Development’s Aubern at Barton Chapel complex, said attorney Ben Allen, who has signed up to speak to Augusta’s administrative services committee Monday.

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Man wanted in connection with November shooting incident

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 8:20pm

 

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a man who they say shot a vehicle in November.

According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, warrants have been obtained for the arrest of Jonathan Lorenzo Johnson, 31, on charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of the crime. He is accused of shooting at a vehicle on Nov. 16 in the Hyde Park area.

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You Remembered: Harrisburg

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 8:14pm

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week we asked you to share stories of growing up in the Harrisburg community. Here are some of your stories.

 

I AM SO PROUD that I grew up in Harrisburg. I am 88, but my memories will never fade. Depression years were rough, 1932 and up, but we never went hungry. I went to Martha Lester School. Claussen’s Bakery was nearby and my brother and I would go there and take the stale cakes and bread when they would sit them out back of the store.

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Austin Shepard looking ahead to 2016 Augusta Futurity

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 4:49pm

Austin Shepard is one of the top showmen on the National Cutting Horse Association circuit.

On Saturday, the Summerdale, Ala., cutter claimed his seventh Augusta Futurity championship. His father, Sam, is a two-time winner in Augusta. His son, 13-year-old Cade, almost claimed his first Augusta Futurity title in the Classic Non-Pro finals.

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Enrollment drop plagues Georgia colleges

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 10:42am

 

ATLANTA — The financial future of 15 Georgia colleges and universities that experienced declining enrollment is dependent on a revised funding formula, the university system chancellor warns.

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Austin Shepard wins Futurity Open finals

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 10:24pm

Austin Shepard looked out at the red Georgia Clay and saw a memory.

When he was just a boy – maybe 7 or 8 – he sat in the stands and watched Augusta Futurity officials drive a truck and trailer into the arena before giving it away.

“I’ll never forget it,” he said. “That’s stuck in my head.”

Now 37, Shepard walked out of James Brown Arena with another memory to add to his collection. The Summerdale, Ala., cutter rung up a score of 222 on Paradox Cat to win the Futurity Open finals Saturday night.

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Sunglasses stolen from Augusta Mall store

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 9:10pm

 

Three people stole more than $1,000 worth of sunglasses from an Augusta Mall business Saturday.

An employee at Sunglass Hut told deputies that two men and a woman entered the store and began moving about quickly. While the woman stood toward the front, the men began picking up glasses and putting them in their hooded sweatshirts. The three then left without paying for at least five pairs of glasses valued at $1,025, according to a Richmond County sheriff’s report.

Deputies weren’t able to find the suspects in the mall.

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North Carolina cutter Barnwell Ramsey claims Futurity Non-Pro finals

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 9:03pm

 

Barnwell Ramsey resides in North Carolina, but he considers the Augusta Futurity his hometown show.

On Saturday night, Ramsey finally won at his favorite cutting event. On Mia Sugar Baby, Ramsey marked 216 early in the competition and held on to win the Futurity Non-Pro finals by a point at James Brown Arena.

Ramsey of Huntersville, N.C., collected $4,000 for the win and added $4,912 because of the Stallion Incentive Program. Kaitlyn Wimberly and Kat finished second at 215 for $3,000, while Elizabeth Queen and Princess and the Pea placed third (213.5, $2,400).

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No bombs found on planes in Atlanta after threat

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 4:14pm

ATLANTA — Law enforcement officials found no bombs on two planes at Atlanta's main airport after authorities received what they considered credible threats, FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said.

The threats targeted Southwest Airlines Flight 2492, which arrived at Atlanta from Milwaukee, and Delta Air Lines Flight 1156, which arrived from Portland, Oregon, said Reese McCranie, a spokesman for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Both planes landed safely.

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Cubs legend Ernie Banks dies at 83

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:42pm

 

CHICAGO — Hall of Fame slugger Ernie Banks, the two-time MVP who never lost his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite years of playing on losing Chicago Cubs teams, died Friday night. He was 83.

The Cubs announced Banks’ death, but did not provide a cause.

“Mr. Cub” hit 512 home runs during his 19-year career, including five seasons with 40 or more. He was fond of saying, “It’s a great day for baseball. Let’s play two!” That remains a catchphrase at Wrigley Field to this day.

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Queen wins Classic Open title

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:22pm

 

In the early 1980s, Skip Queen attended the Augusta Futurity and learned all about the sport of cutting.

So when the Allendale, S.C., cutter wins in the place he’s called a second home for three decades, it means a little extra.

Aboard TGI Playtime, Queen marked the highest score of the show this week – 228 – to claim the Classic Open finals Friday night at James Brown Arena.

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Kentuckian Page Bowman wins third Augusta title, claims Classic Non-Pro

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:01pm

 

Page Bowman made the most of her three chances to win the Classic Non-Pro finals Friday night.

After riding two other horses, Bowman finally connected with Tom E Boy. The pair marked 219.5 to win the event by 1½ points.

Bowman of Simpsonville, Ky., collected $8,001 for her third Augusta Futurity win in 13 months. Cade Shepard and Some Kinda Highbrow finished second at 218 for $7,000, while Kaitlyn Wimberly and Mikaela placed third (216.5, $5,700).

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