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Bill Cosby's appearance in Augusta will go on

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 1:54pm


Comedian Bill Cosby’s show in Augusta will continue, despite accusations that he has sexually assaulted women.

Cosby is scheduled to appear at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at Bell Auditorium as part of the Taylor BMW Broadway in Augusta series.

“The promoter has informed us that the show is on as planned,” said Katie Cason, the director of marketing for Augusta Entertainment Complex.

NBC has scrapped a Cosby sitcom that was in the works, and TV Land pulled The Cosby Show reruns from the airwaves.


Cop-killer suspect in Aiken court today

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 1:35pm


AIKEN -- Stephon Morrell Carter, of Aiken, was in court Friday for a hearing in the slaying of an Aiken policeman almost three years ago.

Aiken Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Rich­ardson was killed and another officer was wounded during a shootout on Dec. 20, 2011. Second Judicial Circuit Solicitor J. Strom Thurmond Jr. filed notice in 2012 that he intended to seek the death penalty against Carter.

Augusta lumber mill getting $25 million upgrade

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 1:07pm

An Augusta lumber mill is getting an equipment upgrade to make on-site operations more efficient.

A $25 million commercial building permit filed this month by Canadian firm West Fraser Timber Co. has paved the way for two replacement dry kilns at its south Augusta mill on Mike Padgett Highway.

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David Moody, DOE-Savannah River operations manager, retiring in June

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:48pm


David Moody, the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site operations manager, announced he will retire in June.

Moody is retiring from federal service after 36 years working for the DOE. He began his position at SRS, which he will hold until his retirement, four years ago.

Since joining SRS, Moody has led cleanup efforts including permanently closing four radioactive liquid-waste tanks, maximizing production of vitrified high-level waste canisters, upgrading H-Canyon and other accomplishments.

Augusta second place again in digital city ranking

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:33pm

For the second year in a row, Augusta ranked second as a top digital city in the nation.

Augusta was recognized in an annual survey by the Center for Digital Government, a California-based national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices.

Last year, the city also earned the second place spot in the mid-sized city tier of 125,000 to 249,999 in population. Augusta was ranked No. 6 in 2012.

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Elanco investing $100 million, adding jobs at Augusta plant

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:15pm

A global animal health products company announced Friday a $100 million investment at its Augusta plant that is expected to create 100 new jobs within the next three years.

Elanco, the animal health division of global pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly and Co., said infrastructure and manufacturing enhancements will be made at the Au­gus­ta Technology Center on Lovers Lane, according to a news release.

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Operation Hand-Warmer enters third year

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:09pm

Operation Hand-Warmer is back for its third year, rallying Augusta residents to donate snacks and heat-trapping clothing to troops overseas.

Hand- and toe-warmers will be collected at nine locations across the Augusta area through Dec. 8, including all five of Gary’s Hamburgers restaurants in Augusta, Martinez, North Augusta, Graniteville and Johnston, S.C.

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SC facing early drought

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 7:06am

COLUMBIA— State officials say all of South Carolina is now in the early stages of drought.

The state Drought Response Committee voted Thursday to place all 46 counties in South Carolina in an incipient drought. The lowest stage of drought means conditions are getting unusually dry.

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Ex-SC deputy kills wife, self

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 7:03am

COWPENS, S.C. — Authorities say a retired Spartanburg deputy shot his wife to death, then turned the gun on himself.

The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office told local media outlets Thursday of his ruling in the deaths of 68-year-old Rex Miguel Scott and 44-year-old Lisa Kay James.

The couple was found inside their Cowpens home on Tuesday afternoon. Deputies had been sent to the home to do a welfare check and found the bodies.

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2 injured burning dynamite in SC

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 7:02am

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C. — State and federal authorities are investigating after two people were injured following a dynamite explosion in Leesville.

WIS-TV reports a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms says the incident happened at 9 a.m. Thursday at Metro Blasting, LLC.

ATF officials say two people were destroying some dynamite when a nearby batch of other dynamite ignited and exploded.

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Georgia Tech locks up berth in ACC title game

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 5:23am

ATLANTA — While enjoying an off week, No. 17 Georgia Tech clinched a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Thursday night.

The Yellow Jackets (9-2, 6-2) earned a trip to Charlotte as Coastal Division champions when Duke lost to North Carolina 45-20.

Georgia Tech completed its ACC schedule with a 28-6 victory over Clemson last weekend. The Yellow Jackets needed a little help at that point — the 25th-ranked Blue Devils had to lose one of their two remaining games.

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Fire crews extinguish blaze at Lumpkin Road apartments

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:33pm

Fire crews extinguished a kitchen blaze Thursday evening at an apartment complex on Lumpkin Road.

Approximately 9:30 p.m., two fire trucks and around 20 firefighters responded to Glenwood Apartments on the 2500 block of Lumpkin Road where a microwave had caught fire, according to Chief Bryan McFeely.

No one was injured in the blaze, but the fire caused extensive damage to the kitchen, he said.

The fire was put out in about five minutes, according to McFeely, and no other units were damaged.

Tax payments by credit card cost more

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:14pm

Property owners paying their tax bill for the first time using a credit card might be surprised to find a fee of $20 or more, depending on the amount of their bill.

“I don’t get that when I use my credit card for anything else,” said property owner and activist Lori Davis, shocked to see a $27 fee after using a low-interest-rate card to spread the pain of an $1,186 tax bill over the next few months.

“Everybody says ‘pay cash,’ ” Davis said. “Well, I don’t have it right now.”

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Augusta man dies Thursday from injuries in Nov. 6 accident

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:58pm

An 82-year-old man died Thursday from injuries suffered in a Nov. 6 car accident.

Arthur Holmes, of Augusta, was injured in a multi-vehicle wreck on Jimmy Dyess Parkway, according to a statement from Richmond County Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose.

Holmes was transported to Georgia Regents Medical Center on Nov. 6 and pronounced dead Thursday at 6:05 p.m.


SafeHomes of Augusta breaks ground on facility to house more domestic violence victims

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 8:41pm

SafeHomes of Augusta broke ground on a larger facility that will allow the nonprofit to help more victims of domestic violence.

The 14,000-square-foot gated facility will have 36 beds, administrative offices and meeting space for counseling and other support services. It will be able to house more than twice the number of clients than the current shelter.

In 2013, SafeHomes turned away 329 people because of lack of space, said Executive Director Aimee Hall.

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South Carolina residents warned of phone scam

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 5:35pm

South Carolina residents were warned Thursday about a scam involving utility bills.

There have been reported instances across the state of individuals falsely portraying themselves as employees of utility companies, according to a statement from Mark Powell of the S.C. Office of the Attorney General.

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Brown turkey giveaway Monday

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 5:15pm

More than 500 families will receive free turkeys Monday for their Thanksgiving tables.

It is a tradition started by music icon James Brown 25 years ago, and his daughter, Deanna Brown-Thomas, said the family is thankful to be able to continue to provide for those less fortunate for the holidays.

She said it wasn’t a big deal the first time her father held the giveaway but it grew, and the family is grateful to be able to continue the legacy with the help of sponsors.

“It’s really a blessing that this has become a true tradition,” she said.

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Stallings Island Middle earns award, ice cream

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 1:29pm

Stallings Island Middle School students, faculty and staff earned a treat Thursday: a truckload of Blue Bell ice cream.

The school was one of 340 schools named 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

“It’s a great achievement,” said Mark Goodwin, of Blue Bell Creameries, who delivered the ice cream to the school, as students cheered. “Enjoy your day, and enjoy your ice cream.”

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US Supreme Court won't block South Carolina gay marriages

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:59am

CHARLESTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday refused to block gay marriages in South Carolina but Attorney General Alan Wilson said the issue is still not settled.

The court denied Wilson’s request to prevent the marriages while he appeals last week’s decision by a federal judge tossing out the state constitutional ban on gay marriage.

On Wednesday, a Charleston judge issued the first gay marriage licenses in the state and a lesbian couple exchanged vows on the courthouse steps.

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Carl Sanders: Only UGA letterman elected governor

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 8:53am

Carl Sanders, who died Sunday, was the only Georgia football letterman to be elected governor. He was proud of that distinction, as were UGA alumni and the Bulldog family.

Sanders was good to his alma mater.

As governor, he was always looking out for his university whenever he had the opportunity. While he was governor of the entire state, he was never reluctant to underscore his support of the university and express his feelings for all things Red and Black.

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