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Thomson's Thomas named state player of the week

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 4:06pm

 

Thomson’s Michael Thomas earned a statewide honor this week after racking up a high yardage total against a state power.

Georgia High School Football Daily named Thomas as the Georgia Player of the Week for his performance against Pace Academy on Sept. 9.

The senior ran 23 times for 284 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat the Knights 38-10 on the road. Thomson moved to 4-0 in the win over Pace Academy, which entered ranked first in Class AAA.

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Two people arrested in Goodwill clothes theft

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 12:17pm

 

Two people are facing charges after taking clothes from the donation area at the Columbia County Goodwill without permission.

This is the second case at the location in less than a month.

On Monday, deputies were called to the store at 4074 Washington Road about 6:30 a.m. after a witness observed a couple taking items from the donation drop off area and putting them into a vehicle. A review of surveillance video confirmed the report.

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Arts festival closing downtown streets

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 12:14pm

The annual Arts in the Heart festival is closing many streets in downtown Augusta this weekend.

According to a statement released this afternoon, the following streets will be closed:

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Georgia newspaper owner wins lottery

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 8:18am

ATHENS, Ga. -- Carey Williams Jr. drove into Watkinsville Saturday to take a red velvet cake to a friend whose wife had died, but a stroke of good fortune happened on his way home to Greensboro.

Almost out of gasoline, Williams recalled Wednesday that he stopped by the Golden Pantry on Greensboro Highway and purchased $20 worth of gas and $40 worth of lottery tickets for Fantasy Five.

The next morning, Williams, who owns The Herald-Journal newspaper in Greensboro, called a friend.

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Teens attack SC bus driver, cop

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 7:35am

NEWBERRY, S.C. — Two South Carolina teens have been charged after a school resource officer and a bus driver were attacked during a school bus fight.

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said in a statement that two 14-year-old boys started fighting on a bus Wednesday morning. The sheriff said the school resource officer got on the bus and tried to help the bus driver break up the fight.

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Transformation of former library to public defender offices nearing completion

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 11:27pm

 

Augusta’s first Sales Tax 7 building project is scheduled to open in January, and Kate Mason couldn’t be happier.

“We are walking into paradise here,” said Mason, the Augusta Public Defender. “The clients will be less stressed. … It’s a great use of a wonderful old building.”

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Parking, food truck issues raised at downtown Augusta planning session

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 9:30pm

A second meeting is scheduled Thursday on an update being made to Augusta’s master plan for downtown.

At Wednesday’s session on the plan, participants focused on a handful of issues.

The document is an update to the 2013 plan used by the Urban Redevelopment Agency to issue bonds to renovate the Mu­nic­ipal Building but does more, according to Planning and Development Director Melanie Wilson.

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Inmates get opportunity to earn GED in jail

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 6:01pm

Inmates at the Richmond County jail will now have the opportunity to obtain a GED while incarcerated.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, it hopes the program will equip inmates with the competencies necessary to become productive, crime-free members of society upon their release.

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North Augusta man arrested for stealing lingerie, alcohol

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 4:35pm

A North Augusta man was arrested Tuesday after attempting to steal lingerie and alcohol from Wal-Mart.

About 9 a.m., deputies responded to the Wal-Mart on Wrightsboro Road, where Mitchell Perry Pelham, 50, was seen leaving the garden center without paying for items in his cart. According to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Pelham was caught taking a bra, Fanta soda, Seagram’s wine coolers, Strawbarita beer and Wicked Mango wine coolers.

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Car break-ins reported at Augusta hotel Wednesday

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 2:02pm

Police are investigating multiple vehicle break-ins at an Augusta hotel early Wednesday.

Deputies responded to Doubletree Hotel, 2651 Perimeter Parkway, about 6 a.m. after an employee discovered several vehicles with busted windows. According to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report, at least five vehicles belonging to out-of-towners were broken into overnight.

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Police report shooting incident, but no clown involved

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 1:47pm

One person has been charged in a shooting this morning in the Twiggs Street area in an incident that initial reports stated was a man in a clown mask wearing women’s clothes.

Deputies were first called to Hall Street about 10 a.m. for reports of shots fired. Soon after was a call of shots fired on Twiggs Street. During the incident Walter Donahoo, 29, of Hall Street was shot at several times but was not hit.

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Strom Thurmond holds firm in South Carolina football poll

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 12:08pm

 

Strom Thurmond remains the highest-ranked team among area South Carolina schools in the latest S.C. Prep Writers Poll released Tuesday.

The Rebels held firm at No. 4 in Class AAA after routing Midland Valley 54-7 last week. They moved to 2-1 and have two tough tests coming up in Emerald and North Augusta before starting region play.

North Augusta dropped one spot to a tie for ninth in Class AAAA after falling to Lexington 22-20 on the road this past Friday. It was the Yellow Jackets’ first loss this season.

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City settles in wrongful arrest suit

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 10:45am

The Augusta Commission has authorized a $300,000 settlement with a man incorrectly identified as a suspect and held 10 days in a 2014 smash-and-grab robbery at Costco.

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Hyde Park owners protest values assigned to buyout properties

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 11:31pm

 

A handful of Hyde Park property owners vowed Tuesday to continue a fight for greater compensation for their condemned homes.

Their news conference outside Mary Utley Community Center comes at the tail end of Augusta’s four-year relocation of all the neighborhood’s residents to create a detention pond at the site off Gordon Highway.

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Richmond County schools to make up missed day on Columbus Day

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 6:46pm

Richmond County public schools will be open Columbus Day to make up for closing Sept. 2 because of Tropical Storm Hermine.
Students originally had Oct. 10 off, but the Richmond County School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to make up the day.

“We need every minute we can get for instruction,” Richmond County Superintendent Angela Pringle said. “And this was our only possible makeup day without cutting into Thanksgiving break.”

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UGA graduate researcher killed, two other cyclists injured by DUI suspect in Athens

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 5:31pm

A University of Georgia graduate researcher was killed and two other bicyclists were injured Monday evening in east Athens by a suspected impaired driver.

Ashley Block, 25, who was a graduate student in Integrative Conservation and Anthropology at UGA, was killed during the Monday night group ride organized by The Hub Bicycles on South Milledge Avenue. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

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Marshall Square defendant agrees to pay millions to the Consumer Product Safety Commission

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 2:42pm

 

One of the defendants in the Marshall Square civil litigation agreed to pay a $5.55 million penalty in connection with the model of a heating and air unit it manufactured and was installed in the Columbia County retirement complex that caught fire last year.

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Jefferson County, Burke County inch up latest prep football poll

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 2:32pm

 

Another impressive early-season win kept Thomson near the top, while Jefferson County moved up one spot in the latest Georgia Sports Writers Association High School Football Poll released Tuesday.

Thomson held its spot at No. 2 in Class AAAA behind Cartersville after beating Class AAA power Pace Academy 38-10 this past Friday. It marked a second consecutive win against a top-10 team within its respective classification and moved the Bulldogs to 4-0.

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No one tracks SC senior abuse cases

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 1:27pm

COLUMBIA — More than half of the abuse, neglect and exploitation cases involving vulnerable adults reported to state investigators are referred to other state and local agencies.

 

The Greenville News reports no one agency tracks the outcomes of the investigations.

 

Crime victims advocate Laura Hudson says there should be a system that can help determine if the state is doing a good job

 

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Clown sightings reported in McDuffie County

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 11:17am

 

Clown sightings around residential areas in the Carolinas have made national headlines lately, and now, there are reports of them being spotted in McDuffie County.

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