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Full slate of activities this weekend

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 5:54pm


From historical tours to awareness walks to a river cleanup, Augusta-area residents have plenty to choose from this weekend.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, North Augusta’s Living History Park will have its 23rd annual Colonial Times exhibition. The event, which is free, demonstrates daily life in colonial-era America.

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UGA athlete accounts hacked

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 3:12pm

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia police said they are investigating a case in which thieves accessed the bank accounts of UGA athletes to apparently launder fraudulent checks.

The two athletes learned of the scheme when they attempted to make withdrawals from their accounts and found out that they had been locked, according to police.

Police said that they have photographs of four suspects as they withdrew cash from the athletes’s accounts within 24 hours of the fake checks having been deposited.

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2 arrested in Augusta drug bust

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 1:46pm


Two Augusta men were arrested Monday after Richmond County sheriff’s deputies found them packaging bags of marijuana, police said.

David Lewis, 24, and Jeffrey Kearse, 26, both of Birdie Court, were charged with possession of marijuana with
intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission
of a crime, according to county jail records. They remained at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on Thursday.

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No Gurley this weekend, Richt says

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 1:10pm


Georgia officials addressed the case involving Todd Gurley with NCAA eligibility staff while in Indianapolis for a hearing involving the swimming program, but the star running back’s status remains unchanged.

That means unless there is a late change in developments, Gurley will miss his second consecutive game Saturday when the No. 10 Bulldogs play Arkansas in Little Rock.

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Jury awards $97 million in SC mayor slaying

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:03am


CHARLESTON, S.C. — A federal jury in Charleston has awarded the family of the former mayor of Cottageville $97 million for his shooting death.


Multiple media outlets reported the jury reached the decision Wednesday in the negligence and wrongful death suit filed by the family of Burt Reeves.


Reeves was shot by police officer Randall Price during an argument in 2011.


The award includes $7.5 million actual damages, $60 million punitive damages against the town and $30 million punitive damages against Price.


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McCain campaigns for Perdue

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 7:42am

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Onetime Republican presidential nominee John McCain stumped for GOP Senate hopeful David Perdue at a fundraiser and a rally for veterans Wednesday.

“I believe that every veteran in the state of Georgia should come out and vote for David Perdue,” he told the crowd at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post. “I’m asking my veteran friends for one more mission.”

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Little known Ga. candidates await vote

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 7:19am

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Voters weary of candidates who have beat each other up in television ads for months may be glad to know they will have more options when it’s time to cast a ballot.


That’s because there are more than a dozen other candidates to consider beyond those on the voting-machine screen. Twelve men and two women have qualified to be write-in candidates with the secretary of state.


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Nunn campaigns college crowd

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 7:15am


ATHENS, Ga. -- Armed with the news she’s three points ahead of opponent David Perdue, according to a WXIA-TV/Survey USA poll, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn stopped in Athens Wednesday to rally University of Georgia students to vote in advance of the Nov. 4 election.


She stood in front of City Hall with about 40 students and other supporters after stopping to vote in Fulton County.


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Ga. police chief arrested for sex solicitation

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 7:12am

MOLENA, Ga. — Authorities have arrested the police chief of a small west Georgia city who is accused of soliciting young men for sex.


The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says agents on Wednesday arrested Chief James Roberts, who’s also the mayor of Concord, after investigating him for a month and a half. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.


The GBI says Roberts used his position as chief to gain the trust of the young men.


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SC plans earthquake drill today

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 7:08am

COLUMBIA— The S.C. Emergency Management Division wants residents to prepare for a potential earthquake by taking part in a “Southeast Shakeout” drill.

Emergency officials say Thursday’s drill begins with a signal broadcast at 10:16 a.m. on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s tone-alert radio and television broadcasts.

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Record profit for Georgia Lottery

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 7:05am

ATLANTA — The Georgia Lottery Corp. says it earned record revenue for state education initiatives in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.

Officials say the lottery earned more than $227 million dollars for state education initiatives, surpassing last year’s total by more than $3.2 million.

Lottery officials say the first quarter of the agency’s fiscal year spanned July 1 to Sept. 30.

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Miss. to dedicate new burn center

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 7:02am

JACKSON, Miss. — Central Mississippi Medical Center will dedicate its JMS Burn & Reconstruction program Thursday.

It is affiliated with Joseph M. Still Burn Centers Inc. in Augusta.

Gov. Phil Bryant is scheduled to speak at the 10 a.m. at the hospital.

The burn program treats children and adults. It will now offer a 13-bed burn intensive care unit, 12 clinic rooms and a 20-bed step down unit with a treatment room.

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5 tornadoes touch down Tuesday in Atlanta

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:59am


ATLANTA — Authorities say five tornadoes touched down in metro Atlanta as a powerful thunderstorm passed over areas near the airport to the northern suburbs.


The National Weather Service said the strongest of the tornadoes that struck Tuesday was a twister that traveled 7.5 miles through the northern suburbs of Alpharetta and Milton. Crews that surveyed damage estimated that tornado’s maximum wind speed at 105 mph.


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Georgia jobless rate improves

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:57am



ATLANTA — State labor officials say Georgia’s jobless rate has dropped to 7.9 percent.


That’s down from 8.1 percent in August.


The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September early Thursday morning.


State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the state is continuing to see strong overall job growth. He said in a statement that Georgia has added 80,000 jobs since September 2013.

Circle of intimacy surrounds Josey student's memorial service

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:48pm


As night fell, many in the audience lit candles. A bonfire burned in Recardell Sheppard’s memory and the school’s band played three songs.

Many of the speakers at Recardell’s Wednesday night memorial service called for T.W. Josey High School to come together for support, but it was clear that was already on their minds.

When the memorial service began outside the school’s gym, the crowd of around 300 pressed tightly around a picture of 17-year-old Recardell.

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Frog Hollow, Harrisburg residents reunite

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:43pm

Everywhere Carolyn Baughman goes she carries memories of Augusta’s Frog Hollow neighborhood with her.

She can remember a time when she would walk with friends to the farmers market to shell beans. She also remembers diving into the Allen Park pool during the hottest days of summer.

It was a time when Frog Hollow residents could leave their front doors unlocked at night and still sleep soundly. After all, neighbors at that time were more like family, Baughman said.

“We was poor but we had a lot of love,” she said with a chuckle.

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South Dakota couple banned from Augusta National grounds

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 9:08pm

Augusta National Golf Club banned a South Dakota couple from club grounds Monday after the duo trespassed and was involved in an altercation at Gate 3.

Approximately 4:32 p.m., Debra Jean Haehn, 60, drove her 2014 Chevrolet Equinox onto Augusta National property with husband, Dennis Raymond Haehn, 69, in the passenger seat, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

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New building means new ways to learn at GRU

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 8:21pm

Medical College of Georgia Dean Peter Buckley looked out through a glass wall of the J. Harold Harrison MD Education Commons Building and saw the steeple of Paine College’s chapel rising up above buildings on the fringe of Georgia Regents University campus and pronounced himself impressed.

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Fired Paine VP sues school

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 7:36pm

Fired Paine College administrator Brandon Brown filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the school and former acting President Samuel Sullivan on Monday seeking $430,000 in lost wages and other damages.

Sullivan was removed from his position earlier this week, according to a source with the college. He wouldn’t comment when reached by phone Wednesday.

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Chief counsel for law center to speak at Augusta Care Pregnancy Center banquet

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 5:49pm


Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, will speak Thursday at the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center’s 29th annual Fall Banquet.

During his address, he will discuss problems with ISIS, and issues relating to national security and defending America’s religious freedom. According to its Facebook page, ACLJ provides legal advice and services to individuals and governmental agencies and counsels clients on global freedom and liberty issues.

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