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Business surge for Dixie Outfitters

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 7:05am

ODUM, Ga. -- States from Alabama to South Carolina and retailers from Amazon to Wal-Mart are folding their Confederate flags in the wake of the June 17 deaths of nine worshipers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

But Dewey Barber is sticking with the image on the T-shirts and vehicle tags his workers turn out at Dixie Outfitters in Odum, and that kept everyone busy filling a surge in orders and fielding calls Tuesday.


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Storms level mobile homes near Atlanta

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 6:52am

ATLANTA — Dozens of people are without homes in Fayette County after a storm took down trees and toppled homes at a mobile home park in Tyrone.

WSB-TV reports storms came through the Pines Mobile Home Park Wednesday. A Fayette County Fire and EMS spokesman says more than 25 mobile homes were damaged and power was knocked out.

About 60 people were displaced Wednesday night.

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Beech Island woman wanted for prescription fraud

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 9:22pm

A Beech Island woman was able to obtain 60 Oxycodone pills through a fabricated prescription, police say.

About 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Richmond County deputies responded to the Kroger in the 3400 block of Wrightsboro Road, where pharmacy employees said Tamika Smith, 34, had received Oxycodone with a fake prescription from a stolen prescription book.

Kroger employees say Smith came to the walk-up window, received the pills and then left. Employees later learned the prescription book had been stolen from an office in Evans.

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GRU public safety chief to retire June 30, who has been on administrative leave pending an investigation

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 6:05pm

Georgia Regents University public safety Chief William McBride will retire at the end of the month, officials confirmed.

On Wednesday, employees in the public safety division were advised that he would step down from his position on June 30, the last day of the fiscal year, GRU spokeswoman Kelly Jasper said.

McBride has been the subject of an internal investigation at the university and was put on administrative leave June 1. Officials have not released any details of the investigation despite repeated inquiries.

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Downtown Augusta restaurant Solé opening soon

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:59pm


A new sushi restaurant and tapas bar is days away from opening downtown.

Owners of Solé Augusta at 1033 Broad St. are awaiting their final licensing before opening the restaurant, which will serve sushi, burgers, grilled entrees, salads and a range of speciality cocktails, wine and craft beer. The newest addition to downtown’s growing restaurant district is expected to open as soon as early next week, said owner Jay Klugo, a Clemson, S.C., restaurateur.

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Augusta grandmother wins $750,000 on Georgia Lottery scratch off

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:02pm

An Augusta grandmother won $750,000 on the instant game Giant Jumbo Bucks, Georgia Lottery officials announced Wednesday.

Jenny Youngquist, 58, won the top prize June 19 while shopping at Super Express on the 2500 block of Peach Orchard Road.

“I think we’re going to buy a new house,” Youngquist said.

Youngquist, who works in human resources, purchased the ticket, then went grocery shopping before scratching the instant ticket in the store’s parking lot.

She is a grandmother of three.

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Keep Confederate flag at South Carolina Capitol, Graniteville lawmaker says

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 3:52pm

COLUMBIA — State Rep. Chris Corley, of Graniteville, isn’t falling into line with this week’s political push to move the Confederate battle flag from display on the Capitol grounds.

Corley, 34, who has a law practice in Augusta, said the Civil War started in South Carolina and the state’s history cannot be ignored.

“There were countless young men like my ancestors who didn’t own land, didn’t own slaves,” said Corley.

“They were really kind of yeoman farmers, so almost slaves themselves, who had to go and they had to fight and they had to die.”

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Death for Boston bomber

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 2:20pm

BOSTON -- Moments before a judge sentenced him to death, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev broke more than two years of silence Wednesday and apologized to the victims and their loved ones for the first time. "I pray for your relief, for your healing," he said.

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I-20/ Bobby Jones wreck delays

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 2:12pm

The westbound exit from Interstate 20 to Bobby Jones Expressway will be closed for several hours while crews move an overturned tractor trailer.

The incident occurred about 1:50 p.m. in on the flyover from westbound Interstate 20 to Bobby Jones Expressway, according to dispatch. It resulted in minor injuries.

I-20/ Bobby Jones wreck delays

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 2:00pm

 An overturned tractor trailer off of Interstate 20 is causing delays.

The incident occurred about 1:50 p.m. in on the flyover from westbound Interstate 20 to Bobby Jones Expressway, according to dispatch. Injuries are unknown.


Final federal loan guarantee finalized for Plant Vogtle project

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 1:29pm

Five years after the U.S. Department of Energy offered loan guarantees to three utility partners building reactors at Plant Vogtle, the last agreement was finalized Wednesday with the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia.

Federal loan guarantees totaling $1.8 billion were approved for three subsidiaries of MEAG, according to a DOE news release.

In February 2014, negotiations were completed with Southern Co. and Ogle­thorpe Power for a $6.5 billion loan agreement to finance the first two nuclear reactors licensed in the U.S. in more than 30 years.

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Graniteville man charged in apartment complex shooting

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 1:22pm


A 26-year-old Graniteville man has been charged with attempted murder and kidnapping, accused of shooting into a North Augusta apartment Wednesday morning and hiding from police in another apartment against the residents’ will.

A North Augusta Department of Public Safety officer heard shots fired near Pine Crest apartments on Swiss Street about 12:30 a.m. but was unable to find the source or a victim. Less than an hour later, police went back to the apartment complex after someone reported seeing a gunman in the parking lot, but again didn’t find anything.

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City of Augusta phone service back

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 11:03am

City of Augusta landline phones are back in service after an outage lasting much of Wednesday

Phone service was disrupted when information technology servers were being moved to a new location, officials said. Emergency 911 was not affected.

“Our information technology team and telecommunications provider have restored the problem,” said Lynthia Owens, spokeswoman for Mayor Hardie Davis’ office.

Rapper Rick Ross arrested on kidnap, assault charges

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:59am

ATLANTA — Rapper Rick Ross is facing kidnapping and assault charges after a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force and deputies arrested him at his mansion south of Atlanta early Wednesday, authorities said.

Ross and a man described as his bodyguard were taken into custody in Fayette County, Jim Joyner, a supervisor with the Marshals’ Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, told The Associated Press.

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Gov. Deal: Change Confederate license plate

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 7:05am

ATLANTA — Georgia’s specialty license plate featuring the Confederate flag should be redesigned, Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday, after initially telling reporters he wouldn’t urge changes.

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Weed killer in co-worker's drink

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 7:00am

ACWORTH, Ga. — A Georgia man has been arrested after police say he put weed killer in his co-worker’s water bottle.

Multiple news outlets report Anthony Dunton was arrested Saturday and charged with four counts of aggravated assault after police say he put Roundup weed and grass killer in the victim’s water.

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Aiken County School Board of Education names 4 finalists in it superintendent search

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 10:03pm

AIKEN — The Aiken County Board of Education named four finalists Tuesday in the search for a new superintendent to follow retiring Dr. Elizabeth Everitt.

Candidates Dr. Ahmed Sean Alford, King Laurence, Dr. Kevin O’Gorman and Dr. Mark Petersen were announced as finalists after a closed-door meeting of about an hour.

Laurence is an associate superintendent for instruction and accountability with the district, while O’Gorman previously held that position. O’Gorman currently is associate superintendent for instruction and accountability in Berkeley County.

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Columbia County school board votes down petition to start up proposed Columbia County School for the Arts

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 9:08pm

Columbia County school board members voted unanimously Tuesday to deny a charter school petition to the group behind the proposed Columbia County School for the Arts.

The denial is the second in two years for the proposed charter school, which planned to offer a curriculum infused with arts and foreign language instruction that would eventually serve children from kindergarten through high school. The group’s petition can still be approved by the state Charter School Commission, which will hold hearings on the petitions next month in Atlanta.

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Number of bars and restaurants that allow smoking in Georgia increase

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 8:20pm

The number of bars and restaurants in Georgia that allow smoking has nearly doubled after the statewide smoking ordinance was passed, a recent study finds, prompting the authors to call for reforms to the state law. On the local level, however, a group that plans to advocate for a stronger ordinance for Augusta is still in the educational phase.

A study in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease found that between 2006 and 2012 the number of bars and restaurants that allowed smoking increased from 9.2 percent in 2006 to 17.6 percent in 2012.

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Coliseum Authority votes to seek $15 million in SPLOST for new Augusta arena

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 7:34pm

Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority on Tuesday agreed to formally request $15 million in the city’s next sales tax package to help fund construction of a $110 million facility to replace the aging James Brown Arena.

If the Augusta Commission authorizes including the project with the next special purpose, local option sales tax package and voters approve it Nov. 3, the money could be used to buy land for the new arena at an undetermined location in downtown Augusta, authority Chairman Cedric Johnson said.

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