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Jaguar athletic teams to use Augusta University effective immediately

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 2:17pm


After weeks of confusion, the Jaguar athletic teams will compete as Augusta University effective immediately.

The university’s official name was changed from Georgia Regents University to Augusta University two weeks ago.

The athletic department had been using GRU Augusta until today.


Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School earns Blue Ribbon honor

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 12:58pm

John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School was named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School on Tuesday, earning the reward through stellar student performance on state and national assessments.

Davidson was one of 285 public schools and 50 private schools nationwide to earn Blue Ribbon recognition this year. The reward is given to schools that have overall academic excellence, or to schools that have dramatically decreased achievement gaps among their student populations.

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Columbia County school bus overheats

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 10:23am


No one was injured in a reported school bus fire early Tuesday.

Deputies responded to Hammonds Ferry Road at Barhams Ridge just before 7 a.m. because they were told Columbia County school bus No. 2603 was on fire, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Maj. Steve Morris said.

There was no fire, the bus overheated, according to Morris.

All students got off the bus safely and were transferred to another bus.


Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222

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No prosecution in steroid case

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 3:45pm


District Attorney Ashley Wright said Monday there was not enough evidence to prosecute any Richmond County sheriff’s deputies for illegal steroid use.

In a letter to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Wright wrote: “Upon review of all of the information provided to me and my analysis of the State’s burden to prove that a crime was committed beyond a reasonable doubt, I find that criminal charges based on all of the information reviewed are unsupported by evidence capable of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.”

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Burke County-Thomson showdown at the Bear Den, the first of two meetings, is the Game of the Week

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 2:42pm


Burke County-Thomson: Part 2 later in the season might decide more, but Part 1 has its own drama.

The undefeated Bulldogs head to the Bear Den for a 7:30 p.m. game Friday in

The Augusta Chronicle’s Game of the Week. Thomson (4-0), ranked sixth in Class AAAA, will later play Burke County (4-1) at home on Nov. 6 in a Region 3-AAAA game — a contest that could have playoff implications.

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Augusta University officer no longer employed by school

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 2:19pm

An Augusta University public safety officer found to have used force more than his peers over a three-year period is now off the job, officials confirmed Monday.

University spokeswoman Christen Carter confirmed that Officer Wesley Martin, who was hired October 2009, is no longer employed by the school but wouldn’t say if he resigned or was fired. She did say his employment ended Monday, but directed further inquiries to the university’s legal affairs office.

An investigation in 2014 by

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Evidence of water found on Mars

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 1:05pm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Scientists are reporting that Mars appears to have not only frozen water but flowing streams of salty water, at least in the summertime.

They say their latest observations “strongly support” the longtime theory that salt water flows down certain Martian slopes each summer.

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Jordan Spieth wins Tour Championship

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 5:57pm

ATLANTA — At age 22, Jordan Spieth became the first $22 million man in golf Sunday.

Spieth capped off a dream season when he poured in putts from all over East Lake and closed with a 1-under 69 for a four-shot victory in the Tour Championship. That was all he needed to become the youngest player to capture the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus.

His fifth victory of the year, including two majors, was worth $1,485,000 and allowed the Texan to set a PGA Tour record with $12,030,465. And if that wasn't enough, Spieth went back to No. 1 in the world.

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Jordan Spieth wins Tour Championship to cap off big season

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 5:44pm

ATLANTA — At age 22, Jordan Spieth became the first $22 million man in golf Sunday.

Spieth capped off a dream season when he poured in putts from all over East Lake and closed with 1-under-par 69 for a four-shot victory in the Tour Championship. That was all he needed to become the youngest player to capture the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus.

His fifth victory of the year, including two majors, allowed the Texan to set a PGA Tour record with $12,030,465 in earnings.

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Columbia County hospital license properly awarded, judge rules

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 4:25pm

Georgia Regents Medical Center was correctly awarded a license to build a 100-bed hospital in Columbia County, an administrative law judge has ruled.

Hearing Officer Ellwood F. Oakley III found University Hospital and Doctors Hospital of Augusta, who had submitted competing proposals to the Georgia Department of Community Health that were not accepted, did not meet the burden of proof to show that the required Certificate of Need was given in error to Georgia Regents in November 2014.

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Falcons come back, beat Dallas

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 4:07pm

DALLAS --The Atlanta Falcons defense shut down the Cowboys in the second half, while the offense rolled, defeating Dallas 39-28.

Hancock wins Ironman 70.3 Augusta

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 12:38pm

Tim Hancock of Great Britain won the seventh annual Ironman 70.3 Augusta today. Hancock, in the 30-34 age division, finished with a time of 4:11:39.

All Ironman 70.3 Augusta results

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21-year-old dies from injuries in Calhoun Expressway crash

Sat, 09/26/2015 - 9:59pm

Man dies from injuries after expressway wreck

A 21-year-old Warrenton, Ga., resident died from injuries after a car accident on John C. Calhoun Expressway early Saturday morning.

Javarri Johnson was traveling westbound on the expressway near mile marker seven at 2:

26 a.m. when he lost control of his vehicle while attempting to turn, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Johnson’s car slammed into a nearby guardrail at

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Workers burned by steam at nuclear fuel plant near Columbia

Sat, 09/26/2015 - 5:19pm

COLUMBIA — Three workers burned when steam escaped from a wash tank at a plant that assembles nuclear fuel rods are being treated at a burn center in Augusta.

The State newspaper reports ( ) the workers were injured at the Columbia Westinghouse nuclear fuel production plant near Columbia early Friday.

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Nunez leads Gamecocks to victory

Sat, 09/26/2015 - 4:25pm


COLUMBIA — Everyone knew Lorenzo Nunez could run the football.

South Carolina’s freshman quarterback proved Saturday he can throw the ball. And he can block, too.

Nunez threw for 184 yards and two touchdowns and added 123 yards on the ground as the Gamecocks overcame a sluggish start to dispatch Central Florida, 31-14, at Williams-Brice Stadium.

While the offensive numbers were impressive, it was a block Nunez threw that had his coaches and teammates raving about him.

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Duke beats No. 20 Georgia Tech 34-20

Sat, 09/26/2015 - 3:37pm


When No. 20 Georgia Tech can’t run, the Yellow Jackets don’t win.

Coach Paul Johnson’s triple-option offense managed its worst rushing performance since 2013 in a 34-20 loss to Duke on Saturday.

The Blue Devils held Tech (2-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) to just 173 yards rushing — its fewest since it had 151 in a loss to Mississippi in the 2013 Music City Bowl, according to STATS.

“When you rush for ... 173 yards in this offense,” Johnson said, “you’re not going to win.”

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South Carolina gets 31-14 victory over UCF

Sat, 09/26/2015 - 3:30pm

Freshman quarterback Lorenzo Nunez threw for two touchdowns and Pharoh Cooper turned a broken play into a 29-yard go-ahead scoring run to rally South Carolina to a much-needed 31-14 victory over UCF on Saturday.

Nunez ran for 123 in his first start while Cooper added a 35-yard TD catch to snap the Gamecocks’ two-game losing streak.

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No. 7 Georgia beats Southern 48-6

Sat, 09/26/2015 - 3:23pm

Nick Chubb knew he had to extend his streak of 100-yard rushing games when he saw how much it meant to his offensive linemen.

The big guys can relax. Chubb’s streak is alive.

Chubb ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a TD pass as No. 7 Georgia beat Southern 48-6 on Saturday to gain momentum for next week’s visit from Alabama.

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Gregg Allman, 8 others to be inducted into Georgia Music Hall of Fame

Sat, 09/26/2015 - 2:06pm

ATLANTA — Gregg Allman, Sam Moore and the late Philip Walden Jr. are among nine to be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

The 37th annual awards will be held Saturday evening at the Georgia World Congress Center. It will air live on Georgia Public Television at 8 p.m.

Others inductees include John Huie, the band Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, John and Jane Barber and Monica Pearson. Posthumous inductees include Tim Wilson, Walden and Sonny Limbaugh.

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