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Augusta Regional Collaboration's delay could leave music academy without home, says co-founder

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:14pm

Augusta Regional Collaboration’s delay in reopening the former Chamber of Commerce building on Broad Street is leaving the J.B. Academy of Musik Pupils without a home again, according to Deanna Brown-Thomas, co-founder of the music program named for her father.

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Chilly weather predicted this week

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 6:29pm

Brace for some cold weather Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

An incoming cold front will follow Monday’s wet weather in which several parts of Columbia County received more than an inch of rain, Columbia County Emergency and Operations Division Director Pam Tucker said in an e-mail.

The front was expected to bring in winds of 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Tuesday’s high is projected to be in the 40s.

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Commission set to vote on animal board

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 6:03pm


The Augusta Commission is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the members of an Animal Services ordinance review subcommittee meant to help the shelter’s advisory board finalize updates to the 35-year-old animal ordinances.

The ordinances, which include a spay and neuter law and a ban on tethering, were approved by the shelter’s 10-member advisory board in March 2013, stalled in the county’s legal department for more than a year, and have not received a definitive vote since first going before the Commission in June.

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Georgia Supreme Court affirms one murder conviction, reverses second

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 5:57pm

The Georgia Supreme Court has affirmed Cedrick A. Walker’s murder conviction for killing a 16-year-old girl but overturned his murder conviction for killing the girl’s newborn son.

Walker, now 34, was convicted in March 2006 of killing Ramona Givens and her 6-week-old son, Tyler.

Ramona’s mother found her daughter and grandson dead on Oct. 4, 2003, in their Gilbert Manor apartment when she returned home after an overnight trip.

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Trial begins in Augusta shooting case

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 5:44pm


Trial began Monday for an Augusta man accused of aggravated assault in a shooting that left another man paralyzed.

Kenneth L. Anderson, 23, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to aggravated assault and weapon charges in the Nov. 17, 2013, shooting of Xavier Alvin.

Azziz not recommended for UNLV job

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 1:55pm


A search committee will not recommend Georgia Regents Uni­ver­sity President Ri­cardo Azziz to lead the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The committee will instead recommend Len M. Jessup, the dean of the Eller College of Man­­­­­age­ment at the Univer­sity of Arizona, to succeed acting President Donald D. Sny­der, John Kuhlman, of the Ne­vada System of Higher Educa­tion, said in an e-mail Monday night.

That recommendation will be voted on by the full board of regents today.

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Historic church burns in Millen

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:51pm

Officials say a weekend fire destroyed a church of historical significance in Jenkins County.

According to the Jenkins County Sheriff’s Office, Carswell Grove Baptist Church – located on Big Buckhead Church Road in Millen – was burned to the ground at approximately 4 a.m. Sunday morning.

The church was a focal point of the novel Red Summer, written by Cameron McWhirter. On Sept. 20, 2013, McWhirter detailed the significance of Carswell Grove Baptist Church on his Web site

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Braves trade Heyward to Cardinals

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:15pm

ATLANTA — Jason Heyward stirred up enormous expectations when he joined the Atlanta Braves at age 20. He homered in his first big league at-bat. He was voted to the All-Star Game as a rookie. He was hailed as the future of the game by Hank Aaron.

Heyward never quite lived up to the hype, and now he’s heading to a team looking to bounce back from tragedy.

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Reaction to Carl Sanders death

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 11:53am

Friends and colleagues reflect on the life of former Gov. Carl Sanders, who died Sunday at 89. Sanders was a 1941 graduate of the Academy of Richmond County.

Here is some of what they are saying about the passing of former Gov. Carl Sanders, of Augusta.  




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Ex-Gov. Carl Sanders dies

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:53am


Augusta native Carl Sanders, whose term as Georgia governor in the 1960s was marked with a progressive approach to civil rights, died Sunday in Atlanta. He was 89.

Sanders, who had remained in Atlanta after leaving politics to build a successful law firm, was also remembered in Augusta for lobbying President John F. Kennedy to halt closure of Fort Gordon, an effort that benefited
the community for 50 years.

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Former Gov. Carl Sanders dies

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 8:14am


Carl E. Sanders, the last Augustan to serve as Georgia governor, has died, Gov. Nathan Deal announced today.

Sanders, a successful Atlanta lawyer and former state senator, served from 1963 to 1967, then ran again four years later but was upset by Jimmy Carter.

Sanders was long considered one of the new wave of young Southern governors more progressive toward civil rights for blacks.

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Injuries reported in accident on Mike Padgett Hwy.

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 7:41am

Richmond County deputies responded to an accident on Mike Padgett Highway at Phinizy Road this morning, where officials say one car overturned.

The incident – involving two vehicles – occurred at 6:53 a.m., according to Richmond County dispatch.

Dispatch confirmed that injuries were reported.

At 7:28 a.m., dispatch was unsure if any traffic lanes were closed.


Driverless drone cars headed our way

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 7:18am


ATLANTA -- In September, General Motors’ chief executive officer, Mary Barra, announced that her company would have on the road in two years vehicles that communicate with each other and “highly automated driving technology” at the same time.

Drivers will still be behind the wheel in 2016, but the car’s brains will play an active role in steering away from obstacles and avoiding crashes.

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Pedestrian hit, killed on Edgefield Highway

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 9:34pm


A 65-year-old Trenton, S.C., man died Sunday after he was struck while walking in the road, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said.

According to Aiken County dispatch, sheriff’s deputies and the South Carolina Highway Patrol were called to the 3000 block of Edgefield Highway about 7 p.m.

Nathaniel Jones, of Chipmunk Lane, was walking on Edgefield Highway when he was hit by a 2004 Chev­rolet Impala traveling the opposite direction, Carlton said.

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The Way We Were: Augusta trains

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 7:40pm


It is summer of 1960 and a train winds its way through Au­gusta’s railroad gulch near what is today the civic center property. These days, most of us complain about the trains delaying our cars on city streets. But trains weren’t always scorned.

Once Augusta trains were celebrated – prized and praised for bringing presidents, war heroes, baseball teams and Northern tourists to town. And when those people arrived, they were not disappointed because they got off at Augusta’s impressive Union Station.

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Pardon Our Mess: Intersection of Aumond Road and Wheeler Road

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 7:29pm

WHERE: Intersection of Aumond and Wheeler roads

WHAT: A concrete structure at the four-way stop has been shattered, apparently because a vehicle crashed into it. The crumbled material remains in front of a sign honoring the birthplace of Gen. Joseph Wheeler.

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: The person who caused the damage

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New Augusta administrator Janice Allen Jackson begins work today

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 7:28pm


She doesn’t exactly have an office and takes the reins during a transitional time, but Augusta native Janice Allen Jackson begins work today as the city’s newest administrator.

“I think it’s going to be good for me, as sort of a ‘no place like home’ feeling,” Jackson said last week while relocating her family to her parents’ home on Cherry Avenue, where she grew up.

Jackson replaces Fred Russell, who held the job for nearly a decade until the Augusta Commission voted 7-0 last December to fire him.

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Harvick wins Homestead to claim first championship

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 6:42pm


HOMESTEAD, Fla. — NASCAR wanted a championship format that put a premium on winning.

Kevin Harvick took it even further Sunday, making winning the only option at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Harvick drove from sixth to second in a single lap with nine laps to go in the Ford EcoBoost 400, and he maintained that charge with a race-winning pass with eight to go to win the season-finale and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.

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Georgia loses Gurley to season-ending knee injury

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 5:14pm

Georgia has lost star running back Todd Gurley to a season-ending knee injury, likely ending the college career of a player who rushed for more yards for the Bulldogs than anyone other than legend Herschel Walker.

Gurley tore the ACL in his left knee in the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s 34-7 thrashing of Auburn in Sanford Stadium, Georgia confirmed Sunday afternoon.

An MRI was performed Sunday. A surgery date has not yet been determined according to UGA director of sports medicine Ron Courson.

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Falcons top Panthers, move into tie for first

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 4:57pm


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Atlanta Falcons are 4-6 – and tied for first place in the lowly NFC South.

Matt Ryan threw for 268 yards and a touchdown, Matt Bryant added four field goals and the Falcons held off a late rally by the Carolina Panthers to win 19-17 on Sunday.

Bryant’s 44-yard field goal with 2:08 left put Atlanta ahead for good, and the Falcons withstood a late Carolina rally led by Cam Newton. Carolina’s Graham Gano missed a 46-yard field goal try with 1:27 remaining and had a 63-yarder blocked as time expired.

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