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Kentuckian Page Bowman wins third Augusta title, claims Classic Non-Pro

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:01pm


Page Bowman made the most of her three chances to win the Classic Non-Pro finals Friday night.

After riding two other horses, Bowman finally connected with Tom E Boy. The pair marked 219.5 to win the event by 1½ points.

Bowman of Simpsonville, Ky., collected $8,001 for her third Augusta Futurity win in 13 months. Cade Shepard and Some Kinda Highbrow finished second at 218 for $7,000, while Kaitlyn Wimberly and Mikaela placed third (216.5, $5,700).

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Augusta high school student to meet with President Obama

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 9:38pm


An Augusta high school student will meet with President Obama, Richmond County school officials announced Friday.

Adejah Nesbitt, a T.W. Josey High School senior, was chosen from a pool of applicants to participate in the signing of a disability act geared toward children, according to a statement from the Richmond County Board of Education.

Nesbitt, who is autistic, came to the attention of the White House after a video of her winning homecoming queen made the rounds on social media this fall.

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Georgia teen Blake Graham wins Area 18 youth finals

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 9:18pm


Blake Graham competed in the Augusta Futurity earlier in the week, returned to East Laurens Middle School in Dublin, Ga., and then hurried back Friday afternoon to Augusta.

The 14-year-old cutter said he enjoys traveling to all the different cutting horse shows. The best part?

“Sometimes,” he said, “I get to skip school.”

Graham wouldn’t dare skip Augusta, especially for the Area 18 Youth Scholarship finals. On Legal Dream, Graham marked 220 to win the event by 2½ points.

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Ex-Steeler great, Pro Football Hall of Famer Mel Blount makes Futurity Non-Pro finals

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 8:11pm


Mel Blount doesn’t show cutting horses as much as he’d like these days.

As you can imagine, the Pro Football Hall of Famer is a bit busy. The former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback remains active with appearances and running his two youth homes in Georgia and Pennsylvania.

But Friday, he showed two cutting horses in the Augusta Futurity. And he’ll make another appearance this weekend inside the James Brown Arena.

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GBI budget proposals won't speed investigations locally, coroners say

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 6:02pm


The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is asking the Legislature to raise salaries for medical examiners at its state morgue near Atlanta and to boost the facility’s capacity. Augusta area coroners say such adjustments still won’t solve local problems.

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Georgia Regents Health System, University Hospital looking at potential partnership

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 5:50pm

Georgia Regents Health System and University Hospital have begun preliminary talks on a potential partnership, the University System of Georgia announced this afternoon.

The two are already working together on some residencies and would like to expand more but the two health systems could also help each other respond to shrinking reimbursements now and in the future, University CEO Jim Davis said.

Neil Pruitt, chair of the USG Board of Regents and past chair Philip Wilheit had lunch at University to begin those talks, he said.

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North Augusta plans job fair

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 5:32pm

NORTH AUGUSTA -- M.B. Kahn Construction Co. will have a job fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the North Augusta Municipal Center, 100 Georgia Ave., in the Palmetto Terrace Room on the fourth floor.

The company was selected to build the Project Jackson parking deck. It’s also providing construction services for the city’s Water Treatment Plant expansion.

The job fair is being held “to provide as many construction related employment opportunities to the local citizens as possible,” according to a notice sent from the city.

Paine men looking to match school win streak

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 5:06pm


Columbus State men. The Cougars were picked to finish fifth in the preseason conference coaches poll. Now, Columbus State is 14-2 and tied with Montevallo atop the Peach Belt Conference with a month to go.



Georgia Regents women. The Jaguars are averaging just 57.6 points a game (11th in the Peach Belt Conference). Coach Nate Teymer needs to find at least two scoring threats, maybe three, in the offseason.


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Police looking for man who took $700 from car wash

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:39pm

Police are seeking a man with heavy pockets who stole $700 in change from an Augusta car wash.

Police were called to Daniel’s Carwash, 1855 Gordon Highway, around 3:30 p.m. Thursday after the owner discovered someone had broken into machines at the business.

According to a report, the machines were in storage and were locked and secured with a steel bar at the time of the incident.

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Arrest on contraband charges

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:28pm


An Augusta State Medical Prison employee is facing charges after police said she accepted appliances in exchange for bringing contraband to prisoners.

Stephanie Lewis, 44, of Thomson, has been charged with theft by deception, felony trading with convicts without permission and violation of oath by public officer.

According to warrants, Lewis was given a fraudulent credit card in exchange for smuggling marijuana and tobacco to inmates at the medical prison located at 3001 Gordon Highway.

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Police seek burglary suspect

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 9:47am


Police are asking for assistance in their search for a burglary suspect.

Octavius Thomas Bowens, 29, is facing charges of burglary first degree.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 821-1020 or 821-1080.


Truck crashes Furys Ferry Walgreens

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 8:18am

Authorities are looking for a man who crashed his truck into the front door of the Walgreens drug store on Furys Ferry and Evans to Locks roads this morning.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said deputies were called to the store around 4:20 a.m. after the Ford F-350 smashed through the entrance and then left without taking anything.

About 30 minutes later a deputy spotted the truck at the Circle K in Appling. The deputy attempted a traffic stop but the vehicle sped away.

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SC break-in blamed on God, aliens

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 7:28am

FORT MILL, S.C. — Police say a couple broke into a theme park that was closed for the offseason near the South Carolina-North Carolina line, and the woman told investigators that God and aliens directed her there.

York County sheriff’s deputies told local media outlets that Francis Greene and Jason Lee were arrested Friday night after a security officer at the Carowinds theme park found their truck abandoned in the parking lot. The officer also found an 8-month-old boy alone in the truck.

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2 sentenced in homeless check scam

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 7:25am

COLUMBIA — Two Atlanta men have been sentenced for recruiting homeless people in South Carolina to cash counterfeit checks.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said in a news release that 37-year-old Shrerod Terry was sentenced to 15 months in prison. Thirty-seven-year-old Akram H. Muhammad got a two-year sentence.

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Hilton Head's got floating mystery

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 7:22am

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Environmental officials have not figured out what the white fiber-like material is that is floating near a marina on Hilton Head Island.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reported the material first appeared at Skull Creek Marina Jan. 12, covering about 2,000 square feet of the surface.

Officials do know a bit about what the material is not.

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Ga. motorist kills man shoveling dirt

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 7:18am

LOWELL, Ga. — An Alabama man shoveling dirt from a road in Georgia has been struck and killed by a motorist.

The Georgia State Police say 45-year-old Charles Pollard of Ranburne, Alabama, worked for a logging company and was hit Thursday near the intersection of Georgia 5 and Cavender Creek Road east of Lowell in Carroll County.

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Fired for Bible study, Ga. jailer says

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 7:14am

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — A former deputy says he was fired from his job at the Hall County Jail for ministering to former inmates.

His commanders say Josh McCuen was violating a policy against fraternizing with inmates or known criminal elements and he had been reprimanded for insubordination.

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Postal worker stole veteran pain pills

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 7:11am

MACON, Ga. — A former postal employee has pleaded guilty to stealing packages containing prescription medications intended for veterans.

Richard “Ricky” Curtis Hunnicutt appeared in federal court in Macon Thursday to enter his plea. He faces up to five years in prison when he’s sentenced April 9.

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SC tweaks public information law

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 7:04am

COLUMBIA — Amid worries over identity theft, police work, and the exposure of dead people’s past prescriptions and physical abnormalities, a Senate panel on Thursday advanced a pair of bills aimed at closing some gaps in the Freedom of Information Act.

 Last summer the Supreme Court said that public bodies do not have to provide meeting agendas to the public, and in a separate decision, that autopsies constitute private medical records that are exempt from disclosure under the FOIA.

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Colgrove, 13, claims third Augusta Futurity title

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:41pm

Blakley Colgrove is a year older, wears braces and continues to do what she does best – win in Augusta.

The 13-year-old cowgirl added her third Augusta Futurity title in 13 months when she claimed the Unlimited Amateur 5/6-Year-Old finals Thursday night. Aboard Vespaa, Colgrove marked 224 to best the competition by six points.

Colgrove, of Boligee, Ala., collected $3,401 for the victory. Carol Dewrell and SDP Moms TR rung up a score of 218 for $2,900. Wendy DeGroot and TS Reys N Cats placed third (212, $2,400).

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