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More commercial development slated for Columbia County

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:35am

William Few Parkway could see more commercial development in the near future.

A rezoning request for a grocery-anchored center with restaurant and retail space at the corner of William Few Parkway and Columbia Road in Evans is going before Columbia County planning commissioners Sept. 3. The wooded 21-acre parcel is adjacent to Patriots Park.

The preliminary zoning plan shows a 60,000-square-foot grocer anchoring the center, which would also include more than 50,000 square feet of retail space and five out-parcels fronting the intersection.

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Burke slaying suspect arrested

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:32am

A 22-year-old is facing a murder charge in connection to a badly decomposed body discovered in Burke County last week.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and sheriff’s offices in Burke and Richmond counties issued an arrest warrant for Walter Salvesen III, of Hephzibah, in Richmond County on Wednesday. He was later arrested.

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Residence Inn opening in Augusta next week

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:29am

An extended-stay hotel on Marks Church Road in Augusta is scheduled to open Monday.

Work on the 124-suite Residence Inn by Marriott has been ongoing since early 2014. The four-story hotel is located near the Bobby Jones Expressway interchange and Wheeler Road and includes an indoor swimming pool, exercise room, business center and meeting space.

The hotel will employ between 35 and 40 workers, developers with Warner Robins, Ga.-based PeachState Hospitality said. They estimated the project cost more than $15 million.

Fundraising huge for SC Senate candidate

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:22am

 COLUMBIA — When women run for the Senate in South Carolina, they usually have difficulty raising enough cash to campaign across an area that can span several counties.

Not this woman.

Margie Bright Matthews has raised $80,000. That’s more than her 11 rivals combined for the special election for Senate District 45.

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Helms College open house today

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:00am


Helms College will hold an open house today for prospective students and parents.

The event will be held on the Augusta campus, 231 Fury’s Ferry Road, from 5 to 7 p.m. Those interested in attending the school will have the opportunity to tour the campus, meet instructors and talk to representatives about admissions and financial aid.

Helms College provides diploma and associate degrees in culinary arts. The programs are nationally accredited and eligible for Title IV funding and VA education benefits with financial aid for those who qualify.

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July unemployment rises slightly for Augusta metro area

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:48am


A decrease in jobs in July and a higher number of people seeking work this summer drove up the metro unemployment rate to 7.1 percent, the Georgia Department of La­bor reported Thursday.

The jobless rate was 6.8 percent in June and 8.4 percent in July a year ago.

The number of jobs in Augusta decreased by 500 mostly in local and state government, retail and transportation.

Despite the losses in July, the Labor Department reported that the metro area has 6,500 more jobs than in July 2014.

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Ga. teen rests after plague scare

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:18am



The first Georgia patient ever diagnosed with the plague is recovering at home after a week in a Thomasville hospital.

Hannah Lindquist, 18, probably was bitten by an infected flea while hiking with her family in Yosemite National Park in California, her father, Ben, told GHN on Wednesday.

Hannah, under doctors’ orders, will take a semester off from Valdosta State University, where she is a sophomore majoring in biology and pre-med, said Ben Lindquist, an attorney in Thomasville.

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Legal marijuana crop wouldn't take much, officials say

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:13am


ATLANTA – Just 25 acres or 1 million square feet would be enough space to cultivate all of the marijuana needed to treat the patients in Georgia with eight conditions making them eligible to take medicinal oil from the plant, a California grower told a state commission Wednesday.

But will conservative patients in the Bible Belt use the treatment, asked Albany-native Mike Bragg, president of Silicon Valley-based CBD Pharms.

“The biggest component is really getting the patients on board,” he told the Commission on Medical Cannabis.

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More charges expected in Georgia rampage

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:10am


ATHENS, Ga. -- A man who went on a shooting rampage earlier this week near Athens is expected to be charged with murder as one of his victims was declared brain damaged and on life support.

Officials said Wednesday 23-year-old Haley Hill was being kept alive by ventilator at Athens Regional Medical Center to preserve her organs for donor recipients.

After she is removed from life support systems, Hill’s former boyfriend would be charged with murder, officials said.

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Drug-addled dog tips off cops

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:03am



A north Georgia man has been arrested after a veterinarian determined that his pet dog had ingested the drug methamphetamine, authorities said Wednesday.

Marty Allen Rogers, of Jackson County near Athens, took his small terrier-mix dog named Little Guy to a veterinary clinic in Hoschton on Aug. 17, according to a sheriff’s report.

“It was sick and he took it to see if they could tell him what was wrong with it,” Jackson County sheriff’s Capt. Rich Lott said.

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SC deer hunter meetings planned

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 7:24am

PENDLETON, S.C. — South Carolina wildlife officials are holding a series of public meetings -- including one in North Augusta -- to get input on proposed legislation that would limit deer hunting in the state.


The first of four meetings sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources is taking place today at Pendleton High School Auditorium.


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Atlanta campaign to clear pipes

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 7:21am




ATLANTA — Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management is launching a campaign to bring awareness to how flushing wipes affect the sewer systems.


Watershed Commissioner Jo Ann Macrina says the “Don’t Believe the Hype - Don’t Flush Your Wipes” campaign will launch in a news conference on Thursday. Watershed management hopes to educate residents in the city of Atlanta on how wipes affect the sewer system and the long-standing environment issues.


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Pipeline case moves ahead in court

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 5:18am

The legal fight over the stalled Palmetto Pipeline is moving forward.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly M. Esmond Adams has approved a scheduling order that outlines deadlines leading up to a hearing on Nov. 13 or “as soon as practicable thereafter.”

The order was filed Friday.

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Chinese stock index jumps 5.3 percent as Asian stocks rise

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:43am


BEIJING — China's key stock market index surged 5.3 percent Thursday, its biggest gain in eight weeks, as markets across Asia rose following Wall Street's rebound, giving investors some relief after gut-wrenching global losses.

The Shanghai Composite Index, whose steep drop in recent days triggered worldwide selling, gained 5.3 percent to close at 3,083.59 points, bouncing back from losses that wiped some 20 percent off its value over the past week. It was the biggest one-day gain since a 5.5 percent rise on June 30.

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U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence making strides; still has long way to go

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 8:20pm

The U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence is progressing as planned a little more than a year after transitioning from the branch’s Signal Center, but it still has a ways to go, Maj. Gen. Stephen Fogarty said.

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Pedestrian injured near GRU

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 3:25pm

A pedestrian was injured after being struck in the crosswalk on Harper Street near Georgia Regents Medical Center emergency room.

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Third-grader in shooting found gun in family kitchen, police say

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 3:16pm

The third-grade pupil who accidentally discharged a handgun in his classroom Tuesday found the weapon while exploring his family’s kitchen, police say.

Chief Alfonzo Williams of the Richmond County Department of School Safety said in a statement that the gun was owned by the boyfriend of the child’s maternal grandmother, and was found while he was “... looking around the house for a toy.” The gun was hidden in a “curio stand” in the kitchen, and the boy used a chair to climb onto a nearby counter to get the gun.

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Woman wounded by gunman hospitalized

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 1:24pm


A woman shot and wounded while she was being interviewed by a television crew during a live broadcast is in stable condition after undergoing surgery.


Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital said on its Facebook page Wednesday that Vicki Gardner, a local economic development official who also was on the hospital’s board of directors, was recovering after the surgery. It did not elaborate on the nature of her wounds.


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TV shooting suspect once worked in Savannah

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 1:00pm


Vester Flanagan, the man suspected in the deadly shooting of two TV journalists live on air in Virginia Wednesday morning, once worked for a Georgia television station.


Savannah TV station WTOC has confirmed reports that Flanagan worked there from 1997 to 1999, adding that he left Savannah to go to the Virginia station.

Flanagan, who has been described as a disgruntled TV station employee, also once sued a former employer over allegations of race discrimination in 2000.


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Officials searching for suspet who allegedly robbed people, fired shots outside Finish Line Cafe

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:25pm

Police are seeking a man who robbed several people and fired shots outside Finish Line Cafe early Wednesday.

Richmond County sheriff’s officials said an employee and several customers were walking to their vehicles around 2:50 a.m. when an unknown man in a ski mask approached and demanded their belongings. When he attempted to leave, one of the victims chased after him. Police said the masked man fired about four shots but did not hit anyone.



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