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Fort Gordon pilot bus service attracting fewer riders than expected in first months

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 7:03pm


After years of city leaders pushing for bus service to Fort Gordon, few riders are taking advantage of the route that’s running as a pilot program.

Since beginning Nov. 3, Augusta Public Transit has collected $911.80 from 809 riders through Monday, according to data obtained through a Georgia Open Records Act request. The Monday through Saturday route has run 85 days, meaning an average of fewer than 10 riders daily.

The route’s most popular day of Saturday averages 31.6 riders. Ridership peaked Feb. 7 – also a Saturday – with 72 riders.

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Conservative group seeks to end death penalty

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 5:01pm



ATLANTA -- A week before the scheduled execution of a Winder woman charged with arranging her husband’s murder, a representative of a national conservative group was at the Capitol Thursday calling for the end of the death penalty.

However, Republican leaders discounted any possibility of capital punishment’s repeal in Georgia soon.

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Winter's coldest night expected

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 2:56pm


Bundle up.

The coldest night of the season and chilliest morning after were expected with low temperatures predicted to drop to 15 degrees in the Augusta area and 10 in central South Carolina, according to the National Weather Service.

The coldest temperature recorded so far this winter at Augusta’s Bush Field had been 15 on Jan. 8, according to the National Weather Service.

Area homeless shelters were taking steps Thursday for another night with a packed house.

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UGA to open 2016 season with Chick-fil-A game

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 2:25pm

ATHENS, Ga. — The neutral site game for the Georgia football team in Atlanta that athletic director Greg McGarity hinted about in January is now set.

The Bulldogs will open the 2016 season against North Carolina at the Georgia Dome in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Sept. 3, it was announced Thursday. Kickoff time hasn’t been determined.

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Clemson alters weekend series to play at Lake Olmstead Stadium

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 1:52pm


Lake Olmstead Stadium will be the site for high-profile baseball programs starting Friday and lasting through the weekend.

Clemson announced its three-game series with Maine has been moved to Augusta because of inclement weather at the Tigers’ home.

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Regional spelling bee March 7

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 1:51pm

The 2015 Scripps National Regional Spelling Bee will be held Saturday, March 7, at The Augusta Chronicle in the Morris Auditorium.

The winner from each of the following county district spelling bees will participate in this regional bee; Aiken, Burke, Columbia, Edgefield, Jenkins, Lincoln, McCormick, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Wilkes, The All Area Private Schools, Aiken Area Home Educators and CSRA Home Education Association.

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Longtime Richmond County educator Dr. Missoura Ashe offered SC schools superintendent position

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:09pm

Dr. Missoura Ashe, a longtime Augusta educator, has been selected Williston District 29’s next superintendent.

Ashe is currently the assistant superintendent of Elementary Schools, School Improvement, and Professional Learning for the Richmond County School System.

Following interviews with three finalists Feb. 9-11, the school board unanimously authorized board chairman Billy Williams to enter into contract negotiations.

Ashe will start March 2 in Williston if a contract can be negotiated.

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Judge may block child death information

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 8:55am

MARIETTA, Ga. — A judge is considering a request by prosecutors that would prevent agencies from releasing information about the death of a toddler who died after being left in a hot vehicle in suburban Atlanta.

Justin Ross Harris has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in the death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper Harris, on June 18. Harris told police he was supposed to drive his son to day care but forgot the child was in the SUV and drove to work.

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No stabbing in mall fight, police say

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 8:40am

Police said this morning a Wednesday fight at the Augusta Mall did not result in a stabbing, as was originally reported, although a juvenile was arrested for fighting.

“Someone at the mall saw a knife. That is true, but there was no stabbing,” Richmond County Sheriff’s Sgt. Michael McDaniel said today.

Police were called to the Buffalo restaurant area of the food court at the Augusta Mall, 3450 Wrightsboro Road, around 4:45 p.m., after a stabbing was reported.

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Bad roads cost Georgians, group says

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 8:05am

ATLANTA -- Georgia drivers pay an extra $7.9 billion yearly for the problems with roads and bridges across the state, according to a report released Wednesday by transportation advocates.

That comes to $742 for every Athens driver, $1,259 for every Augusta driver and $1,800 for every Savannah driver.

The report was prepared for TRIP, a Washington-based organization funded by construction, labor and engineering outfits. And it was distributed by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation Alliance and the AAA auto club.

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Lawmakers challenge history teaching

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 7:43am

ATLANTA -- Members of the House and Senate education committees took turns Wednesday criticizing an executive from the College Board for having a liberal slant on guidelines it publishes for teaching advanced-placement American history.

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Social media blamed for UGA meningitis scare

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 7:33am

ATHENS, Ga. -- The president of the University of Georgia on Wednesday blamed misinformed commenters on social media and irresponsible broadcast news reporting for spreading false rumors that a UGA student died this week from bacterial meningitis.

UGA President Jere Morehead said the comments and reports spread unwarranted fear across the campus.

“The rumor mill that has blown up around her passing is unfortunate and is feeding speculation that simply is not true,” he said.

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Georgia health-care enrollment tops 530,000

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 11:02pm


More than 530,000 people in Georgia have enrolled in the Affor­dable Care Act, a nearly 15 percent increase in the last week or so before Sunday’s deadline, and 11.4 million gained coverage overall, officials with the federal marketplace and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday.

A lot of them waited until the deadline Sunday, when the marketplace saw its biggest day ever, marketplace CEO Kevin Counihan said.

“It was a blowout weekend for us,” he said.

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Georgia Regents coach Dip Metress notches milestone win as Jaguars roll past Francis Marion

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 10:42pm

As the seconds started ticking down Wednesday night, Georgia Regents students started chanting “Two-fifty! Two-fifty!”

Devonte Thomas scored 21 points as the Jaguars overcame a slow start for a 101-75 win over Francis Marion at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Georgia Regents (21-5, 13-4 Peach Belt Conference), which checked in at No. 5 in the Southeast Region rankings earlier in the day, extended its winning streak to nine and remained tied atop the East Division with UNC Pembroke (22-4, 13-4) with two games remaining.

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Rep. Rick Allen to visit Davidson, ARC on Thursday

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 10:05pm

U.S. Rep. Rick Allen will visit a pair of Richmond County schools today.

From 9 to 10:30 a.m., Allen will tour and visit classrooms at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School.

Allen is then scheduled to visit the Academy of Richmond County, where he will tour the campus from 11 to 11:30 a.m. before eating lunch with students from 11:30 a.m. until noon.

Allen, the representative for Georgia’s 12th district, will speak to students about how he represents them in Washington, according to a statement from Richmond County Superintendent Angela Pringle.


RCSO to conduct customer survey at Augusta Mall

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 10:05pm

The Community Services Division of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will be in the food court of the Augusta Mall on Friday to conduct a customer satisfaction survey.

RCSO will conduct the survey from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., according to a statement from Lt. Allan Rollins.

“We promise our citizens that information from the survey will be incorporated into our strategy planning for the Augusta community,” Rollins stated.



Activist to speak to commissioners about policing of handicapped parking

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 9:19pm


A community activist said he will challenge the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office’s lax enforcement of handicapped parking violations before Augusta Commission members next week to ensure people with disabilities get the “fair and equal” treatment they’re guaranteed in state and federal law.

Tim Hollobaugh, an Augusta disability-rights consultant, plans to appear before the Public Safety Committee at 1:05 p.m. Monday to request that Sheriff Richard Round­tree instruct his deputies to take a more active role in enforcing the state’s handicapped parking law.

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Hutt posts double-double, GRU women win again

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 8:25pm


Kariel Hutt has added sushi to her diet. Coach Nate Teymer keeps wearing a pink tie. And the superstitious Georgia Regents women keep winning.

Hutt scored 17 points Wednesday night as the Jaguars pulled away for a 52-40 win over Francis Marion at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

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Augusta pupils make teddy bears for sick children

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 7:58pm

Charlotte Stansfield tightly hugged a newly fashioned teddy bear on Wednesday but quickly loosened her grip. She wasn’t saddened about losing a new friend, but eager to give it away.

Charlotte’s kindergarten class from Westminster Schools of Augusta spent the morning at Build-A-Bear Workshop, a field trip that teachers hoped taught about kindness, generosity and community service.

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Three suspects sought in Zales Jewelry theft

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 6:12pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for three suspects in connection to a theft that occurred at Zales Jewelry in the Augusta Mall.

The theft happened in December, according to a statement from Sgt. Michael McDaniel, and items taken were not listed in the report.

The first suspect is described as a heavy-set black male in his late 30s. He appears to be 5-foot-10.

A second suspect is described as a slender black female in her late 30s. She’s approximately 5-foot-5 and 110 to 150 pounds.

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