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Pardon Our Mess: Cross-walk pole knocked over at corner of Thirteenth and Reynolds streets

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 9:18pm

WHERE: Corner of 13th and Reynolds streets

WHAT: A crosswalk pole has been knocked over, leaving pedestrians unsure of when it’s safe to cross 13th Street. Wires are exposed at the base.

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Augusta Traffic Engineering Department

ACTION PROMISED: Traffic Engi­neering manager Mike Edwards said he’s been in talks with the Georgia Department of Trans­por­tation with the hopes of finding a resolution. He did not provide a timetable.

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Jimmy Walker sets mark in nine-shot win

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 8:46pm


HONOLULU — At least Jimmy Walker is leaving Hawaii with one trophy.

Six days after losing a tournament on Maui he felt he should have won, Walker turned in a command performance Sunday on Oahu. He blew away the field with 7-under-par 63 to win the Sony Open for the second consecutive year.

His fourth career victory was the most impressive of all. On a course that lends itself to a free-for-all, Walker shot 62-63 on the weekend and set a tournament record with a nine-shot victory. The previous record was seven shots, last set in 2000 by Paul Azinger.

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The Way We Were: Mill Villages

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 7:01pm


Few Augustans are as proud of where they grew up as those from the Harrisburg neighborhood.

According to the official narrative of the National Park Service, Harrisburg (also called West End) evolved slowly in the 1800s around the historic home of Ezekiel Harris, a merchant and trader.

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Seahawks rally to stun Packers in OT for NFC title

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 6:54pm


SEATTLE — The loudest stadium in America was silent. A return trip to the Super Bowl was slipping away.

Time for the Seattle Seahawks to show why they are champions.

“You have the belief these guys have in one another, there is nothing you can’t do,” coach Pete Carroll said after an implausible comeback for a 28-22 victory over Green Bay in the NFC Champion­ship Game on Sunday.

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Guns, car seized at scene of Aiken County shooting

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 5:02pm


A car and two guns were seized at the scene of a shooting that hospitalized one person in Belvedere on Saturday afternoon, authorities say.

A 9 mm handgun, a .22-caliber handgun and a Pontiac G6 were collected at the scene in the 100 block of Dundee Drive, Aiken County sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Feemster said in a statement Sunday.

Police arriving at the scene Saturday afternoon found a man with a gunshot wound to the arm. His condition is unknown.

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Dominguez wins Latin America Amateur, spot in Masters

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 4:59pm


Matias Dominguez grew up dreaming of someday playing in the Masters Tournament. It’s not an uncommon dream among golfers, but the path for Dominguez wasn’t always easy.

The golfer from Chile battled nerves and a four-hour rain delay to win the Latin America Amateur Championship on Sunday to book his trip to Augusta and fulfill his dream of playing for a green jacket.

Dominguez shot 1-under-par 71 in the final round at Pilar Golf Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for a one-shot win over Alejandro Tosti, of Argentina.

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Highway patrol reports accident on I-20 in Aiken County

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 3:25pm


The South Carolina Highway Patrol is reporting an accident with injuries on Interstate 20 near the Palmetto Parkway junction in Aiken County.

First responders were called to the scene about 2:16 p.m., according to the agency’s Web site. The amount of vehicles involved and the severity of the injuries wasn’t immediately reported.


Inspector General reports patient confidence hurt in Southeast VA

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 5:58pm


Two inspector general reports released in advance of a health care investigation at Augusta’s Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center reinforce views that the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Southeast Network of hospitals lacks the personnel, resources and training to provide quality patient care.

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Transparency motivates longtime nuclear activist

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 5:23pm


In the mid-1970s, Tom Clements was studying at the University of Georgia when a government project requiring rail shipments of highly radioactive nuclear waste caught his interest.

The project was an Allied General Nuclear Fuel Services reprocessing plant in Barnwell, S.C., on the outer edge of Savannah River Site. Clements and his roommates went to work raising awareness of the plant, fearing the public was not well-informed about the nuclear shipments through their neighborhoods.

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Dogs end Gators' 24-game SEC winning stereak

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 4:35pm


ATHENS, Ga. — Marcus Thornton and Kenny Gaines scored 16 points apiece and Georgia, which never trailed, beat Florida 73-61 on Saturday to end the Gators’ streak of 24 consecutive wins in the Southeastern Conference.

Georgia (11-5, 2-2 SEC) scored the first 12 points. Florida cut the deficit to two points early in the second half but couldn’t complete the comeback.

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Chilean Matias Dominguez grabs lead in Latin American Amateur

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 4:17pm


BUENOS AIRES — Matias Dominguez, of Chile, birdied his last three holes Saturday for 3-under-par 69, giving him a one-shot lead in the inaugural Latin American Amateur and leaving him one round away from a chance to play in the Masters Tournament.

Dominguez, a senior at Texas Tech, finished at 10-under 206 at Pilar Golf Cub and was one stroke ahead of 18-year-old Alejandro Tosti, of Argentina, who shot 68.

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Business, consumer advocates push legislative issues

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 11:43am


ATLANTA -- Some of the issues legislators will consider this year with the broadest impact are those advocated by business organizations and consumer watchdogs.

And contrary to what many people might think, the two groups aren’t always on opposing sides.

The best example is transportation funding, one of the most discussed issues before this session of the General Assembly. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce and most local chapters rank roads as their top priority, arguing that traffic congestion is costly to them and could limit job growth.

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Chicken of the Sea tuna cans may contain metal pieces

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:20pm

Tri-Union Seafoods has recalled certain 12-ounce cans of Chicken of the Sea tuna fish, according to senior account executive Rebecca Schmidt.

The company determined that approximately 2,400 cans of potentially affected tuna were shipped to Publix stores in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and North Carolina. Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties were all listed as areas with recalled cans.

Contents of the tuna fish cans are believed to be a potential choking hazard.

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Jury being called for trial in Aiken officer's death

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 7:17pm

About 170 Aiken County residents could be called for jury duty this month in the trial of the man accused of killing Aiken Public Safety Officer Scotty Richard­son in 2011.

Stephon Morrell Carter has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges in Aiken County Circuit Court. His trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 26.

After a session Friday to hear excuses from potential jurors, Judge Clif­ton Newman said lawyers might need an additional hearing because so many residents, about 160, have not responded to jury summons.

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Azziz gets year leave, $1.1 million in plan

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 6:19pm

Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz will get a paid year of leave plus a $470,000 one-time payment after he leaves the presidency, a package worth more than $1.1 million, according to an agreement obtained by The Augusta Chronicle.

The “transition plan” was approved Friday by the Georgia Regents Health System Compensation Committee, with committee member Doug Duncan voting no, and then by the health system’s board, with Azziz abstaining.

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I-20 wreck slowing traffic

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 6:09pm

A one-car accident is causing traffic to slow on I-20 westbound near the Harlem exit, according to Columbia County dispatch. The driver suffered minor injuries after losing control of the vehicle, and a wrecker is en route to tow the car.

Paine on hot stretch, riding nine-game win streak

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 5:16pm


Paine College men. The Lions are riding a nine-game winning streak and are on top of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Confer­ence. If this team takes care of business at home the rest of the way, they’ll likely end up being league champs.



Montevallo women. The Falcons are 1-13 and could go winless in Peach Belt Confer­ence play this season.



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Bullets found in Monte Sano pupil book bag

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 5:12pm

A Monte Sano Elementary School parent found bullets in her son’s book bag Thursday that he claims were given him by another student.

The boy told his mother the bullets were given to him on Thursday’s bus ride home by another boy who got them from home, according to a statement from Richmond County school official Israel Butler. Both boys believed the bullets were toys, Butler said.

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Toxicology report released for June accident

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:58pm

Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen confirmed Friday that toxicology reports showed the tractor-trailer driver of a fatal June accident had been drinking.

Cedric Miller, 48, of Hartsville, S.C., had a blood alcohol content of .06 percent, according to Bowen.

The legal limit to operate a motor vehicle is .08 percent. For commercial drivers, however, the legal limit is .04 percent.

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Ga. skeleton identified after 26 years

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 3:02pm


The mystery of an unidentified skeleton found in a remote section of Oglethorpe County 26 years ago was solved recently when DNA analysis identified the remains as those of a Virginia woman.

The remains were identified as Bonnie Marie Houston, a 32-year-old woman who was reported missing on Aug. 1, 1986, in Norfolk, Va., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Thursday.

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