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Man sleeps in rental customer's car

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:46pm

Police are searching for an Augusta man who was found Monday afternoon sleeping in the back seat of a customer’s vehicle at Hertz Car Rental.

About 3:35 p.m., a Hertz customer told deputies he went to retrieve his personal vehicle after renting a car, only to find 53-year-old Daniel Lanham sleeping in his Nissan Sentra, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident took place in the 3300 block of Washington Road.

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Man pleads guilty in auto-parts thefts, gets probation

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:42pm

The former operations manager at a local car-parts business pleaded guilty Tuesday to 59 counts of theft for stealing from his employer.

Dennis Ray McDaniel, 50, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court for his part in a theft ring that pillaged the stock of Southern Pik-A-Part.

Although investigators initially believed the losses amounted to more than $90,000, many of the vehicles were later recovered. The amount of restitution that McDaniel will ultimately owe will be determined within 90 days.

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Fire to Millen church believed to be arson

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:36pm

A weekend fire that destroyed a church of historical significance in Jenkins County was arson, the Georgia Department of Insurance confirms.

The blaze was set intentionally, and investigators are searching for the arsonist or arsonists, said Ralph Hudgens, the insurance commissioner.

Carswell Grove Baptist Church on Big Buckhead Church Road in Millen was burned to the ground about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, investigators say.

The predominantly black congregation has about 20 members who meet for services once a month, Hudgens said in a news release.

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Public invited to watch Palace Malice train

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:29am


Palace Malice will begin training in Aiken on Monday, and the public is welcome to watch.

Dogwood Stable announced Tuesday that the 4-year-old colt will undergo workouts at the Aiken Training Track for 60 days under the supervision of Brad Stauffer.

The 2013 Belmont Stakes champion was cleared for racing last week after suffering a bone bruise in the Whitney Stakes on Aug. 2. After his stint in Aiken, Palace Malice will be shipped to Florida to work under trainer Todd Pletcher and is expected to return to racing in late spring.

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Bridgestone celebrates opening of giant-tire plant

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 9:21am

GRANITEVILLE — Bridge­stone has been making tires for customers for a couple of months, but on Tuesday its officials marked the opening of their largest manufacturing investment in corporate history.

Taiko drummers welcomed Bridgestone executives from Japan to view the nearly $1 billion giant-tire plant in Aiken County.

The 1.5-million-square-foot facility makes off-road radial tires, used mainly in quarry and mining operations.

The tires had been made solely in Japan, but the new plant in the Sage Mill industrial area was needed to meet North American demand.

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Savannah weekend sees 9 shootings

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 7:12am

SAVANNAH, GA. -- Savannah suffered a surge of gun violence over the weekend with nine shootings reported from Friday to Sunday night, two of which were fatal.

Savannah-Chatham police do not believe any of the incidents are related, but a number of the shootings involved what Police Chief Joseph “Jack” Lumpkin called risky behavior. Now, police said, many of the victims aren’t cooperating and witnesses aren’t coming forward with information.

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SC son takes truck, drags dad

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 7:09am

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Authorities say a Rock Hill man allegedly tried stealing his parents’ pickup truck, dragging his father down the road in the process.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports they got a call Saturday afternoon that a man was being dragged down the road behind a Ford F-150.

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Augusta Warrior Project's expanded mission takes on new name, receives more funding

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:57am


A national movement that was championed by the Augusta Warrior Project to help thousands of veterans adjust to life after military service officially became a nonprofit organization Monday and announced a new grant cycle for communities interested in joining “America’s Warrior Partnership.”

America’s Warrior Partnership, the nonprofit’s new name, was formed in Augusta in September 2013 to provide a wide variety of transitional services for veterans nationwide by strengthening local nonprofits and empowering communities to build networks of support.

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Charles B. Webster opens new viewing room for public, media

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:46am


The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday the opening of a public viewing room for video conferences at Charles B. Webster Detention Center.

In an effort to modernize the court hearing system, the Sheriff’s Office – with cooperation of judges from Civil and Magistrate court – have begun video conferencing of initial appearances and hearings, according to a statement from Sheriff Richard Roundtree.

The room is for the public and media, but cameras are not allowed without prior permission from the court holding the hearing.

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Robots taking samples from waste storage tanks at Savannah River Site

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:39pm


Crawling robots about the size of a microwave are taking samples of aging nuclear waste storage tanks at Savannah River Site to help scientists determine how they could continue to impact people in the Augusta area.

The robots, designed for hazardous environments and frequently used by the petroleum industry to inspect pipelines, are sampling residual waste in tanks that have been emptied of liquid radioactive waste in preparation for permanent closure. The machines were modified to help navigate a maze of carbon steel cooling coils inside the tanks.

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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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