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USC Aiken's Brandt notches 500th overall win

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:29pm


AIKEN — The celebration was subdued Wednesday night as USC Aiken picked up its first home win of the season.

You wouldn’t have been able to tell from the reaction, but Pacers coach Mike Brandt notched career win No. 500 as USC Aiken rallied for a 62-56 victory at the convocation center.

“That’s a lot of wins when you look at it,” Brandt said. “In the coaching rounds, you’ve got to have a very supportive family, and my family has been very supportive.

“And it’s the players. I haven’t scored a point.”

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Forecasters suspect tornado struck metro Atlanta area; warning in effect until 3 a.m.

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 9:16pm

ATLANTA -- The National Weather Service says a tornado has likely touched down in the metro Atlanta area.

Meteorologist Ryan Willis says National Weather Service officials are "quite certain" that a tornado hit northern Coweta County and the communities of Fairburn and Palmetto Wednesday evening.

Willis says a survey team will be sent to the area Thursday to evaluate the damage and to measure the storm's strength. Georgia Power's online outage map says more than 8,000 customers are without service.

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Higher stormwater fee applies to homes across Augusta

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 9:13pm

A few feet of paved driveway or the extra-wide roof of a ranch home may soon cause heartburn for thousands of Augusta property owners.

The city’s stormwater fee database, now online at, shows through a few clicks how those few extra feet can double the monthly fee going into effect in January.

Sherry Haire was shocked to learn how she and a neighbor were among a handful of property owners in the large Waltons Landing subdivision who will pay double the standard rate of $6.40.

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GHSA places teams in classifications for next two school years

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 5:35pm

The Georgia High School Association released the classification breakdown for the next two school years on its website.

Starting with the 2016-17 school year, the GHSA will have seven classifications. Schools have until Nov. 30 at noon to request to play up in a classification. The reclassification committee isn’t placing school in regions until Dec. 1.

Schools listed by enrollment size:






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Aiken County authorities seek man who removed monitoring device

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 2:45pm

Aiken County authorities seek a 50-year-old man who removed his electronic monitoring device on Monday.

According to statement from Aiken County sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Feemster, a bench warrant has been issued for William Todd Sanders on a charge of trafficking methamphetamine/cocaine and removing or circumventing operation of an electronic monitoring device.

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Crash, power outage send pupils home

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 9:52am

GRANITEVILLE -- A single car crash at the entrance to Byrd Elementary had knocked out power to the school this morning, forcing students to be sent home early.


An automated call from school principal J. Russell Gunter went out to parents at 8:54 a.m. alerting them to the situation and asking them to make arrangements to have students picked up.


No students were injured in the crash, Gunter said in the message.


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Latest: Paris police raid targets suspected mastermind

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 2:08am

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Overnight raids by French police across France have resulted in 25 arrests and the seizure of 34 weapons.

The new tally was announced Wednesday by the Interior Ministry.

The arrests are the latest in a nationwide police dragnet that has seen nightly raids by security forces under powers granted by the state of emergency declared after last week's attacks in Paris.

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Nash-Teachey to remain NAACP president

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 11:19pm

Beulah Nash-Teachey will remain president of the Augusta NAACP branch after winning a special election on Tuesday mandated by the organization’s national office, beating out former branch president Charles Smith Sr.

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Augusta Commission considers tax district for Gordon Highway area

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 8:19pm

A long-neglected Gordon Highway corridor that includes the empty Regency Mall and stretches to Fort Gordon could see new life as a tax allocation district.

At the urging of Mayor Hardie Davis, the Augusta Commission held off Tuesday on renewing the Rocky Creek Enterprise Zone, which covers part of the area, and plans to examine putting a tax allocation district there instead.

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Jindal says he is dropping out of 2016 race for president

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 6:52pm

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal dropped out of the 2016 race for president Tuesday, ending a campaign that failed to gain much support, especially in early-voting Iowa.

"I've come to the realization that this is not my time," Jindal said on Fox News Channel as he announced the decision to suspend his campaign.

The 44-year-old governor said he wasn't ready to endorse another candidate, but intended to support the eventual Republican presidential nominee.

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Grovetown's Holder resigns as football coach

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 3:45pm


Grovetown football coach Rodney Holder has resigned.

Holder was the Warriors’ first coach, as he led Grovetown starting with its first season in 2009 and through the 2015 season. He went 29-41 in his seven seasons, including a 5-5 finish this year.

“It’s a timing thing,” Holder said. “I hope to stay in the system and continue to help it grow, but it would be in a different part of the process.”

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Charlie Sheen says he is HIV-positive, has been blackmailed

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 2:15pm

NEW YORK — Charlie Sheen says his bad-boy days are over and, with Tuesday’s declaration that he’s HIV-positive, he aims to become an inspiration to others.

“My partying days are behind me,” Sheen said in an “open letter” posted online. “My philanthropic days are ahead of me.”

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Body of Augusta man found in canal

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 12:44pm


Richmond County authorities are investigating the death of a 41-year-old man who was found floating in a canal near the Augusta Judicial Center on Tuesday.

About 11:23 a.m., first responders were called to the scene near the judicial center parking lot off Ninth Street, where the body was discovered near one of the canal banks.

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Lakeside lefty signs to pitch at USC Aiken

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 8:58pm

Once he stepped foot on the USC Aiken campus, Daniel Wiggins knew he found his next baseball stop.

On Monday, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Lakeside pitcher signed a letter of intent to play with the Pacers.

Last season, USC Aiken went 34-17 in the Peach Belt Conference, one of the toughest leagues in NCAA Division II.

“I just got there and it was a perfect fit,” Wiggins said. “It just felt like home the second I got there. I didn’t know much about it before, but once I got on campus it felt like home.”

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Lakeside's Sabol signs to play golf at Armstrong State

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 7:20pm

Sibling rivalry helped steer Megan Sabol onto the golf course.

While her older brother, Russell, was starting to get into competitive golf years ago, young Megan participated in her first Drive, Chip and Putt event. She finished 11th out of 60 competitors in that initial event. When her parents asked if she wanted to play golf, the soft-spoken Sabol gave a quick one-word reply - “Sure.”

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No Syrian refugees for Georgia, Gov. Deal says

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 4:29pm




ATLANTA – Georgia yanked back the welcome mat Monday as Gov. Nathan Deal announced the state will not accept Syrian refugees following Paris’ deadly terrorist attacks Friday.

The governor called upon President Barack Obama to suspend the program nationally as well.

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