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Screven County joins Aquinas, Washington County in football ranks

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 2:29pm

Screven County joined Aquinas and Washington County as area Georgia high school football teams in the state media poll.

The Gamecocks moved up to No. 8 in Class AA in the latest Georgia Sports Writers Association football poll. Screven County opened its season with a 57-6 win against St. John’s from South Carolina. The Gamecocks next play at Westside on Sept. 4.

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Columbia County might revise pawn law

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:42pm

Columbia County might revise its new ordinance regulating pawn shops and other buyers of used merchandise, after a local lawyer questioned its constitutionality.

The ordinance adopted as county code in April is intended to assist tracking sales of possibly stolen goods, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

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Pupil injured in shooting at W.S. Hornsby Elementary School

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 11:43am


A third grade female pupil at Hornsby Elementary School was accidentally shot Tuesday morning by another third-grader handling a gun in a classroom.

According to Richmond County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael McDaniel, the shooting took place about 10:45 a.m. at the east Augusta school off Sand Bar Ferry Road.

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US markets recovering from Monday losses

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 9:41am

Stocks surged Tuesday morning on Wall Street, erasing some of the heavy losses of a day earlier, after China cut interest rates to try to boost the world’s second-largest economy.

Traders around the world welcomed the move, which came after a dayslong global sell-off triggered by fears of a slowdown in China.

“They’re relieved by what China has done,” said Chris Gaffney, president of EverBank World Markets, and are telling themselves: “Maybe it’s time to get back in there.”

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Georgia pediatricians form network

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 8:50am



ATLANTA -- More than 1,100 Georgia pediatricians have joined a new physician-led network that aims to improve quality of care and eventually contract for payments from insurers.

The sign-ups so far represent roughly one-third of the total number of pediatricians practicing in the state.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta helped create the nonprofit entity, called the Children’s Care Network.

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SC mayor indicted on wiretap charges

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 8:13am

LYMAN, S.C. — The mayor of the town of Lyman has been suspended following his indictment on charges of wiretapping and misconduct in office.

Multiple media outlets reported that Mayor Rodney Turner was suspended after Gov. Nikki Haley issued an executive order Monday.

Turner was charged earlier this month and was indicted Friday by a Spartanburg County grand jury.

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Beijing appears to wind down share-buying _ now what?

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 3:42am

BEIJING — China's leaders are winding down a strategy of trying to push up slumping stock prices by spending billions of dollars to buy shares.

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Push to cancel Augusta EMS contract continues

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:28pm

Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Grady Smith said he won’t block a Tuesday committee discussion about ending the city’s emergency services contract with Gold Cross, but urged restraint.

“I’ll listen to anything,” said Smith, a member of the commission’s Public Safety committee, “but I don’t want to mess with it until we examine it some more.”

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Augusta advisers downplay market decline

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 10:20pm

Watching Monday’s market rollercoaster on television or an Internet tracker was a scary ride.

To the financial advisers sending out e-mails to their clients, the past few days of market declines represent a chance to buy stocks on sale and see potentially better returns after a recovery.

John Rhodes of AP Wealth Management in Augusta said he told clients to expect Monday to be a bad day on the market based on the speedy declines of Thursday and Friday.

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IndyCar driver Justin Wilson dies a day after suffering head injuries

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 10:17pm


IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died Monday night from a head injury suffered when a piece of debris struck him at Pocono Raceway.

IndyCar made the announcement at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Wilson, a British driver who lived outside Denver in Longmont, Colo., was hit in the head during Sunday’s race by piece of debris that had broken off another car. His car veered into an interior wall at the track, and he was swiftly taken by helicopter to a hospital in Allentown, Pa.

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Local re-enactors await word on hosting Charleston-area event

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 9:57pm


Members of the Barnard E. Bee Camp 1575 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Aiken County are waiting to hear if they will play host for a Charleston-area re-enactment canceled last week by its host property and event sponsor after the fatal shootings in June at Emanuel AME Church.

Barnard E. Bee Camp Commander Danny Francis said his group is ready to stand in as host for the event after making the offer last week.

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Man accused in starvation of dogs released on bond again

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 9:22pm


A Burke County man who faces cruelty to animal charges in the starvation deaths of several dogs has been released on bond for the second time.

Stephen Crooms had been free on bond in the animal cruelty case until prosecutors learned Crooms was charged in McIntosh County late last month with the felony offenses of theft, making false statements and passing a bad check. An order for his arrest was filed on Aug. 6.

Judge J. David Roper released Crooms on a $10,000 bond. As a condition of bond, Crooms is restricted to remain in Georgia.

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Judge throws out lawsuit over private probation company

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 9:11pm


A federal lawsuit challenging the legality of a contract between a south Georgia county and a private probation company has been dismissed.

In an order signed Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. found the defense attorneys for Judicial Alternatives of Georgia made convincing arguments for why the civil case should be dismissed.

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Georgia DFCS director to host town hall meeting in Augusta

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 6:57pm

Georgia Division of Family and Children Services Director Bobby Cagle will host a town hall meeting at the Augusta-Richmond County Library on Tuesday to discuss his department’s “Blueprint for Change.”

The meeting, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at 823 Telfair St., will cover the department’s new practice model and discuss how its workforce development should affect families statewide. Stephanie Blank, chairwoman of the Governor’s Child Welfare Reform Council, is also scheduled to speak.

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Kid Rock coming to Evans for October show

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:45pm announced Monday that Kid Rock will headline a concert on Oct. 25 at Evans Towne Center Park.

The event marks Kid Rock’s first appearance in the Augusta area.

General Admission tickets will be available this Friday at 10 a.m. for $30 – $40 the day of show.

A VIP ticket, which includes food, drinks, preferred viewing and a dedicated entry line will be available at $1,500 for a dedicated table of eight or $175 per individual ticket by contacting

Children 5 and under receive free general admission with a ticketed adult.

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Palace Malice pointing for Woodward

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:38pm

Palace Malice’s next race will be the Woodward Stakes on Sept. 5.

The Grade I race for 3-year-olds and up will be held at Saratoga Race Course. The distance is 1 1/8 mile.

The colt, jointly owned by Dogwood Stable and Three Chimneys Farm, had a sharp workout on Saturday morning. According to Dogwood’s Web site, Palace Malice covered a half mile in :47.80 and galloped seven furlongs in 1:26.30 with John Velazquez in the saddle.

The plan is for Palace Malice to work again this Saturday and then head for the race on Sept. 5.

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Drake taught, brought music to Augusta

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:31pm

To those who knew Alan Drake, it was evident music was his life.

“He devoted his life to music,” said Quentin Kuyper, executive director of the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society. “He was a stellar (musician) and will be missed in the Augusta community.”

Drake died Wednesday, four days after his 86th birthday, but before that he made his mark on music in Augusta throughout the arts community.

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I-20 repairs to slow traffic

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:21pm

Slab replacement on westbound Interstate 20 from the Savannah River to the Augusta Canal will affect drivers starting today.

The construction project will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day through Thursday.

At least one lane will be closed during the project. Lane closures will begin on the South Carolina side slightly before the construction begins in Georgia, officials said.

United Way of the CSRA holds campaign kickoff; sets 2015 fundraising goal at $3.5 million

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:05pm

Announcing a fundraising goal of $3.5 million, the United Way of the CSRA kicked off its annual campaign with a Western-themed luncheon Monday at the Bell Auditorium.

“Let’s make the 2015 campaign the best ever and keep the light shining bright in the CSRA,” said Mark Dufour, United Way board member and Club Car's president and chief executive officer.

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North Augusta tops first area Power Poll

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 2:27pm


The area’s top 10 football teams as voted on by members of The Augusta Chronicle sports department, WJBF-TV, WRDW-TV, WGAC and other area media. A first-place vote is worth 10 points; a 10th-place vote is worth one point. First-place votes are in parentheses.


1. North Augusta (1) 78 1-0 NR

2. Aquinas (4) 77 1-0 NR

3. Thomson 76 1-0 NR

4. Burke County (3) 73 1-0 NR

5. Washington County (2) 53 1-0 NR

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