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GRU professor to discuss Quran

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:03am

Dr. Jonathan Leightner, of Georgia Regents University, will discuss the Quran and its influence on Muslim belief and actions at a program at 6 p.m. Thursday at St. James United Methodist Church, 439 Greene Street.

Leightner, an economics professor at GRU’s Summerville Campus, has traveled and taught in the Far East and is writing a book on modern society and the sacred texts of major religions.

Log truck wreck victim identified

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:41am

Truck driver William Joseph Young, 58, of Thomson Highway in Lincolnton, Ga., died Wednesday in a log truck accident near Appling, Bonnie King, Columbia County deputy coroner said.

Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said the wreck occurred about 9:12 a.m., when the southbound truck left Ray Owens Road near Yelton Road and overturned.

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Crash kills man fleeing SC cops

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:27am

JEDBURG, S.C. — A Moncks Corner man has been arrested after a passenger in his car died as the driver drover away from a Dorchester County sheriff’s deputy.

Authorities told local media outlets that 23-year-old Archie Lee Reid Jr. has been charged with failure to stop for police in an attempted traffic stop Sunday night. It was not clear if Reid has an attorney.

Thirty-five-year-old Derrick Lawrence died in the wreck.,

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SC deputy dragged by car

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:23am

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A Greenville County sheriff’s deputy was hurt after he was dragged by a car while trying to serve a warrant.

Sheriff’s spokesman Jonathan Smith told local media outlets that the deputy suffered minor injuries.

Smith said the officer and several others had gone to take a suspect into custody around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. They found the man in an apartment parking lot and he and another man jumped into a car.

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Atlanta voters OK road bonds

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:21am

ATLANTA — Atlanta voters have approved a $250 million bond package aimed at fixing aging infrastructure such as roads, bridges, sidewalks and buildings.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the measures were approved Tuesday by a margin of about nine to one.

Nearly 21,000 voters -- fewer than 10 percent of eligible voters -- went to the polls.

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Freight train strikes, kills Atlanta man

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:14am

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. — Police in metro Atlanta are investigating the death of a man who was struck by a freight train.

Brookhaven police say the Norfolk Southern train was unable to stop in time and struck the man around 4 p.m. Tuesday in the suburban city just northeast of Atlanta.

Authorities tell The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the man didn’t move after the train’s horn sounded. His name wasn’t released.

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Atlanta airport launches online parking plan

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:12am

ATLANTA — Travelers passing through the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport may now reserve parking spaces online.

Airport officials said in a statement that the online parking spot reservation program also includes discounts for travelers parking at the international terminal.

The airport’s General Manager Miguel Southwell says airport officials are trying to make the facility more efficient by expanding passenger services.

Hoop skirts out at UGA

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 8:57am

ATHENS, Ga. -- Hoop skirts will go the way of Confederate uniforms as special-event attire for Greek organizations at the University of Georgia — into the past.

The hoop skirt ban came after UGA Student Affairs administrators met Monday with some UGA fraternity and sorority leaders, including representatives of the UGA chapters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Kappa Alpha fraternities, both of which have deep roots in the South.

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Ga. insurance exchange rates steady

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 8:19am

ATLANTA -- Premiums in Georgia’s insurance exchange showed only a slight increase in 2015, as compared with the South overall and the nation as a whole, according to a new analysis released this week.

The Urban Institute study made public Tuesday found that nationally, the average premium increase in the lowest-cost “Silver” plan was 2.9 percent.

The Silver plans are the most popular among consumers, and the rates studied pertain to a 40-year-old individual who does not use tobacco.

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Burke County closes all schools today

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 1:17am

Burke County school officials announced late Tuesday via the school district’s social media accounts that all classes are canceled today because of a ruptured water line.

Just before 10 p.m., officials released the following message:

“All Burke County Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, March 18, 2015, because of a ruptured water line that serves the schools. BCPS students, faculty and staff should NOT report to school tomorrow. Thank you.

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Columbia County voters approve renewal of education sales tax

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:45pm

Columbia County voters overwhelmingly approved a renewal of the local education sales tax Tuesday, providing officials with a reliable source of revenue to fund improvements in the county’s rapidly growing school system.

Turnout was light for the special election to approve the next five-year round of the education special local option sales tax (ESPLOST), with less than 6 percent of registered voters casting ballots.

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Frantom, Harris head for April 14 runoff in District 7

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:43pm

The District 7 special election isn’t over yet, with Sean Frantom and Louis “Hap” Harris heading for an April 14 runoff.

With all votes counted Tuesday, Frantom garnered 866 votes, or 43.72 percent, to Harris’ 723 votes, or 36.5 percent.

Neither received the more than 50 percent of votes needed to win outright, while third-place finisher Sonny Pittman garnered 391 votes, or 19.74 percent.

“I wish it had been a different result, but it was still a great result,” said a glowing Frantom, development director for Ronald McDonald House.

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Clinic for moms at Evans High puts accent on proper tackling

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:03pm

Elisabeth Townley yelled out “One, Two!” as she got her feet into ready position on the football field.

A group of 87 area moms learned footwork and other techniques in five different drills teaching proper tackling Tuesday night. At Evans High School, current and former Atlanta Falcons spoke about proper equipment fitting and concussion awareness inside the school as part of the team’s Moms Football Safety Clinic. Later, the women went outside to continue their Heads Up training.

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Frantom, Harris to face off in runoff

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 9:29pm

Sean Frantom and Hap Harris will face off in a runoff for the Richmond County District 7 commission seat on April 14th.

Frantom lead with 866 votes, or 43.72 percent of the vote. A few percentage points shy of the majority needed to avoid a runoff. 

Hap Harris had 723 votes for 36.5 percent. 391 Sonny Pittman supporters came out, falling just short of 20 percent of votes cast. 

Turnout in the eight precincts was reported as 13.61 percent, with 1,981 ballots cast. 

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Former Edmund Burke Academy headmaster dies in car wreck

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 7:56pm

William Brent Cribb, former headmaster at Edmund Burke Academy, died Tuesday in a car accident near Milledgeville, according to Baldwin County Coroner John Gonzalez.

Cribb, 40, served as a technology and business teacher, coach, assistant headmaster and headmaster at Edmund Burke Academy from 2004 to 2013. In July of 2013, Cribb joined the staff of the Georgia Independent Schools Association, where he served as vice president.

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PSC delays vote on Vogtle hike

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 4:59pm

ATLANTA -- No decision came Tuesday when the Georgia Public Service Commission postponed consideration of Georgia Power Company’s request to increase the budget and extend the schedule for construction of two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro.

The commission had it on its agenda for its regular administrative session but put it off for two weeks until its April 2 meeting.

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Teen sex suspect has hearing

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 3:42pm


The case against an Augusta businessman accused of sex with a teen will continue after a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

A Columbia County magistrate judge ruled there is enough evidence against Randy Houston Mercer, 57, to proceed with prosecution of the case in Superior Court.

Mercer, of Downing Street, was arrested Feb. 20 and charged with aggravated child molestation, computer pornography, enticing a child for indecent purposes and sexual exploitation of a child. He is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.

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Jack Craig named new manager for Savannah River Site

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 3:04pm


The U.S. Department of Energy has named a new manager for Savannah River Site, according to the site’s public affairs office.

Jack Craig will replace Dave Moody who is retiring from the Energy Department in June and was manager at SRS for five years. Craig has served as director of the environmental management consolidated business center in Cincinnati, Ohio since 2004.

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1 dead in bus wreck on Ga.-SC line

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 7:23am

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. — One person has died and three others were hurt in a wreck involving three cars and a bus on a bridge at the South Carolina-Georgia state line.

Jasper County Coroner Martin Sauls says the name of the victim in Monday afternoon’s wreck has not been released while relatives are notified.

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Suspect sought in Stevens Creek Road theft totaling thousands of dollars

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 1:19am

Deputies are searching for a suspect accused of taking $1,200 worth of hair extensions, among other items, from a victim’s home Monday, police say.

Around 9:52 a.m., a 37-year-old victim arrived home to find two flat-screen televisions, two laptops, clothing and hair extensions missing from her residence on the 1000 block of Stevens Creek Road.

Deputies noticed scratches and pry marks on the patio door, where the suspect was believed to have gained entry.

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