ST. MARYS, Ga. — Enlisted women could begin serving aboard submarines as early as 2016, depending on the interest female sailors have in serving on the boats.
Every enlisted woman in the Navy will be asked to participate in an anonymous survey this summer to determine how many would volunteer to serve aboard the vessels.
“The ability to attract, recruit and retain quality female sailors is essential to the success of integration. It will also be a big challenge,” Lt. Timothy Hawkins, spokesman for the task force, said in a statement.
Georgia Power Co. has steered clear of further Plant Vogtle expansion cost overruns and schedule delays in the past year, according to a report filed Friday with the state’s Public Service Commission.
In the first construction monitoring report filed in a year, Georgia Power told state regulators that forecast construction and capital costs were unchanged since its financial share of Vogtle’s new reactors rose 8.6 percent. The projected completion dates remain in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 2018, respectively, for Units 3 and 4.
CARLSBAD, N.M. — For 15 years the trucks have barreled past southeastern New Mexico’s potash mines and seemingly endless fields of oil rigs, hauling decades worth of plutonium-contaminated waste to what is supposed to be a safe and final resting place a half mile underground in the salt beds of the Permian Basin.
ELGIN, S.C. — The Kershaw County coroner said an 18-year-old woman whose body was found in some woods near Elgin earlier this week had been strangled.
The State newspaper reported that Sheriff Jim Matthews said a male who was with Briana Nicole Rabon on Tuesday evening is not considered a person of interest in her death.
Services for Rabon will be held Sunday at Sawney’s Creek Baptist church in Ridgeway.
Some children playing on a dirt road near Elgin found the girl’s body Wednesday afternoon. Officials say they are not sure where she was killed.
ATHENS, Ga. -- A man whose pants were on fire as he ran from a blazing car in east Athens is suspected of intentionally torching the car.
The 19-year-old suspect was seen Wednesday carrying a flaming gas can, which he dropped in the street before rolling around on some grass to put out the fire on his pants leg, according to Athens-Clarke County police.
His actions were witnessed by two police officers on patrol in the 100 block of Cone Drive at about 11:20 p.m. when they saw a car fully engulfed in flames.
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- As Eastern kingsnakes decline in localized areas of the Southeast, the abundance of one of their common meals — the venomous copperhead — seems to be increasing.
Researchers collected ongoing snake survey data to look for changes in population sizes of the two species in the Southeast, publishing their findings in the journal Herpetologica.
The commanding general of the Army Cyber Command said Thursday that over the next five years Augusta will become a “city of innovation and transformation” as thousands of soldiers and civilians flock to the area to develop new software and technology in defense of national security.
Serving as the keynote speaker of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s 106th annual meeting, Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon described Fort Gordon as a “magical unit” that he believes will pump new energy into the Army’s growing mission of cyber warfare.
The rush to get the Augusta Commission to approve a list of special-purpose, local option sales tax projects to submit to voters May 20 just got a little more hectic.
While commissioner attendance at a series of recent work sessions on SPLOST 7 has been in the single digits, Mayor Deke Copenhaver on Thursday circulated a new package of $187.4 million in projects, asking commissioners to approve it today.
University Hospital will spend nearly $9 million to gut and renovate a floor of the hospital to accommodate its growing orthopedics and spinal surgery practices, officials said.
University’s boards approved spending $8.82 million to completely redo the ninth floor of the hospital and move orthopedics and spinal surgery patients there. The Neuro Intensive Care Unit that had been on that floor will move to a new home on the fifth floor and expand from 10 to 15 beds.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is warning people about a nationwide credit card scam.
“…They provide you with all the information, except the one piece they want,” Richmond County Sgt. Michael Shane McDaniel said in a statement. “Note, the callers do not ask for your credit card number. They already have it.”
A caller tells a card-holder that he or she works for the Security and Fraud Department at VISA and that the card-holder’s account has been flagged for an unusual purchase – a Telemarketing Device for $497.99 from a marketing company based in Arizona.
The owner of a Martinez hamburger joint was evicted from the restaurant Thursday for not paying rent.
Columbia County marshals removed property belonging to Gregory Allen Glover, 44, from St. Louis Original Hamburgers at 408 Furys Ferry Road. Property including tables, chairs, rolling carts and equipment was pulled out of the building and left in the parking lot.
“Anything that wasn’t affixed to the building,” Chief Marshal Shaun Brooks said. “Anything that wasn’t bolted down, we had to make sure it was out of there.”
Greenbrier High School’s Bryan Thompson signed his letter of intent to play soccer for Division II Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C., on Thursday afternoon.
The Wolfpack senior has helped the team jump out to a 2-0 start this season. He was previously named first team all-region in his sophomore and junior years.
The USRowing Masters National Head Race Championship will be held Nov. 9 on the Savannah River in Augusta.
In its third year, the event is expected to draw hundreds of masters competitors in sweep and sculling competition. The race runs 5,000 meters from Hammond’s Ferry to just past the Boathouse on the river.
The Augusta Rowing Club and Augusta Sports Council will play host to the event. The championship is run by USRowing, a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the country.
The Augusta Exchange Club awarded more than $140,000 to 40 local nonprofit organizations Thursday. The money came from the 2013 Georgia-Carolina State Fair and the Augusta Charity Classic golf tournament.
“This is the day we pass out the fruits of our labors,” said the exchange club’s past president, Tat Thompson.
Augusta’s devastating ice storm underscored the importance of charitable organizations that help the community not only during disasters but year-round, Thompson said.
Motorists may now use Washington Road near Halali Farm Road because a natural gas leak has been repaired.
Earlier this afternoon Columbia County Fire Rescue was on scene in front of Cushman’s, according to a news release from emergency officials.
The leak was caused by a private utility vehicle.
CANTON, Ga. — A Georgia man is facing charges in a crash that killed his newlywed wife as they were driving back from their wedding reception.
Lt. Jay Baker says Georgia State Patrol has charged 28-year-old Ryan Quinton with driving under the influence, vehicular homicide, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane in the Dec. 29 crash that killed 25-year-old Kali Dobson. Baker says Quinton was released from the Cherokee County jail on $25,000 bond on Wednesday night.
COLUMBIA — The shooting of a 70-year-old North Carolina man reaching for his cane by a York County deputy was the ninth officer-involved shooting in South Carolina this year.
That puts the state at a pace of more than one person shot by an officer each week. The State Law Enforcement Division says officer-involved shootings are on the rise in South Carolina, with 42 reported in 2013, up from 27 people shot by officers in 2009.
ATLANTA — Atlanta police are searching for a woman dressed in a Waffle House uniform who walked into a restaurant pretending to be an area manager — and left with about $100 in cash from the register.
The heist happened shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday at one of the chain’s 24-hour diners on the city’s southeast side.
Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones says the suspect began acting as an area manager and conducted an inspection of the restroom area, then continued her routine as real area managers do.
The partial skeleton of a human found this week in Banks County near Athens was transported to the State Crime Lab Thursday to see what forensic scientists can determine as to its identity, authorities said.
“We don’t have any tentative identification right now and I don’t know what we’ll be able to get in terms of the manner of death,” Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agent Mike Ayers said.
The partial skeleton was found scattered in a wooded area behind a hotel at the Banks Crossing shopping area off U.S. Highway 441.
A power outage in the Evans area Thursday morning was caused by a county dump truck’s hitting a power line at the debris management staging area at Marshall Square.
According to a news release from Columbia County emergency management, the driver was unloading gravel at the entrance of the staging area, where the rain had caused muddy areas.
Georgia Power was on scene and there were no injuries reported.