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Stars plan Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 10:40am

ATLANTA — Lynyrd Skynyrd is getting the tribute treatment.

 An all-star cast of performers will salute the seminal Southern rock band during the taping of “One More for the Fans! Celebrating the Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd.”


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Richmond school year underway

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 9:43am

A new school year began for Richmond County students this morning, and if one word describes the first day at Cross Creek High, it was loud.

Students shifting classrooms at the end for first period this morning sounded like a dull roar.

Teachers and administrators appeared to swim through crowds, trying to get to classrooms or other assignments, and anyone trying to talk almost had to shout to be heard.

Cross Creek has roughly 1,288 students starting today, but in the school hallways, their numbers looked larger.

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Man found after 6 days in SC swamp

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 8:11am


SUMTER, S.C. — Authorities say a missing 52-year-old man has been found safe in a Sumter County swamps nearly a week after he disappeared.


Sumter Police said fishermen heard Fredric Richburg yelling around 8 p.m. Sunday in a swamp south of the city that is about 5 miles from his apartment.


Authorities say Richburg may have been in the swamp since shortly after he was last seen walking out of his apartment Monday morning. He was reported missing by a friend on Thursday.


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Hancock County's historic courthouse burns

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 7:41am

SPARTA, Ga. ­­­­­— The state fire marshal will investigate a Monday morning fire that gutted Hancock County’s historic courthouse, destroying records and forcing many county and court offices to seek new quarters.

County Manager Sistie Hudson said the courthouse, known by many as “Her Majesty” for the way it sits prominently on the town’s main street, was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene about 3 a.m.

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8 arrested in Lincoln County drug bust

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:11pm

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly linked an Athens area man to the drug arrests.  Sheriff Bruce Beggs said Monday that Jonathan Court­land Pursley, 24, of Daniels­ville, Ga., was not part of the drug arrests.

A drug bust in Lincoln County netted eight arrests, officials announced Sunday.

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Woman arrested after armed robbery

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 9:34pm

An Augusta woman is accused of armed robbery after a man had two cellphones and his pants stolen early Sunday, police say.

Jasmine Green, 20, of Clark Street, is charged with felony armed robbery, according to Richmond County jail records.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to Krystal’s at 2537 Peach Or­chard Road about 5 a.m., according to an incident report.

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Augusta mayor proclamations top 1,100 in nine years

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 9:08pm

During his 10-year NFL career, Corey Chavous considers being named captain of the St. Louis Rams, Ari­zona Cardinals and Min­ne­so­ta Vikings his highest honor.

Next in line is a proclamation by the leader of his home community, Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver, touting the Pro Bowl safety’s “selfless efforts in positively impacting the lives” of area youth.

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Rory McIlroy wins PGA Championship for fourth career major

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 8:43pm


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The challenge finally arrived for Rory McIlroy, and he was better than ever Sunday to win the PGA Championship.

On a back nine filled with clutch shots and as much tension as a major can provide, McIlroy emerged from a four-man race to outlast Phil Mickelson and the darkness at Valhalla to capture his second consecutive major.

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Pardon Our Mess: Advertising signs violate city code

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 8:06pm

WHERE: Various rights of way alongside roads throughout Augusta


WHAT: Signs advertising Graduation Achievement Centers of Georgia, a tuition-free, online charter school, have cropped up across town. The school opened a center in Augusta in July.


WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Code enforcement manager Pam Costabile said the signs violate the city’s code. Violators that are local can be required to sign a notice and, if they continue to violate the code, can be taken to court.


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Accident on I-20 slows traffic in Columbia County

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 7:33pm

An overturned tractor-trailer is slowing traffic on Interstate 20 in Columbia County, dispatch confirmed.

The accident happened about 4:30 p.m. and has restricted westbound traffic to one lane. Delays should be expected between mile markers 189 to 194.

Trial of 12 set to begin in Atlanta cheating case

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 7:26pm


ATLANTA — More than a year after 35 Atlanta Public Schools educators were indicted in a school cheating scandal that rocked the system, 12 people are set to go to trial Monday.

The former administrators, principals, testing coordinators and teachers face racketeering charges. Individual charges include influencing witnesses and lying to state investigators.

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Hearings on Augusta tax increase start today

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 6:47pm

Opposition to Augusta’s proposed property tax increase is rooted in a lack of confidence in city government, according to one critic who plans to attend a public hearing Monday on the increase.

“Until the commission starts running like a business, which is what it is, we’re going to continue to have tax increases and we’re going to deplete our funds,” said Ken­ny Echols, a west Au­gusta home­owner who lost a 2012 bid for a commission seat.

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Reserve deputy program's first year called a success

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 6:41pm


A year after reserve deputies began patrols in Augusta, it appears it’s a win-win for everyone involved.

For the sheriff’s office, it means added resources and skills without hurting the budget.

For the deputies, it’s an opportunity to remain active in an occupation they enjoy on a smaller scale.

“There’s nothing else like it,” reserve deputy Matt Johnson said of the job. “I enjoy making a little bit of difference in Richmond County.”

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Details emerge in Winthrop firing

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 2:49pm


ROCK HILL, S.C. — About a dozen employees say a fired president of Winthrop University yelled whenever she was angry and created a hostile work environment.


University trustees used the statements when they fired Jamie Comstock Williamson last month. The Herald of Rock Hill obtained the statements through a Freedom of Information Act request.


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6 shot at Wrightsville nightclub

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 2:46pm


WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. — Police in middle Georgia say six people were wounded in a shooting outside a club.


Wrightsville Police Chief Aaron Price tells The Telegraph of Macon shooting happened early Sunday morning outside a club in the town about 60 miles east of Macon.


Authorities say two of the victims were seriously wounded and are hospitalized in Macon.


Information on the shooter’s motive and a detailed description of the suspect weren’t immediately available.


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Fort Gordon identifies soldier found dead

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 1:39pm

Fort Gordon officials have identified the soldier found dead Friday in the post’s training area as 2nd Lt. Anthony Thomas Scar­dino, a 27-year-old member of the Mis­sis­sippi Army National Guard.

The cause and circumstances of his death remain under investigation, a statement said.

Scardino was found dead about 10 p.m. Friday after he didn’t arrive at a designated location during navigation training, authorities say. About 90 soldiers and the post’s Directorate of Emergency Services were involved in the search.

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Flood watch issued for most of region

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 1:29pm

A flood watch has been issued for most of east central Georgia and western South Carolina Sunday evening by the National Weather Service in Columbia.

Georgia counties included Richmond, Columbia, Burke, McDuffie and Lincoln. South Carolina counties include Aiken, Barnwell, Edgefield and McCormick.

Very heavy rainfall and thunderstorms are expected to cause flooding in areas with poor drainage. Motorists are urged not to drive on flooded roads and pedestrians are asked to keep away from storm drains.

Missing mountain lion report faked, Aiken police say

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 1:12pm

Aiken County authorities searched for a missing mountain lion for most of the day Sunday, but there was one problem: It apparently didn’t exist in the first place.

About 5:30 p.m., the Aiken De­partment of Public Safety called off a search for a black, domesticated mountain lion that had been reported missing from Aquarium Pets at 1018 Richland Ave. W., saying the story had been fabricated.

Now, the case has turned into a criminal investigation in reference to filing a false police report.

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1 dead; 1 missing in SC floods

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 1:04pm


GREENVILLE, S.C. — A woman has died and the man she was with is missing after they were swept away by flash floods caused by more than 5 inches of rain falling in a few hours in Greenville overnight.


A witness saw the couple get out of their car in rising flood waters near Haywood Mall around 11 p.m. Friday, then get pulled off their feet and into a storm pipe, Greenville County Coroner Parks Evans said. Their names have not been released.


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Tony Stewart pulls out of race after fatality

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 12:50pm

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — The collision was as common as any in racing. Kevin Ward Jr.’s car spun twice like a top, wheels hugging the wall, before it plopped backward on the dimly lit dirt track.

In a sport steeped with bravado, what happened next was another familiar, but treacherous, move: Wearing a black firesuit and black helmet, the 20-year-old Ward unbuckled himself, climbed out of the winged car into the night and defiantly walked onto the track at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

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