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Ga. voter list complete, official says

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:53am



ATLANTA -- All applications for new voters have been processed, and the total is less than two years ago, according to Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Despite a push by the Democratic Party of Georgia and a group called the New Georgia Project that submitted 86,000 applications from mostly blacks seeking to register, the total number of registered voters is approximately 39,000 less than two years ago.

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NC woman, 77, dies in Okefenokee Swamp

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:48am

The death of an elderly North Carolina woman killed Saturday in a boating accident in the Okefenokee Swamp is under investigation by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Ruby Kelly Causey, 77, of Efland, N.C., died after she and her husband, David Gerald Causey, 73, were thrown from a boat they had rented at the Suwannee Canal Recreation Area, said Capt. Scott Klingel, head of law enforcement at the DNR’s Metter office.

Efland is a small town west of Durham.

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MOX contractor cites Ebola in phishing scam training drill

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:35pm


The contractor of Savan­nah River Site’s mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility sent an e-mail to its workers detailing a fake scenario in which a University Hospital nurse contracted Ebola.

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North Augusta city council passes budget on first reading

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:29pm


North Augusta residents can breath a little easier for now, knowing they might not be paying more in taxes next year.

On Monday, the North Augusta City Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance adopting a 2015 budget on first reading, striking down an amendment calling for a tax increase of 2.36 mils.

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Police investigate homicide at Augusta mobile home park

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:49pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide after police found the body of a white female Monday evening at an Augusta mobile home park, according to Lt. Calvin Chew.

Approximately 6:30 p.m., deputies responded to 308 Carmell Place, where the body of the woman was discovered, Chew stated.

The unidentified victim is in her mid-20s to early-30s, Chew stated, with shoulder-length brown hair.

Chew said the woman did not reside at the Rocky Creek Mobile Home Park.

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Interim administrator to present balanced budget proposal

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:39pm

A big test of interim City Administrator Tameka Allen’s tenure culminates Tuesday in her presentation of a 2015 city budget proposal.

“It’s going to be a balanced budget that does not dip into reserves,” Allen said. “It’s probably not going to make everybody happy, but it gets us where we need to be to move forward.”

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First defendant in Augusta gang battle case pleads guilty

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:28pm


An Augusta man accused of participating in a gang-related series of shootings pleaded guilty Monday.

Jordan J. Lovett, 19, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to charges that included aggravated assault, unlawful gang activity and property damage.

Judge J. David Roper accepted the plea negotiation and imposed a prison term of 12.5 years followed by 17.5 years on probation.

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Augusta murder conviction affirmed

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:40pm


The Georgia Supreme Court affirmed an Augusta man’s murder conviction in the slaying of his best friend.

On Monday, the court ruled Michael O. Faulks, 25, was fairly tried and convicted in Richmond County Superior Court for the Jan. 4, 2009, slaying of 22-year-old Jamar Wright.

Faulks is serving a sentence of life in prison.

Man sentenced to 3 years in jail after car chase exceeding 140 mph

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:39pm


A driver who fled from a traffic stop at speeds as high as 140 mph pleaded guilty Monday in exchange for a three-year prison term.

Aqualius S. Battle, 37, repeatedly balked at accepting the plea offer, insisting he should only get a year at most. The high-speed chase on Interstate 20 from Richmond County into Aiken County was captured on the Georgia Highway Patrol trooper’s dash cam on Feb. 18. Battle’s car hit four other vehicles during the chase.

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Mother gets a year incarceration for cruelty

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:37pm


A woman living with her 3-year-old daughter and a starving dog in a trash-filled house without plumbing pleaded guilty to cruelty charges Monday.

Krystle L. Oyer, 26, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to cruelty to children in the second degree and a misdemeanor offense of cruelty to animals. Judge J. David Roper sentenced Oyer to serve one year in jail and 2½ years on probation. She will get credit for the seven months she has been in jail.

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Adaptive golf competition highlights spirit of disabled

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:26pm


William “Jake” Trier played golf for 15 years as a way to bond with his children – until January, when he lost his left leg after developing an aneurism from knee-replacement surgery.

The 86-year-old disabled Marine Corps veteran from Aiken thought he might never play again. Then, he met this summer with the Walton Foundation for Independence, an organization dedicated to the promotion of adaptive sports.

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Accident slows traffic on I-20 at state line, lanes reopened

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 4:35pm

An accident this afternoon on Interstate 20 near the Georgia-South Carolina line slowed traffic to a crawl, Richmond County dispatchers said.

Deputies and emergency medical workers were called to the scene of the crash in the eastbound lanes about 3:17 p.m. It wasn’t immediately clear how many cars are involved or how many people were injured, but traffic was quickly diverted to River Watch Parkway.

According to dispatch, both eastbound lanes were cleared of debris and open around 6 p.m.

Former GreenJackets fill World Series roster

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 4:00pm


Five former Augusta GreenJackets will suit up for the San Francisco Giants in their third World Series appearance in five years, including a left-hander who has established himself as the staff ace.

Madison Bumgarner is listed as the Game 1 starting pitcher for the Giants. He has a 1.42 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings over four 2014 postseason starts. The 25-year-old already has 11 postseason appearances under his belt, including 10 starts, and has a 2.67 ERA in 67 1/3 innings.

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Teen reported missing after Cross Creek football game

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:00pm


Police are seeking a teenager who has been missing since a Cross Creek High School football game on Friday.

Nicholas Charles Dunn, 18, was last seen around 9:30 p.m. at Cross Creek High School on Old Waynesboro Road running across the football field to the visitor’s side. Police said he walked behind the bleachers and has not been seen since. He was wearing gray pants, gray tennis shoes and a green camouflage hoodie.

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Details released in suspicious death of quadriplegic man

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:55pm


A quadriplegic man whose death was deemed suspicious has been determined to have died from positional asphyxia.

Police discovered Marty Fann, 43, lying face down on the floor of his Fenwick Street home about 9:50 a.m. Wednesday.

Positional asphyxia occurs when a person’s position prevents him from breathing adequately.

Coroner Mark Bowen said Monday that the death remains under investigation and is still being referred to as “suspicious” while the investigation is conducted.

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Clemson loses running back for season

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:28pm


CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said leading running back Adam Choice is lost for the season after tearing a knee ligament.

The 21st-ranked Tigers (5-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) will also be without tight end Jordan Leggett for several weeks after he also suffered a knee injury. Swinney said both players were injured in last Saturday’s 17-13 victory at Boston College.

Clemson faces Syracuse (3-4, 1-2) on Saturday night.

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Azziz is finalist for Vegas school's presidency

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:09pm


Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz is one of the finalists for the presidency of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, announced the Nevada System of Higher Education on Monday.

Azziz, who has been mentioned in the past for other open university positions in Florida and Texas, is one of three finalists for the position. The other finalists are:

• John Valery White, the executive vice president and provost at UNLV

• Dr. Len M. Jessup, the dean of the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona.

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Midland Valley-Airport is the Game of the Week

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:02pm


A cluttered region is about to get a little clearer.

In the six-team Region V in Class AAA, Airport and Midland Valley are tied for second at 2-1, just one game in front of two other teams and one behind leader Swansea.

With the playoffs so close, Friday’s Airport and Midland Valley game, which is The Augusta Chronicle’s Game of the Week, figures to have major consequences.

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Augusta Commission to review deal with Sentinel probation company

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:34pm

The Augusta Commission is to vote Tuesday on extending a contract with the private probation company that is ground zero for a legal battle over private, for-profit probation companies.

Richmond County State Court Chief Judge Richard Slaby told Public Safety Committee members last week that the contract differs from prior contracts with Sentinel Offender Services because it takes into account recommendations made in a critical state audit released in the spring.

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Fort Gordon soldiers deploying to West Africa to aid in Ebola fight

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:26pm


About 25 soldiers from Fort Gordon are deploying to West Africa to aid against the spread of the Ebola virus.

Soldiers from the 35th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade will join an additional 150 of the brigade’s soldiers from Fort Bragg, N.C., according to a news release from Fort Gordon. They will go to locations in Liberia and Senegal to provide communications assistance for a Joint Force Command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia.

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