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Golf helps men share faith

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 1:35pm


The game of golf gives Zach Johnson and Stewart Cink a platform to glorify God in front of millions of golf fans every day.

“On the golf course it’s how they manage themselves around the ball, but in life it’s how they let the Lord manage them and guide their lives,” said Dr. Morris Pickens, a sports psychologist who joined the pro golfers on stage at Tuesday’s Masters Prayer Breakfast at Warren Baptist Church.

The 22nd annual event was presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and drew more than 1,000 people.

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Wife charged with killing husband

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:46pm

NORTH AUGUSTA — A woman was charged Tuesday with shooting her husband in their North Augusta Gardens apartment while their four small children were home.

North Augusta Department of Public Safety officers were called to Apartment 1701 at the Marion Avenue complex about 10:30 a.m. and found Dakota Cook, 21, with a single gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center, where he died from his injuries, Coroner Tim Carlton said in a news release.

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Ga. man charged after daughter's shotgun death

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:22pm

WAYCROSS, Ga. -- The father of a 10-year-old girl accidentally shot to death has been charged in the illegal possession of the shotgun that killed her, the Ware County sheriff said.

Taylor Marie Jowers died at her home just after 1 p.m. Friday when she was struck in the chest by a blast from a shotgun that a 15-year-old boy was in the process of unloading, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.

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Ex-UGA coach Jim Donnan co-defendant pleads guilty

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:26am

ATHENS, Ga. -- An Ohio man charged with operating a Ponzi scheme with former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan has pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge.

Donnan has pleaded not guilty to the federal charges. His trial is scheduled to begin May 6 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia in Athens.

Gregory Crabtree’s sentencing is scheduled for June 24, also in Athens.

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Tuesday practice round underway

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:23am


The skies have cleared up and dozens of golfers are on the course for today’s practice round at the Masters Tournament.

Inclement weather chased players off Augusta National and forced tournament officials to close the course early Monday. But the sun has been out some today, and the forecast is for good weather the rest of today, although it could be a bit breezy with gusts up to 20 mph.

Thousands of patrons are on the course and following the action. Major champions Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley are among the players on the course this morning.

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Ga. man kept pregnant teen murder victim under surveillance, GBI says

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:58am

ATHENS, Ga. -- A 34-year-old man apparently kept his pregnant teenage girlfriend under surveillance before he allegedly beat her to death at their Jackson County home outside of Jefferson.

A search of the home following 16-year-old Cheyanne Nicole Hair’s death four months ago turned up a cellphone concealed in a bathroom wall that contained images of “an unconscious and beaten Hair,” according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent’s search warrant affidavit filed last week in Clarke County Superior Court.

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Bandits hit three loan companies in 24 hours

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:20am

Police are investigating two armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery of loan offices that happened in a 24-year period.

Two of the incidents happened within 20 minutes of each other, Aiken Department of Public Safety dispatch said.

Police were called to an attempted armed robbery at TitleMax, 1320 Richland Avenue, at 9:07 a.m. Tuesday after a passerby noticed people dressed in black with their faces covered trying to get into the locked business.

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Georgia Democrats includes questions on primary ballot

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 8:34am

ATLANTA -- Voters choosing a Democratic ballot for the primary will also get to weigh in on a handful of issues.

The Secretary of State’s Office released this week the list of non-binding questions that will appear on Democratic ballots. The Democratic Party of Georgia submitted them during last month’s candidate qualifying period, but the Republican Party did not offer any, according to Jared Thomas, the agency’s spokesman.

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Update: Coroner identifies shooting victim

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 6:34am

 Police are investigating a shooting death that began as an altercation on Broad Street Tuesday morning and ended with a North Augusta man dead a mile away.

Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose identified the victim as Antonio L. Counts, 28. He was pronounced dead at 3:55 a.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Center, and an autopsy will be done at the GBI crime lab in Atlanta.

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Commission candidates report fundraising for May 20 elections

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 8:55pm

A shorter season seems to be making for smaller campaign war chests, especially in the Super District 10 Augusta Commission election.

According to campaign filings due Monday, incumbent Grady Smith has raised $12,666.72 in cash and in-kind donations toward his re-election campaign, compared to challenger Brandon Dial’s $7,362.48.

The numbers are down since Smith’s election to the seat in November 2010, when he raised $61,732 in a contest with Sean Frantom, who raised $17,270.74. Since then, the Georgia legislature moved the elections earlier in the year, to May.

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Par-Tee makes most of change in venue

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 7:58pm

The Par-Tee on the Green became more of a party in the rain Monday, but that didn’t keep more than 100 people from showing up at the event’s backup venue: a parking deck.

The event, originally scheduled on the Augusta Common as a replacement for the Mayor’s Masters Reception, was forced to move to the Richmond County Board of Education’s deck at James Brown Boulevard and Ellis Street as rain pelted the area for most of the day.

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VA patient's death tracked to Charleston hospital

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:38pm

The Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed Monday that the last remaining death in its Southeast Network of hospitals related to delays in gastrointestinal care happened at its medical center in Charleston, S.C.

The news, which comes after a nationwide review of VA medical records dating back to 1999, ends months of speculation that the death toll at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta could include a fourth cancer patient.

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Pet adoption event planned

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:26pm


A group of animal welfare activists hope Masters Tournament patrons will leave Augusta this year with a lifelong commitment as a souvenir.

About 10 volunteers will host Adopta-Paw-Looza at the Augusta Common Saturday, where they will have craft vendors, music, and various rescue groups offering dogs and cats up for adoption.

“A lot of animals need homes,” said organizer Dennis Briatico. “We are counting on foot traffic from the Masters … so maybe some of these tourists will take some dogs home with them.”

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Man arrested 2nd time at Augusta National

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 4:26pm


A Pennsylvania man arrested over the weekend for driving onto the grounds of the Augusta National Golf Club, was caught trying to do it again Monday, this time claiming to be the father of 2013 Masters Tournament champion Adam Scott.

Joseph John Murphy, 50, of Hatfield, Pa., first tried to get onto the grounds about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. An incident report said Murphy left on the advice of a security guard but returned 10 minutes later, driving past a gate and onto the property.

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Storms, flooding across Georgia

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 3:49pm


ATLANTA -- Heavy rain has drenched much of Georgia today and the storm prompted the National Weather Service to issue a series of severe weather advisories.

Forecasters issued flash flood watches and warnings covering parts of north, central and western Georgia that were expected to expire tonight. Forecasters say up to 3 inches of rain has fallen in some areas, and an additional 1 to 2 inches is expected to fall later in the day.

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'Thunder Over Augusta' canceled this year

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 3:32pm


There will be no “Thunder” in Evans this May.

The popular Armed Forces Day celebration known as Thunder Over Augusta has been cancelled this year, organizers said Monday.

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Man's death, woman's burns still under investigation

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 3:14pm


Multiple police agencies continue to investigate a suspicious fire where police discovered a man dead and a woman on fire.

According to a Richmond County sheriff’s incident report, deputies were sent to the couple’s home at 3625 Crawfordville Drive in reference to a domestic dispute call.

Authorities said a neighbor discovered Karla Jean Harter, 46, on fire outside her home and helped to put out the fire. She was taken to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital with third-degree burns to 85 percent of her body. She remains in critical condition.

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Judge disqualifies MLK estate lawyer

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:30am




ATLANTA — A judge has ruled that a lawyer for the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. cannot participate in a dispute over the ownership of King’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize.


The slain civil rights icon’s estate, controlled by his sons, is locked in a legal dispute with his daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, over ownership of the items. The Martin Luther King Jr. Estate Inc., which is run by Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King, wants to sell the items, while Bernice is opposed to the sale.


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UPDATE: Practice round ends

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:18am

The Augusta National announced this afternoon that it will close the gates for today’s practice round and not reopen the rest of the day.

However, the club announced,  purchasers of Monday Practice Round tickets will be sent refunds in May, and will be guaranteed the opportunity to purchase 2015 Practice Rounds tickets.  Further information will be included with the refund.

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