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Georgia Tech student to relax after winning Ironman 70.3 Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/25/2016 - 3:55pm


Christopher Douglas is planning to take a well-deserved break from competition.

Douglas bested the Ironman 70.3 Augusta field Sunday with a time of 4:08:04. He beat Helle Frederiksen, the top professional woman, by two minutes and defeated the second-best amateur male, Peter Davey (4:20:17), by 12 minutes.

“I’ve been going since March,” said Douglas, a PhD student in the combustion lab at Georgia Tech. “It’s time for a little time off for me.”

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Frederiksen claims Ironman 70.3 Augusta win in return from injury

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/25/2016 - 2:15pm

Helle Frederiksen thought her career could be over a year ago.

The Danish triathlete suffered a knee injury that affected her training since May 2015, forcing her to withdraw from the 2015 Ironman 70.3 World Championship and sidelining her for months. She described it in a blog post as “horrendous” and “the most challenging 12 months of my career.”

Frederiksen’s long road back led her to a clear path to the finish line Sunday.

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Woman 'fooled' out of $12,000

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/24/2016 - 5:21pm

Sheriff’s deputies are looking for two women who “fooled” a 64-year-old Augusta woman with an investment scheme and robbed her of $12,000.

According to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office report, the women approached the victim outside the Peach Orchard Road post office Friday morning and told her they had found “thousands of dollars in cash” and would share some of it with her, if she would provide a similar amount so they could “launder” the money.

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Ole Miss thumps Georgia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/24/2016 - 4:44pm

OXFORD, Miss. — Call it the midday meltdown in Mississippi.

On a late September Saturday when temperatures hit the 90s, just about everything that could go wrong did for Georgia’s football team did at Ole Miss.

The No. 12 Bulldogs trailed 31-0 at the half to the No. 23 Rebels and 45-0 before the midway point of the third quarter.

By the time the ugliness ended, the Bulldogs were humbled with a 45-14 beatdown before 65,843 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

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Leases signed for new veterans' housing project

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:04pm


Plans are at last a go to renovate three historic buildings on the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center’s uptown campus off Wrightsboro Road to serve as housing for homeless and at-risk veterans, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The VA finalized lease agreements Friday with Free­dom’s Path LLC and Augusta Veterans Residences Limited Partnership, a foreign corporation, to renovate and operate buildings 7, 18 and 76, with construction to begin immediately, according to a statement.

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Greenbrier goes to ground game to remain unbeaten

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:02pm

As the Greenbrier players huddled up near the end zone after the game, the Wolfpack marching band chanted “Un-de-fea-ted! Un-de-fea-ted!”

Greenbrier focused on its ground game in the second half, scoring 28 unanswered points to roll to a 35-7 win over Cross Creek.

With the victory, the Wolfpack head into their bye week at 5-0, the second-best start in school history. Greenbrier will try to match the program’s record 6-0 start set in 1997 when it plays Oct. 7 at Lakeside.

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Schools chief updates Augusta Commission on status, needs

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 6:59pm

Richmond County’s superintendent of schools reached out to Augusta commissioners to help close an underachievement gap that exists in certain Richmond County schools.

At an unusual joint meeting Friday of the commission and Richmond County Board of Education, Superintendent Angela Pringle said the district has been trying to change the prevailing narrative that only its magnet schools are performing well.

“People like to say it’s not working for anybody. It’s working for a whole lot more than it’s not working for,” Pringle said.

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Diocese confirms DSS removed Irish Travelers' girls from North Augusta school

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 2:50pm


NORTH AUGUSTA — Five girls whose families are Irish Travelers from Murphy Village were taken from Our Lady of Peace Catholic School in North Augusta about three weeks ago by law enforcement agencies and are now in the custody of the state Department of Social Services, the Catholic Diocese of Charleston confirmed Friday.

At least two television stations in Augusta have reported that six girls were removed from their parents’ custody, but Maria Aselage, a spokeswoman for the diocese, said the number was five.

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Connecticut keeps 1968 Ga. fugitive

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:07am

SHERMAN, Conn. — An attorney representing a man who has been living in Connecticut as a fugitive for 48 years after fleeing a Georgia prison work camp says his client will be allowed to remain in the state.

Norm Pattis tells the Hartford Courant Connecticut officials have accepted terms to allow 71-year-old Robert Stackowitz to stay in Sherman under the supervision of a state parole officer until 2022.

The Georgia Department of Corrections said this week that it would turn over Stackowitz’s supervision to Connecticut if state officials agreed.

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Loose trailer hits vehicle, kills driver

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 10:59am

VALDOSTA, Ga. — State troopers in south Georgia say a trailer towed by a pickup truck came loose and hit another vehicle, killing the driver.

Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Chris Kelch said in an email that the crash happened about 5:25 p.m. Thursday in Valdosta.

Kelch said a white 1990 Ford pickup towing a grain hauler was rounding a curve when the trailer came loose and hit a white 1996 Dodge Stratus traveling in the opposite direction.

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Gas supplies expected to soon return to normal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:56pm


Some local stations are still out of gas, but the panic seems to be over after Colonial Pipeline announced it has restarted the pipeline.

On Monday, drivers flooded gas stations in the Augusta area seeking gas. Some drivers reported going to several stations before finding fuel. The panic arose after Colonial Pipeline discovered a major leak that dumped out 252,000 to 336,000 gallons. The pipeline section that failed ran from Mississippi to Atlanta.

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Augusta Commission, school board hold joint meeting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 9:46pm


Richmond County Board of Education and the Augusta Commission are having a breakfast meeting Friday to discuss the needs of the school district.

Board President Helen Minchew said the meeting is an opportunity to update the commission and other elected officials on the status of the school system.

It will include a presentation by Superintendent Angela Pringle on the system’s strategic plan for improvement, she said.

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Allen announces art competition for 12th District students

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:02pm

U.S. Rep. Rick Allen (R-Ga.-12) today announced the opportunity for young Georgians in the 12th Congressional District to participate in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition.

The competition is open to high school students, grades 9-12, who live or attend school in the 12th District, according to a news release from Allen’s office. The winner will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year, alongside other winning entries from across the country, and will also be invited to attend a special ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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Tech hires new athletic director

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 12:07pm




ATLANTA — Georgia Tech moved quickly to land a new athletic director, appointing former Yellow Jackets football player Todd Stansbury on Thursday to take over a program that has struggled to make its mark in the crowded Atlanta market.


Stansbury served for the past year as Oregon State’s athletic director, and he previously ran programs at Central Florida and East Tennessee State.


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Police arrest couple after investigating roach-infested home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:52am


A severe roach infestation is one reason an Augusta mother is facing charges and her home has been condemned.

According to an incident report, Cynthia Carol Westberry, 50, refused to acknowledge there was an issue at her home even though deputies and code enforcement officials described it as unlivable.

Police said Westberry was living at the home in the 2400 block of Young Drive with her 14-year-old child and another adult child who is disabled.

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Charlotte under state of emergency in 2nd night of protests

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 9:41pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Violent protesters rampaged through parts of downtown Charlotte as anger continued to build over the deadly police shooting of a black man and the wildly different stories about what happened from authorities and the victim's family and neighbors.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency Wednesday night in the state's largest city and called in the National Guard after Charlotte's police chief said he needed the help.

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Company restarts gasoline pipeline after leak in Alabama

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 9:24pm

ATLANTA — Colonial Pipeline restarted the gasoline pipeline in Alabama that had been shut down because of a major leak, which caused shortages and surging fuel prices across the South.

The pipeline was reopened Wednesday evening, company officials said in a statement. The pipeline leak was discovered Sept. 9 near Helena, Alabama, when state workers noticed a strong gasoline odor and sheen on a man-made retention pond.

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Sheriff's Office continues search for homicide suspect

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 6:04pm

Nearly a month after the shooting death of Lawaun Flournoy, police are continuing their efforts to bring someone to justice.

About 30 officers from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office went door-to-door Wednesday, canvassing the nearby streets where the 38-year-old was killed.

“The community needs to know we’re going to do what it takes to solve this homicide,” Lt. Allan Rollins said. “If that means going door-to-door in the rain – we’ll do it.”

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New member selected for juvenile court judgeship

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 5:27pm

A new member for the juvenile court bench in the Augusta Judicial Circuit has been selected.

The eight members of the Superior Court bench selected Amanda Heath to become the newest juvenile court judge for the circuit which includes Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties.

Heath served as an assistant district attorney and practiced law as a private attorney since graduating from the law school at Mercer University and being admitted to the bar in December 2010.

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Augusta woman arrested on charge of operating personal care home without license

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 4:45pm

An Augusta woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a charge of operating an unlicensed personal care home in the Sand Hills neighborhood.

Brenda Lee Nations, 57, was charged with the misdemeanor offense of operating an unlicensed personal care home at 2571 Mount Auburn St.

According to a Richmond County sheriff’s incident report, Shannon Vincent of the state’s Department of Community Health contacted law enforcement about Nations. Vincent had twice cited Nations for operating without a license at the Mount Auburn Street home.

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