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Avett Brothers returning to Bell Auditorium for October show

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:48am

The Avett Brothers, a Grammy Award-nominated folk-rock band, is coming to Augusta’s Bell Auditorium on Oct. 16.

Seth and Scott Avett formed The Avett Brothers in 2001 in Charlotte, N.C. They have grown from playing small venues in the Southeast to performing worldwide and with Bob Dylan at the 2011 Grammy Awards.

The Avett Brothers are not strangers to Augusta. They have played at the Imperial Theatre, Jessye Norman Amphitheater, Bell Auditorium and headlined the 2014 Banjo-B-Que & Music Festival in Evans.

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Woman, 85, dies in Appling house fire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:36am

 

An 85-year-old woman died in a Friday morning fire in Appling.

Columbia County fire and rescue units responded at 3:25 a.m. to 6322 Yelton Road where they found a two-story, wooden structure in a fully involved fire, according to Battalion Chief Jeremy Wallen. It took an
hour and a half to get the fire extinguished.

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Ohio truck wreck kills Aiken man, 3 thoroughbred horses

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 8:30am

 

 

LAKE MILTON, Ohio — Travelers on a northeast Ohio highway say they found themselves acting as wranglers and makeshift veterinarians after a trailer crash killed an Aiken man and three horses.

 The victim was identified as William Tankard, 31, by WYTV .

WFMJ-TV reported the pickup truck was hauling a trailer of thoroughbred horses and changing lanes on Interstate 76 when it struck a car, rolled and hit a tractor-trailer Thursday in Milton Township, west of Youngstown.

 

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Ga. sales tax holiday underway

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 7:55am

Parents can expect a break on buying necessary school supplies this weekend with the annual Georgia sales-tax holiday.

Georgia exempt items list

The back-to-school event offers the chance to purchase various items without paying a sales tax free in preparation for children’s return to school.

 

The holiday began this morning and extends through midnight on Saturday.

 

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Ga. man dies from ropes course injury

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 6:40am

 

 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — An 18-year-old Georgia man has died a week after falling with a safety cord wrapped around his neck at a Knoxville ropes course.

 

Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk tells local media that Gregory Horan of Cumming, Ga., died at the University of Tennessee Medical Center on Wednesday night.

 

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Ga. inmate sues prison over rape

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 6:38am

TRION, Ga. — A Georgia inmate is suing three prison officials after he says he was raped in December while in Hays State Prison in Trion.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Atlanta-based attorney McNeill Stokes filed an amended complaint in U.S. District Court on July 15, taking over the civil case that the inmate started himself in April.

The inmate is suing Hays State Warden Scott Crickmar, Deputy Warden Alisa Hammock and a member of the medical department referred to only as “Dr. Hill.”

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Savannah woman accused in 188-count indictment of financially exploiting 91-year-old woman

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:48am

SAVANNAH, Ga.  --  A woman who provided home health care for the elderly was charged Wednesday in a 188-count indictment  with exploiting a 91-year-old woman and financial credit card fraud.

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Braves trade Wood, 2 others

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:28am
 

ATLANTA -- The first-place Los Angeles Dodgers have bolstered their pitching staff, acquiring Alex Wood, Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan from the Atlanta Braves and Mat Latos from the Miami Marlins and in a 13-player deal.

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Few Augusta residents show up for mall SPLOST session

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:10pm

Turnout was light but enthusiastic for Augusta’s first mall information session about the Nov. 3 sales tax referendum.

“I like having the meeting here,” said Vivian Rosier. “It’s open, and you can just go up and talk to people.”

Rosier, a retired educator, spoke with city officials and filled out a brief survey about the latest special purpose local option sales tax at the open house, held just outside J.C. Penney at Augusta Mall. She said Augusta’s first priority for the next phase of the tax should be infrastructure, followed by recreation and quality of life projects.

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Thomson teen drowns in chalk mine pond

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 7:40pm

 

A Thomson teen drowned Thursday while swimming in a chalk mine pond with friends.

McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall said the body of 19-year-old Marquavious Cummings was discovered at 7:45 p.m. Thursday in about 15 feet of water in a chalk mine pond off Iron Hill Road. Cummings and some friends were reportedly swimming in the chalk pit earlier Thursday afternoon.

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Aiken Training Track losing stable

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 7:32pm

 

Aiken Training Track president Brad Stauffer is trying to keep a positive outlook after learning of Darley America’s upcoming departure.

“I was informed it was a corporate decision and came from higher-ups,” Stauffer said Thursday. “They basically pulled the plug on the Aiken operation. That’s all I know.”

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Augusta event aims to start conversation on human trafficking, help young women

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 6:45pm

Adrianne Marcía Fernandez wants to get Augusta talking about sexual exploitation, and she’s starting the conversation with young women in the community.

Fernandez and Shelley Williams, both Georgia Regents University graduates, organized an event Saturday to bring awareness to human sex trafficking and to teach teenagers to college students the signs of trafficking and who to contact for help.

“Somebody’s got to start talking about this,” Fernandez said. “If girls don’t know about this, there’s a great risk these girls will never come home.”

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The graveyard and a mystery box

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:18pm

When Louise DeLaigle Reese died, she left one final mystery buried beneath the sexton building at Augusta’s Magnolia Cemetery.

This week city officials, as well, as members of the de l’Aigle family were on hand as a link to the past was unearthed.

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Cal Stars rout Gym Rats in Nike Nationals title game

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 2:47pm

NORTH AUGUSTA – The Cal Stars’ Minyon Moore threw the ball in the air as time expired to celebrate a run of resiliency that resulted in a title.

After opening pool play with their only loss this season, the Cal Stars answered with intensity and rolled to a 78-47 win over the Indy Lady Gym Rats in the Nike Nationals Championship on Thursday at Riverview Park.

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Augusta banker named president of State Bank & Trust

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 1:37pm

Remer Brinson III, the former chief executive officer for Augusta-based First Bank of Georgia, has been named the president of State Bank & Trust, which now owns First Bank.

State Bank, based in At­lan­ta, acquired First Bank by merging with Georgia-Caro­lina Bancshares in Jan­uary. The consolidation of First Bank into State Bank branches and systems is underway.

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Confederate flags placed near MLK church

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 1:04pm

 

ATLANTA — Confederate battle flags were stealthily placed on the grounds of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s church, and authorities said Thursday they were looking for two white males who were recorded on surveillance camera leaving the banners behind.

 

Atlanta police Chief George Turner said his agency was working with federal authorities and they have not determined what charges might be levied. Turner said they have not ruled out a hate crime.

 

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Georgia ranked No. 9 in coaches poll

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 12:26pm

 

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia will begin the 2015 football season exactly where it ended the 2014 season – ranked No. 9 in the Amway Coaches Poll.

The Bulldogs, coming off a 10-3 season, are the third highest ranked Southeastern Conference team behind No. 3 Alabama and No. 7 Auburn in the preseason poll released Thursday morning. Defending national champion Ohio State and TCU are 1-2.

The Bulldogs were picked already to win the SEC East by media who cover the league.

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Teachers given star welcome at Harlem Middle School

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 12:22pm

A limousine ride and walk down a red carpet complete with photographers might be more pomp than many teachers are used to on their orientation day, but Harlem Middle School Principal Carla Shelton said her teachers are worth pampering.

As groups of teachers left their limo ride and walked into the school’s cafeteria for breakfast and socializing, Shelton said she was glad to be able to offer a reward for “their ceaseless hard work.”

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Foundation to honor slain SC senator

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:33am

COLUMBIA — The legacy of Jasper County’s slain state senator continues to grow.

To commemorate what would have been his 42nd birthday, the family of Clementa C. Pinckney has established a foundation in honor of the late pastor and South Carolina state senator.

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Toddler, dead animals found in SC house

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 7:08am

GRAY COURT, S.C. — A 2-year-old boy remained in the hospital in critical condition Wednesday after he was found unconscious and bruised in a Gray Court home filled with dozens of dead and dying animals.

Multiple media outlets report that Laurens County deputies were called to the home Tuesday evening after the boy’s mother, Savannah V. Morgan, said the boy had choked. She later said she dropped the child.

Authorities say the 25-year-old Morgan physically abused the boy, causing him to suffer bleeding in the brain.

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