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3-year-old dies in SC pool mishap

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 8:00am

HANAHAN, S.C. — Authorities are investigating after a 3-year-old boy died a week after he was found floating in a pool at a Hanahan apartment complex.

Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury tells local media outlets that Daimere George died at the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital in Charleston late Wednesday.

Salisbury says an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

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Columbia prison inmate escapes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 7:57am

COLUMBIA — Officials are looking for an inmate who escaped from a Columbia prison.

Multiple media outlets reported that 24-year-old Catrell Davis escaped from Walden Correctional Institution around 6 p.m. Thursday.

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the inmate had been spotted with a woman. Deputies said the inmate and woman are thought to have left the area after releasing another woman and her child from a car.

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State may close Atlanta streetcars

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 7:55am

ATLANTA — State transportation authorities have threatened to shut down the Atlanta Streetcar next month unless the city resolves dozens of problems outlined in recent audits.

News outlets report the Georgia Department of Transportation wrote a letter Monday to Mayor Kasim Reed and Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Agency CEO Keith Parker, giving the city until June 14 to submit plans to address 60 outstanding problems outlined in the reports.

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Forecast: Augusta jobs to grow 1.5 percent

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:39pm

ATLANTA – Employment in metro Augusta will grow by 1.5 percent this year, according to a university economic forecast released Thursday.

Expanding the most are stores, restaurants and government while manufacturing is shrinking.

The quarterly outlook by the Georgia State University Economic Forecasting Center calls for the area’s growth to lag the state’s 2.7 percent this year.

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GHSA basketball state championship games will leave Macon for the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:00pm


The Georgia High School Association’s 2017 state championship games for basketball will be held at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia, the GHSA announced on its website.

The Macon Centreplex previously held hosting duties for the state championships. During this year’s finals, the basketball goals were incorrectly set up too far back. No Augusta-area team reached a state championship game this past season.

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UGA athletic board approves budget

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:59pm


GREENSBORO, Ga. — The Georgia Athletic Association board of directors took the first step of bringing a new football locker room and recruiting room to the west end zone side of Sanford Stadium when it approved $1 million for a design study and other planning for the project.

It was part of $9 million in athletic facility improvements that got the go-ahead Thursday at its spring meeting at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation.

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Beech Island resident wins $150,000 in Powerball

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:36pm


A Beech Island resident is more than $100,000 richer after matching some of Wednesday’s Powerball numbers.

The South Carolina Lottery did not release the name of the winner, but said the ticket was purchased at 3 Way Food Mart 13 on Jefferson Davis Highway.

The player won $50,000, but because he purchased PowerPlay for an additional $1 the winnings tripled to $150,000.

According to the lottery’s Web site, a player would have to match four numbers plus the Powerball to win $50,000.


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Georgia AD apologizes to board for Ludacris rider fallout

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:28pm

GREENSBORO, Ga. — Greg McGarity trumpeted the success of a Southeastern Conference record spring game attendance at G-Day on Thursday under first-year coach Kirby Smart, but he also took a moment when addressing the UGA athletic board of directors for the first time since then to offer an apology.

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Motorcycle passenger dies when horse hit

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:41am

An Orangeburg, S.C., woman was killed early Thursday when the motorcycle her husband was driving struck a horse on Interstate 20 in Aiken County.

Chequita Snow Burgess, 30, was pronounced dead at the scene, Coroner Tim Carlton said. She was a passenger on the motorcycle driven by her husband James Burgess, 29, who is hospitalized with serious injuries.

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Donald Trump reaches the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:31am


WASHINGTON — Donald Trump on Thursday reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and sets the stage for a bitter fall campaign.

Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party’s unbound delegates who told the AP they would support him at the convention. Among them is Oklahoma GOP chairwoman Pam Pollard.

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Votes in Columbia County pushed Newton to win in District 123 Republican race

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:52pm

In a closely-watched Tuesday race, physician and businessman Mark Newton eked out a win with 51.8 percent of votes over attorney Wright McLeod for the state House District 123 seat.

Polling was very close in McLeod’s hometown of Augusta, where he garnered 89 fewer votes than Newton.

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Advance voter transport, minority support propelled marshal upset

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:22pm

Tuesday’s upset defeat of longtime Richmond County Marshal Steve Smith was no accident.

Marshal-elect Ramone Lamkin, head of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Traffic Division, said his team took advantage of three weeks of advance voting with a tactic to overcome confusion about the election’s move by the state legislature from November to May.

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Suspected priest killer to face death penalty trial

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 5:15pm


The man accused of killing a Florida priest in Burke County has been indicted and District Attorney Ashley Wright filed notice this week that she intends to seek the death penalty.

The Burke County grand jury on May 19 indicted Steven James Murray, 28, on charges of murder and weapon violations in the April 18 fatal shooting of the Rev. Rene Robert of St. Augustine, Fla.

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Georgia joins 10 other states in suing the Obama administration over transgender directive

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 3:09pm


AUSTIN, Texas — Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

The lawsuit announced Wednesday accuses the Obama administration of “running roughshod over commonsense policies” that protect children. It also includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia.

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Man sought in Evans parking lot attack

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 9:28am

Columbia County authorities are trying to find the man who last week reached into a vehicle window, grabbed its driver by the throat and threatened him outside an Evans Neighborhood Wal-Mart.

According to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office report, a 19-year-old man was sitting in his vehicle about 1:15 p.m. on May 17 waiting for pedestrians to clear the crosswalk when the unidentified suspect reached in, grabbed his throat and cursed him, calling him by name and saying he lived in the neighborhood.

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Allen keeps Columbia County commission seat

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:48am


Trey Allen was victorious over Lee Benedict in round two between the candidates for the Columbia County District 2 seat.

After 11 of 12 precincts were tallied late Tuesday, Benedict sent Allen an email conceding the race.

“I am very overjoyed that the citizens of District 2
were willing to give me another term,” Allen said. “I hope that I can justify their trust and we can move forward together and keep
making Columbia County great.”

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12th District Congressman Rick Allen withstands GOP primary challenge, will face McCracken in November

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:08am


Congressman Rick Allen easily withstood a Republican primary challenge Tuesday from old rival Eugene Yu with 79 percent of votes.

Completing a first term, the Augusta businessman said he’d campaigned on creating jobs and growing the economy in the 19-county 12th Congressional District “and so far it’s been amazing.”

Challenger Yu “worked hard” but Allen said his campaign had been more successful at getting its message out, without having to spend heavily on television advertising.

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Anderson, Grzybowski to meet in runoff

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 11:24pm

Lee Anderson, the former state representative and one-time congressional nominee, took first place in voting Tuesday for the Republican nomination to an open state Senate seat, forcing him into a runoff with second-place finisher Greg Grzybowski.

Incumbent Sen. Jesse Stone, R-Waynesboro, easily won re-election over challenger Stephen Hammond, 77 percent to 23.

Since no candidate took more than a majority in the eight-county District 24 race, Anderson and Grzybowski will square off again in the July 26 runoff.

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Incumbents Fennoy and Williams, Jefferson win Augusta Commission races

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 11:17pm

Augusta voters retained two incumbents - Bill Fennoy and Marion Williams - and approved a familiar face, Andrew Jefferson, to fill three commission seats in Tuesday elections.

Fennoy, the District 1 commissioner, escaped a runoff in the three-way commission race with 1,546 votes, 51.5 percent of ballots cast, in results to be certified later this week by Richmond County Board of Elections.

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Brown, Flythe win Superior Court races but Richmond County State Court judgeship goes to runoff

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 11:03pm


With most of the votes counted Tuesday evening in Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties, Superior Court Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. easily beat back a challenge by an Augusta attorney facing the possibility his law license will be suspended.

And Richmond County State Court Judge John Flythe will switch offices after winning 65 percent of the vote to replace retiring Superior Court Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet.

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