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Bees swarm Savannah restaurant

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:28am

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A swarm of honey bees outside a Savannah restaurant got an Earth Day gift on Tuesday.

As Savannah resident Diane Christoff and her sister Cindy Bailey left Joe’s Crab Shack, they spotted the swarm of bees in a flower urn. Christoff says she worried an exterminator visit was inevitable and called a beekeeper before that could happen.

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Submit questions for 12th District debate

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:24am

Candidates from the 12th Congressional District will be holding a primary debate May 1 in Coffee County about 100 miles southwest of Augusta.

Questions for the debate can be submitted to The event is open to the public and will provide the public a chance to meet and speak with all candidates -- Rick Allen, Delvis Dutton, John Stone, Diane Vann and Eugene Yu.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. at the Coffee Middle School auditorium, 901 Route 206 in Douglas, Ga. Doors will open one hour earlier for guests wishing to meet and speak with candidates.

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Pole down on Walton Way

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:03am


Expect slow traffic on Walton Way near St. Sebastian Way as crews work to repair a light pole damaged in a crash.

Police were called to the area of Walton Way at Old Bailie Street at 9:20 a.m. for the crash. Although no injuries were reported, the damaged pole could affect normal traffic flow.

E-Z-GO recalls golf, utility vehicles due to crash hazard

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 9:39am

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that Augusta-based E-Z-GO is recalling about 30,000 golf cars, shuttles and off-road utility vehicles.

The issue is that the steering wheel nut may not have been tightened sufficiently, reducing the driver’s steering control. This can result in a crash.

The recall involves E-Z-GO, Cushman and Bad Boy Buggies gas and electric-powered, four-wheeled vehicles sold at dealers nationwide between August 2012 through February 2013.

Former SC homeless ministry official stole $440,000, feds say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 8:29am


CHARLESTON, S.C. — A former official with a homeless ministry in Charleston has been arrested and accused of embezzling more than $440,000.


Fifty-six-year-old Carol Libby of Mount Pleasant is accused of taking the money from Crisis Ministry between 2006 and 2013.


The former chief financial officer of the ministry has been charged in federal court with five counts of wire fraud.


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Time to clean out medicine cabinet

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 8:06am

It’s time to clean out that medicine cabinet.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting expired and unused prescription drugs Saturday as part of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s national “Take Back” program.

The drugs will be properly disposed of, which police said, keeps dangerous drugs off the streets, out of children’s hands and keeps them from being abused or illegally sold.

Drug drop boxes will be at two CVS locations -- 1520 Walton Way and 2902 Peach Orchard Road -- from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Police revise report on shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 8:04am

Police continue to investigate this morning’s discovery of a man on Belair Road suffering what initially appeared to be a gunshot wound.

According to Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Calvin Chew, police now believe the 39-year-old unidentified victim might have suffered some other injury after examinations revealed a wound inconsistent with a gunshot.

Deputies found the victim around 5:30 a.m. after responding to a call on the 3800 block of Belair Road. He was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center with what they described as nonlife-threatening injuries.

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UGA tags fund scholarships

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 7:30am


ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia license plates have raised $314,030 for student scholarships in a little over six months.


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Ga. woman, grandchildren drown in pond

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 7:27am

RINGGOLD, Ga. -- Authorities in northwest Georgia say a woman and her two grandchildren drowned on a farm in Catoosa County.

Sheriff Gary Sisk says 60-year-old Renee Monroe, 3-year-old Regan Cohen and 18-month-old Jaxson Cohen died Monday when Monroe drove a utility vehicle into a pond on their farm near Ringgold.

Sisk tells the Times-Free Press of Chattanooga that the incident appears to be accidental. Sisk says relatives found the woman and children inside the submerged vehicle and tried administering CPR after pulling them out.

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Georgia faces gay marriage suit

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 7:23am


ATLANTA — A gay rights group filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday challenging Georgia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.


Lambda Legal filed the lawsuit on behalf of seven people and seeks class action status. They are suing the state registrar, a clerk of the Gwinnett County Probate Court and a Fulton County Probate Court judge in their official capacities.


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Atlanta may sell aging civic center

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 7:20am

ATLANTA — Atlanta city officials are moving toward selling a major event venue — the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports City Councilman Kwanza Hall introduced legislation Monday that could pave the way for the city to sell the aging performing arts center to a developer.

Under the proposal, the city would transfer the property to Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development arm, which would design a bid process and request proposals from developers to revitalize the site.

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Augusta man accused of shooting 2, police say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:44pm


An Augusta man was arrested Tuesday after police say he fired on two men on Brown Street last week.

Frederick McArthur Nelson, 21, of Brussel Street, has been charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault and one count of felony possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to Richmond County jail records.

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Investigators suspect arson in Gibson Road blaze

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:44pm


Investigators said Tuesday they suspect arson as cause of a house fire on Gibson Street.

Lt. Neal Brown, of the Augusta Fire Department, told Richmond County sheriff’s deputies he observed several points of origin in the structure at 3331 Gibson Road, according to an incident report. Brown said he collected samples to be analyzed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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Augusta woman victim in money card scam

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:42pm


An Augusta woman fell victim to a money card scam Tuesday.

Latray Iquil Bailey, 22, claims she was scammed out of money from unknown suspects stating they were from the Attorney General’s Office, according to a report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Bailey stated the suspects knew all her information and said they were trying to collect money she owed them, the report said.

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Augusta mayoral candidate Charles Cummings wants to be 'ambassador' for city, improve transit

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 9:17pm


Retired businessman Charles Cummings is running for Augusta mayor on a three-pronged platform of lowering taxes, improving public transit and helping young people become entrepreneurs.

In an interview with The Augusta Chronicle, Cummings spoke about his background in Army intelligence and detailed his plans to improve Augusta Public Transit, and he spoke frankly about a killing at his longtime south Augusta nightclub, Super C’s.

Q: Tell me why you think you’re the best candidate for mayor as far as being the face of Augusta.

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Clear Channel Radio's Powerfest delayed by ice storm debris at Augusta Fairgrounds

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:57pm

Clear Channel Radio’s annual Powerfest urban music festival originally scheduled for Saturday has been delayed this year, after city officials said the Augusta Fairgrounds remained too cluttered by debris from February’s ice storm to host to the event.

According to radio station Power 107’s Web site, tickets already purchased will be honored.

Powerfest, which has brought both national and local urban music artists to the stage for the past 14 years, will be rescheduled for later this summer, according to Cher Best of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Augusta.

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Lawsuit challenging May 20 election date for Augusta mayor and commission on fast track

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:27pm


A pending lawsuit challenging the election date of Augusta races has been put on the fast track.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall issued an order setting dates for the opposing sides to file briefs.

“Due to the urgent nature of this case the court finds it necessary to set an expedited briefing schedule,” Hall wrote.

The election of the mayor and Augusta Commission for Districts 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 is May 20.

Absentee voting has been underway for several weeks, and early voting begins Monday.

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Daniel Field operator raises concern with proposed Verizon cellphone tower

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:13pm


A proposed Verizon Wireless cellphone tower on Wrightsboro Road has drawn concerns from the operator of Daniel Field airport, who says the FAA-approved tower poses a safety risk to aircraft.

Augusta Aviation Inc. President Steve Gay advised the General Aviation Commission – the county board that oversees the airport – that the cellphone tower is an obstacle to charter and student pilots who make landings at the airfield.

Plans call for the tower to be built on the property of the Masonic Temple at 3201 Wrightsboro Road, a high elevation point in the area.

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Richmond County police identify second vehicle in fatal April 12 hit-and-run

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:10pm


Deputies are seeking a second vehicle which may have been involved in an April 12 hit-and-run that killed one teen and injured another.

According to a statement from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the second vehicle is described as a dark in color Chevrolet Impala driven by a man who goes by the name Black. The exact color and year of the vehicle is unknown at this time.

Police are offering a cash reward for information leading to its location.

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Hickman Park community center could be site of new children's museum

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:04pm


Stay-at-home dad David Hartmann knows how to get creative in entertaining his3-year-old daughter during the day.

But there are only so many times the pair can walk the trails at Pendleton King Park, or drive the 150-mile round trip to Columbia’s zoo.

“We’re always looking for opportunities for things to do, and there’s just a void, it seems, for activities for children,” Hartmann said.

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