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Committee backs $1 million Riverwalk Augusta upgrades

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 7:14pm


Augusta Commission members got an early glance Tuesday at the Downtown Devel­op­ment Authority’s $1 million plan to enhance Riverwalk Augusta, starting with two large, illuminated arches.

Estimated at $525,000 for both in DDA Director Margaret Woodard’s presentation, the arches would be visible from Broad Street a block away, guiding visitors to the riverwalk, she said.

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Leonard, Hillary named Border Bowl IV coaches

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 5:35pm


They spent their days as players and assistants before ascending to head coaching roles at their alma maters.

James Leonard and Antwaun Hillary then worked as Border Bowl assistants before they officially took another step up.

On Tuesday, Aquinas coach Leonard and Strom Thurmond coach Hillary were introduced as the head coaches for Team Georgia and Team South Carolina for Border Bowl IV. The game is set for noon on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at Laney’s stadium.

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James Brown Birthday Bash returning as free show

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 4:39pm


The James Brown Birth­day Bash is returning May 3 for the first time since 2007. Brown’s band will get
back together at the free concert, it was announced Tuesday.

Standing in front of the James Brown statue in downtown Augusta, George Claussen, the founder of Friends With Benefits, announced that a sizeable donation from Copenhaver Con­sul­­ting has enabled concertgoers to attend without charge.

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James Brown Birthday Bash announces guests

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 2:13pm


The James Brown Family Birthday Bash on May 3 will reunite 13 members of the James Brown Band with some special guests, it was announced today. General admission is free.

Special guests include Sharon Jones, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Ty Taylor (Vintage Trouble), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Chris Rob (Nasty Delicious), Gavin Hamilton (Funk You) and Greg Hester.

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Roadwork to limit westbound I-20

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 1:41pm



Westbound motorists on Interstate 20 could be slowed today by work in Columbia and McDuffie counties.

According to the Georgia Department of Transportaiton, contractors will be working on concrete slabs between mile markers 189 and 177, which will close a lane. The work will continue in the weeks ahead as weather allows.

The lane closures will take place between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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Feds seek to dismiss SC nuclear fuel project lawsuit

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 12:13pm


COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s lawsuit calling for million-dollar fines and plutonium removal should be dismissed because the state is wrongly interpreting the laws governing a long-delayed nuclear fuel project at Savannah River Site, the U.S. Energy Department said in court documents.

In its first official response to the state’s lawsuit, the federal government also argued Monday that any potential fines for project delays should be handled in a different court system, not federal district court.

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4 test positive for TB at Warren Road Elementary but are unlikely to be cases

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 11:47am


Four people showed positive for tuberculosis on skin testing at Warren Road Elementary School but there are “very unlikely” to be additional TB infections, the East Central Health District director said.

After a confirmed case was reported at the school, 72 people who might have been close contacts of that person were then given skin tests for TB, and four of those were positive, the district reported. Those positive cases were then referred for further evaluation.

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Grovetown wrecks stall I-20

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 8:56am

Crashes on eastbound Interstate 20 in Columbia County caused slowdowns this morning.

At least three crashes were reported between mile markers 190 and 192, the first one occurring at 7:40 a.m.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Butch Askew said that none of the accidents involved injuries but that they are resulting in delays as deputies and wreckers continue to work the scenes.

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Augusta panel set to approve gift to animal shelter left in will

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:22pm

Col. Barbara A. Davis was “a longtime supporter of Augusta Animal Services,” so she left the city’s animal shelter a portion of her estate.

The city finance committee is set to approve a gift from Davis’ estate of $10,199.76 at a meeting Tuesday.

The shelter will use the funds for “animal welfare” but not euthanasia, said Animal Services Director Sharon Broady.

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Army, state work to get soldiers voting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 5:55pm

Members of the military overseas requested more than 1,000 ballots for Georgia’s March 1 presidential-preference primary, and officials from the state and Army are hoping for another good turnout in next month’s primary and this fall.

A day after last month’s presidential polling, representatives from the Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and the Army’s Voting Assistance Office conducted a forum at Fort Gordon.

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North Augusta man killed while fleeing police

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 1:41pm

A North Augusta man died early Monday after crashing a motorcycle in Edgefield County while being pursued by police.

Edgefield County Chief Deputy Coroner David Burnett identified the motorcyclist as Beau Mack Mabrey, 35.

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Man who set himself on fire dies from injuries

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 1:35pm

A man who set himself on fire Friday died as a result of his injuries, officials confirmed this morning.

Coroner Mark Bowen said Steven Valakos, 37, died at Joseph M. Still Burn Center about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, one day after he lit himself on fire outside a Eisenhower Drive home. Valakos sustained full-body thermal injuries. An autopsy will not be conducted.

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Couple found dead in Ga. motel room

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:27am

LAGRANGE, Ga. — LaGrange police are investigating after two bodies were found inside a motel room over the weekend.

Police say the bodies were found Saturday in a Super 8 motel in the west Georgia city. They identified the victims as 64-year-old Linda Kern; and 60-year-old Randall Rogers.

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Savannah deputy fired for pepper-spraying

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:25am

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A Georgia sheriff says he has fired a deputy for using pepper spray on a restrained inmate who spit in her face.

Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher planned a news conference Monday to discuss the firing of Sgt. Charlesetta Hawkins, who was also charged with cruelty to an inmate.

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Columbia apartment fire displaces 30

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:09am

COLUMBIA— Officials say about 30 people have been displaced after a fire burned an apartment complex in Columbia.

The fire was reported around 10:30 p.m. Sunday at a complex in southeast Columbia.

Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins told local media the fire started on the bottom floor of one of the buildings. All 16 apartments in that building were affected by the fire, eight suffered heavy damage.

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SC plane crash kills pilot

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:07am

BELTON, S.C. — The pilot of a small plane has died after crashing into a field in Greenville County.

Coroner Kent Dill tells local media that the crash occurred around 5:30 p.m. Sunday east of Belton. Officials say witnesses reported that the plane’s engine stalled and the plane went down in a large field.

Dill says the pilot was pronounced dead at the scene, and hasn’t yet been identified. The pilot was the only person on board.

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Charley Hoffman birdies final hole to win Texas Open

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/24/2016 - 6:11pm


SAN ANTONIO — Charley Hoffman made a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Valero Texas Open on Sunday for his fourth PGA Tour victory.

Hoffman, 39, closed with 3-under-par 69 at TPC San Antonio for a one-stroke victory over former Augusta State standout Patrick Reed. Hoffman finished at 12-under 276 and earned $1,116,000.

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Rep. Rick Allen to hold community forum Monday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/24/2016 - 5:46pm

U.S. Rep. Rick Allen will hold a community forum Monday in Columbia County.

The event, which will start at 6 p.m. in Building A of the Columbia County Government Center, provides an opportunity for constituents to speak with Allen and ask questions regarding issues at the federal level.

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Suspect sought after man injured in Augusta shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/24/2016 - 5:42pm

A suspect is being sought on aggravated assault charges after a shooting Saturday night in Richmond County.

About 11:30 p.m., deputies responded to the 1900 block of Jackson Street, where a 35-year-old black man was suffering from a gunshot wound. According to an incident report, the victim was taken to Augusta University Medical Center.

No information on the suspect or the victim’s condition was made available in the report.

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Carl Edwards passes Kyle Busch on last lap to win at Richmond

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/24/2016 - 5:07pm


RICHMOND, Va. — Carl Edwards had been grinding for 30 laps, doing everything he could to catch Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch in a two-way breakaway from the pack at Richmond Inter­national Raceway.

When he finally caught him on the last lap Sunday, and in the final turn, he had no time to think about what would be the prudent thing to do. Instead, Edwards focused on the reason they are racing: to win.

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