Hurricane Irma: Forecasters hope scary words shock people into action

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 8:09pm
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WASHINGTON — Catastrophic, life-threatening, extremely dangerous. Scary? Forecasters hope so. Read more

The Associated Press Photos Seth Borenstein

Golden Harvest prepares to assist Irma victims

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 7:56pm
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Days before Hurricane Irma is scheduled to make landfall in Georgia and South Carolina, Golden Harvest Food Bank is already preparing shipments to go to areas impacted by the now Category 4 storm. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Amanda King

Among ruin and misery brought by Irma, millions in Caribbean brace for next hurricane

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 7:43pm
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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua — Thousands of Irma victims across the Caribbean fought desperately to find shelter or escape their storm-blasted islands altogether Friday as another hurricane following close behind threatened to add to their misery. Read more

The Associated Press Photos ANIKA KENTISH Michael Weissenstein

Passengers on cruise ship don’t know where they’re going, when they’ll return

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 6:49pm
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MIAMI — When they first boarded the Norwegian Escape a week ago, passengers knew exactly where they were going. Read more

The Associated Press Photos Brian White

Hurricane Irma: Miami homeless told to take shelter or get mental review

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 6:33pm
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MIAMI — On what is likely the last clear day in Florida before Hurricane Irma’s monster wind and rain, social workers and police officers are giving Miami’s estimated 1,100 homeless people a stark choice: Come willingly to a storm shelter, or be held against their will for a mental health evaluation. Read more

The Associated Press Photos Adriana Gomez Licon

Hurricane Irma latest: Irma regains Category 5 status

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 4:19pm
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MIAMI — The Latest on Hurricane Irma (all times local): Read more

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Augusta facilities take in patients in path of Hurricane Irma

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 4:00pm
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Peter Marshall walked through the door of University Extended Care Amara nursing home on Friday and got a hug from administrator Camille Bruce. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Tom Corwin

Gov. Nathan Deal and state officials outline preparations for Hurricane Irma

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 4:00pm
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Even as the path of Hurricane Irma continues to shift days before it will hit the state, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal reiterated his mandatory evacuation order for coastal areas on Saturday, warning that those who stay will be “on your own.” Read more

Staff Writer Photos Tom Corwin

South Carolina opens 24-hour Irma hotline

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 2:39pm
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COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina emergency officials have opened a toll-free phone hotline to answer any questions residents have about Hurricane Irma.

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Hippodrome rebranded with new focus on scoring entertainment events

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 1:52pm
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If you think the Hippodrome is just for horse-related events, think again. A new development plan is in motion to create a venue not only for sports events but for concerts, festivals and much more. Read more

Correspondent Photos Charmain Brackett

Shelters open in Augusta for Hurricane Irma evacuees

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:37pm
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Augusta officials open the city’s doors today to the first of thousands of evacuees fleeing Hurricane Irma. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Susan McCord

VIDEO: City of Augusta Hurricane Irma news conference

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 10:46am
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Augusta mayor Hardie Davis along with EMA Director and Fire Chief Chris James held a news briefing Friday morning about ongoing Hurricane Irma preparations. Read more

Yuck or yum? Swiss offer insect burgers of mealworm larvae

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 9:43am
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GENEVA — Swallow deeply, pinch the nose and repeat the mantra: “Tastes like beef, tastes likes beef.” Then bite into the burger of rice, chopped vegetables, spices and mealworm larvae.

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Columbia County Sheriff’s Office looking for suspect in theft of tire at Walmart

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 9:21am
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The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a female suspected of taking merchandise from the Bobby Jones Walmart.

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Tucker supporters kick off campaign season

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:24am
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Nearly 50 volunteers gathered for a campaign kickoff meeting and dinner in support of Pam Tucker, the longtime emergency services director in Columbia and Richmond counties, on Thursday night. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Abbigail Lennon

KIRBY: I guess summer’s pretty much done

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:08am
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My family always went on vacation at the end of summer, right before school started. We rarely went to the typical destination, we usually went to my grandmother’s farm. Things were growing. The fields were full. We had to work, but I wouldn’t have traded it for Disney World. Read more

Columnist Bill Kirby

Rants and raves

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:05am
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Will anyone be paid kickbacks for voting to move the James Brown Arena to Regency Mall, instead of following the recommendation of the paid study? Read more

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Nearly 540,000 ordered to flee Georgia coast ahead of Irma

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 7:54pm
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SAVANNAH, Ga. — Georgia’s governor on Thursday ordered nearly 540,000 coastal residents to evacuate inland ahead of Hurricane Irma as authorities warned the storm had the potential to strike as a major hurricane, something the Georgia coast hasn’t seen in more than a century. Read more

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Aiken County officials urge residents to prepare now

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 7:18pm
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Aiken County residents have “three, maybe four days” to get ready for the remnants of Hurricane Irma, and they should use them wisely, Sheriff Mike Hunt said Thursday. Read more

Staff Writer Photos James Folker

Man sentenced to decades in prison for Augusta robberies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 6:31pm
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A South Carolina man who robbed two Augusta businesses was sentenced Thursday to serve nearly 42 years in prison. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Sandy Hodson