MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams put up both hands after a sending a forehand long and high over the baseline in the first set. She wanted nothing to do with yet another unforced error in her Australian Open final against Angelique Kerber.
For the second time in as many majors, nerves got to Williams as she tried to equal Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles.
Environmental Services Director Mark Johnson has been under investigation for a week as city officials try to determine why his paycheck increased by $15,863 last year.
The 15 percent raise increased Johnson’s salary to $121,618, but when The Augusta Chronicle inquired about the raise, City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson said she had no knowledge of why his pay went up.
Dip Metress. The Augusta men’s head coach is turning his program around at the right time. The Jaguars have won eight of their past 10 games, with one of the losses occurring in double overtime. With three consecutive home games ahead, Metress can reach career win No. 400 at Christenberry Fieldhouse if the Jaguars take care of business. In his 20th season overall, Metress has a 397-190 career record.
COLUMBIA — Authorities are investigating the death of a 19-year-old University of South Carolina student at an off-campus apartment.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Rachel R. Bandman of Glen Allen, Va., was found late Thursday afternoon by a roommate. Bandman was pronounced dead when emergency medical workers arrived.
The coroner said an autopsy Friday showed no signs of trauma. Watts said the cause of death will be determined after final toxicology studies are complete.
Boshears Skyfest is returning to its roots as a fly-in after the Federal Aviation Administration denied Daniel Field Airport a waiver to host aerobatics, according to Becky Shealy, vice president at the airport.
Tightened FAA criteria mean the airport would have to relocate the aerial field in which airshow pilots perform their spectacular flips, turns and other maneuvers farther away from the populated areas that surround Daniel Field, Shealy said Friday.
Gov. Nathan Deal will come to Augusta on Monday to offer remarks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Unisys Corp.’s new client service center, according to a statement released this morning by the Governor’s Office.
That event takes place at 10 a.m. at Discovery Plaza, Suite A, 1 Seventh St.
Police are offering tips on “robbery by appointment” scams that are affecting people across the country.
Robbery by appointments occur when a person attempts to buy or sell something online, but when they meet the other party, they find themselves victims of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery or assault and battery.
In some cases they will be robbed of the cash they brought to make the purchase.
Facing a deficit so far this year, the board that governs Augusta University’s health system took stock Thursday of a turnaround plan that includes greater use of its pharmacies and operating more beds.
But even as they discussed plans that could bring in an additional $17 million, AU President Brooks Keel also wanted to call attention to some of the lowest paid full-time employees, more than 700 of whom earn less than the federal poverty level, and the need to give more raises.
Kinder Morgan is hoping to sell off interest in two proposed Georgia projects, the Palmetto Pipeline and the expansion of the Elba Island liquefied natural gas facility on the Savannah River.
The Houston-based energy infrastructure giant revealed the information at an investor conference Wednesday.
Documents posted on the company Web site indicate Kinder Morgan expects to keep less than a 50 percent share of the $1.1 billion Palmetto Pipeline, saying its cost would be $524.7 million.
The brother of a man at the center of an investigation into alleged steroid abuse by Richmond County sheriff’s deputies was sentenced to two years of probation Thursday.
In a plea deal with the district attorney’s office, Cameron “Ryan” Paquette, 35, admitted in Columbia County Superior Court to two counts of misdemeanor simple battery involving threats he made.
Superior Court Judge Michael Annis ordered Paquette to have no contact with the victims or their families and not to possess a firearm during his time on probation.
A $250,000 bond was set Thursday for an Augusta woman facing a charge of cruelty to children in connection with an infant who suffered shaken baby syndrome and broken bones.
Delores D. Lawrence, 46, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court. She has been held without bond since her arrest seven months ago.
Lawrence was arrested in June after Richmond County Sheriff investigators were called to Georgia Regents Medical Center where a 6-month-old boy underwent brain surgery June 24 to relieve swelling.
A 66-year-old man was sentenced to prison Thursday after pleading guilty to having a marijuana operation in a house near an elementary school.
Robert Fultz pleaded in Richmond County Superior Court to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, manufacturing marijuana in a school zone, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Fultz was arrested May 15, 2014, when a confidential informant tipped off narcotics agents. When officers went to 3809 Fairington Drive, Fultz invited them in.
An Augusta woman who admitted she cheated a number of children and their parents out of money intended to fund a basketball team pleaded guilty Thursday to theft.
Monica M. Bussey pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court. Judge J. Wade Padgett accepted the plea negotiation and sentenced Bussey, 34, to one year incarceration followed by four years on probation. Bussey has been in jail since her arrest in January 2015.
Columbia County fire officials are trying to determine the cause of a fire that gutted the interior of a home and claimed a pet Thursday morning in Evans.
Firefighters were called to the blaze at 4556 Anderson Court about 9:30 a.m., after Dorothe Russell returned home and found smoke and flames coming from the two-story wood structure.
Columbia County fire crews are handling a residential blaze this morning on Hillside Drive in Evans.
Details when they become available.
Historic Augusta has recognized 10 preservation efforts with its annual awards announced this week.
Each year the local heritage advocacy group recognizes historic preservation projects throughout the city. The winners of the 2015 awards were:
232 Broad St. - Built circa 1920 in Olde Town, the house has served as a duplex but was returned to a single-family home after sitting vacant for years. RAM Construction, which led the construction, received the award.
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- The Jefferson County Public Health Department has reported a second confirmed case of rabies just a matter of two weeks in the Cason Creek Road area off Highway 296 between Wrens and Louisville.
The first case involved skunk that sprayed a pet dog and chased after one of the pets owners before another person in the home shot the animal.
The more recent case involved a raccoon that has bitten a dog.
Both the skunk and the raccoon have tested positive for the rabies virus.