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Augusta Commission gives OK to hire city administrator

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 5:53pm

Seven Augusta Com­mission members pushed forward a plan to hire Au­gusta native and former Albany, Ga., city manager Janice Allen Jackson, despite a call to delay the decision by Mayor-elect Hardie Davis and Commissioner Bill Lockett.

Commissioner Ben Hasan said he’d heard often on the campaign trail about dollars wasted on studies and searches, such as the $19,000 the commission spent with The Mercer Group to produce three finalists for the city administrator job, held by Deputy Administrator Tameka Allen on an interim basis since January.

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Richmond County Sheriff's Office hunts Hephzibah man accused of thefts

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 5:51pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Hephzibah man accused of multiple burglaries and vehicle break-ins.

Cameron Rogers, 39, of Plantation Road, is wanted on seven counts of entering an automobile and three counts of burglary in the second degree, according to a statement from the department.

He also has an outstanding felony warrant in connection with a robbery in Camden County, N.J., according to the statement.

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More than 14 million beat cancer odds with more new treatments available

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 5:46pm


Betty Wells didn’t need to be told she faced long odds for survival in March 2002 after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer that had already spread across her abdomen.

“No one ever gave me a specific time I could live or anything like that,” said Wells, 88. “But I was knowledgeable enough to know.”

While only 27 percent with her advanced diagnosis survive five years, she is still cancer-free after 12.

“I have been very blessed,” she said.

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Suspect in fatal home invasion pleads guilty

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 5:36pm


Five years after Tilmon “T.C.” Greene was shot and wounded by a man who robbed his home and killed his wife, he finally heard Kelvin Johnson admit his guilt.

Johnson, 29, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Richmond County Superior Court to all charges filed against him for attacking the Greenes at their Plantation Road home on Aug. 26, 2009.

Johnson, who had faced a death penalty trial next month, agreed to a plea negotiation. He will remain in prison for the rest of his life without the possibility of parole for the murder of 69-year-old Martha Greene.

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Three Richmond County schools make Reward School list

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 5:10pm


Three Richmond County elementary schools made the cut for the Georgia 2014 list of Reward Schools, according to documents released by the Georgia’s Department of Education.

Monte Sano Elementary, Rollins Elementary and Southside Elementary were included on the “Highest Progress” Reward School list. These Title 1 schools were in the top 10 percent of the state for making progress on statewide assessments.

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