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SC gold mine gets go-ahead

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 6:53am

COLUMBIA — Environmental regulators have rejected a challenge to a proposed gold mine in Lancaster County.

The State newspaper reported the board at the Department of Health and Environmental Control has turned down an appeal by the Sierra Club.

The agency said Monday that its board has endorsed a permit approved by staff members for Romarco Minerals Inc. to set up the gold mine on about 2,500 acres in the rural part of Lancaster County.

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Execution tonight for Ga. cop killer

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 6:50am

JACKSON, Ga. — A Georgia death row inmate who killed a sheriff’s deputy is set to be executed.

Robert Wayne Holsey’s execution is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at a state prison in Jackson. A jury in February 1997 convicted Holsey of killing Baldwin County sheriff’s deputy Will Robinson.

Holsey robbed a Milledgeville convenience store early on Dec. 17, 1995. The clerk called police right after he left and described the robber and his car.

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Georgia Tech female assault reported

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 6:47am

ATLANTA — Georgia Tech police are seeking a suspect accused of assaulting a female student on the Atlanta campus.

The woman told authorities that she was walking behind Brittain Dining Hall near Williams Street Northwest around 5:45 p.m. Monday, when the man approached her from behind and reached under her skirt and touched her.

Police at the Georgia Institute of Technology said in a campus safety alert that the suspect was last seen heading westbound on North Avenue in a red pickup truck.

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90 DeKalb school bus batteries stolen

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 6:44am

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Police and school officials in metro Atlanta are investigating the thefts of dozens of school bus batteries.

Dekalb County Schools police say a total of 90 school bus batteries have been stolen since October, causing problems for children trying to get to school.

WSB-TV reports ( that some students at Stone Mountain Middle School were late or didn’t make it to school at all after the latest theft was discovered.

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No toxicology tests to be administered in fatal McDuffie County wreck

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:14pm


Without a toxicology test, officials may never know if a driver in a McDuffie County collision that killed four people Sunday was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The accident happened about 3 p.m. when a black Lexus was traveling eastbound on Augusta Highway at a high rate of speed before crossing the center line and striking a white Toyota Highlander head-on near Moose Club Road, Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Chris Wright said Sunday.

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Commission abandons plans to audit Hyde Park project, Housing and Community Development Department

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:02pm

City commissioners abandoned plans Monday to audit millions spent to relocate residents from Augusta’s Hyde Park neighborhood and declined to expand the audit to the entire Housing and Community Development department, citing a need to keep real estate transactions private.

The commission had OK’d auditing the relocation project last week following the abrupt resignation of HCD Director Chester Wheeler and recent complaints from remaining Hyde Park residents about how $4.5 million had been allocated.

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