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North Augusta pharmaceutical supplier expanding again

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 2:24pm

A pharmaceutical supplier in North Augusta is adding 100 jobs over the next five years as part of an $18.8 million expansion.

AmbioPharm Inc. announced Wednesday that it will continue to expand its facilities in North Augusta Industrial Park. Last year, the company added space to its facilities in North Augusta and Shanghai, China.

The company makes peptides, which are amino acid chains that are used as active ingredients for pharmaceuticals. Between its North Augusta and Shanghai plants, it already employs 200 people.

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TV 'Batgirl,' Yvonne Craig, dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 1:49pm



NEW YORK — Yvonne Craig, who played the sexy, crime-fighting Batgirl in the 1960s TV hit “Batman,” has died. She was 78.


Craig died Monday at her Los Angeles home from complications from breast cancer, her family said.


She began her career as a ballet dancer, the youngest member of The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, with which she toured for three years.


Then she was discovered by Hollywood, appearing in a 1958 episode of “Perry Mason” and in the 1959 feature “The Young Land.”


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Test shows Ga. patient has plague

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 1:16pm

ATLANTA -- Public health officials said Wednesday that initial tests have identified a case of plague in Georgia.

A Department of Public Health spokeswoman told GHN that tests by the state show the individual has the disease. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing results have not yet been completed.

The patient has the bubonic version of the plague, which is less transmissible than the pneumonic version, said the spokeswoman, Nancy Nydam.

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Police looking for Target shoplifters

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 1:15pm


Police are seeking shoplifters who sprayed tear gas at a Target security guard.

According to a news release, a man dressed as a woman took two pairs of pants and a purse from the store on Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway on Aug. 9 and left without paying. Confronted by security, the shoplifter sprayed the tear gas at a guard and left in a black sedan. Two black women and a child accompanied the shoplifter, who also was black.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 821-1020 or 821-1080.


Columbia County election set

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 1:09pm

Columbia County elections officials have selected Nov. 3 for the special election to fill the unexpired term of District 3 County Commissioner Mack Taylor, who resigned to run for a vacated legislative seat.

According to a news release from the Board of Elections, candidates must file between 9 a.m. Aug. 31 and noon Sept. 2 at the Board of Elections Office, 500 Faircloth Drive, Building E, Evans. The qualifying fee is $195.

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Aquinas football ranked No. 2 in state to begin 2015 season

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 12:48pm


Two area Georgia high school football teams will take Top-10 rankings into their first game of the 2015 season.

Aquinas, the 2013 Class A private state champion and 2014 state semifinalist, debuted at No. 2 in the first Class A poll of the season. The Irish received one first-place vote and are ranked behind only Mount Paran Christian, the defending state champion. Mount Paran beat Aquinas in the state semifinals to stop Aquinas’ winning streak at 26 games. The Irish ended the 2014 season ranked third.

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