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Duke snaps losing skid in Atlanta with win over Georgia Tech

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 5:16pm

Strike another long losing streak off Duke’s record.

Anthony Boone threw for 123 yards and a touchdown, Josh Sneed rushed for 102 yards and a score, and the Blue Devils snapped a 10-year skid against Georgia Tech by knocking off the No. 22 Yellow Jackets 31-25 on Saturday.

Backup quarterback Thomas Sirk had a couple of short TD runs for the Blue Devils (5-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won in Atlanta for the first time since 1994 and showed they aren’t going to give up their Coastal Division title without a fight.

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Forced to drink toilet water, jailed cop tells judge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 8:22am

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A policeman arrested earlier this week on numerous charges told a magistrate judge Friday that he's been forced to drink out of the toilet at the Glynn County Detention Center and he wants to be moved.

Officer Darry Williams was in court to hear the charges read and his rights reviewed by Magistrate Timothy Barton. Barton said he would not set bond on any of the charges but that Williams could request to be released on bond at a preliminary hearing scheduled next Friday.

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Polygraph expert admits lying in Ga. murder trial

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 7:58am

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A polygraph examiner admitted Friday that he testified falsely under oath in a violent coastal Georgia murder case in which eight were slain.

Kenneth Blackstone, 63, of Stone Mountain, pleaded guilty Friday to a single count of perjury over his testimony in a 2013 motions hearing in the case of Guy Heinze Jr., District Attorney Jackie Johnson said in a statement to news media.

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Faces of Survival: Beth Sipper

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 2:47am

Beth Sipper was annoyed. Every year, after her regular mammogram, her doctor would advise her to return for a second one. The last time, it paid off when the second view showed what turned out to be an extremely aggressive form of cancer in her right breast.

A registered nurse, she went online and began researching her type of cancer.

Sipper said she should not have researched her cancer on the Internet, because while there is a lot of information out there, much of it is out of date.

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Local agencies looking to curtail false alarm calls

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 12:30am


Local agencies are looking to other cities for solutions on cutting down an increasingly high number of false alarm calls.

In September, Richmond County sheriff’s deputies responded to 1,000 such calls.

“The problem is the recidivism,” said Lt. Lewis Blanchard, who is exploring options for decreasing the number of calls. “We can’t keep going to John Doe’s house three times a night.”

And that’s what police are seeing. Some homes or businesses will have multiple alarms going off in a day, a week or even some every time a train goes by.

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Augusta Prep earns first win of season

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 12:09am


In a way, both the Augusta Prep Cavaliers and Augusta Eagles got what they needed Friday night.

The Cavaliers beat the homeschool Eagles 40-20, earning their first win of the year while the Eagles played a game they can build on.

“Our guys are young, it’s been a tough learning season for us and it’s good to get a win,” said Augusta Prep coach Harry Bacheller, whose Cavaliers improved to 1-4-1.

Bacheller got a pair of standout performances from two of his young skill position players in freshman quarterback BJ Stone and sophomore running back David Bramble.

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Silver Bluff remains winless on season

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:57pm


In Hampton, S.C., Silver Bluff couldn’t hold the lead in the fourth quarter and lost its seventh consecutive game of the season.

The Bulldogs (0-7, 0-2 Region 5-AA) built a 28-21 lead on the strength of three Brandon Hill touchdown passes to Malcolm Green. But Wade Hampton (3-4, 1-1) bounced back with a pair of touchdowns and 2-point conversions late in the game.


Silver Bluff 7 7 0 14 – 28

Wade Hampton 0 7 14 16 – 37

First Quarter

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Aiken's Beth Spangler wows judges on 'The Voice'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:32pm

Long before Adam Levine’s 12-member team was completed on last Monday’s episode of NBC’s The Voice, Beth Spangler was content with living a normal life.

About four years ago, the Aiken native accepted a job at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, commuting 30-minutes in an effort to pay bills.

Some shifts were more demanding than others, and with each trek to Augusta, Spangler grew further from her childhood dream.

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Durant runs wild in McCormick win

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:17pm


In McCormick, S.C., Mataeo Durant scored on four plays 50 yards or longer as the Chiefs took down the Trojans in a Region 1-A game.

Durant rushed for 243 yards on 14 carries as McCormick improved to 2-5 and 1-1 in the region.

Ridge Spring-Monetta dropped to 3-4 and 0-2.

RS-Monetta 7 0 0 0 – 7

McCormick 6 6 6 14 – 32

First Quarter

M–Mataeo Durant 69 pass from Shyran Williams (run failed), 11:36

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