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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.

'Do not swim' order remains in effect for Savannah River

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 3:45pm


A “do not swim” order for the Savannah River will remain in effect while officials await lab results of an oily substance found Sunday.

Though Savannah Riverkeeper expected the ban to be lifted today, Augusta Fire Department spokeswoman Dee Griffin said swimming would not be allowed at least until tests conducted by the Augusta Utilities Department were returned.

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9 decontaminated after chemical exposure

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 2:38pm

Nine people, including two police officers and a firefighter, went through decontamination protocols and were taken to Jefferson Hospital after an incident Monday night in Wrens.

About 8:30 p.m., emergency workers responded to a call requesting assistance because of a strong odor from a chemical used earlier in the day.

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