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Survivors testify in River Watch Parkway crash trial

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 7:27pm


Elliott Sapp was the first to reach what was left of Amelia Hiltz’s Honda Odyssey, barely believing that a person could have been driving this twisted hunk of metal, he testified in the third day of trial of a woman who drove the wrong way on River Watch Parkway.

But peering inside what was left of the interior, Sapp saw Hiltz and nearly wished he hadn’t.

“She looked terrible. I was holding her hand. I was wondering what was taking the police so long. I kept saying ‘Ma’am, I’m here.’ I kept thinking, ‘I don’t want her to die alone.’”

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North Augusta woman, 61, arrested on drug charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 7:07pm


A North Augusta woman was arrested Tuesday after a six-month investigation of suspected drug activity in her home.

Brenda Stingley, 61, of 214 West Buena Vista Avenue, was taken to Aiken County Detention Center after a search of her residence turned up several pills of prescription narcotics, guns and a large sum of cash, according to North Augusta Lt. Tim Thornton.

Stingley is charged with distribution of controlled substances, possession of a controlled prescription without a prescription and distribution within a half-mile of a park.


Appeal begins in Columbia County hospital

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 7:04pm


Whether Columbia County finally gets its own hospital and who gets to build it could be decided by a hearing beginning Thursday in Atlanta.

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Former assistants to lead Laney, Hepzibah in football

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 5:33pm

Rodney McFadden and William Harrell have done a little bit of everything for their respective football teams in recent years.

Now, they each get the chance to lead their programs.

A longtime Laney assistant coach, McFadden was announced as the Wildcats’ new head coach. He replaces Lemuel Lackey, who departed in May for the head football job at Evans.

“It’s a situation where I’m so happy for the kids more than anything,” McFadden said. “With all the changes with the school, we’re able to have some stability with the kids.”

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