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Stove, refrigerator stolen in Evans home burglary

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 9:26pm

Three kitchen appliances were stolen during a burglary at an Evans home Friday night.

Deputies came to the home near Evans Town Cen­ter Boulevard on Saturday afternoon. The complainant said the burglar had broken open a garage door and then kicked in a door, a police report states. A stainless steel stove, a microwave and a refrigerator were taken.

Deputies tried to collect prints at the scene but found none of value. No suspect description was available.

New Aiken County superintendent discusses urgency, leadership

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 8:48pm

AIKEN — Dr. Sean Alford takes the reins as superintendent of Aiken County schools Aug. 1. Recently, he sat down with The Augusta Chronicle to talk about his career path, what he defines excellence to be and what the successful application of his core themes for the district might look like.

The son of a minister, Al­ford spent his formative years in Connecticut and south Florida and came to South Carolina to attend The Citadel. He taught and coached in Wisconsin before making his way back to South Carolina. He and his wife, Stephanie, have six children.

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Patrick Reed welcomes Monday finish in British Open; Kevin Kisner fails to make cut

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 4:52pm

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — The fact that the British Open is now going to end Monday doesn’t bother Patrick Reed.

“I like Mondays,” the former Augusta State star said Saturday after finally finishing his second round.

Reed completed a 2-under-par 70 in a round that began Friday, resumed Saturday morning and then was delayed 10 hours and 28 minutes. He’s eight shots behind leader Dustin Johnson.

Aiken native Kevin Kisner failed to make the cut after shooting 74 in his second round. At 1-over for the tournament, he missed by one shot.

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Dustin Johnson still on top in British Open after long wait

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 4:16pm

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — For all the debate over whether the British Open should have started Saturday, Dustin Johnson only cared about the finish.

A second round that lasted nearly 39 hours because of rain one day and a raging wind the next finally ended with Johnson driving the 18th green and taking two putts from 150 feet for birdie and 3-under-par 69.

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Tiger Woods misses cut at British Open

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 3:50pm

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Tiger Woods at least enjoyed that familiar walk over the Swilcan Bridge and up the 18th fairway Saturday at St. Andrews, the gray old town in the background and a crowd six deep lining the road and watching from windows. Not so familiar was his score.

He hasn’t had 7-over-par next to his name at St. Andrews since he was a 19-year-old amateur, and that was the final round. This was only the second round, and he was headed home early for the third time in the past four majors.

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Ga. man who shot robber: 'I just did what I had to do'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 2:30pm

SYCAMORE, Ga. — Authorities say a man who attempted to rob a southwest Georgia gas station with a gun is hospitalized after a customer shot him twice.

WALB-TV reports ( ) Don Rogers was breaking a $20 bill at the Turner County gas station Friday when he saw someone holding the clerk at gunpoint while demanding money. Rogers says he pulled his own gun and fired three shots when the robber turned toward him.

Rogers says, “I just did what I had to do.”

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Sailor dies of injuries from Tennessee attacks

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 2:19pm

Four Marines and a sailor were slain in the attacks on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Some of them had deployed overseas and seen battle, others had not.

Here is a look at the victims:


As the nation mourned the Marines, Smith, a logistics specialist in the U.S. Navy, clung to life in a hospital for two days. He died early Saturday.

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Aiken County deputies still searching for woman with Alzheimer's

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 9:51pm


Aiken County authorities were still searching Friday for a 70-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s who walked away from her home Monday.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office has called in a Search Tactical and Rescue Recovery Team based in Swansea, S.C., to assist in the search for Jean Bird Smith.

Smith, who lives in the 400 block of Cumbee Trail Road, apparently climbed out of her bedroom window.

“We remain hopeful that Ms. Smith is located safely so we can reunite her with her son,” Sheriff Mike Hunt said.

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Designer drugs create problems for death investigators

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 9:41pm

There’s a killer out there that can often escape virtually undetected.

It isn’t human, rather something man-made – a class of intoxicants known commonly as designer drugs, which mimic illegal drugs while containing a slightly different chemical makeup to skirt state and federal legislation.

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Man indicted on porn, molestation charges; doctor indicted on drug charge in Columbia County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 9:11pm


A Columbia County grand jury recently indicted Derek Bryce Merchant, 26, of Kenmont Street in Aiken, on charges of computer or electronic pornography, obscene contact with a child and criminal attempt to commit aggravated child molestation, according to the indictment released Friday.

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