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North Augusta homeowner appeals Project Jackson ruling

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:17pm


The North Augusta homeowner challenging the Project Jackson development has appealed a judge’s ruling, according to Aiken County online court records.

Plaintiff Stephen Donohue filed an appeal with the South Carolina Court of Appeals shortly after 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Donohue, who opposes the site for a new ballpark for the Augusta GreenJackets, sued the city in December claiming it violated the state’s Tax Increment Financing law when it created an ordinance to fund the project.

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Faces of Survival: Annette Moss

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:56pm

Annette Moss dreamed one night that she had breast cancer. A few days later she felt a lump in her left breast, but she put off seeing her doctor about it because she wasn’t sure.

“It felt like a lump, but it didn’t feel like a lump,” she said.

After three months it bothered her enough to have it checked out, and she learned she had Stage 2 breast cancer.

“I took a deep breath,” Moss said. “Where did this come from?”

She did not have a family history of breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy, eight rounds of chemotherapy and about 25 rounds of radiation.

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Officials: Property damage increases on Halloween

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:48pm

Local police and insurance agents say the real scare on Halloween is vandals targeting homes and vehicles for pumpkin smashing, toilet paper rolling, raw egg battering and theft.

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Aiken County motorcycle accident sends 1 to hospital

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:30pm

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a motorcycle collision in Aiken County that injured one person early Friday.

Troopers were called to Gateway Drive about 6:30 a.m., Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said.

A preliminary investigation found that the driver, who was not identified, lost control of a 1997 Harley-Davidson while traveling south on Gateway Drive.

The driver, who was wearing a helmet, was airlifted to Georgia Regents Medical Center in serious condition, Jones said.

Coroner's office investigating suspicious death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:37pm

The Richmond County Coroner’s Office is investigating a suspicious death after a quadriplegic man was found dead in his Augusta home Wednesday morning.

Coroner Mark Bowen said Marty Fann, 43, of the 200 block of Fenwick Street, was found by authorities lying face down on his floor. Deputies responded to the scene about 9:50 a.m., according to a statement from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Fann had been under the care of an in-home medical program, Bowen said.

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Death penalty sought in Atlanta slayings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:43pm

ATLANTA — The Fulton County district attorney says he’ll seek the death penalty for two men accused in the killing of a DeKalb County couple.

Richard Augusta “Fathead” Wilson and Andre Cleveland Gay face multiple charges, including murder, in the deaths of 23-year-old Jeronta Brown and his pregnant girlfriend, 21-year-old Briana Brooks. The two were kidnapped steps from their DeKalb County home Aug. 30 and were found with gunshot wounds 17 miles away in northwest Atlanta.

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Augusta man accused of setting wife on fire denied bond

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:03pm


An Augusta man accused of setting his wife on fire was denied bond for a second time Friday.

Ronnie Lee Jones, who has a history of violence against women dating back two decades, will remain in jail pending possible indictment and trial in Richmond County Superior Court.

Jones, 30, is charged with aggravated assault.

On Aug. 22 after an argument with Cynthia Jones, Ronnie Lee Jones splashed gasoline on his wife, knocked her to the floor and set her on fire, Assistant District Attorney Titus Nichols said Friday.

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Suspect used stolen credit card, deputies say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:55pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help identifying a suspect they say used a stolen credit card to purchase goods earlier this month.

According to a news release Friday, the suspect entered Central Express at 2061 Central Ave. about 3 p.m. Oct. 7 and used the card.

Anyone with information can call Investigator Nathan Regedanz at (706) 821-1097 or any on-duty investigator at (706) 821-1080. Caller may remain anonymous.

West Augusta neighborhood unites for foreclosure rebound

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:50pm

It was not that long ago, Rodney Young remembered, when foreclosures and unsightly properties overran Brookfield West, a 275-home neighborhood split between Richmond and Columbia counties off River Watch Parkway.

After the neighborhood association’s former president Fran Stewart moved away in 2009, officer participation decreased, meetings stopped and homes fell into disrepair, he said.

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Publix recalls snack mix

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:43pm

NEW YORK — Supermarket chain Publix is recalling a snack mix because the label doesn’t warn shoppers that it contains peanuts.

Peanuts can cause a serious allergic reaction in some individuals and should be listed on the packaging. No illnesses have been reported, the Lakeland, Florida-based company said Friday.

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Paine students, faculty protest; acting president reinstated

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:14pm

 About 300 Paine College students, faculty and alumni boycotted the Founders’ Day Convocation ceremony Friday morning and peacefully protested outside of the chapel instead, demanding the school’s leadership rectify its problems before accreditation is lost.

The school’s Board of Trustees addressed one of the issues later in the day by reinstating recently ousted Acting President Samuel Sullivan.

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Annual food drive Saturday in Richmond, Aiken counties

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:06pm


Golden Harvest Food Bank volunteers hoping to scare out hunger are canvassing neighborhoods Saturday collecting bags of nonperishable food items.

The annual “It’s Spooky to Be Hungry” food drive is taking place in Aiken and Richmond counties. Collections in Columbia County are Oct. 25.

Participating neighborhoods preregistered for the event, and volunteers distributed flyers to households. Residents can leave a grocery sack of canned goods on their door step, or wait for volunteers to knock on their door.

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