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New Columbia County teachers undergo orientation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 9:16pm

More than 190 new teachers got their first in-depth look at their new school system Wednesday morning, undergoing orientation as Columbia County braces for a predicted population boom.

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Storm fee fuels SPLOST resistance as talks on capital program begin

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 8:38pm

Development of a sales tax package to present to voters Nov. 3 kicks into high gear Friday at a three-hour Augusta Commission meeting.

The content of the special purpose, local option sales tax package will be critical as SPLOST opponents cite Tuesday’s passage of a stormwater fee as another reason to defeat the referendum.

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Jeb Bush says he's an optimistic option for voters

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 7:52pm

AIKEN — Jeb Bush says he’s not an angry candidate. Far from it, in fact.

He says he represents a more positive option for voters as a “happy warrior” who refuses to bend the knee to pessimism.

Instead, Bush says he will run an inclusive presidential campaign in places other Republican candidates won’t go – black churches, the Hispanic community and on college campuses. He says he will campaign with “heart and conviction” and campaign to win. And that, he hopes, will be good enough for the future of America.

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South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier fires back at "enemies"

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 6:31pm

COLUMBIA — Steve Spurrier has a message for all those “enemies” out there, saying he will remain South Carolina’s coach for a long time.

Spurrier said Wednesday that he’s not too old at 70 to coach and is not leaving the school where he has coached the past 10 years and is the team’s career victory leader.

Spurrier essentially said similar things at Southeastern Conference Media Days last week. That hasn’t stopped the questions about how long Spurrier might remain on the sidelines.

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Medical College of Georgia medical students get EMT training

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 4:53pm

Even though she didn’t get to hit the siren during her first shift in the ambulance, Adedayo Oduwole said it was still OK.

“It wasn’t as intense as I thought it would be,” she said. Before she begins her first year at Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, this future doctor will be certified as an emergency medical technician.

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Richmond County without a homicide since June 13, longest stretch in 2015

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 3:49pm


More than 35 days have passed since Richmond County’s last homicide, eclipsing the longest stretch thus far in 2015.

There have been 10 killings – nine charges of murder and one of involuntary manslaughter – but none has occurred since June 13. Before that stretch, the longest that the county had gone without a homicide was two months, in June and July of 2014.

“I’m proud of the effort and strategies (our employees) have put in to reduce our homicide rate,” Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree said.

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Former U.S. Rep. John Barrow to teach course on partisan gridlock at UGA

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 2:27pm

Former U.S. Rep. John Barrow announced Wednesday that he will return to his alma mater to teach a subject he became very familiar with during his decade-long run as the Deep South’s last white Democratic congressman – partisan gridlock.

The University of Georgia confirmed in a news release that Barrow, an Athens, Ga., native who has strong ties to the Clarke County college town, will be an in-residence scholar for its School of Public and International Affairs.

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New commander installed for Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 12:12pm

Army Col. Michael A. Weber was installed as commander of Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon on Wednesday.

Weber replaced Col. John Lamoureux who has been at the hospital since August 2013, according to a news release. He became chief of staff for Southern Region Medical Command.

Previously, Weber served as the assistant program manager in the Office of the Program Manager for the Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program, according to a release.

The change of command ceremony was held at Fort Gordon’s Barton Field.


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