PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — The PGA Tour will tell you that the current golf season officially began Oct. 10 at the Frys.com Open in California.
Traditionalists will argue that the year started, as always, after New Year’s in Hawaii at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
The world’s best golfers, however, have redrawn the calendar once more and declared the Florida Swing as the true launching point of the substantive season.
A woman who became a suspect in a series of violent crimes that included two homicides in 2010 pleaded guilty Wednesday for her role in one shooting.
The murder case against Mariah S. Federick, 22, in Richmond County Superior Court was dismissed Wednesday. After a co-defendant’s recantation of his statement that implicated Federick, Assistant District Attorney Natalie Paine told the judge there is no evidence she was involved in the June 28, 2010, slaying of 38-year-old L.V. Wilson.
An Augusta man accused of hitting an 8-year-old crossing the street to catch his school bus was indicted this week.
A Richmond County grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday charging Scott W. Hancock, 20, with vehicular homicide and reckless driving.
Hancock has been in jail since Dec. 9, when he failed to yield to a school bus stopped in the 3800 block of Belair Road to pick up children, police said.
ATLANTA — Drivers who refuse to pull out of the left lane for a faster car – even one that is speeding – could be charged with a misdemeanor under legislation the House overwhelmingly passed Wednesday.
House Bill 459, which passed 162-9, was sponsored by Rep. Bill Hitchens, a Rincon Republican who is the former head of the Georgia State Patrol.
“This is the good manners your mother should have taught you,” he said, comparing it to golfers letting faster groups play through.
ATLANTA -- State workers and teachers have never been able to get elective abortion coverage, and legislation spelling that out is just to clarify existing rules, the bill’s author said Tuesday.
Rep. Darlene Taylor, R-Thomasville, told the House Insurance Committee that Gov. Nathan Deal asked her to introduce House Bill 1066.
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A former Special Olympics volunteer coach has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for having sex with a 15-year-old athlete.
Cornelius Davis of Hopkins pleaded guilty in Charleston on Tuesday. He had been charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of assault and battery in Lexington and Richland counties.
Davis apologized to the victim as part of the plea. He also apologized to his own family.
LOS ANGELES — A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree.
ATLANTA — Temperatures are headed below freezing across much of Georgia -- even as far south as Americus in south Georgia -- by early Thursday.
In metro Atlanta, low temperatures early Thursday are expected to be in the mid-20s, with lows around 20 in some north Georgia mountain towns.
Thursday morning’s low temperatures are expected to be around 28 degrees in Columbus; 27 in Macon; 31 in Americus; 32 in Albany; and 34 in Dublin.
Area contractors who want to work with AshBritt Environmental and Leidos on Augusta’s disaster recovery and debris removal effort can sign up at a Friday workshop.
The two firms were hired by the Augusta Commission under an emergency procurement contract Monday to oversee the recovery and debris removal effort.
Traffic Engineer Steve Cassell estimated city and several contracted crews have already removed nearly 100,000 cubic yards of debris to staging areas that are starting to fill up, but much more work remains to be done.
Two weeks after he was widely criticized for failing to prepare Atlanta for snow, Gov. Nathan Deal spent more than $12,000 in taxpayer money to fly members of the media with him to Augusta in a separate helicopter to survey ice damage, according to government documents obtained by The Augusta Chronicle.
An Augusta man accused of taking part in the robbery of a sick, elderly man was acquitted Tuesday in Richmond County Superior Court.
Jonathan C. Glenn, 32, had pleaded not guilty to armed robbery, hijacking, kidnapping and burglary in the Nov. 2, 2009, home invasion of George Upshaw, 68.
Upshaw, who died in 2010, was robbed of about $30 and his vehicle by two masked men who kicked in his back door and left him gagged and bound hand and foot in his bathtub.
An 18-year-old Augusta man who spent the past six months in jail was acquitted Tuesday in Richmond County Superior Court.
Antonio Q. Wright had been in jail since his arrest on allegations that he robbed Jasmine Wiley at gunpoint Aug. 28, taking her cellphone and cash.
In a note from the jury read by Judge Daniel J. Craig on Tuesday, jurors wrote that their verdict was based on insufficient evidence against Wright and the lack of physical evidence to support the charges of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Another participant in a million-dollar tax fraud scheme was sentenced to prison Tuesday.
LaSandra Whitfield, 42, of Waynesboro was sentenced to three years in prison. Whitfield pleaded guilty Aug. 23 to conspiracy to defraud the government and aggravated identity theft.
She admitted she cashed two fraudulent income tax refund checks totaling $33,162.
Boswell Lamkin was accustomed to his Augusta Utilities bill being due on the same day of every month – the 15th – for years.
So when he received two bills this month – one he paid Feb. 6 and a second, due March 1 that he paid Tuesday, the retired engineer realized he’ll be charged for an extra month this year.
“This month, I got hit twice with a payment,” Lamkin said. “Why should we be on the hook for an extra bill?”
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who they say stole several cases of beer from a Hephzibah gas station earlier this month.
About 1:30 p.m. Feb. 3, the suspect, described as a black man wearing a black jacket, white T-shirt and black pants, entered the Sprint Gas Station at 2480 Crosscreek Road and left with two 30-packs of beer that he didn’t pay for, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.
Two Petersburg boats used for daily guided tours of the Augusta Canal made their way back into the water Tuesday after being on dry land for almost a month for routine inspections.
The 65-foot vessels, which look like the boats that once traveled the canal transporting cotton and other items, were out of service from Jan. 30 to Feb. 13 while their hulls were inspected by the Coast Guard.
Reducing fat through exercise in obese, diabetic mice improved their memory and brain function, new research from Georgia Regents University found.
The same good effect could be gained by surgically removing the fat but so far it has only been shown in mice genetically bred to be obese and it might not last, said GRU neuroscientist Alexis M. Stranahan.
With a Kentucky Derby campaign theme, the United Way of the CSRA crossed the finish line of its fundraising campaign Tuesday and celebrated at its annual meeting.
“We did it. We exceeded our campaign goal,” said Thomas Blanchard III, the campaign chairman, announcing that the organization raised $4,128,764, surpassing the $4.1 million goal set in August.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Cody Williams was arrested in late August, charged with the sexual battery of someone younger than 12.
The 18-year-old high school student spent 35 days in jail.
One problem: He was the wrong Cody Williams.
Three officers have received formal counseling for their role in the wrongful arrest and another officer faces a 10-day unpaid suspension and a transfer from investigations to patrol.
Deputy Sheriff Johnny Hawkins of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office will learn today if he will receive that punishment.