Hippodrome rebranded with new focus on scoring entertainment events

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 1:52pm
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If you think the Hippodrome is just for horse-related events, think again. A new development plan is in motion to create a venue not only for sports events but for concerts, festivals and much more. Read more

Correspondent Photos Charmain Brackett

Shelters open in Augusta for Hurricane Irma evacuees

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:37pm
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Augusta officials open the city’s doors today to the first of thousands of evacuees fleeing Hurricane Irma. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Susan McCord

VIDEO: City of Augusta Hurricane Irma news conference

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 10:46am
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Augusta mayor Hardie Davis along with EMA Director and Fire Chief Chris James held a news briefing Friday morning about ongoing Hurricane Irma preparations. Read more

Yuck or yum? Swiss offer insect burgers of mealworm larvae

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 9:43am
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GENEVA — Swallow deeply, pinch the nose and repeat the mantra: “Tastes like beef, tastes likes beef.” Then bite into the burger of rice, chopped vegetables, spices and mealworm larvae.

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Columbia County Sheriff’s Office looking for suspect in theft of tire at Walmart

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 9:21am
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The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a female suspected of taking merchandise from the Bobby Jones Walmart.

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Tucker supporters kick off campaign season

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:24am
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Nearly 50 volunteers gathered for a campaign kickoff meeting and dinner in support of Pam Tucker, the longtime emergency services director in Columbia and Richmond counties, on Thursday night. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Abbigail Lennon

KIRBY: I guess summer’s pretty much done

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:08am
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My family always went on vacation at the end of summer, right before school started. We rarely went to the typical destination, we usually went to my grandmother’s farm. Things were growing. The fields were full. We had to work, but I wouldn’t have traded it for Disney World. Read more

Columnist Bill Kirby

Rants and raves

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:05am
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Will anyone be paid kickbacks for voting to move the James Brown Arena to Regency Mall, instead of following the recommendation of the paid study? Read more

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Nearly 540,000 ordered to flee Georgia coast ahead of Irma

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 7:54pm
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SAVANNAH, Ga. — Georgia’s governor on Thursday ordered nearly 540,000 coastal residents to evacuate inland ahead of Hurricane Irma as authorities warned the storm had the potential to strike as a major hurricane, something the Georgia coast hasn’t seen in more than a century. Read more

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Aiken County officials urge residents to prepare now

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 7:18pm
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Aiken County residents have “three, maybe four days” to get ready for the remnants of Hurricane Irma, and they should use them wisely, Sheriff Mike Hunt said Thursday. Read more

Staff Writer Photos James Folker

Man sentenced to decades in prison for Augusta robberies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 6:31pm
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A South Carolina man who robbed two Augusta businesses was sentenced Thursday to serve nearly 42 years in prison. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Sandy Hodson

‘Chronicle’ will move up comics, Sunday inserts to Saturday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 6:26pm
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The comic section and accompanying inserts that normally appear in The Augusta Chronicle’s Sunday edition will be in Saturday’s paper. This is being done to help our readers, advertisers and carriers in advance of the anticipated approach of Hurricane Irma. Subscribers who are Sunday-only will also receive a Saturday paper this week. Read more

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Early intervention, testing keys to addressing hepatitis C problem, says CDC scientist

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 6:15pm
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The problem with hepatitis C infections in the U.S. has several fronts: new patients from injection drug users caught up in the opioid crisis, a large population in prison that may not be getting tested and treated and a large number of Baby Boomers, many of whom don’t know they are infected, said a senior scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Tom Corwin

Federal prosecutors granted access to accused leaker’s social media and phone records

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 5:23pm
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Federal prosecutors in the Reality Winner espionage case were granted access to the former Fort Gordon contractor’s social media accounts and phone records, according to court documents recently unsealed. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Sandy Hodson

Nine indicted in federal tax fraud case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 5:16pm
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A federal indictment recently unsealed accuses nine Augusta area defendants of participating in a tax fraud conspiracy that netted them more than $2 million. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Sandy Hodson

Hurricane Irma closings, shelter openings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 4:20pm
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CLOSINGS/CANCELLATIONS

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Richmond County schools closing part of next week to provide shelters for hurricane evacuees

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 4:02pm
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The Richmond County School system will close schools Monday through Wednesday to provide shelters for expected Hurricane Irma evacuees.

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Driver seriously injured after crash at Highway 56 near Byne Sunshine Road

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 3:43pm
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A driver was hospitalized after colliding with a truck at Highway 56 near Byne Sunshine Road in Burke County on Thursday afternoon. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Nefeteria Brewster

Regency Mall owner sends statement on arena proposal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 2:27pm
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Regency Mall owner Alan A. Cardinale issued a statement and his son-in-law James McKinnon spoke publicly for a first time Thursday on Cardinal Management’s proposal to relocate James Brown Arena at the south Augusta site. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Susan McCord