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Police quit probe after victim balks

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:11pm

Police say their investigation into an Appling home invasion and the reported thefts that followed it was terminated Thursday after the victims refused to cooperate.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said the investigation was closed.

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Poll: Kingston edging ahead of Perdue

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 3:45pm

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston’s one-point lead one week ago over businessman David Perdue has stretched to five points in the Republican Senate runoff, poll results showed Thursday.

The InsiderAdvantage/Fox5/Morris News survey was conducted with OpinionSavvy July 15-16 and included telephone and online surveys of 696 likely voters in Tuesday’s Georgia GOP primary runoff.

The latest results show Kingston leading Perdue 46-41 percent, a spread just outside the margin of error. Thirteen percent said they were undecided.

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Men robbed after stopping with flat tire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 1:18pm

Two men told police they were robbed at gunpoint after stopping with a flat tire early Wednesday.

Rooney Dupuy, 27, of Texas, and Antwaun Fambro, 28, of Arkansas told police they were driving on Morgan Road around 1:30 a.m. to get to Gate 1 of Fort Gordon on Gordon Highway when they had a flat tire. The men had previously attempted to enter the base’s Tobacco Road entrance after returning from downtown but found it closed.

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Ukraine: 295 on Malaysia plane shot down over east

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:49am

HRABOVE, Ukraine — A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft.

As plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village of Hrabove, an Associated Press journalist counted at least 22 bodies at the wreckage site 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Russian border.

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UGA donors set fundraising record

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:47am


ATHENS, Ga. -- Donors loosened up their purse strings to set a record in new University of Georgia President Jere Morehead’s first year in office.

Morehead’s inaugural year proved to be the best fundraising year in UGA history, the university announced Thursday.

In the fiscal year that ended June 30, UGA fundraisers received gifts and pledges for $126.4 million, up 8 percent from the previous years.

The number of donors also increased; large and small gifts came from nearly 57,000 contributors, up 4 percent over the previous year.

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Gamecocks picked to win SEC East

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:44am


South Carolina has been picked as the favorite to win the 2014 Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title, according to the media attending the annual SEC Media Days in Birmingham.

The Gamecocks received 1,895 points to outdistance Georgia (1,777) for the top spot in the East. Florida (1,362) and Missouri (1,263) were picked third and fourth respectively, while Tennessee (893), Vanderbilt (619) and Kentucky (395) round out the Eastern Division.

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Ex-school janitor admits sex charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:25am

The first time a student reported that Reginald L. Price had fondled her, the solicitor’s office let Price go. The second student’s allegation against the school janitor was deemed insufficient.

It wasn’t until a third middle school student complained that Price’s hug turned sexual that criminal charges were pursued.

On Thursday, Price, 45, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to two counts of sexual battery for what he did to the girls in Richmond County schools.

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Command Sgt. Maj. Pflieger retires, hands over responsibilities to incoming command staff

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:17am


Two incoming members of the Fort Gordon command staff accepted the sword of responsibility Thursday from retiring Command Sgt. Maj. Ron Pflieger.

Pflieger, who will officially retire from the Army in January after 32 years of service, relinquished his duties of the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon during a Change of Responsibilities ceremony at the post’s Barton Field. His retirement ceremony followed.

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McIlroy, Woods happy with British Open play

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:14am


HOYLAKE, England — Tiger Woods is back at the majors.

Seems like he was never away.

After a shaky start to the British Open, Woods ripped through Royal Liverpool on Thursday much as he did eight years ago when he won the claret jug for the third time. A 30-foot birdie from the fringe of the 11th green got him going. Four more birdies in the next five holes carried Woods to a 3-under 69, leaving him just three shots behind Rory McIlroy.

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Car crashes on Reynolds Street

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 9:34am

A woman was injured Thursday morning when her vehicle overturned and hit the Beamie’s at the River restaurant on Reynolds Street.

Police were called to the crash about 9:10 a.m. Deputies were unable to give details on the crash, but witnesses said the driver’s brakes failed.

Sylvia Johnson and Wanda Henry were in the parking lot when they saw the crash. They ran over to the vehicle, which was lying on its left side at the edge of the restaurant’s patio.

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UGA ready for SEC media today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 9:10am


HOOVER, Ala.—Georgia finally gets its turn at SEC Media Days Thursday when the Bulldogs kick off the last day by getting their time in front of the cameras, microphones, laptops and notepads.

Mark Richt is making his 14th appearance here as Georgia football coach.

They keep records of such things dating back to the first media days in 1985.

It turns out that places Richt second in most appearances by one coach at a single school. Tennessee’s Philip Fulmer had 15. Steve Spurrier made his 22nd combined appearance this week at Florida and South Carolina.

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Adrift, women float from Ga. to SC

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 8:50am

HILTON HEAD ISLAND — Two Tennessee women are safe after a storm blew their paddleboards from a Georgia island to a South Carolina island.

Twenty-seven-year-old Cayci Underwood and 21-year-old Summer Underwood set out from Tybee Island, Georgia, when they were caught by stormy weather and spent hours on the water Tuesday.

They abandoned their paddleboard when they were is sight of Hilton Head Island and it took 45 minutes to make it ashore, nearly 8 miles from where they started.

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Iinmate beating costs SC county $750,000

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 8:47am

COLUMBIA— Richland County is paying $750,000 to settle a lawsuit after the beating of a handcuffed, homeless inmate in the county jail.

The State newspaper reported Robert Sweeper III suffered a punctured lung, broken ribs and broken vertebrae in the 2012 attack.

Officials said guards left him in his cell for five days before medics were called to take him to the hospital. One guard, 38-year-old Robin Smith, was sentenced to two years in prison. Six other officers were fired.

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Should your on-line account die when you do?

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 7:59am



Should your e-mails, Web albums and other online accounts die when you do? Or should you be able to pass them down to a family member much as you would a house or a box of letters?


A leading group of lawyers says that families should immediately get access to everything online unless otherwise specified in a will. They are urging state lawmakers to enact their proposal so loved ones don’t get shut out as American lives move increasingly online.


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