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Columbia County charter school plan faces rejection again

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:07pm

The group behind Colum­bia County’s proposed arts-infused charter school is bracing for its second rejection in two years from the State Charter Schools Com­mis­sion.

Board members of the Co­lum­­bia County School for the Arts have been informed that the commission’s staff is recommending that their petition be denied at the commission’s meeting Wednesday.

Todd Shafer, a founding member of the charter school group and a school leader, said the board was hoping to delay the commission’s
vote and address its concerns.

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Man with gun robs Augusta gas station

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 9:16pm

A man wearing a black and green ski-mask robbed an Augusta gas station late Wednesday night, fleeing with an unknown amount of cash.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Circle K gas station off Peach Orchard Road at 11:26 p.m. regarding an armed robbery in progress, according to an incident report. The clerk said a black man walked into the store and pointed a gun at her while demanding money.

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Augusta attorney Timothy E. Moses withdraws from federal practice

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 8:58pm


An Augusta attorney who admitted he cheated his former law firm partners voluntarily withdrew his name from the roll of attorneys permitted to practice in the federal courts of the Southern District of Georgia.

Timothy E. Moses submitted his letter Tues­day, just days before a scheduled show cause hearing in the Augusta federal court. Moses was summoned to appear in court after the judges learned why he was facing professional disciplinary action.

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Study finds funding needs to increase to $800 million for Savannah River Site project

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 8:53pm

A new study commissioned by the federal Energy Department found that the U.S. could save $400 million a year if it disposed of weapons-grade plutonium at a New Mexico nuclear waste repository instead of converting the surplus material into mixed-oxide fuel at Savannah River Site.

The report, released Thursday by the Union of Concerned Scientists, was produced by the Red Team, a group of industry experts assembled by U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to evaluate cost projections and alternatives to the MOX project.

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Motorcyclist killed in wreck near Grovetown

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 8:12pm

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misidentified the victim in one reference.


A motorcyclist was killed about 7 p.m. Wednesday in a wreck at Kettle Creek Drive and Wrightsboro Road near Grovetown.

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Five things to watch in Augusta-area high school football

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 5:07pm

After a long offseason of players lifting weights, learning schemes and going through preseason practice, the work gets put to the test for many area high school football teams Friday with the start of the 2015 season. Here’s a quick primer of what to watch for this year:

1. Familiar faces in new places

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First Unit 3 Shield Building panels placed at Plant Vogtle

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:45pm

Plant Vogtle is raising its shield.

Georgia Power announced this week that the $14 billion expansion of Plant Vogtle in Waynesboro, Ga., marked another milestone – the installation of the first six individual steel panels to Unit 3’s shield building, an enclosure that houses the reactor’s containment vessel.

The shield building includes more than 160 steel panels, each of which can weigh more than 10 tons and be filled with concrete, Georgia Power said in a news release.

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