Power outages sweep coastal Georgia as hurricane rolls north

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 10:04pm

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — More than 100,000 residents were without power in coastal Georgia as gusty winds strengthened and rain grew more severe with Hurricane Matthew swirling toward the region Friday night.

Outages could climb through the night in the storm-struck counties of Chatham, Glynn, Camden and McIntosh, Georgia Power spokesman John Kraft said. He said utility company crewmembers are expected to head toward the storm-hit areas Saturday after the weather clears.

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Red Cross requests support from volunteers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 6:35pm

The Red Cross is asking Augustans to volunteer to help keep shelters for hurricane evacuees staffed.

Opportunities to volunteer at Red Cross shelters are expected to continue through October 14, and can include helping distribute food, water and hygiene kits. 

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, must pass a background check and motor vehicle check and must be in good health. Training takes place on site.

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Voting registration deadline nears for presidential election

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 5:23pm


Time is running out to register to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election – and advance voting starts in eight days.

Local elections officials say applications continue to pour in ahead of Tuesday’s registration deadline.

“We’ve got several thousand that we’ve yet to process, and they continue to come in pretty steadily every day,” said Lynn Bailey, the executive director of the Richmond County Board of Elections.

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Glenn Hills-Laney matchup moved to Wednesday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 3:42pm

The Glenn Hills-Laney game originally scheduled for this weekend has been moved to Wednesday because of the threat of storms from Hurricane Matthew.

The Wildcats will play host to the Spartans at Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The two teams were initially set to play Saturday and both have bye weeks the following week. Laney has won the past eight meetings dating back to 1998, including shutouts in three of the past four matchups.

Fire department cancels Saturday event

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 3:30pm

The Augusta Fire Department and Emergency Management Agency has canceled the Family Emergency Ready Day Program scheduled Saturday at the Augusta Mall.

The new date for the emergency readiness event will be announced at a later time.

Richmond County public schools to close Monday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 2:13pm

Richmond County schools will be closed Monday to help shelter evacuees from Savannah.

A decision on making up the day will be made at a later date, according to Kaden Jacobs, director of communications and community engagement for Richmond County schools. No students or faculty are required to attend Monday.

Richmond County schools previously planned to use Monday as a makeup day for closing Sept. 2 because of Tropical Storm Hermine.

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Woods commits to play in PGA Tour event

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 12:31pm


Two weeks after the PGA Tour season ended, the next one starts Thursday and for some fans it can’t get here soon enough: Tiger Woods is returning to golf.

Woods made it official Friday by entering the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif., the first event on the PGA Tour’s wraparound schedule. He has said a month ago that he hoped to play the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort, but had until Friday afternoon to officially commit.

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UGA AD McGarity speaks on decision to move game

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 12:05pm


ATHENS, Ga. — While Georgia’s football operations staff was on the ground in Columbia making sure a new site for the team to stay in met its needs, athletic director Greg McGarity Friday morning laid out some behind the scenes maneuvering that led to the rescheduled game at South Carolina being pushed back a day.

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SRS to resume operations tonight

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 11:29am


Savannah River Site will resume normal operations beginning at 6:30 p.m. today.

All normal entrances to the nuclear facility will be open at that time, according to a news release.

More shelters open to house Hurricane Matthew evacuees

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 11:23am


Bused Savannah evacuees now number 2,500 that are being sheltered at eight Richmond County Schools System locations.

The agreement with Chatham County provides Augusta will shelter up to 5,000 evacuees. The evacuees are going to a dozen designated Richmond County school system sites being managed by the Red Cross. Some 22,000 self-evacuees are estimated to be staying in Augusta hotels and motels, which are full.

There are 400 self-evacuees at three Red Cross shelters, according to an update at 6:30 p.m. from the city.

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Savannah sets dusk-to-dawn curfew

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 11:00am

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A dusk to dawn curfew for all of Chatham County has been put in place during Hurricane Matthew and will stay in effect until lifted by local officials.

Lady A 'tail gate' shifts to Sunday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 10:53am

Columbia County’s first “ultimate tailgating experience” will wait a day.

Officials said Friday the event planned for the Lady A site in Evans will shift to Sunday now that the Saturday Georgia-South Carolina game has been changed because of the weather.

Tailgating in designated lots will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Eric Lee Beddingfield will perform from 1 - 2:15 p.m. Kickoff for the football game is set for 2:30 p.m., and will be shown on a big screen at Evans Towne Center Park.

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Border Bash time moved up

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 10:38am



Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. today for the 23rd Annual Border Bash at Augusta Golf & Gardens.

With threatening weather expected later this evening, the start time of this year’s event has beenmoved up, according to a news release.

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Hurricane brushes Fla. this morning

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 8:15am

Hurricane Matthew’s howling wind and driving rain pummeled Florida early today, starting what’s expected to be a ruinous, dayslong battering of the Southeast coast. The strongest winds of 120 mph were just offshore, but Matthew’s wrath still menaced more than 500 miles of coastline.


As of 6 a.m. EDT today, the hurricane’s western eyewall was brushing Cape Canaveral, according to the National Hurricane Center. Matthew was centered about 25 miles east of Cape Canaveral and moving north-northwest around 14 mph.


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Augusta officials urge hospitality as hurricane evacuees arrive

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 12:00am


City officials urged residents to show “southern hospitality” Thursday as thousands of Hurricane Matthew evacuees continued to arrive in Augusta, including an initial 30 buses from Savannah.

The 630 aboard the buses are the first of 5,000 Augusta has agreed to shelter under an evacuation contract with Chatham County, Fire Chief Chris James said at a Thursday news conference.

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Augusta church morphs into Red Cross shelter for Hurricane Matthew evacuees

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/06/2016 - 11:14pm


In the slight chaos at Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church on Thursday afternoon and a good 100 miles from home, Caesar Garcia Servin was grateful.

“I think of the refugees in the Middle East and their struggles. We have it good here,’’ said the 17-year-old from Ridgeland, S.C.

Servin was one of the people who found shelter from Hurricane Matthew at the Red Cross shelter at Trinity United Methodist Church on Monte Sano.

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Lakeside knocks off Greenbrier for first win of the season

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/06/2016 - 10:26pm


After playing a difficult non-region schedule, Lakeside entered Thursday night’s rivalry contest with Greenbrier seeking its first win.

The Panthers scored their lone touchdown on a Nick Reid pass in the first half and held on for a 7-0 win over the Wolfpack on Homecoming Night.

Lakeside (1-5, 1-0 Region 3-AAAAAA) entered having lost to five opponents with a combined 21-5-1 record. The Panthers used that experience when it got the ball back with 3:58 remaining in the game, recording three first downs to run out the clock.

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Evans High educator named county's Teacher of the Year

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/06/2016 - 10:25pm


Hearing his name announced as Co­lum­bia County’s Teacher of the Year was a surreal moment for Eric Leiden.

“I feel totally overwhelmed,” said Leiden, who teaches AP U.S. History and U.S. History Through Film at Evans High School.

The Columbia County Board of Educa­tion honored teachers of the year from 31 schools at a banquet Thursday at First Baptist Church of Augusta.

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Committee hears options for south Augusta development group

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/06/2016 - 9:12pm

A city committee trying to foster retail development in south Augusta brought in the experts Thursday.

Officials from the city Downtown Development Authority and Augusta Development Authority and development firms themselves weighed in on what each is doing and might bring to the area that residents say is underserved.

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