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Richmond County accepting applications for magnet schools, special programs

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:45pm


The Richmond County School System is accepting applications for magnet schools and special programs, organizing open houses so students and their families may investigate their options.

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Families flock to Christmas tree farms

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:41pm

Kathy Medcalfe breathed in the fresh smell of Christmas trees Wednesday while the pros – her two young sons – cut down the tree that would soon light up their home.

“I love that smell,” she said of the trees at Gay’s Christmas Tree Farm.

Sean Medcalfe, 9, lay on his belly sawing the bottom of a Carolina Sapphire while brother Rhys, 13, held it steady. In a few minutes, they would switch positions while cutting another tree for their grandparents. As much as their mother loved the smell, the boys loved the tradition of chopping down the trees.

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Flat Creek Dairy & Farm recalls 3 lots of cheese over possible salmonella contamination

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:24pm

The state agriculture commissioner has announced the recall of some Georgia cheeses Monday because of possible salmonella contamination.

Some of the products were made at Flat Creek Farm & Dairy in Swainsboro, according to Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black. Georgia Department of Agriculture inspectors will be checking retail stores and food warehouses to make sure the recalled product is removed from sale.

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Augusta Bar Foundation awards grants to programs helping at-risk youth

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:17pm

The Augusta Bar Foundation awarded $22,000 in grants Monday to local organizations focused on helping at-risk youth in Augusta.

The local bar association raised money for the new foundation this year in hopes of creating an annual event.

Homeless man charged with break-ins

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:53pm


A homeless man has been charged with break-ins that occurred this year, including some at an Augusta church.

Cameron Rogers, 39, was booked into the Richmond County jail Sunday on counts of burglary, entering an automobile to commit a felony and theft by taking.

Police said Rogers was linked to the attempted theft of a tractor battery at a Willis Foreman Road in March. The owner told police he discovered that the battery had been removed from the tractor, which was in his backyard. It was discovered later in the woodline of the property.

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Man jailed after missing child found

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:01pm


An Augusta man was jailed Sunday after a passer-by found a 3-year-old walking alone on Milledgeville Road.

According to an incident report, a 34-year-old man was driving on Milledgeville Road around 4:30 p.m. when he saw the child walking on the edge of the road near Princess Court. He stopped his vehicle, picked up the child and called police.

While police were at the scene, they were notified the child had just been reported missing by her mother.

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11-year-old removed from unsanitary Hephzibah home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 1:59pm


A child was removed from a Hephzibah home and her parents charged after police found them living in unsanitary living conditions.

Police were called to the Lake Michigan Drive home Sunday after the 11-year-old called her grandmother, frightened because she could not get her mother and stepfather, Tracy and Michael Crawford, to come to the locked bedroom door. The grandmother told police she had just dropped the child off at the home after having her for the weekend.

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Santa Claus decorations taken from Walker Street home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 1:54pm


An Augusta woman suspects children stole Christmas decorations off her lawn.

The 58-year-old victim called police to her Walker Street home about 7 a.m. Sunday after discovering her blow-up Santa Claus and snowman were missing.

She said they were last seen around 1:30 a.m.


SC teachers face child porn charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:27am


MAULDIN, S.C. — Two members of the Greenville County School District have been charged with owning and distributing child pornography, according to authorities.


Daniel Ray Archer, 55, and Christopher Mattison Smith, 28, were both charged in separate cases after an investigation by local and federal agencies, authorities told local media outlets.


Archer is on administrative leave from his job as a physical education teacher at Mauldin Middle School. Smith was recently released from Ralph Chandler Middle School.


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Georgians passing GED test

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:55am


More than 100,000 Georgians have passed the GED test in the past five years, certifying they’ve got the equivalent of a high school education - about 18,000 people a year on average.


But that’s not nearly high enough, Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson told state legislators last week at the University of Georgia’s Biennial Institute for Legislators.


“We’ll have about 15,000 to 20,000 GED graduates this year, but I hate to tell you, we’ve probably had more drop out of high school,” he said.


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