Current weather

  • Few clouds, light rain
  • 73°
    Few clouds, light rain

Lee shoots 63, leads Georgia Junior Championship

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 10:32pm


S.M. Lee would’ve played in the Georgia Junior Championship last year, but he missed it for a simple reason.

He didn’t know about it.

Lee made sure he didn’t miss this year’s event. On Monday, the Buford, Ga., golfer posted 9-under-par 63 at West Lake Country Club to lead the Georgia State Golf Association event by seven shots after the first round.

“I’m glad I came out here today,” he said. “Fun tournament. Good golf course. I don’t think it could be any better.”

read more

Hephzibah man dead after fall from crane at International Paper plant in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 9:49pm


A Hepzibah man is dead after falling from a crane Monday night, Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said.

The coroner’s office was called to International Paper in south Augusta about 6 p.m., Bowen said.

Michael Hill, 44, had been driving a crane when he fell out of the back of the cab for unknown reasons. He fell 50 to 70 feet before striking the ground and was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:05 p.m., Bowen said.

read more

Murder trial begins for man accused in young niece's death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 9:21pm

A murder trial began Monday for an Augusta man accused of causing the death of his 17-month-old niece.

Jerome Hughs, 37, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Su­perior Court. He has been free since Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet set a $30,000 bond in January 2014.

Hughs is accused of causing fatal injuries to Kaidence Alexander on Feb. 20, 2012. According to previous court testimony, the toddler died from asphyxiation and severe head trauma.

read more

Private e-mail accounts see official use

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 8:50pm


Some of the area’s top elected officials, including Augusta Superior Court Judge J. David Roper and nearly every Aiken County Council member, use personal e-mail accounts to conduct government business – an issue one community says it’s reviewing to determine whether stricter policies are needed.

read more

GRU women's golf coach leaving for Ole Miss

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 5:54pm

Georgia Regents women’s golf coach Kory Henkes is leaving Augusta to lead the Ole Miss women’s golf program, the Rebels announced Monday.

During her four years with the Jaguars, Henkes led the team to the NCAA Regionals three times.

read more

Mayor to hold office hours Wednesday in downtown Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 3:17pm

Hardie Davis will hold mayor’s office hours in District 1 Wednesday at Metro Market in downtown Augusta.

The Mayor’s Office Hours program is an opportunity for residents to speak with the mayor, commissioners and other local officials in an informal setting while highlighting local businesses, Davis said in a statement.

District 1 Commissioner Bill Fennoy will join Davis for the meeting, which is free and open to the public.

Haley calls for Confederate flag to come down

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 3:08pm

CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolina’s governor declared Monday that the Confederate flag should be removed from the grounds of the Statehouse, reflecting what she described as a new consensus that the slayings of nine black churchgoers has changed what the banner stands for.

“The murderer now locked up in Charleston said he hoped his actions would start a race war. We have an opportunity to show that not only was he wrong, but that just the opposite is happening,” Gov. Nikki Haley said, flanked by Democrats and Republicans, blacks and whites who joined her call.

read more

Augusta's 100-degree weather could linger for several more days as the summer shapes up to be one of the hottest on record

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 2:40pm


If it seemed toasty last week, get ready to be even warmer with several back-to-back days of scorching, triple digit heat and possibly the beginning of one of the hottest summers Augusta has seen in a few years.

Meteorologists say temperatures near or above 100 degrees are expected each day through Thursday. Last week’s heat wave hit 100 only once – June 16, when the 100-degree high tied with the record for the date set in 1920.

read more

Mother used her two children to help shoplift items at Augusta Wal-Mart, police say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 2:21pm

Police said a mother used her two children to help her steal more than 100 items from Wal-Mart on Sunday.

Elisabeth Nicole Bryant, 35, of Patterson Bridge Road, was booked into the Richmond County jail on two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and felony theft by shoplifting.

According to an incident report, Bryant entered the Deans Bridge Road store with her 13- and 9-year-old children around 3 p.m. Bryant and her oldest child each grabbed a shopping cart. Surveillance video shows Bryant concealing items in a trash can in her child’s cart.

read more

Government debt to become more transparent

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 9:59am

ATLANTA – Soon, taxpayers will get a truer picture of how much debt state and local governments have amassed as new, national accounting standards take effect.

Finance officials with school boards, city councils and county commissions across Georgia are getting documents from the state listing their share of the built-up costs of providing retirement checks one day for current workers. The local and state governments will be required, for the first time, to publicly list the unfunded amounts as part of their debt.

read more

Falling tree branch kills Ga. woman

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 8:31am

CEDARTOWN, Ga. — A young mother has died and her 1-year-old son is in critical condition after a tree limb fell on the pair as they sat on a bench in the playground area of Peek Park in Cedartown.

The Rome News-Tribune reports the limb fell on 16-year-old Latrena Drayton and her son, Jeremiah Drayton, on Friday. Drayton died from her injuries. Jeremiah was airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite for treatment where he was listed in critical condition Saturday.

read more

Lightning strikes Georgia boy, 11, on Florida beach

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 8:29am

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — An 11-year-old Georgia boy injured in a lightning strike is on the mend in a Florida rehabilitation center.

Bowen Tyre was struck June 9 while standing in the Atlantic Ocean off Daytona Beach Shores. Heather Tyre told the Daytona Beach News-Journal her son was taken off a ventilator June 11 and began treatment at Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville on Wednesday.

The family lives in Patterson, Georgia, which is about 95 miles north of Jacksonville.

The lightning strike hit the boy on the left side of his head near his ear.

read more

Teen found fatally shot in stolen car

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 8:13am

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Savannah police are investigating after a 17-year-old boy was found shot to death inside a stolen car.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police say they’re seeking witnesses to the shooting that killed Jamell Dwayne Law Saturday night.

Police say a red Dodge Neon had crashed on West 41st Street, where it had driven into the steps of a vacant house around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. They say the Neon had been reported stolen from a commercial burglary Thursday night.

read more

Ex-Fire Chief Howard Willis dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 8:00am


A funeral is planned Wednes­day for former Au­gusta Fire Department Chief Howard “Bubba” Willis, who died Sunday.

Willis, 66, started his firefighting career with the old Su­burban Richmond County Fire Department in 1974, according to Chronicle archives, and worked in a number of departments over three decades.

As a special operations chief, he handled the hazardous materials unit, high angle rope rescue, water rescue and safety, along with security for major special events, such as the Georgia Games and July Fourth celebrations.

read more

Arrest in Atlanta hotel fire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 7:58am

ATLANTA — Authorities have arrested an Atlanta man after a hotel fire injured ten people, including a firefighter.

Fulton County police arrested 42-year-old Roger Solomon on Sunday and charged him with arson and two counts of aggravated assault.

Fire crews were called to the Days Inn on Fulton Industrial Boulevard shortly before 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Officials say about 50 people escaped the blaze.

Conditions of the nine people taken to hospitals were not available early Monday. Fire officials say the firefighter is expected to be fine.

read more

Water main break closes parts of Deans Bridge Road

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 1:51pm

Officers are on scene at a water main break at the Burger King on Deans Bridge and Barton Chapel roads.

According to Augusta dispatch, the report was made at 11:49 a.m. and deputies requested cones and barrels to surround the incident location in the Burger King parking lot.

One lane of Deans Bridge Road – headed toward Fort Gordon – has been closed to address the problem.



Teen charged after hair weaves taken

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 1:29pm

An Augusta teenager was arrested Saturday after attempting to steal hair weaves from an area business, police said.

Deputies responded to the Wal-Mart on Deans Bridge Road around 6:40 p.m., where Teiara Martin, 18, of Ruby Drive, was seen on surveillance video concealing beauty supplies, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Martin, an employee of McDonald’s inside the Wal-Mart, is accused of taking two packs of hair weaves, false eyelashes, a nail kit and two bags of Hershey kisses.

read more

Deputies on lunch break make arrest

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 12:47pm

A pair of Richmond County deputies had their lunch interrupted Friday to assist with a car break-in.

Around 11:23 a.m., two officers were eating at Farmhaus Burgers, on the 1200 block of Broad Street, when a customer advised them that someone was breaking into his vehicle, according to an incident report.

read more

Miss Georgia winner crowned

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 12:32pm

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Miss Warner Robins Betty Cantrell has been named Miss Georgia.


Cantrell was crowned Saturday night at the Miss Georgia pageant at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus.


The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports Cantrell won the talent competition for her opera performance.


First runner-up was Miss Capital City Adeline Kenerly and second runner-up was Miss Cobb County Patricia Ford.


read more

Follow News-Times:


  • Main: 706-868-1222
  • Fax: 706-823-6062
  • Email:
  • 4272 Washington Rd, Suite 3B, Evans, Ga. 30809