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Thurmond Lake water data now on smartphone app

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 5:10pm

Thurmond Lake water levels and rainfall predictions can now be more easily accessed.

The Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District has released a smartphone application that puts the same data from its popular water management Web site in the palm of your hand. The free app is available for download from iTunes, Google Play and the Amazon app store.

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Quadcopters - not drones - flying off retail shelves

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 5:09pm


A North Augusta woman told police they were following her. A Columbia County man uses them to take aerial shots of the Augusta Canal. And a handful of Georgia companies are considering the machines for surveying crops and real estate listings.

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Apartment managers learn how to guard against fire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 5:00pm

 Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly provided the title of Jaime Morgan of the Apartment Association of Greater Augusta.

There was one main message that Lt. Carlton Bradley wanted to depart to the 20 representatives from local apartment complexes at a class on fire safety Thursday. “The biggest thing I want y’all to take away from this is to be safe and make your tenants safe,” said the Augusta Fire Department official, who led the two-hour class.

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Augusta man sentenced to life without parole for killing innocent bystander

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 4:44pm

Dachavous Murphy never met Ashley Brown, but that didn’t stop him from killing the 26-year-old innocent bystander.

On Thursday afternoon a Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted Murphy, 22, of murder in Brown’s death. He will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.

What Murphy did was “a callous and cowardly act”, Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms said in asking for the maximum penalty for Brown’s murder.

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Tiger Woods struggles to 74 at PGA Championship

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:53pm


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Tiger Woods surveyed his options from so far left of the fairway he was up to his ankles in grass in a hazard he didn’t even know was there.

He could take it over the trees and go sideways, but it might be tough to keep it in the fairway.

“What about left gallery?” Woods asked his caddie.

“That’s actually not bad,” Joe LaCava replied.

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Obama signs veterans' health care overhaul

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 1:04pm

FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Veterans may soon have easier access to government-paid health care under a bill President Obama signed into law Thursday, the government’s most sweeping response to date to a public uproar over systemwide problems that have rocked the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Savannah River Nuclear Solutions joins nuclear education partnership at Augusta Tech

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:03pm


Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the management and operations contractor at Savannah River Site, has joined a partnership at Augusta Technical College for nuclear education.

Georgia Power and Southern Nuclear have supported the Nuclear Engineering Technology program since it was developed in 2008, according to a news release. SRNS will collaborate on curriculum and program requirements, support marketing and outreach efforts and participate in advisory councils.

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