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Social media movement takes on photo portrayal of Ferguson shooting victim

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 10:18pm


In one photo he posted on Twitter, Ron Brown is staring into the camera with a tri-colored bandana covering his mouth and nose, his dreadlocks strewn across his face.

The image posted next to it shows Brown, 38, standing in a collared shirt, his hair tied neatly back, with his three children smiling by his side.

Brown is an Army veteran, a dedicated husband and father, photographer and a youth mentor - but like so many other African American men, he said harmless images like his bandana photo can be misconstrued to overshadow his true character.

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Educators dedicate magnet school

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 9:02pm


Huddled in a small auditorium at Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School, educators and community members celebrated all that has been achieved in the school’s short history in a building dedication ceremony Saturday.

The school opened its doors at Augusta Technical College on Jan. 3, 2013, after months at the old Lamar Elementary School building on Baker Avenue.

Its focus is to urge students to choose a career path in order to meet the demands of workforces in the future.

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Recycling Perks program awards unearned discounts

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 8:27pm

Julie Kneuker has one recycling cart that’s emptied once a week.

Yet, in the past four months, the Augusta resident has been rewarded by a citywide program for recycling as many as four times in one day, even when she hasn’t wheeled her bin to the curb.

On May 2, Recycling Perks, a nationwide program Augusta hired two years ago to improve its 4 percent recycling rate, awarded her 50 points toward discounts at local retailers.

The next week she received 100 points, when only 25 are supposed to be credited weekly to residents.

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Report highlights ongoing concerns with aging SRS infrastructure

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:42pm

Federal budget constraints have mounted to more than $1 billion in deferred maintenance costs for Savannah River Site’s Cold War-era infrastructure, leading to more expensive future capital investments, according to a federal report projecting the next decade of activity at the Department of Energy site.

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Man, 50, shot on Goldfinch Drive

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 2:04pm


Richmond County sheriff’s deputies and investigators are looking for a suspect after a man was shot Saturday morning in the 3600 block of Goldfinch Drive.

The 50-year-old victim had gunshot wounds to the thigh and hand, which do not appear life-threatening, according to a police statement.

The only description available for the suspect was a black man wearing a black T-shirt, the statement said.

Police identify officer who killed unarmed teen, allege young man robbed convenience store

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:47pm

FERGUSON, Mo. — Police on Friday identified the officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager and released documents alleging the young man had been suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars from a convenience store in a “strong-arm” robbery shortly before he was killed.

Police Chief Thomas Jackson said the officer did not know the teen was a robbery suspect at the time of the shooting and stopped Michael Brown and a companion “because they were walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic.”

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Multi-car crash closes one lane on I-20

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:19pm

Dispatch confirmed Friday evening that a traffic accident has shut down one lane on Interstate 20 eastbound.

The accident – which occurred at 9:16 p.m. – involves eight cars, dispatch stated.

No details on injuries were immediately available.


Structure fire reported in North Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 9:04pm

North Augusta Department of Public Safety officials confirmed Friday evening that a structure fire has been contained on Curtis Drive.

Approximately 8:19 p.m., fire crews responded to 1803 Curtis Drive in reference to a blaze that left a home severely damaged.

“No question the damage is extensive,” Lt. Junior Johnson said. “There’s smoke damage throughout the entire house.”

Johnson said no one was inside the residence when the blaze began.

“The house is occupied, but no residents were inside when it started,” he said.

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20-year-old in custody after shooting incident in Richmond County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 8:18pm

A 20-year-old suspect is in custody following a shooting incident that injured one person Friday in Richmond County.

Approximately 6:30 p.m., deputies responded to 201 East Telfair Street in reference to an altercation, according to Sgt. Monica Belser.

Upon arrival, deputies chased suspect Antonio Holmes from East Telfair Street to East Walker Street, where the suspect was apprehended.

While being chased, Holmes dropped his sawed-off shotgun, but it was found and recovered by deputies.

“Holmes has a history of terrorizing victims in East Augusta,” Belser said.

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Staffing numbers don't bear out charges of bloat in city government

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 8:15pm

Arguments about bloat and excess in city government might not discourage Augusta leaders from voting Tuesday to increase property taxes.

According to the city’s data, current staffing is below levels from 16 years ago, immediately after consolidation of the city and county, though spending has increased overall 11 percent faster than inflation.

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