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St. Patrick's arrests near 60

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:48am

The St. Patrick’s Day celebrations of nearly 60 people ended behind bars after police set up several roadblocks.

“St. Patrick’s Day is certainly considered a drinking holiday compared to some of the others,” said Lt. Lewis Blanchard. “We want people to have a good time but we want them to do it responsibly.”

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More details in death of ex-school leader

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:43am

Police have released more details in a Tuesday Baldwin County wreck that killed a former Waynesboro school headmaster and injured three others, two of whom were from Hephzibah.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, William “Brent” Cribb, 40, of Waynesboro, was traveling in a 2002 Nissan Titan and hauling a utility trailer westbound on State Route 22 toward Milledgeville when he crossed traffic and struck a tractor trailer head-on around 10:55 a.m.

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GRU professor to discuss Quran

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:03am

Dr. Jonathan Leightner, of Georgia Regents University, will discuss the Quran and its influence on Muslim belief and actions at a program at 6 p.m. Thursday at St. James United Methodist Church, 439 Greene Street.

Leightner, an economics professor at GRU’s Summerville Campus, has traveled and taught in the Far East and is writing a book on modern society and the sacred texts of major religions.

Log truck wreck victim identified

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:41am

Truck driver William Joseph Young, 58, of Thomson Highway in Lincolnton, Ga., died Wednesday in a log truck accident near Appling, Bonnie King, Columbia County deputy coroner said.

Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said the wreck occurred about 9:12 a.m., when the southbound truck left Ray Owens Road near Yelton Road and overturned.

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Crash kills man fleeing SC cops

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:27am

JEDBURG, S.C. — A Moncks Corner man has been arrested after a passenger in his car died as the driver drover away from a Dorchester County sheriff’s deputy.

Authorities told local media outlets that 23-year-old Archie Lee Reid Jr. has been charged with failure to stop for police in an attempted traffic stop Sunday night. It was not clear if Reid has an attorney.

Thirty-five-year-old Derrick Lawrence died in the wreck.,

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SC deputy dragged by car

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:23am

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A Greenville County sheriff’s deputy was hurt after he was dragged by a car while trying to serve a warrant.

Sheriff’s spokesman Jonathan Smith told local media outlets that the deputy suffered minor injuries.

Smith said the officer and several others had gone to take a suspect into custody around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. They found the man in an apartment parking lot and he and another man jumped into a car.

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Atlanta voters OK road bonds

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:21am

ATLANTA — Atlanta voters have approved a $250 million bond package aimed at fixing aging infrastructure such as roads, bridges, sidewalks and buildings.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the measures were approved Tuesday by a margin of about nine to one.

Nearly 21,000 voters -- fewer than 10 percent of eligible voters -- went to the polls.

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Freight train strikes, kills Atlanta man

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:14am

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. — Police in metro Atlanta are investigating the death of a man who was struck by a freight train.

Brookhaven police say the Norfolk Southern train was unable to stop in time and struck the man around 4 p.m. Tuesday in the suburban city just northeast of Atlanta.

Authorities tell The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the man didn’t move after the train’s horn sounded. His name wasn’t released.

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Atlanta airport launches online parking plan

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:12am

ATLANTA — Travelers passing through the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport may now reserve parking spaces online.

Airport officials said in a statement that the online parking spot reservation program also includes discounts for travelers parking at the international terminal.

The airport’s General Manager Miguel Southwell says airport officials are trying to make the facility more efficient by expanding passenger services.

Hoop skirts out at UGA

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 8:57am

ATHENS, Ga. -- Hoop skirts will go the way of Confederate uniforms as special-event attire for Greek organizations at the University of Georgia — into the past.

The hoop skirt ban came after UGA Student Affairs administrators met Monday with some UGA fraternity and sorority leaders, including representatives of the UGA chapters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Kappa Alpha fraternities, both of which have deep roots in the South.

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Ga. insurance exchange rates steady

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 8:19am

ATLANTA -- Premiums in Georgia’s insurance exchange showed only a slight increase in 2015, as compared with the South overall and the nation as a whole, according to a new analysis released this week.

The Urban Institute study made public Tuesday found that nationally, the average premium increase in the lowest-cost “Silver” plan was 2.9 percent.

The Silver plans are the most popular among consumers, and the rates studied pertain to a 40-year-old individual who does not use tobacco.

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Burke County closes all schools today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 1:17am

Burke County school officials announced late Tuesday via the school district’s social media accounts that all classes are canceled today because of a ruptured water line.

Just before 10 p.m., officials released the following message:

“All Burke County Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, March 18, 2015, because of a ruptured water line that serves the schools. BCPS students, faculty and staff should NOT report to school tomorrow. Thank you.

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