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Georgia pushing day-care ratings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 7:38am

ATLANTA -- Georgia officials are trying to convince more of the state’s 5,500 day-care centers to submit to quality rating.

In the second year of the rating program, 420 have completed the process, and another 1,200 are in the middle of it. So far, just 100 have earned the highest rating.

More than 30 other states were rating their day cares before Georgia started.

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UGA player calms strip club brawl

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 7:28am


ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-Clarke County police arrested a bouncer and patron at a downtown Athens strip club early Thursday following a brawl that started when the customer exposed himself to a dancer.


A University of Georgia football player who witnessed the altercation helped remove the unruly customer from Toppers International Showbar by picking him up carrying him outside, police noted.


Officers said a bouncer then punched the customer.


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Ga. corrections officers sentenced for beatings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 7:19am


ATLANTA — Federal prosecutors say three former corrections officials have been sentenced for beating an inmate and conspiring to cover it up.


Prosecutors say former Macon State Prison officers Ronald Lach and Delton Rushin and former Sgt. Christopher Hall were sentenced Thursday in the 2010 beating of an inmate and an attempted cover up.


Authorities have said officers beat an inmate in retaliation for prior misconduct and conspired to write false reports about it.


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Crash closes lanes, slows I-20 traffic for several hours

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 6:54am

A crash involving two tractor trailers closed westbound Interstate 20 in Columbia County for nearly three hours Friday morning.

Jonathan Whitehead, 35, of North Carolina, was driving a tractor trailer full of glass on I-20 near the mile marker 180 at about 3:45 a.m., when authorities believe he fell asleep, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. Whitehead veered into the outside lane sideswiping a Toyota Camry and forcing it into bushes on the shoulder. The driver of the Camry, Amber Smith, of Dearing, wasn’t injured.

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Changes to H-Canyon at Savannah River Site expected to reduce waste, costs

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:00pm

Changes coming to a unique processing facility at Savannah River Site are expected to minimize amounts of highly radioactive waste produced there.

The H-Canyon facility – the nation’s sole remaining chemical separations facility where certain types of plutonium, highly enriched uranium and aluminum-clad spent fuels can be processed for disposal – is being modified to reduce the amount of waste transferred to storage tanks, according to a news release from Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the primary operations contractor for the site.

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Fencing stolen items earns Augusta man prison term, no parole

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:32pm

An Augusta man caught with $185,592 in stolen merchandise pleaded guilty Thursday to 97 counts of theft by receiving stolen property.

Rodurick Dorsey, also known as Rodrick Dorsey, 43, was sentenced to eight years in prison followed by 12 years’ probation Thursday in Richmond County Superior Court.

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Sentinel files appeal for reconsideration of justices' unanimous decision in 13 lawsuits

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:10pm

Lawyers representing the for-profit private probation firm Sentinel Offender Services filed a motion Thursday asking the Georgia Supreme Court to reconsider its unanimous decision in the appeals of 13 civil rights lawsuits against Sentinel.

In a 41-page opinion released Nov. 24, the state’s highest court reversed some findings and affirmed others made by Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Craig in a September pretrial order.

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Passenger in custody, driver still missing after high-speed chase

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 9:48pm

A female suspect is in custody and a male suspect is missing following a high-speed chase Thursday night that ended in Hephzibah.

Approximately 8 p.m., the chase down Deans Bridge Road ended when the unknown suspect’s vehicle overturned and caught fire next to Ethan Food Store. According to police dispatch traffic, the chase at one point crossed a median and into oncoming traffic. At least one police car sustained a flat tire during the chase, according to dispatch.

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Still no clues on missing North Augusta mom

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 9:34pm


Park Kingery was hoping by now, 76 days after his wife went for a walk and never came back, somebody would have come up with a clue.

Someone, he said, had to have noticed a petite, blonde woman walking on Sept. 20 along the winding, wooded roads in their Merriweather neighborhood of North Augusta, where cyclists and joggers are common.

Maybe, if people think back to that day, they’ll remember a car pulled over on the road or could confirm a direction she was walking.

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IT firm EDTS CEO Charles Johnson named Augusta-Metro Chamber of Commerce's Entrepreneur of the Year

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 6:53pm

The head of a Broad Street-based information technology firm grabbed the title of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneur of the Year on Thursday.

The chamber awarded EDTS CEO Charles Johnson with the honor during its member economic luncheon at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center. EDTS is a networking and security technology consulting firm for businesses.

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Clowney to miss rest of season

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 5:00pm


Top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney will have a second knee surgery, ending his season for the Houston Texans.

Clowney visited Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday to have his right knee examined and coach Bill O’Brien announced
the news Thursday.

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