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High court backs Project Jackson

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 10:50am


The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the validity of a North Augusta ordinance being used to finance a new stadium development for the Augusta GreenJackets.

The court determined, however, that North Augusta officials violated open-meetings laws by failing to announce the specific purpose of closed-door meetings they held to discuss the development.

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Heat advisory warning across Georgia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 9:55am


Parts of Georgia will be under a heat advisory as temperatures climb into the upper 90s in large parts of the state, with heat index values soaring to around 105 degrees.


Forecasters say the advisory is scheduled to be in place from noon to 8 p.m. today in a large part of central and south Georgia. It includes the cities of Athens, Columbus, Macon, Statesboro and Vidalia.


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80 evacuated from SC assisted living fire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 8:33am




COLUMBIA — More than 80 residents were forced from an assisted living complex in Columbia early today after a morning fire.


The fire was reported around 1:30 a.m. at the Forest Pines Retirement Residence.


Three people were taken to a hospital after the fire. There was no immediate word on their condition. Several other residents were taken to the hospital later as a precaution.


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Hillary Clinton campaigns in SC today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 7:03am

SANTEE, S.C. — Hillary Rodham Clinton is talking about the importance of job training during a visit to South Carolina this week.


The Democratic presidential contender is meeting today with community leaders in the Orangeburg area. Later she is scheduled to host a forum at Trident Technical College.


Since announcing her candidacy, Clinton’s campaign has held more than a hundred grassroots events and several dozen phone banks in South Carolina.


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Aiken newspaper seeks information on deputy shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 6:59am



AIKEN — The Aiken Standard has filed Freedom of Information Act requests with the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division and other investigating agencies in order to gather more details about the case of an off-duty Aiken County Sheriff’s Deputy charged in the death of his wife.

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Roofing scam cheated elderly

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 6:53am




DECATUR, Ga. — DeKalb County prosecutors say two brothers convicted of swindling senior citizens in a roofing scam have been given 20-year sentences.


District Attorney’s spokesman Erik Burton said in a statement that Keith and Jeffrey Ogles solicited four elderly people for roofing work and severely overcharged for their services.


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