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Richmond County schools won't make up days

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 10:55am

Members of the Richmond County Board of Education voted to waive two makeup days for students, according to Kaden Jacobs, the school system’s communications and community engagement manager.

All Richmond County public schools were closed Feb. 10 and 11 because of a boil-water advisory issued after a meter at the Highland Avenue Water Treatment Plant detected high cloudiness, prompting the Augusta Utilities Department to temporarily shut the facility down.

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Man attacks people, pets at Pendleton King Park, police say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 8:26am

A 26-year-old man is facing charges after he reportedly struck dogs and people while visiting Pendleton King Dog Park over the weekend.

Willie Lern Hudson remains in the Richmond County jail on charges of obstruction of a law enforcement officer, simple battery and three counts of cruelty to animals.

Deputies were called to the dog park on Troupe Street after reports that a man was punching a dog and had punched a man in the face.

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Interest rallied but no action taken as Augusta Film Office backs out of city film deal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 8:59pm


Augusta’s efforts to attract moviemakers remain as is for the time being after an upstart film group Tuesday rejected plans to team up with the city tourism bureau.

“We would be doing all the real work,” said Brad Owens, president of the Augusta Regional Film Office, “and they would be the sole point of contact. They get to meet with the big shots, put out the press releases and get all the credit.”

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Work to resume on Columbia County subdivision under new plan

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 8:09pm


A stop work order at Magnolia Valley Plantation will be lifted once its developer falls into compliance under a new erosion control plan, Columbia County Administrator Scott Johnson said Tuesday.

That plan was submitted within the last week, and Johnson said that it satisfies the county requirements in place at the site in December when a stop work order was put into effect.

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Logistic trend spells opportunities, challenges for Georgia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 5:48pm


ATLANTA – Trends in economics, consumer behavior, merchandising and regulation are bringing big changes to Georgia, according to experts Tuesday at the Georgia Logistics Summit.

There will be policy changes, too.

A growing domestic economy and an emerging middle class abroad mean customers for Georgia-made goods, said Tom Cunningham, economist with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

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Trinity emergency room locked down after reports of shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 1:48pm


Reports of a shooting on Wrightsboro Road led to a lockdown of a nearby hospital, police said.

Deputies were called to 2516 Wrightsboro Road around noon regarding a shooting, which resulted in Trinity Hospital’s emergency room going on lockdown. The lockdown was lifted soon after.

Richmond County sheriff’s officials said the shooting was likely caused by a BB or pellet gun. One person received a “non-entry” injury consistent with a BB or pellet gun. Neither the victim nor any witnesses heard a gun shot, police said.

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Arrest after Clearwater bank holdup

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 1:01pm


A man has been taken into custody shortly after police said he robbed a Clearwater bank.

Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said deputies were called to Regions, 4385 Jefferson Davis Highway, about 10:30 a.m. Police arrested David Jackson Jr., about 11:32 a.m.

The man did not display a weapon but did demand money from employees. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

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Groups team up to fight Augusta's stormwater fee

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:05pm


Former Augusta Commissioner Moses Todd’s I Love Augusta group is joining forces with a southside property owners group to push for the repeal of the stormwater utility fee.

Todd, who said his group has already gathered more than 3,000 signatures on a petition supporting the effort, said teaming with Augusta-Richmond County Property Owners Association means more “boots on the streets” and businesses to distribute the petitions.

The association is “one of possibly three organizations coming on board,” Todd said.

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Warren man's death called accident

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:56am



The Georgia Bureau said Monday it believes a Warren County man found dead last week died an accidental death.

On Monday an autopsy was performed in the death investigation of Dexter Thomas Jr., the GBI said in a news release. Preliminary results indicate that the manner of death is accidental, however, the investigation is ongoing and additional information will be forthcoming, the GBI said in a news release.


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Augusta woman found dead had been in fights

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:03am

Officials are investigating the death of a 22-year-old Augusta woman that occurred after she was involved in “a couple of fights last week.”

Hannah Newman, of Oakdale Road, was discovered dead at her residence by her father on Sunday. Coroner Mark Bowen said the death is considered “suspicious.” He said Newman had been involved in a few fights.

Richmond County sheriff’s records list Newman in at least four incident reports in the four days before her death.

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Suspect in missing Florida priest case linked to Aiken County burglary

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 9:47am



A former Aiken County man who’s a suspect in the disappearance and possible death of a Florida priest has been linked to a burglary – including that of firearms – and suspected arson at a home in Aiken County.

Aiken County’s sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said warrants have been filed against Steven James Murray, 28, for charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted violent felon receiving stolen goods less than $10,000. Murray is being investigated in the disappearance of the Rev. Rene Robert.

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Ga. woman, 77, says pit bull attacked her, killed her dog

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 9:00am





TUCKER, Ga. — A 77-year-old woman is recovering after she says a neighbor’s pit bull attacked her and killed her dog.


Jeanette Lasseter tells WSB-TV the pit bull attacked her early Sunday while she was taking her 8-year-old Maltese dog out for a walk in Tucker.


Lasseter says the pit bull bit her thigh and dragged her down a driveway.


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Grovetown prepares for more delays amid Robinson Avenue construction project

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 11:36pm


City planner Frank Neal need only take a few steps outside Grovetown City Hall to catch a glimpse of the construction zone that is Robinson Avenue.

To him, the orange cones along the popular Fort Gordon route is an indicator of progress and a strong example of the taxpayer’s dollar at work.

The Rev. Bill Eckles, whose office at Grove First Baptist Church overlooks Robinson Avenue and the church’s cemetery on the other side, sees something different -- a headache.

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Mayor suggests downtown "quiet zones" for trains

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 9:37pm


Trains that wail day and night through downtown Augusta could be silenced under a proposal from Mayor Hardie Davis.

Davis added to Tuesday’s Augusta Commission meeting agenda a request to establish a “rail crossing quiet zone” downtown but didn’t provide any additional information about the proposal or answer messages seeking comment.

The Federal Railroad Ad­min­is­tration provides application materials for requesting a quiet zone if rail crossings meet certain criteria.

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