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Professionals urge safety when using chain saws to cut storm-damaged trees, limbs

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 8:34pm

 Tree removal professionals are recommending taking additional precautions when removing storm-damaged trees after an Aiken man was killed by a tree he was attempting to cut down.

Thomas Shealy, 73, died last week after the tree fell on top of him, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said. He was discovered by his wife, who had come outside to help with yard work.

Wayne L. Craig, owner of Craig’s Tree Service, said having at least one additional person on hand could help ensure safety.

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Quorum of BOE members turns brainstorming event into illegal meeting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 7:39pm


A meeting of elected officials held Thursday to discuss how to improve Augusta’s image broke the state’s open meetings law after a quorum of Board of Education members showed up without having invited the public.

Board of Education President Venus Cain said she organized the meeting so community leaders could brainstorm ways to move the city forward and combat the negative image often portrayed in the local media as the Army Cyber Command and other military units prepare to relocate to Augusta.

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Burke County dealer faces federal guns charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 6:44pm

A federally licensed firearms dealer in Burke County was indicted in federal court Thursday after authorities say he transferred firearms to convicted felons and illegally transferred handguns out of state.

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Health District Director on leave to July

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 6:28pm

The director of the East Central Health District is taking a long leave of absence, apparently to deal with a personal loss, a member of the Richmond County Board of Health said.

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Police seek suspect who used stolen credit card

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


The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect who attempted to use a stolen credit card at an area gas station last month.

About 4:42 a.m. on March 30, a white man entered the Kangaroo Express gas station at 3477 Wrightsboro Road, where he twice attempted to use a stolen credit card, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

The suspect was last seen wearing dark jeans, a dark shirt, a dark coat and a baseball cap.

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