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Private probation civil rights case headed to trial this spring

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:26pm


One of the first civil rights cases filed against Sentinel Offender Services is headed for trial this spring.

On Thursday, attorneys on both sides met with Judge Daniel J. Craig to firm up issues for trial or mediation and set deadlines for how Hills McGee’s case will proceed in Richmond County Superior Court.

McGee, a mentally ill Augusta resident who survives on a small disability income far below the poverty level, spent 13 days in jail in January 2010.

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Suspects missing after attempted kidnapping in Columbia County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:16pm

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two men accused of trying to kidnap a man Thursday.

About 2:30 p.m., deputies responded to the 1300 block of Hawksmoor Way in Tudor Branch subdivision, where two males had approached a man and demanded he go inside the residence, according to a statement from Capt. Steve Morris.

When the man refused to go inside, the men fled and were later spotted on Belair Road by a Columbia County deputy. They were armed with handguns and wore ski masks, Morris stated.

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Paine has no current plans to name permanent president, says spokeswoman

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:04pm

With all efforts dedicated to freeing Paine College from its accreditation sanction, officials say there are no plans to search for or name a permanent president anytime soon.

Former provost Samuel Sullivan has served as interim president since Sept. 16, when George C. Bradley resigned after six years as president.

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Second suspect arrested in Hephzibah bank robbery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:02pm

Another suspect in the Jan. 9 robbery of Southern Bank in Hephzibah is in custody.

Willie William Smith, 37, was booked into the Richmond County jail Thursday on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and armed robbery.

Ricardo Mudrell Mobley, 28, already had been charged with the crime. Police still are looking out for a third suspect, Christopher Jodale Cunningham, also 28.

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Jarrett Troxler leaves after a year at Greenbrier to take job at Thomson

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 4:45pm


After a brief stop at Greenbrier, Jarrett Troxler is on the move to become offensive coordinator at Thomson.

Troxler, who coached Lakeside’s football program from 2010-13, leading the Panthers to consecutive state playoff appearances his last three years, joined the Wolfpack in 2014. In his one season there, the Wolfpack finished 2-8.

While disappointed for the players, Greenbrier athletic director Garrett Black understood that Troxler had reasons for his departure.

“He’s got an opportunity in front of him that was hard for him to turn down,” said Black.

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Regents statement praises Azziz

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 3:32pm

The regents of the University System of Georgia released this statement Thursday afternoon about the resignation of GRU President Ricardo Azziz:


Today, Georgia Regents University (GRU) President Ricardo Azziz announced he will step down as president effective June 30, 2015.

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