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Michaux: Woods' play encouraging

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:22pm

Typically only insomniacs turn on the television to watch golf at 4 a.m. in a desperate effort to go back to sleep.

On Thursday, golf junkies were actually waking up intentionally to do just that.

The start of ESPN’s live 11-hour coverage of the first round of the British Open at Royal Liverpool just happened to coincide with the major championship return of Tiger Woods. And the man who moves golf’s needle the way The Beatles once did rewarded the diehards with an encouraging performance.

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Police quit probe after victim balks

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:11pm

Police say their investigation into an Appling home invasion and the reported thefts that followed it was terminated Thursday after the victims refused to cooperate.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said the investigation was closed.

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Poll: Kingston edging ahead of Perdue

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 3:45pm

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston’s one-point lead one week ago over businessman David Perdue has stretched to five points in the Republican Senate runoff, poll results showed Thursday.

The InsiderAdvantage/Fox5/Morris News survey was conducted with OpinionSavvy July 15-16 and included telephone and online surveys of 696 likely voters in Tuesday’s Georgia GOP primary runoff.

The latest results show Kingston leading Perdue 46-41 percent, a spread just outside the margin of error. Thirteen percent said they were undecided.

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Men robbed after stopping with flat tire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 1:18pm

Two men told police they were robbed at gunpoint after stopping with a flat tire early Wednesday.

Rooney Dupuy, 27, of Texas, and Antwaun Fambro, 28, of Arkansas told police they were driving on Morgan Road around 1:30 a.m. to get to Gate 1 of Fort Gordon on Gordon Highway when they had a flat tire. The men had previously attempted to enter the base’s Tobacco Road entrance after returning from downtown but found it closed.

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Ukraine: 295 on Malaysia plane shot down over east

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:49am

HRABOVE, Ukraine — A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft.

As plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village of Hrabove, an Associated Press journalist counted at least 22 bodies at the wreckage site 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Russian border.

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UGA donors set fundraising record

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:47am


ATHENS, Ga. -- Donors loosened up their purse strings to set a record in new University of Georgia President Jere Morehead’s first year in office.

Morehead’s inaugural year proved to be the best fundraising year in UGA history, the university announced Thursday.

In the fiscal year that ended June 30, UGA fundraisers received gifts and pledges for $126.4 million, up 8 percent from the previous years.

The number of donors also increased; large and small gifts came from nearly 57,000 contributors, up 4 percent over the previous year.

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Gamecocks picked to win SEC East

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:44am


South Carolina has been picked as the favorite to win the 2014 Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title, according to the media attending the annual SEC Media Days in Birmingham.

The Gamecocks received 1,895 points to outdistance Georgia (1,777) for the top spot in the East. Florida (1,362) and Missouri (1,263) were picked third and fourth respectively, while Tennessee (893), Vanderbilt (619) and Kentucky (395) round out the Eastern Division.

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Ex-school janitor admits sex charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:25am

The first time a student reported that Reginald L. Price had fondled her, the solicitor’s office let Price go. The second student’s allegation against the school janitor was deemed insufficient.

It wasn’t until a third middle school student complained that Price’s hug turned sexual that criminal charges were pursued.

On Thursday, Price, 45, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to two counts of sexual battery for what he did to the girls in Richmond County schools.

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Command Sgt. Maj. Pflieger retires, hands over responsibilities to incoming command staff

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:17am


Two incoming members of the Fort Gordon command staff accepted the sword of responsibility Thursday from retiring Command Sgt. Maj. Ron Pflieger.

Pflieger, who will officially retire from the Army in January after 32 years of service, relinquished his duties of the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon during a Change of Responsibilities ceremony at the post’s Barton Field. His retirement ceremony followed.

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McIlroy, Woods happy with British Open play

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:14am


HOYLAKE, England — Tiger Woods is back at the majors.

Seems like he was never away.

After a shaky start to the British Open, Woods ripped through Royal Liverpool on Thursday much as he did eight years ago when he won the claret jug for the third time. A 30-foot birdie from the fringe of the 11th green got him going. Four more birdies in the next five holes carried Woods to a 3-under 69, leaving him just three shots behind Rory McIlroy.

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