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Richmond County Sheriff's Office to hold burgers, shakes event Thursday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:28pm


The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is inviting the public to share a burger while learning about the department.

The Burgers and Shakes event is planned for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Augusta Common. The luncheon is free. No tickets are required.

Sheriff Richard Roundtree and representatives from various departments in the agency will be at the event to answer questions or address concerns regarding the inner workings of the department.

Firefighters respond to blaze at lumber mill

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 1:35pm


Firefighters were called to a blaze at West Fraser Lumber Mill on Monday, officials said.

About noon, the Augusta Fire Department was called to 4206 Mike Padgett Highway after flames were spotted coming from a bin, according to a department news release. The fire was put out within 20 minutes. There were no injuries.


Alabama family lands giant gator

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 1:24pm

CAMDEN, Ala. — A family battled a 1,000-pound alligator for more than five hours, putting several large hooks into the beast before firing a fatal shotgun blast into the gator’s head.

The result? The catch of a lifetime and a state record in Alabama.

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Meetings planned on health benefits for ill nuclear industry workers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 1:02pm


The U.S. Department of Labor is holding two town hall meetings Wednesday to provide public information on medical benefits available for some nuclear workers.

The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act assists people who became ill as a result of working in the nuclear weapons industry. More than $565 million has been paid to 4,315 claimants living in South Carolina, and $210 million to 1,976 claimants in Georgia, according to a news release.

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Auditions Saturday for JB Academy of Musik Pupils

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:57pm


Auditions for the JB Academy of Musik Pupils will be Saturday at the Augusta Museum of History.

The program, inspired by soul singer James Brown, introduces youths to music. It was started by the James Brown Family Children Foundation and Brown’s daughter Deanna Brown-Thomas.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade can audition for the group. Each student must perform two songs, and vocalists must have some experience with an instrument. A drum kit and a keyboard will be provided.

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Water scooter victim still hospitalized

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:11pm


A teen remains in critical condition after being injured in a personal watercraft accident on Thurmond Lake during the weekend, a Georgia Regents Medical Center spokesman said Monday.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources was called to investigate after Thomas Marshall Jay, 14, was injured in the water near Keg Creek about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Capt. Mark Padgett said the teen was a passenger on one water scooter traveling with two others when he fell or jumped into the water and was injured. He was airlifted to Georgia Regents Medical Center for treatment.

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Aiken County returns to school

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:44am

NORTH AUGUSTA -- Layla Douglas, 5, walks with her dad, Daniel, mom, Kristen, and little brother, Shane, 18 months, to kindergarten at North Augusta Elementary School Monday morning.

The new school year classes began today in Aiken County.

Search continues for car-wash robber

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:13am


Police continued to search Monday for a masked man who made off with cash after pulling a weapon on an employee at a south Augusta car wash.

Deputies were called to Lulu’s Car Wash, 3129 Peach Orchard Road, about 9 p.m. Sunday after the robbery.

An employee said a black man wearing black pants, a black hoodie, a mask and gloves entered the business with a handgun and left with cash.


How much should we pay for convicting wrong guy?

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 8:01am

ATLANTA -- Imagine missing out on 28 years of sunrises, long walks, your choice of music, holding your wife’s hand, playing catch with your son, watching your grandchildren grow up and having the freedom to go anywhere and do anything. And then ask what that would be worth to you.

Imprisoning men later found to be not guilty has resulted in six Georgia men getting $5.8 million from taxpayers since 2000, and experts say more inmates have legitimate claims for additional compensation.

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Missing Atlanta zoo owl found on neighborhood portch

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:43am

ATLANTA — Authorities say an owl that went missing from Zoo Atlanta has been found on the front porch of a home about a half-mile away.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Soren the barn owl was found after members of the zoo’s bird team responded to a call about a possible sighting Friday.

Zoo officials say they examined the owl and found no signs of injury. They say the bird was positively identified from leather bands on its legs.

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