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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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Police discover meth lab at area motel

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 5:42pm


Police charged two people with manufacturing methamphetamine after deputies found drugs and paraphernalia in their motel room Friday.

Jackie Ray Beasley Jr., 43, and Heather Studer, 24, have been charged with felony counts of manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine and possession of cocaine, according to a statement from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

About 7:30 a.m., deputies were called to the Economy Inn at 3061 Deans Bridge Road, where they found what appeared to be narcotics paraphernalia.

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Restaurants ready for big business from Masters

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 5:15pm


Area restaurants once again expect to see green from the annual influx of golf patrons in town for the Mas­ters.

At Wild Wing Cafe, sales for April typically double because of Masters-related foot traffic that week, said owner and operator Tricie Scholer.

“That tells you what one week can do to a month,” she said. “Hands down, every day next week is the best day of the year.”

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Farmers do not get individual aid for cleanup

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 5:00pm

As a farmer, Williams Hughes has grown accustomed to being on his own, but when February’s ice storm hit 68 acres of property he owns in Burke County, he thought the federal government would help cover some of the debris-removal costs.

He was wrong.

Because the multimillion-dollar, major-disaster declarations approved in 60 Georgia and South Carolina counties last month only include public assistance – not individual assistance – the Federal Emergency Management Agency will not help farmers clear their land of ice-storm debris, said spokeswoman Cheria Brown.

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Masters 'specials' keep cops busy

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 4:47pm

An abundance of special duty assignments during Masters Week can mean extra spending money and a change in atmosphere for local deputies.

“Specials” are jobs where deputies dress in uniform, but their time is not being paid for by the sheriff’s office. These jobs range from providing additional security at the mall to restaurants and bars and even weddings and baby showers.

During Masters Week, the number of opportunities increases, particularly from businesses on Washington Road.

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