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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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Car crashes on Reynolds Street

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 9:34am

A woman was injured Thursday morning when her vehicle overturned and hit the Beamie’s at the River restaurant on Reynolds Street.

Police were called to the crash about 9:10 a.m. Deputies were unable to give details on the crash, but witnesses said the driver’s brakes failed.

Sylvia Johnson and Wanda Henry were in the parking lot when they saw the crash. They ran over to the vehicle, which was lying on its left side at the edge of the restaurant’s patio.

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UGA ready for SEC media today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 9:10am


HOOVER, Ala.—Georgia finally gets its turn at SEC Media Days Thursday when the Bulldogs kick off the last day by getting their time in front of the cameras, microphones, laptops and notepads.

Mark Richt is making his 14th appearance here as Georgia football coach.

They keep records of such things dating back to the first media days in 1985.

It turns out that places Richt second in most appearances by one coach at a single school. Tennessee’s Philip Fulmer had 15. Steve Spurrier made his 22nd combined appearance this week at Florida and South Carolina.

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Adrift, women float from Ga. to SC

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 8:50am

HILTON HEAD ISLAND — Two Tennessee women are safe after a storm blew their paddleboards from a Georgia island to a South Carolina island.

Twenty-seven-year-old Cayci Underwood and 21-year-old Summer Underwood set out from Tybee Island, Georgia, when they were caught by stormy weather and spent hours on the water Tuesday.

They abandoned their paddleboard when they were is sight of Hilton Head Island and it took 45 minutes to make it ashore, nearly 8 miles from where they started.

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Iinmate beating costs SC county $750,000

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 8:47am

COLUMBIA— Richland County is paying $750,000 to settle a lawsuit after the beating of a handcuffed, homeless inmate in the county jail.

The State newspaper reported Robert Sweeper III suffered a punctured lung, broken ribs and broken vertebrae in the 2012 attack.

Officials said guards left him in his cell for five days before medics were called to take him to the hospital. One guard, 38-year-old Robin Smith, was sentenced to two years in prison. Six other officers were fired.

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Should your on-line account die when you do?

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 7:59am



Should your e-mails, Web albums and other online accounts die when you do? Or should you be able to pass them down to a family member much as you would a house or a box of letters?


A leading group of lawyers says that families should immediately get access to everything online unless otherwise specified in a will. They are urging state lawmakers to enact their proposal so loved ones don’t get shut out as American lives move increasingly online.


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2 sought after smashing, robbing Costco jewelry counter

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:08pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two suspects accused of robbing a local business Wednesday evening.

Approximately 7:40 p.m., deputies responded to Costco Wholesale, located off Riverwatch Parkway, in reference to two black suspects smashing the jewelry counter glass and taking an unknown amount of merchandise, according to a statement from Sgt. Glen Rahn.

The suspects were last seen leaving the scene in a white Buick Regal with North Carolina license plate #CHK8000.

More information is forthcoming.

Jason Carter continues ethics attack on Gov. Nathan Deal at Paine College

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 8:47pm


Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter continued his attack on Nathan Deal’s ethics Wednesday after greeting convention goers at a CME convention at Paine College.

The state’s delay in releasing a 2012 memo appearing to show an attorney and staffer for Deal tried to interfere in an ethics complaint investigation against the governor “proves once and for all that the governor’s office was involved in the coverup,” Carter said.

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Appling couple robbed at gunpoint in home invasion

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 8:33pm

Columbia County investigators are looking for two men who reportedly broke into a couple’s home, taped them up and robbed them at gunpoint Tuesday morning.

According to Captain Steve Morris, of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Kaitlyn and Shane Austin, of the 7400 block of White Oak Campground Road in Appling, reported the home invasion around 5:40 a.m. Tuesday. However, the incident occurred around 3 a.m., the incident report said.

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Augusta area schools improve in language arts, but struggle in math and science

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 8:30pm

Students in Richmond and Columbia counties made gains in several end of course test categories this year, but Richmond County students still lag behind in math and sciences, according to results released by the Georgia Department of Education on Wednesday.

Roughly 93,000 students took the EOCT this year, and the test counts for either 15 or 20 percent of their final grades, depending on when the student enrolled in 9th grade.

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Augusta Democrats needed to fill delegate slots for Georgia Democratic Convention in Dublin

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 8:22pm

Augusta Democrats who want to get more involved in statewide politics can run for one of five delegate slots at a July 26 party meeting, also known as a caucus, or attend to vote in the election.

“The caucus is designed to select delegates to participate in the convention,” said L.C. Myles, the first vice chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party. “If you swear to be a Democrat, you can go to the (Democratic) caucus.”

The Richmond County party needs five more delegates and three alternates to attend the Democratic State Convention, recently set for Aug. 9 in Dublin.

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Salvation Army auction features vintage cars

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 7:21pm


Several vintage cars are on the auction block for car enthusiasts looking for a unique restoration project at this weekend’s Salvation Army fundraiser.

A red 1968 Ford Mustang, green 1968 MGB convertible and a white 1972 Volkswagen Beetle are just some of the offerings at the Salvation Army of Augusta’s auto auction Saturday. These autos, along with 50 other vehicles and boats, will go to the highest bidder.

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Web site blasts Paine president, seeks his ouster

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 6:48pm


Allegations of financial and ethical wrongdoing by Paine College officials were published on an extensive Web site launched this month by an anonymous source, who contended the well-being of Paine “can only be accomplished by the ouster of (President) George C. Bradley and his administration.”

The site, The Paine Project, provides documented examples of mismanagement of student financial aid funding and fiscal instability.

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