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SC police chief indicted in fatal shooting of unarmed black man

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 1:45pm

ORANGEBURG, S.C. — A white police chief who fatally shot an unarmed black man in South Carolina in 2011 was charged with murder, and his lawyer accused prosecutors of taking advantage of national outrage toward police to get the indictment.

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Nebraska hires Oregon State's Riley

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 1:28pm

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska hired Oregon State’s Mike Riley as its new football coach on Thursday, replacing the fired Bo Pelini.

Riley has spent 14 seasons over two tenures at Oregon State, leading the Beavers to 93 wins and a 6-2 record in bowl games. Athletic director Shawn Eichorst announced the move and said Riley would be formally introduced on Friday.

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CDC: Half of flu strains don't match shot

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 1:09pm


More than half of influenza A strains typed this season don’t match those included in this year’s flu shot, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Still, getting the shot could provide some protection for those who have yet to be vaccinated so it is still recommended, said Dr. Thomas Frieden. Clinicians should make greater use of antivirals, particularly with those who are especially vulnerable to complications from flu, he said.

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Man arrested for machete in pants

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:24pm

An Augusta man was arrested Wednesday after deputies found an 18-inch machete hidden in his pants, a police report says.

A fight in the road brought police to the 1100 block of Peters Road at 9:25 a.m., according to an incident report from the Rich­mond County Sheriff’s Office.

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Washington County's A.J. Gray earns Gatorade Georgia award

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:53am


Washington County standout quarterback A.J. Gray was named the Gatorade Georgia Football Player of the Year on Thursday.

The award, in its 30th year, honors the nation’s best high school athletes and is a collaboration between Gatorade and USA Today High School Sports. It recognizes excellence on and off the field.

Gray is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award announced later in December.

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Florida hires McElwain as football coach

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:18am

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After working though a buyout issue, Jim McElwain is leaving Colorado State to become Florida’s next head coach.

The Gators are expected to announce the hiring later Thursday.

McElwain officially accepted the job Thursday morning after working out a deal to reduce a $7.5 million buyout that had been the sticking point, a person familiar with the search said. The person to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the Gators have not announced details of their coaching search.

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SC man killed by train

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 8:48am

YEMASSEE, S.C. — Authorities are investigating the death of a man in Colleton County who was struck and killed by a freight train.

Area media outlets report the accident happened around 4 a.m. Wednesday in Yemassee. A woman who was with the man says he tried to reach out and touch the train when he was struck.

Colleton County Fire and Rescue Director Barry McRoy says the crossing lights and warning arms at the CSX grade crossing were working properly.

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Sex sting nabs Ga. principal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 8:46am

ATLANTA — Federal prosecutors say a former elementary school principal has been convicted of attempting to entice a minor for sex.

Authorities say 57-year-old John McGill, former principal of Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Douglas County, responded to a Craigslist ad featuring a mother who was looking to introduce her 13-year-old daughter to sexual intercourse. The ad was actually placed by a federal agent.

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More delays for Atlanta streetcar plan

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 8:43am

ATLANTA — The debut of the Atlanta Streetcar, which has been delayed numerous times, is still unknown and officials say it won’t start carrying passengers this weekend as some had hoped.

Streetcar spokeswoman Sharon Gavin tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( that the project still hasn’t received final approvals from state and federal transportation authorities.

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First bills filed for Ga. legislature range from pot to sexual abuse to college athletics

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 4:11am

ATLANTA -- Marijuana, horse racing, driving with cellphones, child sexual abuse, the minimum wage and college athletics are some of the topics of pre-filed legislation so far.

With campaigns concluded, Georgia lawmakers are filing bills ahead of the legislative session that starts Jan. 12. As of Wednesday, 17 general bills and one constitutional amendment have been filed in the House of Representatives while senators have only filed two bills and one amendment.

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GRU emergency medicine residents get rescue training

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:18pm

As an emergency medicine resident at Georgia Regents University, Andy Hall usually gets his first look at crash victims at the hospital.

He and other GRU residents got a chance Wednesday to see what happens before a victim gets to the emergency room.

“We’re kind of spoiled,” said Hall, after working side-by-side with Augusta firefighters. “The measures are sort of drastic to get them extricated ... When they tell us it took 45 minutes to extricate now we know why.”

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Richmond County schools show improvement in writing test scores

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 8:53pm


Some Richmond County schools showed large gains in student performance on the Georgia High School Writing Test, according to scores released by the Georgia Department of Education on Wednesday.

Ninety-five percent of students or exceeded test standards, compared to 90 percent last year.

Some individual schools showed dramatic improvements in scores. The number of Butler High School students meeting or exceeding standards increased by 12 points, rising from 83 to 95 percent. Scores for Westside High School’s students rose from 89 to 97 percent.

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Rants & Raves

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 8:41pm

NOW OBAMA’S government has airplanes grabbing private data from people’s cell phones. Is this the U.S. or the old USSR? Clearly, this must be against the U.S. Constitution.


RATHER THAN USE his five plus years in office to fix problems with management of U.S. nuclear forces, Obama waits till everything’s a mess, then wants billions to fix that management. And voters elected this genius TWICE!


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Episcopal Day School raising funds to build educational, athletic complex

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 7:42pm


Almost two years after announcing a major expansion planned for Episcopal Day School, Headmaster Ned Murray said the proposal has now evolved into “a transformational way” to approach American education in the 21st century.

School officials plan to build an educational and athletic complex on a 28-acre lot owned by EDS on Flowing Wells Road, which will include outdoor classrooms, worship areas, and a football and track field.

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Honorary coaches for Border Bowl named

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 6:05pm


Larry Campbell and Eddie Buck have been named honorary coaches for Border Bowl II.

The area’s best seniors will compete in the Georgia-South Carolina football matchup that will be held Jan. 10 at Laney.

Campbell retired in April after 42 seasons as head coach at Lincoln County. He is Georgia’s all-time winningest coach with a record of 477-85-3, and his teams won 11 state championships.

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Man leaves Wal-Mart with 3 TVs

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:55pm


Police are seeking a man who rolled three 46-inch televisions out of Wal-Mart without paying.

Police said the unidentified man entered the Deans Bridge Road store around 5:45 p.m. Nov. 22, put three flatscreen TVs in a cart and left the store, all in less than five minutes. All together the televisions were valued at nearly $1,200.

A vehicle description was not available.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Alfred McClendon at (706) 821-1076 or 821-1080.


Police seek convenience store burglar

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:52pm

Police are seeking a man who burglarized a Gordon Highway convenience store on Nov. 27.

Police said the man entered Lucky 7, 1857 Gordon Highway around 10 p.m. by removing a rear fan, climbing through the air vent and then using a hammer to break through the wall. Surveillance video showed him crawling to avoid motion detectors and then dragging cash registers to the floor. He also attempted to open a safe using keys found at the location but was unable to do so.

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Aiken police seek man in kidnap scam

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:51pm


Aiken police are seeking a man who faked a kidnapping to get money from a relative.

Police said Jonathan Fountain, 18, texted a family member Nov. 25 saying he was being held against his will by an armed person, who was demanding a $10,000 ransom. After several more texts, police said, Fountain called the relative and admitted it was hoax.

According to an arrest warrant, the victim believed Fountain was attempting to extort money from him for personal gain.

Fountain is being sought on charges of blackmail.

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Police trying to identify Family Dollar robber

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:44pm


Police are trying to identify a man who robbed a Family Dollar on Tuesday.

According to an incident report, the man entered the store at 2020 Gordon Highway around 10:10 a.m. and demanded cash at gunpoint.

He left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Terry Gore at (706) 821-1025 or 821-1080.

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