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Huge SC yellow jacket nest found

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 9:17am

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. — A huge yellow jacket nest estimated to be about 10 feet long has been cleared from a camper near Moncks Corner.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports Robert McDougal of Hurry Up Towing had no idea there was a nest in the fold-down camper in his storage yard until he lifted it with a forklift Tuesday.

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Police probe Atlanta hotel holdups

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 9:13am

ATLANTA — Police are investigating a pair of robberies at two of Atlanta’s finest hotels.

A man told police he was in a ground-floor restroom of the Georgian Terrace Hotel on Peachtree Street when a gunman pointed the weapon at his head in the middle of the day on Oct. 23. Police say the suspect took $120 from the man’s pocket, ordered him into a stall and told him not to come out.

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Audit: Ga. ethics panel lapses continue

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 8:59am

ATLANTA -- A review of the operations of Georgia’s ethics commission by state auditors found inconsistent treatment of complaints, lack of formal procedures that results in unequal application of the law and questionable expenditures.

The top-to-bottom assessment was released three weeks ago by the Department of Audits and Accounts. The 58-page report lists management problems, such as under-qualified staff, poor documentation and inadequate data controls.

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2 charged in fatal Augusta shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 8:43am


Two men have been charged in the Wednesday shooting death of a 20-year-old man on Cornell Drive.

Demarco Mandrell Williams, 35, of East Walker Street, and Jeffery “Kickball” Burns, 54, of Boy Scout Road, were booked into the Richmond County jail this morning on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Police responding to the 1700 block of Cornell Drive on Wednesday night discovered the body of Javarius Donte Walthour. Police said he had been shot at least once.

Federal judge critical of hospital lawyers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 4:45am

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A federal judge has labeled as “time wasters” efforts by attorneys for Memorial Health to remove parts of pleadings in two separate lawsuits filed over alleged fraudulent Medicare billings and warned against similar filings in the future.

“Defendants naked, conclusory arguments were nothing but ‘time wasters,’” U.S. District Senior Judge B. Avant Edenfield said in an 11-page order filed Wednesday.

The judge said the defense’s “dilatory motions diverted the court from the merits of this significant litigation.”

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Fire reported at Augusta home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 4:21am

Fire department officials are investigating a blaze that engulfed an Augusta home Thursday evening.

Approximately 7:01 p.m., crews responded to 1121 Nellieville Road where a structure had caught fire, according to Richmond County dispatch.

No one was injured and the cause of the blaze is under investigation.

SC representative establishes scholarship to benefit Aiken Tech students

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 11:38pm


South Carolina Rep. J. Roland Smith and his wife established a scholarship fund Thursday, contributing $20,000 in financial aid for Aiken Technical College students.

The Roland and Peggy Smith Scholarship will offer aid to 40 students of Silver Bluff and Midland Valley high schools. Applicants are required to have at least a 2.5 grade-point average and be enrolled at Aiken Tech full time in fall 2015. For more information, contact the ATC Foundation office at (803) 508-7413.

Judge hands down 8-year jail sentence for DUI crash with injuries

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 7:18pm


Chad Singleton wanted to be sober. He started a treatment program but couldn’t stick to it. His fall nearly cost two people their lives.

On Thursday in Richmond County Superior Court, Singleton, 27, said he knew he didn’t deserve forgiveness for what he had done, but he was very sorry. The person who caused a horrific crash and fled was not the kind of man Singleton’s family and friends knew, they told the judge.

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Bargain hunters line up at historic hotel liquidation sale

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 6:21pm


Bargain hunters were shoulder to shoulder Thursday looking for a deal at the ongoing liquidation sale at Augusta’s historic Partridge Inn.

Martinez resident Judy Allen said she’d only stood in the line that formed along Walton Way for half an hour, then selected the items she wanted from samples displayed on the hotel’s first floor.

“Two mirrors is all I was looking for, but I ended up with a lamp and a trash can,” Allen said of her finds as she waited in line to pay.

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