Report: Numerous security policy violations in deadly Georgia inmate escape

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 12:16am
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ATLANTA — Two Georgia prison guards failed to properly search and secure their prisoners on a transfer bus, enabling two inmates to free themselves and rush forward to overpower and kill the guards who had violated numerous security procedures, officials said Friday in reports on the deadly June escape. Read more

Associated Press Photos Kate Brumback

Scientists say upcoming solar eclipse will provide unprecedented research opportunities

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 11:34pm
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Solar scientists from across the U.S. on Friday said an eclipse that will darken portions of the country Aug. 21, including part of South Carolina, represents an unprecedented opportunity to do a wide variety of research. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Jon Long

Georgia Power closing local business offices statewide

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 9:57pm
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Georgia Power customers preferring to make payments at the company’s local offices will soon have to consider alternative methods. Holly Crawford, a spokeswoman for Georgia Power, said the company will close offices statewide Oct. 12. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Nefeteria Brewster

New teachers prepare for first school year

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 9:55pm
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When Tommy Rider began teaching Leah Bohannon about agriculture when she was a young student, , little did he know his mentorship would inspire her to teach others. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Amanda King

Local Boy Scouts district appoints new chairman

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 7:10pm
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The Boy Scouts of America’s local district has appointed Stephen Montgomery as its newest chairman to oversee program, membership and finance functions of the Scouting region that includes Richmond, Burke, Emanuel, Jefferson and Jenkins counties. Read more

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Couple suing Aiken police over body search settle some claims

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 2:37pm
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An Aiken couple who contend they were subjected to invasive body searches in the middle of a busy street in broad daylight have settled some of their claims against the officers. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Sandy Hodson

Bond denied to Augusta man accused of shooting three people, killing one

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 2:35pm
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An Augusta man accused of murder in the fatal shooting of an elderly man in May was denied bond Friday. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Sandy Hodson

Spicer resigns as White House press secretary

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:35pm
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WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump’s embattled spokesman during the first six months of his presidency, is resigning his position, according to two people with knowledge of the decision. Read more

Associated Press Photos Ken Thomas Julie Pace

Oct. 8 show added for Kevin Hart

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 11:20am
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Kevin Hart will add a second show to his stop in Augusta. Read more

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Man arrested after bank robbery downtown

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:33am
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A man has been arrested in connection to a Friday morning robbery at Suntrust Bank downtown. Read more

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University CEO discusses recent Trinity Hospital acquisition

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:06am
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As he walked down the hallway of University Hospital Summerville, Jim Davis glanced out the window and was struck by the scenery. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Tom Corwin

North Augusta planning commission approves Riverside Village hotel

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:05am
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North Augusta’s Planning Commission gave a preliminary OK on Thursday to the Crowne Plaza Hotel development in Riverside Village at Hammond’s Ferry. Read more

Staff Writer Photos James Folker

Defense in accused NSA leaker case opposes prosecutors proposed order of protection

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:04am
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The attorneys for the Fort Gordon contractor accused of leaking national defense information have filed their own proposed order regarding how classified documents are handled in her espionage case. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Sandy Hodson

Girl says mother asked for forgiveness before stabbing

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:44pm
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ATLANTA — Everyone was asleep when Isabel Martinez began stabbing her children and then fatally stabbed her husband as he tried to seek help, her daughter told a child welfare caseworker. Read more

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Campers at asthma camp learn about managing the condition

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:09pm
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While many children returning to school in the next few weeks are looking forward to running on the playground or participating in gym class, those activities will be difficult for many of them and in some cases life threatening, due to asthma. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Amanda King

Rants and raves

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:00pm
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Roads & Bridges, please clean and cut Settlement Road in south Augusta, it has never been done . Read more

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More details emerge in hearing for two suspects in June double homicide

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:09pm
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In addition to finding a victim’s body on property owned by one suspect’s family, Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies found 9 mm shell casings, broken glass, blood stained gloves and duct tape, a detective testified Thursday at a joint preliminary hearing for William Krepps and Vaughn Verdi. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Sandy Hodson

Augusta man sentenced for South Carolina bank robbery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:08pm
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An Augusta man who pleaded guilty to charges filed in connection with a South Carolina bank robbery was sentenced to 117 months in prison Wednesday. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Sandy Hodson

Area mosque targeted with threats

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 5:26pm
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An area mosque is being targeted with threats of slaughter and bombings that the head of Georgia’s Council on Islamic-American Relations says are the worst the state has experienced. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Susan McCord