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Paine plans furloughs, salary cuts, layoffs

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 5:51pm


Paine College President George C. Bradley on Friday announced the college will implement furlough days, salary reductions and layoffs to save $2.4 million over the next fiscal year.

The changes are part of Paine’s efforts to resolve various accreditation violations and to ensure expenses do not exceed revenues, according to a news release.

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Bond denied for drive-by shooting suspect

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:16pm

Bond was denied Friday for one of three man accused of taking part in a drive-by shooting that left one man with six bullet wounds.

Raymond Wallace, 30, must await possible indictment and trial in jail where he has been confined since his arrest several weeks ago. Wallace, Xavier Robinson, 20, and Derrick Jackson, 22, are each charged with aggravated assault and weapon charges in a July 5 drive-by shooting on Jonathan Circle.

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2 dead in shooting at SC textile plant

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:50pm


GREENVILLE, S.C. — Two men are dead after an early-morning shooting Friday near a shuttered Greenville County textile plant, police said.


Greenville County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jonathan Smith said dispatchers got a call about a shooting at around 3:40 a.m. He said two people were killed on a road near the Hollingsworth textile machinery plant. Authorities have not released any other details about what happened.


The plant has been shuttered since 2009. He said the privately owned 60-acre site is guarded around the clock.

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Fatal motorcycle crash victim named

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:42pm


A 55-year-old man was killed Friday after he lost control of his motorcycle on Gun Range Road in Aiken, officials said.

Willis L. Purvis was returning home about 1 p.m. on his 2007 Suzuki D1000 when he lost control and was ejected, according to a statement from Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said.

Purvis, described as an experienced motorcyclist, died from body trauma. He was not wearing a helmet, South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said.

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Giant snails alarm government

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:12pm


WASHINGTON — The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders.

The Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than 1,200 live specimens of the large snails, also known as giant African land snails, all of them traced back to one person in Georgia, who was selling them illegally.

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Aiken police seek store robber

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:17am

Aiken County police are seeking a man who robbed a gas station on Wagener Road late Thursday.

Clerks told police a white man in a black shirt and jeans came to the register at Circle K, 2557 Wagener Road, around 10:15 p.m. with his face covered and demanded money.

He drove away in a gray Nissan truck with an undetermined amount of cash and another white male who had previously entered the store.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 848-6811 or Crimestoppers at (888) CRIME-SC.

Soldier blamed for Savannah vandalism

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 8:33am

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Police have charged a 19-year-old Fort Stewart soldier with two felonies in connection to the March vandalism of a historic park in downtown Savannah.


Police charged Zackery Wilcox, of Kansas, on Wednesday with criminal damage to property in the second degree and interference with government property in the March 2 incident in Battlefield Park at Louisville Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, said police spokesman Eunicia Baker.


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Infant skull cracked; Burke man charged

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 7:58am


A Burke County man has been jailed after the fracturing of a 1-month-old’s skull.

Burke County sheriff’s Sgt. Dedric Smith said Mark Anthony Winter II struck the baby during a physical confrontation with the baby’s mother at a home in Burke County.

Winter was jailed Thursday on a charge of cruelty to children in the first degree, a news release stated. He is being held at the Burke County jail.

The child was treated at Georgia Regents Medical Center, but a condition was not released.


Georgia welcome centers get facelift

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 7:38am

ATLANTA -- One group that believes in the power of advertising are the members of the State Transportation Board because money from ads on official Interstate exit signs is going to pay for renovating Georgia’s welcome centers and rest areas.

The Department of Transportation program that features logos of nearby establishments for $1,200 each per year is generating enough cash to enhance the appearance of the nine welcome centers and 17 rest areas that dot the Interstates.

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Georgia Regents University students analyze rap album, hip-hop

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:23pm

Georgia Regents University instructor Adam Diehl’s lecture begins by dissecting a 100-year-old Irish novel and ends analyzing the lyrics of a hip-hop artist from Compton, Calif.

Like James Joyce in A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man, rapper Kendrick Lamar describes a life of poverty, class issues and self discovery amongst it all on his 2012 major label debut album Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City.

While the two works are a century apart in time and culture, the themes are the same.

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Suspect sought after stealing televisions

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:32pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for an unidentified suspect accused of stealing three flat-screen televisions and a PlayStation 2 on Thursday from an Augusta home.

Approximately 10:25 a.m., deputies responded to the 2700 block of Deen Avenue where a 22-year-old female victim said her home was ransacked, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

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Augusta area to see heightened road patrol this Labor Day

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:33pm

Speaking to area traffic officers Thursday, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Lewis Blanchard clearly outlined the mission for the holiday weekend.

“Our goal is to save lives,” Blanchard said. “That begins with public awareness, and we need as much voluntary compliance as possible. We don’t want to make arrests. We don’t want to write citations. Our job is to help prevent DUIs from happening, because the hardest thing for anyone to receive is that phone call regarding a lost loved one.”

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Augusta transit committee convenes for first time, expresses hopes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:45pm

Enthusiastic members of the first Augusta Public Transit Citizens’ Advisory Committee expressed hopes for the beleaguered service and elected officers at a first full meeting Thursday.

The nine-route bus system and paratransit service has endured funding cuts, seen management change twice and been the subject of much debate since city commissioners voted three years ago to seek private management for it.

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Sego Middle School celebrates 50th anniversary

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:04pm

Many Augusta schools can’t boast a history like Sego Middle School.

It’s one of the oldest middle schools in Richmond County, built in 1964. It has inspired teachers, educated the children of local political figures and started the careers of several school board members and education officials, school administrators said.

And as a potential closing looms in the school’s future, the community that trusted in Sego for decades wants to ensure the school will be remembered fondly.

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GR Health, Cerner ink $400 million deal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:42pm

In another massive collaboration with a health care technology company, Georgia Regents Health System is entering into a $400 million deal with Cerner Corp. to provide all of its health care information technology.

The boards that oversee the health system and its medical center approved the move Thursday. Officials estimate the deal, called the Jaguar Collaborative after the university’s mascot, will save about 15 percent of projected costs over the 14-year span, or $70 million at least.

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Augusta Warrior Project chosen for national case study

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:33pm

The George W. Bush Institute announced Thursday that it has selected the Augusta Warrior Project to participate in a national case study it’s conducting to develop a “model of excellence” for assisting veterans in finding jobs, homes and an education.

Only 25 nonprofit organizations in the U.S. were chosen for the project, the findings of which will be published in November, according to a news release.

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Community Expo welcomes cyber newcomers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:52pm

Airman 1st Class Sean Wheeler and his wife, Amy, knew that permanent-change-of-station moves were a reality of military life.

When the young couple arrived at Fort Gordon this week in support of new cyber-related missions, though, they were pleasantly surprised at how smooth the transition was.

“We wanted to start networking and figure out what was available,” Wheeler said Thursday during Fort Gordon’s annual Community Expo, his first introduction to the Augusta area. “What we found is that the outreach is incredible.”

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Jamal Richard comes up big in Greenbrier win

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:14pm

Jamal Richard had enough of people asking if Greenbrier would win. But he was more annoyed with all the losing.

Richard and the Wolfpack went 0-10 in 2013, often on the wrong end of routs.

But after one game in 2014, Greenbrier stopped the slump in style.

With 212 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the Wolfpack’s 34-0 win against Harlem, Richard is The Augusta Chronicle’s Player of the Week.


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Cigarette burglar sought by officers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 2:05pm

Police are seeking a man who broke into a Gordon Highway gas station Wednesday and stole cigarettes.

A deputy was called to Lucky 7, 1857 Gordon Highway, for an alarm activation about 2:20 a.m.

Surveillance video showed a black man in black clothing enter through a front window and leave with cigarettes and cigars.

Officers discovered a rock in the business that the burglar possibly used to break into the store.


Police look for church burglar

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 2:02pm


Police are seeking a man who stole several items from a Beech Island church on Wednesday.

Aiken County sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglary about 11:30 a.m. at Amazing Grace Baptist on Pine Log Road.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (803) 648-6811 or Crimestoppers at (888) CRIME-SC.


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