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Thefts reported at police department in Aiken County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 2:34pm

A police car, weapons and other property were stolen during a break-in at a small Aiken County police department overnight.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are investigating the break-in at the Perry Police Department and Town Hall, 1075 E. Railroad Ave. in Perry.

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Augusta library to sell books this weekend

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 12:47pm

The downtown Augusta library will be discounting books this weekend.

The Mega Book Sale will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Augusta Headquarters Library, 823 Telfair St. The sale is put on by the Friends of the Augusta Library.

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Comcast buying DreamWorks for $3.5 billion

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 9:50am

NEW YORK — Comcast is buying DreamWorks Animation, the film company behind the Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda franchises, for approximately $3.55 billion.

DreamWorks stockholders will receive $41 for each share they own. That’s a 24 percent premium to the company’s Wednesday closing price of $32.20. The companies put the deal’s value at about $3.8 billion.

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Wreck claims UGA victims

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 5:41am

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia President Jere Morehead asked for thoughts and prayers for the families of four UGA students killed in a horrific traffic accident Wednesday night in a somber Thursday morning press conference.


”Let us draw together as a UGA family and care for each other,” said Morehead, who added he’d “not really” slept since learning of the accident on Georgia Highway 15 in Oconee County shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday.


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Civil rights attorney, federal judge Horace Ward dead at 88

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 5:11am

ATLANTA — A civil rights lawyer who became Georgia's first black federal court judge has died.

Retired U.S. District Judge Horace Ward died Saturday at age 88. Funeral arrangements are pending, said Alfonso Dawson Mortuary funeral director Andre Hannah in Atlanta.

Ward challenged segregationist practices at the University of Georgia in the early 1950s.

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Georgia executes man convicted in triple killing

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:52pm

JACKSON, Ga. - Georgia executed a man Wednesday who was convicted in the 1998 killings of a central Georgia trucking company owner and his two children during a home burglary.

Daniel Anthony Lucas became the fifth person the state has executed this year. He was put to death by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson. Warden Bruce Chatman told witnesses the time of death was 9:54 p.m.

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Augusta baseball clinic for kids part of My Brother's Keeper initiative

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 7:30pm


Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis is taking the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to Jaguar Field.

Davis and the Augusta University Jaguars are holding a free baseball clinic and game day activities for boys and girls Saturday as part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Major League Baseball’s “Play Ball Summer,” according to a news release.

“This is a great opportunity for our children to get involved with role models who enjoy and love the game, while being active and doing something positive,” Davis said.

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Sheriff's office releases 911 calls in Appling shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 5:15pm


The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has released three 911 calls that followed last week’s shootings in Appling that claimed five victims before suspect Wayne Anthony Hawes turned the gun on himself.

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Cops 'going to have to kill me,' priest slaying suspect Steven James Murray told dad

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 5:09pm


The father of Steven James Murray, who is accused of killing a Florida priest, told police his son called him during a high-speed chase to say police would have to kill him because he wasn’t going to prison.

Murray, 28, now sits in the Burke County jail on a charge of murder while two other states rack up more charges against him. Bond for the murder charge was denied last week.

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Pedestrian struck on Gordon Highway

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 3:32pm

A 40-year-old Augusta man was struck by a vehicle Wednesday evening after he attempted to cross Gordon Highway on foot.

According to Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Allan Rollins, deputies were called to the 2100 block of Gordon Highway near the Hampton Inn about 10:30 p.m. after Robert Turner was struck by a vehicle. Turner, who was wearing dark clothing and crossing in a non-lit area, was found at fault in the crash for not crossing in a crosswalk.

Turner is being treated for a broken leg and head trauma.

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River Watch Parkway lights going up, will be turned on later

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 2:50pm

Lights have started going up on River Watch Parkway, but it still might be a few weeks before your nightly drive gets any brighter.

This week, construction crews began installing about 200 lights to the median in the four-mile stretch of River Watch between 15th Street and River Shoals Parkway. Kyle Collins, spokesman for the Department of Transportation, said it will take about four weeks to complete the lighting portion of the project, and lights will not be turned on until the installation is complete.

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Skull is missing SC woman

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 1:10pm

MONCKS CORNR, S.C. — A skull found in Berkeley County last November has been identified as that of a Spartanburg woman reported missing more than two years ago.

Coroner Bill Salisbury said in a news release Tuesday that the skull has been identified as that of 28-year-old Nicole Goodlett. She was the mother of three and was reported missing by her family March 12, 2014.

She was last seen in Simpsonville around Christmas the previous year.

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Georgia attorney general plugs campaign to "unmask" child sex abusers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 11:11am

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens continued his campaign to “unmask” those who seek children for sex, a regular occurrence in Augusta, at a Metro Chamber of Commerce breakfast Wednesday.

“Clearly this occurs in your area,” he said. “It is a regular activity that kids are sold for sex, as bad as that sounds.”

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38 cats living in Georgia minivan

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 8:03am

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — Two women have been arrested after 38 cats were found living inside their minivan.

Sandy Springs police tell local media that a concerned citizen recently flagged down officers and informed them of a van filled with many cats.

Tom Poorman of Fulton County Animal Control says officers ended up finding 38 cats living inside the vehicle, including tiny, days-old kittens inside a cup holder. He says conditions in the minivan were filthy.

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Trump, Clinton close in on nominations

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 8:13pm


PHILADELPHIA — In a front-runner’s rout, Republican Donald Trump roared to victory Tuesday in five contests across the Northeast and confidently declared himself the GOP’s “presumptive nominee.” Hillary Clinton was dominant in four Democratic races and now is 90 percent of the way to the number she needs to claim her own nomination.

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Committee backs $1 million Riverwalk Augusta upgrades

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 7:14pm


Augusta Commission members got an early glance Tuesday at the Downtown Devel­op­ment Authority’s $1 million plan to enhance Riverwalk Augusta, starting with two large, illuminated arches.

Estimated at $525,000 for both in DDA Director Margaret Woodard’s presentation, the arches would be visible from Broad Street a block away, guiding visitors to the riverwalk, she said.

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Leonard, Hillary named Border Bowl IV coaches

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 5:35pm


They spent their days as players and assistants before ascending to head coaching roles at their alma maters.

James Leonard and Antwaun Hillary then worked as Border Bowl assistants before they officially took another step up.

On Tuesday, Aquinas coach Leonard and Strom Thurmond coach Hillary were introduced as the head coaches for Team Georgia and Team South Carolina for Border Bowl IV. The game is set for noon on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at Laney’s stadium.

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James Brown Birthday Bash returning as free show

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 4:39pm


The James Brown Birth­day Bash is returning May 3 for the first time since 2007. Brown’s band will get
back together at the free concert, it was announced Tuesday.

Standing in front of the James Brown statue in downtown Augusta, George Claussen, the founder of Friends With Benefits, announced that a sizeable donation from Copenhaver Con­sul­­ting has enabled concertgoers to attend without charge.

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James Brown Birthday Bash announces guests

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 2:13pm


The James Brown Family Birthday Bash on May 3 will reunite 13 members of the James Brown Band with some special guests, it was announced today. General admission is free.

Special guests include Sharon Jones, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Ty Taylor (Vintage Trouble), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Chris Rob (Nasty Delicious), Gavin Hamilton (Funk You) and Greg Hester.

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Roadwork to limit westbound I-20

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 1:41pm



Westbound motorists on Interstate 20 could be slowed today by work in Columbia and McDuffie counties.

According to the Georgia Department of Transportaiton, contractors will be working on concrete slabs between mile markers 189 and 177, which will close a lane. The work will continue in the weeks ahead as weather allows.

The lane closures will take place between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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