LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Retired managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa have been unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee.
Cox managed the Atlanta Braves and both Torre and LaRussa played for the team.
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Police in Savannah are searching for suspects after a violent weekend that resulted in two people slain and left three other people hospitalized.
Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police say the violence began around 1:08 a.m. Saturday, when 16-year-old Rahssan Baker, was found in the street with a gunshot wound. He was taken from the scene on West 42nd Street to Memorial University Medical Center, where he was in critical condition.
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Two Greenville police officers have been placed on administrative duty after a shooting involving a vehicle that began accelerating toward the officers.
Police spokesman Johnathan Bragg says the officers were at a hotel investigating a narcotics complaint Saturday night when a vehicle nearly hit two pedestrians and headed toward the officers.
Bragg says one of the officers shot at the vehicle.
An 8-year-old boy is in critical condition after being struck by a minivan that failed to stop for a school bus’s flashing lights, authorities aid.
The Sue Reynolds Elementary pupil was crossing the westbound lane of the 3800 block of Belair Road about 7:10 a.m. to board bus No. 72 when a 2007 Chrysler Town & Country driven by Scott William Hancock, 20, of Augusta, hit him. Police and witnesses said the bus arms, stop sign and flashing lights were working. Conditions were cloudy.
With a knit cap pulled tight over his head and a steamy cup of hot chocolate between his hands, 6-year-old Preston Hill patiently waited for the start of the North Augusta Evening Lions Club Christmas Parade on Sunday.
While most children anticipate Santa Claus’ arrival atop a fire truck at parades, Preston had his sights set elsewhere.
“My favorite float is whatever one gives out the most candy,” he said.
Multiple media outlets are reporting confirmation of bowl bids for a number of area teams.
According to the Athens Banner-Herald, the Georgia Bulldogs will appear in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl against Nebraska, scheduled for January 1st at noon.
TheState.com reports the South Carolina Gamecocks will face No. 19 Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Florida, also on January 1. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
Despite the government screeching to a halt this fall, many federal workers and contractors didn’t stop giving to area charitable campaigns.
Worries that the 16-day federal government shutdown would threaten donations to the annual United Way of the CSRA campaign were unwarranted, said Rina Powell, the senior director of resource development for the United Way of the CSRA. Although some campaigns coincided with the October shutdown when many workers were furloughed, most of the United Way’s largest workplace contributors met their goals.
COMMERCE, Ga. -- A woman who was glued to a toilet seat in a Banks Crossing shopping center store at Thanksgiving may have glued herself, Banks County Sheriff’s investigators now suspect.
Emergency medical services were called to the store to help remove the woman from the seat, but she had to be transported to a hospital in Gainesville for the procedure, according to a sheriff’s report.
The herbal incense packages once lined the shelves of Augusta’s smoke shops, resembling an array of single-gram servings that were painted in tropical colors and marketed on witty catchphrases such as “Dark Night,” “Serenity Now” and “Ninja Crown.”
But now, three years later, synthetic marijuana products have long been banned by federal law and pulled from display cases. Phone records show at least 20 percent of Augusta’s 25 head shops have closed as a result.
Police say shots were fired into an Augusta home occupied by two adults and six minors Saturday morning.
About 5 a.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the home in the 3800 block of Mike Padgett Highway, where victims said someone fired four shots at their house and one shot into a 2009 Lincoln Town Car, according to an incident report. No one was injured.
Despite being one of the highest performing school systems in the state, Columbia County had almost double the drug cases as the lesser achieving Richmond County over the last three years and had a particular presence that its neighbor did not: prescription pills.
The overwhelming drug of choice in both districts was marijuana, but more than 30 percent of Columbia County’s 296 cases involved pills, while just 11 percent of Richmond County’s 164 cases did, according to three years of incident reports reviewed by The Augusta Chronicle.
A 22-year-old man has been charged in the Nov. 17 shooting that hospitalized an Augusta man.
Kenneth Lavert Anderson has been charged with felony aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a first-time offender, according to Richmond County jail records.
About 10:25 p.m. on Nov. 17, Richmond County sheriff’s deputies found Xavier Alvin, 31, at the intersection of 15th Street and Swanee Quintet Boulevard, with a gunshot wound to the back of his right leg.
An Augusta woman who attacked a disabled relative pleaded guilty Friday in Richmond County Superior Court.
Judge Michael N. Annis accepted a plea negotiation for Shirley J. White, sentencing her to two years in prison followed by eight years on probation for aggravated assault. Annis’ sentence includes a recommendation that White be allowed to enter a drug treatment program in prison.
White, 41, sent her stepfather to the hospital on Aug. 3. The victim was disabled from spinal surgery and a tracheotomy.
A prosecutor and defense attorneys agreed to a plea negotiation Friday that gave three women accused of an armed holdup probation instead of the mandatory minimum 10-year prison term for armed robbery.
Assistant District Attorney Grant Usry explained to the judge that Tyrone Thompson recanted telling investigators that Kadijah S. Timley, 19, Elizabeth D. Goodman, 23, and Jessica M. McNair, 23 robbed him at a local hotel on March 10 and rebuffed all efforts since by the prosecution to contact him.
Although contractors had planned to begin widening Mike Padgett Highway this coming week, commuters have another month before major construction disrupts the route.
Some construction outside the existing roadway will begin this month but major activity requiring lane closures won’t happen until early January, said Eric Schnitzler, a transportation engineer associate for the Georgia Department of Transportation.
ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Through the rain, the screaming and hugging continued. Griffin Scott stood at midfield in his muddied jersey and fell onto the soggy field.
He wanted to make a mud angel.
This has never happened before, so Aquinas celebrated any way it could.
The third-seeded Irish will play for their first state football championship after they scored a touchdown and made an extra point with 19 seconds to go to win at second seed Mount Pisgah Christian, 17-16, Friday night in a Class A private state semifinal.
A 21-year-old homeless man has been charged with stealing three vehicles from gas stations near Washington Road at Interstate 20 this week and trying to steal a fourth from a Washington Road restaurant.
Police have been monitoring the area for the past two days after a rash of vehicle thefts.
On Friday, police saw Markeith Golphin, of Sylvania, Ga., walk through two gas station parking lots while on a cellphone and looking into vehicles parked at the pump. Police said he repeated the action over several hours.
Jakeela Ragland wakes up at 5:30 a.m. to hop three city buses that take more than two hours to get her to school every day.
At the mercy of Augusta Public Transit, she’s lucky if she only misses first period.
Jakeela, 16, is a Richmond County student but is not provided a school bus because she was assigned to the Tubman Education Center Alternative Program this year for getting into a fight with another girl.
COLUMBIA — As Silver Bluff’s players lined up on the sideline for one final time, the Bulldogs struggled to hold back the tears.
Silver Bluff fell short of its ultimate goal Friday night, losing the Class AA Division II championship game to Batesburg-Leesville, 28-24.
About half of the medical malpractice lawsuits filed recently against the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta ended in settlements totaling more than $3 million, according records in U.S. District Court in Augusta.
Although none of the settlements included an admission of liability by the Augusta VA, many of the lawsuits make similar claims of neglectful or delayed care. At least one plaintiff’s attorney said he believes the problem might lie with inadequate staffing because of lack of funding.