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School system to use newly awarded $1 million in grants to boost technology

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 8:12pm


The Richmond County school system received more than $1 million in grant funding from several Georgia agencies Monday, and will use the money to upgrade its Internet capabilities and improve the system’s Bring Your Own Technology initiatives.

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Georgia still waiting for ruling on Gurley

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 7:45pm

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia’s wait for a ruling from the NCAA on Todd Gurley’s status continued with Monday’s start of game-week preparations for Florida.

The Bulldogs were off last week and the team focused on fundamentals in practice. That changed Monday as No. 9 Georgia entered its normal practice schedule.

Georgia is nearing the three-week mark since Gur­ley, the star tailback who had been among the top Heisman Trophy candidates, was indefinitely suspended Oct. 9.

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Partridge Inn closing Sunday for four months amid renovations

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 7:44pm


The Partridge Inn will close this weekend for four months as the historic property undergoes a $6 million revamp.

Beginning Sunday, the facility at 2110 Walton Way will shut down for business while the new property owners modernize the boutique hotel.

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New leadership named for MOX project

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 7:43pm


The vice president of the mixed oxide fuel fabrication facility project at Savannah River Site has been promoted.

David Del Vecchio, formerly vice president of project management of CB&I Areva MOX Services, is replacing Kelly Trice, according to a news release. Trice remains president of CB&I Project Services Group and has been named senior vice-president of CB&I’s power division.

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Deal issues Ebola traveler restrictions

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 7:02pm


Travelers returning to Georgia from Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa will be quarantined “at a designated facility” if they have had direct contact with an Ebola patient even if they are asymptomatic, and health care workers who have treated Ebola will be subject to active visual monitoring, Gov. Nathan Deal announced this evening.

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Barrow casts vote early to rally district

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 6:23pm

On Monday, U.S. Rep. John Barrow voted early for his re-election to a sixth consecutive term in the House, but unlike his opponent, Republican Rick Allen, the Augusta Democrat declined to predict victory on Nov. 4.

Barrow cast his ballot shortly before noon inside the Augusta-Richmond Coun ty Municipal Building’s Advance Voting Center. When he left, he shrugged off Allen’s prediction last month that Georgia’s 12th Congressional District would favor the Republican construction company owner by a 58-to-42 percent vote in its first midterm election since being redrawn in 2011.

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11-year-old injured in Aiken shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 5:50pm


The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed an 11-year-old child was shot at an Aiken home Monday.

Deputies were called to the home at 161 Nautilus Street about 3:47 p.m., Aiken County dispatch said. Sgt. Jason Feemster said the child was taken to an area hospital for treatment in unknown condition.

Feemster said the name and gender of the child won’t be released until the department completes its investigation. He would not comment on the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Area breaks high temperature records in October

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 2:50pm


Flip-flops and shorts became common dress this fall as the area experienced one of its hottest Octobers.

On Sunday, Augusta and other areas in the state broke daily high temperature records. Augusta recorded 90 degrees, which broke the previous record for the date of 87 in 1939 and 2010.

It wasn’t the first record-breaker for the month. Records were also broken on Oct. 11 and 13, with highs of 92 and 89 degrees, respectively. On Oct. 12, the 90-degree temperature tied a record set in 1931.

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Athens house of ill repute now a house of prayer

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 1:03pm


ATHENS, Ga. -- When members of the Athens Link Fellowship went through their newly purchased Baxter Street building, certain details stood out.

There are the many small rooms, one of which had a waterbed (that was near the shower). Cameras were throughout, as were sofas and couches. One room, tucked away in the corner, was simply known as the dungeon.

“I didn’t want to go in there,” John Gaultney said.

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Aquinas-Lincoln County is the Game of the Week

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:32pm


Aquinas hopes this wait doesn’t take almost 41 years and nearly 15,000 days.

The Irish finally beat Lincoln County in 2013, their first win in the series since 1972. The emphatic 42-14 win helped Aquinas’ march to the Class A private state championship.

This Friday, the two rivals meet again in Lincolnton in The Augusta Chronicle’s Game of the Week.

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Missing Ohio man's body found in SC

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 11:07am


MONCKS CORNER, S.C. — Authorities in South Carolina have found the body of a man who had been missing from Ohio since earlier this month.


Berkeley County Sheriff’s spokesman Dan Moon tells area media outlets that searchers found the body of 58-year-old Jesse Conley of Waverly, Ohio, early on Saturday afternoon in some woods near Pimlico, about 30 miles north of Charleston.


Conley’s car was found by a hunter in the area earlier in the day.


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SC DMV sued of woman name change

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 11:05am



COLUMBIA— Another lawsuit has been filed over South Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban.


Attorneys for a Lexington County woman filed the lawsuit Friday.


Julie McEldowney says she legally changed her name with the Social Security Administration after marrying her wife in the District of Columbia earlier this year. But the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles has rejected applications to have her married name on her driver’s license.


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Atlanta woman robbed at gunpoint at hotel

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 10:00pm

Deputies say an Atlanta woman was robbed at gunpoint Saturday by two men – one with a potato attached to his handgun.

About 10 p.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Quality Inn at 1050 Claussen Road, according to an incident report.

The 32-year-old victim told police that she was in town visiting when she heard a knock on the door. A short while later, two black men barged into the room.

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Hundreds take advantage of Sunday voting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 8:36pm


On Sunday, for the first time ever, Richmond County residents were given the option of leaving the pews and heading straight to the polls.

Many did just that.

After passing a resolution to allow Sunday voting last month, the Richmond County Board of Elections decided to operate a single polling location at the Municipal Building’s newly renovated lobby to gauge interest in the idea.

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1 injured in stabbing on Raes Creek Road

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 7:49pm


The Richmond County sheriff’s office is investigating a stabbing that hospitalized a 28-year-old man early Sunday.

About 3:30 a.m., deputies were called to the 2900 block of Raes Creek Road, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

They found the victim suffering from a stab wound to the chest. He was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center for treatment.

According to the statement, the investigation is ongoing, and information on a potential suspect is unavailable. Further details will be forthcoming.


Millions at stake in proposed penny sales tax in some S.C. counties, including Aiken

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 7:26pm


The Aiken County Public School District isn’t the only one hoping voters will approve a one-cent sales tax increase on Nov. 4 as a way to pay for campus facility upgrades.

A handful of other districts across the state, from Cherokee to Charleston to Kershaw County, are also counting down to Election Day, when hundreds of millions of new dollars could be promised to facility needs – $125 million of which could be raised in Aiken County.

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Streb wins McGladrey Classic in a playoff

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 7:10pm


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Robert Streb made the last of his 10 birdies on the second extra hole, winning a three-way playoff in the McGladrey Classic on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory.

Streb rallied from a five-shot deficit in the final round with 7-under-par 63. He waited 90 minutes to see if anyone could catch him, and then outlasted Will MacKenzie and Brendon de Jonge in the playoff at Sea Island.

The victory sends Streb to the Masters Tournament in April. The 27-year-old from Oklahoma has never played in any major.

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Blythe woman's 1982 murder still unsolved

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 6:04pm


The brutal Valentine’s Day stabbing death of a much-loved Blythe woman remains a mystery more than 30 years later.

Barbara Jefferson, 43, was a hard-working divorcee who held jobs at University Hospital and Savannah River Plant. She was described as a “good neighbor” in her mobile home community off Highway 1, which is why neighbors who learned of her brutal death Feb. 14, 1982 were so baffled.

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Project Jackson protest latest opposition against stadium development

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 5:29pm


The newest opponent of North Augusta’s Project Jackson doesn’t want to see concrete replace trees, animal habitats and a scenic park near the Savannah River.

Tammy Luke is organizing a protest against the future site of an Augusta GreenJackets stadium, hotel, shops and parking garage all a half-mile from her home on East Clifton Avenue. Project Jackson, which is also facing an ongoing court battle, will destroy the quaint Brick Pond Park and Greeneway where people walk, run, ride bikes and enjoy nature, she said.

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Commissioner, mayor-elect eyeing same space at municipal building

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 5:25pm


A turf war may be brewing on Augusta Municipal Building’s second floor.

Commissioner Ben Hasan, who was elected in May but took office in August at the resignation of Joe Jackson, is pushing to remodel newly completed, but unused reception and office space attached to the mayor’s office into space for new administrator Janice Allen Jackson, who begins work next month.

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