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Accident kills Harlem woman, 26

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/18/2016 - 7:35pm

A 26-year-old Harlem woman died in a traffic accident Saturday morning in Columbia County.

Linzi Lowe was driving a 2016 Honda Civic east on Wrightsboro Road at Dyches Road around 9 a.m. when she crossed the centerline, striking a westbound vehicle, according to Columbia County sheriff’s deputies and Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison.

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Bjorn wins Democratic US House primary

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/18/2016 - 5:45pm


COLUMBIA — Arik Bjorn has been declared the winner of the Democratic primary in South Carolina’s 2nd Con­gressional District race by 45 votes out of more than 19,000 cast.

The South Carolina Elec­tion Commission certified the results Saturday afternoon after a recount mandated by law. The district includes parts of Aiken, Barnwell, Lexington, Orangeburg and Richland counties.

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Patterson Bridge Road reopens

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 6:46pm


Closed since an April 1 washout, Patterson Bridge Road reopened Friday ahead of schedule.

According to Augusta 311 Director Kelli Walker, the bridge and road reopened to local traffic – no 18-wheelers – late Friday, and the meandering detour on Chalk Mine Road was being closed.

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High winds damage Mistletoe park

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 3:07pm


A severe thunderstorm and strong winds up to 70 mph swept through Mistletoe State Park on Friday afternoon, toppling 50 to 60 trees – some on top of vehicles, campers and tents – leaving roads blocked and sending at least one person to the hospital.

A 5-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with a broken arm after a tree fell on a camper she was in, but otherwise all other injuries were minor.

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Gator scare closes Tybee beaches

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 1:57pm

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. — Authorities have closed some beaches along the Georgia coast as a precaution after a large alligator was spotted near Savannah.

Tybee Island officials said in a statement that the gator, estimated to be 8 to 10 feet long, was spotted early Friday morning in the water off the beaches on the south end of Tybee Island.

They said all beaches were then closed from the Parker Pier to the back river.

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Former Richmond County Sheriff Bill Anderson dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 1:31pm


Former Richmond Coun­ty Sheriff Bill Anderson died Fri­day morning, former colleagues confirmed.

Anderson was elected in 1971 to fill the term of Sheriff E.R. Atkins, who died in office, and served for five controversial years.

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