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Macon, Ga., pastor wins Augusta VA's resident chaplain of year

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:37pm


Not much of a public speaker, Dr. Dianne Lewis had to read from prepared notes Thursday when thanking all the people who helped her graduate from the Department of Veterans Affairs Clinical Pastoral Education Program.

Luckily, no speech was required after she was named the Augusta area’s resident chaplain of the year.

The first-time award was dedicated to Charlie Norwood, the late congressman for whom the Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Center was named in 2008.

Lewis, 52, was left speechless.

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Georgia Department of Labor reports net gain of 600 jobs in August

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:37pm

The Augusta metro area showed a net gain of 600 jobs in August, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

The Labor Department reported Thursday that there were 221,700 jobs in the six-county Augusta area. Gains were seen in health, education and hospitality, offsetting a loss of jobs in professional and business services.

Students went back to school in August, explaining job gains in local government and education and health services sectors.

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2 teens charged in armed robbery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:43pm

Two teens are facing charges of robbing a woman at gunpoint outside her Madison on the Green apartment last week.

Africk Sanchez Morris and Benny Gary, both 17, have been charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The 26-year-old victim told police that after she pulled up at her apartment building on River Ridge Drive about 10:20 p.m. Sept. 10, two robbers demanded she hand over her belongings.

She told police she thought it was a joke until she saw the guns.

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Royal & Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews to allow women members

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:11pm

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews is no longer just for men.

The spiritual “Home of Golf” became the latest club to end years of male-only exclusivity on Thursday when its members voted overwhelmingly in favor of inviting women to join. The vote was effective immediately.

“I can confirm that The Royal & Ancient Golf of St. Andrews is now a mixed membership club,” R&A secretary Peter Dawson said in a brief statement he read just outside the clubhouse at the Old Course.

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Nightmare Plantation in Grovetown keeping doors closed this year

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:05pm

One area haunted house is celebrating its season-opening today, while another is keeping its doors closed for 2014.

The Grovetown-based haunted house Nightmare Plantation released a statement on its Web site saying the attraction is taking the year off but plans to reopen in 2015.

“We closed the haunt due to weather and damage from the (February) ice storm that was worse than we expected,” Chasidy McGill said. “For safety reasons, we decided to not open this year and wait until the damage is fully taken care of.”

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South Carolina judge won't rule again on Project Jackson

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:17am


A South Carolina judge won’t reconsider his ruling in favor of North Augusta’s Project Jackson development.

Circuit Court Judge Ernest Kinard handed down an order Wednesday denying plaintiff Stephen Donohue’s request for reconsideration.

Donohue had filed his motion Sept. 2 in Aiken County, saying North Augusta presented evidence in court that did not prove blight nor declining property values required for a Tax Increment Financing district, the method that North Augusta approved to finance the $144 million development.

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Body found on SC golf course

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 9:54am


CHARLESTON, S.C. — Charleston police are investigating after a body was found at a golf course.


Local media outlets report police were called around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday when a maintenance worker reported finding a man’s body in a pond on the Shadowmoss Golf Course.


The man’s name has not been released.


Police did not immediately release any other details about the death.

SC airport bomb dog dies in hot car

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 9:48am

GREER, S.C. — A bomb-sniffing dog with the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport police department has died after the air conditioning in her handler’s car failed.


Airport spokeswoman Rosilyn Weston tells local media outlets the K-9 named Emma died Tuesday.


Weston says it’s standard procedure for handlers to leave K-9s in running vehicles while a special air conditioning unit in the back of the car is running.


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Summer burn ban ends Oct. 1

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:31am


An open burning ban imposed in May will be lifted Oct. 1 for Richmond and Columbia counties.

Permits from the Georgia Forestry Department will still be required to burn. Permits will be issued only when weather conditions are deemed safe for burning and will expire after the day they are issued.

To obtain a permit, call (877) 652-2876 or apply online at

Festival closes downtown streets

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:27am


Several downtown streets will be closed while crews prepare for this weekend’s Arts in the Hearts festival.

The festival runs from Friday to 7 p.m. Sunday. Officials said all closures will be reopened at festival’s end as soon as tents are removed and the sheriff’s office deems the area safe for traffic.

Already closed

- Parking well in the 700 block of Broad Street across from The Augusta Chronicle and Imperial Theatre

- McCartan Street next to the downtown Family Y

- Ninth Street from Ellis to Broad streets

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