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Aiken man acquitted of sex charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 5:25pm

 

An Aiken veterinarian accused last year of inappropriately touching children has been found not guilty.

Juan Carlos Gamboa, 53, who owns Gamboa Veterinary Services, was arrested in January 2014 after being accused of committing unlawful acts against two 8-year-old boys over a three-month period the previous year.

According to a previous story in The Chronicle, Gamboa had dedicated his practice to the treatment of performance and show horses for 23 years and was licensed in Florida, Mississippi and the Carolinas.

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Former North Augusta Mayor Ray­mond Walters Sr. dies at 91

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 3:42pm

 

NORTH AUGUSTA — Ray­mond Lamarne Walters Sr. served as mayor of North Au­gus­ta for only four years, from 1971 to 1975, but his influence is still felt.

He worked hard to convince current Mayor Lark Jones to seek public office for the first time, was a businessman and co-owner of Koger-Walters Oil Co., and led the city’s controversial effort to build a recreational facility on farm land.

Walters, 91, died Tuesday. A memorial will be held at Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta at 10 a.m. Friday.

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Poll: UGA to win SEC East

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:40pm

 

HOOVER, Ala. -- Georgia will begin the new season in a familiar spot as the favorites to win the SEC East.

The Bulldogs were tabbed by those attending the league’s SEC football media days here to take the division.

It’s the third time in the last four years Georgia has been the pick.

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Augusta-area jobs decline in June

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:21pm

End of school job losses drove down the number of jobs in the Augusta metro area in June, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

The education and health services job sector, which includes teachers and aides, declined by 1,400 jobs in June, according to data released Thursday. State government, construction and manufacturing also lost jobs in June.

In total, there were 2,400 net fewer jobs in June than in May. Some jobs were added in retail, professional services and transportation.

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Victim in flaming 1-20 wreck identified

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:19pm

The truck driver killed Wednesday in the fatal accident on Interstate 20 has been identified.

The driver is Michael Hacker, 53, of Goose Creek, S.C., according to a news release from Coroner Mark Bowen.

Autopsy results came back Thursday from the GBI Atlanta Lab. The cause of death was blunt force injuries, Bowen said.

Official: Four Marines killed in military attacks in Tennessee

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:11pm

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A gunman unleashed a barrage of fire at a recruiting center and another U.S. military site a few miles apart in Chattanooga on Thursday, killing at least four Marines, officials said. The attacker was also killed.

Federal authorities said they were investigating the possibility it was an act of terrorism, and the FBI took charge of the case.

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24 Emmy nominations for "Game of Thrones'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:48am

 

 

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The fantasy saga “Game of Thrones” received a leading 24 Emmy Awards nominations Thursday.

 

The drama wasn’t hurt with TV academy voters by controversy over its depiction of a female character’s rape, earning five more nominations than it did last year. It’s a contender again for best drama series, an award that has eluded it.

 

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Planned Parenthood review ordered by Georgia governor

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:11am

 

 

ATLANTA – Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday that he’s ordered a state investigation into allegations that Planned Parenthood was selling organs from aborted fetuses.

The organization denies the allegations.

Deal is responding to a video making the rounds on social media featuring a Planned Parenthood physician employee talking about reimbursement fees for costs associated with tissue donation programs. Abortion opponents say it is evidence the organization sells organs and is motivated to encourage abortions for financial reasons.

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Candidate announces for House 122 seat

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:07am

 

Joe Mullins, a developer and entertainment promoter, officially tossed his hat into the ring to compete for the state House District 122 seat recently vacated by Ben Harbin.

Mullins touted himself as a conservative businessman who would work to bring jobs to the community and introduce legislation to replace the state income tax with a so-called “Fair Tax,” consumption tax on all sales. He also said he wanted to provide relief to property owners by increasing the homestead exemption in Columbia County.

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SC man suspect in dogfight ring

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 7:06am

COLUMBIA — A Richland County man has been arrested on charges involving a dog fighting ring.

Multiple media outlets report that the sheriff’s office says 21-year-old Jacobi Anthony Green was arrested earlier this week and faces several charges, including receiving stolen goods and animal fighting and baiting.

Sheriff Leon Lott says deputies arrested Green after finding a stolen motorcycle at his home. Authorities say Green fled on foot when deputies arrived, but was caught shortly thereafter.

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