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Aiken's Kevin Kisner learning his way around St. Andrews

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:28pm

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — The first thing Kevin Kisner did when he arrived late Monday was to walk around the Old Course with a couple of wedges in hand and scope out the birthplace of golf.

Of course, he had to try a bank shot off the wall at the famous Road Hole.

“I did,” Kisner said Tuesday. “You never know what you’re going to get. If it plays into the wind, I don’t think you’re ever going to get that shot.”

He took the charter flight overseas from the John Deere Classic after tying for 35th.

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Businesses foresee inflation uptick

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 11:12am



ATLANTA – Businesses surveyed by the Federal Reserve predict inflation will increase slightly to 2.0 percent, according to results released Wednesday.

They also said they have seen the costs of goods and services they use in production rise 1.5 percent since the same period last year, according to the poll of regional executives conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta July 6-10.

The expectations contrast with the actual producer price index which fell 0.7 percent in the previous 12 months, largely due to falling oil prices.

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2016 last Masters for Watson

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:36am

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Tom Watson may or may not be playing his final Open Championship this week, but there’s no doubt that 2016 will be his last Masters Tournament.

Watson, whose eligibility as a five-time British Open winner runs out this week unless he posts another top-10 finish, declared on Wednesday that he would compete one last time in April at Augusta National.

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Georgia health-care exchange falls short, report says

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 7:40am


ATLANTA -- Georgia didn’t shine in a recent analysis of its health insurance exchange.

The report, released Tuesday by the National Health Council, an advocacy organization that represents Americans with chronic conditions, provided a state-by-state analysis of the improvements each state has made to its online health insurance marketplace.

The report also made recommendations on how Georgia’s marketplace can be made more patient-friendly.

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SC now pushing back on proposed Palmetto Pipeline

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 6:51am


As the would-be builders of the proposed Palmetto Pipeline fight for survival in a Georgia court, South Carolina’s top legal office has signaled the project may face unexpected hurdles there.


An attorney general’s opinion, signed by Solicitor General Robert D. Cook and issued earlier this month, delves into the state’s constitution and the history of its pipeline law. Cook concludes lawmakers probably never intended to give oil pipelines the right of eminent domain.


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Bill Sharpe rides hot stretch to first-round lead at Vaughn Taylor Championship

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 10:00pm

Bill Sharpe yawned when he stepped up to the first tee Tuesday morning.

He expected it to be a long day in warm weather conditions. Just the opposite.

Sharpe birdied the first five holes and posted 5-under-par 67 to lead the E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship after the first round at Jones Creek Golf Club.

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Man accused of breaking window with head at Augusta business

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 8:53pm

A Martinez man is accused of shattering a window at an Augusta business Monday after employees refused his request for a tattoo.

About 1 p.m., Richmond County deputies were called to Crazy Inkz Tattoos on Windsor Spring Road, where employees said Joshua Maxwell, 37, had become upset and smashed his head on the business’ front window.

The store’s management wishes to prosecute unless Maxwell pays for repairs, according to the report.

Augusta home ransacked, suspects leave with frozen dinners

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 8:41pm

Richmond County deputies were searching Tuesday for suspects accused of ransacking an Augusta home and leaving with frozen food.

Around 12:05 a.m. Tuesday, deputies were called to the 4700 block of Sanctuary Court where a home had been broken into, according to an incident report.

Police found a shattered window and “every room of the house was ransacked.” According to deputies, although jewelry, credit cards and a checkbook were in plain sight, the thieves overlooked the valuables and took only a frozen pizza and two pieces of frozen chicken.

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Columbia County school board cuts tax rate

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 8:28pm

As expected, Columbia County school board members voted Tuesday to roll back the school millage rate, which will reduce fall tax bills for county property owners.

Trustees voted to set the tax rate at 18.3 mills, a slight reduction from the 18.59 mill rate, which was set in July 2013 when board members voted to raise the rate a full mill to offset cuts in state funding to local school districts.

The reduction for this year will result in about a $12 decrease in property taxes on a house valued at $100,000.

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GRU Cancer Center expansion on track; will expand its cancer research abilities

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 7:13pm


The expansion of cancer research at Georgia Regents University is getting closer and the buildup of the cancer program overall is on pace to bring the GRU Cancer Center closer to a long-sought designation, the center’s director said.

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City of Augusta offers to settle firefighters' overtime complaint filed in a class-action lawsuit

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 7:01pm


A week after paying a former deputy coroner $200,000 in Fair Labor Standards Act and whistleblower complaints, the Augusta Commission on Tuesday authorized another settlement with workers alleging they were improperly paid for overtime work.

A class-action lawsuit filed by Augusta Fire Department Lt. Robert Morris last October claimed Morris and approximately 85 of his fire department colleagues hadn’t been paid the appropriate overtime rate based on the extra pay all received to be certified as paramedics or emergency medical technicians.

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Latest Army projections boost Fort Gordon growth to 4,700 personnel

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 6:38pm


The number of incoming personnel connected to the Army Cyber Command’s relocation to Fort Gordon’s Cyber Center of Excellence and other growing missions will be even greater than the Army originally thought.

The latest Army models estimate 4,700 soldiers, federal civilians and contractors will move to Fort Gordon by the end of fiscal year 2019, said J.C. Mathews, the installation’s public affairs officer. Original projections were between 3,700 and 4,000 new personnel.

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Augusta man on trial for 2013 Waynesboro bank robbery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 6:32pm

Testimony continues today in federal court in the trial of an Augusta man accused of being one of two masked men who robbed a Waynesboro bank in 2013.

Damien B. Osborne, 24, has pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court.

Within two days of the Dec. 2, 2013, holdup of the Southern Bank in Waynesboro, Osborne became a suspect because of two fingerprints, according to court testimony Tuesday.

The prints recovered from Southern Bank’s money wrappers were found in a car believed to have been driven by the robbers. The prints led to Osborne.

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Augusta man stands trial for Lincolnton man's 2013 homicide

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 6:00pm


Testimony began Tuesday in an Augusta man’s murder trial.

Ezra Lay, 42, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to charges of murder in the Dec. 13, 2013, slaying of James Marshall.

Lay was the person who led a uniformed sheriff deputy to the body of Marshall in the narrow side yard of an abandoned home on Carrie Street.

Lay initially told sheriff Sgt. Chris Langford that Marshall, 44, had stopped by to share a beer with him at his Carrie Street home then walked off with a woman that night.

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Rants & Raves

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 4:49pm

Comments from readers:

WHY IS IT THAT every time you shop at a Wal-Mart there is always someone there asking for money? This makes me not want to shop at Wal-Mart.

I BELIEVE IT IS time now to stop these runaway Supreme Court justices and amend the Constitution that will impose one or two term limits before they destroy our great country.

YEAH, DONALD Trump! Finally a man who can stand up to PC nonsense. I think he may make a really good president. It’s early, but he has my vote.

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Head of Atlanta NAACP chapter wants Confederate symbols taken off all Georgia state property

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 4:41pm

ATLANTA — The president of the Atlanta NAACP says the group wants Confederate symbols – including a giant carving at Stone Mountain Park – removed from all government-owned property and plans to pursue making those changes during the next legislative session.

Some who support flying the battle flag say the symbol represents Southern heritage and pride in Civil War-era leaders. However, Atlanta NAACP President Richard Rose and others have argued the flag is a divisive symbol and white supremacy is at the heart of the heritage the flag celebrates.

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