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Wrightsboro Road reopens to traffic after lengthy construction project

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 5:57pm


The 1500 block of Wrightsboro Road reopened to traffic late last week after a lengthy construction project to repair a collapsed sewer line, according to Augusta Traffic Engineer Steve Cassell.

Since the road was closed in May, motorists were forced to take a detour as crews tried to correct the problem near the Dart Container facility. The emergency road closure cost about $800,000.

Reinforced concrete pipe replaced more than 1,000 feet of brick sewer line that was 70 to 80 years old.

North Augusta woman admitted to shooting, killing husband, police say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 5:53pm

Police say a North Augusta woman accused of fatally shooting her husband Monday admitted to the crime when they arrived at the scene.

According to a police incident report released Tuesday, the North Augusta Department of Public Safety was called to the 600 block of W. Woodlawn Ave. about 11:55 a.m. Monday in response to a shooting. Officer Timothy Stembridge, who filed the report, said he was initially under the impression that he was being called to the scene of a suicide.

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UGA jumps up in 2 polls

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:25pm

The University of Georgia made the second-biggest jump of all the teams in the two national ranking polls, both of which were released Tuesday.

Following their 45-21 Saturday victory over then-No. 16 Clemson, the Bulldogs moved up six places to No. 6 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll and four spots to No. 8, according to the USA Today/Amway coaches poll.

Only Texas A&M enjoyed a bigger leap. The Aggies (1-0) moved up to ninth from No. 21 in the AP poll and from 20th to 13th in the coaches poll after beating South Carolina 52-28 this past Thursday in Columbia.

Man pleads guilty to reckless conduct by HIV-infected person

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 3:40pm

A man who denied his HIV status to a sexual partner pleaded guilty Monday to reckless conduct by an HIV-infected person.

Jason A. Young, 33, already had been charged and convicted of the same crime in Aiken County. He served two years in prison in South Carolina.

Because Young had the two sexual partners during the same time period in 2011 and already has served time in prison, Assistant District Attorney Garon Muller agreed to recommend probation, he told Judge James G. Blanchard Jr.

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Strom Thurmond-Silver Bluff is 'Chronicle' Game of the Week

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 3:17pm

Two of South Carolina’s premier football programs will be in the spotlight for The Augusta Chronicle’s Game of the Week.

Strom Thurmond visits Silver Bluff on Friday night at 7:30.

Stop by to see Sports Editor John Boyette and Spotted! photographer Ryan Wehmeyer at The Augusta Chronicle booth for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card. Our team will be there promoting our new Augusta High School Football App, featuring team pages, latest scores, video and photos.

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Aquinas, Washington County still No. 1 in polls

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 2:27pm


The Augusta area is close to a clean sweep of the top spots in the first three classifications.

While Aquinas and Washington County remained No. 1 in the Class A and AAA Georgia Sports Writers Association high school football polls, Washington-Wilkes jumped three positions to second in Class AA. The Tigers, who beat rival Lincoln County 36-10 in Lincolnton on Friday, benefited from losses by Lovett and Heard County. Both teams were ranked ahead of Washington-Wilkes, with Lovett previously No. 1.

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Georgia tourism conference opens at Augusta Convention Center

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 2:18pm


More than 500 travel professionals from across the state will gather Wednesday at the Augusta Convention Center for the annual three-day Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference.

During the conference, participants will learn about tools, tips and information to help them market their destinations, hotels and attractions from an array of expert speakers, according to a news release.

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