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'Do not swim' order remains in effect for Savannah River

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 3:45pm


A “do not swim” order for the Savannah River will remain in effect while officials await lab results of an oily substance found Sunday.

Though Savannah Riverkeeper expected the ban to be lifted today, Augusta Fire Department spokeswoman Dee Griffin said swimming would not be allowed at least until tests conducted by the Augusta Utilities Department were returned.

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9 decontaminated after chemical exposure

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 2:38pm

Nine people, including two police officers and a firefighter, went through decontamination protocols and were taken to Jefferson Hospital after an incident Monday night in Wrens.

About 8:30 p.m., emergency workers responded to a call requesting assistance because of a strong odor from a chemical used earlier in the day.

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Civil War Symposium returns in November, to feature lectures on Sherman's march and period life in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:49pm

Area residents can relive the intricacies of life during national conflict when the fourth annual Civil War Symposium returns this November.

The program, The War Comes to Georgia, will feature lectures by Civil War authors and performances by the 8th Georgia Regimental Band of Rome. The symposium will be Nov. 6-8 at the Augusta Museum of History and the Morris Museum of Art.

Nancy Glaser, the executive director of the history museum, said talks will focus predominantly on Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s march through Georgia and its adverse effects on the Augusta area.

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Paine president resigns

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:37pm


George C. Bradley resigned as president of embattled Paine College on Tuesday as the institution continues efforts to maintain its accreditation after several years of financial mismanagement and fiscal instability.

In a statement to alumni, board of trustees Chairman Silas Norman said Bradley “desires to spend more time with his family and believes that the college is in a good state to transition out.”

Samuel Sullivan, the provost and vice president of academic affairs, will serve as acting president, Norman said.

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