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Aiken man's death called homicide

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 1:22pm


A man shot in the head at a Brown Lane home in Aiken last week has died, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said.

Darius Scruggs, 21, was pronounced dead at 9:46 a.m. Friday at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

Aiken police have released few details on the shooting.

In a news release issued the day of the shooting, Aiken Public Safety Lt. Carl Odenthal said police were called to the home at 5:25 a.m. on May 9 for a burglary in process. They found Scruggs, a non-resident of the home, with a gunshot wound.

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Count shows fewer homeless in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 1:14pm

Preliminary findings of a 2015 count released Friday show Augusta’s homeless population has decreased by nearly half in the past two years, but one city official said it’s too soon to celebrate.

A citywide count conducted the last week in January found the city’s homeless population had fallen from about 800 people in 2013 to 407 this year, with 129 men, women and children living on the streets and 278 in emergency shelters and transitional housing.

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Ga. GOP convention starts today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:47am


ATHENS, Ga. -- Speeches will be the order of the day today as the Georgia Republican Party’s two-day biennial state convention gets under way in Athens, with two formally declared presidential candidates and a likely GOP contender headlining the bill at The Classic Center in downtown Athens.

Festivities for the early arrivals among the 3,500 people expected for the GOP convention began Thursday evening, with a welcome party sponsored by Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Padgett and state Sen. Bill Cowsert, R-Athens, in the Atrium at The Classic Center.

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Blues musician B.B. King dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 6:43am

LAS VEGAS — B.B. King believed anyone could play the blues, and that “as long as people have problems, the blues can never die.”


But no one could play the blues like B.B. King, who died Thursday night at age 89 in Las Vegas, where he had been in hospice care.


Although he kept performing well into his 80s, the 15-time Grammy winner suffered from diabetes and other problems. He collapsed during a concert in Chicago last October, later blaming dehydration and exhaustion.


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Bond denied for Augusta man facing retrial on murder charge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:52pm

Bond was denied Thurs­day for an Augusta man facing a retrial on a murder charge in a 2006 fatal shootout.

The case against Eddie Lee Freeman, 30, was returned to Richmond County Superior Court in October after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled his 2008 conviction had to be reversed because of an improper comment by the judge.

Freeman and two other men were arrested in the Sept. 12, 2006, shooting death of 21-year-old Terrance D. Moore in a local motel room.

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Animal subcommittee discusses exemptions to spay, neuter requirement

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:46pm

The subcommittee working to revise Richmond County’s 35-year-old animal ordinances came closer Thursday to narrowing down a list of potential groups that would be exempt from spay and neuter requirements in the ordinance package.

The subcommittee last week approved charging owners with sterilized animals a one-time $10 licensing fee while imposing a $100 annual licensing fee on owners who refuse to spay or neuter their pets.

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Event to help shelter animals find homes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:30pm


Augusta Animal Services is holding its third annual Family Fun Day on Saturday to help educate the public about pet care and to move dogs and cats out of the high-kill shelter and into loving homes.

The shelter is offering a special $40 adoption rate per animal, which is almost half the price of normal adoptions. These animals are already spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated and micro-chipped.

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Solar panel farm on Fort Gordon part of Army efforts to diversify energy sources

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:28pm

U.S. Army initiatives to diversify the nation’s energy grid with renewable sources reached a new benchmark Thursday with the start of construction for a 209-acre solar panel farm on Fort Gordon.

The 30-megawatt solar plant and two other similar-sized facilities at Fort Stewart and Fort Benning will result in 18 percent of the Army’s energy consumption in Georgia when complete. The Fort Gordon plant, on land near the Gordon Lakes Golf Course, is expected to begin producing electricity next year.

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Westminster Schools of Augusta senior wins Youth of the Year award

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 7:37pm

Palmer Brigham is “obviously smart,” her grandmother said Thursday after the Westminster senior was announced as the Augusta Exchange Club’s Youth of the Year. But she added, it’s her heart that sets her apart.

“It’s not surprising,” Patricia Brigham said of her granddaughter. “She’s one who has always given herself to other people.”

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Augusta scores in middle of AARP 'livability' index

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:36pm


As Augusta’s senior commissioner pushes to make the city more age-friendly, a new index from AARP gave the city 51 out of 100 points for meeting current and future needs of residents.

The “livability” index gave Augusta a higher score than Columbia County, Aiken County, North Augusta and Ma­con, which all received a 49, but a lower one than Savannah and Columbus, both of which garnered a 52.

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