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Stay of execution for Georgia woman on death row denied by federal and state Supreme Courts

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 3:04pm

Both the federal and state Supreme Courts have denied an application for a stay of execution for the only woman on Georgia's death row. Death row inmate Kelly Gissendaner is still awaiting a decision from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Earlier today, Gissendaner got a rare extra chance to plead for a reprieve from the Board of Pardons and Paroles, but failed again in her request for clemency.

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Aquinas, Lincoln County move up Class A football polls

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 2:35pm

Aquinas and Lincoln County are climbing up the Class A rankings together.

The Irish and Red Devils both improved three spots to fifth and sixth in this week’s Georgia Sports Writers Association high school football rankings.

Aquinas was ranked as high as No. 2, but it lost to Prince Avenue Christian on Aug. 28 when ranked No. 3. However, the Irish have won four in a row since, including a 52-21 rout of Mount de Sales this past week.

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Jaguar athletic teams to use Augusta University effective immediately

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 2:17pm


After weeks of confusion, the Jaguar athletic teams will compete as Augusta University effective immediately.

The university’s official name was changed from Georgia Regents University to Augusta University two weeks ago.

The athletic department had been using GRU Augusta until today.


Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School earns Blue Ribbon honor

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 12:58pm

John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School was named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School on Tuesday, earning the reward through stellar student performance on state and national assessments.

Davidson was one of 285 public schools and 50 private schools nationwide to earn Blue Ribbon recognition this year. The reward is given to schools that have overall academic excellence, or to schools that have dramatically decreased achievement gaps among their student populations.

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Columbia County school bus overheats

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 10:23am


No one was injured in a reported school bus fire early Tuesday.

Deputies responded to Hammonds Ferry Road at Barhams Ridge just before 7 a.m. because they were told Columbia County school bus No. 2603 was on fire, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Maj. Steve Morris said.

There was no fire, the bus overheated, according to Morris.

All students got off the bus safely and were transferred to another bus.


Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222

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