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Mayor to fight nude Tybee Beach

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 7:10am

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. — The mayor of Tybee Island says more than 800 people who signed a petition calling for a nude friendly section of beach will need to keep their clothes on as long as he’s in office.

WTOC-TV reports Shawn Williams of Savannah has gotten 861 people to sign his petition asking Tybee city officials to make a portion of Georgia’s largest public beach clothing-optional.

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Atlanta county studies 17 percent tax hike

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 7:07am


ATLANTA — Leaders in one of Georgia’s largest counties are debating a proposed 17 percent property tax hike.


Commissioners in Fulton County got input from taxpayers Wednesday as they debated what would be the first increase of its kind in more than 20 years.


Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves tells WSB-TV declining revenues and increased costs have left the county with a $40 million to $50 million budget shortfall.


Fulton County is home to Atlanta and several of its northern and southern suburbs.

Ga. highway closes to move big plane

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 7:04am

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Military officials say parts of Georgia State Route 247 in central Georgia will be temporarily closed as a C-130 airplane is moved.

WMAZ-TV reports the highway closures are planned today in the Warner Robins area.

Robins Air Force Base officials said in a statement that the airplane will be moved from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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Millions gain health coverage, but Georgia lags behind, reports show

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:17am

The Affordable Care Act allowed the uninsured rate nationally to drop this year from 20 percent to 15 percent among adults 19 to 64 years old, a new report found. But in places such as Georgia, which did not expand Medicaid, the uninsured rate remains high, particularly for the poor.

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3 top picks to replace City Administrator Fred Russell named

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:39pm

Landing a job as city administrator would be “the crowning touch of my career, to manage in my hometown,” for Augusta native Janice Allen Jackson. But commissioners and the mayor said they’ll weigh her application against two other well-qualified finalists who interviewed Wednesday for the top post.

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Suspect crashes stolen car during traffic stop

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 9:16pm

Deputies are searching for a male suspect accused of stealing a Honda Civic, then wrecking the vehicle after fleeing a routine traffic stop.

Approximately 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, a Richmond County deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Second Avenue, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. Instead of stopping, the suspect turned right onto Bolt Drive, but crashed into a parked vehicle.

The suspect then fled on foot towards First Avenue. The deputy gave chase but lost sight of the suspect, the report stated.

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Summer demands blood donations

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 8:22pm


Even as blood donations dry up during summer months, Grovetown resident Donna Morrow finds the time to give a bit of herself to the community she lives in.

It certainly helps that she has seen firsthand how her blood makes a difference, she said. When a family friend gave birth to a son with a heart defect, Morrow, who had a compatible blood type, decided to donate.

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Richmond, Columbia counties excel in CRCT language arts while Richmond County students fall short in math, science

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 7:47pm


Elementary and middle school pupils in Richmond and Columbia counties continue to perform well in language arts, but Richmond County students fall short in math and science, according to Georgia Department of Education test results.

Students in most grade levels in both counties either increased their scores in reading and language arts or saw minor drops on the 2014 Criterion Referenced Competency Tests.

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