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Augusta Christian standout signs golf scholarship

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 3:02pm

Showing more nerves than she’s exhibited out on the course, Augusta Christian’s Sarah Harrison still had a steady hand.

Harrison stepped to a desk in the school’s library Friday afternoon and signed to play women’s golf with Seminole State College (Sanford, Fla.). The Lady Raiders compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association and were 2013-14 national runners-up. It didn’t hurt that Coach Christa Teno is a former LPGA Tour player.

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Augusta GreenJackets announce coaching staff for 2015 season

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 2:40pm


The Augusta GreenJackets announced their field staff for the 2015 season, highlighted by a new manager and pitching coach.

Nestor Rojas has been named Augusta’s manager. The 31-year-old moves up from the Arizona League, where he managed the past two years after playing his final season in 2010.

Rojas has the distinction of being the first former GreenJacket to later manage the team. He played in Augusta in 2007-08 as a catcher and first baseman. He totaled six seasons in the Giants system after signing out of Venezuela.

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Man arrested after traffic stop

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 2:06pm

An Augusta man was arrested Thursday after he refused to cooperate with police during a traffic stop for a brake light and possible tint violation.

According to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Michael Curtis would only roll his window down about an inch and told the officer he had no right to pull him over and he didn’t have to provide his driver’s license, name or date of birth. Curtis, 44, told the officers he was being “unlawfully detained.”

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Bicyclist killed on Gordon Highway

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 1:36pm

A North Carolina bicyclist is dead after a hit and run this morning on Gordon Highway.

Coroner Mark Bowen identified the bicyclist as Todd Steward Ballard, 64, of Asheville, N.C.

Police said Ballard was traveling in the westbound curb lane of Gordon Highway when he was struck around 7:15 a.m. A description of the vehicle is not available.

He was pronounced deceased at the scene. His body has been transported to the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta.

Marshall: One man's ballot for Eclipse Awards

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 1:33pm


Tonight at Gulfstream Park in south Florida, the Eclipse Awards honoring the best horses and people involved in thoroughbred racing in 2014 will be dispensed at the annual banquet. The award that eclipses all others denotes the Horse of the Year, in the opinion of a rather tightly restricted group of voters.

Finalists in that major category are grass specialist Main Sequence, Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern and Kentucky Derby-Preakness winner California Chrome. Not making the cut here are other legitimate contenders such as Shared Belief, Wise Dan and Untapable.

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