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Jackets dominate Tigers; Clemson loses QB to injury

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 4:23pm


ATLANTA — On a day with more than one significant injury in the cold air at Bobby Dodd Stadium, the biggest came early and hit the hardest.

As Deshaun Watson limped off the field with less than 4 minutes remaining in the first quarter, Clemson’s momentum left with the gifted true freshman quarterback.

Georgia Tech’s defense feasted on the Watson-less Tigers as the Yellow Jackets won 28-6 on Saturday.

“I was so proud of our guys, especially defensively,” Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said. “We haven’t had a game like that on defense in a while.”

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Gamecocks pull off comeback, top Gators in OT

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 4:21pm


GAINESVILLE, Fla. — This might have been the final game in the Swamp for South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier and Florida’s Will Muschamp.

After Muschamp went conservative again and settled for a field goal to start overtime, Dylan Thompson scored on a 4-yard keeper to give the Gamecocks a 23-20 victory over Florida on Saturday.

South Carolina (5-5, 3-5 SEC) ended a four-game losing streak in Southeastern Conference play and knocked Florida (5-4, 4-4) out of contention in the league’s muddled Eastern Division.

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Expect better enrollment second time under Affordable Care Act

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 11:28pm

As he was at the opening minutes of the first open enrollment period, Russell Head will be at his computer today just minutes after midnight as the second open enrollment period begins in the health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act.

He is hoping for a “much better” result from logging onto, instead of hours staring at an error message and continually refreshing the screen.

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Academy of Richmond County students embrace technical skills, career-based classes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:42pm


Technical education helped Academy of Richmond County student Hope Campbell make the jump from home schooling to public school.

Campbell, 16, transferred to Richmond Academy three years ago and felt lost when deciding which classes to take. After talking to her counselor, she decided to enter the school’s cosmetology “career technical pathway” to learn how to create hairstyles and maintain professionalism with potential clients. She’s earning credits toward college and preparing to enter the workforce after graduation.

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Savannah River Site to host military training on Saturday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:16pm


There’s no reason to be alarmed by the sound of helicopters over Aiken County Saturday. Officials say it’s just an exercise.

Beginning about noon, several helicopters will fly in and out of Savannah River Site as part of the South Carolina National Guard’s Carolina Thunder exercise, according to a news release.

Simulated rifle fire and battlefield noise may be heard in the area of Highway 125, and several full-size replicas of anti-aircraft weapons have been positioned around the site.

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Augusta property crime reports decline during holiday season despite perceived greater threat

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 8:31pm


Richmond County officials say the holiday season puts more people at risk of becoming victims of property crimes, but the numbers tell a different story.

Each year in November, sheriff’s offices in both Richmond and Columbia counties ramp up public service announcements with the hope that residents take heed and shop with caution, or else run the risk of a present-less Christmas.

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Southern Railway Freight Station featured on annual Easter Seals ornament

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 8:21pm


Miniature depictions of a historic train depot on downtown Augusta’s Reynolds Street will soon hang from Christmas trees across the city.

The Southern Railway Freight Station, built in the early 1900s, is the featured landmark on the 2014 Ornament of Hope from the Easter Seals organization. Proceeds from sales of the ornament benefit the agency’s programs to help people with disabilities transition to jobs.

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission grants extension for MOX construction deadline

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 5:54pm


A 10-year extension for construction of the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility at Savannah River Site has been approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

According to a news release, the NRC signed an order Thursday extending the completion deadline until March 30, 2025. CB&I Areva MOX Services, the facility’s contractor, asked for the extension in May after numerous construction delays, some caused by lower-than-projected annual funding from Congress and delivery delays for components.

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Bond set for Augusta man facing drug trafficking charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 5:31pm


An Augusta man accused of receiving a hefty load of drugs by mail was granted a $50,000 bond Friday.

Cecil Ray Hodge, 54, was targeted by Richmond County Sheriff’s narcotics investigators on Nov. 6 based on a tip he would receive a mailed package containing illegal drugs, said Assistant District Attorney Falin Syms. Officers reported finding 13 pounds of marijuana, nearly 6 ounces of methamphetamine, and 163 tablets of morphine.

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AT&T stops adding Web tracking codes on cellphones; identifiers hampered online anonymity

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 4:03pm

WASHINGTON — AT&T Mobility, the nation’s second-largest cellular provider, said Friday it’s no longer attaching hidden Internet tracking codes to data transmitted from its users’ smartphones. The practice made it nearly impossible to shield its subscribers’ identities online.

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