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Rain fee needs more public input: commissioners

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 11:07pm

While it remains on Tuesday’s meeting agenda, Augusta Commission members say they plan to delay implementation of a new stormwater fee.

Expected to generate some $10 million annually through a $6.40 monthly fee charged to most households, several commissioners said Monday more public input is needed.

“I think we’re going in the reverse, to get a little more information, a little more public input,” Commissioner Sammie Sias said, “to make sure the public understands completely and give them additional time to express themselves.”

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North Augusta police seeking a person of interest in homicide

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 4:42pm


North Augusta police are seeking a person of interest in an unsolved homicide last month.

Terry Odell Dumas, known as “Ice,” 19, has been connected with an attempted murder at Ridgeview Manor on the same night as the fatal shooting of Donnie Lee Brooks, 23.

Brooks was pronounced dead at the apartment complex on Bradleyville Road on Jan. 11.

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Fired deputy had clean record, file shows

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 3:26pm

 Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the person asking the deputy to talk to the child.

A Richmond County deputy recently arrested on charges of abusing a friend’s child in an effort to scare him straight had 10 years of military service and no previous complaints as a deputy.

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Aiken man charged in Edgefield County killing

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

An Aiken man was arrested after a fatal weekend shooting in Edgefield County, S.C., authorities said.

Ezekiel Harris, 21, has been charged with using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in connection with the shooting, Edgefield County sheriff’s Cpl. Robbie Harter said. Harris was released on bond, and more charges could come.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Harris and 32-year-old Marco W. Harris had attended a family event near the intersection of Fox Terrace and Edgefield Road, where they argued and Ezekiel Harris fired a gun.

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Tours share former president's home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 1:31pm

Though he once lived down the street, Robert Klein and his wife, Lynn, had never visited the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson.

On Presidents Day, the couple, who now live in Harlem, decided to take a tour.

“It’s my birthday today,” he said. “We heard about it on the radio this morning, and we said it looked like something we could do today.”

Said his wife: “We like history and pretty much we wanted to see what it was like during the years that he was president.”

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Urban Outfitters to close area distribution center

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 1:30pm

TRENTON – Urban Outfitters announced Monday it will close its Edgefield County distribution center once a new center is ready in Pennsylvania.

The retail company is building a twice-as-large facility in Gap, Penn., about an hour from Philadelphia, that should be complete in July. The $110 million, 1 million square foot e-commerce “fulfillment center” was announced in 2013 and should employ 500 people.

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3 charged with meth possession after truck stopped

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 1:22pm


Police say a Gordon High­way traffic stop for a windshield violation Sunday led to three methamphetamine arrests.

According to a police report, a Richmond County deputy stopped a 1991 Chevrolet 1500 pickup about noon Sun­day after noticing spider-webbing of the windshield.

The officer asked the driver, identified as Jessica Ann Glenn, 24, of Hephzibah, to step to the rear of the vehicle, where she admitted that one of the two occupants in her vehicle was a stranger.

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Augusta man faces murder charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 10:19am


An Augusta man has been charged with murder after his girlfriend died as a result of injuries she sustained during an assault at his Maxwell House apartment last week.

Matilda Lorraine Jenkins, 58, of 1365 Laney-Walker Blvd., died Tuesday evening, two days after the assault. Police arrived at the apartment to find her unconscious with head wounds consistent with an assault.

Her boyfriend, David Maurice Kyler, 58, was initially booked on a charge of aggravated battery. Even after her death, police delayed upgrading his charges until they got autopsy results.

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Suspect sought in case of checks stolen last week

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 9:57am

Police are seeking information on a man seen passing stolen checks at Augusta stores.

Police said the unidentified man has used checks stolen from a burglary at two stores on three occasions Friday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Richmond County sheriff’s Investigator Rolf Cramer or any property crimes investigator at (706) 821-1020 or 821-1080.

Ancient Indian mystery near Athens

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 7:36am


JEFFERSON, Ga. - There is a long-standing mystery in Jackson County that somewhere bordering the meandering North Oconee River was a sacred Native American Indian shrine called Yamacutah.


It was here that the Indians believed the Great Spirit once walked.


The story of Yamacutah might have been lost in time if not for the documentation by local historian Gustavus James Wilson, who wrote of the shrine in his book “The Early History of Jackson County.” Wilson, 1827-1909, lived in Jefferson at the time he wrote the history.


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Georgia man seriously gored by bull in Spain

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 12:56am

MADRID - An American youth is recovering in the intensive-care unit of a hospital in western Salamanca after being savagely gored during a bullfighting festival celebrating Carnival, officials said Sunday.

Surgeon Enrique Crespo said he was called to operate on 20-year-old Benjamin Miller from Georgia, who had been gored and tossed by a large fighting bull on Saturday, the first day of nearby Ciudad Rodrigo's "Carnaval del Toro."

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20-year-old James Gramling disappeared in 1997

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 10:51pm


James Gramling told his parents he was headed to see a friend and would call if he was going to be late. But he didn’t call, and was never seen alive again.

“He hopped on his four-wheeler and headed up the street,” Song Gramling told reporters of her son’s disappearance on March 30 – Easter Sunday – 1997.

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