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Thurmond Lake water release felt near Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 5:08pm

A rainy, record-breaking month has prompted increased water releases from Thurmond Lake this week, causing Savannah River levels to rise and boat ramps near Augusta to close, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Friday.

Stan Simpson, a Corps water manager, said in a online post that Thurmond release rates have been just shy of 30,000 cubic feet per second this week and will average approximately 25,000 cubic feet per second over the next few days.

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Tybee Island continues talks on limiting open-air alcohol consumption

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 4:39pm

Tybee Island is having a bit of an identity crisis.

On the one hand, it is one of the last remaining coastal cities in the eastern U.S. that allows consumption of alcohol on its beaches and in its resort district.

On the other, this liberal approach to open-air alcohol consumption has garnered Tybee a reputation as a party town – one that during certain times of the year draws large crowds and all their associated problems.

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As many as 120 dead in string of Paris attacks

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 4:32pm

PARIS — French police are hunting possible accomplices of eight assailants who terrorized Paris concert-goers, cafe diners and soccer fans in this country's deadliest peacetime attacks, a succession of explosions and shootings that cast a dark shadow over this luminous tourist destination.

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Augusta veterans information briefing Nov. 20

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 4:18pm


The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Disabled American Veterans, local service organizations and community partners will hold a Veterans Information Briefing and Health Fair from 8 a.m. until noon Nov. 20, the Augusta hospital announced.

This event will take place at the Augusta VA’s Uptown Division off Wrightsboro Road in the third floor Auditorium (Room 3B-111). It is an opportunity for veterans to learn about benefits they have earned. Flu shots will be available for veterans.

Salvation Army kicks off Red Kettle campaign in Augusta area

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 3:06pm

Bell ringers say there’s no better way to get in the spirit and help the community than ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.

“This just starts the season off with a bang,” said Rachel Rhodes-Dyar, who rang a bell at the Georgia Southern University tent during the Red Kettle kickoff Friday at Kroger on Washington Road.

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