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Strom Thurmond-Silver Bluff is 'Chronicle' Game of the Week

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 3:17pm

Two of South Carolina’s premier football programs will be in the spotlight for The Augusta Chronicle’s Game of the Week.

Strom Thurmond visits Silver Bluff on Friday night at 7:30.

Stop by to see Sports Editor John Boyette and Spotted! photographer Ryan Wehmeyer at The Augusta Chronicle booth for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card. Our team will be there promoting our new Augusta High School Football App, featuring team pages, latest scores, video and photos.

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Aquinas, Washington County still No. 1 in polls

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 2:27pm


The Augusta area is close to a clean sweep of the top spots in the first three classifications.

While Aquinas and Washington County remained No. 1 in the Class A and AAA Georgia Sports Writers Association high school football polls, Washington-Wilkes jumped three positions to second in Class AA. The Tigers, who beat rival Lincoln County 36-10 in Lincolnton on Friday, benefited from losses by Lovett and Heard County. Both teams were ranked ahead of Washington-Wilkes, with Lovett previously No. 1.

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Georgia tourism conference opens at Augusta Convention Center

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 2:18pm


More than 500 travel professionals from across the state will gather Wednesday at the Augusta Convention Center for the annual three-day Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference.

During the conference, participants will learn about tools, tips and information to help them market their destinations, hotels and attractions from an array of expert speakers, according to a news release.

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Video may show US journalist beheading

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 1:20pm

BEIRUT  — An Internet video purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group.


Sotloff, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, had last been seen in Syrian in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online last month by the Islamic State group that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley.


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Man scammed out of lawn mower cash

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:28pm

A Blythe man told police he was scammed while trying to buy a lawn mower from a man he thought was a Lowe’s employee.

The 73-year-old man told police that he was seeking a mower after his had been stolen and that he had heard through a third party that a manager at the Peach Orchard Road store was selling one at a discount.

After making contact with the seller, the Blythe man learned that the riding mower had been discounted because a customer had canceled the order and the store needed to get it out of its inventory, according to a police incident report.

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Vehicle shot on Ellis Street

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:23pm

A vehicle was shot several times Monday on Ellis Street.

Rashad Nipples, 21, called police after shots were fired at his home in the 1900 block of Ellis Street soon after midnight.

Nipples told police he hit the floor after he heard the shots. After the shooting stopped, he found that his vehicle had been shot, an incident report stated. He estimated 13 shots were fired.

A witness saw two men in all black fleeing the area.

Officers recovered bullet casings from .40-caliber and 9 mm guns.

Whole Foods announces opening date

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:09pm

Whole Foods Market will open its first Augusta store Sept. 23 in Washington Crossing shopping center on Washington Road.

According to a news release, the grocery store’s grand opening will show off 41,000 square feet of space and feature a nine-hole putting green and patio, a coffee bar and a large cheese selection.

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Water break closes Grovetown road

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:40am

A Grovetown thoroughfare is shut down while crews repair a water main break.

Harlem-Grovetown Road is closed to traffic between Adams Lane and Robinson Avenue, Grovetown Public Works Director Michael Woods said. Traffic is being diverted to Adams Lane.

A water main broke about 5:30 a.m. on Harlem-Grovetown Road near Adams Lane, Woods said.

The break left residents living around the area and in nearby subdivisions, including Northlake, Main Street and Senators Ridge, without water. The nearby schools have water service, Woods said.

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Pair of Georgia Tech students robbed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:57am


ATLANTA — Police at the Georgia Institute of Technology are investigating a pair of robberies, telling students in a crime alert that one suspect is described as 12 to 13 years old.


Georgia Tech police say a student reported that a white minivan pulled up to him as he walked on Ferst Drive Northwest near Cherry Street Northwest Wednesday night. Police said a passenger in the van got out, showed a handgun and demanded the student’s property.


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Storms cause problems near Macon, Athens

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:44am

WINDER, Ga. — Powerful lightning and high winds from storms over Barrow County kept firefighters and emergency crews busy all night. Lighting also sparked house fires in Macon.

In Barrow County, Lt. Scott Dakin of Barrow County Emergency Services tells WSB-TV that damage in downtown Winder looks like a scene after a tornado or hurricane.

Dakin said that in one case, it appeared that lightning traveled down a tree and entered a house on Hiram Way, starting a fire in the attic. Firefighters were able to contain that blaze.

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Boy who dresses as girl may sue SC over license photo

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 8:10am

COLUMBIA— An organization that supports transgender rights is planning to sue South Carolina after the state wouldn’t issue a driver’s license to a 16-year-old boy unless he took off his makeup.

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund said it will file a federal lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday. The boy, Chase Culpepper, his mother and the director of the fund also plan to talk to reporters in Columbia.

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Man shot dead at SC police station

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 8:01am

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A suspect was killed and a Greenville officer was hurt in a shooting outside police headquarters.

Interim Police Chief Mike Gambrell told local reporters that the shooting happened shortly before 10:30 p.m. Monday after a man fired several shots into the door when he was unable to enter the locked Greenville County Law Enforcement Center.

The suspect’s name has not been released.

“It looks like the suspect suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Gambrell said.

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Savannah International Paper worker killed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 7:22am

SAVANNAH, Ga. — International Paper Co. officials have identified a worker killed at the company’s Savannah mill as 58-year-old Ricky Salter.

The Savannah Morning News reports Salter, a maintenance worker, was killed at the facility on Sunday.

Savannah-Chatham police spokesman Julian Miller said Salter was in or around an elevator when he was killed at the facility on West Lathrop Avenue. He was declared dead at the scene.

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Dog stabbed inside Ga. pet store

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 7:13am

NEWNAN, Ga. — Police say a pit bull was repeatedly stabbed during a pet adoption event inside a PetSmart store in the west Georgia town of Newnan, horrifying adults and children.

A police report states that a man stabbed the pit bull, Clara, after it slipped out of its collar and began tugging on the ear of his dog, a Westie Terrier.

Teresa Reeves tells WXIA-TV that the man pulled out a pocket knife and repeatedly stabbed Clara. Reeves said there was “blood everywhere” and the worst thing she’s ever seen.

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