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ARC seeking tenants for former chamber building

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 3:03pm

 

Renovations are nearly complete and Mayor Deke Co­penhaver’s Augusta Re­gional Collaboration Corp. is looking for individuals, nonprofits, businesses and other groups to inhabit the former Chamber of Commerce Buil­ding in Broad Street’s 600 block median, with a move-in date in August or Sep­tem­ber.

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Update: Dixon Airline Road reopened

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 2:57pm

Dixon Airline has reopened after a gas leak was repaired.

The road from Doug Barnard Parkway to Mike Padgett Highway was closed this afternoon after the gas leak was reported.

Reach Travis Highfield at (706) 823-3339

Goodale House heads to court

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:54pm

 

The fate of Augusta’s historic Goodale House, one of Georgia’s oldest surviving homes, could now rest in the hands of a Richmond County judge.

Built in 1799 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, the Federal-style building was deemed a “nuisance property” in Richmond County Magistrate Court in late October and its owner, Wes Sims, was ordered to either repair or demolish the structure.

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Declaration signer home to open July 4th

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:47pm

 

For the first time, Meadow Garden, the historic farm home of George Walton in downtown Augusta, will be open July Fourth in celebration of one of Georgia’s three signers of the Declaration of Independence.

In the past, guided tours of the National Historic Landmark, which is one of Georgia’s oldest dwellings, were prohibited on major holidays.

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South Carolina sheriff denies bribe, fraud charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:38pm

 

COLUMBIA— South Carolina’s longest-serving sheriff has pleaded not guilty to bribery and fraud charges.

 

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts entered that plea Tuesday in federal court in Columbia.

 

Metts was also allowed to post bond. He left court without speaking to reporters, and his next court appearance has not been scheduled.

 

Prosecutors say the longtime sheriff allowed friends to buy favors, accepting cash in return for agreeing to assist people who were in the country illegally and who were being detained.

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Sharapova upset at Wimbledon

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 11:03am

 

LONDON — Five-time major champion Maria Sharapova bowed out in the fourth round at Wimbledon on Tuesday, losing 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4 to Angelique Kerber of Germany.

Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion, had lost only seven games in her three previous matches at the All England Club this year.

She saved six match points against Kerber, but on the seventh sent a backhand long. The Russian made 49 unforced errors to Kerber’s 11.

Sharapova, who won the French Open last month, lost in the second round at Wimbledon last year.

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Army cuts threaten Georgia jobs

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:42am

 

 

 

A new Army report says Fort Gordon and Georgia could lose thousands of additional military jobs beyond current downsizing plans if Washington imposes future automatic budget cuts, though officials who keep a close watch on the state’s bases say they doubt such severe cutbacks will actually happen.

 

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More insurers seek to join Georgia health exchange

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 9:39am

 

 

ATLANTA ‑ UnitedHealthcare, Coventry, Cigna and Time Insurance Company have each submitted plans with the state to offer insurance in the federally run health care exchange in Georgia next year.

They join the five holdovers from this year’s exchange that are also submitting rates for review: Alliant Health Plans, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Humana, Kaiser Permanente, and Peach State Health Plans.

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3 killed crossing I-85 this morning

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 9:04am

 

 

CHAMBLEE, Ga. — Police in Atlanta’s northeast suburbs say three men were struck and killed by a pickup as they attempted to walk across a freeway near the start of the morning rush hour.

 

DeKalb County police spokeswoman Mekka Parish says the crash happened around 5 a.m. Tuesday on Interstate 85.

 

All southbound lanes of the freeway were blocked for nearly two hours. By 7 a.m., two of the six lanes had reopened.

 

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Georgia House Bill 60 doesn't stop gun prohibition at Augusta Municipal Building

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:08pm

Despite the passage and implementation today of Georgia House Bill 60, ordinary armed Augustans still can’t carry their weapons, concealed or otherwise, into the city’s municipal building, courthouse or sheriff’s office.

“As long as the building is protected by security, the permit holder still cannot bring a weapon in,” said Lt. Bryan Patterson of the Richmond County Marshal’s Office, which handles security at the Augusta Municipal Building.

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Four VA retaliation cases open in Georgia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 7:51pm

 

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has four open retaliation cases in Georgia, in which whistleblowers within the Department of Veterans Affairs allege they were punished for reporting concerns about scheduling, understaffing and other patient care issues in VA facilities.

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North Augusta man suing city served with second suit involving Project Jackson

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 7:41pm

 

The North Augusta resident suing the city and claiming that Project Jackson violates state financing laws is now being sued himself over the riverfront development.

North Augusta Riverfront Company LLC, the developer of the Hammonds Ferry neighborhood, claims that Stephen Donohue’s lawsuit against the city hampered a property sale, causing profit losses and other unnamed damages. The suit was filed May 30 in Aiken County.

The lawsuit doesn’t state an amount in damages the company is seeking.

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July Fourth event to celebrate Georgia Declaration of Independence signers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 7:23pm

 

Four years ago, when James Hanby Sr. organized downtown Augusta’s first annual event in honor of Georgia’s signers of the Declaration of Independence, only nine people showed up – and six were family.

Last Independence Day, nearly 80 attended the ceremony at the Signers Monument on Greene Street in front of the Augusta Municipal Building.

This year, the 1989 graduate of Hephzibah High School said he hopes to use that momentum to bring national attention and state acclaim to the event.

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Augusta attorney closes office, requests to surrender law license after armed robbery indictment

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 3:31pm

 

The Georgia Supreme Court has accepted an Augusta area attorney’s voluntary surrender of his law license.

Ronald Pak who faces a charge of attempted armed robbery in Columbia County asked the court to accept his surrender, according to the Court’s ruling released Monday.

Pak informed the court that he suffers from mental illness sufficient to impair his ability to effectively practice law, according to the court’s opinion.

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Holiday travel boom expected

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 2:59pm

 

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to scale back construction during the heavily traveled holiday period but motorists this season may be replacing one headache with another as gas prices are projected to climb to a six-year high.

AAA is predicting more than 41 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more during the holiday weekend, a nearly 2 percent increase from last year. During that period, which begins Wednesday and ends Sunday, about eight out of every 10 people will choose to travel by car, according to a AAA news release.

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Death of burned man ruled suicide

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 1:58pm

 

The death of a man whose body was found burned in the backyard of a North Augusta home last week has been ruled a suicide, officials said Monday.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Charles D. McCarthy III was positively identified after the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office compared fingerprints.

McCarthy was found dead Friday by his mother in the backyard of his home in the 800 block of Shawnee Drive.

 

Former UGA star Isner ousted at Wimbledon

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 11:36am

 

LONDON — The last American singles player at Wimbledon, ninth-seeded John Isner, lost in the third round Monday despite hitting 52 aces, beaten by 19th-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-7 (8), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3), 7-5.

Lopez earned the only service break of the match in the next-to-last game with a cross-court backhand passing winner that he celebrated by leaping and punching the air. It was the only time Isner was broken during his three matches this year at the All England Club.

Lopez hit 34 aces Monday and saved the only two break points he faced.

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Can't make employers cover contraception, Supreme Court says

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:22am

 

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

 

The justices’ 5-4 decision is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law. And it means the Obama administration must search for a different way of providing free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies’ health insurance plans.

 

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Update: Tanker leak contained; road reopened

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 7:09am

A Columbia County road was closed this morning and some residents evacuated after a gasoline tanker leak.

Columbia County emergency officials say the tanker truck raked a power pole at the Circle K located at Washington Road and Faircloth Drive this morning, causing gasoline from is tanker to leak.

 

Faircloth Commons evacuees were given the OK to return home shortly after noon. Businesses that were closed to prevent an ignition source, the Evans Dinner and Jiffy Lube, have reopened.

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New Georgia laws begin Tuesday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 7:03am

 

ATLANTA — During the most recent legislative session, state lawmakers proposed 615 pieces of legislation. Of those, 305 bills passed with Gov. Nathan Deal signing the vast majority of them into law. Some became law upon the governor’s signature, while a large number take effect on July 1, the start of the state’s fiscal year. A summary of some of the major bills set to take effect July 1:

 

GUN BILL

 

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