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Lane on Washington Road temporarily closed Wednesday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 7:11pm

The outside westbound lane of Washington Road at Davis Road will be temporarily closed beginning at 6 a.m. Wednesday until work to make repairs on Washington Road is completed in the afternoon, according to Pam Tucker, Director

Columbia County Emergency & Operations Division.

Additionally, the outside left turn lane from Davis Road to Washington going west will also be closed during this time.

Invasive plants tie up activity on Savannah River

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 7:10pm


There are monsters lurking in the murky waters of the Savannah River.

Boaters are familiar with them, having pulled long, slimy bodies from their clogged outboard motors. Swimmers have encountered the nuisances, too, having felt the green and brown fingers grab hold of their arms and legs during an evening training session.

Though it’s become more of a problem recently, invasive aquatic weeds have been headaches in Augusta waterways for years. The problem, Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus said, is that you can kill the plants but they’ll always come back.

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Survivor of fire, sexual assault testifies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 6:34pm

Last Aug. 21 started as a good day. She bought a new car, she shopped with a close friend and finally, she believed, she was going to be free of Ronnie Jones. But the night, she told a jury Tuesday, ended in horror.

“I’m going to kill you. I’m gonna teach you to play with me,” she quoted Jones as saying as he began splashing gas on her. “He kneeled down in front of me and looked me in the eye.” Jones was holding a lighter and he set her on fire, she testified.

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Augusta man convicted of aggravated assault

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 5:25pm

An Augusta man who chased another man down and shot him in the back was convicted of aggravated assault and weapon charges Tuesday.

The Richmond County Superior Court jury found Lamont A. Morris III, 27, guilty of all charges in the March 13 assault on Patrick T. Sapp who was visiting the mother of his infant.

At the conclusion of Morris’ two-day trial, Judge J. Wade Padgett sentenced him to 20 years in prison.

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Riverwatch to get new traffic median

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 4:58pm

A major construction project will add a median barrier to Riverwatch Parkway.

According to a Georgia Department of Transportation news release, more than $9 million was given to Beam’s Contracting for the project which will extend from 15th Street to the Coumbia County line.

The project will entail replacing the current guardrail with a concrete median barrier, as well as milling and resurfacing. It is expected to be completed by July 31, 2016,

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